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  1. Thanks @Spotlc, I totally agree. My dad does a lot of electronics, and hand-built over 30 LED lampposts for the home layout, and at least 30 more on/in buildings. My solution for this layout with the battery-powered christmas lights is a little simpler to set up, but much more restrictive in where you can place the lights. In the mean time, I spent much of this wet, locked-down Saturday finally shooting and editing a video! Things I learnt about my relatively new Google Pixel 3a phone's camera: it's got pretty good resolution, but doesn't always like th
  2. Those trees make such a big difference to the layout! I love the "natural" screening they provide to the right-hand scenic break, and how they soften up the sharp corners at the back of the scene. I'm interested to see where this one goes next!
  3. An interesting project for sure, and I agree it's possible to spend ages shuffling things around in AnyRail! Of those two plans I think I prefer the top one, it feels more realistic. Perhaps add another siding at the front - it would have to be isolated, but could be made to appear to connect somewhere off-stage to the right. Whatever you choose, I would heavily recommend building some simple card mock-ups of your sheds, track and rolling stock, to try setting up viewing angles in your beautifully restored cabinet - things might take up more space than you realise!
  4. Brilliant execution of an unusual approach to shunting! And excellent speed control too. As for linking YouTube, simply copy-and-paste the URL into the text editor, and it should turn into a video:
  5. I sent the above photo of the 04 to my dad, who replied "That looks real. Apart from the shiny rails". So it was obvious what I had to do next... A little bit of paint mixing, brushing and tidying, and every rail has gained a cost of rust - well, the sides that are visible, at any rate. Another simple change that makes the scene so much better. And then because I'm terrible at doing what I say I'll do, instead of doing the ground signals I worked on reinstating the night lighting. It was easy enough to fit the battery-powered christmas lights back int
  6. Thanks, I agree that it looks do much better now. A brief update for today: SHE'S ALIVE! An as-new replacement motor, found by chance on eBay, has given the old 04 chassis a new lease of life. She's a bit quieter and smoother now, too. Of course, as soon as I mention to my housemate what I'm doing, he offered to look at the old one - and after a disassembly, thorough clean of the rotor contacts and replacing a broken graphite brush with a piece of pencil lead, it works again too... Ah well, I guess I have a spare now! In the mean time, the
  7. Some incredibly tidy card modelling there, sir! If I tried that it would have gaps and rough edges everywhere... I love watching you build these A4-scenes, especially your use of height to get the most out of the small area - something many tend to forget about, it seems. I can't wait to see this one finished!
  8. Looking good so far - simple yet effective. I would suggest adding the sides to the platform before you start track-insetting - that way you can build the inset up neatly around the edge of the platform walls. But any gaps can be easily hidden by grass/weeds in any case. Also, have you got any plans for the 'end' of the layout beyond the buffers, or will you leave it open?
  9. So what's been happening over the past week at Arrow Paints? First off, the backscene has been added. For this I used the Peco industrial town scene and extension - although fairly common, they're pretty much exactly the right size for this layout. They're attached to the inside of th ebox lids using Pritt. Unfortunately there's a few more vertical joins than I would like due to the way the layout has to be dismantled, but it seems to work overall. I even managed to get the road overbridge lined up with one of the roads in the foreground of the backscene, so it appears to make a t-junctio
  10. And I've changed it already! The Ledberg strips aren't particularly strong in their connection, and their supports meant they were pulling the lids forwards. The new solution has the lights fixed to a thick corrugated cardboard beam, which then spans the front of the layout. This arrangement has much less sag, no detrimental effect on the backscene, and brings the light to a better position. Once that was sorted, I started playing with my new phone's camera. Sometimes the light comes out as overly yellow, but otherwise I'm pretty happy! Meanwhil
  11. The Arrow Paints saga continues... I've now moved into my Uni house for the year, and brought the layout with me. My room has a nice bay window, with a sill just the right size... As you can see, since I last posted I've been modifying the back walls to take a proper backscene (at last!). I've also added a lighting "rig" - IKEA Ledberg modular strips, supported from the backscene. Unfortunately, because I mounted it along the centre of the layout rather at the front, rolling stock at the front of the layout is still in shadow! It looks a bit yellow in the photo above, bu
  12. Finally, just over one month since it started - 'tis done! I eventually got around to fishing out some LEDs, a 3V 3mm yellow with integrated flashing circuit, and an unidentified 5mm cool white one - it came off a toy alarm kit powered by 2 AA batteries, in fact I've nicked the battery holder from the same toy. So either it's got a resistor built in, or it was just badly designed! We'll see. They're both wired and soldered up to the switch and the battery pack in the ample space provided beneath the scene. And the effect works! (Not so well on camera, it has to b
  13. Looks great! I can see from your previous posts that the chain shunting will allow greater use of that kick-back siding without needing a second loco, and the cotton spools look like they'll work well as bollards. Good work!
  14. ... why didn't I think of that. Thanks, that should help a lot!
  15. I feel I should share the model that's triggered this query! The corgi shell has been bodged a bit and fixed to the mechanism block, built using Meccano. Two concentric tubes and a thread in the middle pass from the base and through the tracks - the outer tube is fixed to the superstructure, the inner acts as a spool for the bucket cables and the thread passes over the top pulleys to the boom. It doesn't quite work perfectly yet; the plastic boom isn't heavy enough to lower when the thread is slackened, and the bucket cables like to twist themselves up. But the t
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