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  1. Thanks, yes distillery buildings would be good, I've also been asked in the past for colliery buildings too. The initial step with both of those is finding a suitable prototype to work from, which I haven't yet had time to research. A large goods shed is a definite possibility. The old Midland Railway Grain & Goods Warehouse at Bingley is just a couple of miles away from me... That's why I started with low relief structures, because I wanted them for a micro-layout. Shops & houses could be something I might look at in the future though. Mike, I've not heard of DPM, I'll have to have a look at those. Terraces on steep hills are pretty common around here, too! As I mentioned above, shops & houses might come in the future. I think the common link in most of the responses though is pretty much 'more of the same', so I'll probably stick with the industrial buildings at least in the short term. Thanks to everyone that's taken the time to reply, it really does help to point me in the right direction. Jonathan JSModels
  2. Kev, Thanks for taking the time to offer your thoughts on this. My machine isn't particularly large, but I can cut up to 900 x 600mm. Retaining walls: I have looked at these before, and even designed a kit system for it, ready to go: The above was for an 80mm (20' in OO) change in height, and included level sections as well as a 4% incline set to go from zero to 80mm in height. Eventually I decided not to take it past the prototype stage, for a number of reasons: Firstly, 4% is quite steep an incline, but even so it takes a full 2m run to reach 80mm high. Not many people have a layout large enough to accommodate a 2m straight run. Which brings me on the the second point - retaining walls are angled backwards, and prototypically lean back at a 1 in 10 angle; if you replicate this, then you cannot simply curve them. It would be theoretically possible to produce a curved section, but it would need to be a fixed radius (and would be very complicated to design and assemble). So what radius do you choose? Either you choose just one, which would be wrong for the majority of people, or you offer a range of radii, which would be impractical and not commercially viable. There's a reason no other manufacturer produces curved retaining walls! Which brings me onto the third reason I decided to stop development of this - there are a number of similar products already on the market. When I started JSModels, I set out to make kits that weren't available elsewhere (the world really doesn't need any more generic OO gauge signal box kits!) and straight retaining walls aren't terribly unique. Similar arguments could be made with regard to platforms; straight ones are already available elsewhere. Curved ones could be made, but again, what radius? There's no point making them to 1st, 2nd, 3rd radius, etc, as they're already available; larger, more flowing radii aren't available, but every one would need to be different, so you couldn't standardise it. There's no way you could possibly make a platform that was 'flexible' in the same way as a piece of flexitrack. A laser-cutter is an ideal way to make a nice, even, flowing curved platform surface, but it's only really practical on a bespoke basis. Thanks Hugh, Yes, that would be easily do-able (but I need to get the first one finished & ready to go first!) I can't remember the make, but I'm sure a OO kit of a narrow lock is already available though? Jonathan JSModels
  3. I've just asked this question over on my facebook page - what new kits would you like to see from JSModels? JSModels is now approaching 6 months old, and I already have 20+ products available, but the big question is... what's next? I already have a few products I'm working on behind the scenes, but there's always room for more! If you have an idea for a product, I'd love to hear it! It could be a completely new building that you think would make a great model, or it could be an existing model in a different scale. Or maybe something else entirely. I've been asked for my buildings in different scales (mostly N gauge and O gauge) and that's something I could do, but what to start with? Re-drawing the entire range in another scale is a mammoth task, so if there's a specific kit you'd like me to start with, let me know. I can't promise that what you want will definitely be do-able, but if you don't ask... Hit me with your requests - either on the Facebook page, here, or by PM. Jonathan JSModels
  4. The full warehouse kit, JSM93, is now in stock and available to order on my website. Jonathan JSModels
  5. Duplicated post, please ignore!
  6. Since it seems to be a day of announcements for me today, here's a third one! JSM09 - Small Stone Warehouse: This small warehouse was initially designed as a commission, but is now available for general sale. It features thicker outer walls than my other kits, and has a more random stone pattern, typical of older canalside mills/warehouses built in the early 18th century. Smaller than most of my kits, this kit measures approximately 210mm wide, 50mm deep, and 175mm high (8 1/4" wide, 2" deep, and 7" high). This kit is in stock & available on the website NOW, priced at £25.00 plus postage. Jonathan JSModels
  7. A few weeks ago, I posted on here, and on Facebook, a picture of a half-scale (1:2) LMS signal arm that I'd been asked to make for a client: I'm pleased to announce that this, along with a WR version, will shortly be available as standard items from my website! There are 4 in the range; LMS Home/Starter (JSM81), LMS Distant (JSM82), WR Home/Starter (JSM83), and WR Distant (JSM84): Despite being half-scale, they're still quite large; the LMS ones are 785mm long, and the WR versions 765mm. Here's a painted one, with a 12"/300mm steel rule for scale in the second image: Each kit is laser-cut from 6mm and 3mm MDF, with tinted acrylic lenses (red & green for home, yellow & green for distant) and assembly/painting instructions. JSM81 Contents: JSM83 Contents: The kits are priced at £22.00 each, and will be in stock and up on my website in a few days. Jonathan JSModels
  8. Ever since the 'Waterside' range of low-relief kits was released, I've been asked for a full building version, so here it is! A combination of 4 of the 5 existing kits, with new floor and roof pieces, the kit can be assembled in 2 different ways with the end loading doors on the left or right hand end of the building. Comprising 6x A3 sprues of 2mm MDF, 3mm MDF details, 4x A4 sheets of roofing slates, plus glazing material and full build instructions, this is quite a sizeable kit! The finished building is 290mm wide, 165mm deep, and 245mm high (not including the loading hoods/covers). JSM93 'Canal Warehouse Full Building' will be available shortly on the website, at a cost of £79.00 (a saving of £25.00 over buying the 4 low-relief kits individually). Jonathan JSModels
  9. I was wondering the same, though the wagon in the top right would date the photo well after broad gauge, I would have thought?
  10. At the time of writing this, all products on the website are in stock, and ready to ship. Please note however that I will be on holiday for a week, as of this Saturday (22nd August). Any orders received prior to 5pm tomorrow will be despatched before I go; after this time, orders will not be shipped until Tuesday 1st September. Jonathan JSModels
  11. Seriously impressed, Kev! Very nice indeed. Jonathan
  12. Something a little different tonight - this was one of those 'do you think you could possibly do...' requests! An LMS upper quadrant home signal arm, half-scale (even at 50% it's still quite big, at around 800mm long!): This is a combination of 6mm and 3mm MDF, with 3mm acrylic lenses, and will be painted & hanging on a railway-room wall soon! Jonathan JSModels
  13. Revised lock gates, and handrails on the bridge: These are a sandwich of 2mm and 1mm MDF, so they can effectively have engraved detail on both sides: Bridge handrails from 1mm MDF: A long way to go on this project yet though! Jonathan JSModels
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