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  1. I understand the point being made about forwards and backwards, but what is forward when there is no front or back to a locomotive, simply two identical driving cabs?
  2. A brewery would traditionally be four or five stories tall, as the brewing process used gravity to flow the ale from one process to another, but some were less. Adnams in Southwold IIRC is three stories and would perhaps lend itself to a model. Real Ale has been around for eons, it was just not as high profile in the period you are modelling, but many local breweries were going strong on that period, many of which have been swallowed up by the multiples.
  3. A jig on a router is the best way, but if you don't have a router then you can make one for your jigsaw. There are a number of ways you can make one, depending on your jigsaw model. The important thing is that the pivot point is directly in line with the blade. I have one something like this https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eKfMSZdytHk If your jigsaw has holes in the sole plate you can simply use a bit of scrap ply. Draw a straight line on it, drill one hole slightly bigger than your blade then pin the jig in the center of your arc. Make sure your bit hole and pin are on
  4. Personally I never realised that butterflies had nu ....... OK, I'll get my coat.
  5. Is there a place which brings together modelling tricks? I'm thinking especially for scratch builders. The sort of thing I mean is spraying plasterboard scrim tape with silver spray paint makes an excellent representation of chicken wire. Scrim tape is £3 from Screwfix and silver paint can often be found in Poundland, if not Wilko sell it for £2 The wooden stirrers found in Costa et al make excellent Scaffold boards one the ends are squared.
  6. PMW


    I did say not absolutely final, a slight update mostly to the Loco depot to enable the placement of an engine shed to give my scratch building an opportunity. I have also tunneled the main track at the bottom of the plan, this may or may not happen. I have also added a head shunt on the coach sidings. There is one failing that I can see which is locos exiting the depot cannot cross the turntable straight onto the main line, I don't see much that can be done about that. They can of course be turned and exit to the mainline that way. The boards for the base should have arrived today, they have b
  7. PMW


    I will not say I have completed the layout plan for the upcoming "Wavenham" layout, but I offer it up here with for your perusal. I am sure somebody will suggest a failing in my design, that's OK. I am not, nor do I claim to be an expert. I shall not be offended if anyone would like to suggest that a particular crossover is pointless (sorry about the pun, I would like to say it was not intended but I'll take all the credit i can get). Likewise somebody might like to suggest an operational shortcoming that should be fixed. The layout will be a bit of a mish-mash as it will be based on the sum
  8. My plan has always been to make it as automated as possible and I like the idea of using an arduino controlled stepper motor to allow push button control. Since reading melmerby's suggestion yesterday I have been doing "arduino for dummies". It is not something which should be beyond me. From a software and programming basis it is not that dissimilar to things I have done in the past, in fact it seems very similar to modding a 3d model on something like farming simulator. I had thought of building a dedicated controller using 4 pwm motor controllers to power the 4 ma
  9. I did think about using a belt, or band drive on the basis if it were to over rotate it would not strip gears but melmerby has got my interest peaked in steppers and arduinos, that might be the way to go.
  10. It seems that layouts nowadays need animation, and mine will be a reasonable facsimile of a swing bridge which carries the Bittern Line over the river Waveney near the village and estate of Somerleyton, on the Norfolk - Suffolk border. Scratch building the model doesn't bother me too much, I may well make the basic mechanism from meccano and then attach it to a piece of board and add the girder work from commercially available plastic beams. The construction of the bridge means that when closed the weight of the bridge and it's load is carried by three beams under the track bed and when swung
  11. Don't worry, my Alexa is getting used to some choice words.
  12. For me the obvious advantage would be the ability to tun a train round part of a loop occupied by another train into sidings etc. It can be done with DC but you would need to isolate a section of track, usually in the station via a switch. The idle trains sits their whilst the train heading into, or out of sidings can then cross that loop and run on it if needed.
  13. I'm afraid in my mind if it controls the train, then it's a controller. A controller contains a throttle, but other things too, such as direction selector, perhaps even light and sound control. Hornby and Bachmann both seem to use this phraseology so trying to change it, at least at the level I am contemplating seems counter productive. It might become important in more complex systems, but that is not what I'm considering. The DCC routes I was looking at were either entry level Bachmann or Hornby units versus a ready built Arduino based system controlled via an android bluetooth
  14. As in the river it is taken from the Anglo Saxon waney meaning meandering. I would like to get the river into the layout, but no so sure about the quivering tree
  15. We have literally just this minute agreed on a name for our new layout, so world exclusive folks ..... WAVENHAM. How did we come to it? I really don't know, perhaps some kind of amalgum of Waverley in Edinburgh made famous to us by the Fish song "Waverley Steps", The River Waveney in Suffolk which we love, and some kind of settlement suffix, hence "ham" the saxon word for village. So our new layout will be based around the fictional village and station of Wavenham.
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