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Mark Pelham

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    Kilnwood Vale
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    Model Railways, Flying, Films, Music

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  1. Evening All, I have had to hang up the soldering iron for a while, having trapped my thumb in the car boot the other day, I’m having to stick to tasks that can be done with 1½ hands! I have redirected my focus towards the control panel (mechanical aspects) and layout scenic design. The layout will be operated by five control panels across three operating positions – two scenic panels and three fiddle yard panels. Initially it sounds like overkill, but there is method to the madness to provide increased operational flexibility. The two panel types will be ide
  2. Evening All, The wiring modifications continue apace, with a further two baseboards almost complete. This leaves me with the last two baseboards to modify, then any final minor tasks to complete across the layout before the baseboard electrics get 'signed off'. Baseboards 1 and 8 were the last two paired boards to be worked on and the below images show the progress of baseboard 1: The above image shows the baseboard prior to modification, with the CBUS ACC8 output module, Quad Relay Board, SERVO4 and interface board, all of which were remov
  3. Evening All, Yet again, it’s been another long while since my last update, and for the most part I’ve not done much on the layouts. With all the recent goings on I’ve been in and out of Furlough, and spending most of my time off landscaping the garden or renovating my Brother’s flat. I have recently been helping on a friend’s new 7mm scale layout getting the electrics up running with MERG CBUS and DCC equipment. That is now operable and has spurred me on to progressing my own projects. I have finally managed to get my CBUS equipment working as I intended, although has n
  4. Hi Rich, Yes, 'X' and 'Y' are cutting lines, but looking at the diagram now it looks like the 'X' line passes right across the etch, which is incorrect. I've just checked the notes again, and 'X' and 'Y' are optional cut lines, 'Y' for if additional length is required; 'Y' would also need an increased counter-balance. This design will have been seen in operation at exhibition on 7mm layouts such as CMRS' 'Rothern Bridge' and possibly its predecessor 'Tilgate', and more recently on 'Ellis Road', 'Harlyn Road' and 'Newhurst' (under their previous respective ow
  5. Hi Duncan, Apologies for the delay, couldn't find the files on my PC so had to get the info from a friend: Hope that helps! Cheers, Mark
  6. Duncan, I used to be a member of the Crawley Club, where on their 7mm layout they use the 4mm S&W couplings for improved appearance. They don't construct them 'as is', but cut the 'paddle' from the hook and solder the hook to brass wire. The wire is then bent 90°, passed through some brass tube, then bent back 90° and pointing downwards slightly with a counter balance added to the last length or wire. The brass tube is then soldered to a small piece of brass angle, strip or sheet, which is then glued to the rolling stock. Locomotives are only fitted with a wire loop.
  7. Hi Duncan, Since discovering your Shirebrook thread, I often wondered if you were the originator of the StatesmaN OHLE portals - I picked up some kits from you at Warley some years ago, along with a RES Class 86 and an HST chassis, although I think the latter might have been a CJM product. The portals will be used on Bridgtown (eventually!). Will you be building 'Any Place Junction' in the four formats, rotating similarly to Outwell Village Depot ? Cheers, Mark
  8. Grahame, How about scaffolding as ground clutter and/or van/lorry loads ready to be unloaded and assembled? Cheers, Mark
  9. Thanks William, The Class 50 has been my 'go to' loco since starting this project, it has been very capable of hauling my Centreline Products rail cleaner, dragging the cloth-wrapped brass roller around without hassle. I tried running in my A1 'Tornado', which as a prototype was actually built too late for my intended period on Bridgtown, but looks nice nonetheless; it couldn't get up the incline in either direction though! Cheers, Mark
  10. Morning All, Got the 'green & furry' pretty much finished now, might have to do a bit more here and there later, but it'll do for now. I still need to paint the rail sides, but decided to do a bit of running instead. I gave some loco's their first run-in having sat in their boxes since new - first up was a Class 4MT 2-6-4 and another 'N' Class: After a few more running in sessions for Robertsfield stock I decided to give some of my Bridgtown stock a run, namely the Pendolino and my Class 50 hauled "Toothpaste Tourer" charter set:
  11. Hi William, One more bit to patch up, then give the track a good clean, but after that... Cheers, Mark
  12. Afternoon All, My delivery from WWS arrived yesterday, so finished giving the layout a basic covering. The layout's been relegated back into the office, so it's mostly artificial lighting now: One thing I have learnt from this is that if you mask the track, it is very easy to get carried away with the static grass and you soon lose the edge of the tape. I ended up with some nice looking scenics, that then got 'cut off' when the tape was removed. I think in future I will either just not bother with the tape, and hoover up afte
  13. Graham, It's the most 'proper' modelling I've done in a couple of years! I've been fortunate enough to have a bit of space to leave it between bouts of working, and fitting those in between other jobs around the house. I'm back to work on 4th June until the end of the month whenever the last shift finishes (haven't looked that far ahead yet!), then back on furlough again for July. I'm trying to get it presentable before returning to work. Cheers, Mark
  14. A bit more work done after cleaning the oven this morning (lovely job!) while I have a cuppa. I've now pretty much run out of the layering spray, fortunately I placed an order for a couple more cans, so hopefully will be here in a couple of days. I'm actually quite pleased with it so far, although the 'clockwise' tunnel mouth does look like it's just been to the barbers for some kind of neat punk hairstyle in green with purple highlights: The Dullcote seems to have left a grey powdery finish to the tunnel mo
  15. Morning All, Between tasks around the house, I have been working on the test track here and there; the terrain around the tunnel mouths was 'made good': Unfortunately, I put too much water in the plaster powder, which of course was the last of the box so ended up applying it as a plaster/paint/PVA slurry again. This then was all given another coat of neat paint to darken it up, and the contour board/fascia was given a coat of satin black: I found my can of sleeper grime, so gave the track a spray - it looks a bit
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