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  1. Firstly I'm very impressed and encouraged to try... Secondly why is it leaking AC through to the track, is it intrinsic to the design or what? I'm mostly useless with electricity so please keep it simple! Thanks for the inspiration to try, in awe... Ralf
  2. Now there's quite a plan! If I wasn't over committed with project I'd jump at a 3 sided 4ft x 2ft excuse for a layout... Where is the plan from? Can we see the text referred too? I'm eager and curious but I must remember this could only be a pipe dream... Keep up the thinking! Ralf
  3. Now there's a question, AFAIK and I've been into the yard during cab rides etc from the cement works it's operated by the cement company and NR locos come in to do their work - ie collect and deposit trains... All overseen by the NR Signalbox I think the branch radios for permission to enter the yard, guess NR is similar? Ralf
  4. Ah... I'm so glad you're paying attention @SteveyDee68... The way I'm going to cut out a double sized XL Door in the front of the warehouse which if I'm honest I don't think will be large enough to S bend the track through in a suitable manner! Hmmmm yes I see your point, it'll become very obvious when there's not a wagon in the way that the back of the warehouse is feet away... Drat! The nice man from Ikea is coming tomorrow with a giant Kallax unit to free up lots of space and generate much tidiness and efficiency into my modelling area - so have plenty of time to think while I
  5. Crickey me this Scalescenes warehouse is taking me an eternity to build, I love the part that I can re-print, re-place and re-do things unlike with a plastic kit but the time involved is HUGE. Maybe I only get a hour most days but there's seemingly very little to report. More soon hopefully...
  6. How did I miss this layout, awesome stuff, feeling very inspired. Any news @TechnicArrow?? How did you do the infilling? Scalescenes print out on card cut to fit? I've loads to do but was planning on the DAS clay route... Cheers Ralf
  7. Thanks all for the input, the main focus seems to be a) stand up, b) work at a suitable height not just that of the table chosen! I suspect my "work bench" is actually far too big as it's made of two square tables which are 800mm square but about only 800mm from the floor, so I can't easily reach things on the far wall / edge nor is it high enough... Also it's c1600mm wide which is actually more space than required and thus fills with clutter, Cheers Ralf
  8. Hi Folks, Recently have been struggling with my shoulders not enjoying the amount of hunching over my workbench that I've been doing and it's now impacting on life things hurting that shouldn't etc etc... So how do you avoid it? Raising the work surface looks like it'll help but you still need to lean forward over the bench and indeed have it low enough to exert force when cutting for example... All thoughts very welcome - anything to avoid the shoulder pain... Thanks Ralf
  9. Well the Scalescenes warehouse has been extracted from it's box and work has recommenced - trying to make it 3 sections long x ½ section deep, so a whole kit should suffice with bits left over - isn't there always with DIY! Think I'm right saying there's 2 joist joiners per joist one either side but not on the underside? Audio amusement from John Cougar Mellencamp this evening so the session was 4 sides of vinyl long! Cheers Ralf
  10. Thanks Ian, that's certainly worth a look and as I don't get on with using the magnified I could have straight stripes across the lamp... Good point, well made. Sadly that's the way of Iife these days, I just want a new bulb not to chuck away and buy a new one... Think I will try some tape that Ian mentioned, otherwise it's Hello to Mr Amazon! Thanks Ralf
  11. Thanks Kris, I think there's a lot of things I don't know / understand about modern lights etc. I just want to be able to connect 2 wires and have it light up! Any idea either what would happen with no data feed OR how I would find out - short of buying one and trying it! Thanks Ralf
  12. Hi Folks, After around 50% of the LEDs failing in my LED workbench light I want to replace the LED strips - see below. Does anyone know where I'd get something similar if not the same? The segments solder together, there's 48 x 12v LEDs on a strip that's around 12mm wide and 175mm external diameter... I have contacted Clarke with no response and the manual on their website says the item has a fluorescent tube which it clearly doesn't anymore! Had a quick google and not done very well, I suspect if I knew what these items were called I'd succeed... I was amazed googlin
  13. Hi all, New to the world of motor bogies etc etc and have a kit which is designed around a 26mm wheelbase (max) Tenshodo Spud, but I understand that quiet and slow aren't their biggest strengths... So what options are available for slow reliable running to fit in a similar space? I've had a look around and my options seem, erm, limited... Many thanks Ralf
  14. Looking really good, and don't worry it's not just you procrastinating, most of my modelling time goes that way Ralf
  15. Quite agree, esp 1 of the front left sidings... I wonder could you make some of the warehouse sidings through roads into the edge of the fiddle yard perhaps? Leave other warehouse doors closed and have short sidings but allow the front and rear-most sidings to be far longer and shunt deep into each warehouse? Ralf
  16. Look good Steve, how did you do the door rollers etc? They look really good... Also isn't the door handle rather low? The top is only 14 courses of brick from the ground? Keep it coming! Ralf
  17. I'm keen to see how this goes... Please do keep us posted - and good luck. Cheers Ralf
  18. Thanks Steve! I'm glad someone knows, I think the plan will involve dowels to ensure alignment but the fiddle yard will be low to allow the cassettes to sit on top... Cheers Ralf
  19. Actually I don't know what I'm using - but it's the one in my drawer! It seems to be 45mm deep but with a clamp attaches very well to the main layout. Thinking now maybe use the 5mm for some ply/mdf/??? & aluminium angle to build cassettes and leave the extension semi permanently attached as I don't think the layout will every go into a box! The Scalescenes box-file kit didn't line up with the track plan so the wall and doors have been detached, this positioning doesn't allow wagons through the doors but is almost right for the door to be a tri
  20. Hi all, On a whim I've purchased a 3D printed model / kit of a Wickham Type 42 Inspection Car but know nothing about the prototype... Google has come up with a brochure on Flickr - 4 pages starting here (Flickr link). Does anyone have any further info? I see they claim to have made some for a number of African countries. What happened to them? Any pics? Any in Europe? Anything really... Doesn't matter what the answer is... It is just a project and will run on my layout so Rule 1 applies... The kit is from "Narrow Minded Railworks" - See this link if anyone is curious.
  21. So here's the progress, most of the track now glued down except the siding where the ruler is! Have re-used the Scotchlock connectors from before and soldered the new feeds to the old ones - insulating tape required at some stage.... More Scotchlock connectors on order to connect the point motors and their feeds. Then some testing will follow, which we all know is a euphemism for playing trains... Best work out connecting the "fiddle yard" cassettes hadn't I! As I think I'm using the 400mm long SMS thingy - https://www.scalemodelscenery.co.uk/bb019-single-track-photo-p
  22. If you're still on the fence I'd vote brick infill... Love the look of the dockside buildings with the support pillars over that siding, is it Scalescenes prints and scratch building for those? Ralf
  23. Thanks, I didn't make it clear I meant the night shot of the 158, guessing the layout overhead LEDs are just turned right down to allow the model flood lights to shine? Thanks
  24. Absolutely, having spent a fair proportion of my youth either living in Glasgow or visiting relatives in Motherwell / Bellshill I'm reasonably fond of Scottish bakery products, although I think I'd have gone down the butcher road if I were you thinking Mince Rounds, Bridies and of course Scotch Pies!! Keep up the good work! Ralf
  25. How have you done the in-filling with concrete here - it's looking good and I'm about to (relatively speaking) embark on infilling most of my layouts track with concrete / tar / cobbles (TBC). Cheers Ralf
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