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  1. I can see your point, but they're on now and will have to do. They are better than the very flat sheets provided in the kit anyway.
  2. Also from Architecture & Passion was this for a barrière roulante, laser cut (!) in what looks like the same card material as the station details, but 1mm thick.
  3. I just received from Architecture & Passion (in Labouheyre in SW France, and very efficiently) another laser-cut kit for a Midi toilet/lamp room (ref. 874021). As well as very nice colour photo instructions, they helpfully provide three options for Midi building colour schemes (although is this pre-PO and pre-SNCF? I'll ask them). These are Option 1 - light grey walls, white stonework and details, medium brown doors and windows Option 2 - off-white walls, medium grey stonework, brown or medium grey doors etc Option 3 - very light ochre/ochre pink walls, light grey stonework, medium brown doors etc For now I have the acrylics for option 3 (Vallejo), but it can always be repainted later if wrong.
  4. Canopy now fitted and roof draped on. The roof uses Wills pantiles rather than the etched ply included in the kit. At the moment the roof is only glued along the ridge line. The benefit of putting all the rafters on (supposedly 'optional') is clear. There is a slight bow in the roof on the main building - this will be straightened when it is completely glued down. The ply roofs will come in handy for the nominal interior. The canopy at the left end (below) didn't quite fit perfectly and was standing out from the wall by about 1mm; some small fillets from the fret waste of the same material was cut and inserted - from this picture you can't tell.
  5. We just need a big bridge to join yours and mine together John
  6. Station building now finished apart from roofs, canopy, basic interior and final details, and painting.
  7. Thanks Ian, I think my PLM building is OK, at least there was nothing there that made me wish I'd got one of those instead! I notice they do kits for the rolling level crossings though ...
  8. That's an option - I had thought about using them as a template for something.
  9. Some more progress on the station building kit - which, one or two very minor issues aside, grows in my estimation. There is a full-length canopy, although not one like the UK where it reaches to the platform edge, but just enough to keep passengers dry or out of the sun as they exit the building. The structure of the canopy is in some plastic material, 0.9mm thick, and the ridges in the sheeting are done very finely in the 0.35mm white card material. The support brackets are laser cut in the same 0.9mm plastic, and despite their fineness are quite robust. Gluing them works fine with the PVA recommended for the whole kit, along the guide lines provided (they are not regularly spaced) The kit even provides guttering, folded from parts half-cut in the 0.35mm card material; and a representation of downpipes, cut in the 0.9mm plastic. I think the downpipes are a step too far, and I'll probably use Wills plastic ones or maybe try the new ModelU products. Meanwhile, I've been doing the rafters - in stages, to give time for glue to go off, and also doing them alternately to stop my fingers knocking the ones I've just attached. These have to be glued to minimal landing on the longitudinal joists - there are guide marks but no 'notches' to assist alignment. According to the instructions these are 'optional', although you would then miss out on the view of the ends of them under the roof which would be a shame.
  10. Hi Joseph So if you have a double track coming in from the right, closing into a single track, what is protecting that hazard? Or other hazards off scene to the left?
  11. Not to worry John, I'm going to buy one of them to look at from Atelier CJ together with some masts. Cheers Rod
  12. Atelier CJ Models also do the correct masts, so that's another issue solved! https://ateliercjmodels.com/epages/631c379c-594e-4ae7-bdda-fdf984f11fd8.sf/fr_FR/?ObjectPath=/Shops/631c379c-594e-4ae7-bdda-fdf984f11fd8/Products/"CJM 608"
  13. John, that's great thanks! That is the form of ogive we are looking at, with the 'crossbar' rather than individual brackets from each side. €36 is a lot of money though, even if we only need four or so! Re6/6 was going to fabricate them with annealed brass section etc. Those 'ear' things we might not do, they don't seem to appear on modern photos. The double contact wire typical of the PO-Midi is noted - a bit of neat soldering on Sommerfeldt catenary will sort that (well, mostly!). I was going to estimate principal dimensions from photos such as these, but do you or Marc have a dimensioned sketch by any chance? (Or I could get one to use as a template!)
  14. Hi Brian I have a useful article in the current FRS magazine, the Signalling Record Society Paper No.13 by Richard Lemon (1996 but still available to members and non-members), and some internet downloads including a Wikipedia article. The FRS article has a nice photo of a derailleur. A scan of that publication would be most useful, thank you - I'll send you a PM.
  15. Thanks Brian. You're probably correct about the need for the Carré Violet for the two short sidings as these may be controlled simply by verbal instruction from the chef de gare. A 'G' board might be appropriate though. As for the long siding, which trundles off scene into the hinterland, that would be a private siding, gated near the LC, so that would need something like a Carré Violet to protect the running line I would have thought? In the current FRS magazine there is a signalling diagram (for a somewhat more important station however) which has Violets all over the place in the same situations that we would use ground signals, as well as for leaving yards etc.
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