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  1. Hi Rob The RT rods are very small, and I found them quite fiddly to assemble. The etch includes parts for the forked joints at the ends of the rods, which I didn't use as they were so small. I found some useful pics on the net at https://www.rmweb.co.uk/community/index.php?/blogs/entry/15078-57xx8750-research-and-reference-photos/ and I studied these in conjunction with the exploded diagram on the RT models etch until I understood how everything fitted together. I think the rods themselves may be slightly short, and the front sandbox fillers on the Bachmann body are definitely too far forward. I accepted both these errors. Before I removed the parts from the fret I carefully opened out the holes with a taper broach so they were a fit on a .33mm wire. I then fitted the LH rod and the operating rod to a .33 mm wire, which passes under the boiler. I simply glued the rods to the splashers. They look OK to my eyes, and defintely enhance the look of the front end. Alex
  2. With loco construction underway, I've got a bit further with 4658, and I've started on 4588 as well. They are currently waiting in the yard at Diddington!
  3. Construction of the first of the engines is under way. It's 4658 of Laira shed, and I'm using a Bachmann 8750 for this. I've added some detalil in the form of new lamp irons from 1mm brass strip, RT moodels sanding pull rods, a Markits mokebox door dart, and I've added the missing handrail abobe the front steps. I've fitted my DG couplings. Painting and weathering are now under way, and I'll post more picturs when its done. Alex
  4. Sounds like a plan Nick. Thanks for the info Miss P. Most helpful. Alex.
  5. Planning for Yelverton has been progressing. Initial thoughts were to model the complete station from the tunnel at the Tavistock end, to the end of the siding at the Plymouth end. However, fitting this into the available space would mean too much compression and losing the character of the station. I had already decided to model the station in the period after the closure of the Princetown branch and before closure of the signal box, as at the moment I don’t have room to model the Princetown branch as well, although that would add interest in terms of track layout and the number of workings. Something to think about for the future perhaps. I found a couple of views of the station taken from a viewpoint in the vicinity of the Princetown branch starter, looking down on the station from the East. I decided to model this view., from the accommodation bridge at the Tavistock end of the station, to a point just south of the signal box at the Plymouth end. I’ve sketched out a plan to work from, and find I have a number of questions: 1. What is the relationship between the sides of the pentagonal building on the down platform? My feeling is that the building is a rectangular building, with an additional side inserted at the southern end, to give the five sides, not a regular pentagon. The corner between the Up platform side, and the southern end appears to be a right angle, but does anyone have more information? 2. What is the top of the roof like? Is there a four sided flat section? How was it covered? 3. There appear to be four huts behind the signal box. A brick built hut (possibly a weighbridge?), two sleeper built huts, and possibly a GW pattern corrugated lamp hut. In my plan, the scenic part of the model will be 9’ long, which fits the space I have available for construction. This will break down in to three 3’ long boards for transportation, which, together with the fiddle yars, will fit in the back of the car. I'll put up a plan when I’ve worked out how to do it! Alex.
  6. I'll PM them. Early start tomorrow, so I'm off to bed now. I'll scan them and send them tomorrow. Alex
  7. Looking at your trestle bridge ideas, if it woukd be of interest I could send you a copy of the plans I drew for the trestles on the viaduct at Diddington, which is a model of the one at Godmanchester on the river Ouse. From memory, I think there are some piers remaining at Houghton, which is quite near you. They were only strong enough to take J15s and Ivatt class 2s, so they might be suitably rustic! Alex
  8. Cheers Brian. One of the side effects of my research into the line has been the development of a sense of envy of those who were able to see the line and ride on it before it closed. You are now one of those people! I agree, adding the Princetown line would add operational interest, and I did consider it. At the moment, the proposed format doesn.t admit for its inclusion, hence my chouce of time period. Who knows though, what the future might hold? We walked over some of the Princetown branch at the weekend. The open moorland would make a fine model, but it's surprising how quickly trhe scenery changes, Yelverton's wooded setting being only a few miles away. Alex
  9. I have decided to start a new Layout thread for my new project. It won’t replace the existing Diddington project – I’ve got lots to do on that, and progress will continue to be reported in these pages – quite regularly I hope. The new project will allow me to try out some new ideas and techniques by modelling an area new to me. I’m planning to model Yelverton station in about 1958. It will be 00 gauge 4mm scale, Track will be peco code 75 bullhead, possibly with some handbuilt pointwork. I decided on Yelverton because I wanted to model part of the Plymouth-Tavistock line which is local to me. I wanted to keep the layout simple, and was initially drawn to Shaugh Bridge, but while that was attractive scenically, it was just a platform on a single line, and offered little operational interest. Yelverton was a little further up the line, and after closure of the Princetown branch in 1956, consisted of a loop, a siding and a short spur to an end loading ramp. The signal box was closed in 1959, after which the loop was taken out of use and all trains were routed through the former up platform. My chosen year is before the loop was taken out of use. Buildings comprised a typical GWR pagoda hut and a footbridge, which are commercially available. There was a wooden shelter on the up platform, and a unique pentagonal building on the down platform (which can be seen in model form on Pen Tor Road at Pendon), both of which will have to be scratch built. The signal box appears to be a standard GWR 1883 design. I’m still thinking about the layout design. The scenic section will be about 9’ long, to fit in the car. Presentation will be eye level, with wings and a proscenium arch . I’m thinking of a “bitsa” station, with the scenic area stretching from the accommodation bridge at the north end of the station, to a point just south of the signal box. The viewing side will be from the up (east) platform, with the pentagonal building as a focal point in the foreground. There will be lots of trees in the backscene, and at the northern end of the layout, a departure from my recent modelling activities. There will be a cassette deck at the southern end of the layout, and a sector plate at the north end of the station, which will allow trains to run round, and possible serve a hidden return track behind the backscene, which will allow all stock marshalling to be done in the southern yard. It is important to me to keep a sense of length, an to maintain the relationships between the various building. I had wanted to include the tunnel ant the northern end of the station, but to do this I felt I was trying to cram too much into the available space, and was losing the relationship between the positions of the buildings. I’m not planning to start building the layout until the new year. However, I’ve made a start on the stock, and more about this will follow in the coming months. That’s all for now. Alex
  10. We had a good day out at the SWAG members day last Sunday. Met some old friends, and made some new ones. My only regret is I didn't have enough time to get to see all the other layouts myself, so I particularly enjoyed Andy Y's video! It was Elm Lane's last time out as changes in the layout room need I need to build a shorter section to join Upwell Drove to Diddington. I took a few pictures of the layout set up. Alex
  11. Thanks Tom 10', hinged in the middle. Sounds like a plan what thickness of material was used for the front panel of the proscenium? (I'm assuming it was ply.) Alex
  12. Hi Tom. Might I ask a practical question? Apologies if you have already mentioned this earlier in the thread, but my computer is a bit "clunky" at the moment, and going back through 58 pages was a daunting prospect. Looking at the overall photo of Cwm Prysor, how long is the proscenium? Is it in a single part, or is ther a join? Finally, it appears from the picture that there may be a support about a third of the way along from the right hand end: is that right? Alex
  13. Excellent day. Thanks for organising Stu. Leaned a it, met some old friends and made some new ones. Upwell Drove behaved itself, apart from a brief interlude with the lights before we opened, traced to a connector that had come undone. We particularly liked the cake, and Sandy Shores. a Alex.
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