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  1. As an experiment and to give you something recognisable I delved into a borrowed collection of Cuban stock to pose this Chino on my nighttime HO layout "Blue Heron" and selected different colours on the LED strip controller. There are obvious limitations with the way the camera responds and exposes the colours, but as examples we have... Blue: Light blue: Yellow: Orange: Something else I need to do is increase the brightness of the sodium lighting in the background and the globes of the street lamps so they ill
  2. 1:100 seems to be the way forward, I discounted 1:120 for a number of reasons including the clearance between the bogie sideframes and the chassis rails, and the width of the chassis meaning the area under the steps ends up being wafer thin. In theory a 12' wb wagon could fit on a 10' chassis, but would be too high. 1:100 uses all of the advantages of 9mm and is to scale, the only obvious downside is the pantographs look a little small. Besides, these arrived today...
  3. Will the layout also need some kind of cover to reduce the amount of background light and help frame the scene? +1 for the LED colour changing tape (currently through the remote as I'm yet to program it from an Arduino), I tend to use a dim orange or brighter blue/white on a nighttime project, or sometimes the Hollywood theatrical blue that looks good but quite unrealistic when you think about it. I did think it could be used to balance the unnatural ambient light used in some venues, but found that that is something your eyes become accustomed to and any corrections
  4. It was done a few times when taking power cars to and from Brush as part of the MTU program. Here is another with the infamous Advenza Railfreight.... https://youtu.be/fzH-7Rs1Hco
  5. Slightly more differences than that, it took me a while to realise the Pan and air tank had swapped ends when converted. A1 models did etches for the windows and I used the bodyside grills from a Lima 50 amongst other bits. They were probably too wide as on the loadbank they fitted between the internal structure bracings.
  6. Does the motor run if you remove the metal clip and first set of gears and what is the current then....? The last time I looked at a Hornby 86/APT power bogie both brushes were isolated from the frame, hence the short wire from the block to the LH brush. APT armatures had different windings to make them run faster but if it is pulling 1.4a then there is something wrong.
  7. 3mm scale on 9mm track works out nicely for 3' gauge, if it suits your prototype- in fact it matches quite a few scale/gauge combinations. In the case of the Sóller Railway here their trains of a Motor plus six coaches are 300' long which is quite lengthy for a layout, so a decrease in scale is an advantage. Interesting to see continental TT at 1:120 is becoming more popular, despite the perception that it is closer to the vastly better supported N gauge. Is this because it is less fiddley than N, or just because it is different....?
  8. So as to provide an update to show how my main current modelling focus is progressing, here is a rough list of recent works (inbetween home schooling, work, and trying not to stink the house out with resin): Soller Motor- waist level band moved up 0.3mm as it's position didn't tie in with checks done on known drawings and photographs. It also looks too pronounced so the upper and lower bands will be reduced in thickness. Roof equipment box pitch reduced and square holes added after suitable photos were found or sent to me. Ironwork-gates and brackets still to do, am thinking of mak
  9. There is, one of the better exhibits at Amberley: https://www.amberleymuseum.co.uk/explore/explore-communication/electricity-hall/ When the Electric Railway Museum was open in Coventry, one of the class 309 cars had a display of various forms of electric traction. It didn't have to, but proved the efforts of the volunteers to form a credible museum instead of just looking like a site full of stock that nobody else wanted.
  10. Possibly Milnes tram cars, looking at the curve over the saloon entrance. With an open top deck, although I wouldn't discount an enclosed single deck.
  11. The dark teak was certainly the traditional colour with quite alot of variation as equipment faded, but now everything is a fairly uniform lighter (amber?*) colour including the now static luggage vans, thanks to the Soller workshops. 2 and 3 were overhauled with alot of new external woodwork after their accident about 15 years ago and that accounts for some variation in the planking widths. *I'm not sure what the name for the scale of orangeness is, the Spray tan?
  12. 1:100 on 9mm track, pantographs are Sommerfeldt TT scale 882s...
  13. Some may call it bribery, but previous Swampys who spent months living up a tree are now self employed environmental experts on large projects on a nice hourly rate in an air conditioned Portakabin, looking for Great Crested Newts (which are so rare, every construction site is plagued by them...).
  14. ...but by comparison, the TT scale pan still looks better than a HO diamond frame...
  15. First "successful" print of the Soller Motor, the wagons less so because of the lack of supports and me not accounting for resin shrinkage in their fit onto their chassis. The motor looks too tall but I put that down to not having any differentiation between us the body and the black box frame section below it. I'm still unsure of what scale to use because although I like the idea of 1:100, the pantographs don't and their appearance looks jarring once noticed....
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