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  1. Yup, this idea turned into a bit of a Norweigan Blue!! Even the Guild modular concept died a bit of a death. I still have my module, but I think that is about it. I'm still working on it, albeit very slowly. The idea of the original spec was to keep everything as open as possible ... single track, no constraints on widths and joined by bridging pieces ... that way people only had to make sure their module was the right height (6") above table top. It wasn't supposed to be like Freemo etc where modules are more seemless. Sadly, I doubt it is going anywhere anyway, but we tried ...
  2. If you already have some good quality foam then use that. I went for the wood option because I didn't have any foam to hand and the person who came up with the idea had used wood. The 2mm hobby foam, plus a piece of kitchen roll, seems to protect the stock very well. By using wood it has meant I have been able to attached the label holders to each compartment. When you look down on a full box of stock you can't always tell whats in each tray.
  3. Here is a pic of the wood inserts from Tim Horn, they simply slot into the plastic box (although the bottom outer corners needed a bit of sanding as the box bottom is slightly rounded.
  4. I have needed some stock boxes for a while for my 7mm stock, not least because some of the kits I have built won't go back in their original boxes, and I have a cquired a few second hand purchases which came unboxed. perhaps more importantly, I got bored of the packing and unpacking every time I had a running session ... fine for a couple of locos, but the wagons were quite tedious ... ... so, here is my solution (copied form someone I saw at Tonbridge show a few years ago. A 24 Litre Really Useful Box (the hardened type). A laser cut ply frame from Tim Horn. Varnished, secured with impact adhesive and padded with 2mm Hobby Foam from Hobby Craft. Finally, I have added antiqued brass label holders to make packing away quicker (especially as the outer spaces are wider than the inner ones and therefore suited to different stock). Oh, and just in case they get knocked over, I have used some upholstery foam wrapped in an old pillow case to protect the top ... well, what else can you do with 80's bedding!!
  5. Thanks, I'll give them a try.
  6. This is a very impressive layout Simon. Can I ask what the Tortoise connectors are and where you got them from? The ones I got from C&L are pretty flimsy and have had to be replaced a couple of times, whereas the ones pictured seem to be a lot better.
  7. I'm sorry to hear that. I very much enjoyed the articles he wrote and as well as some superb modelling, he had a very engaging writing style imo. I'm glad to hear his buildings are getting a new lease of life. I think his was the first article I read about forced perspective. Thanx
  8. Thanks Paul. I figured that was the reason, but it feels like they have gone too far the otherway! I think I'll hunt out some foam too ...
  9. I have been a big fan of Neil Herd's 'Helford Creek' layouts ... first the OO one, then the O gauge version. Not quite sure what it was about them, but there was a subtle effectiveness to the buildings and the design. Pics in the Railway Modeller and the GOG Gazette, but I haven't seen anything online, or whether he has built anything else.
  10. My 14xx was a birthday present, so I have only just had an opportunity to play with it. What a superb model, but what a frustrating method of storage. 5 screws to get at the model! All OK, except my stock normally only comes out once every 2-3 months. I normally store locos in their original boxes, so what to do with this one? Bit of a pain. Anyone come up with any storage solutions, or do you all just take them out of the box and leave them out?
  11. Oh pants, I'm a snowflake??? And there was me thinking I was too old ... ;) I've been down there several times on the motorbike and believe me, those rails are very treacherous on two wheels in the wet! Motorcycle or bicycle it can be quite dangerous. Unlike a level crossing where you mostly cross at an angle, it is descepively easy to get caught out on these. It is made more dangerous by the almost unique nature of the tramway ... there is so little street running in the south of England that they really can catch out the unwary (I know there are several cities with trams, but they are all north of the M25)! I'd like to see them used again, but a friend who works for SWT said they were surveyed in the early noughties and were beyond repair way back then. Right, I'm going to sit in the fridge before I start melting again ...
  12. Are the Hornby blanking plugs easy to crack open to wire the chip in?
  13. Thanks, it's not a case of not being bothered, I just prefer plug in decoders as being a neater solution - plus if anything happens to the decoder it is easier to swap it out. Hard wired decoders are more of a phaff. Hornby must have been getting these 4 pin plugs and sockets from somewhere and I find it hard to believe they would have been bespoke to them. Why on earth they couldn't put 6 pin NEM sockets in is beyond me.
  14. When I purchased my original peckett and sentinel I managed to get hold of some new Hornby style 4 pin plugs from DCC Supplies. I fitted these to Lenz Silver decoders and just plugged them into the locos. Does anyone know if these are still available from anywhere? DCC Supplies said they didn't have any last time I enquired. I could hardwire the next pecket, but feel that a plug in would be more elogant.
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