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Jon Fitness

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  1. Ooh! Theatre indicator failed? Oh dear...... Cracking cab ride video though. Having attempted something similar many years ago I can appreciate how time consuming and sometimes difficult it can be. JF
  2. Wow. The amount of engineering that goes into your signals still astounds me Steve! Lovely work as always and all power to your methods. Wonderful. JF
  3. Lovely stuff Steve. It's ages since I did any rocking shafts for signals as most of my commissions seem to be GW at the moment! JF
  4. Enjoyed the YouTube video Rod. Looking forward to the next one now! It's inspired me to get my RR37 numbered up and named as 37420. JF
  5. Many thanks for all the suggestions and helps. As I still have my CAD stabilisers and L plates on, this is all rather confusing. If only draftsight would work properly again I could just carry on where I had to leave off!.. JF
  6. Well, doublecad is installed but won't touch any of my previously done drawings...
  7. My latest Loco finished and having a run round the garden train set. It's a mix of Premier Components chassis, Chowbent etches and JLTRT resin boiler/saddle unit. More eventually.. JF
  8. I've downloaded and installed DoubleCad XT5 thanks Stephen, so I'll give it a go over the next few days. It all looks familiar on the interface so I should be able to stumble my way round it. Hopefully it'll open some of my previously done drawings and prove possible to work on them without starting from scratch again... Anyway, I've finished the first of a batch of early pattern GW wooden post signals.. No lamps on these but they'll be servo operated and all fitted with built up ladders. I must be mad. I blame the lockdown! JF
  9. Thanks Stephen, I think I'll download DoubleCad and give it a try. JF
  10. I was very happy with Draftsight when it was free and I was happy to pay for it once that ended. Since then it simply either hasn't worked or or has moments when it works for a while then crashes. Nanocad is broadly similar so I found it very familiar. There are functions on it which I can never rely on working properly, mainly the fill function which is very fussy and random regardless of any settings I alter. It also randomly unfills areas during moving and copying stuff. These same areas then won't refill until I pick them apart and redo them. Even when they filled perfectly before. Don't even get me started on the line extend/trim functions. Fine in the old Draftsight but not very effective in Nanocad. It just makes everything such hard work. Anyway, as all the etchers have suspended operations, I'm concentrating on building rather than designing stuff. Its quite frustrating as I have a huge list of signal related etches I'd like to produce (35 and counting in the planning stage!) JF
  11. I know there are a few of you out there who can construct these "built up" ladders with etched stiles and wire rungs. Using the supplied jigs and methods they just breeze together and look really good when finished. Me? Nope. My efforts have usually resembled badly laid narrow gauge WW1 temporary track that's been run over by an early tank. Then hit by heavy artillery. During these strange times of personal confinement my befuddled mind rashly agreed to fit a few signals with them for a customer so I've had to "get back on the horse" and have another go. My main problem with them is keeping the stiles at something approaching parallel during the soldering process. I've now come up with the "Laddermatic 2020 mk1" to hold them under tension which actually sort of works. Hopefully the pictures explain my idea but feel free to question both the method and my sanity! I have used Southwark Bridge etched ladders for this project which needed far more preparation than they should. The main problem is that the holes in the stiles were mostly not fully etched and needed drilling out which caused a little distortion which didn't help. The sliding spring loaded fitting did it's best to hold them straight and would have worked better if the etches were straighter in the first place! I think the end result is a lot better than any of my previous attempts so, every cloud etc More soon JF
  12. Ooh, who's the etchers? I'm just about to fire some artwork off to PPD... JF
  13. Still very much got my stabilisers on regarding CAD! I seem to be fighting with it due to my lack of skills. It sometimes feels like computer hindered rather than aided design! JF
  14. Thanks Jim. Still at the track only stage at the moment but I'll post a few pix up later. Not sure if it'll be on this page as the layout has no signals on it! JF
  15. Finally got my GW 1942 style bracket test etch finished, fitted out and painted today. As previously stated, all that is etched is my own work and if I can persuade Nanocad to actually do what I tell it to and not alter my work as it sees fit, I might actually get these etches into production soon. I hope to produce about 4 different configurations of this style of bracket along with a few other previously unavailable GW bracket styles. More soon JF
  16. You are right I think. Most of my signals are from the BR period where white predominated but the LMS list the doll Ironwork under the "paint it black" instruction! I presume that includes backblinders JF
  17. Still the most handsome passenger tank loco ever designed (my opinion and I won't be swayed!) and your job on the kit has definitely done it justice. JF
  18. The vast majority were painted white as was most of the iron work. I have spotted one or two local variations, especially where maintenance has transferred to a different region. Don't forget, upper quadrants were used across all regions (yes even the Western inherited a few!) and all stamped their personalities on them. SR painted theirs mid grey and I think ER ones were black. Even the LMR in later years started painting bits of signal structures and fittings grey too. JF
  19. Messy? My work doesn't look that good after I've spent ages cleaning it all up! That pipework looks really convincing as well. Beautiful work. JF
  20. Good point. I'll have to investigate that. Maybe, as you suggest, it was a later BR development. It's one of those things where I'm sure I've seen a picture of it but if I go off and look, it simply won't be there... JF
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