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    US HO - mostly BNSF circa 2008. Rhatishe Bahn in HOm. CD (Czech Railways) in HO and TT

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  1. Getting back into British outline recently I've got Railmatch acrylic to spray thinning with Vallejo airbrush thinners although I've found them a bit more temperamental that say Tamiya acrylic or Vallejo Air
  2. Glosscote and Dullcote are lacquers but will work fine over acrylics (I've done it). They also come in jars for those who want to airbrush / brush paint. A small problem may be that Rustoleum who own the Modelmasters and Dullcote / Glosscote brands have recently announced that they are exiting the hobby market so they may be tricky to get. As an alternative Humbrol do acrylic rattle can vanishes as well as enamel version
  3. Small croc clips crimpted onto length of BBQ bamboo squewers are good for holding small items Some sort of paint mixing aim is handy. If your choicen paint comes in plastic bottles then adding a M4 stainless steel nut as an aggitator is good. Other wise try the Badger or Trumpeter milk frother type mixers for wide mouth jars or for dropper type bottles a generic "nail varnish shaker" off ebay
  4. The method to work out mast placements on curves are right at the beginning as its a central principle regardless of gauge or country
  5. Tightest part of the curve is 18inch radius which will still allow rolling with all details installed to go round. Masts gaps are between 17cm and 20cm set as per the method in the red manual
  6. I'm happy with Sommerfedt as its pretty easy to source, good to work with and not too expensive. The brass, absolute scale gear is lovely but I cant justify with Mrs S to remortgage the house for it. I just took my time with drawing out my mast spacing and where wires would go so I had something to follow when it came to drilling holes. And red cover manual is a real must for a first-timer. A wagon with a pantograph is a real asset for testing you wires. Also I had problems with the Sommerfedt flux rusting the metal on the cross spans even after cleaning them with 99% IPA as per the manual. Having used the gel flux sold by tools firms at shows it seems to work better
  7. Combo of Mrs S managing to get a Tee Time for a round of golf and waking early has got the catenery restrung. Also started to paint the wires. I've aimed for a scale effect with a mix of Vallejo Black Grey with a touch of Black Green so it has a hint of oxidised copper
  8. CANCELLED - Seaboard Southern American Train Show, Sat 19th Sept 2020 Having waited to see how the current Covid-19 situation might unfold the Seaboard Southern group have reluctantly decided that, given the current circumstances, holding their 2020 show would not be in the best interests of visitors, the venue, traders & exhibitors or the group membership alike. Thus, we are cancelling this year’s show but we are aiming to be back on Sat 18th Sept 2021
  9. CANCELLED - Seaboard Southern American Train Show, Sat 19th Sept 2020 Having waited to see how the current Covid-19 situation might unfold the Seaboard Southern group have reluctantly decided that, given the current circumstances, holding their 2020 show would not be in the best interests of visitors, the venue, traders & exhibitors or the group membership alike. Thus we are cancelling this year’s show but we are aiming to be back on Sat 18th Sept 2021
  10. Looks like a really good job Jim. Now got me thinking of a print for Shapeways to do one for Santa Maria
  11. Assuming you are not going to make your own catenary wire then you are going to be restricted to the max length wire sections that Sommerfedt do. I would really recommend that you invest on the Sommerfedt manual as what you spend on that you'll save on not buying excess masts and wire
  12. During my lack of activity on the layout I have managed to knock off a couple more bits of rolling stock detailing and weathering. The service 4 wheeler had been in the stock roster for a while but has now got the full treatment of faded paintwork and roof, a bit of tinworm and related streaking and an attempt at distressing the blanked out windows with peeling paint esposing the metal sheet below
  13. Well best laid plans and all that..... Got the track relaid, rails solders and cut across the board joint and masts respaced and then......nothing else. Having had another look at the scenery join just in front of the tree line it was never great and so I sucummed to temptation and started a bit remodelling....which still needs finishing. Hopefully with the long weekend I'll be able to make some progress. Dan
  14. The RhB have taken advantage of the reduced traffic to relay the track and realign the wires at the western end of Santa Maria. Hopefully the majority of the work will be done by next week
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