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Get yourself to ‘The Works’ if you have one local and buy a pack of their cardboard gift tags.  The pieces card can be found a use for but the reel of string they supply for tying the tags on is perfect for what you want. Even Sort of looks like wire rope when painted.  Added bonus - dirt cheap.

 

https://www.theworks.co.uk/p/wedding-invitation-cards/brown-square-string-tags---20-pack/5052089258792

 

 

 

 

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19 hours ago, 5BarVT said:

Very nice. 

I’ve  been resolving forces . . . should the angled girders go right down to ground level and thus be visible in the gap between the buildings?

Maybe they are!

Paul.

 

Well spotted, shortage of space  I'm afraid.  To try and minimise the visual impact I have moved the head gear back along the flat roof as far as it will go and put some land form under the winding house to ensure the pulley cables don't scrape the roof parapet - see following pics.

 

18 hours ago, manna said:

G'Day Folks

 

Try 'Fishing Line', comes in lots of thickness's, and non 'Hairy'

 

manna

 

17 hours ago, jukebox said:

Or wax/oil on the cotton to give it a greasy shine, and slick down the errant bouffant?

 

16 hours ago, lezz01 said:

You could try nylon thread instead of cotton it's much stronger and not hairy it also comes in grey.

Regards Lez. 

 

6 hours ago, BoD said:

Get yourself to ‘The Works’ if you have one local and buy a pack of their cardboard gift tags.  The pieces card can be found a use for but the reel of string they supply for tying the tags on is perfect for what you want. Even Sort of looks like wire rope when painted.  Added bonus - dirt cheap.

 

https://www.theworks.co.uk/p/wedding-invitation-cards/brown-square-string-tags---20-pack/5052089258792

 

 

 

 

 

Thanks for your various suggestions guys, I've plumped for mono-filament fishing line, see following post.

 

Regards,

Brian.

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As I have mentioned above, I have made the "pulley cables" from fishing line, 10 or 12 lb breaking strain I think (the thickest I had).  A U shape loop of line was threaded through the lid of the shaft and glued to the underside.

 

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Each "cable" was run over its corresponding pulley...

 

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...and yet more fishing equipment (7 BB split shot) was added to each "cable"...

 

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...and the split shot were then threaded through the appropriate hole in the winding house which then imparted a little tension into the "cables".

 

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This pic below shows the land form (polystyrene tile as yet un-sceniced) under the winding house which is now raised up slightly so the cables clear the parapet.

 

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The head frame has been pushed back as far as possible to allude to the fact that the racking struts are contained within the "heapstead" to hopefully minimise the visual problem picked up by 5BarVT.

 

This all may seem a complete faff but I don't really want to permanently connect anything to anything so that, if necessary, I can recycle these buildings on another layout.  The layout is permanent so I don't have to glue the buildings down.

 

Regards,

Brian.

 

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The remaining piece of the colliery jig-saw has been commenced i.e. the conveyor housing linking the heapstead to the screens.  Here is the incomplete conveyor housing...

 

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...and almost complete but still roofless posed on temporary supports in the colliery.

 

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Getting there!

 

Regards,

Brian.

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On 8 November 2019 at 19:14, danstercivicman said:

Wow your work is of a mega high standard :) 

I'll second that!! 

 

Continuing to follow avidly......

 

Pete

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I have done some more work on the conveyor today after deciding how I would form a curved roof for it.  The actual roof covering is a Scalescenes texture (old corrugated iron) printed directly onto thin card.  The curve is formed as follows.  Firstly diminishing in width strips of mounting board were glued on to the conveyor "ceiling"...

 

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...and the card roof glued over the top and cut to width and glued in place.

 

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This completes the actual conveyor enclosure...

 

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...so the supporting trestles were fabbed up from various Evergreen sections.

 

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These obviously need painting but everything was posed on the layout to see how it looked and to check rolling stock clearances.

 

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The ground cover and scenics in this are will be the next mini project.

 

Regards,

Brian.

 

 

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An excellent piece of work Brian.

 

Bill.

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19 hours ago, Toftwood said:

That looks so good, well done!

 

Pete

 

Many thanks for your kind remarks chaps.  I've painted the trestles now so this is the final look...

 

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...and, after shunting a few hoppers, this is the view from "The Big Chair" featuring all of the recently completed colliery buildings.  Good bye mock ups!

 

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Regards,

Brian.

 

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Hi Brian,

 

I’m a big fan of your layout, and the colliery is looking great.

 

Is the conveyor free standing? I also don’t want to permanently attach certain buildings on my layout to the baseboard and have found magnets useful for a strong but removable option.


I need to make a covered walkway between two mill buildings and really like the look of your conveyor. I plan to hold this in place with a magnet in each end holding against a plate on the inside wall of the building.

 

Best regards,

Pete

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9 hours ago, BurscoughCurves said:

Hi Brian,

 

I’m a big fan of your layout, and the colliery is looking great.

 

Is the conveyor free standing? I also don’t want to permanently attach certain buildings on my layout to the baseboard and have found magnets useful for a strong but removable option.


I need to make a covered walkway between two mill buildings and really like the look of your conveyor. I plan to hold this in place with a magnet in each end holding against a plate on the inside wall of the building.

 

Best regards,

Pete

 

Thanks for your kind words and interest Pete. The conveyor is sort of free standing. There is a thin ledge on each building at its ends and the trestles supports the conveyor where it changes direction. There is also a bit of friction in play by shoving the two end buildings (heapstead and screens) firmly up against the corresponding ends of the conveyor. 

Thanks for the tip about magnets which is probably too late for this build but something I will remember for the future. Great advice. 

 

Kind Regards, 

Brian 

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I've started the base for the scenics in the colliery area by adding a bit of land-form (expanded polystyrene hot wire shaped to fit)...

 

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...which will be covered with filler or plaster bandage, painted and static grassed before being dirtied up a bit with "coal".  I thought about putting a bit of land-form here...

 

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...but I thought another little colliery building would be better, hence this.

 

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Regards,

Brian.

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Crickey Brian, a few days away, and not looked in for a week or two and the Colliery is looking superb mate. it just looks so natural and as though it's always been there. Well done. 

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