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Jim these people https://www.aluminiumwarehouse.co.uk/aluminium/angle   offer a half inch (12.7mm) Angle which is probably the same as yours. It depends on how much you order to cover the delivery. I bought some for our club 0 gauge worked out much cheaper than I could get at the local builders yard trade price.

Don

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On 22/10/2019 at 16:04, Caley Jim said:

elp.

 

My problem for my making more cassettes is that the only angle which seems to be available now is 12mm as opposed to the 12.5mm I've used up until now, which kind of upsets the overall design as far as being able to stack them etc. I have a couple of work-arounds in mind, however. 

 

Jim 

Jim

 

perhaps a card shim each side would resolve the problem 

 

Nick

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9 hours ago, nick_bastable said:

Jim

 

perhaps a card shim each side would resolve the problem 

 

Nick

The issue is keeping the width between the sides the same as the narrower angles will reduce that by 1mm.  The base of the cassettes is designed to slot between the sides when they are stacked. The two options I have in mind are a) use 40thou for the sides instead of 60thou, or b) put some plain rail along the inside of the angles, soldered to 0.5mm PCB ' sleepers '.

The first would be the simplest, but leaves me with several large sheets of 60thou bought for that very purpose.  Perhaps I should have stocked up on 12.5mm wide Al angle at the same time! 

 

Jim 

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On 24/10/2019 at 23:36, Donw said:

Jim these people https://www.aluminiumwarehouse.co.uk/aluminium/angle   offer a half inch (12.7mm) Angle which is probably the same as yours. It depends on how much you order to cover the delivery. I bought some for our club 0 gauge worked out much cheaper than I could get at the local builders yard trade price.

Hi Don.

 

Thanks for that.  I missed your post earlier with all the excitement of going up to Aberdeen!  Looks like it might solve my problem.

 

Jim

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5 hours ago, Caley Jim said:

all the excitement of going up to Aberdeen

Not a phrase one hears often, although in my experience it is a very jolly place to visit and stay awhile.

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On 28/10/2019 at 22:10, Caley Jim said:

Just as we were starting to clear up after the Aberdeen Show , roy presented me with a box " We'd like you to have this".

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He must have seen the puzzled look on my face because he then said "It's not what it says".

 

When I opened the box, this was the contents:

 

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A CR dia.8 horsebox Neil had built from an etch reduced from 4mm scale.

Once the couplings are changed (I promised to give them back the DG's!) it will make a companion for the one I built many years ago from the same etch! :D

 

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Jim

 

 

Very nice Jim, I have one of these etches stashed away, it could well turn up at Bath on a race day!

 

Jerry

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While waiting on the wheels coming for my 0-6-0ST I've put Neil's horsebox through Biggar Works.

 

It has had the DG's removed, brake pipes, coupling hooks with screw couplings and AJ couplings fitted.  The solebars and headstocks have been painted black and the footboards painted 'weathered wood'.  It is now ready to enter service! 

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Although most of my time over the past few months has been spent on the Jubilee Pug, Kirkallanmuir has not been neglected.  The woodland behind the colliery sidings has had short sessions spent on it - winter weather is not conducive to spending long periods in the garage - and is now substantially completed along with the ground on the far side of the colliery line itself. 

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I have not made any effort to model specific species of tree, but hopefully, by using a mixture of foliage mat colours and a variety of flock, foam etc as foliage on the lichen bushes, it looks fairly typical of a mixed woodland.

Jim

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I have brought the middle board into my study to attend to one or two little maintenance jobs.  Back here, readers will recall that I had fitted up the signal box with LEDs, powered off 3 button batteries.  However, they only kept it going for around 30 minutes, if that.  One of the jobs I have been meaning to do for some time was rig it up to be powered off the 12v DC supply which powers the un-couplers and memory wire tou's.  That was done this evening.  On Nigel C's advice I wired a 1kohm resistor in the circuit and, while that gave a fair illumination, 2 such resistors in parallel (500 ohms) was a good bit brighter.

 

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Last time I got an order from Eileen's I included a miniature 2 pin plug and socket to use in this so that the box could continue to be removable.  This is the wiring arrangement.

 

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Jim

 

 

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Nice Jim. Just a thought a 1K potentiometer trimmer would enable you to adjust the light to the level you need.

 

Don

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I had been debating for some time as to what to do about both the fence between the road and the railway beyond the livestock landing and that at the end of the landing.  While the board was in my study I came to the decision to make both as sleeper fences.  Accordingly a slot was cut along the line of both fences and that at the end of the landing can be seen at the bottom of the first photo of the signal box above, in line with the buffer stop.

 

This let me create a profile of the ground so that the fence could be made to follow it.  Both sections were made with 'posts' at intervals which reach down to the baseboard and so keep the fence at the correct height.   these can be seen in this photo of the long section ready to be painted.

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The bottom edge of the card is baseboard level and the card at the top has the ground profile and was used to align the tops of the sleepers.  30 x 30 thou styrene along the bottom gives it some rigidity during construction and is buried in the 'ground'.  I learned early on that is wise to paint the edges of the 60x40 strip from which the sleepers are cut before assembly as it is difficult to get in between them to paint there afterwards.  the vertical lines help to ensure that the sleepers are kept vertical to the horizontal and not the line of the ground.

 

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Here the two fences are bedded in by pressing them into some DAS slurry run into the slots and the wall on the other side of the road has been made from DAS putty.  This was taken with flash, so the colours are a bit 'off'.

 

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A closer shot after the verge along the wall had been 'grassed'.  This was done by dribbling lines of PVA onto a tile and covering them with static grass from an applicator.  Once the PVA had dried the excess grass was gently brushed off and the strips cut down the centre so that they could be peeled off with a straight edge.  Bits of these strips were then glued in place with the straight edges against the wall. Small blobs of PVA were then dabbed on in places and small clumps of foam off foliage net pushed onto them to simulate weeds etc.

 

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This final shot shows the board back in situ with the slot cut in the adjacent board for the length of fence up to the bridge.

 

Jim

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Scenic work continues with the extension of both the sleeper fence and the wall on the opposite side of the road up to the wing walls of the overbridge.  Above the wing walls are short stretches of post and rail fencing, the posts being 40 x 40 thou and the rails 30 x 10 thou styrene strip.

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At the other end of the overbridges walls and a gate have been put in bounding the field beside the exchange sidings and the 'grassing' of the field finished off.

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The section of embankment between the exchage sidings and the colliery branch adjacent to the weightbridge office has also been textured and has sprouted some small bushes.

 

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The banking between the sleeper fence and the main line will be the next area to be textured.

 

I also dug out a pack of two piles of crates which I bought from Ten Commandments at Model Rail.  These are cast in plaster and were a rather insipid colour as bought.  They needed a wee bit tidying up round the lower edges, but once painted and with some tissue paper labels stuck on they don't look too bad.

 

 

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Here they are sat around the warehouse along with some barrels I had cast in white metal many years ago and a couple of new hurdles.

 

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None of these are fixed in place yet until i decide if that is exactly where I want them.  One stack of crates may go elsewhere on the layout.  Apologies for the (very) foreign wagon in the foreground!    :unsure:  I have a very good excuse for it, but that's another story!

 

Jim

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The very foreign wagon looks great for me except for one small detail (PM on it's way). The Stephen Harris kits take a bit of time but are worthwhile and make up really well. I particularly like the stanchions modelled with their chains. I must do the same for mine. What did you use?

 

Taking of good kits geographically displaced I found a CR open in NSLR livery yesterday in a box marked coaches. Slightly less out of place 'down here' but still a long way from 'home'. 

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