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  1. I thought I would update my workbench with what's been happening during the forums absence. Before I go on a very big thankyou to Warners, Andy and all the others who have been busy sorting out the forum issues I was initially asked to build a right hand turnout of a formation to P4 gauge, once tested I was then asked to complete the complex, the turnout was incorporated into the formation template and additional timbers were then added The next main job was to build the 4 common crossings that were required This is the latest photo I have updated, though now all but one of the switch rails have been built, but as there is no chair plan or even special chairs for 3 ways its a case of skiing off-piste a bit. 90% of the chair positions are straight forward, the remaining 10% have to be guessed. Without clear photographic evidence and the lack of plans and specialist chairs its a case of best guess/adaption of what's available Still great to be back on line again
  2. March is flying by and New Martin Street has been in a sort of limbo for several reasons, firstly I am still in several minds about the side and backscene walls Secondly I have been talking with James Walters of Bexhill West fame about the servo actuators he uses James sent me some samples (plus a few other 3D printed goodies) and they look just the job, above are the actuators with one microswitch built in, James also does one with 2 microswitches. I can now both learn how to use servo point motors and fit some on the base board Above is an actuator without a microswitch and the control board (I have not read the instructions but I think it controls up to 4 units. More on this in the future James also makes a ballast hover https://makeitminiature.bigcartel.com/ Worth a look James YouTube channel also worth a look to see some very creative modelling
  3. It depends which C&L rail you have, Phil used to use the generic code 75 drawing tool the company producing the rail had, but I think like the 7mm rail now has his own 4mm tool which is much nearer scale. Do you have a scale plan to work to ?
  4. There is a large following of modellers who love the ability to easily make formations, in their own mind its correct and looks just like the prototype. Before anyone starts jumping up and down that's fine and I have no issues with it In most prototypical situations a so called Y turnout is asymmetrical, but then its far more common to see a turnout with a slight curve than a straight one but we accept straight turnouts as the norm.
  5. I have just bought on eBay a much modified K's J50 tank loco. The body seems to be well built with added detail and a nice paint job, perhaps the only criticism is the coarse 3 link couplings which can easily be changed The chassis is not the usual Hornby Dublo R1, but it looks to be a brass milled chassis with Romford wheels, guard irons and brake gear have also been added I bought it mainly for the body, looking quite splendid in LNER green livery (did these locos ever run in green livery ? ) I will alter it to EM gauge, initially I may get away with a quick axle change and a few washers, longer term a new etched chassis, motor and gearbox. All for less than the cost of new set of Markit drivers
  6. Nothing wrong with it being in hand built track and Templot, likewise it fits into small suppliers. Let's face it the kits have to be hand built, the OP showed kits being built, other have added to it by actually modifying the kits. Thirdly for those who want something better from that what is available from the main stream, where else would you put it ? Its a track topic !! Perhaps its the sections title that needs altering !! To me the detractors are those who seem to dislike anything that is not ready to run, this forum is not their natural home Wayne is breaking new ground here bringing in a range of turnouts and gauges not available from the mainstream, namely turnouts designed to be built to prototypical designs and in my opinion he is making a very good jobs in doing so He has made some to 00 gauge, however these have been further refined as well to 00sf gauge which gives those requiring something which both looks and operates an additional choice, simply its moving the hobby on There is also a growing market for modellers wanting to take the extra step of widening the gauge to EM, just because you may not want to go down this route, others clearly do. If there is no market then the range will not take off, on the other hand it may be the thing that tips the balance for others Lets face it Wayne is trying to please quite a broad group with these kits, from standard 00 to EM gauge. Please let us all get on with each other, as all developments benefit everyone.
  7. As you say the track centres and more importantly the loading gauge remains the same irrespective of gauge. the length of turnouts does increase slightly as the gauge widens, approximately a P4 B6 is 23mm longer than an 00 gauge B6. Providing the track centres are the same there should be few issues Where there can be an issue is where RTR turnouts are used and unless you splice them together usually the RTR track centres are larger.
  8. Chris Look me up and say hello Perhaps starting from or via Milton Keynes ?
  9. I looked on the site and it said in the spring, but mentions a £3 payment, has anyone any knowledge if the free parking of the past is now £3 or even gone up to £8. The website is a bit confusing
  10. A Terrier is also quite common and inexpensive, then there is the J72 Whilst the OP stated that they wanted to do a YouTube video(s) of the build, for some may prefer a video(s) on how to either refurbish a ready built loco or a complete rebuild
  11. Frank I don't think many if anyone thinks EM gauge will be anything but a minority interest, but these are the groups where the smaller traders excel, whether its track, eras, locos or companies Remember a very small increase in total modellers being tempted to migrate or just try EM gauge modelling will mean a large/very large increase of modellers in this group We have seen a massive rise in the numbers of specialist RTR loco manufacturers supply niche locos, as said it just needs one to offer an EM gauge loco to start interest, with modern cad software this may not be far off, as the development costs have been more or less paid out on an existing 00 gauge model
  12. Derek Thankfully many others including the trade think different, with trackwork EM modellers have never been better off, with Wayne's turnouts, the EMGE own products and C&L's new 2 and 3 bolt flexitrack the future has never been brighter.
  13. The 0-4-0T's are quite collectable thus expensive, even built examples fetch a premium. You are more likely to find an 0-6-0T at a better price if you want a cheap model
  14. Phil Quite a lot of rolling stock is just a change of wheelsets, for some locos I believe the EMGS does drop in wheelsets. Most folk are time poor, certainly these kits are excellent ,easy and quick to build. The stumbling block in my mind are loco wheelsets, a quick and cheap conversion is to buy a simple kit built 00 gauge loco with Romford/Markit wheels, all you need are some Markit EM gauge axles and a packet of brass axle washers, a conversion costing under £10. I have done this with several K's & Wills kit built locos. I now prefer to fit etched brass chassis, but this takes a bit more skill and costs a little more
  15. Being a newbe to east Essex I tend to be aware of the high tide info, is it not 5m (15') I never realised it was that much before
  16. Wayne Nothing to apologise about at all, to me this thread is moving along the requests for" easy to build and better looking track", sadly there are a few around who just want to disrupt threads for the sake of it. Nothing wrong with constructive comments even if sometimes it falls into constructive criticism, that's how we can learn and move things forward. Well done for keeping your cool for so long One of the issues with 00 gauge is that there are so many variants from course scale to ultra fine scales, its a great pity the trade does not agree a common set of standards for new stock. I look forward to your new announcements and the thread getting back on track
  17. The wing rail chairs were left to set overnight I then used my DD Wheelwrights block gauge and crossing alignment aid (also available in EM gauge) which makes soldering up the wing rail easy, though a standard wing rail gauge would do fine, but remember to support the crossing as the vee is not held/stuck in place All soldered together, he copperclad strips will be trimmed to size once the turnout has been built The second wing rail is in place with the chairs stuck down and setting, I will solder the second wing rail tomorrow. The first switch rail is being fitted
  18. I have just bought a built but up painted Springside 14xx for £87 plus £5.90 postage. New these kits retail for £366 (I assume + postage) Its missing a few parts, hand rails, smoke box darts, water tank breathers, wheel balance weights and whistle. I have hand rail knobs and wire plus I think smoke box darts, I doubt is the other items will cost me more than £30 The chassis runs well but the wheels are very dirty, as it all needs taking apart for painting its not an issue The build quality is not the best you have seen, most can be sorted with a bit of filler (photos always make it worst) but what can you expect for £87
  19. One of the areas of track building many find challenging is building the common crossing, this is another variant which some may find a bit easier This is a P4 B6 turnout, I was watching a Youtuber make a start at building turnouts, what interested me is that he made the common crossing in situ rather than prefabricating it prior to the build The one difference in the build sequence I made was to substitute temporally two plastic timbers for wooden ones, whilst I solder up the common crossing, simply plastic does not like heat, In future I may try it with plastic timbers as did the Youtuber. A quick close up of the crossing area, I will post updates and how I fit the common crossings
  20. Can I just say very well done, you have grasped the nettle in that you have seemingly easily converted (or started) a straight turnout to a curved one, in turn both showing how versatile these kits are, and how easily they can be adapted. At last we are starting to have a track system on a par with the quality of modern RTR stock. Recently I have seen many quality layouts beautifully crafted, but sadly let down where track is concerned, hopefully soon when further items are made available we will see the quality of 00 gauge track improve.
  21. What's misleading in the pose ? One of the largest track manufacturers for years claimed their track was 00/H0 ? surely its one or the other ?
  22. Not your fault at all and I guess most 00 gauge modellers are in the dark about it. If Wayne called them 00 Finescale and made no mention of 00sf very few modellers would take any notice unless they had problems running their stock through, using common sense and code 100 rail for older stock. Lets face it they buy a modern loco for £200 and accepting it is a finescale model running on 00 gauge track, in general it will run better on 00sf than 00 (universal) simply because the wheels are finer
  23. And proved by many more that it actually works for more users than it was initially designed for. Martin has explained (at length) it was initially designed for those who used kit built rolling stock, which would not work smoothly on existing 00 standards, however those who used modern RTR found they could benefit from better performance and better looks, without any modifications to the wheelsets.
  24. Andy I believe you are correct for stand alone turnouts, however like many others building in 00SF where Gordon was building a complex of two or more turnouts and or crossings), the 00SF gauge would be maintained through the complex, then feathered out to match the flexirack it was joined to. But does it matter ?
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