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Old 20-04-2017, 12:05 AM   #161
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Default Springs in the air!

Will just show what I bought ready for possible use on my layout. Springs! Only wanted a few but this whole set was only a few pounds.
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Old 20-04-2017, 01:19 AM   #162
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I have a mixed box plus 2 e-bay packages, you can never have enough springs......
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Old 22-04-2017, 12:44 PM   #163
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They are one of those things that can be really useful when you need them but could hang around for years as spares if you don't. The last few days my thoughts have been with the possibilities of making a lever frame with levers for my pointwork and signalling. I have bought three micro switches ready for use with the point frogs as three points have live frogs, so my first thoughts are towards the point levers themselves. The first material hanging around that came to mind is the humble bicycle spoke. It has possibilities as can be flattened with a hammer and drilled if needed. Then I have brass sheet but one is a tad too thick and one too thin. I could use PCB and this has possibilities or also tin. I will experiment a bit when I have a little time to focus on it.
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Old 24-04-2017, 12:36 PM   #164
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Default Corrugated Iron Sheets.

For a while I've been considering how best to make corrugated iron sheets. It may be possible to buy them, but I want something free or very cheap!
This morning while in bed I my thoughts went to the iron sheets again. I was thinking along the lines of using bicycle spokes to make the corrugations via using a hammer which in theory could work if using tin, and then my eyes gazed upon an old rusty piece of flat tin I had stored awaiting use for building waggons. I saw corrugations built into the old tin can so the can has more strength. While the corrugations may not be perfect scale they will more then give the right look for my buildings! Here is a picture below.
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Old 24-04-2017, 01:40 PM   #165
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A cunning plan, but a bit concerned as to why you have an old rusty piece of flat tin near your bed or did you sleep in the shed/garage
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Old 24-04-2017, 09:46 PM   #166
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Well. While I have no layout set up in my bedroom it does double up as a model railway workshop at times, I am one that needs some sort of project on the go even if I'm not working on it for ages, as I'd get bored if I didn't have anything to think about!
The rusty tin is kept as material for making more waggons with. For safety the corners have been cut round so I'm unlikely to cut myself on it. I keep a few bits and pieces as materials to work with when I need them. With scratch building, with the free materials available, there is a fine line between having available material to work with and hoarding, but at least it is all with a small scale!
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Old 26-04-2017, 10:48 PM   #167
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Just added this picture of my Guagemaster panel mounted controller as I was recently asked a question by a member on the subject and I happened to find a close up picture as an example.
I will give brief details. It is a Guagemaster model U which is a DC panel mounted controller. I originally went to buy a model 100 for the simplicity of a single speed control knob and a direction switch, but the shopkeeper didn't have one in stock. He offered me this model U at a price I couldn't resist, which I am very grateful for.
This one has a switchable simulator and brake. I've had a double version of this in the past. It added a fun aspect but I must admit that most of the time I used it, I had the simulator part switched off as for shunting or a more direct feel, nothing beats a simple speed control knob on its own.
I've not yet wired up my layout as I need to make a control panel, and as this type of controller needs a separate power supply, I plan to run it from a sealed 12 volt battery designed for low powered use like camping etc. In the past I've run a Gaugemaster handheld controller from a battery supply with success so it should work here. If it does not, (As ideally it is designed for 16-18 volts AC), I will resort to a spare transformer as I have one or two spare stored away somewhere.
I hope this shows to effect what a panel mounted DC controller looks like when mounted into the train board. I may reposition it in a separate panel if I need to as it is rather close to the track.
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Old 26-06-2017, 08:48 PM   #168
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While I was on my travels today, my mum and I went to an antique shop to sell a few valuables and while we were there, I saw this (See pictures below) and the shop owner gave it to me as a present! It is a toy but was is ripe for conversion. It is slightly thinner and lower then standard, but lower isnt an issueas it will be raised when fitted onto a new chassis, and thinner is not an issue as I have a thinner brake van also. Many real narrow gauge railways (Especially preserved ones) have a variety of sizes and shapes run together as secondhand items became available from railways elsewhere.
I do not know the toys origins other then China (Made in China is written underneath).
Yes, the toy is going to be gutted and receive a major rebuild before enjoying a first on my little railway. Will be the first bogie vehicle of my narrow gauge collection, as I've tended to shy away from anything too long, so some thought will be needed to allow for sharp corners and the fitting of the couplings.
While my livery is normally red, I'm not sure I have the heart to repaint it as the blue is a beautiful colour! We shall see!
It is an exciting find for my little railway collection... I'm more then happy! May be a little while before the project is underway.
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Old 30-06-2017, 12:31 PM   #169
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So far all I've done is remove the body from the chassis. I noticed the differing vestibule doors before but the side doors are both different with their porchways. What I didn't notice until I took the body off was the coach only has doors on the one side! Well. I really want both sides as I'm not modelling the Tal-Y-Llyn Railway here. So it will take longer then I expected.

Also worth mentioning for a separate subject are the electrical switch cleaning spray I use for cleaning motors and wheels. Why I mention it. Well. The old can I had was made by WD40 and was expensive. It worked fine without any issues. The current cheaper version works fine also. On my little narrow gauge locos I've had no issues whatsoever.
Except recently (Last month) I took a visit to Swansea and District model Railway Society and had the spray with me and went to clean the wheels of an old Mainline class 45 a member had brought which had not run for some time. We got it running, except excess spray on the body had added whitish marks, which actually gave a weathered effect, but was unexpected.
Then about a few days to a week ago I was using the spray and nearby was a Bachmann class 08 which mists of the spray had travelled towards. The 08 (B.R. blue version) now has a weathered effect to the roof so I'm not concerned as it rather looks good, but more concerned that I wasn't expecting it.
The narrow gauge models I've built from kits and painted are not effected whatsoever that I've noticed so it is only the paint on RTR models that are effected. So be aware if one is going to use such a spray to do a small test first.
I'm guessing the gloss paint I use is a lot hardier then the sprays used in factories! Mind you, some of my painting has been using exterior outdoor paint for the sake of economy which works well. (Well, I'm pleased with the results!)
So I just thought to mention it. Also, to say it is a good way of weathering B.R. blue class 08's! It gives a whitish fade to the blue paintwork! Umm. Maybe I best not recommend doing it just in case!
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Old 16-07-2017, 11:26 AM   #170
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Yesterday, I decided to make a start on the coach. I've not done a lot so far. All I've done is to drill holes in the doors and in the areas where I want doors to go on the other side, ready to file out door openings so I can make and fit some new doors for them. Is a shame it didnt have uniformity to it as I like the doors on the one side, but the bodywork isn't the same from one end to the other, so some modelling is needed to bring it to look inline with my desired requirements.
It is a strange coach in that each end is different to each other and so is each side. I plan to file and fill the vestibule door opening at one end and fill the open doorway, and fill the offset windows to make all flat at one end, and file and fill the other end to make things the same. When I say file, I mean sand down using my mimidrill and its small flat sanding attachment as its easier!
We shall see how things go. Maybe slow progress but at least its progress.
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