Saturday, December 20, 2008
Now this is going to take a while, scoring and cutting out 10 thou brass sheet, then bending it, soldering them on...
So, I'm starting to think about how I can fast forward this process? Bending bars and guillotines seem way too expensive though (at least £100 each!). Anyone got any ideas?
Recent work (despite the garage getting pretty cold!) has focused on arboriculture...
Whilst my men (bachmann PW workers) are surveying the track, a copse of pines has been placed in the far corner. This is really there in reality and also forms a nice scenic break for viewing the layout.
Note: my camera flash makes some of these trees look a funny colour - don't worry they aren't that garish really!
At the far end two trees have been added (again they really do exist in reality) to 'hide' the exit to the hidden sidings.
In the station area two copses of larch/spruce have been added, more low level detail is to come too (including clearing up the wood shavings from drilling the holes for the trees to be planted in).
Monday, December 01, 2008
Friday, November 28, 2008
I have completed the necessary extra strips to sort the side of the doors out on 2043 and 2044 (2045 was done previously). This was to cover up gaps in the folds which were designed in as part of the original etches.
Wednesday, November 12, 2008
But the real subject of this post is............bogies and O rings! Below are some nine lines bogies (from Lynton and Barnstaple prototypes). These are terrible and avoid them at all costs. The sides spring apart way too easily and wheelsets drop out. I am phasing these out completely.
Here are the worsley works bogies for the WHR saloons, very nice etchings, but again how do I add my couplings?
Here are the Parkside Dundas bogies for FR stock (that really means carrs 15 to 20 plus 23 and Vans 1/2), but I will use them for a few other similar vehicles too. Much better for BEMO couplings and easy to put together.
Also from Parkside come these more modern style bogies. Easy to add BEMOs and pretty close to prototypical too.
A manufacturer I have recently come across is greenmax, their N gauge bogies come in two wheelbases 13 and 16mm and run beautifully. These are the excellent 13mm ones, if you can make do with the incorrect scale on the side detailing (oh come on who's going to see it!).
In other news...
- Construction started on my Baldwin (590), but has stalled due to a requirement for replacement crankpins from GEM. The farish chassis doesn't have room for the connecting rod behind the coupling rod, so you have to send off to GEM for new crankpins.
- The footplate of Vale of Ffestiniog has been constructed and parts for the body prepared. Nameplates have been sourced. Chassis choice remains up in the air.
- An FR coal waggon was completed in white metal, with an etched chassis.
- On the other layout, the area at the back of the top level has been formed using my preferred method of newspaper balls, masking tape and plaster bandage. Also the levers for the points have been sourced - this layout will have an AC supply for peco point motors separate to the DCC system, unlike Rhyd Ddu.
- and finally, digg the digger??? [the joints in the jib actually work, so you can position it as you like]
Monday, November 03, 2008
Other recent progress has included FR modern carriages 112 and 114.
Tuesday, October 21, 2008
[click to enlarge]
Friday, October 17, 2008
That fits into the heavy chassis block like so...
Then you can solder the wires from the clip/spring to the decoder and the red/black wires to the pickups and it's converted.
Wednesday, October 08, 2008
[written from a hotel room in Paris]
Friday, October 03, 2008
Thursday, October 02, 2008
We regret to inform you that ZTC Controls Limited ceased sales, support and servicing of its series of DCC train control products on 30th September 2008.
Despite every possible effort by the management and staff of ZTC, in today's difficult financial climate our low-volume hand-finished products are regrettably unable to compete with the market-price set by the mass-produced products offered by the recent international entrants into the DCC market.
ZTC has always prided itself on being a UK company employing local designers and local manufacturing. We had hoped that a sufficient number of UK modellers would continue to appreciate the advantages of our equipment over cheaper mass-produced alternatives, but sadly, this has not proved to be the case.
We wish to take this opportunity to thank all of our loyal customers for their support over the years.
Tuesday, September 30, 2008
and there's even room for a small test (programming) track along the bookshelf...
Dad has made sterling progress with the double fairlie 'Merddin Emrys' (see below) and I have finally managed to ream out the coupling rod holes so that the crankpin nut fits back to front on Taliesin to help with clearances around the slidebars. However in doing so I lost a 16ba brass washer (so small there's no chance of finding it!).
and finally, I have ordered my DCC equipment - a whole load of ZTC decoders (diamond 255s) and the MRC prodigy advance2, these arrived today but I was in Burnley and my wife was at playgroup so they are sitting in some postal sorting office tonight!
Wednesday, September 24, 2008
Sunday, September 14, 2008
Friday, September 12, 2008
Tuesday, September 09, 2008
We camped at Bryn Gloch. There were no FR or WHR(C) leaflets there so I assume they are still somewhat 'anti' the railway, which is a shame. Our pitch was great though - right next to the line...
To show how wet it was, this was the sight at Pont Aberglaslyn!
When it dired up a bit on the Sunday I had a look around Rhyd Ddu and here are some observations: firstly the area of rough ground between the yard and the road is much wider than I thought, which is helpful actually.
The yard point levers should be easy to model.
The platform plant beds have started to mature.
and the signalling has gone up - here is the shunt token protecting signal.
and finally the loos are back behind their special screen.
The gala was great fun - little and large pose at Dinas...
Prince leaves Dinas for Waunfawr on the shuttle...
The funkey passes Bryn Gloch - I just must have working DCC lights on my model!
K1 was adorned with flags and a special headboard to mark a presentation from the IMechE.
The PW tool van was used on the weekend too - quite an odd beasty to model really.
and finally Dad fixed it so I could drive the Perrygrove K1 - top stuff.