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by John Donnelly
Tue Mar 31, 2020 10:54 am
Forum: Layouts and Operations
Topic: South Pelaw Junction
Replies: 104
Views: 20057

Re: South Pelaw Junction

Track work continues...

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by John Donnelly
Thu Mar 26, 2020 9:38 am
Forum: Track and Turnouts
Topic: Exactoscale Turnout Chairs
Replies: 10
Views: 1841

Re: Exactoscale Turnout Chairs

Thanks Martin, I'd completely forgotten about them :?
by John Donnelly
Thu Mar 26, 2020 9:10 am
Forum: Track and Turnouts
Topic: Exactoscale Turnout Chairs
Replies: 10
Views: 1841

Re: Exactoscale Turnout Chairs

Further to my earlier query, I'm now at the point where I'm ready to build my first turnout, a left hand C8. Looking at the Exactoscale chair position diagrams here: https://exactoscale.com/track-components/chair-positions/ they show the chairs at the switch end of the turnout and at the common cros...
by John Donnelly
Mon Mar 23, 2020 9:11 pm
Forum: Layouts and Operations
Topic: South Pelaw Junction
Replies: 104
Views: 20057

Re: South Pelaw Junction

Got the speakers but not a Motörhead fan...
by John Donnelly
Mon Mar 23, 2020 2:26 pm
Forum: Layouts and Operations
Topic: South Pelaw Junction
Replies: 104
Views: 20057

Re: South Pelaw Junction

Armchair Modeller wrote:What about the neighbours, when you start knocking holes through the walls to accommodate the next set of baseboards? ;)


Got that covered as well, I live in a detached house :mrgreen:
by John Donnelly
Mon Mar 23, 2020 2:14 pm
Forum: Layouts and Operations
Topic: South Pelaw Junction
Replies: 104
Views: 20057

Re: South Pelaw Junction

Serjt-Dave wrote:It beats looking at the television. LOL. I can't see my wife agreeing to allow me to do this in our front room.


As a widower, there is no domestic authority to object...
by John Donnelly
Mon Mar 23, 2020 12:14 pm
Forum: Layouts and Operations
Topic: South Pelaw Junction
Replies: 104
Views: 20057

Re: South Pelaw Junction

RAO wrote:Lovely trestles, who's make are they?


Screwfix
by John Donnelly
Mon Mar 23, 2020 11:12 am
Forum: Layouts and Operations
Topic: South Pelaw Junction
Replies: 104
Views: 20057

Re: South Pelaw Junction

Party due to the current health crisis, SPJ (two thirds of it anyway) has a new, temporary, home, my rather unfinished living room. It's a bit of a surprise to see how big even two boards are in a normal environment rather than a 160' long room. No excuses for not cracking on with it and it gives me...
by John Donnelly
Sun Mar 22, 2020 8:11 pm
Forum: Couplings
Topic: Accurascale couplings
Replies: 6
Views: 474

Re: Accurascale couplings

Got a pack of the screw couplings this week.

They look to be pretty strong but, if coupled, the tommy bar sticks up rather than hanging down.

I’ve seen someone on RMWeb who has modified his by replacing the top pin allowing the links to be turned round allowing the tommy bar to hang down.

John
by John Donnelly
Wed Mar 18, 2020 8:24 pm
Forum: Layouts and Operations
Topic: Dorset 1937
Replies: 67
Views: 8808

Re: Dorset 1937

I am definately no expert but my experience is .....I have used Howard's approach where the track is pre curved to the profile so in theory there are no stresses set up in the rail itself - meaning there is no real difference between curved and straight track. To date I have found that simply flood...
by John Donnelly
Wed Mar 18, 2020 1:48 pm
Forum: Layouts and Operations
Topic: Dorset 1937
Replies: 67
Views: 8808

Re: Dorset 1937

Have you had any issues with track going out of alignment at all? I glued about 4 feet of track down last week using a straight edge to keep everything in line but, having looked along the track yesterday, whilst I can still push a mint gauge along it, parts of the track have definitely moved out o...
by John Donnelly
Mon Mar 16, 2020 11:08 am
Forum: Layouts and Operations
Topic: Dorset 1937
Replies: 67
Views: 8808

Re: Dorset 1937

Nigel, I notice that, like me, you are using plastic chairs on ply sleepers. Have you had any issues with track going out of alignment at all? I glued about 4 feet of track down last week using a straight edge to keep everything in line but, having looked along the track yesterday, whilst I can stil...
by John Donnelly
Wed Mar 11, 2020 9:39 pm
Forum: Layouts and Operations
Topic: South Pelaw Junction
Replies: 104
Views: 20057

Re: South Pelaw Junction

All sleepers are down and I've finally got some track, all 4' of it, laid with droppers fitted: http://southpelawjunction.co.uk/wp/wp-content/uploads/2020/03/IMG_1881.jpg http://southpelawjunction.co.uk/wp/wp-content/uploads/2020/03/IMG_1882.jpg I think I may have some gauging issues though... :mrgr...
by John Donnelly
Thu Feb 20, 2020 9:22 am
Forum: John Donnelly
Topic: A little diversion...
Replies: 10
Views: 4013

Re: A little diversion...

Another diversion, this time in to the world of Arduino to control a stepper motor for a turntable. Not too difficult although I am a software developer by profession and the language used to program the Arduino is almost identical to 'C', a language I'm very familiar with. It will likely need to be...
by John Donnelly
Fri Jan 31, 2020 8:08 am
Forum: Layouts and Operations
Topic: South Pelaw Junction
Replies: 104
Views: 20057

Re: South Pelaw Junction

Brilliant way of sidestepping the potential for grief when aligning and fixing paper templates! One of the reasons why I did it this way, I also had visions of the glue holding the paper down failing over time and the track lifting. Did you arrange for any part of the plan to be mirror-etched on th...
by John Donnelly
Thu Jan 30, 2020 8:16 pm
Forum: Layouts and Operations
Topic: South Pelaw Junction
Replies: 104
Views: 20057

Re: South Pelaw Junction

Plywood from Tim Horn (superb service) with the track plan etched in to it:

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Three quarters of the layout:

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John
by John Donnelly
Fri Jan 24, 2020 3:19 pm
Forum: Layouts and Operations
Topic: South Pelaw Junction
Replies: 104
Views: 20057

Re: South Pelaw Junction

grovenor-2685 wrote:The signal looks good. MSE do a nice mount for servo operation of signals so they can also work from the Servo4.


Thanks Keith, I didn't know about the mount so that's good to know.
by John Donnelly
Thu Jan 23, 2020 11:38 pm
Forum: Layouts and Operations
Topic: South Pelaw Junction
Replies: 104
Views: 20057

Re: South Pelaw Junction

No progress on the layout as such as I'm waiting on some things from Tim Horn but I've not been idle and I've ventured in to two areas I've previously had no experience with, semaphore signalling and electronics. First up is an LNER tubular post signal from the MSE kit, by far the fiddliest thing I'...
by John Donnelly
Tue Jan 07, 2020 5:07 pm
Forum: Wagons
Topic: Bogie Bolster body side stripes
Replies: 2
Views: 1185

Re: Bogie Bolster body side stripes

Thanks Alan.
by John Donnelly
Tue Jan 07, 2020 5:05 pm
Forum: Scenery and Structures
Topic: Non Railway Modelling
Replies: 26
Views: 2586

Re: Non Railway Modelling

Thanks for the comments, they are much appreciated. Three different methods for the water. For the Liberty Ship, the water is tin foil, crumpled then flattened out, painted with a mix of blues - it's the method I'm least pleased with. For the calm water in the Japanese destroyer and HMS Argyll diora...
by John Donnelly
Mon Jan 06, 2020 8:18 pm
Forum: Scenery and Structures
Topic: Non Railway Modelling
Replies: 26
Views: 2586

Re: Non Railway Modelling

Three of my finished ships: US Liberty Ship in 1/350 scale: http://southpelawjunction.co.uk/wp/wp-content/uploads/2020/01/escort-08.jpg Japanese destroyer IJN Yukikaze in 1/350: http://southpelawjunction.co.uk/wp/wp-content/uploads/2020/01/yukikaze-11.jpg HMS Argyll in 1/700 scale built for a friend...
by John Donnelly
Mon Jan 06, 2020 11:57 am
Forum: Layouts and Operations
Topic: Ulpha Light Railway
Replies: 188
Views: 32197

Re: Ulpha Light Railway

Le Corbusier wrote:
SteamAle wrote: If I was as skillful as Gordon Gravitt I'd have used his system.

Happy modelling
Philip

Is his system described in detail anywhere?

Tim


MRJ issue 235.
by John Donnelly
Sun Jan 05, 2020 10:18 am
Forum: Scenery and Structures
Topic: Non Railway Modelling
Replies: 26
Views: 2586

Re: Non Railway Modelling

Craig Warton wrote:
What are the origins of the Panzer IV kit? It looks to be an a Ausf D or E refitted with a long 75mm and Schurzen.



It's a Dragon kit for which I did a build review on a now defunct military modelling website.
by John Donnelly
Fri Jan 03, 2020 2:55 pm
Forum: Scenery and Structures
Topic: Non Railway Modelling
Replies: 26
Views: 2586

Re: Non Railway Modelling

Noel wrote: I'm surprised she is not flying any Kriegsmarine ensigns...


That's because she's not quite finished, the gun in the mid section still needs painting and the gun at the bow hasn't yet been fitted.
by John Donnelly
Fri Jan 03, 2020 12:20 pm
Forum: Scenery and Structures
Topic: Non Railway Modelling
Replies: 26
Views: 2586

Re: Non Railway Modelling

I'm always caught between the idea of the snapshot/diaorama and the movement. In one way, the movement of the loco/train is what gives its versilimitude in a static frame (It's weird how we can accept non -movement of every part of the scene but our preferred element) But it is also amazing that we...

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