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by John Donnelly
Thu Sep 24, 2020 9:18 pm
Forum: Painting and Weathering
Topic: Wagon A or Wagon B? A bit of fun...
Replies: 14
Views: 460

Re: Wagon A or Wagon B? A bit of fun...

I'd be happy with either but I just about prefer A - it looks like it may have had a slightly heavier dry brushing?
by John Donnelly
Fri Sep 18, 2020 9:21 am
Forum: Layouts and Operations
Topic: South Pelaw Junction
Replies: 129
Views: 30023

Re: South Pelaw Junction

Well it's not much but it proves that I can build a single slip (tiebars and some chairs still to be added) without stuff falling off, at least in one direction :mrgreen: Annoyingly, having made good progress with track laying and electrics, it looks like the new lockdown in the North East means tha...
by John Donnelly
Fri Sep 11, 2020 9:38 am
Forum: Starting in P4
Topic: First steps in track building and P4.
Replies: 33
Views: 1619

Re: First steps in track building and P4.

seanmcs wrote:Well, we had this conversation about a year ago.


And here it is: viewtopic.php?f=40&t=6083&hilit=chairs

John
by John Donnelly
Thu Sep 10, 2020 9:37 pm
Forum: Starting in P4
Topic: Making a Start - The Peak District Midland / Monsal Dale pre 1903
Replies: 1215
Views: 207424

Re: Making a Start - The Peak District Midland / Monsal Dale pre 1903

I believe that the proper term is extruded polystyrene. I used B&Qs own make acrylic no more nails type glue when I did mine. My concern with just using cork laid directly on top would be that if you did end up putting weight in a localised spot, there would be enough give in the cork for the po...
by John Donnelly
Thu Sep 10, 2020 9:33 pm
Forum: Starting in P4
Topic: First steps in track building and P4.
Replies: 33
Views: 1619

Re: First steps in track building and P4.

Having threaded over 2000 chairs over the last four months, a couple of pointers from someone who was a complete novice at building track with individual chairs: 1. It's difficult to tell from the photo but have you got the rail the right way up? I.e. the rail head is larger than the foot. 2. If you...
by John Donnelly
Thu Sep 10, 2020 10:13 am
Forum: Starting in P4
Topic: Making a Start - The Peak District Midland / Monsal Dale pre 1903
Replies: 1215
Views: 207424

Re: Making a Start - The Peak District Midland / Monsal Dale pre 1903

I used the extruded polystyrene for my first 'plank' layout and found, whilst making the board that it was very prone to denting and any such dent stayed dented and didn't recover, I certainly wouldn't have laid track on it without the plywood track bed...
by John Donnelly
Thu Sep 10, 2020 8:49 am
Forum: Layouts and Operations
Topic: South Pelaw Junction
Replies: 129
Views: 30023

Re: South Pelaw Junction

grovenor-2685 wrote:I fitted my Masokits ones after laying the track, Wasn't particulary hard. I don't think fitting them to loose turnouts would be any easier.


Thanks Keith.
by John Donnelly
Wed Sep 09, 2020 7:50 pm
Forum: Layouts and Operations
Topic: South Pelaw Junction
Replies: 129
Views: 30023

Re: South Pelaw Junction

Thanks for that. How easy would you say they are to retro fit as I'm laying my track directly on to the boards?

John
by John Donnelly
Mon Sep 07, 2020 5:18 pm
Forum: Signals and Control Systems
Topic: Servos and DCC
Replies: 10
Views: 1457

Re: Servos and DCC

There just seems to be something wrong or even unethical about a frog-juicer causing a short circuit in order to avoid one so for that reason alone I prefer relays or microswitches. You're putting a spike on the power supply too, for what it's worth. I'll be honest, despite the fact that I've decid...
by John Donnelly
Tue Sep 01, 2020 9:05 am
Forum: Layouts and Operations
Topic: South Pelaw Junction
Replies: 129
Views: 30023

Re: South Pelaw Junction

Thanks Julian, I may take a look at them.

John
by John Donnelly
Wed Aug 26, 2020 2:28 pm
Forum: Couplings
Topic: Which 3-link coupling? Please show your favourites
Replies: 21
Views: 1672

Re: Which 3-link coupling? Please show your favourites

I decided some time ago to standardise on Smith's hooks and links. I accept that they are oversized but, having tried to couple up using scale hooks and links, I decided that life was too short...

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by John Donnelly
Sun Aug 23, 2020 10:56 am
Forum: Layouts and Operations
Topic: South Pelaw Junction
Replies: 129
Views: 30023

Re: South Pelaw Junction

Julian Roberts wrote:Thanks John. I'm trying out Masokits.


Are you driving the turnouts from the tie bars or are they just cosmetic?
by John Donnelly
Sat Aug 22, 2020 9:16 am
Forum: Signals and Control Systems
Topic: Servos and DCC
Replies: 10
Views: 1457

Re: Servos and DCC

On my, under construction, layout, I'm also using servos albeit controlled via MERG Servo4 boards. In an effort to avoid having even more wires going back to the panel where the switches are, I've decided to use Gaugemaster Frog Juicers to switch the polarity, mounted under the baseboards next to th...
by John Donnelly
Wed Aug 19, 2020 12:38 pm
Forum: Layouts and Operations
Topic: South Pelaw Junction
Replies: 129
Views: 30023

Re: South Pelaw Junction

Still not 100% certain but I'm probably going to go with the method in the 4th post of this thread on RMWeb with the copper clad pads connected by a wire: https://www.rmweb.co.uk/community/index.php?/topic/125633-tiebars-and-point-motors/ Plan is to get the track completed on the main lines (the lef...
by John Donnelly
Tue Aug 18, 2020 11:46 pm
Forum: Layouts and Operations
Topic: South Pelaw Junction
Replies: 129
Views: 30023

Re: South Pelaw Junction

With the easing of lockdown, the layout is now back 'home' at the club and here are the scenic boards set up: http://southpelawjunction.co.uk/wp/wp-content/uploads/2020/08/IMG_2203.jpeg http://southpelawjunction.co.uk/wp/wp-content/uploads/2020/08/IMG_2204.jpeg As an aside, another club member is bu...
by John Donnelly
Tue Aug 11, 2020 2:55 pm
Forum: John Donnelly
Topic: Wagons for South Pelaw Junction
Replies: 121
Views: 28927

Re: Wagons for South Pelaw Junction

Cheers for the reply Allan. I appreciate that I may not be 'getting it all right' but if everything was super detailed, the layout would never be populated with stock. Of course, the layout itself still has to be finished as well... :mrgreen: As for the shows, I fear it could be a couple of years be...
by John Donnelly
Thu Aug 06, 2020 4:41 pm
Forum: John Donnelly
Topic: Wagons for South Pelaw Junction
Replies: 121
Views: 28927

Re: Wagons for South Pelaw Junction

I'm a bit burnt out by the tracklaying on South Pelaw and with my current office/study undergoing a refurb, I've not really got any space for modelling either but, this afternoon, I dug out a couple of almost finished wagons and got them completed. They aren't super detailed, nor are they sprung or ...
by John Donnelly
Thu Jul 23, 2020 7:39 am
Forum: Layouts and Operations
Topic: Boston Frodsham
Replies: 24
Views: 9160

Re: Boston Frodsham

I really like the representation of the water in those scenes, it looks very natural. I saw the links from Jim S-W to some products, which look quite interesting, but if you could share how you achieved that convincing surface effect I would appreciate it. Mod Podge glue and an airbrush can be used...
by John Donnelly
Fri Jul 10, 2020 10:18 am
Forum: Painting and Weathering
Topic: Weathered Wood
Replies: 7
Views: 750

Re: Weathered Wood

There are number of videos on YouTube that cover the use of these paints, one below but there are plenty more...

by John Donnelly
Fri Jul 10, 2020 10:15 am
Forum: Track and Turnouts
Topic: Plywood sleepers
Replies: 11
Views: 942

Re: Plywood sleepers

I've glued down about 3,000 0.8mm sleepers so far for my current project and, once the ballast is down no one will have any idea how thick they are. I am using plastic chairs though although I have driven pins through the sleepers at the board joins so track can be held more securely.

John
by John Donnelly
Sun Jul 05, 2020 8:56 am
Forum: Standard Gauge Workbench
Topic: Guidelines for the SGW
Replies: 23
Views: 16040

Re: Whatever happened to the SGW?

John, like you, I wasn't happy with what I had designed (based on a very tight version of Wantage) within the size, so I have a twinkle of an idea that is slightly larger (and plays better with my wagon fetish). Cheers Paul As it happens, my 6' layout has come from similar thinking and allows for a...
by John Donnelly
Sat Jul 04, 2020 10:21 pm
Forum: Standard Gauge Workbench
Topic: Guidelines for the SGW
Replies: 23
Views: 16040

Re: Whatever happened to the SGW?

Has the SGW died a death? it all seemed so promising then seems to have withered away... I would have thought lockdown might have been an ideal opportunity to blow the dust off a few schemes? Steve Mine died when I realised that it was operationally flawed. My current projects are 40' and 6' long r...
by John Donnelly
Wed May 27, 2020 9:15 am
Forum: Layouts and Operations
Topic: South Pelaw Junction
Replies: 129
Views: 30023

Re: South Pelaw Junction

The best laid plans... My plan was always to get all the track laid, wired and fully functional before moving on with anything else. However, with lockdown meaning I only have access to two of the three scenic boards, this has not proved possible so I'm been dotting around doing different bits here ...
by John Donnelly
Wed May 20, 2020 2:02 pm
Forum: Scenery and Structures
Topic: Cable Support Posts - a candidate for 3D printing?
Replies: 2
Views: 860

Re: Cable Support Posts - a candidate for 3D printing?

Thanks for the reply Guy, much appreciated.

I'll have a walk up to the location and do some measuring...
by John Donnelly
Wed May 20, 2020 10:47 am
Forum: Scenery and Structures
Topic: Cable Support Posts - a candidate for 3D printing?
Replies: 2
Views: 860

Cable Support Posts - a candidate for 3D printing?

For my model of South Pelaw, I need to include a lot (at least 100) cable support posts. As per the photo below, a lot of these posts remain at the location almost 40 years after the last train ran. http://southpelawjunction.co.uk/wp/wp-content/uploads/2013/12/IMG_1986.jpg It seems to me that these ...

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