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by Martin Wynne
Sun Nov 15, 2020 12:00 pm
Forum: Track and Turnouts
Topic: 'Y' Turnout
Replies: 7
Views: 496

Re: 'Y' Turnout

Digest sheet 23.6.3 available at https://www.scalefour.org/members/digests/#23 or for those who have it, on the CD given to you when you joined includes notes on building curved turnouts, including a Y turnout. (Halfway down page 4, LH column.) Hi Terry, As described, that creates an ordinary singl...
by Martin Wynne
Sat Nov 14, 2020 9:24 pm
Forum: Track and Turnouts
Topic: 'Y' Turnout
Replies: 7
Views: 496

Re: 'Y' Turnout

I have found this old scruff video clip, showing the basics of a symmetrical Y-turnout in Templot: https://flashbackconnect.com/Movie.aspx?id=FxKoMusLKl-B3vZws7U2yA2 But very often when folks are asking for a Y-turnout all they really need is an ordinary turnout with a bit of contraflexure. Just use...
by Martin Wynne
Sat Nov 14, 2020 7:33 am
Forum: Tools and Techniques
Topic: Scale Length Conversions
Replies: 34
Views: 1181

Re: Scale Length Conversions

Users of Templot have another useful calculator available at utils > metric/scale calculator menu item: https://85a.co.uk/forum/gallery/2/2_140224_490000000.png The scale is set from the current track template setting. It's 20 years since I wrote the code, and I haven't looked at it since, but as fa...
by Martin Wynne
Sat Nov 14, 2020 6:39 am
Forum: Track and Turnouts
Topic: common crossing vee angles
Replies: 33
Views: 1638

Re: common crossing vee angles

Thanks for the information, I have accessed Templot but as a Mac user I have only 2 weeks free use with CrossOver. After that I’ll need a Windows computer if I want to continue. I’m not sure what would be the least expensive way to do that but I’m tempted. I have heard it’s possible to get a whole ...
by Martin Wynne
Sun Nov 01, 2020 9:31 am
Forum: Track and Turnouts
Topic: Masokits etched chairs turnout construction
Replies: 29
Views: 3971

Re: Masokits etched chairs turnout construction

Drill shanks make useful gauges for things like check rails, Julian. A query for the experts - did the check gauge stay the same regardless of curvature or was there a check gauge narrowing to allow the wheeelset to lie at an angle? I can see there may well be sufficient clearance incorporated in t...
by Martin Wynne
Tue Oct 13, 2020 10:00 pm
Forum: Track and Turnouts
Topic: Templot on Chromebook computers
Replies: 1
Views: 403

Templot on Chromebook computers

Codeweavers have just announced CrossOver 20 , with support for ChromeOS on Chromebook computers. Which in theory means Templot can now run on Chromebook computers. I've no idea whether it will or not -- in fact I don't even know what a Chromebook computer is? :? But somebody does, and if you have o...
by Martin Wynne
Tue Sep 29, 2020 12:11 pm
Forum: Track and Turnouts
Topic: Templot online workshop/dabble session
Replies: 11
Views: 1571

Re: Templot online workshop/dabble session

Martin Wynne wrote:I have called it CLIP A. It stops dead in the middle of nowhere, so I need to make a follow-on clip B. But I haven't done it yet.

CLIP B is now online:

https://flashbackconnect.com/Movie.aspx ... LbfPFi7sw2

cheers,

Martin.
by Martin Wynne
Mon Sep 28, 2020 8:33 pm
Forum: Track and Turnouts
Topic: Templot online workshop/dabble session
Replies: 11
Views: 1571

Re: Templot online workshop/dabble session

Good Morning Martin. Very pleasant evening yesterday but a lot to assimilate. Is it possible you could make downloads of demonstrations so that we can view them at leisure? A big ask but it would be a great help. Many thanks all, for the positive feedback after Saturday's live Templot session. Hi M...
by Martin Wynne
Sat Sep 26, 2020 1:48 pm
Forum: Society Stand and Stores
Topic: The Virtual Scalefour Society Stand
Replies: 91
Views: 3132

Re: The Virtual Scalefour Society Stand

Not sure if this is the right place to raise this but I was just having a browse through the Showcase photos. Lots of excellent models to view. However, I did notice that some of the write ups, which are very welcome, are detracting somewhat from the image of the model. Screenshot example below. Ca...
by Martin Wynne
Fri Sep 25, 2020 4:17 pm
Forum: Track and Turnouts
Topic: Templot online workshop/dabble session
Replies: 11
Views: 1571

Re: Templot online workshop/dabble session

Thanks for all the feedback. It seems that the technology is good for us, so now we need to put it to use, and I see Danny has added me as a postscript to the Virtual Scaleforum show tomorrow: https://85a.co.uk/forum/images/emoticons/smile.gif https://www.scalefour.org/forum/viewtopic.php?p=78726#p7...
by Martin Wynne
Thu Sep 24, 2020 4:42 pm
Forum: Virtual Scaleforum
Topic: VIRTUAL SCALEFORUM & SCALEFOUR NORTH
Replies: 135
Views: 10751

Re: VIRTUAL SCALEFORUM & SCALEFOUR NORTH

A bit off topic but what's the music in the background? Sounds C20th English to me (it's not Delius, could it be very early Berg?). Sorry should be playing trains not being a music geek. Hi Howard, Here you go: https://www.rnz.co.nz/concert/programmes/musicthroughthenight Time now in NZ is 04:40 am...
by Martin Wynne
Thu Sep 24, 2020 1:45 pm
Forum: Virtual Scaleforum
Topic: VIRTUAL SCALEFORUM & SCALEFOUR NORTH
Replies: 135
Views: 10751

Re: VIRTUAL SCALEFORUM & SCALEFOUR NORTH

Hi Danny,

I'm thinking of running an online Templot dabble session after Scaleforum closes, if anyone would be interested?

More about this idea: viewtopic.php?f=5&t=7132

cheers,

Martin.
by Martin Wynne
Thu Sep 24, 2020 1:42 pm
Forum: Track and Turnouts
Topic: Templot online workshop/dabble session
Replies: 11
Views: 1571

Templot online workshop/dabble session

The trials for the Virtual Scaleforum on Saturday reminded me that a few years ago I tried broadcasting my Templot computer screen as a way of providing quick Templot help and support for users. It wasn't very successful then, but browser tech and broadband seems to have improved a bit since, so I h...
by Martin Wynne
Sat Sep 19, 2020 1:42 pm
Forum: Virtual Scaleforum
Topic: VIRTUAL SCALEFORUM & SCALEFOUR NORTH
Replies: 135
Views: 10751

Re: VIRTUAL SCALEFORUM & SCALEFOUR NORTH

David B wrote:I am surprised no-one has suggested Ronald Binge's Coronation Scot. :)

They did -- see Julian's 2nd link:

viewtopic.php?p=78604#p78604

Here it is:



However, I doubt it's available royalty-free.

Martin.
by Martin Wynne
Sun Sep 13, 2020 2:22 pm
Forum: Track and Turnouts
Topic: Masokits etched chairs turnout construction
Replies: 29
Views: 3971

Re: Masokits etched chairs

Drive keys "towards the joint, towards the station, towards the river" is the old saying. i.e. towards the nearest rail joint; where trains will be braking or accelerating; downhill. "drive" means the direction the keys are driven into the chair. The rear end of the key remains p...
by Martin Wynne
Sat Sep 12, 2020 1:01 am
Forum: Starting in P4
Topic: First steps in track building and P4.
Replies: 34
Views: 2807

Re: First steps in track building and P4.

any guage which holds the rail vertically whilst 1:20 chairs are glued will result in guage narrowing due to the rail springing to 1:20. And it is not insignificant. Only if the track is straight or very nearly straight. Curved model rail cannot be canted at 1:20 . If it were so, it would mean that...
by Martin Wynne
Fri Aug 28, 2020 11:11 am
Forum: Layouts and Operations
Topic: Brimsdown-The last grand project.
Replies: 433
Views: 88399

Re: Brimsdown-The last grand project.

but I don’t actually know what kind it is Hi Philip, Fibreglass is often double-sided copper-clad. SRBP is usually singe-sided copper-clad. Fibreglass tends to be white-ish, and translucent if you remove an area of copper and hold it to the light. SRBP is a yellow/brownish colour. cheers, Martin.
by Martin Wynne
Fri Aug 28, 2020 9:03 am
Forum: Layouts and Operations
Topic: Brimsdown-The last grand project.
Replies: 433
Views: 88399

Re: Brimsdown-The last grand project.

Is there none of the cheapo pcb available these days? Plenty of SRBP copper-clad still available: https://www.rapidonline.com/rvfm-low-cost-copper-clad-srbp-circuit-board-32634 and cheaper on ebay. 10 times easier to cut and work than fibreglass, but not suitable for outdoor use. Thousands of layou...
by Martin Wynne
Thu Aug 27, 2020 4:57 pm
Forum: Layouts and Operations
Topic: Brimsdown-The last grand project.
Replies: 433
Views: 88399

Re: Brimsdown-The last grand project.

I was concerned with a shear like these that they would curl the sleeper strip that’s been cut up rather than leave it flat, as my PCB is quite thin like Tony’s. Some of these shears seem to be intended to cut up small panels rather that strips. I can make up a base and guide. What do you think? Hi...
by Martin Wynne
Thu Aug 27, 2020 2:15 pm
Forum: Layouts and Operations
Topic: Brimsdown-The last grand project.
Replies: 433
Views: 88399

Re: Brimsdown-The last grand project.

Philip Hall wrote:This shear looks very good but I got frightened by the cost of it!

Hi Philip,

If you can improvise you own table and guides, these are less expensive:

https://uk.rs-online.com/web/c/power-to ... illotines/

Martin.
by Martin Wynne
Mon Aug 17, 2020 9:59 pm
Forum: Track and Turnouts
Topic: curved platforms
Replies: 8
Views: 943

Re: curved platforms

I am trying to produce plans using Templot. I tried the dummy carriage function but I can see any warning when curve becomes to severe even when I go to ridiculously small radii. I think that at some stage when doing something else there was some mention of a warning light, but I can not find it. I...
by Martin Wynne
Fri Aug 07, 2020 10:10 am
Forum: Track and Turnouts
Topic: Masokits etched chairs turnout construction
Replies: 29
Views: 3971

Re: Masokits etched chairs

Understanding which type of chair should be used and where, is what has caused most head scratching as I don't have much prototype knowledge and the instructions are brief, rightly saying there is plenty of information out there...but I haven't got it! - till I downloaded a C&L template from th...

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