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by ralphrobertson
Wed Feb 06, 2019 1:02 pm
Forum: Manchester AG
Topic: Progress with Slattocks Junction
Replies: 77
Views: 21692

Re: Progress with Slattocks Junction

Well it has been quite some time since we last posted here and there was a little comment on the Alpha Mill thread about us giving an update so here are a couple of photos I took last night showing the houses I am currently working on in their position. 20190205_192817.jpg The building in the top co...
by ralphrobertson
Mon Feb 04, 2019 5:31 pm
Forum: Other Buildings and Scenery
Topic: Alpha Mill
Replies: 103
Views: 11743

Re: Alpha Mill

Thanks for all your information, very useful.

Ralph
by ralphrobertson
Mon Feb 04, 2019 11:06 am
Forum: Other Buildings and Scenery
Topic: Alpha Mill
Replies: 103
Views: 11743

Re: Alpha Mill

Thanks guys, that has certainly given me a lot of information and wooden gutters has to be the way to go. Good thing I didn't spend a fortune buying some of Eileens half round milled sections at Stafford on Saturday, it would have been very expensive for these terraces and if I can do it on the cutt...
by ralphrobertson
Sun Feb 03, 2019 7:14 pm
Forum: Other Buildings and Scenery
Topic: Alpha Mill
Replies: 103
Views: 11743

Re: Alpha Mill

Hi Dave, The mill went down very well at the exhibition thanks. Several people complimented me on the model and I managed to win 2 cups and a gold award which was very encouraging. Since then I haven't done anything with it but that doesn't mean I have done no modelling. I wanted to try out a differ...
by ralphrobertson
Wed Jan 23, 2019 6:13 pm
Forum: Track and Turnouts
Topic: Crossing Vee Jig
Replies: 11
Views: 1368

Re: Crossing Vee Jig

You say the chap who runs EBMA is in your club. Could you ask him if he's able to make a jig for making a 60' tack panel please. I noticed you had something like that in your thread. Yes, I will ask him and see if he can do it. I drew the design up some time ago and made it in card on our laser cut...
by ralphrobertson
Mon Jan 21, 2019 12:05 pm
Forum: Track and Turnouts
Topic: Crossing Vee Jig
Replies: 11
Views: 1368

Re: Crossing Vee Jig

Dave, you might want to take a look at my thread here https://www.scalefour.org/forum/viewtopic.php?f=9&t=5499 which gives a little bit of information about why these things came into existence. Andy of EBMA is in our club and he took on these designs so that others can use them too. They work f...
by ralphrobertson
Wed Jan 16, 2019 5:47 pm
Forum: Layouts and Operations
Topic: Gt. Jackson St.
Replies: 40
Views: 6522

Re: Gt. Jackson St.

Hi Dave, I am using one of the Hobbying servos and the mount is just a simple bracket I designed and made on my 3D printer. You could make any little bracket from a piece of ally angle or or some stripwood or plastic sheet. The rod with the magnet just needs to be able to slide up and down in the tu...
by ralphrobertson
Tue Jan 15, 2019 4:16 pm
Forum: Layouts and Operations
Topic: Gt. Jackson St.
Replies: 40
Views: 6522

Re: Gt. Jackson St.

Almost a year since the last post and most of you know why I haven't been busy on Gt Jackson St since then - yes Alpha Mill. Anyway, since its public showing at the Manchester exhibition in December it has been stuck in its transporting case and a couple of days ago I thought I should try and do som...
by ralphrobertson
Mon Dec 24, 2018 10:42 am
Forum: Jeremy Suter
Topic: GWR Steam Railmotor Chassis
Replies: 185
Views: 28935

Re: GWR Steam Railmotor Chassis

Jeremy, you are putting panelled coach kit construction onto a new level. That is looking excellent, you don't fancy doing some Period 1 LMS coaches do you? I hate the Comet LMS panelled coach sides, by the time the panel is etched away there is so little metal left it is so easy to mark the metal -...
by ralphrobertson
Mon Dec 24, 2018 10:38 am
Forum: New Products
Topic: GWR 6ft 4ins Twin Torsion Bar Bogie Kit
Replies: 0
Views: 308

GWR 6ft 4ins Twin Torsion Bar Bogie Kit

A kit for the GWR 6ft 4ins bogie is now available on the Palatine Models website. This has been designed specifically for the GWR modeller to cover this early style bogie and it was designed with the help of Peter Sutherland who has written about these twin torsion bar bogies in the Scalefour News i...
by ralphrobertson
Wed Nov 28, 2018 5:04 pm
Forum: Other Buildings and Scenery
Topic: Alpha Mill
Replies: 103
Views: 11743

Re: Alpha Mill

That link contains a lot of interesting stuff Howard. To see the Lancashire style mill in both Germany and the Netherlands is certainly an eye opener and shows the impact that this part of England had on the world in general. Excellent stuff. I continue to be amazed at the amount of material on this...
by ralphrobertson
Wed Nov 28, 2018 8:58 am
Forum: Other Buildings and Scenery
Topic: Alpha Mill
Replies: 103
Views: 11743

Re: Alpha Mill

Here is the family tree taken out of the book 'Stott and Sons, architects of the Lancashire Cotton Mill'. The book itself contains a lot in information about mills in general particularly their construction and proved to be an interesting read. There are lots of photos in there too and I learnt a lo...
by ralphrobertson
Mon Nov 26, 2018 5:17 pm
Forum: Other Buildings and Scenery
Topic: Alpha Mill
Replies: 103
Views: 11743

Re: Alpha Mill

I will use that design for the factory gates thanks Howard. It is too late now for what I have already done. Don't fancy drawing it up though!

Ralph
by ralphrobertson
Sun Nov 25, 2018 5:49 pm
Forum: Other Buildings and Scenery
Topic: Alpha Mill
Replies: 103
Views: 11743

Re: Alpha Mill

Thank you all for your kind comments.

Ralph
by ralphrobertson
Sun Nov 25, 2018 12:36 pm
Forum: Chassis and Suspensions
Topic: An etched chassis for the Hornby Peckett.
Replies: 49
Views: 8137

Re: An etched chassis for the Hornby Peckett.

Hi Gordon,

Can you please put me down for one of these when you go into production. Looks great with the body on.

Ralph
by ralphrobertson
Sun Nov 25, 2018 12:24 pm
Forum: Other Buildings and Scenery
Topic: Alpha Mill
Replies: 103
Views: 11743

Re: Alpha Mill

Just put the finishing touches to the mill so it can be put on display at the Manchester exhibition next weekend. Made a change to the steps based on some recommendations from Howard and it now looks much better. Added the ironwork which came back from the etchers last week. Made up a flagpole and p...
by ralphrobertson
Thu Nov 15, 2018 7:13 pm
Forum: Other Buildings and Scenery
Topic: Alpha Mill
Replies: 103
Views: 11743

Re: Alpha Mill

Thanks Dave. Your input has been valuable too and once we have our show out of the way in a couple of weeks I will move on to start the engine house. Alpha Mill will appear in the display stand at the Manchester Christmas Show on 1st and 2nd December https://www.scalefour.org/forum/viewtopic.php?f=3...
by ralphrobertson
Fri Nov 09, 2018 4:57 pm
Forum: Other Buildings and Scenery
Topic: Alpha Mill
Replies: 103
Views: 11743

Re: Alpha Mill

Hmm ... you might be about to get some stiffly worded guidance from Ralph... Well, I fell down at the first hurdle and thankfully at that stage I hadn't gone very far down the track so I could get this project made correctly. I am a big admirer of your layouts Steve and with the information readily...
by ralphrobertson
Thu Nov 08, 2018 6:27 pm
Forum: Other Buildings and Scenery
Topic: Alpha Mill
Replies: 103
Views: 11743

Re: Alpha Mill

I meant to post this photo as well, it is a bit closer than the end shots.

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by ralphrobertson
Thu Nov 08, 2018 6:25 pm
Forum: Other Buildings and Scenery
Topic: Alpha Mill
Replies: 103
Views: 11743

Re: Alpha Mill

Thanks Tony and Howard. Yes this is completely different to what was originally proposed and the journey has certainly been interesting and I have learnt an awful lot about cotton mills thanks to Howard. The building as it is now is certainly a whole lot more interesting and captures the atmosphere ...
by ralphrobertson
Thu Nov 08, 2018 11:48 am
Forum: Other Buildings and Scenery
Topic: Alpha Mill
Replies: 103
Views: 11743

Re: Alpha Mill

Painting has moved on a whole lot further since my last posting. The red brickwork had 3 coats of paint applying and the whole lot has been toned down and weathered to produce a more satisfactory finish. The doorway has been made from a lot of pieces of card glued together to make the shape of the p...
by ralphrobertson
Mon Nov 05, 2018 5:39 pm
Forum: Exhibitions
Topic: The Christmas Model Railway Show - Manchester 2018
Replies: 17
Views: 1885

Re: The Christmas Model Railway Show - Manchester 2018

I have seen Black Lion Crossing twice now and the atmosphere on that layout is stunning. Superb buildings and lineside features not to mention the handbuilt stock that Geoff runs. Also it is looking likely that my model of Alpha Mill will be making its presence felt in the display cabinet in Room 1 ...
by ralphrobertson
Sun Nov 04, 2018 4:23 pm
Forum: Exhibitions
Topic: The Christmas Model Railway Show - Manchester 2018
Replies: 17
Views: 1885

The Christmas Model Railway Show - Manchester 2018

The annual Manchester show is taking place on the 1st and 2nd December at the Barnes Wallis Building close to Manchester Piccadilly Station in Manchester. Opening times are 10:00-17:30 on Saturday and 10:00 to 16:30 on Sunday. Ticket prices are £9 and up to 3 children are free with each adult. Advan...
by ralphrobertson
Sat Oct 27, 2018 9:59 am
Forum: Mark Tatlow
Topic: A Highland Miscellany
Replies: 274
Views: 68582

Re: A Highland Miscellany

Nice full brake there Mark. Might be able to help you with the ground signal, when designing the Palatine etch I took dimensions from the drawing in the LMS Journal and photographed several which were lying around by Bury signal box on the East Lancs Railway. I was also provided with some photos by ...
by ralphrobertson
Wed Oct 10, 2018 8:38 am
Forum: Other Buildings and Scenery
Topic: Alpha Mill
Replies: 103
Views: 11743

Re: Alpha Mill

I have to say that whilst finding out a lot more about cotton mills than I knew at the start of this year I visited Masson Mill in Cromford where Howard spends a bit of his time with some of the lovely old cotton spinning machines. I was lucky enough to go on a tour of the mill and met Howard who ca...

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