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by ralphrobertson
Tue Aug 13, 2019 5:30 pm
Forum: Other Buildings and Scenery
Topic: Alpha Mill
Replies: 146
Views: 21438

Re: Alpha Mill

I have never seen that before Howard and it is certainly very inspirational.Excellent stuff. The mill is the focal point of the community and despite this being at the back of the layout we are planning to put some terraces adjacent to it if we can fit it in.

Ralph
by ralphrobertson
Mon Aug 12, 2019 3:16 pm
Forum: Other Buildings and Scenery
Topic: Alpha Mill
Replies: 146
Views: 21438

Re: Alpha Mill

Ralph. Congratulations. The representation of the engine looks very nice and, glimpsed through the engine house windows, creates just the right effect. Looking forward to seeing the whole thing in the flesh at Scaleforum. Dave. Thanks Dave, I couldn't have done it without Howard's ideas and drawing...
by ralphrobertson
Sun Aug 11, 2019 3:09 pm
Forum: Other Buildings and Scenery
Topic: Alpha Mill
Replies: 146
Views: 21438

Re: Alpha Mill

Hi Nick, Thanks for your kind comments. There were over 300 mills in Oldham alone and there were many more in the surrounding areas. The MMRS exhibitions were at the Corn Exchange in Manchester in those days and we often got over 10,000 visitors in those days. Glad you are planning to come this year...
by ralphrobertson
Sun Aug 11, 2019 12:01 pm
Forum: Other Buildings and Scenery
Topic: Alpha Mill
Replies: 146
Views: 21438

Re: Alpha Mill

More useful stuff thanks Howard. Will have to change the title of George to something else then. I can't change the floor colour any more - I can't get to some spots inside the engine house any longer so it will have to stay as it is, sorry. I have repainted the engines now to a very dark blue, bord...
by ralphrobertson
Sat Aug 10, 2019 5:02 pm
Forum: Other Buildings and Scenery
Topic: Alpha Mill
Replies: 146
Views: 21438

Re: Alpha Mill

Thanks Howard, that would have been useful earlier this week but never mind, it is easy to remove this all from the building, just 4 screws. Will get the paint pots out again tomorrow and get it right.

Ralph
by ralphrobertson
Sat Aug 10, 2019 3:01 pm
Forum: Other Buildings and Scenery
Topic: Alpha Mill
Replies: 146
Views: 21438

Re: Alpha Mill

Work has been continuing on making up some sort of representation of the engines which are quite visible inside the engine house. Howard provided some 3D drawings which are what he used for his animation which he uploaded much earlier on this thread and the one for the low pressure engine could be u...
by ralphrobertson
Mon Jul 15, 2019 2:26 pm
Forum: Other Buildings and Scenery
Topic: Alpha Mill
Replies: 146
Views: 21438

Re: Alpha Mill

I should add that the louvres on the skylight are P4 sleeper strip, just happened to be the right size.

Ralph
by ralphrobertson
Mon Jul 15, 2019 12:03 pm
Forum: Other Buildings and Scenery
Topic: Alpha Mill
Replies: 146
Views: 21438

Re: Alpha Mill

Thanks Howard, that information is most useful.

Ralph
by ralphrobertson
Mon Jul 15, 2019 6:52 am
Forum: Other Buildings and Scenery
Topic: Alpha Mill
Replies: 146
Views: 21438

Re: Alpha Mill

Not posted for a couple of months, a big decorating job and holidays slowed things down but work has been slowly plodding on with the mill. I have been making the lantern (the architect's drawing terminology but to me skylight sounds better). Had 3 attempts at getting something presentable before I ...
by ralphrobertson
Wed Jun 05, 2019 2:00 pm
Forum: Other Buildings and Scenery
Topic: corrugated iron
Replies: 4
Views: 848

Re: corrugated iron

The solution is to make your own. A few years ago I bought some form tools from USA via Ebay but can't find the link right now. They are CNC machined form tools on which you lay thick foil and press forming a miniature corrugated sheet in aluminium. There is a similar tool made in Australia by Brune...
by ralphrobertson
Fri May 10, 2019 1:32 pm
Forum: Other Buildings and Scenery
Topic: Alpha Mill
Replies: 146
Views: 21438

Re: Alpha Mill

Applied the toning down paint today and it it looking much more in balance with the remainder of the building now. Got a bit more tweaking of the colour to do to get a reasonable match but that won't take long. The interior of the engine house is another issue altogether. One member in our group thi...
by ralphrobertson
Thu May 09, 2019 1:38 pm
Forum: Other Buildings and Scenery
Topic: Alpha Mill
Replies: 146
Views: 21438

Re: Alpha Mill

Not posted here for a while but work has been proceeding on the engine and boiler house parts of the mill. The photo shows the engine house as it is now immediately prior to toning down the brickwork, it will end up exactly the same as the main part of the mill - it all looks a bit dark here as the ...
by ralphrobertson
Thu Mar 28, 2019 10:40 am
Forum: Layouts and Operations
Topic: Brimsdown-The last grand project.
Replies: 287
Views: 38693

Re: Brimsdown-The last grand project.

There you go Tony, you just need to make a P4 version of that!

Ralph
by ralphrobertson
Fri Mar 22, 2019 6:59 pm
Forum: Manchester AG
Topic: Progress with Slattocks Junction
Replies: 86
Views: 25626

Re: Progress with Slattocks Junction

Looks great Tony. Love the Jubilee on the express.

Ralph
by ralphrobertson
Fri Mar 22, 2019 9:27 am
Forum: Other Buildings and Scenery
Topic: Alpha Mill
Replies: 146
Views: 21438

Re: Alpha Mill

Thank you David, yes it is a BIG building and when the engine house, pump house and boiler house are added it will be even bigger. Transporting it is no mean feat, it just fits in the back of my S-MAX. It is back at home now as I need it for making the joint between the engine house and the mill pro...
by ralphrobertson
Wed Mar 20, 2019 5:44 pm
Forum: Other Buildings and Scenery
Topic: Alpha Mill
Replies: 146
Views: 21438

Re: Alpha Mill

I have been resin casting some stonework for the engine house. I am using the same profile as the mill and I wish I had made the mill stonework master just that little bit longer! Had to glue 2 lengths together to get it long enough for the engine house. Thought the photo of the resin mould might in...
by ralphrobertson
Thu Mar 14, 2019 1:36 pm
Forum: iak
Topic: Wagon floors... Wagon sides... Bare Wood... Worn wood or what?
Replies: 45
Views: 12344

Re: Wagon floors... Wagon sides... Bare Wood... Worn wood or what?

That looks very interesting Ian, will have to get some of that.

Ralph
by ralphrobertson
Thu Mar 14, 2019 1:31 pm
Forum: Other Buildings and Scenery
Topic: Alpha Mill
Replies: 146
Views: 21438

Re: Alpha Mill

Well it only took 10 minutes to change the drawings, another hour to cut the card and 10 minutes to replace the windows and if you have the opportunity to do it right, and it is not too much to change, you should try to - you only do it once! I have to thank you all for providing accurate informatio...
by ralphrobertson
Wed Mar 13, 2019 1:07 pm
Forum: Other Buildings and Scenery
Topic: Alpha Mill
Replies: 146
Views: 21438

Re: Alpha Mill

Changed all the windows including the small windows at the bottom of the front wall which looked wrong and spotting some small windows in one of Dave's photos I decided to cut them out and make the change. Pile of old windows piled up on the right. Think they are all ok now and moving on the brickin...
by ralphrobertson
Wed Mar 13, 2019 9:02 am
Forum: Other Buildings and Scenery
Topic: Alpha Mill
Replies: 146
Views: 21438

Re: Alpha Mill

Thanks guys, those photos are really useful. Good thing I didn't cut the windows into the back wall like I did on the main mill walls, I made them separate so it shouldn't be too much of a problem to change all 9 of them!

Ralph
by ralphrobertson
Tue Mar 12, 2019 6:40 pm
Forum: Other Buildings and Scenery
Topic: Alpha Mill
Replies: 146
Views: 21438

Re: Alpha Mill

Thanks Howard, the only photo I had of the big window was the one you sent me of Warwick Mill when it was painted blue and it was in the distance. I will change the drawing and recut it now. When Tony and I went to see Warwick Mill all the windows on the engine house were covered over so this is ver...
by ralphrobertson
Tue Mar 12, 2019 5:06 pm
Forum: Other Buildings and Scenery
Topic: Alpha Mill
Replies: 146
Views: 21438

Re: Alpha Mill

Thanks for your kind words guys. Dave, we have tried to 3-D print Howards animation but hit a snag so this is one of the things we will be talking to him about next week. The left hand end has the 5ft pillar added, the other end hadn't but it does now - Waiting for the glue to dry. Your invite is st...
by ralphrobertson
Mon Mar 11, 2019 5:17 pm
Forum: Other Buildings and Scenery
Topic: Alpha Mill
Replies: 146
Views: 21438

Re: Alpha Mill

The front, back and left hand end have been added now. Need to draw up the right hand end, which is a short wall, cut it out and then detail all this. The boiler house sits immediately behind this building and there is a small pump house just to the right of the engine house. The end is in sight! 20...
by ralphrobertson
Mon Mar 11, 2019 4:40 pm
Forum: Other Buildings and Scenery
Topic: Alpha Mill
Replies: 146
Views: 21438

Re: Alpha Mill

Back working on the mill again now and here is a photo of the framework for the engine house. Used the terrace houses to see if using a ply frame would work for the engine house and it seems to be fine although it is a bit flimsier that the terraces. This is a big building with HUGE windows and it i...
by ralphrobertson
Mon Feb 25, 2019 11:41 am
Forum: Painting and Weathering
Topic: Correct Roof Colour?
Replies: 9
Views: 1393

Re: Correct Roof Colour?

Dave, Here are a couple of photos I took last weekend at the Severn Valley of LMS coach roofs (as you do!) which might help. They are from the LMS set and the buffet car coach is rather more dirty than the others. I know they are from a preserved railway but colour photos of coach roofs are pretty m...

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