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by ralphrobertson
Wed Feb 26, 2020 6:23 pm
Forum: Signals and Control Systems
Topic: Lever Frames
Replies: 93
Views: 73337

Re: Lever Frames

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This is one of my LMS ground signals which Keith is referring to. Steve Hewitt and Steven Freeman swear by these and you can get them via the stores of from the Palatine Models site.

Ralph
by ralphrobertson
Sun Jan 26, 2020 12:36 pm
Forum: Layouts and Operations
Topic: Dorset 1937
Replies: 67
Views: 8804

Re: Dorset 1937

Ralph can weigh in, but I gather one keeps the soldered connection under the ballast and then passes the wire through a hole. Hi Neil, I was on holiday and only just picked up your comment. The basic idea of the droppers is to get the job of making holes in the baseboard away from the rail heads. N...
by ralphrobertson
Sun Dec 29, 2019 2:49 pm
Forum: Tools and Techniques
Topic: Hold and Fold Tools
Replies: 16
Views: 1818

Re: Hold and Fold Tools

I have found this https://www.scalemodelshop.co.uk/product/photo-etch-bending-tool-the-bug-rth-hold-and-fold-the-small-shop-sms002 to be a most useful addition to my modelling but it looks like it is not available at the moment - could try other places. It is exactly the right size for me to fold up...
by ralphrobertson
Tue Dec 24, 2019 2:14 pm
Forum: Manchester AG
Topic: Progress with Slattocks Junction
Replies: 102
Views: 30730

Re: Progress with Slattocks Junction

Thanks for that Howard, gives us the information we need to better understand how coal was fed to the mill. A domestic coal and general merchandise goods yard it will be then.

Ralph
by ralphrobertson
Tue Dec 24, 2019 10:01 am
Forum: Manchester AG
Topic: Progress with Slattocks Junction
Replies: 102
Views: 30730

Re: Progress with Slattocks Junction

Thanks Dave, after a long slog making it the mill really does set the scene. One thing we were discussing at the club last night was about supplying the boiler house with coal and wonder if you or Howard are able to help us out here please. Presuming that the coal would have been supplied by rail it...
by ralphrobertson
Mon Dec 23, 2019 3:00 pm
Forum: Manchester AG
Topic: Progress with Slattocks Junction
Replies: 102
Views: 30730

Re: Progress with Slattocks Junction

Conscious of the fact that no-one from the group has posted on here since our get together with our neighbour S4 groups last March so thought it time to give everyone a brief update. Work has been busy on 2 of the baseboards in an attempt to get something presentable at Scalefour North in March - wh...
by ralphrobertson
Fri Dec 06, 2019 9:39 am
Forum: Exhibitions
Topic: The Manchester Show - 7th & 8th December 2019
Replies: 1
Views: 563

Re: The Manchester Show - 7th & 8th December 2019

Advance ticket sales now closed. Just off to help get everything set up ready for tomorrow. I will be on the demo stand 102 if anyone wants to say hello.

Ralph
by ralphrobertson
Wed Dec 04, 2019 6:28 pm
Forum: Other Buildings and Scenery
Topic: Alpha Mill
Replies: 164
Views: 31530

Re: Alpha Mill

Thanks for the ideas gentlemen. Now that Howard has explained what all the doors are for I am sure I can sort out the levels a bit different, I have to confess to knowing nothing about engine houses and the different doors and what lay behind them. The boiler house can not be changed and it was done...
by ralphrobertson
Tue Dec 03, 2019 10:04 am
Forum: Other Buildings and Scenery
Topic: Alpha Mill
Replies: 164
Views: 31530

Re: Alpha Mill

Thanks Howard and Dave. The problem I have is that with having to change the position of the boiler house because of the position of the mill and engine house on the layout I don't really have much alternative given the positions of the doors bearing in mind that I have copied the architect's drawin...
by ralphrobertson
Mon Dec 02, 2019 6:42 pm
Forum: Other Buildings and Scenery
Topic: Alpha Mill
Replies: 164
Views: 31530

Re: Alpha Mill

Seeing a photo of the mill in S4News 215 - thanks Will - I thought I should post an update to advise where things are right now. Work has been taking place on the groundwork around the mill getting all the doors level with the ground. A card structure was made to get all the heights right and then a...
by ralphrobertson
Wed Nov 20, 2019 12:46 pm
Forum: Guest Book
Topic: Chester Breakdown Train
Replies: 2
Views: 512

Re: Chester Breakdown Train

Hi Richard,

Glad it all worked out for you, looks very good I must say and it is nice to see something unusual - love the crane.

Ralph
by ralphrobertson
Sat Nov 16, 2019 12:40 pm
Forum: Exhibitions
Topic: The Manchester Show - 7th & 8th December 2019
Replies: 1
Views: 563

The Manchester Show - 7th & 8th December 2019

Just to let you all know that the annual Manchester Model Railway Exhibition will be on at the Barnes Wallis Building which is in the North Campus of the University of Manchester, Altrincham Street, Manchester M1 7JA just a very short walk from Manchester Piccadilly station. It is open on Saturday f...
by ralphrobertson
Sun Oct 27, 2019 10:19 am
Forum: Coaches and NPCS
Topic: Vacformed roofs
Replies: 6
Views: 956

Re: Vacformed roofs

I forgot to mention that if you do this using an extrusion you need to file off the lip that protrudes over the side of the coach. Also it might work with 15thou plastic but I haven't tried it.

Ralph
by ralphrobertson
Sat Oct 26, 2019 5:31 pm
Forum: Coaches and NPCS
Topic: Vacformed roofs
Replies: 6
Views: 956

Re: Vacformed roofs

PeteT is quite right, I did demonstrate a method once at Scaleforum about 3 years ago. I cannot claim any originality to this - I was taught how to do it by Dick Petter who has been using it for years on his extensive fleet of LMS coaches. The prime reason for me using this method was because of the...
by ralphrobertson
Mon Sep 30, 2019 4:54 pm
Forum: Other Buildings and Scenery
Topic: Alpha Mill
Replies: 164
Views: 31530

Re: Alpha Mill

I very much enjoyed our extended chat, yesterday. I must say I hadn't really appreciated just how much work had been required to replicate the relief brick work and other decorative features which George Stott included in his Edwardian era mills. Thanks Dave, without the input from Howard and yours...
by ralphrobertson
Mon Sep 30, 2019 8:34 am
Forum: Other Buildings and Scenery
Topic: Alpha Mill
Replies: 164
Views: 31530

Re: Alpha Mill

Thanks to all those who came to chat with me at Scaleforum - I hope you learnt something from my journey with a laser cutter. I met lots of interesting people from all over the world and I look forward to seeing lots of buildings being made! Somebody left a short ruler on my stand at the show on Sun...
by ralphrobertson
Fri Sep 27, 2019 9:28 am
Forum: Other Buildings and Scenery
Topic: Alpha Mill
Replies: 164
Views: 31530

Re: Alpha Mill

Just packed the car for the journey and I have prepared some sort of handout for those interested. Not knowing how many to prepare a copy of the paper is attached here so if I run out you can download your own copy.

Ralph

Alpha Mill Presentation Paper.pdf
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by ralphrobertson
Tue Sep 10, 2019 2:33 pm
Forum: Jeremy Suter
Topic: GWR Steam Railmotor Chassis
Replies: 226
Views: 50459

Re: GWR Steam Railmotor Chassis

Well done Jeremy. Like the station building!

Ralph
by ralphrobertson
Tue Aug 13, 2019 5:30 pm
Forum: Other Buildings and Scenery
Topic: Alpha Mill
Replies: 164
Views: 31530

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: 164
Views: 31530

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: 164
Views: 31530

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: 164
Views: 31530

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: 164
Views: 31530

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: 164
Views: 31530

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: 164
Views: 31530

Re: Alpha Mill

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

Ralph

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