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by ralphrobertson
Wed Jun 05, 2019 2:00 pm
Forum: Other Buildings and Scenery
Topic: corrugated iron
Replies: 4
Views: 507

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: 130
Views: 18182

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: 130
Views: 18182

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: 35184

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: 24465

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: 130
Views: 18182

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: 130
Views: 18182

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: 11741

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: 130
Views: 18182

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: 130
Views: 18182

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: 130
Views: 18182

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: 130
Views: 18182

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: 130
Views: 18182

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: 130
Views: 18182

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: 130
Views: 18182

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: 1231

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...
by ralphrobertson
Mon Feb 25, 2019 9:52 am
Forum: Painting and Weathering
Topic: Correct Roof Colour?
Replies: 9
Views: 1231

Re: Correct Roof Colour?

LMS diagram BR Suburban using Roof Dirt and Frame Dirt.

Ralph

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by ralphrobertson
Mon Feb 25, 2019 9:30 am
Forum: Painting and Weathering
Topic: Correct Roof Colour?
Replies: 9
Views: 1231

Re: Correct Roof Colour?

Dave, I have used Precision Roof Dirt on my coaches. Will try and find a photo for you to look at. Their Frame Dirt is also good for underframes. If you prefer acrylics these colours are also available in the Lifecolor range.

Ralph
by ralphrobertson
Fri Feb 22, 2019 7:25 pm
Forum: Layouts and Operations
Topic: Brimsdown-The last grand project.
Replies: 287
Views: 35184

Re: Brimsdown-The last grand project.

That is excellent looking track Tony, looks superb.

Ralph
by ralphrobertson
Wed Feb 06, 2019 1:02 pm
Forum: Manchester AG
Topic: Progress with Slattocks Junction
Replies: 86
Views: 24465

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: 130
Views: 18182

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: 130
Views: 18182

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: 130
Views: 18182

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: 26
Views: 3141

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: 26
Views: 3141

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...

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