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by nberrington
Mon Nov 18, 2019 3:49 pm
Forum: Baseboards and Carpentry
Topic: Plywood disaster
Replies: 34
Views: 1921

Re: Plywood disaster

Somewhat over engineered.

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by nberrington
Mon Nov 18, 2019 1:44 pm
Forum: Baseboards and Carpentry
Topic: Plywood disaster
Replies: 34
Views: 1921

Re: Plywood disaster

I have mixed feelings about ply. I have used Baltic birch - 12mm for trackbed and 18mm for the chassis. It is light and very strong. Unfortunately will chip a bit in the CNC machine if you use the wrong bit! The boards I’ve made have been done with sturdy stuff and is assembled as to be bomb proof w...
by nberrington
Sun Nov 10, 2019 2:32 am
Forum: Layouts and Operations
Topic: Dorset 1937
Replies: 18
Views: 4210

Re: Dorset 1937

Progress has been slow over the last few months. Work can be annoying sometimes.... Anyway- a shell of smoothon two part resin now covers the foam. The stuff is light and solid as a rock. 5F2AFF07-4203-4A31-88EC-288FA8B3964C.jpeg F375030B-324F-46BB-8D50-9B01D1EF3F33.jpeg 5F2AFF07-4203-4A31-88EC-288F...
by nberrington
Thu Nov 07, 2019 8:12 pm
Forum: Track and Turnouts
Topic: Rail notches
Replies: 13
Views: 1384

Re: Rail notches

Will L wrote:You will of course remember to fit a cosmetic fish plate at each cut!



Obsessive compulsive disorder is a lot of fun. The chairs will also be oriented appropriately.....
by nberrington
Mon Nov 04, 2019 7:29 pm
Forum: Track and Turnouts
Topic: Rail notches
Replies: 13
Views: 1384

Re: Rail notches

Not yet sir, but the notch is palpable, so I am more than convinced they will. Lining up should be OK, in that I have cheated - the end pieces of rail and longer than the 60ft - allowing someone leeway to “catch up” on bends etc. I am yet to assemble them - I did a small batch in case it is a pain i...
by nberrington
Mon Nov 04, 2019 5:46 pm
Forum: Track and Turnouts
Topic: Rail notches
Replies: 13
Views: 1384

Re: Rail notches

D12062C9-2D50-4888-B34A-F301F5C39D4A.jpeg The jig is 18mm mdf with grooves cut into it to ensure the rail stood the right way up. (Nice in theory) Cutting the notches in the rail leaves a mark in the mdf, so one has a guide for future rail cutting. The rail is C&L steel bullhead. (Which is by t...
by nberrington
Mon Nov 04, 2019 1:38 pm
Forum: Track and Turnouts
Topic: Rail notches
Replies: 13
Views: 1384

Re: Rail notches

BTW - here are the laser settings. (Vector cutting full power at 50% speed). I think if I picked up the speed we would have a finer line.
by nberrington
Sun Nov 03, 2019 10:12 pm
Forum: Track and Turnouts
Topic: Rail notches
Replies: 13
Views: 1384

Re: Rail notches

Once the char is cleaned up the line is tiny, but there.
by nberrington
Sun Nov 03, 2019 10:07 pm
Forum: Track and Turnouts
Topic: Rail notches
Replies: 13
Views: 1384

Rail notches

Having looked at many examples of track panels at Scaleforum, and visiting some magnificent home layouts, I had concluded attempts to notch rail every 60ft or 45ft were fairly pointless considering the scale we work in. However some idle chit chat in out laser room at our local communal workspace ha...
by nberrington
Wed Oct 30, 2019 5:10 pm
Forum: Product Information
Topic: Ultrascale Bespoke tyres
Replies: 10
Views: 817

Re: Ultrascale Bespoke tyres

How tricky is it to remove the centres from new RTR locos? I've never tried, but some recent offerings look quite good - seems a shame to chuck 'em out.
Just thinking about it, it might be tricky for a hack like me to ensure concentric wheels in the end.....
by nberrington
Thu Oct 24, 2019 12:55 am
Forum: Track and Turnouts
Topic: Best technique for curving rail?
Replies: 10
Views: 661

Re: Best technique for curving rail?

This gizmo is pricey but is fantastic:

https://www.handlaidtrack.com/tl-0004
by nberrington
Mon Oct 21, 2019 3:01 pm
Forum: Product Information
Topic: Armstrong Whitworth Demonstrator
Replies: 3
Views: 433

Re: Armstrong Whitworth Demonstrator

So ugly it’s beautiful. Love the shunter riding along on the footboard!
by nberrington
Tue Oct 08, 2019 3:17 pm
Forum: Track and Turnouts
Topic: Drill for rivets.
Replies: 18
Views: 991

Re: Drill for rivets.

On the subject of rivets - a brief side bar: In securing the rivets, does one give the back a sturdy thwack with a hammer (ala Iain Rice), or is the preference a rivet punch? I see a variety of jewellery punches available, but they all seem to be a significant investment..... largely in shipping cos...
by nberrington
Mon Oct 07, 2019 8:55 pm
Forum: Other Buildings and Scenery
Topic: Road and platform surfaces
Replies: 17
Views: 1795

Re: Road and platform surfaces

I’m safe and sound back home on the Prairies, and thankful for the wide roads and open spaces. I had a wonderful time in the UK, and thank you all for your wonderful hospitality! I imagine if you lot weren’t such courteous drivers, those narrow little roads would be death traps! I did find a book in...
by nberrington
Tue Oct 01, 2019 3:23 pm
Forum: Diesel and Electric Locomotives
Topic: Class 3 roof
Replies: 0
Views: 774

Class 3 roof

While continuing my visit to the UK with my customary visit to Swanage, I took this photo for you diesel types - just in case you wanted to weather your diesels ever....

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by nberrington
Tue Oct 01, 2019 5:44 am
Forum: Exhibitions
Topic: Scaleforum 2019
Replies: 249
Views: 23141

Re: Scaleforum 2019

I would second that on the small diesel layouts. The track work on Clackmannan goods was astounding. Fantastic attention to detail.
by nberrington
Mon Sep 30, 2019 6:07 pm
Forum: Other Buildings and Scenery
Topic: Road and platform surfaces
Replies: 17
Views: 1795

Road and platform surfaces

Good day all. This may seem like a dumb question to most of you. I gather tarmac/ asphalt was an early twentieth century invention. As far as I can tell the roads around Swanage were tarred in the twenties. (?) So the obvious question is - what were the road surfaces in the twenties? What were stati...
by nberrington
Mon Sep 30, 2019 3:38 pm
Forum: Other Buildings and Scenery
Topic: Alpha Mill
Replies: 151
Views: 25709

Re: Alpha Mill

Thank you Ralph for taking the time to explain your methods to me. The mill is even more impressive “in the flesh” than I imagined! My projects seem tiny by comparison.
You have certainly given me some ideas to try.

What a magnificent model! Well done good sir.
by nberrington
Fri Sep 27, 2019 3:20 pm
Forum: New Products
Topic: SCC - Sparkshot Custom Creations
Replies: 282
Views: 51393

Re: SCC - Sparkshot Custom Creations

With some tweaking that could become a Drummond 700 pre superheating.....
by nberrington
Sat Aug 31, 2019 3:43 pm
Forum: Exhibitions
Topic: Scaleforum 2019
Replies: 249
Views: 23141

Re: Scaleforum 2019

Gents - is there a bring and buy table again this year?
I have a few brass loco kits that I will never get to....
by nberrington
Sun Apr 07, 2019 12:15 pm
Forum: Layouts and Operations
Topic: Dorset 1937
Replies: 18
Views: 4210

Re: Dorset 1937

Thanks for the kind words Flymo and Julian. The figures are indeed brush painted. My wife and I have been doing them over the last few weeks as my work schedule hasn’t allowed me the time to work on the big project (i.e. the layout itself.) she has a great eye for colour and is a very neat painter. ...
by nberrington
Tue Mar 19, 2019 10:49 pm
Forum: Layouts and Operations
Topic: Dorset 1937
Replies: 18
Views: 4210

Re: Dorset 1937

Some idle doodling done last week:

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I still need to do the faces - but I prefer oil washes for that...
by nberrington
Mon Feb 11, 2019 12:20 am
Forum: Layouts and Operations
Topic: Dorset 1937
Replies: 18
Views: 4210

Re: Dorset 1937

Tackling the last of the rough jobs - fascia boards. Now that I have the basic contour of the landscape, I could shape the ply accordingly. Bending around corners requires some soaking and plenty of clamps..... 2E3CB8CC-7418-4374-A4C8-BB703C0F6F34.jpeg 3B617692-F98B-4549-9485-16F4AFA0CA3A.jpeg BF4C1...
by nberrington
Fri Jan 25, 2019 11:33 am
Forum: Layouts and Operations
Topic: Dorset 1937
Replies: 18
Views: 4210

Re: Dorset 1937

Some details- ashpit with stone walls, service pit in brick (can’t really be seen -in the shed, but I was playing with Corel. I suppose I should have tried to do Flemish bond, but I was having fun drawing little bricks..... 00C9B80F-0C0D-42C9-89C1-341EBC095AD5.jpeg EB59A57D-29F5-40B6-9987-BA8F3A27C8...
by nberrington
Mon Jan 21, 2019 3:18 pm
Forum: Scenery and Structures
Topic: Ash pit vs service pit
Replies: 5
Views: 1119

Ash pit vs service pit

Greetings all. I fear my understanding of steam operation might be lacking a tad. I am scratching the old head regarding the MPD at Swanage. Alongside the coal dock and water tower is a loco pit between the rails. Whenever I am there it seems relatively clean, but I gather ash and coals were dumped ...

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