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by martin goodall
Tue Feb 25, 2020 2:51 pm
Forum: Chassis and Suspensions
Topic: Best wire for collectors
Replies: 10
Views: 402

Re: Best wire for collectors

I seem to recall that Mike Sharman reckoned there was some adverse reaction between phosphor bronze current collectors and steel tyres, but I regret to say that I cannot recall exactly what caused the problem. I have successfully used hard brass wire bearing on the edge of the steel wheel flange, an...
by martin goodall
Sun Feb 23, 2020 1:17 pm
Forum: Layouts and Operations
Topic: The Burford Branch
Replies: 276
Views: 71750

Re: The Burford Branch

Thanks, Andrew, for your kind words. Posts in the near future will be focused mainly on dismantling the layout, and then on its re-assembly in its new home, but these will hopefully give some insight into the design of the layout’s infrastructure. The work will include some changes to the electrical...
by martin goodall
Sat Feb 22, 2020 1:34 pm
Forum: Trains: Model and Prototype
Topic: A question of colour
Replies: 18
Views: 1296

Re: A question of colour

Martin Many thanks for your wonderful response. Furness red has always been a bone of contention and I've always said it depended on what day of the week the paint was mixed as to the end colour. You've given an excellent answer and your model is very good as well. Do you do commissions? Philip Sor...
by martin goodall
Sat Feb 22, 2020 12:21 pm
Forum: Layouts and Operations
Topic: The Burford Branch
Replies: 276
Views: 71750

Re: The Burford Branch

A start has been made at last on dismantling the layout in readiness for the move to its new home, beginning with the removal of rolling stock from the layout IMG_5854.JPG ………and packing it away for transport IMG_5862.JPG Various smaller buildings were removed to await packing. [The porter reading h...
by martin goodall
Thu Feb 20, 2020 11:02 am
Forum: Painting and Weathering
Topic: GWR Locomotive colour
Replies: 5
Views: 443

Re: GWR Locomotive colour

I entirely agree with Tim and Alan, and would repeat what I said on the " A Question of Colour " thread recently. I am quite convinced that there is no such thing as the ‘correct’ rendition of the livery of locomotives and other railway vehicles, and that any attempt to capture the exact s...
by martin goodall
Tue Feb 18, 2020 4:08 pm
Forum: Layouts and Operations
Topic: Brettell Road
Replies: 542
Views: 113249

Re: Brettell Road

For the use of Archer's rivet decals, see "The Burford Branch" thread [https://www.scalefour.org/forum/viewtopic.php?f=9&t=1846&start=225#p66080 ] Page 10, in the post dated 16 February 2019.
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by martin goodall
Tue Feb 11, 2020 5:32 pm
Forum: Trains: Model and Prototype
Topic: A question of colour
Replies: 18
Views: 1296

Re: A question of colour

Perhaps an Artistic member, such as Martin Goodall, would like to comment on the effect that ambient light has on colour percception. At Scaleforum, the change from pre-exhibition glim lighting to ready-to-view illumination of Burntisland, for example, was most instructive. I was tempted to add my ...
by martin goodall
Thu Jan 30, 2020 10:22 pm
Forum: Layouts and Operations
Topic: The Burford Branch
Replies: 276
Views: 71750

Re: The Burford Branch

You may recall that some time ago I discussed the apparent yellow ‘cast’ in photos of the layout after the installation of new LED light bulbs. In addition to giving an uneven spectrum, those bulbs proved not to be as long-lived as their makers claimed they would be, and when they failed one by one ...
by martin goodall
Thu Jan 23, 2020 8:20 pm
Forum: Track and Turnouts
Topic: On building track - straight onto the baseboard?
Replies: 77
Views: 19742

Re: On building track - straight onto the baseboard?

Quite by accident, I discovered years ago that balsa sheet (at least 3mm thick as a minimum) makes an excellent sound insulating underlay. But don't use PVA for sticking it down, which will cause fearsome warping of the balsawood. Thinly smeared Evostik will do the job. It's not cheap, but it is qui...
by martin goodall
Tue Jan 21, 2020 7:19 pm
Forum: Layouts and Operations
Topic: The Burford Branch
Replies: 276
Views: 71750

Re: The Burford Branch

I was very tempted to enter Crichel Down for the Cameo Layout challenge, but I was not sure whether it might be disqualified because it had featured in Iain Rice's Cameo Layouts book. The real clincher, however, was that it would have required too much work to get it back into a presentable state an...
by martin goodall
Mon Jan 20, 2020 5:10 pm
Forum: Layouts and Operations
Topic: The Burford Branch
Replies: 276
Views: 71750

Re: The Burford Branch

Progress (of sorts) The new railway room is now ready to receive the layout and, as a first step, the untidy pile of boxes that used to be stored under the layout has been moved into a wardrobe in the new railway room, which has been adapted by the addition of extra shelving. IMG_5808.JPG The photo...
by martin goodall
Wed Jan 08, 2020 10:25 am
Forum: North London Group
Topic: Bodmin
Replies: 25
Views: 2210

Re: Bodmin

Just a couple of points for clarification. First, I inadvertently referred to the end-tipping clay wagons as "clay hoods". As Noel has pointed out, these wagons did not have sheet supporters (it was the BR version that had this fitting). Tarpaulins were nevertheless used to cover over the ...
by martin goodall
Sat Jan 04, 2020 9:54 pm
Forum: North London Group
Topic: Bodmin
Replies: 25
Views: 2210

Re: Bodmin

The North London Group’s Bodmin GWR layout project was conceived in 1976, following the successful launch of the Group’s Heckmondwike layout earlier that year. The genesis of the project was a desire to replace the small P4 demonstration layout that the Group had been taking around various model rai...
by martin goodall
Fri Nov 22, 2019 7:31 pm
Forum: Vehicle dynamics and trackholding
Topic: Masokits Track Defect Detection Vehicle
Replies: 7
Views: 1899

Re: Masokits Track Defect Detection Vehicle

I have also built one of these, but I didn't find any significant track variations when I ran it around the layout. I don't think my track is that perfect (!), so I assumed either that I had not assembled it correctly, or that I was somehow missing something. It has been stored unused in a drawer ev...
by martin goodall
Mon Oct 14, 2019 8:18 pm
Forum: Coaches and NPCS
Topic: Hattons RTR period stock
Replies: 4
Views: 791

Re: Hattons RTR period stock

I can foresee the possibility that the Mid-Wessex Light Railway may acquire one or two of these vehicles.
by martin goodall
Fri Sep 27, 2019 7:50 am
Forum: Exhibitions
Topic: Scaleforum 2019
Replies: 249
Views: 27116

Re: Scaleforum 2019

I hope we don't go down the route of inviting a guest layout for the sake of it. The style of the layout is similar to others but the reasons for inviting the layout were to do with presentation, lighting effects, a modified automatic coupling and smooth operation as well as fine model making. All ...
by martin goodall
Mon Sep 23, 2019 9:29 am
Forum: Layouts and Operations
Topic: The Burford Branch
Replies: 276
Views: 71750

Re: The Burford Branch

No news is……….er, no news. By now, dismantling of the layout should have been well under way, and my hope had been that the layout itself would have been moved to its new home before the end of this month. But progress has been much slower than expected, and so at the time of writing, the layout is...
by martin goodall
Sun Sep 08, 2019 4:36 pm
Forum: Electrics
Topic: Can I drive a Seep motor from a lever frame?
Replies: 8
Views: 1586

Re: Can I drive a Seep motor from a lever frame?

Being a simple-minded soul, I shudder at the mention of relays, control circuits end other electronic complications. The levers supplied more than 60 years ago by Tri-ang (some of which I still have in my spares box), and also the modern equivalent from Peco are simply passing contact switches. It s...
by martin goodall
Wed Aug 14, 2019 3:23 pm
Forum: Tools and Techniques
Topic: Fret Saw Blades
Replies: 13
Views: 1785

Re: Fret Saw Blades

The other point is the angle of cut. I don't know whether this works for piercing saw blades, but as a general rule it has always been may understanding that when cutting thin material the cut should not be at right angles to the material being cut, but that the saw blade should be held at an angle ...
by martin goodall
Wed Jul 17, 2019 2:22 pm
Forum: Exhibitions
Topic: Scaleforum 2019
Replies: 249
Views: 27116

Re: Scaleforum 2019

I have never yet done any actual modelling at a show when demonstrating.

I just spend the whole time talking, explaining and answering questions.

If you're a demonstrator, then that's what you're there for.
by martin goodall
Thu Jul 11, 2019 3:53 pm
Forum: Exhibitions
Topic: Scaleforum 2019
Replies: 249
Views: 27116

Re: Scaleforum 2019

I didn't see MODELU among the traders listed so far. I hope they've been invited. They are continuing to develop interesting 3D-printed products, and I'm hoping to see what they have on offer in September, with a view to buying more of their excellent products.
by martin goodall
Sat Jul 06, 2019 4:59 pm
Forum: Layouts and Operations
Topic: The Burford Branch
Replies: 276
Views: 71750

Re: The Burford Branch

"Finally, we had the rare sight on this layout of a goods train actually being marshalled and departing – an almost unheard of event. The engine is a Bachmann Collett Goods (No.2221), which is a very steady performer now that I have fitted a set of current collectors to the tender as well as t...
by martin goodall
Thu Jul 04, 2019 9:09 am
Forum: Layouts and Operations
Topic: The Burford Branch
Replies: 276
Views: 71750

Re: The Burford Branch

Before dismantling the layout commences, I have taken a final opportunity to show the layout to various friends before it moves up-country. This involved getting the layout working properly for the first time in two or three years (due to my having concentrated exclusively in the meantime on constru...
by martin goodall
Sun Jun 30, 2019 6:21 pm
Forum: Layouts and Operations
Topic: The Burford Branch
Replies: 276
Views: 71750

Re: The Burford Branch

Martin, Loved the photos of the station and auto coach, but who’s model is it? Dave The Autotrailer (No.202 of Diagram Q) was built from an old K's [N & KC Keyser] whitemetal kit, but with the moulded plastic roof. (Early examples had cast whitemetal roofs.) My model is over 40 years old. I des...
by martin goodall
Fri Jun 28, 2019 11:07 am
Forum: Layouts and Operations
Topic: The Burford Branch
Replies: 276
Views: 71750

Re: The Burford Branch

For the benefit of those members using Apple equipment (iPhone, iPad, AppleMac, etc.) I am re-posting the three 'upside down' photos here in their original format. They will be upside down for everyone else, but Apple users will now be able to see them the right way up (I hope). IMG_5338.JPG IMG_533...

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