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by martin goodall
Wed Jul 15, 2020 2:02 pm
Forum: Product Information
Topic: EBMA Material Stand
Replies: 12
Views: 312

Re: EBMA Material Stand

To hold packets of Evergreen strip, each compartment needs to be 60 mm wide. Rather than trying to separate every type of strip, I find that 8 divisions 40 mm deep suffice for the whole collection (in two boxes, with 4 compartment in each). A height of 200 mm is more than enough to hold the packets ...
by martin goodall
Tue Jul 14, 2020 10:13 am
Forum: Product Information
Topic: EBMA Material Stand
Replies: 12
Views: 312

Re: EBMA Material Stand

I have wanted a reliable and tidy means of storing my packets of Evergreen strip for years. I did cobble together a couple of containers, but the internal dividers quickly came adrift, and so the neat and tidy ordering of the various sizes of strip rapidly broke down, and it was back to sifting thro...
by martin goodall
Mon Jul 13, 2020 11:19 am
Forum: Flymo748
Topic: Airfix 48xx with High Level Kits chassis
Replies: 106
Views: 3866

Re: Airfix 48xx with High Level Kits chassis

I am reluctant to hijack a thread on another topic, but in response to two of the recent comments, I well remember the slip working on the Long Suffren layout. It was at the Bristol Show when we took the NLG’s Bodmin layout to the same show in 1982 – it was during the Falklands War. Much to our surp...
by martin goodall
Thu Jul 09, 2020 10:41 am
Forum: Layouts and Operations
Topic: The Burford Branch
Replies: 339
Views: 89582

Re: The Burford Branch

The backscene is standard 3mm hardboard. It is curved naturally (as the curve radius is fairly generous) - so there was no need to use water or steam to bend it. It comprises 2-foot wide sheet, so it stands about 21" high above the baseboard surface, and is screwed to the baseboard frame (with ...
by martin goodall
Mon Jul 06, 2020 12:56 pm
Forum: Product Information
Topic: Chivers Kits Return...
Replies: 16
Views: 1000

Re: Chivers Kits Return...

I assume that it is the 'new' range of plastic kits that is being re-introduced?

The Chivers kit that has been on my wish list for many a year was an etched kit for the SR Special Cattle Van. What chance is there that the etched kits will also be introduced?
by martin goodall
Mon Jul 06, 2020 7:49 am
Forum: Layouts and Operations
Topic: The Burford Branch
Replies: 339
Views: 89582

Re: The Burford Branch

With chests of drawers and other items of furniture removed from the railway room, dismantling of the layout could commence. IMG_6346.JPG The first component to be removed was the smallest of the three baseboards (‘Baseboard C’), together with its backscene. The legs were removed after this shot was...
by martin goodall
Thu Jul 02, 2020 8:59 pm
Forum: Layouts and Operations
Topic: The Burford Branch
Replies: 339
Views: 89582

Re: The Burford Branch

Final preparations for dismantling the baseboards have now been completed. The joint in the middle of the backscene is disguised by the chimney of the Blanket Mill, and a plume of smoke issuing from the chimney. The chimney is modelled from card in very low relief. IMG_6013.JPG The chimney is fixed ...
by martin goodall
Wed Jul 01, 2020 1:26 pm
Forum: Layouts and Operations
Topic: The Burford Branch
Replies: 339
Views: 89582

Re: The Burford Branch

Thanks for your good wishes, Howard. I wrote yesterday that the next news from ‘Burford’ would consist of the resumed dismantling process ; but yesterday evening, I decided while the baseboards were still in place, to take a last-minute opportunity to set the Water Tank on its legs. The feet are loc...
by martin goodall
Tue Jun 30, 2020 6:47 pm
Forum: Layouts and Operations
Topic: The Burford Branch
Replies: 339
Views: 89582

Re: The Burford Branch

Back to ‘Plan A’ With the coronavirus restrictions about to be eased, the Big Move is back on, after three months’ enforced delay. I have made good use of the time while we were all largely confined to barracks, although I have hardly dented my long list of ‘Things To Do’. (To be realistic, they co...
by martin goodall
Sat Jun 27, 2020 9:13 am
Forum: Track and Turnouts
Topic: Day to Day Track Maintenance: Part 2: Switches and Crossings (1952)
Replies: 2
Views: 393

Re: Day to Day Track Maintenance: Part 2: Switches and Crossings (1952)

The film reminded me that a sole plate needs to be modelled on top of the timber that supports the toes of the switches. On the GWR, if these switches were equipped with a facing point lock, the timber should be 14" wide (rather than the standard 12" for point timbers), but I confess that ...
by martin goodall
Tue Jun 16, 2020 1:22 pm
Forum: Serjt-Dave
Topic: Pull the Other One!
Replies: 14
Views: 689

Re: Pull the Other One!

Looks very nice indeed.

Out of curiosity, is it the Mark 1 version or the newer, Mark 2, version?
by martin goodall
Thu Jun 11, 2020 8:48 pm
Forum: Layouts and Operations
Topic: The Burford Branch
Replies: 339
Views: 89582

Re: The Burford Branch

Thanks, Andy. I'm reasonably pleased at the way the model is turning out (but am acutely aware of the errors, particularly the slight misalignment of some parts of the capping on the parapet - I may have to rework these bits). In the end, though, the success or failure of this model is going to depe...
by martin goodall
Thu Jun 11, 2020 9:56 am
Forum: Layouts and Operations
Topic: The Burford Branch
Replies: 339
Views: 89582

Re: The Burford Branch

Adding the parapets to the bridge has proved to be surprisingly time consuming, due in large part to the incorporation of pilasters above the buttresses. This was an optional extra – not all bridges had them; in quite a few cases, the parapet above the buttresses was plain and unadorned. My reason f...
by martin goodall
Fri Jun 05, 2020 10:08 am
Forum: Layouts and Operations
Topic: The Burford Branch
Replies: 339
Views: 89582

Re: The Burford Branch

Yes. Back to Burford . I really do seem to have set a hare running with my remark about taking measurements from the model rather than the drawings, once you have got beyond the earliest stage of assembly. Admittedly, the work on the layout is unvarying at the moment, concentrating exclusively on th...
by martin goodall
Thu Jun 04, 2020 10:58 am
Forum: Painting and Weathering
Topic: Spraying Lifecolor
Replies: 33
Views: 1665

Re: Spraying Lifecolor

I have used artists’ acrylics for painting models of buildings on my layout (see my Burford Branch thread), but all my rolling stock is painted with enamels (mainly Humbrol, but also Precision, Revell or Railmatch in some cases). My understanding is that, whereas you can paint enamels over acrylics,...
by martin goodall
Wed Jun 03, 2020 7:02 am
Forum: Layouts and Operations
Topic: The Burford Branch
Replies: 339
Views: 89582

Re: The Burford Branch

On glancing through this thread again the other day, I noticed that several photos were still displaying upside down on the screen (even on a Lenovo PC). I have re-edited these, using ‘Paint’ (as recommended by Keith Norgrove) and I hope that I have finally corrected all the shots that were the wron...
by martin goodall
Tue Jun 02, 2020 8:02 pm
Forum: Layouts and Operations
Topic: The Burford Branch
Replies: 339
Views: 89582

Re: The Burford Branch

I suspect that at Swindon Works there was a difference in the practices of the Locomotive Works and of the Carriage & Wagon Works. In the loco works, the standardisation of components was started by William Dean and continued and developed by his successors, so that many parts were interchangeab...
by martin goodall
Tue Jun 02, 2020 10:25 am
Forum: Layouts and Operations
Topic: The Burford Branch
Replies: 339
Views: 89582

Re: The Burford Branch

I think this has always been pretty widespread in industry, and also in the construction industry. (Getting builders to follow the architect's drawings in detail and with complete accuracy is like trying to herd cats!) Many years ago, I was involved (as a very junior assistant) in some litigation in...
by martin goodall
Sun May 31, 2020 8:49 am
Forum: Layouts and Operations
Topic: The Burford Branch
Replies: 339
Views: 89582

Re: The Burford Branch

My efforts in the construction of this bridge pale into insignificance compared with the massive retaining wall and bridge abutment that my good friend Karl Crowther built on his Hebble Vale Goods layout, and which he described in MRJ 247. I agree that the small size of the Wills scenic sheets is a ...
by martin goodall
Fri May 29, 2020 10:27 pm
Forum: Layouts and Operations
Topic: The Burford Branch
Replies: 339
Views: 89582

Re: The Burford Branch

Thanks, Doug, for that encouragement. Over the years, I have used various methods for cutting Wills scenic sheets, but in the case of this model I have used only a Stanley trimming knife (with a sharp blade, changing the blade when necessary). I cut from the back of the sheet against a heavy steel s...
by martin goodall
Fri May 29, 2020 9:01 pm
Forum: Layouts and Operations
Topic: The Burford Branch
Replies: 339
Views: 89582

Re: The Burford Branch

While the ‘lockdown’ drags on, I have continued to make slow progress on the bridge. The complexities of this structure, with its buttresses, pilasters and parapets has made this a time-consuming project. My attention in the past two weeks has been concentrated on the Up side of the bridge, first ad...
by martin goodall
Tue May 26, 2020 4:57 pm
Forum: Andy W
Topic: GWR query
Replies: 18
Views: 1268

Re: GWR query

On the subject of the black lining on the beading, I applied this with a Rotring pen, using Rotring black ink. IMG_6223 (4w B3rd).JPG This is the early 1920s livery, so no brown line (and hence slightly off-thread). Incidentally, I would enthusiastically add my endorsement of Mikkel Klartjens' 'Fart...
by martin goodall
Tue May 19, 2020 8:14 pm
Forum: Andy W
Topic: GWR query
Replies: 18
Views: 1268

Re: GWR query

My own choice in both these cases would be to leave out these very thin lines. [But I am notoriously cavalier in my attitude towards scale accuracy and very fine detail. My excuse is that my models are "only an artist's impression".] Incidentally, the problem of the thin brown line on GWR ...
by martin goodall
Tue May 19, 2020 1:54 pm
Forum: Andy W
Topic: GWR query
Replies: 18
Views: 1268

Re: GWR query

Andy should theoretically add a very thin brown line around the insides of the cream panels in this period, but it would be so thin in 4mm scale that it would be extremely tricky to do (unless it is overscale, in which case it might be better omitted). It is the sort of detail whose absence, if it w...
by martin goodall
Fri May 15, 2020 9:56 pm
Forum: Layouts and Operations
Topic: The Burford Branch
Replies: 339
Views: 89582

Re: The Burford Branch

By the time I posted the last set of photos of the bridge, I was beginning to get a bit bored with this model. So I took a week off and indulged in some armchair modelling instead (mainly browsing through old model magazines). After this short break, I got on with adding the stone facing to the Up s...

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