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by martin goodall
Wed Apr 01, 2020 4:42 pm
Forum: Layouts and Operations
Topic: The Burford Branch
Replies: 292
Views: 76639

Re: The Burford Branch

While I was completing the loco crew hut, my wife took the opportunity to build the Yard Office kit that came free with the January 2020 issue of Railway Modeller . IMG_6070.JPG It was not a particularly easy model to build, due its design, and the thin plastic from which it was moulded. Holding the...
by martin goodall
Sun Mar 29, 2020 4:15 pm
Forum: Layouts and Operations
Topic: The Burford Branch
Replies: 292
Views: 76639

Re: The Burford Branch

Rummaging around under the layout a week ago, I found this essential tool, which had somehow got buried under a pile of assorted debris and detritus. With its help, I was able to complete the model of the loco crew mess hut seen here (a grounded Broad Gauge coach body). IMG_6057.JPG I had fun buildi...
by martin goodall
Sat Mar 21, 2020 5:04 pm
Forum: Layouts and Operations
Topic: The Burford Branch
Replies: 292
Views: 76639

Re: The Burford Branch

Plan B The present situation has rather mucked up plans for moving the layout to its new home. The situation when the Coronavirus crisis broke out was that the layout, shorn of buildings, and with electrical controls and baseboard fascia removed, was awaiting final dismantling and removal from its ...
by martin goodall
Mon Mar 16, 2020 6:20 pm
Forum: Exhibitions
Topic: Scalefour North Cancellation
Replies: 12
Views: 1117

Re: Scalefour North Cancellation

If the government's advice is followed (as it should be) it looks as though all meetings and events up to the end of June at the earliest will have to be cancelled. The government has not called for such cancellations, but if people heed the latest government advice, no-one will turn up at any event...
by martin goodall
Mon Mar 09, 2020 3:21 pm
Forum: Exhibitions
Topic: 7th Chris Kedgley Skills Day
Replies: 34
Views: 3450

Re: 7th Chris Kedgley Skills Day

"Keep calm, and carry on". I would be surprised if cancellation were to become appropriate between now and the end of the week. The government seems to be taking a measured approach to the problem. A different approach might be required to large-scale events taking in place in April or lat...
by martin goodall
Fri Mar 06, 2020 10:47 pm
Forum: Layouts and Operations
Topic: The Burford Branch
Replies: 292
Views: 76639

Re: The Burford Branch

Point control rods and baseboard fascias The point control knobs are small brass drawer knobs with old Meccano rods screwed into them. They are secured with Meccano collars, and the throw is adjusted by the addition of washers where necessary. I’ll give more details when describing the reassembly o...
by martin goodall
Wed Mar 04, 2020 6:07 pm
Forum: Layouts and Operations
Topic: The Burford Branch
Replies: 292
Views: 76639

Re: The Burford Branch

Switch panels and wiring connections I prefer in a home-based layout to have the controls built-in to the layout, rather than having an entirely separate control panel connected to the layout by an umbilical cord, as is common practice on exhibition layouts. On the other hand, the controls (which a...
by martin goodall
Tue Mar 03, 2020 9:32 am
Forum: Layouts and Operations
Topic: The Burford Branch
Replies: 292
Views: 76639

Re: The Burford Branch

Thanks to both Noel and to Paul for this advice. As will be distressingly obvious by now, I am not very 'computerate'! Noel's post prompted me to dig around on the Windows menu, and there was 'Paint', just as Noel said. I have now pinned it to the Task Bar. Then, as Keith suggested, I can simply sav...
by martin goodall
Mon Mar 02, 2020 5:31 pm
Forum: Layouts and Operations
Topic: The Burford Branch
Replies: 292
Views: 76639

Re: The Burford Branch

I have MS Office 2007 on my computer, Martin, which includes Microsoft Office Picture Manager, which seems to be pretty much the same thing. I don't know if it's in later versions, but if you have Office it might be worth a look. Otherwise, as Keith says, Paint is always there, currently under Wind...
by martin goodall
Sun Mar 01, 2020 8:56 pm
Forum: Layouts and Operations
Topic: The Burford Branch
Replies: 292
Views: 76639

Re: The Burford Branch

The next buildings to go comprised the Station Road group. The three buildings (comprising two pubs – The Three Tuns and The Golden Balls, with Bond’s Bell Foundry sandwiched between them) are joined together as a single group, which hardly justifies the street name. Maybe “Station Approach” would b...
by martin goodall
Sat Feb 29, 2020 12:48 pm
Forum: Layouts and Operations
Topic: The Burford Branch
Replies: 292
Views: 76639

Re: The Burford Branch

The Builder’s Yard group has now been dismantled. IMG_5903.JPG IMG_5907.JPG The remaining brewery buildings could now be removed. The Maltings was next.... IMG_5908.JPG ……followed by the Malt Kiln IMG_5909.JPG The Brewery Offices were the next to go IMG_5925.JPG This resulted in the first damage to ...
by martin goodall
Thu Feb 27, 2020 3:12 pm
Forum: Layouts and Operations
Topic: The Burford Branch
Replies: 292
Views: 76639

Re: The Burford Branch

Dismantling continues The board crossing disguises the baseboard joint where it crosses the tracks. IMG_5882.JPG The various pieces lift out separately, and can then be stored with other scenic items. IMG_5883.JPG The bridge structure is lifted put in one piece. [I’m not sure how this will be dealt...
by martin goodall
Tue Feb 25, 2020 2:51 pm
Forum: Chassis and Suspensions
Topic: Best wire for collectors
Replies: 14
Views: 1316

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: 292
Views: 76639

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: 1760

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: 292
Views: 76639

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: 536

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: 551
Views: 117399

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: 1760

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: 292
Views: 76639

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: 82
Views: 20952

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: 292
Views: 76639

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: 292
Views: 76639

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: 2364

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: 2364

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...

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