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by martin goodall
Sat Sep 26, 2020 5:37 pm
Forum: Virtual Scaleforum
Topic: VIRTUAL SCALEFORUM & SCALEFOUR NORTH
Replies: 132
Views: 6984

Re: VIRTUAL SCALEFORUM & SCALEFOUR NORTH

Sincere congratulations to the whole organising team, and to all those members who contributed to the content of the virtual show, on a very successful and enjoyable online event. Nothing can really replace the real thing, but this was a very welcome and thoroughly worthwhile initiative. So a big th...
by martin goodall
Sat Sep 26, 2020 4:42 pm
Forum: Layouts
Topic: Southwark Bridge Layout
Replies: 15
Views: 503

Re: Southwark Bridge Layout

I only had time to view the first video, and found this layout really impressive.

I understand that all this material will remain available on the Society's website (?) so I shall make a point of looking at the other three videos.
by martin goodall
Sat Sep 26, 2020 4:37 pm
Forum: Demonstrations and Talks
Topic: Resistance soldering
Replies: 25
Views: 546

Re: Resistance soldering

David, This is the most brilliant and informative instruction video I have ever seen! Some professionally produced training films don't match up to this excellent standard. I have seen your demo previously at Scaleforum, but this video really got the message across. It was truly inspirational. My LR...
by martin goodall
Sat Sep 19, 2020 10:19 am
Forum: Virtual Scaleforum
Topic: VIRTUAL SCALEFORUM & SCALEFOUR NORTH
Replies: 132
Views: 6984

Re: VIRTUAL SCALEFORUM & SCALEFOUR NORTH

I'm looking forward to the virtual Scaleforum. This has clearly involved a good deal of effort on the part of quite a few people. The printed flyer with Scalefour News showed that there will be some interesting layouts on show, and some useful demos. As for musical accompaniment to the videos, my re...
by martin goodall
Fri Sep 18, 2020 2:12 pm
Forum: Virtual Scaleforum
Topic: VIRTUAL SCALEFORUM & SCALEFOUR NORTH
Replies: 132
Views: 6984

Re: VIRTUAL SCALEFORUM & SCALEFOUR NORTH

Just watched (and heard) the Scaleforum trailer. I'm a dedicated classical music fan, but I couldn't help laughing. The opening passage from this Bach toccata is a favourite soundtrack for horror movies! If you want a suggestion, how about the opening movement of Elgar's Enigma Variations? (Hackneye...
by martin goodall
Wed Sep 16, 2020 10:58 am
Forum: Wagons
Topic: Local Goods on the main line
Replies: 11
Views: 553

Re: Local Goods on the main line

My understanding is that the question posed related to the working of the local pick-up goods train, calling at all stations to drop and collect wagons. On a main line there would, of course, have been through goods trains passing the station without stopping. Coal going to more distant destinations...
by martin goodall
Tue Sep 15, 2020 2:03 pm
Forum: Wagons
Topic: Local Goods on the main line
Replies: 11
Views: 553

Re: Local Goods on the main line

The source of coal would be influenced to a significant extent by the relative proximity of a coalfield that could supply coal of the type required. Local coal merchants would deal mainly in household and general use coal. In a large part of Oxfordshire, Buckinghamshire and Berkshire, local merchant...
by martin goodall
Sat Sep 12, 2020 9:12 pm
Forum: Layouts and Operations
Topic: The Burford Branch
Replies: 354
Views: 98008

Re: The Burford Branch

Work has been carrying on steadily over the past few weeks to complete the pre-planned work that had been scheduled while easy access could be gained to the underside of the baseboards. This included revised feeds to the layout from the two transformers and the feeds to the controllers. The former i...
by martin goodall
Sun Aug 23, 2020 5:22 pm
Forum: Layouts and Operations
Topic: The Burford Branch
Replies: 354
Views: 98008

Re: The Burford Branch

I have been making good progress with work on the underside of the layout, consisting of various changes to wiring and switching arrangements, which I had deferred until I could do this work without having to reach up under the layout (involving getting solder to flow uphill). The changes are fairly...
by martin goodall
Wed Aug 19, 2020 10:52 am
Forum: Trains: Model and Prototype
Topic: GWR Bloater livery
Replies: 11
Views: 795

Re: GWR Bloater livery

My understanding is that the underframes of GWR Brown Vehicles (including headstocks, buffers, etc.) were always painted black. As regards body colour, there appears to have been a change of practice around 1928. Prior to that date, the ends of the body (but not the headstocks, buffer housings, etc....
by martin goodall
Thu Aug 13, 2020 10:30 am
Forum: Product Information
Topic: EBMA Material Stand
Replies: 43
Views: 3513

Re: EBMA Material Stand

Evergreen strip container A month ago, I illustrated in this thread the very unsatisfactory temporary storage I had improvised for my Evergreen strip, and welcomed the potential for a better solution using the laser-cut parts from EBMA Hobby and Craft . This led to a discussion with Andy Goodman of...
by martin goodall
Mon Aug 10, 2020 11:29 am
Forum: Layouts and Operations
Topic: The Burford Branch
Replies: 354
Views: 98008

Re: The Burford Branch

I should also now ask for a degree in Ikea assembly.... I think we would all qualify for a degree (or at least a post-graduate diploma) in self-assembly furniture of various different makes! Fortunately, there was nothing of that sort this time, but when it comes to the main house move, probably ne...
by martin goodall
Mon Aug 10, 2020 11:20 am
Forum: Layouts and Operations
Topic: The Burford Branch
Replies: 354
Views: 98008

Re: The Burford Branch

BrockleyAndrew wrote: Was there, in your dismantled railway room, "gold - everywhere the glint of gold", or more the exotic gleam of steel rail!

Andrew


I wish! No, only the dull sheen of oxidised nickel-silver rail, which will need cleaning before any trains run on it..
by martin goodall
Sun Aug 09, 2020 3:06 pm
Forum: Layouts and Operations
Topic: The Burford Branch
Replies: 354
Views: 98008

Re: The Burford Branch

Moving Day Moving day was hot, hot, hot! But at least it was dry all day. And it all went quickly and smoothly. The removal crew arrived promptly and got straight on with loading. IMG_6457.JPG The layout, various book cases, tables, chairs and other paraphernalia were all loaded in about 75 minutes...
by martin goodall
Thu Aug 06, 2020 8:43 am
Forum: Layouts and Operations
Topic: The Burford Branch
Replies: 354
Views: 98008

Re: The Burford Branch

Politics? No, not really. Just a passing analogy (but an accurate one, nonetheless, for which no apology is offered).
by martin goodall
Wed Aug 05, 2020 9:38 pm
Forum: Coaches and NPCS
Topic: GWR Autocoach control gear
Replies: 16
Views: 1290

Re: GWR Autocoach control gear

Very useful indeed. I have the detailing kit from MJT, but this obviates some of the tricky assembly work. I could probably use two or three sets. I clambered under one or two autrotrailers at Didcot some years ago, and was amazed at the crudity of the control mechanism. It's no wonder that crews we...
by martin goodall
Wed Aug 05, 2020 9:27 pm
Forum: Layouts and Operations
Topic: The Burford Branch
Replies: 354
Views: 98008

Re: The Burford Branch

Avoirdupois A couple of weeks ago I boasted that the layout was now all trussed up and 'oven-ready' for its forthcoming move, but this proved to be no more accurate than Bojo the Clown’s claims about his Brexit deal. The layout had been successfully transported in this form on previous occasions, b...
by martin goodall
Fri Jul 24, 2020 4:03 pm
Forum: Other Buildings and Scenery
Topic: How tall should cattle dock fencing be?
Replies: 24
Views: 2108

Re: How tall should cattle dock fencing be?

I came across a copy of an official GWR drawing this morning for their Standard Cattle Pens design (apparently dating from the 1930s). The dimension to the tops of the supporting posts was 4ft 11ins, which is very close to my original guess of 5 feet. Rails comprised second-hand signal rodding (1.37...
by martin goodall
Wed Jul 22, 2020 1:58 pm
Forum: Layouts and Operations
Topic: The Burford Branch
Replies: 354
Views: 98008

Re: The Burford Branch

Thanks, Philip. Fingers crossed. I bought the hand drill (at least 55 years ago!) from Woolworth's, of late blessed memory. It's still useful for some drilling jobs where an electric drill would be too fast or too fierce. This was a good example - drilling blind pilot holes for wood screws in softwo...
by martin goodall
Tue Jul 21, 2020 4:32 pm
Forum: Layouts and Operations
Topic: The Burford Branch
Replies: 354
Views: 98008

Re: The Burford Branch

The final job before the removers come was to screw fibre board to the underside of the two main baseboards to protect the wiring and fittings (such as electro-magnets). IMG_6396.JPG IMG_6397.JPG IMG_6395.JPG ………and then to wrap the backscenes in bubble-wrap to avoid their being scraped while they a...
by martin goodall
Sat Jul 18, 2020 4:14 pm
Forum: Product Information
Topic: EBMA Material Stand
Replies: 43
Views: 3513

Re: EBMA Material Stand

Andy,

I got your email, and replied (via S4 administrator). But now my personal email has gone down (!!!)

So I am temporarily unable to receive and send emails. This may take a few days to sort out.
by martin goodall
Wed Jul 15, 2020 10:06 pm
Forum: Other Buildings and Scenery
Topic: How tall should cattle dock fencing be?
Replies: 24
Views: 2108

Re: How tall should cattle dock fencing be?

Strangely enough, this same question occurred to me at the weekend, when I was looking at a photograph that showed the cattle dock at Ashburton. I gained the distinct impression (although not by measurement) that the pens at Ashburton were 5 feet tall. I have used the Ratio GW cattle pen on my layou...
by martin goodall
Wed Jul 15, 2020 10:02 pm
Forum: Product Information
Topic: EBMA Material Stand
Replies: 43
Views: 3513

Re: EBMA Material Stand

LesGros wrote:The HobbyCraft stores stock a range of "Really Useful" Boxes in sets of handy sizes for component stowage.
The clear plastic, Ferro Rocher choc boxes are good too.


Agreed. I have made good use of both. Very useful (although not really suitable for Evergreen strip).
by martin goodall
Wed Jul 15, 2020 2:02 pm
Forum: Product Information
Topic: EBMA Material Stand
Replies: 43
Views: 3513

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: 43
Views: 3513

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...

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