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by martin goodall
Thu Jan 23, 2020 8:20 pm
Forum: Track and Turnouts
Topic: On building track - straight onto the baseboard?
Replies: 76
Views: 19094

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: 272
Views: 69718

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: 272
Views: 69718

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: 2091

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: 2091

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: 1511

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: 751

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: 25954

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: 272
Views: 69718

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: 1523

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: 1686

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: 25954

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: 25954

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: 272
Views: 69718

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: 272
Views: 69718

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: 272
Views: 69718

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: 272
Views: 69718

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...
by martin goodall
Thu Jun 27, 2019 4:21 pm
Forum: Layouts and Operations
Topic: The Burford Branch
Replies: 272
Views: 69718

Re: The Burford Branch

Thanks, Alan, for sorting out the three shots above which I could not get to display 'right way up'. They were fine on my PC, but the iPhone had been turned upside down to take these shots from a low angle, and the computer code embedded in the images seems to instruct other programs that, as they w...
by martin goodall
Thu Jun 27, 2019 12:27 pm
Forum: Layouts and Operations
Topic: The Burford Branch
Replies: 272
Views: 69718

Re: The Burford Branch

The planned move of the layout that I mentioned in previous posts is likely to take place in the next couple of months. So dismantling will start shortly. But don’t panic; this layout was designed on the assumption that it would undergo several house moves over the years, and ease of dismantling and...
by martin goodall
Thu Jun 27, 2019 8:49 am
Forum: Tools and Techniques
Topic: Track cleaning
Replies: 62
Views: 5176

Re: Track cleaning

On the subject of accented French vowels (Does this come under the heading of getting it all right ????), I was typing on an iPad. On my PC (using MS Word), there is the option of inserting symbols, including all the usual accents. Using the Louis Jadot cork (which in this case is a composite cork) ...
by martin goodall
Tue Jun 25, 2019 2:30 pm
Forum: Tools and Techniques
Topic: Track cleaning
Replies: 62
Views: 5176

Re: Track cleaning

One of the more unexpected discoveries from exhibiting regularly in France has been that French modellers use wine to clean their tracks - and very successfully too. The procedure is to firstly select a wine which isn't in a screw-capped bottle, secondly drink the wine, sharing it with your fellow ...
by martin goodall
Sun Jun 16, 2019 8:09 pm
Forum: Tools and Techniques
Topic: Track cleaning
Replies: 62
Views: 5176

Re: Track cleaning

May I throw another pebble into the pond? The article referred to cited micro-arcing producing metal oxides. I have no means of verifying or refuting this analysis, but I was under the impression that for those of us who use nickel silver rail there is a problem of the nickel silver simply oxidizing...
by martin goodall
Thu Jun 13, 2019 6:54 pm
Forum: Tools and Techniques
Topic: Eames 40 flux
Replies: 10
Views: 1394

Re: Eames 40 flux

I am told that Cola can be an effective emergency flux (due to its phosphoric acid content)! However, if you want a less sticky solution, phosphoric acid flux is readily available from various hobby suppliers, without the need to brew your own. Most on offer seem to be about 12%, which gives you a f...
by martin goodall
Mon May 27, 2019 5:54 pm
Forum: Wagons
Topic: Wagon fleet compostion
Replies: 19
Views: 2364

Re: Wagon fleet compostion

I am well aware of FRUIT Ds being used as parcels vans, but I am not so sure that FRUIT Cs would ever have been used in this way (but if anyone knows better then please let us know - I would welcome this excuse to justify my FRUIT C.) However, it seems to me very unlikely that a FRUIT A would have b...
by martin goodall
Sun May 26, 2019 7:01 pm
Forum: Wagons
Topic: Wagon fleet compostion
Replies: 19
Views: 2364

Re: Wagon fleet compostion

Noel has picked up on a point that I didn't mention, but which I seem to recall was covered in Don Rowlands' article. In the pre-grouping era, and on into the inter-war period, goods were far more likely to be carried in an open wagon (protected if necessary by a wagon sheet) than in a covered goods...

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