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by John Donnelly
Thu Jan 02, 2020 7:47 pm
Forum: Scenery and Structures
Topic: Non Railway Modelling
Replies: 26
Views: 5681

Re: Non Railway Modelling

The snow and mud in the two AFV dioramas are first class, and exactly illustrate the point I sought to make in the 'Festive Thoughts' thread about cross-fertilisation of ideas and techniques between different areas of modelling interest. I've seen a few layouts that represent winter frosts, but the...
by John Donnelly
Thu Jan 02, 2020 5:20 pm
Forum: Scenery and Structures
Topic: Non Railway Modelling
Replies: 26
Views: 5681

Re: Non Railway Modelling

Trees and frame were added by a friend in Photoshop. Here is the original model photo and a couple more of the same diorama: http://southpelawjunction.co.uk/wp/wp-content/uploads/2020/01/PZIV-1.jpg http://southpelawjunction.co.uk/wp/wp-content/uploads/2020/01/PZIV-5.jpg http://southpelawjunction.co....
by John Donnelly
Thu Jan 02, 2020 3:26 pm
Forum: Scenery and Structures
Topic: Non Railway Modelling
Replies: 26
Views: 5681

Re: Non Railway Modelling

Paints are all Tamiya and Vallejo acrylic, weathering is, for the most part, MIG powders.
by John Donnelly
Thu Jan 02, 2020 2:48 pm
Forum: Scenery and Structures
Topic: Non Railway Modelling
Replies: 26
Views: 5681

Non Railway Modelling

Before getting back in to railway modelling, I spent some time modelling 1/35 scale armour and figures, a few examples: http://southpelawjunction.co.uk/wp/wp-content/uploads/2020/01/DSCF0001-33.jpg http://southpelawjunction.co.uk/wp/wp-content/uploads/2020/01/DSCF0001-75.jpg http://southpelawjunctio...
by John Donnelly
Mon Dec 16, 2019 12:04 pm
Forum: Starting in P4
Topic: 4 wheel wagons rigid or non-rigid chassis?
Replies: 12
Views: 2459

Re: 4 wheel wagons rigid or non-rigid chassis?

All my current 4 wheel wagons (whether RTR or kit built) are rigid and they've stayed on the track on both of the shorter layouts I've built so far. Whether they will stay on the 30' main line I'm building at the moment, I hope to find out in the next 12 months...

John
by John Donnelly
Wed Dec 04, 2019 7:25 pm
Forum: John Donnelly
Topic: A photo plank...
Replies: 9
Views: 2741

Re: A photo plank...

More work on the buffer stop end of the plank today:

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by John Donnelly
Sat Nov 30, 2019 6:03 pm
Forum: Track and Turnouts
Topic: Blade filing jig.
Replies: 6
Views: 1926

Re: Blade filing jig.

Have a look at this thread: viewtopic.php?f=5&t=5727

John
by John Donnelly
Wed Nov 27, 2019 10:24 am
Forum: Baseboards and Carpentry
Topic: Plywood disaster
Replies: 64
Views: 11272

Re: Plywood disaster

I went against all conventional wisdom when I built the board for my Pelton Level layout and used 6mm MDF throughout. I did, however, make sure that the trackbed had full support along it's length as well as cross braces. In 12 months (part of which involved it sitting in an unheated garage) it didn...
by John Donnelly
Tue Nov 26, 2019 7:12 am
Forum: John Donnelly
Topic: A photo plank...
Replies: 9
Views: 2741

Re: A photo plank...

Thanks Pete - trees and bushes are Woodland Scenics straight out of the box.

John
by John Donnelly
Mon Nov 25, 2019 2:56 pm
Forum: John Donnelly
Topic: A photo plank...
Replies: 9
Views: 2741

Re: A photo plank...

ah! .... well you see, I'm still very much starting out with all of this ... so the learning curve remains high on pretty much all I do :? ... hence trying to combine as many things as I can on the test track :thumb From now on, the layout itself will act as the test track, after all the rolling st...
by John Donnelly
Mon Nov 25, 2019 10:37 am
Forum: John Donnelly
Topic: A photo plank...
Replies: 9
Views: 2741

Re: A photo plank...

For me I like what you've done with the bufferstop too..... If I could find the time I need the practice with the static grass, the group I'm part of but working on my own has just invested in a posh static grass applicator though I've yet to try it myself. Cheers John. Cheers Dave, the stop needs ...
by John Donnelly
Mon Nov 25, 2019 10:34 am
Forum: John Donnelly
Topic: A photo plank...
Replies: 9
Views: 2741

Re: A photo plank...

Thanks Tim,

I've deliberately kept this as simple as possible to avoid it taking time away from the main layout. Having already built a couple of, albeit small, P4 layouts, I've already done the test track thing.
by John Donnelly
Sun Nov 24, 2019 2:20 pm
Forum: John Donnelly
Topic: A photo plank...
Replies: 9
Views: 2741

A photo plank...

Both as somewhere to photograph rolling stock and as a quick/cheap way of learning how to use static grass, I've had a go at making a small photo plank. Quite a bit still to do but it is getting there... http://southpelawjunction.co.uk/wp/wp-content/uploads/2019/11/IMG_1695.jpeg http://southpelawjun...
by John Donnelly
Wed Nov 20, 2019 2:30 pm
Forum: Diesel and Electric Locomotives
Topic: New diesels
Replies: 16
Views: 8917

Re: New diesels

Accurscale have announced they are going to produce a Class 37/6 and 37/0 (the first five anyway) and the good news for the likes of me is that they are making drop in P4 (and EM for that matter) wheels available and they are also making provision for the brake blocks to be easily moved to line up w...
by John Donnelly
Tue Nov 19, 2019 11:14 pm
Forum: Layouts and Operations
Topic: South Pelaw Junction
Replies: 130
Views: 37339

Re: South Pelaw Junction

Trackwork is progressing:

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John
by John Donnelly
Fri Nov 15, 2019 9:24 am
Forum: Track and Turnouts
Topic: Exactoscale Turnout Chairs
Replies: 10
Views: 3556

Re: Exactoscale Turnout Chairs

Thanks all.

John
by John Donnelly
Thu Nov 14, 2019 11:14 am
Forum: Track and Turnouts
Topic: Exactoscale Turnout Chairs
Replies: 10
Views: 3556

Exactoscale Turnout Chairs

Having only ever built turnouts from kits before, I'm embarking on making my own using ply sleepers and functional chairs. I appreciate that this is a basic question but can someone please confirm that ordering the following Exactoscale sets will give me enough chairs to build a single turnout: 4CH ...
by John Donnelly
Wed Nov 13, 2019 9:50 pm
Forum: Layouts and Operations
Topic: South Pelaw Junction
Replies: 130
Views: 37339

Re: South Pelaw Junction

So, over the last couple of days, for various reasons I've made the decision to scrap the existing track (it will eventually find a use in the fiddle yard so it won't be completely wasted) but I figured before I do that, I'd better have a go at building some turnouts and the single slip. I've built ...
by John Donnelly
Wed Nov 13, 2019 9:28 pm
Forum: On My Workbench
Topic: Wemyss Private Railway - Scott's Road - Allan Goodwillie
Replies: 194
Views: 50257

Re: Wemyss Private Railway - Scott's Road - Allan Goodwillie

Allan Goodwillie wrote:While still on Newcastle Tim :)

This first layout was called Corrieshalloch



I have to say, I thought it was the star of the show, it looked stunning. I stayed in a cottage at the end of the gorge the layout depicts last year.
by John Donnelly
Tue Nov 12, 2019 1:02 pm
Forum: Starting in P4
Topic: Making a Start - The Peak District Midland / Monsal Dale pre 1903
Replies: 1221
Views: 261277

Re: Making a Start - The Peak District Midland / Monsal Dale pre 1903

Not that it helps but B&Q used to sell extruded polystyrene from Knauff (I used it as the baseboard for my last layout) but it seems to have disappeared from the shelves, at least here in the North East. Having just insulated the living room floor with Celotex, I can confirm that, if cut, it is ...
by John Donnelly
Fri Nov 01, 2019 8:47 am
Forum: Layouts and Operations
Topic: South Pelaw Junction
Replies: 130
Views: 37339

Re: South Pelaw Junction

Progress, the down Consett is now completely laid and wired.

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by John Donnelly
Fri Nov 01, 2019 8:47 am
Forum: Layouts and Operations
Topic: South Pelaw Junction
Replies: 130
Views: 37339

Re: South Pelaw Junction

pete55 wrote:Seriously, try a re wheeled Bachmann.....you might be surprised!


Well, I've already got the wheels so no harm in trying I guess...
by John Donnelly
Wed Oct 30, 2019 2:53 pm
Forum: Layouts and Operations
Topic: South Pelaw Junction
Replies: 130
Views: 37339

Re: South Pelaw Junction

pete55 wrote:You'll soon be needing a 9F...…


Cheers Pete, you fancy building a Bradwell chassis for me :mrgreen:
by John Donnelly
Tue Oct 29, 2019 9:40 pm
Forum: Layouts and Operations
Topic: South Pelaw Junction
Replies: 130
Views: 37339

Re: South Pelaw Junction

First lot of track and droppers have been fitted on boards 1 & 2 so I can now run a train over 12 foot of track making it 3 times longer than any other track work I've ever had. Turnout is wired but the operating mechanism is not fitted yet. With a bit of luck, I'll be able to run a train over t...
by John Donnelly
Wed Oct 23, 2019 9:51 am
Forum: Layouts and Operations
Topic: South Pelaw Junction
Replies: 130
Views: 37339

Re: South Pelaw Junction

Five turnouts, a diamond and a single slip, enough to get the up and down Consett main lines laid. My thanks to Stephen Freeman of Borg Rail for these.

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