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by John Donnelly
Thu Feb 20, 2020 9:22 am
Forum: John Donnelly
Topic: A little diversion...
Replies: 10
Views: 5041

Re: A little diversion...

Another diversion, this time in to the world of Arduino to control a stepper motor for a turntable. Not too difficult although I am a software developer by profession and the language used to program the Arduino is almost identical to 'C', a language I'm very familiar with. It will likely need to be...
by John Donnelly
Fri Jan 31, 2020 8:08 am
Forum: Layouts and Operations
Topic: South Pelaw Junction
Replies: 129
Views: 31788

Re: South Pelaw Junction

Brilliant way of sidestepping the potential for grief when aligning and fixing paper templates! One of the reasons why I did it this way, I also had visions of the glue holding the paper down failing over time and the track lifting. Did you arrange for any part of the plan to be mirror-etched on th...
by John Donnelly
Thu Jan 30, 2020 8:16 pm
Forum: Layouts and Operations
Topic: South Pelaw Junction
Replies: 129
Views: 31788

Re: South Pelaw Junction

Plywood from Tim Horn (superb service) with the track plan etched in to it:

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Three quarters of the layout:

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John
by John Donnelly
Fri Jan 24, 2020 3:19 pm
Forum: Layouts and Operations
Topic: South Pelaw Junction
Replies: 129
Views: 31788

Re: South Pelaw Junction

grovenor-2685 wrote:The signal looks good. MSE do a nice mount for servo operation of signals so they can also work from the Servo4.


Thanks Keith, I didn't know about the mount so that's good to know.
by John Donnelly
Thu Jan 23, 2020 11:38 pm
Forum: Layouts and Operations
Topic: South Pelaw Junction
Replies: 129
Views: 31788

Re: South Pelaw Junction

No progress on the layout as such as I'm waiting on some things from Tim Horn but I've not been idle and I've ventured in to two areas I've previously had no experience with, semaphore signalling and electronics. First up is an LNER tubular post signal from the MSE kit, by far the fiddliest thing I'...
by John Donnelly
Tue Jan 07, 2020 5:07 pm
Forum: Wagons
Topic: Bogie Bolster body side stripes
Replies: 4
Views: 1892

Re: Bogie Bolster body side stripes

Thanks Alan.
by John Donnelly
Tue Jan 07, 2020 5:05 pm
Forum: Scenery and Structures
Topic: Non Railway Modelling
Replies: 26
Views: 4551

Re: Non Railway Modelling

Thanks for the comments, they are much appreciated. Three different methods for the water. For the Liberty Ship, the water is tin foil, crumpled then flattened out, painted with a mix of blues - it's the method I'm least pleased with. For the calm water in the Japanese destroyer and HMS Argyll diora...
by John Donnelly
Mon Jan 06, 2020 8:18 pm
Forum: Scenery and Structures
Topic: Non Railway Modelling
Replies: 26
Views: 4551

Re: Non Railway Modelling

Three of my finished ships: US Liberty Ship in 1/350 scale: http://southpelawjunction.co.uk/wp/wp-content/uploads/2020/01/escort-08.jpg Japanese destroyer IJN Yukikaze in 1/350: http://southpelawjunction.co.uk/wp/wp-content/uploads/2020/01/yukikaze-11.jpg HMS Argyll in 1/700 scale built for a friend...
by John Donnelly
Mon Jan 06, 2020 11:57 am
Forum: Layouts and Operations
Topic: Ulpha Light Railway
Replies: 188
Views: 41639

Re: Ulpha Light Railway

Le Corbusier wrote:
SteamAle wrote: If I was as skillful as Gordon Gravitt I'd have used his system.

Happy modelling
Philip

Is his system described in detail anywhere?

Tim


MRJ issue 235.
by John Donnelly
Sun Jan 05, 2020 10:18 am
Forum: Scenery and Structures
Topic: Non Railway Modelling
Replies: 26
Views: 4551

Re: Non Railway Modelling

Craig Warton wrote:
What are the origins of the Panzer IV kit? It looks to be an a Ausf D or E refitted with a long 75mm and Schurzen.



It's a Dragon kit for which I did a build review on a now defunct military modelling website.
by John Donnelly
Fri Jan 03, 2020 2:55 pm
Forum: Scenery and Structures
Topic: Non Railway Modelling
Replies: 26
Views: 4551

Re: Non Railway Modelling

Noel wrote: I'm surprised she is not flying any Kriegsmarine ensigns...


That's because she's not quite finished, the gun in the mid section still needs painting and the gun at the bow hasn't yet been fitted.
by John Donnelly
Fri Jan 03, 2020 12:20 pm
Forum: Scenery and Structures
Topic: Non Railway Modelling
Replies: 26
Views: 4551

Re: Non Railway Modelling

I'm always caught between the idea of the snapshot/diaorama and the movement. In one way, the movement of the loco/train is what gives its versilimitude in a static frame (It's weird how we can accept non -movement of every part of the scene but our preferred element) But it is also amazing that we...
by John Donnelly
Thu Jan 02, 2020 11:18 pm
Forum: Scenery and Structures
Topic: Non Railway Modelling
Replies: 26
Views: 4551

Re: Non Railway Modelling

Cheers Dave, the armour guys do some stunning work. I'm also in to second world war warships, initially in 1/350 scale: http://southpelawjunction.co.uk/wp/wp-content/uploads/2020/01/IMG_1080_zpstgh2a3ml.jpg [ http://southpelawjunction.co.uk/wp/wp-content/uploads/2020/01/thumb_IMG_0882_1024_zpsrv0u5n...
by John Donnelly
Thu Jan 02, 2020 7:47 pm
Forum: Scenery and Structures
Topic: Non Railway Modelling
Replies: 26
Views: 4551

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: 4551

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: 4551

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: 4551

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: 1838

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: 2270

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: 1539

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: 8554

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: 2270

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: 2270

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: 2270

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: 2270

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.

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