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by Martin Wynne
Sun May 19, 2013 7:00 pm
Forum: Other Workshop Practice
Topic: Photoetch artwork conversion - hard copy to dwg
Replies: 8
Views: 6362

Re: Photoetch artwork conversion - hard copy to dwg

Hi Rod,

Scan your original, and then use image vectorising software.

That can be expensive, but the free version of Wintopo is very good: http://wintopo.com

To avoid giving any personal details, download Wintopo from: http://www.wintopo.com/dl-wintopo.htm

regards,

Martin.
by Martin Wynne
Sun May 19, 2013 2:23 pm
Forum: Track and Turnouts
Topic: ratio plastic track bases
Replies: 16
Views: 6592

Re: ratio plastic track bases

You can get a slightly wider gauge in the Ratio track bases by using rail from SMP Scaleway, which is under scale width at 0.8mm* instead of 0.92mm width for exact scale BS-95R bullhead rail. SMP Scaleway are at: http://www.smpscaleway.com *Or at least, it always used to be. I haven't measured any r...
by Martin Wynne
Tue May 14, 2013 5:05 pm
Forum: Track and Turnouts
Topic: What turnouts should I use?
Replies: 20
Views: 5154

Re: What turnouts should I use?

johnlewis wrote:I had intended removing Templot from the system but wil give it another try ;)

Hi John,

Templot runs well on Linux under Wine. There are a few cosmetic issues on the screen (mainly fonts), but all the functionality is there.

regards,

Martin.
by Martin Wynne
Tue May 14, 2013 8:39 am
Forum: Track and Turnouts
Topic: What turnouts should I use?
Replies: 20
Views: 5154

Re: What turnouts should I use?

I was very frustrated trying to use Templot to layout the track from Toller and have given up on it. I used a couple of CAD programs at work in dim and distant past and perhaps that is why I didn't get on with Templot. I kept wanting to tell Templot to draw a bit of track 400 yards long with a stat...
by Martin Wynne
Mon May 13, 2013 8:12 pm
Forum: Track and Turnouts
Topic: What turnouts should I use?
Replies: 20
Views: 5154

Re: What turnouts should I use?

Hi John,

A classic case for the GIMP -- straight track, known gauge, countable sleepers in part of the image:

Image

See: http://www.templot.com/martweb/info_fil ... _track.htm

Martin.
by Martin Wynne
Thu Apr 11, 2013 3:16 pm
Forum: East Midlands Area Group
Topic: Track building with functional plastic chairs
Replies: 34
Views: 9516

Re: Track building with functional plastic chairs

Q2) any hints on making the set in the stock rails - i.e. are you just relying on matching by eye the miniscule wobble which Templot produces, or have you a more accurate way of matching the planing angle? Adjust it to match the stock gauge where marked on the template (at the end of the planing). ...
by Martin Wynne
Sun Apr 07, 2013 11:33 pm
Forum: Track and Turnouts
Topic: switch and crossing angles
Replies: 6
Views: 3273

Re: switch and crossing angles

Which means that Martin chose to make the default on Templot Right Angle Measure when most users model railways that use Centre Line Measure, and therefore need to remember to change the default every time. At the time when I made this decision, 30 years ago in the early 80s, Templot was in its inf...
by Martin Wynne
Tue Apr 02, 2013 11:04 am
Forum: Track and Turnouts
Topic: Press release: OS maps from National Library of Scotland
Replies: 0
Views: 1298

Press release: OS maps from National Library of Scotland

Press Release today from NLS -- this includes urban area maps at 1:1250 scale which are ideal as background picture shapes in Templot (non-commercial use). _______________________________________ Just a brief news item, which we'd be grateful if maps folk can pass on as necessary. The National Libra...
by Martin Wynne
Sat Mar 09, 2013 12:00 pm
Forum: Track and Turnouts
Topic: Exactoscale turnout kits in nickel-silver
Replies: 4
Views: 2745

Re: Exactoscale turnout kits in nickel-silver

As to the kit being in HiNi silver - that is an interesting development as I understood that the steel crossing vees and blades are shaped by spark erosion and that method is not practical with nickel silver. Hi Jonathan, The C&L update refers to the switch blades being "ground". I'm ...
by Martin Wynne
Fri Mar 08, 2013 12:34 pm
Forum: Track and Turnouts
Topic: Exactoscale turnout kits in nickel-silver
Replies: 4
Views: 2745

Exactoscale turnout kits in nickel-silver

C&L have today announced that the Exactoscale P4 turnout kits will shortly be available in Hi-Ni nickel-silver rail in addition to steel rail:

http://www.finescale.org.uk/index.php?o ... &Itemid=72

Martin.
by Martin Wynne
Sat Mar 02, 2013 12:09 pm
Forum: Chris Mitton
Topic: Round Tuits
Replies: 21
Views: 8595

Re: Round Tuits

I have a picture but of course I can't post it here. Lest see, I'll try "Ask the Administrator" Hi Will, Until the Admin gets this fixed, just post it in some other section (e.g. "ask the Admin"?) and then copy and paste it here by clicking the Img button, like this: http://www....
by Martin Wynne
Sat Feb 23, 2013 10:44 am
Forum: Where to Find?
Topic: Open micro switches
Replies: 8
Views: 4066

Re: Open micro switches

Can anyone advise on a source of open micro switches of the same pattern used on Lemaco and Fulgurex turnout motors? They must be used in industry somewhere, but I haven't been able to track them down. Hi Chris, http://img-europe.electrocomponents.com/largeimages/R7410928-01.jpg Like this? http://u...
by Martin Wynne
Sun Feb 17, 2013 6:13 pm
Forum: Track and Turnouts
Topic: Crossing v filing jigs.
Replies: 22
Views: 12626

Re: Crossing v filing jigs.

I have posted these notes before on several forums, but they might be helpful again here. :) You don't need expensive jigs to make a crossing vee. You can use a paper template printed from Templot, and do most of the work after assembly of the rails. This method results in solid metal at the tip and...
by Martin Wynne
Sun Feb 17, 2013 4:07 am
Forum: Track and Turnouts
Topic: Crossing v filing jigs.
Replies: 22
Views: 12626

Re: Crossing v filing jigs.

I bought a crossing vee filing jig, and a blade filing jig, at last year's S4 North. Being deeply cautious about undue haste, I've just reached the point of using them. I expect I can figure it out (eg referring to S4 Digest 236.1) but I just wondered if anyone could point me to any specific instru...
by Martin Wynne
Fri Dec 21, 2012 9:27 pm
Forum: Layouts and Operations
Topic: Kites Croft
Replies: 17
Views: 9370

Re: Draycott Plus

Unfortunately my printer is not windows 7 compatible and has to use a HP work around to connect, unfortunately while every other program on the computer is happy to recognise this Templot doesn't. So next time I am in Devon I will print the templot file using my parents printer.... Hi Richard, Expo...
by Martin Wynne
Thu Dec 20, 2012 9:46 pm
Forum: West Yorkshire (WYAG)
Topic: WYAG News 2012
Replies: 12
Views: 7114

Re: WYAG News 2012

For those who don't have an RTF viewer program, Tony's notes are online at: http://templot.com/companion/index.html?beginners_guide_tony_wilkins.htm There is also a getting started guide from Allan Ferguson (with screenshots) at: http://templot.com/companion/index.html?getting_started_allan_ferguson...
by Martin Wynne
Fri Dec 14, 2012 9:56 pm
Forum: CHEAG
Topic: A Spot-on (ish) test track
Replies: 22
Views: 10457

Re: A Spot-on (ish) test track

Would the abrupt change occur on a curved turnout, or only if I lay it out so that it diverges from a straight line? Hi John, All switches involve an abrupt change of direction, at the switch deflection angle, when entering the diverging route -- whether the switch is laid in straight track or curv...
by Martin Wynne
Fri Nov 30, 2012 1:00 am
Forum: Track and Turnouts
Topic: Turnout Chairs
Replies: 6
Views: 3422

Re: Turnout Chairs

I have laser cut turnout sleeper bases made directly from a Templot plan but need to layout what type of chair goes where on the base and what type it should be. Are there any guides or good articles anywhere outlining this? Hi Pete, For REA bullhead turnouts there is some information on the Templo...
by Martin Wynne
Fri Nov 16, 2012 2:21 pm
Forum: Electrics
Topic: magnetic uncouplers, was manual turnout operation
Replies: 12
Views: 5509

Re: manual turnout operation

The answer is to install a diode across the uncoupling magnet coil to divert the current away from the switch so that the spark is never generated. That will work only on DC, and dissipating all the inductive energy in a diode is bad news for the diode -- a series resistor is advisable too. A bette...
by Martin Wynne
Fri Nov 16, 2012 11:24 am
Forum: Electrics
Topic: Changing frog polarity...
Replies: 20
Views: 8522

Re: manual turnout operation

for beginners, It would be useful to know what switch ratings should be used in various model rail circuits. And what practical experience shows to work safely, and what to be dodgy, and potentially damaging. Hi Les, For crossing polarity switching, far and away the easiest and most reliable method...
by Martin Wynne
Mon Oct 29, 2012 8:32 pm
Forum: Product Information
Topic: Templot on Mac - free Codeweavers Crossover offer
Replies: 3
Views: 2509

Templot on Mac - free Codeweavers Crossover offer

For one day only on Wednesday 31 October (US Central Time limits. GMT - 6hrs), Codeweavers are supplying their Crossover program free of charge. Crossover is an easy-to-use fully supported installer for Linux/Wine on Mac* computers, allowing you to run most Windows programs without buying a copy of ...
by Martin Wynne
Fri Sep 21, 2012 1:47 pm
Forum: Product Information
Topic: An Announcement re Exactoscale
Replies: 21
Views: 7211

Re: An Announcement re Exactoscale

andrew jukes wrote:And we end up with 'last word Martin' insisting the community needs to know how to do something I didn't want to do

Hi Andrew,

You actually said:

andrew jukes wrote:it would be good to put something on the Exactoscale site

If you'd said you didn't want to change it, I wouldn't have tried to be helpful.

Martin.
by Martin Wynne
Thu Sep 20, 2012 8:42 am
Forum: Product Information
Topic: An Announcement re Exactoscale
Replies: 21
Views: 7211

Re: An Announcement re Exactoscale

Martin, I still can't see why anything needed to be added to what I originally said. Hi Andrew, You said "since upgrading my OS, I have been unable to make any changes". This being a community forum, I thought I would make a helpful suggestion about how you could get round that problem. r...
by Martin Wynne
Thu Sep 20, 2012 12:09 am
Forum: Product Information
Topic: An Announcement re Exactoscale
Replies: 21
Views: 7211

Re: An Announcement re Exactoscale

andrew jukes wrote:Very interesting, thank you Martin - but what's hard to understand about "it hasn't been a priority."?


Nothing. The bit I couldn't understand was having a web site and not being able to change it. Such a thing would be a priority for me.

regards,

Martin.
by Martin Wynne
Wed Sep 19, 2012 11:34 pm
Forum: Product Information
Topic: An Announcement re Exactoscale
Replies: 21
Views: 7211

Re: An Announcement re Exactoscale

it would be good to put something on the Exactoscale site but, since upgrading my OS, I have been unable to make any changes. Hi Andrew, I'm not sure I understand that. However, if your hosting account includes cPanel as the control panel, it includes a very useful online WYSIWYG HTML editor which ...

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