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by Le Corbusier
Tue Sep 08, 2020 6:07 pm
Forum: Starting in P4
Topic: Making a Start - The Peak District Midland / Monsal Dale pre 1903
Replies: 1221
Views: 246495

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

Thanks Neil ... certainly food for thought.

Of course there is also Dave's 'theraputic' aspect of building slowly over time :D a kind of Zen walling .....

The first thing to do is to experiment and take it from there I think.
by Le Corbusier
Tue Sep 08, 2020 3:38 pm
Forum: Starting in P4
Topic: Making a Start - The Peak District Midland / Monsal Dale pre 1903
Replies: 1221
Views: 246495

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

The interesting thing to me is that the walls I am likely to have to build appear to have been built by the railway ... along the top of the cutting and protecting the Cressbrook tunel mouth. So likely to have been pretty well built I suspect with Will's capping stones in evidence. this image of con...
by Le Corbusier
Tue Sep 08, 2020 6:25 am
Forum: Starting in P4
Topic: Making a Start - The Peak District Midland / Monsal Dale pre 1903
Replies: 1221
Views: 246495

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

A few of my images to date for comparison ... plus some old panoramas showing the nature of walls and trees in the dale - quite different to now. The laying of the stones seems much more random and un-coursed than Daves Cotswold version (image at the end). Mosaldale old view.jpeg Monsal Dale old vie...
by Le Corbusier
Mon Sep 07, 2020 6:30 pm
Forum: Starting in P4
Topic: Making a Start - The Peak District Midland / Monsal Dale pre 1903
Replies: 1221
Views: 246495

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

Of course it was the Dave Barrett article I was remebering. Interestingly I did a bit of dry stone walling repair as a holiday in student days whilst I was still based in Great Longstone. I am tempted to have a bash at actually building a wall first off ... and then see if there are any methods by w...
by Le Corbusier
Mon Sep 07, 2020 4:55 pm
Forum: Starting in P4
Topic: Making a Start - The Peak District Midland / Monsal Dale pre 1903
Replies: 1221
Views: 246495

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

Tim, Oddly enough I'm going through the same thought process for my Friden project. To start with, there's a good article from Dave Barrett in (I think) issue 208 of Scalefour News, which describes the process you have outlined, using tile grout. I've done one or two experiments with left over tile...
by Le Corbusier
Mon Sep 07, 2020 3:26 pm
Forum: Starting in P4
Topic: Making a Start - The Peak District Midland / Monsal Dale pre 1903
Replies: 1221
Views: 246495

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

On the lanscape modelling front I am also begining to think about the best way to accurately model the good old peak district limestone dry stone wall. Would anyone know of any methods or useful threads I might be able to peruse on this subject. I vaguely remember reading somewhere about one method ...
by Le Corbusier
Mon Sep 07, 2020 1:05 pm
Forum: Starting in P4
Topic: First steps in track building and P4.
Replies: 34
Views: 3349

Re: First steps in track building and P4.

Best approach is to get going and have a bash. The actual building work will flush out any questions and or problems. For my simple piece of trackwork I just used the guages and all has appeared to work :thumb
by Le Corbusier
Mon Sep 07, 2020 11:19 am
Forum: Starting in P4
Topic: First steps in track building and P4.
Replies: 34
Views: 3349

Re: First steps in track building and P4.

I'm sure you'll follow your plan, Connor and I wish you every success but there's a whole genre of layout out there which are described as "scenicked test planks" which suggests some do get attached to their plank. They raise questions like have they boxed themselves into a corner? Would ...
by Le Corbusier
Mon Sep 07, 2020 10:59 am
Forum: Starting in P4
Topic: First steps in track building and P4.
Replies: 34
Views: 3349

Re: First steps in track building and P4.

Its a bit long winded and jumps about all over the place ... but if you scroll down through my thread a keep an eye out for the pictures you can see my journey regarding track building ... starting from pretty much the place you are currently at. I used my own version of the Howard Bolton approach. ...
by Le Corbusier
Mon Sep 07, 2020 9:33 am
Forum: Starting in P4
Topic: First steps in track building and P4.
Replies: 34
Views: 3349

Re: First steps in track building and P4.

I can never understand why there's so many test planks and it's something else to store - why not just build the layout? You can always relay bits of it that suffer from first time nerves. On the one hand to give you sometyhing to make mistakes on without serious emotional investment, to develop te...
by Le Corbusier
Mon Sep 07, 2020 9:31 am
Forum: Starting in P4
Topic: First steps in track building and P4.
Replies: 34
Views: 3349

Re: First steps in track building and P4.

Hi all, My plan is to build this using Bullhead track, plastic chairs on ply timbers. I'm unsure of where to purchase the timbers for use with plastic chairs, are the Brook Smith method ones usable? Or should I be looking elsewhere? Hi Connor, I built my test track using Exactoscale chairs and ply ...
by Le Corbusier
Sun Sep 06, 2020 8:14 pm
Forum: Starting in P4
Topic: Making a Start - The Peak District Midland / Monsal Dale pre 1903
Replies: 1221
Views: 246495

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

Here is a photo of a pair of ancient ash trees (considered "arbres remarkables") taken today. They are located at an altitude of c.450m and on subsoil of late Devonian schist. I can also provide photos of various elms at different seasons of the year as I used to live overlooking Preston ...
by Le Corbusier
Sun Sep 06, 2020 10:56 am
Forum: Starting in P4
Topic: Making a Start - The Peak District Midland / Monsal Dale pre 1903
Replies: 1221
Views: 246495

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

Hi Tim, :) could I make a suggestion as to loading the locomotive. Something I have been doing now since liquid lead has been available is to load small polythene bags which are sealable - you probably like the rest of us have quite a stash somewhere in a drawer. Using a small weighing machine (you...
by Le Corbusier
Sun Sep 06, 2020 10:45 am
Forum: Starting in P4
Topic: Making a Start - The Peak District Midland / Monsal Dale pre 1903
Replies: 1221
Views: 246495

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

There would not be any Sweet or Horse Chestnuts in the area they both dislike the lime soil. (Both in different Genus and neither native species to the UK) . Field Maple or Acer Campestre I did not think about as today its considered as an ornamental in Garden Centres and can suffer with frost and ...
by Le Corbusier
Sat Sep 05, 2020 10:46 pm
Forum: Starting in P4
Topic: Making a Start - The Peak District Midland / Monsal Dale pre 1903
Replies: 1221
Views: 246495

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

Hi Tim No its not a stupid question Very difficult to answer looking at the picture the top trees defiantly has the look of Ash. The lower trees on the fence line with the broken branches Could well be English Oak (Quercus Robor) Elm, Ash. Willow or Beech are possibilities as all suffer with Limb d...
by Le Corbusier
Sat Sep 05, 2020 10:00 pm
Forum: Starting in P4
Topic: Making a Start - The Peak District Midland / Monsal Dale pre 1903
Replies: 1221
Views: 246495

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

With reference to my Johnson 1F Tank I am trying to get a feel for what might be in the ballpark as far as weight is concerned. I am aware that advice ranges from load it until it is enough .... to as heavy as can be achieved. However, bearing in mind that it is a small brass loco with limited optio...
by Le Corbusier
Fri Sep 04, 2020 5:52 am
Forum: Steam Locomotives
Topic: Running out of coal.
Replies: 13
Views: 1435

Re: Running out of coal.

I don't know what help this might be, but I asked the question of Glynn Waite ex of the Rowsley Shed as I have been in correspondence with him regarding Monsal Dale. On 4 Sep 2020, at 01:51, Glynn Waite <Glynn.Waite@btinternet.com> wrote: Nice to hear from you again Tim. I would imagine that differe...
by Le Corbusier
Fri Sep 04, 2020 5:41 am
Forum: Tools and Techniques
Topic: Best Glue for the job!
Replies: 35
Views: 4556

Re: Best Glue for the job!

Has anyone experimented with this kind of product ... I think for bonding thin layers to walls etc https://www.amazon.co.uk/Metylan-44500-Ovalit-Styrofoam-Adhesive/dp/B007QAYG20/ref=pd_sbs_60_2/258-2004715-9347348?_encoding=UTF8&pd_rd_i=B007QAYG20&pd_rd_r=1c72473e-2b56-4cd1-a0fa-31796f953649...
by Le Corbusier
Fri Sep 04, 2020 5:38 am
Forum: Tools and Techniques
Topic: Best Glue for the job!
Replies: 35
Views: 4556

Re: Best Glue for the job!

can anyone suggest a glue to bond blue or pink styrofoam boards together that is readily availble in the UK .... one that would give a permanent bond, :thumb PVA works. I have tried PVA with mixed results ... It bonds ok'ish around the edges ... but with any board of size remains wet indefinately, ...
by Le Corbusier
Fri Sep 04, 2020 5:34 am
Forum: Starting in P4
Topic: Making a Start - The Peak District Midland / Monsal Dale pre 1903
Replies: 1221
Views: 246495

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

Hi Jeremy .... thanks for the thoughts .... though there is an element of "one step forward two steps back about your answer :? Monsal Dale is of course limestone soil ... I don't know what impact that has on your thoughts. Like you I felt the trees above the platform towards the main running a...
by Le Corbusier
Thu Sep 03, 2020 7:12 pm
Forum: Tools and Techniques
Topic: Best Glue for the job!
Replies: 35
Views: 4556

Re: Best Glue for the job!

can anyone suggest a glue to bond blue or pink styrofoam boards together that is readily availble in the UK .... one that would give a permanent bond, :thumb
by Le Corbusier
Wed Sep 02, 2020 12:58 pm
Forum: Steam Locomotives
Topic: Boiler Bands
Replies: 14
Views: 1560

Re: Boiler Bands

With unlined locos I apply two (sic) layers of Fox (or similar) orange-black-orange lining on top of the primer and then add the topcoat. This has the advantage over sellotape in that the bands can be moved into position more easily than sticky tape without losing their adhesion (within reason). Th...
by Le Corbusier
Wed Sep 02, 2020 12:21 pm
Forum: Steam Locomotives
Topic: Boiler Bands
Replies: 14
Views: 1560

Re: Boiler Bands

Not a great catalogue of experience - but my current preference is the Ian Rathbone approach ... but this relies on the bands being picked out in another colour as part of the livery. That is to spray up some waterslide with the base body colour and then line on the bands with a lining pen. Cut out ...
by Le Corbusier
Wed Sep 02, 2020 10:33 am
Forum: Starting in P4
Topic: Making a Start - The Peak District Midland / Monsal Dale pre 1903
Replies: 1221
Views: 246495

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

This might seem like a basic question ... but would I be right in assuming that the main tree species around the station in Monsal Dale is Ash? I am beginning to think about experimentation in tree building ;)
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by Le Corbusier
Tue Sep 01, 2020 10:33 pm
Forum: Starting in P4
Topic: Making a Start - The Peak District Midland / Monsal Dale pre 1903
Replies: 1221
Views: 246495

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

I sent my video of slow runing to Tony Hagon at Protocab for an opinion and advice. Below is his response ... which sounds encouraging I think? Hi Tim Thanks for your note and the link to the video which I have just watched. First of all, I am impressed by the motion, looks very smooth and the loco ...

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