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by MikeH
Wed May 06, 2015 8:00 pm
Forum: Starting in P4
Topic: About to order some bits - could use a little advice
Replies: 18
Views: 5887

Re: About to order some bits - could use a little advice

Hi Mike, Regarding your bits (!) Your next opportunity to see the goodies available to members is on Sat 20th June when NAG hosts the AGM in Derby,The Stores will be delighted to help you part with your dosh. Details will be published in the Scalefour News shortly. Eileen's will also be there for y...
by MikeH
Wed May 06, 2015 7:58 pm
Forum: East Midlands Area Group
Topic: WELCOME to NAG
Replies: 1
Views: 1124

Re: WELCOME to NAG

Thanks Ken, I should be able to come along on the 14th and look forward to it
by MikeH
Wed May 06, 2015 3:08 pm
Forum: Starting in P4
Topic: About to order some bits - could use a little advice
Replies: 18
Views: 5887

Re: About to order some bits - could use a little advice

One novice helping another :shock: but I have built an EM layout and the techniques are the same. like the Exactoscale chairs more, the tooling is newer and the detail sharper. Another novice helping... I would second the fact that Exactoscale chairs are preferable. Some of the C&L ones I got h...
by MikeH
Wed May 06, 2015 2:16 pm
Forum: Starting in P4
Topic: About to order some bits - could use a little advice
Replies: 18
Views: 5887

Re: About to order some bits - could use a little advice

Although suggested before in another post come along to the Nottingham Area Group, only 20 miles from you just off Junction 25 M1. You will get loads of practical advice and help. I learnt so much from our track building experts Tony Wilkins and Howard Bolton. :thumb Rob (Taking off my Ken Kirk's h...
by MikeH
Tue May 05, 2015 9:04 pm
Forum: Starting in P4
Topic: About to order some bits - could use a little advice
Replies: 18
Views: 5887

Re: About to order some bits - could use a little advice

If you are not buying point kits it would probably be worth considering buying the common crossings from C&L, unless you are confident in filing rail accurately along with your soldering skills. The sooner you learn how to file up a crossing nose the better so you might as well start doing it n...
by MikeH
Tue May 05, 2015 5:03 pm
Forum: Starting in P4
Topic: About to order some bits - could use a little advice
Replies: 18
Views: 5887

Re: About to order some bits - could use a little advice

Thanks all, I will get the gauges from the s4 society then, and I will look into getting those ones :) I'll just buy the components then for the turnouts and just build it on my templot plan. With regards to the wooden sleepers, I assume you just glue the chairs on like you would with the plastic on...
by MikeH
Tue May 05, 2015 2:34 pm
Forum: Starting in P4
Topic: About to order some bits - could use a little advice
Replies: 18
Views: 5887

About to order some bits - could use a little advice

Now I have a SGW layout planned, I'm at the stage where I need to think about ordering bits and bobs and I just have a few questions before I do If you don't mind? I will be using the plastic sleeper and glue option for construction I think as I believe it might be abit easier, So I am wondering wha...
by MikeH
Mon May 04, 2015 7:28 pm
Forum: Standard Gauge Workbench
Topic: Shelfley
Replies: 12
Views: 5508

Re: Shelfley

Shelfly2 has a lot to be said for it. It can be worked with push-pull and goods can be picked up and shunted around. Shelfly3 has more track but much of it may remain unused unless there is a connection at the fiddle yard end. Iain Rice has put out quite a few books on track planning based on proto...
by MikeH
Mon May 04, 2015 6:17 pm
Forum: Standard Gauge Workbench
Topic: Shelfley
Replies: 12
Views: 5508

Re: Shelfley

and another slight variation on it, Not sure this one would work as well as a single platform branch terminus though?
by MikeH
Sun May 03, 2015 9:13 pm
Forum: Standard Gauge Workbench
Topic: Shelfley
Replies: 12
Views: 5508

Re: Shelfley

Thanks, Some good ideas there, I will have a little play around with templot. I like the fiddle yard idea as only 1 can run at a time and it is for testing afterall :)

Update: Here's another version of that idea with the single FY
by MikeH
Sun May 03, 2015 2:31 pm
Forum: Standard Gauge Workbench
Topic: Shelfley
Replies: 12
Views: 5508

Shelfley

So for my first foray into P4, and first into model railways for about 17 years (yikes!) I was advised to start with something simple, and create a SGW layout to see what I can do and cannot before building something.. larger. Because at the moment I don't have much storage space I decided on someth...
by MikeH
Sun May 03, 2015 8:10 am
Forum: East Midlands Area Group
Topic: Local group
Replies: 9
Views: 3218

Re: Local group

Mike I joined the Scalefour Society with a view to correctly modelling railway locomotives in 4mm scale during my retirement. I did nothing practical, other than spend a lot of money on kits, tools and books until the Nottingham Area Group became active. The activities of the group, under the guida...
by MikeH
Fri May 01, 2015 5:39 pm
Forum: Starting in P4
Topic: Templot sleeper spacing on pointwork
Replies: 9
Views: 4237

Re: Templot sleeper spacing on pointwork

Thanks for posting those drawings, That will be useful reference material. It really does show they used any old crazy formations as long as it did the job! Hi Mike, They are not any old crazy formation. The special chairs will fit the rails in one specific position only, and must have a timber und...
by MikeH
Fri May 01, 2015 5:33 pm
Forum: East Midlands Area Group
Topic: Local group
Replies: 9
Views: 3218

Local group

Hello all, Having recently just joined the Scalefour Society I introduced myself in another topic and I got a reply from Ken Kirk saying I should drop by this forum as you are my nearest Area group. I never really thought about joining a group after a bad experiance at the last one I went to back wh...
by MikeH
Fri May 01, 2015 1:25 pm
Forum: Starting in P4
Topic: Templot sleeper spacing on pointwork
Replies: 9
Views: 4237

Re: Templot sleeper spacing on pointwork

Thanks for posting those drawings, That will be useful reference material. It really does show they used any old crazy formations as long as it did the job!
by MikeH
Fri May 01, 2015 7:49 am
Forum: Starting in P4
Topic: Templot sleeper spacing on pointwork
Replies: 9
Views: 4237

Re: Templot sleeper spacing on pointwork

Thanks, I think I've got a better understanding of it all now. I shall refer to it as timbering in future :-)
by MikeH
Thu Apr 30, 2015 6:57 am
Forum: Starting in P4
Topic: Templot sleeper spacing on pointwork
Replies: 9
Views: 4237

Re: Templot sleeper spacing on pointwork

Thanks, I will have a look this afternoon if there is any way to easily deal with spacing. I'm glad I managed to get the sleeper spacing right, I will try and refrain from using too many long sleepers and try using some more smaller, angled sleepers
by MikeH
Wed Apr 29, 2015 6:45 pm
Forum: Starting in P4
Topic: Templot sleeper spacing on pointwork
Replies: 9
Views: 4237

Templot sleeper spacing on pointwork

Hi all, Well I have been playing about with templot today, there was a couple of hair pulling moments while trying to figure it all out, luckily I got the basics down before I started looking like Homer Simpson! Anyways I have made a little "test track" which I think wouldn't work because ...

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