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by nberrington
Sun Jan 19, 2020 5:51 pm
Forum: Layouts and Operations
Topic: Swanage (again)
Replies: 99
Views: 20480

Re: Dorset 1937

It’s an ultrasonic cutter: https://www.micromark.com/Wondercutter It was a gift ( nice gift) - they are super expensive. For the most part a bit disappointing, in that it won’t cut the things I want it to. Plywood and plastic no issue, but frankly stuff a sharp scalpel will handle. It’s great for sp...
by nberrington
Sun Jan 19, 2020 1:49 pm
Forum: Layouts and Operations
Topic: Swanage (again)
Replies: 99
Views: 20480

Re: Dorset 1937

Ralph can weigh in, but I gather one keeps the soldered connection under the ballast and then passes the wire through a hole. The idea being to keep the connection accessible - you can “dig it up” if need be anytime the Ministry of digging up the roads needs a project. Martin Finney’s method was my ...
by nberrington
Sun Jan 19, 2020 2:56 am
Forum: Layouts and Operations
Topic: Swanage (again)
Replies: 99
Views: 20480

Re: Dorset 1937

My initial sleepering was coloured prior to attempting to install. Unfortunately the ink and pastel makes a dreadful mess while you are working, so I backed up a tad - not liking the black fingers. It’s been cold this week, so I got to do some modelling. 677980C9-2BF3-40C0-B03D-CD1D1F70A79E.jpeg Ste...
by nberrington
Thu Jan 16, 2020 2:11 am
Forum: Layouts and Operations
Topic: Swanage (again)
Replies: 99
Views: 20480

Re: Dorset 1937

Scenery base coat of colour is on. I grant you in looks more like the Namib desert than Dorset. In needs it’s pastures, trees and bushes and wot-not. As promised track work is next up. Intimidating - just a touch.... 4540D7B8-998F-4AA1-A583-A2101437CFAC.jpeg 87A4796E-669B-44E7-A0FC-B8931384D65D.jpeg...
by nberrington
Thu Jan 09, 2020 2:24 am
Forum: Layouts and Operations
Topic: Swanage (again)
Replies: 99
Views: 20480

Re: Dorset 1937

Some work on platforms..
My order from Chooch finally arrived.

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by nberrington
Thu Jan 02, 2020 3:44 pm
Forum: Serjt-Dave
Topic: Brassmaster 4F The journey
Replies: 43
Views: 7036

Re: Brassmaster 4F The journey

I love the inside motion. Neat work Dave.
by nberrington
Thu Jan 02, 2020 3:29 pm
Forum: Layouts and Operations
Topic: Swanage (again)
Replies: 99
Views: 20480

Re: Dorset 1937

Wow - thanks Noel. I am going for the overgrown look of the walls I saw near Norden. wall.jpg wall 2.jpg The vertical copestones are going to be interesting, as I have about 6 ft of it to do on the retaining wall across from the passenger platform. I started out, but it's a very slow process, as one...
by nberrington
Thu Jan 02, 2020 11:53 am
Forum: Layouts and Operations
Topic: Swanage (again)
Replies: 99
Views: 20480

Re: Dorset 1937

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by nberrington
Thu Jan 02, 2020 11:44 am
Forum: Layouts and Operations
Topic: Swanage (again)
Replies: 99
Views: 20480

Re: Dorset 1937

Last of 2019 - rural lane - stages of construction.. A vertical strut of foam core buried in styrofoam and secured with gorilla glue Split pieces of chooch industries stone wall secured to the support Coping made from hydrocal bits Needs a bit more work, but getting there! 22E35BE4-40C4-4A60-8BAE-EF...
by nberrington
Mon Dec 23, 2019 11:18 am
Forum: New Products
Topic: High Level Armstrong Whitworth D10
Replies: 2
Views: 1928

Re: High Level Armstrong Whitworth D10

Hi Chris. This is great news. Obviously it has no business on my layout (place or period) other than it is the coolest looking little gizmo.
When I saw the one you brought to Scaleforum, I knew I would be getting one when released.
by nberrington
Sun Dec 15, 2019 8:52 pm
Forum: Layouts and Operations
Topic: Swanage (again)
Replies: 99
Views: 20480

Re: Dorset 1937

Some progress since last update
Most of the messy work is now done- time to start actually laying track!

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by nberrington
Sat Dec 14, 2019 12:53 pm
Forum: Serjt-Dave
Topic: Track Cleaning Wagons. The Saga!
Replies: 6
Views: 1781

Re: Track Cleaning Wagons. The Saga!

I think it looks great. Those old Jidenco kits can seem to be a pigs ear, but you have a nice looking unusual model to show for your trouble! Well done, I like it.
by nberrington
Thu Nov 28, 2019 9:05 pm
Forum: Other Buildings and Scenery
Topic: SR fence posts
Replies: 30
Views: 9506

Re: SR fence posts

Andy - that is excellent news. I have sent you a message (or two)
The ground signals are also lovely little models.....
by nberrington
Thu Nov 28, 2019 2:51 pm
Forum: Other Buildings and Scenery
Topic: SR fence posts
Replies: 30
Views: 9506

Re: SR fence posts

Thanks Steve - those look very good!
How does the plastic hold up? (Some of the 3D printer plastic seems brittle after a while)

I wonder if they can print them in brass like his ground signal bases?
by nberrington
Wed Nov 27, 2019 12:50 am
Forum: Other Buildings and Scenery
Topic: SR fence posts
Replies: 30
Views: 9506

SR fence posts

Many of you will remember one of the kindest modellers I had the pleasure to know, one J Douglas Smith. Sadly he is no longer with us. One of his many articles in the model press was on his SR concrete fence posts (MRJ No 180, 2008) I acquired a good quantity of these from him ( I believe Slaters di...
by nberrington
Mon Nov 18, 2019 3:49 pm
Forum: Baseboards and Carpentry
Topic: Plywood disaster
Replies: 64
Views: 11329

Re: Plywood disaster

Somewhat over engineered.

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by nberrington
Mon Nov 18, 2019 1:44 pm
Forum: Baseboards and Carpentry
Topic: Plywood disaster
Replies: 64
Views: 11329

Re: Plywood disaster

I have mixed feelings about ply. I have used Baltic birch - 12mm for trackbed and 18mm for the chassis. It is light and very strong. Unfortunately will chip a bit in the CNC machine if you use the wrong bit! The boards I’ve made have been done with sturdy stuff and is assembled as to be bomb proof w...
by nberrington
Sun Nov 10, 2019 2:32 am
Forum: Layouts and Operations
Topic: Swanage (again)
Replies: 99
Views: 20480

Re: Dorset 1937

Progress has been slow over the last few months. Work can be annoying sometimes.... Anyway- a shell of smoothon two part resin now covers the foam. The stuff is light and solid as a rock. 5F2AFF07-4203-4A31-88EC-288FA8B3964C.jpeg F375030B-324F-46BB-8D50-9B01D1EF3F33.jpeg 5F2AFF07-4203-4A31-88EC-288F...
by nberrington
Thu Nov 07, 2019 8:12 pm
Forum: Track and Turnouts
Topic: Rail notches
Replies: 13
Views: 3347

Re: Rail notches

Will L wrote:You will of course remember to fit a cosmetic fish plate at each cut!



Obsessive compulsive disorder is a lot of fun. The chairs will also be oriented appropriately.....
by nberrington
Mon Nov 04, 2019 7:29 pm
Forum: Track and Turnouts
Topic: Rail notches
Replies: 13
Views: 3347

Re: Rail notches

Not yet sir, but the notch is palpable, so I am more than convinced they will. Lining up should be OK, in that I have cheated - the end pieces of rail and longer than the 60ft - allowing someone leeway to “catch up” on bends etc. I am yet to assemble them - I did a small batch in case it is a pain i...
by nberrington
Mon Nov 04, 2019 5:46 pm
Forum: Track and Turnouts
Topic: Rail notches
Replies: 13
Views: 3347

Re: Rail notches

D12062C9-2D50-4888-B34A-F301F5C39D4A.jpeg The jig is 18mm mdf with grooves cut into it to ensure the rail stood the right way up. (Nice in theory) Cutting the notches in the rail leaves a mark in the mdf, so one has a guide for future rail cutting. The rail is C&L steel bullhead. (Which is by t...
by nberrington
Mon Nov 04, 2019 1:38 pm
Forum: Track and Turnouts
Topic: Rail notches
Replies: 13
Views: 3347

Re: Rail notches

BTW - here are the laser settings. (Vector cutting full power at 50% speed). I think if I picked up the speed we would have a finer line.
by nberrington
Sun Nov 03, 2019 10:12 pm
Forum: Track and Turnouts
Topic: Rail notches
Replies: 13
Views: 3347

Re: Rail notches

Once the char is cleaned up the line is tiny, but there.
by nberrington
Sun Nov 03, 2019 10:07 pm
Forum: Track and Turnouts
Topic: Rail notches
Replies: 13
Views: 3347

Rail notches

Having looked at many examples of track panels at Scaleforum, and visiting some magnificent home layouts, I had concluded attempts to notch rail every 60ft or 45ft were fairly pointless considering the scale we work in. However some idle chit chat in out laser room at our local communal workspace ha...
by nberrington
Wed Oct 30, 2019 5:10 pm
Forum: Product Information
Topic: Ultrascale Bespoke tyres
Replies: 10
Views: 2531

Re: Ultrascale Bespoke tyres

How tricky is it to remove the centres from new RTR locos? I've never tried, but some recent offerings look quite good - seems a shame to chuck 'em out.
Just thinking about it, it might be tricky for a hack like me to ensure concentric wheels in the end.....

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