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 Posted: Mon Apr 9th, 2018 08:35 pm
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Very fast reply from AA - and, yes, they can supply just the post-mounted Position Signals - no electrics, just two white LEDs - but the price, at least in my mind, is a bit pricey given that I would be looking for (probably) eight of them. Makes the job somewhat prohibitive.

So, at the moment, it's back to the scratchbuilding with - using the Blue Peter methodology - sticky backed plastic sheeting and some miniature LEDs I've already got lying around.

So it's a case of watch this space - but don't hold your breath in the meantime; this may take quite a while to sort! So it's back to platform building and a few other what-nots before I get to thinking about building these lights.

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 Posted: Fri Apr 13th, 2018 06:03 pm
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S’mae Dave

I would agree that AA are by no measure the cheapest, but as ever in this world, you get what you pay for – and in my humble opinion Matt really does produce what I consider some of the most accurate model signals on the market. I’d just try one position light, see how it looks, then you’ve got a template for the rest…..

So you’re another Blue Peter follower…. must admit I use that methodology all the time…

Incidentally, the two paragraphs in post 59, which is all about chips and stuff makes me realise what a good decision I made at the start of this second stab at model railways (steer clear of all this DCC nonsense and expense)  – that’s not modelling – that’s computing!!!  I fear I am in an ever decreasing minority, but I’ll keep flying the flag for the original, and best, DC. At the end of the day of course, each to his own, but for me – better the devil you know. Ah, ZX BASIC… memories, memories… personally I was a simple FORTRAN man, never really got into FORTRAN77, despite the Lab having written a couple of compilers….. but that was all a seriously long time ago…..

Incidentally you sound like I did when I was battling whatever lurgy it was that was doing the rounds here – certainly the better weather did improve things. I have to admit that three days hard graft in the garden getting this pergola so that it now looks the part and has reverted to being the support rather than the supported has also helped…. trouble is the gardener now has other jobs in mind…. at least the weather taking a turn for the worse, again, has stemmed the flow of ideas in that department for now.

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 Posted: Sun Apr 22nd, 2018 12:37 pm
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One subject that has been tasking my mind is the creation of backscenes and the less than poor artistic skills that I am capable of. Never been much good at drawing and artistry with the brush. My skills go only as far as slapping a coat of paint on a wall or a bit of gloss paintwork!
 
Over recent weeks I've been having a look at creating some backscenes from photographs and having a 'play' with some software that 'stiches' together and merges a number of sequential photographs onto one long picture. There are a number of freebie packages available - the one I've been looking at is Image Composite Editor (ICE, from Microsoft). Another package (though not installed) is Hugin'. Then there's Adobe's Photomerge, part of the Photoshop package. A quick net search will bring up many such packages, many of which are freebies. I like freebies!
 
I've not entirely got to grips with ICE yet as far as making the picture a suitable scale size for the backscene contents - but with a quick load of two pictures taken some years ago it seems to produce a well blended/matched output. All I need now is to find a shop somewhere that can print long banner-type images onto decent quality paper once I get to grips with the scaling of the output image. My printer, like most I would guess, is only capable of standard sized papers, A4, A5, etc. My old dot matrix printer (retired many years ago) would print banners of any length - in black and white. I guess this is what they call progress.

 
This is output of the stitching together of the two photos mentioned (size and quality much reduced).
 
My camera will do a similar thing, a panorama shot (I think a maximum of two photos only though), but even this I've not entirely gotten familiar with, and there is no way I've found where the result can be scaled ready for printing at the correct size. No doubt there is a way, but I think the software will probably do a better job if there are multiple photos to stitch together.
 
Plenty of time to do more research on all this. Now back to where I left off - something to do with building a model rail layout I think. More to come in a week or so when there's something to report.

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 Posted: Tue Apr 24th, 2018 06:15 pm
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Getting back to my earlier mutterings about post-mounted Position Signals in post #56......

I've made a little progress (in my mind at least) regarding them. I've seen some very small SMD LEDs (currently on order from the Far East) and these will (I hope) be sandwiched between layers of black plastic and cut down to the correct size/shape. The theory appears good but I'll not know the final outcome until I get hold of the LEDs and start construction. But the idea is there! The LEDs are 0805 SMD types - the size is 1.25mm x 2.0mm x 0.8mm - I just hope my fingers can handle and add wires to such small components. The LED lens is just oversize for the size of the aperture they need to shine out of. Hopefully, they'll do the job. But there's plenty I would still like to get done (finished) before I start on these.

Right.....back to the drawing board and to progressing other parts of the layout while I wait for the post and the LEDs.


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 Posted: Tue May 1st, 2018 08:27 am
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There's not been much going on since my last rambling notes. Not a lot of anything in particular - just a lot of little bits 'n bobs here 'n there.
 
But I do seem to have been concentrating around the area south of the Halt station - I really must give it a name! In fact just about everything between the two tunnel entrances has been worked on over the past week or so. More needs to be done on the Halt itself before I can upload anything relating.
 
There's been some rusting of the rails towards the Halt, together with some ballasting along that bit of track. The 'south' tunnel entrance itself and its surrounding hillside has been modroc'd, painted over (Woodland Scenics C1221 Raw Umber) and a few bits of various (Woodland Scenics) greenery have been added. Possibly a few 'trees' will be added at a later stage.
 
I've been raiding the garden for some off-cuts that "might" make some half decent trees. After a lengthy search, I came up with the name of a bush we've had in the front garden for many a year - rubella (skimmia japonica). The flowers are just coming out and with a bit of hairspray and/or spray paint with some additional greenery thrown on, it might look just the job. The jury is still out on this at this time! It might work - it might not. First impressions of having used a spray paint and a sprinkling of "leaves" might appear to be a workable idea. I'll know more when the entire flower heads totally dry out and any additional work that might be needed is carried out.
 
A level crossing and approach roads with some pavement strips have been (loosely/not fixed) added at the end of the Halt and siding together with its associated signal box - note the small area near the left pavement awaiting some modroc!. The level crossing gates are simply 'propped' upright with blobs of Blutak at this time (having come from my old Langley Junction layout where they were a fixed & unmovable item). Hopefully at some stage in the future a new kit will be purchased and I'm hoping the gates will then be made to open/close by means of servo motors. Some research has been going on but I fear that may be quite some time away.
 

 
Looking back at an early image of this area (below)......Ugh! Newspaper fillings on the hillside; no tunnel entrance, just a hole in the layout; the crossing gates held upright with screw terminal blocks - and no road. What a difference a week or two can make!



When I started this item, I said not much had been done. Having read over the above, I'm not entirely sure it was the correct statement! Quite a lot appears to have been achieved. And that was a surprise in itself.
 
So there is progress being made - not always where I'd rather be working, the Terminus and the Turntable; but it is still working towards a finished idea (not that it will ever be finished, of course; these layouts never are!).
 
Watch this space for further updates and ramblings from John Street. Cheers for now.....
Dave

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 Posted: Tue May 1st, 2018 03:31 pm
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Just a quick update on the garden off-cuts from the rubella bush.....

I've now given the heads a spray with some green paint and with a moderate sprinkling of Woodland Scenics leaves I think they will look just the part once they dry out a bit more and get "planted" on the layout; a bit of work yet to do on the trunks. All nice and varied in size and shape from around 10ft to 40ft scale height.



As a result I've been out again and decimated the bush further - selective pruning I call it! So in a day or two they'll also get a blasting from the spray tin.

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I’ll have to have a word with the gardener about rubella, don’t know what it looks like, but it certainly looks like a useful source of trees… are these the new flower stems, or just leaves? I always thought rubella was something to do with measles…. I’ve still got some dried buddleia heads in the loft to be going on with for now – but these look a lot more convincing. Perhaps I should get out in the garden a bit more…. Na, perhaps not.

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Hi Keith

As you say, I always though rubella related to measles. You learn something new every day. It took me quite some time to find the name of the plant - not easy when you only enter a vague description of the flower heads to do the search on. Google can be so frustrating at times!

I think these flower heads look far more convincing than the buddlea flower heads and they can look pretty good themselves. To see what the plant looks like, take a trip to the RHS web site.

I've not seen too many of the plants around, certainly not in my village. No doubt any reasonable garden centre will have them on show. This is the right time of year for the flower heads to come out a fragrant white after being in a red closed state since late winter. I've caught them just before the white flowers have fully opened out.

I've planted a couple of the "trees" on the layout late this afternoon and they do look quite good (certainly from a distance!). I'll get a few more planted over the coming few days or so and post another picture or two when there's a bit more to show around the (as yet un-named) Halt station. But with the Bank Holiday coming along and the Tour de Yorkshire passing this way, time in the train room is likely to be limited for a week or so.

Anyway, keep on trucking and shunting the trucks, etc.
Dave


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