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 Posted: Sun Jun 9th, 2019 10:12 am
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Thank you gentlemen.  thanks for the tips John.  Everything got sprayed as I printed, so hopefully some protection.  Great tip about folding - I have read Doug's tips on here somewhere.... that one had escaped my memory.  There are certainly things I would do differently if I were making it again.

A very smart modification of the building, Sol.  That gives me an idea for the town end of the layout where London brick may feature more heavily.

Yes Terry, I have been wondering about what to do with the rest of the beam, including painting blue.  I might try some experiments.

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You could do a wrap around brick only with doors building on the roof of the warehouse Michael to get a bit more of the beam covered then do blue above that a bit like an elevator building or crane house.


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Thanks Brian - that is another idea!  To be honest, it is going to look a bit odd, whatever I do.  I guess it's the price of loft dwelling.  It certainly isn't as bad as some loft layouts I've seen and I'm pretty used to it now.  If I want to do special photographs, I now know I can edit it out.  The beam and the sloping roof are the only compromises to get an extra 2 square metres of train space, so I can live with it.  For now anyway!

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I'm just sorting out the lighting for the warehouse.  I bought some resistors off the internet a while ago ….. How do you know which is the cathode and which is the anode if the legs are the same length?  And does it matter?  I test wired a set of lights and the lights worked whichever way round...….  And I can never remember which is positive and which is negative.  It's like a foreign language, I know the words but have no idea what they mean! (Does anyone have a way of remembering, like a mnemonic or something?  That always helps me...…. Did you know mnemenos is Greek for tomb - a way of remembering someone?  Very educational, me! The classics I can do.... anything practical, not so good!)

I have a multimeter and a brand new battery - never used either of them!  Any advice, please treat me like the boy who always used to ask stupid questions in class....

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Resistors are not polarity conscious so you can connect them in any lighting leg any direction.

Bulbs/globes don't have anode & cathode but LEDs do
https://www.hobby-hour.com/electronics/ledcalc.php  which also has  how to identify cathode from anode



Multimeters - https://www.ifixit.com/Guide/How+To+Use+A+Multimeter/25632



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Thanks Sol, a perfect answer!!  Muddling up my LEDs and resistors and the guides are really helpful. 

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Well, folks, I just discovered that my home town of Faversham has a model railway club.  It doesn't advertise itself in the town and I had no idea there was one.  I know a few modellers in the town, but no one has ever mentioned a club.  
Now, I must admit that I am a bit reluctant to go, my skills really are either: basic, slow, or - more often - trial and (a lot of) error.  But it might help.  Especially as the chairman is the oft quoted Brian Lambert!!  Meetings of the club clash with my school governor meetings at the moment, but I can change that for the future!

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Brian Lambert has his own forum & website full of good electrical topics.

https://www.favershammrc.org.uk/



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Easiest way to find out if its for you is go to one of the meets and see how you get on.

We have one locally that I sometimes go to but not as often as others as I find its not really my scene.



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As Andy said Michael

Go along to one of their evenings and get the feel of what its like.
It may suit your needs i have gone to a couple of them years back and i find its not really me.
I know some people really enjoy the club atmosphere and enjoy working on club projects  and the exhibition side of things.
Plus of course you can get hands on help if there are areas you feel you are weak in.

I was heavily involved in the big YMRC exhibition we did years ago which was a success but i decide back then thats the first and last i would ever get involved in.

In a way here and other forums are a bit like clubs although virtual ones where people with a common interest meet and try to help each other when they can.

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Wise advice Campaman and Brian. I may well do that.

You are right, YMRC is very much a virtual club, and I have learned pretty much everything I know here.  You only have to see people's responses to questions - including my dumb ones! - and the patience people show, to know that, and I think I may prefer that to a weekly meeting working on a club layout that may not be of interest to me.  I spend my working day surrounded by people, the railway is a bit of "me" time and therapy...I'm not sure I would enjoy sharing it!  But I might visit in the summer holiday to see what it's like. I'll admit, I'm not overly hopeful, but nothing ventured, nothing gained.

I decided to do a temporary wire up of the few building lights I have, to see how they look in situ.  The buildings'
LEDs are all 12v and I was sure, in my head, that the hotel lampposts were too.  They were not.  Now dead!  No problem, I have spares...… Except I remember that when I drilled the hole for the wires, they ran under the hotel board a little. This was because the lights sat on a baseboard join and cross members...which meant I couldn't just replace them.  .

And, it is situated where the roof slopes, so I cannot get a drill in to makea new hole, not even at an angle.  Probably, when I put it all together I told myself not to forget putting in a resistor before I wire up.... but that was months ago now and of course I forgot.  Thankfully I have a Dremel with a flexi shaft attachment and with a bit of persuasion I managed to get a suitable drill bit to make a hole at an extreme angle to avoid the baseboard supports and insert the replacement wiring.  I just have to do a bit of a repair job on the clay tiling on the hotel, but that is ok.  So all lighting is now working, although the warehouse leaks a bit around the beam - I think I can fix that with some decorators calk.

Why oh why do I make these silly mistakes?!!  

The warehouse is almost finished, just need to do the platform area and make some doors (I really didn't like the doors in cardboard, so will make some wooden ones) and fit the final end panel, once I have weathered it a bit.  I really like the scalescenes kit, but having made it, I can see all the mistakes I made and can definitely see me making it again for the final model. I have printed off my next model, the goods shed and am just awaiting delivery of matt varnish before I set off on that one.  I am very pleased that the card models blend in quite nicely with both the plastic models and Linka.  The art teachers at my school would be delighted with my mixed media!
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I managed to replace the lamp posts and get it all rewired.  Phew!  I do like the way the interiors show up




I really must glue the fountain down, and in the centre.... 



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Thank you, Chris.  This was my third build of the hotel, but my first experiment with photographic interiors and my first attempt at lighting a building, so I am very pleased.  I do envy those people who get it right first time.....  Lights and interiors took a few attempts to get right.

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The warehouse is progressing slowly.  One half of the roof is now complete and I have made the wooden doors. I just need to finish the roof, attach the end wall permanently, fix the platform area and then some building detail before finishing off with cameo details and it will be finished.  It has proven to be a thoroughly enjoyable build, although challenging .  I would change a few things if I made it again, but for now I am very pleased.

I have no links to Scalescenes, benefit in no way whatsoever, but like many here, I can only praise the quality of the kits.  I will simply say this about them:  If you are a novice, like me, with patience and following the detailed instructions, you can make a decent model.  And then, as your skills develop the kits (and ability to kit bash) just gets better and better. Just a brief search of the warehouse kit alone, here,  will give you an idea of what is possible.

And it has done a decent job of drawing the eye away from the beam.  So job done!











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I would agree with Michael in relation to Scalescenes.
Yes you have to do a bit of work but with the comprehensive instructions even a complete novice can produce a very pleasing model.


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Cracking job Michael.  The sheer size and detail of the warehouse takes your eye away from the famous post.
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Thank you Barry.  I must admit I was surprised by the size of the model, but I am pleased enough with the outcome.  As always, I see things I could improve, but as John Dew wisely pointed out, they are things that are only known to the model maker.  A bit more weathering and finish off the final parts and I think it will look the part in the yard.  A bit of action around it with goods and figures and I hope it will be a suitable feature.  I can always make it again - the joy of scalescenes kits!

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You could always build one 10 storeys higher to completely hide the post.
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Hahahaha.  John Dew is the master of a tall warehouse!  But believe me, I did consider it.  Or maybe a huge industrial chimney.....  The warehouse will have to do!!

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