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 Posted: Tue Sep 2nd, 2008 02:56 pm
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I need a couple of turntables for my layout. One will be non working and the other will be fully functional. The first is made up from the Dapol (ex Airfix) kit. It went together well, although there was a lot of flash and considerable filing was needed. I stuck to the instructions and built the kit straight from the 'box', less the hand rails, which the instructions recommended cotton. I used thin plastic rod. I painted the whole thing grey then weathered and added rust, using the same techniques as on my coal trucks. The final result is quite good and produces a nice turntable for just over a fiver:







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 Posted: Tue Sep 2nd, 2008 03:21 pm
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That's excellent Bob, in fact it looks real!
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Bob

That looks really good as you say for a kit just over a fiver with a bit o feffort on your part it now looks really impressive.

Your weathering skills are shining now

cheers Brian.W

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What a fabulous weathering job Bob. :wow

I want to put a turntable on my layout too and have just put the Peco turntable on my wish list with KMRC, so I'm interested in what your other one is. Are you able to disclose your choice at this stage?

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 Posted: Tue Sep 2nd, 2008 04:57 pm
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I have gone for the Hornby version as it does not need such a deep hole in the base board, has the motor in it already and is easy to convert to DCC. It does not look as good as the Peco one but with a bit of work I should be able to create a passable turntable.

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Novice,you have made that a good item to have on a railway,
i had one on mine (airfix model ) it lasted for yrs and in constant use
i only changed it last yr for a peco one because i wanted to motorise .
:roll::lol::lol::lol::lol::cool:

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Yes Novice, my previous Tables were Dapol, but not as weathered as your superb version.   I fitted  pickups using flat brass sheet & sliding bronze wipers. Motive power was digital ( one or two fingers), had perfect alignment most of the time. My new table will be Peco motorised.

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Extremely realistic corrosion there, Bob. Looking forward to seeing it in place on the layout.

It shamefully reminds me that I have a Heljan turntable sitting in its box (for over a year) that I have done nothing with. No space on the present layout.

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rector wrote: Extremely realistic corrosion there, Bob. Looking forward to seeing it in place on the layout.

It shamefully reminds me that I have a Heljan turntable sitting in its box (for over a year) that I have done nothing with. No space on the present layout.


Tim

Thanks to you and all the others for the kind comments. :oops: Is that the latest offering from Heljan you have? If so it is a beautiful model which I did consider, but it was a bit outside my price bracket. I believe Atlas do a pretty good US outline turntable too?

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Tim,

You have what I think is the best turntable available sat there! I would also love on but space is the problem again.

Novice, you have proved again that what could be regarded as "basic" models can be totally transformed with a bit of work.

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That's a beauty Novice, nicely done.
Anyone know if Dapol do one in N scale?



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Sorry no Marty. Just the Peco and Fleischmann offerings.

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Drat, thanks Chris, looks like it's going to be a scratchbuild.



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This is the Heljan turntable that I bought in a Walthers sale some 18 months ago. 

Turntable

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Ah, not quite the one I was thinking of.



I think they may have upgraded it a little.

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For a moment i thought it was a real turntable :oops:, then i read the thread again, what a good looking thing you have and the weathering is excellent once again.

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Novice,
         Your turntable is the business!

Sol,
     when you come to motorise yours,please do a thread on it,as I will need to do the same thing(in N)at some point with my Peco turntable.(I intend to do some cosmetic stuff on it as well!!!)

Cheers Lads,John.B.:thumbs



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Brilliant weathering job as ever Novice.

Great looking turntable - I wonder if I could finsd somewhere for one on my layout ?



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Perry did this for us quite some time ago John.B. See what you think.

http://yourmodelrailway.net/view_topic.php?id=259&forum_id=7&highlight=peco+turntable



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Bob, thanks for that reminder of that topic by Perry - I have bookmarked it for later.

Hornby Mag #15 has a smaller article on the installation of the turntable.

For motorisation, I intend to use the unit from Frizinghall Models & Railways, Bradford  http://www.modelrailshop.co.uk  & they have a unit for "N as well.

 

Sorry Novice for hijacking your Dapol thread. :oops:

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