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 Posted: Sat Jun 20th, 2009 02:23 pm
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Hi Wayne

Its actually really simple. All it is is a piece of 30thou evergreen strip with a couple of holes drilled through it. A single filament of wire from normal cable is pushed through both holes and secured with nail varnish. The padlock is then cut from the strip, leaving the cut until the end ensures you have a decent sized object to hold.

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Thanks Jim, never thought of nail polish. that might be ideal too, it would dry quite fast really.

Thanks for the explanation. I need all the help I can get!

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Hi Wayne

Another good one is Klear acrylic floor polish, Its like water in its consistancy but without the surface tension. It makes a good varnish but better than that its fantastic for ballasting. You dont need to wet the ballast first, you can just use it neat and it dries in a little over an hour.

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Jim, you are correct re making points- I meant the basic point is easy - slips & 3 ways are a devil to do in 00.

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jim s-w wrote: Hi Wayne

Another good one is Klear acrylic floor polish, Its like water in its consistancy but without the surface tension. It makes a good varnish but better than that its fantastic for ballasting. You dont need to wet the ballast first, you can just use it neat and it dries in a little over an hour.

Hmmm, there's a few ideas kicking around in my head as a result of that post :exclam:exclam

I assume that polish is a widely available kitchen product :question:question

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Do you know of a link to a supplier please, Jim?



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Thanks, Martin.  From the pictures, it looks like a Johnson product.  My daughter is one of the managers at Bunnings, so I'll get her on the trail.



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MaxSouthOz wrote: Thanks, Martin.  From the pictures, it looks like a Johnson product.  My daughter is one of the managers at Bunnings, so I'll get her on the trail.
Johnsons it is and known as "Klear" in the UK. It may be fine for use as a ballast glue, but I read reports of some aircraft modellers who were using it as a coating, where it gave a good, scratch-filling, clear covering. Recently there has been reports of it yellowing after a few years and I wonder if that had something to do with it's UK withdrawal. 

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Chaps will it not pay to start a seperate thread on this polish otherwise it may well clog up Jims layout thread?

cheeers Brian

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Hi Martin

Thanks for the info, that was kinda what I meant when I said in p4 you can just copy what you see while in OO its more of a track design exercise. For P4 you dont need as much understanding of what you are modelling. As long as you are copying a real place that is!

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jim s-w wrote:
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Another good one is Klear acrylic floor polish, Its like water in its consistancy but without the surface tension. It makes a good varnish but better than that its fantastic for ballasting. You dont need to wet the ballast first, you can just use it neat and it dries in a little over an hour.

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That's intriguing Jim. Is there a procedure for applying it to the ballast? Wonder if the glossy look would be acceptable on the ballast?

I might give it a try for small ponds, streams, or even mud puddles.

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Hi Wayne

Just use an eye dropper and work from the edges. Its not glossy though.

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this is a big ask, would you be able to do a how to on your cabling and trunking. the cabling running along the wall and coming from the boxes. i think this makes the scene jump to life.
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Hi Matt

The cabling is simply made from bent staples and normal wire with the sheathing removed. The picture below shows one of the actual layout walls in progress




And below - painted



As for the trackside troughing I have drawn up my own etch for those. They represent the c1/8 type



the first type can be used on layouts but are intended as wagon loads. They consist of 6 'boxes' and 6 lids.


the second type is for layout use and is 2 runs of 10 sections as a single piece fold up etch. These can be curved (gently).

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jim s-w wrote: Hi Jeff (and Phil)

I dont really have a timescale as it will be done when its done! My interest is in making things so if it takes forever and never gets finished I'll be quite happy. Having said that I'd like to be out on the road with it before 2030.

Neil

The OLE is entirely scratchbuilt except for the insulators that are sommerfeldt ones. They are the biggest 'fault' im my mind but Colin Craig has produced some scale cast ones for me. A picture of a basic mast using them is below



One of the wall mounted masts from the plank. The wall brackets took nearly as long to make as the rest of the mast!



Finally the portal in bare brass. The main span is made from 1mm L section brass and fine wire bent into a zig-zag around a simple former.




I have written construction of OLE up a few times in magazines. MRJ issue 172 and Model Rail issue 111.

Hope that helps

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Hi Jim,

 

yes it does.  I 'll try to get those mags for reference.

 

thanks mate

 

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Jim

Can I ask how you built the above covered ladder, is it kit-bashed, or have you hand built it, also your weathering techniques, and how you achieve such a good rust looking finish, is it paint or pastels ?

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Hi Alan

The ladder is from Colin Craig. Each rung is soldered in to the sides using a jig. The cradle is just knocked up out of some brass strip and if I am honest is a little heavy. It doesnt really matter though as you cant actually see this wall as a spectator on the layout. It faces the operators!

The weathering is done with enamels used as washes and working wet in wet to blend it all together.

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Hi All

Been looking at platforms and specifically the ends of them.  Turns out no 2 platfom ends at the Wolves end of New Street are the same construction.  These all started as Peco platforms.



From back to front - platform 12/dock, platform 4 (loco dock) and platform 3.  The blocks were simply made using slaters 2mm scale Paving.

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Cheers Jim

I couldn't quite work out if it was a complete kit, but the finished item looks good to me, and using enamels as washes and working wet in wet to blend it all together, I think that's a new one for me, I have heard people use enamels before but not wet on wet
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