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 Posted: Tue Mar 2nd, 2010 12:29 pm
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Bod wrote:
Will it not work out a tad expensive if you use plasticard like that for the whole layout?

Depends on the size of the layout...

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Ian Morton wrote: Depends on the size of the layout...


True, but using it as the 'latticework' for the contours would need quite a bit even for a small layout.

Cutting the strips from Cornflakes boxes is much cheaper, especially if you don't get caught by the supermarket staff.

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It's looking like about 2'6" x 5'0" at the moment.

As close to a dumbell shape as I can get.
Nothing is fixed in stone yet (or plasticard).



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ddolfelin wrote: As close to a dumbell shape as I can get.You'll need a very tight belt for that :mutley

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"Cutting the strips from Cornflakes boxes is much cheaper"

Quite right.
Unfortunately they are not made of plastic.

Having said that, as mentioned elsewhere, there are many sources of 'free' plastic around the average home.



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DD,
    Just parcelled up your underlay.I managed to round up 2 full rolls of peco underlay,(still in packs),a smaller roll of pre-used bits,and lots of point/crossing underlay.I also threw in a bit of Gaugemaster underlay,which,although slightly different in colour/texture,can be used in conjunction to create different areas.I'll post it tomorrow.
   (You should have enough to recreate Paddington!:roll::lol::lol::lol:)

Cheers,John.B.:thumbs

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That's very kind, Sloop.

Any surplus will not go to waste as I am aware of other commendable projects on the go.
I will PM receipt of it and more thanks.



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I produced a section of rubble stone field wall yesterday.
The Dremel technique works well for that in 'N'.



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ddolfelin wrote: I produced a section of rubble stone field wall yesterday.
The Dremel technique works well for that in 'N'.


What a pity that moulding technique with the black plastic stuff didn't work.  It might have been ideal if you have long sections of wall to create.

 

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I've since learned that it was meant to be the finished object and not the mould to make other objects.
If one allows it to cool before handling there is the remote possibility that it can be formed by hand to give ergonomic handles for screwdrivers and the like.
Best Tip: Buy a new screwdriver.

It's the stuff of the devil.



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This layout is now to be Christened:
MUCH WITTERING.



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Some very nice parcels arrived today.
A large quantity of track from which I can work out a physical track plan and know which bits remain to be sourced.
All the ballast underlay I will need to model the whole GWR.
Several very useful extras including a factory, a canal boat, a long backscene etc.,.

Thanks to Don B, John B and Ian M. for the unsolicited assistance with the project. Watch this space for pics. of the gifts playing their part.

It's great to have generous mates! Makes the world go around.
Thanks again fellers.



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ddolfelin wrote:
This layout is now to be Christened:
MUCH WITTERING.


Another "MUCH" :lol:
Probably just down the lane from that 'land of the giants' in Much Murkle. Well we are 4mm scale after all :roll::mutley



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More wittering goes on about Much Wittering than Much Murkle.



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It shows clearly how the English language is a living creature.  Students of ancient Anglo-Saxon will know that a "Murkle" was originally the name given to a training bra for a Haggis.  "Wittering" was the decorative lacework around the edges of the seven cups.



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Love that bridge and stone effect! 


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Thanks, Doug.

I'm making progress with the track.
I've now sorted it into different sizes!
Depending on the final track plan, I think I'll just need to buy some 2nd radius and maybe a few bits.
I'm finding it a lot more fiddly than 00.
Twice as fiddly in fact.



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An urgent purchase will be a 'railer' or 'enrailer' or whatever they are called.

The long wagon has proved invaluable in testing the few pieces I've assembled as experiments but it's a swine to get all the wheels onto the track.



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ddolfelin wrote: An urgent purchase will be a 'railer' or 'enrailer' or whatever they are called.

The long wagon has proved invaluable in testing the few pieces I've assembled as experiments but it's a swine to get all the wheels onto the track.


try "re-railer" DD ;-)

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Had to go near Chirk today so called at Dapol.
Re-Railer purchased together with a few bits.
Am I allowed to use a re-railer with running stock which hasn't been on the rails previously?

In any case I re-railed the long wagon without effort. A great little bit of plastic.



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