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Title: What will YOU be doing for the next 4 months?!
Post by: John Candy on Mar 15 2020 12:32
If, as is being touted by those "in the know", all 70+ age group are to be confined to their homes for 4 months, what will you be building/doing?

Well, assuming one is still able to obtain supplies of materials and that must be in doubt, I have three Coal Tanks which have been troubling me for some while now; two 57XX Panniers which are all but finished (and have been for a number of years!); several carriage and NPCS projects which have been converted to layered files and are ready for processing by the Cricut "Maker" machine; three GCR and GNR locos which are in the preliminary stages and loads (dozens) of half-built wagons needing to be completed. Then there are the additional buildings I need for the garden line (after I have finished laying the pneumatics and building the control panels) and plenty of other jobs I cannot even remember off the top of my head.

Regards,
John.
Title: Re: What will YOU be doing for the next 4 months?!
Post by: cabbage on Mar 15 2020 13:12
To be honest John - surviving... I have lived through four quarentines in rural Rhodesia and having survived " River fever, black cholera, to scarletina and double measles as a boy...   I raised level one barrier confinement last week. In two weeks time when my Son finishes his spring term at Keele. I raise it to level two. My GTG is on the 18th of April. Depending on how things go I may drop it back down to one or raise it to three. If it goes to three that means I will see you after mid summer's day...

As to building stuff, well I probably have to reprint Brassica Station and the footbridge. I will have to cut the wood for the second 2-Nol set, (for some reason I feel that there should be three sets). Getting the signalling up and running. This will be interesting as the distance between the signals is farther than I can now see!!! I have a 20m length of fibre optic link that should help me. Not that I will be able to see the lights but the certification detector should be able to do this for me.

I have my two "thrust" locos to build and my "retirement project black 5" to complete.

In the meantime I have raised beds to seed and a greenhouse to get into peak production. Tim has said that my garden is highly productive. It is almost like the garden I grew up with - but that was 9 hectares. The next door neighbor was over 2Km away!!!

Regards

Ralph
Title: Re: What will YOU be doing for the next 4 months?!
Post by: Jon_C on Mar 15 2020 13:19
If I'm honest Ralph that's something I'm considering,  I have the garden space, and a trip to buy seeds is very little, a small allotment would be handy.
I'm in the catergory of low risk, been "only " 36. But I do worry for the older generation, especially after seeing the state of the supermarkets, and the panic buying that is going on there.
As for projects "if" I am quarentined, I have the eagle build for which I have a lot of materials for already. Plus builds in other scales that will keep me occupied for many months.
Title: Re: What will YOU be doing for the next 4 months?!
Post by: MikeWilliams on Mar 15 2020 15:46
Carry on regardless really.  I am sure lots of domestic jobs will be found but the new garden railway WILL progress this year and a small start was made this week.  But its a year of milestone family birthdays (not mine) which will all take time unless we follow Austria and ban meetings of more than five people!

I really hope G3 GTGs continue.

Mike
Title: Re: What will YOU be doing for the next 4 months?!
Post by: Jon Nazareth on Mar 16 2020 08:45
I have enough railway projects/kits to last for quite some time way, way in excess of four months with another, a brake van, coming soon(?).  I have six raised beds for growing vegetables which all need sorting out and a greenhouse for growing more tender produce.  Once those courgettes and beans start fruiting, there's no stopping them as anyone who grows veg will testify.  There's also enough garden produce in the freezer to last in excess of the four months, probably six.  I live in a small village and will be able to get out for walks without meeting anyone and those I do, I'll be able to keep at a safe distance.  Hopefully being able to get out for walks will stop me going stir crazy.

While here, does anyone know where I can get a dummy reversing lever?  I bought a very nice one for my Manning Wardle in cast brass but can't for the life of me remember from whom.

Jon
Title: Re: What will YOU be doing for the next 4 months?!
Post by: Jon Nazareth on Mar 16 2020 08:54
P.S  I've looked back here on the Forum at the post on my MW and it would appear that I bought it from Slaters  ;D.  Ah, those little grey cells.....

Jon
Title: P'boro show postponed :What will YOU be doing for the next 4 months?!
Post by: John Candy on Mar 17 2020 07:16
Announcement from 16mm Assocn.

Show Postponed
The National Garden Railway Show, which had been scheduled for Saturday 4th April, is being postponed until late this year. Potential dates are still being discussed, so we cannot announce a rescheduled date until later this week.
Title: Re: What will YOU be doing for the next 4 months?!
Post by: cabbage on Mar 17 2020 11:15
Given the facts...

The Cabbage Patch Railway is closing its doors until at least June. This means that at least one but probably two GTGs will have to be cancelled.

Apologies....

Ralph
Title: Re: What will YOU be doing for the next 4 months?!
Post by: cabbage on Mar 21 2020 12:51
The upside of this is that some track laying and assorted maintenance can be done to the track bed. The wooden Brand right sleepers have basically "had it". Not due to rot by frost and animal knawing. The white metal sleepers are fine as are the lengths of G3S brass rail...

The plan would seem to be to complete the Great North Straight and then to lift the first lane of the drag strip, replace with plastic sleepers and re-lay. Do I then apply ballast? If so how do I use SRB? My brother in law is a builder and his advise is a bottle to a concrete mixer!!!

I am surviving well and now that I can get into the garden I can start to plant and sow what I am eating out of the deep freezers (3).

I am beginning to hate Apple Charlotte...

Regards

Ralph
Title: Re: What will YOU be doing for the next 4 months?!
Post by: Bruce_L on Mar 23 2020 20:04
I seem to have resurrected various projects that were shelved until I had time to work on them.
What better time? The way its going I'll finish my main projects before we're allowed out again! That's not because I'm working fast, but indicates the slow improvement to the world virus problem.
Anyway, I had a few coach jobs to do. I need to fix tables in one of Eddie Wallsall's protype MK1 as they have no interior. I've already adjusted the bogies on this so that it will navigate the few tight curves in my small garden layout, so I can run this coach in places my other coaches won't
I'm also upholstering seating in a few coaches, and making sundry other improvements.
I managed to obtain some smashing material from Dunelm who stock all sorts of colours with  tiny veins embedded and they make excellent seat covers. [Red for 2nd class (the majority) and Blue for 1st]. I also found a smashing green which I took as well because it might come in handy in future DMU's or similar.

As the weather gradually gets warmer and drier, its also time do some running. I'm assuming that 'staying at home or else' doesn't preclude my forages into the garden!
All that should last me 3, if not 4, months!
Title: Re: What will YOU be doing for the next 4 months?!
Post by: MikeWilliams on Mar 23 2020 22:39
Any photos of the interiors Bruce?

Mike
Title: Re: What will YOU be doing for the next 4 months?!
Post by: cabbage on Mar 24 2020 08:01
I now have a fully loaded greenhouse, two veg beds dug with the third one today. The garden is now about two weeks behind,.. once the end of the week then comes BST and a large bucket of hot water to put the tin of roofing adhesive in!!!

The baseboards for the second line of the Great North Straight are screwed into position. These were dragged into position by my petite niece and the winch on "TONKA" her one and a half tonne land rover.

This means that I have to slice felt with a bread knife and apply yuck to the planks. This will take a couple of weeks of good weather. THEN alas I have to lift and replace the eaten sleepers on the dragstrip.

Regards

Ralph
Title: Re: What will YOU be doing for the next 4 months?!
Post by: Bruce_L on Mar 24 2020 10:57
Belay previous estimate!
been descended on by 3 grand-kids who can't go to school any more (for how long, no-one knows). Home tuition seems to be the norm suddenly.
That rather puts the lid on a lot of modelling work. I'll just have to fit bits in as and when.
So much for a load of weeks with loads of time to ourselves!
I'll get some photos added when I get the opportunity!
Title: Re: What will YOU be doing for the next 4 months?!
Post by: MikeWilliams on Mar 24 2020 21:32
Well, I started assembly of the garden line I've been planning for .. well, for far too long.  I was worried about clearance behind a rather large tree but decided to bite the bullet and put it in place.  This is the result:

(https://i.ibb.co/7KZhkqX/Track-1.jpg) (https://ibb.co/7KZhkqX)

how to make a picture into a link (https://imgbb.com/)


It still needs to be tweaked because there is another very large tree behind the camera.  Have put two sections on temporary supports and the pan is three and possibly four, then move the whole lot about to get the alignment perfect - then put in permanent supports.  I think it will fit between two large trees, one small tree and the fence .. just .. somehow.

(https://i.ibb.co/L9340zZ/Track-2.jpg) (https://ibb.co/L9340zZ)


Mike
Title: Re: What will YOU be doing for the next 4 months?!
Post by: Peaky 556 on Mar 24 2020 22:11
Mike,
Persevere and if it won’t quite fit, then take a chunk out of the tree to create the loading gauge you require.  I had been loathe to do this but several years ago decided that a lime tree close to the corner of my garage was making a curve, between the two, just too restrictive.  After cutting away the bark and cambium on one side I then used bitumastic paint over the wound to seal it.  Several years later the tree still produces healthy foliage, and, providing the passengers don’t lean out of the window at the wrong moment, clearance is fine!
Tim
Title: Re: What will YOU be doing for the next 4 months?!
Post by: Bruce_L on Mar 25 2020 12:11
Coach upholstery continues.
I've got some pics now showing the material and the seating modules coming together. I'm having to take some of the people off, to be replaced after the material has been stuck on. I use Prittstic or UHUstic which probably sounds daft.
It turns out to be better than most other glues for this job. Other glues seep through the material (as they contain solvent) and spoils the top surface. Stic is easily spread onto the material backing which is nice and flat with no bits hanging off. When applying the prepared material onto the seats you can slide it up/down/sideways until you're satisfied that it looks good and then gradually the stic sets. Pics follow.

(https://i.ibb.co/jTw2WS7/20200325-112329.jpg) (https://ibb.co/jTw2WS7)

f 18 pictures (https://imgbb.com/)


(https://i.ibb.co/syt0xbZ/20200325-112453.jpg) (https://ibb.co/syt0xbZ)

There are 4 colours there - Green, Dark Blue, Light Blue and Red. Dunelm have lots of colours on large rolls but the minimum of a haf a metre will last ages. They also do some small cushion covers made from the same material; one of these will last ages as well at less cost.
Second pic is a close-up of the grain which makes the seats look great.
empty coach and modules being worked on to follow.

(https://i.ibb.co/37Znxwq/20200325-103927.jpg) (https://ibb.co/37Znxwq)


(https://i.ibb.co/tswdZQP/20200323-222449.jpg) (https://ibb.co/tswdZQP)


(https://i.ibb.co/pwmwFqj/20200325-112539.jpg) (https://ibb.co/pwmwFqj)
Title: Re: What will YOU be doing for the next 4 months?!
Post by: Bruce_L on Mar 25 2020 16:15
Where do you get the trackbed and supports? Is it an available item? Or did you build it from scratch?

Oh, and another thing anyone can do in the next 4 months is to write up projects that are being worked on, on a regular basis.
It would be interesting to see what everybody is doing!
Title: Re: What will YOU be doing for the next 4 months?!
Post by: MikeWilliams on Mar 25 2020 16:58
Bruce,
If you mean my layout its all bespoke to my design.  Drawn on CAD and laser cut in stainless steel.  I'll do a write up for the Newsletter but I wanted something permanent (i.e. no timber whatsoever) which I could assemble (not welded) and adaptable it I wanted an extension.  Posts are scaffold poles where not seen and stainless balcony tubes cut to length, with the adjustable feet from scaffold towers on the top - gives about 2in of adjustment up and down on each post.  So far it all looks promising but It's not finished yet!
Mike
Title: Re: What will YOU be doing for the next 4 months?!
Post by: LankyTank on Mar 25 2020 17:39
Yes, guys.

If you read the editors column (of course you do..... read every word that is...) he's going to be strapped for articles for the next newsletter, so put pen to paper or finger to keyboard, there's only a limited market on here, the newsletter reaches every member.

Title: Re: What will YOU be doing for the next 4 months?!
Post by: Bruce_L on Mar 25 2020 20:30
Thanks Mike.
There's a possibility I'll be moving house and if so I want a more robust trackbed than I have now.
Sounds like if yours works well that you could supply to others ! er.., yes others! ;D
Title: Re: What will YOU be doing for the next 4 months?!
Post by: Bruce_L on Mar 26 2020 19:09
Ah. Suddenly the weather looked more like Summer for two days, so that's about 2% of my 4 months that's been used up. Doesn't sound like much when put like that!
Anyway, it's been 2 days in the garden, so below are a number of links to YouTube videos that I took and uploaded.
Might help some of you to wear away some time if you're at an end of other projects! --

https://youtu.be/uT2gjwlxcpo
https://youtu.be/t69ZDhrXkj0
https://youtu.be/eawUMJJWGPk
https://youtu.be/0AyGfjWe8M8
On the above one: Now then, a little test :- the freight sorting went wrong today and the roster for the trucks is incorrect.
Why? What was done wrong?
Answers on an postcard (electronic) !

https://youtu.be/EpCSXuAtWI0
https://youtu.be/zbHcmZqN_hc
 
OK, that was the last video (well I have some more but they’re pretty much the same).
Here the freight has finished and we’re onto passenger runs. The driver is obviously a novice. Spot the problem (actually two!).
 
I’ve found it very difficult to film while controlling the trains and switching the points. Not easy when one hand at least is trying to get good shots!
Bruce
Title: Re: What will YOU be doing for the next 4 months?!
Post by: Bruce_L on Mar 27 2020 11:27
Mike. You asked for some coach interior pics. I'm not sure whether you wanted the Eddie interior or the Marsden ones. Anyway, I've finished the Marsdens so can supply some pics of them.
First is an empty shell (well made!) and then a couple showing the modules out of coach and fitted.

(https://i.ibb.co/ZTX66BY/20200325-103927.jpg) (https://ibb.co/ZTX66BY)


(https://i.ibb.co/9sbzHSs/20200327-095133.jpg) (https://ibb.co/9sbzHSs)


(https://i.ibb.co/3zLFPC0/20200327-100200.jpg) (https://ibb.co/3zLFPC0)


(https://i.ibb.co/88vGDRr/20200327-100226.jpg) (https://ibb.co/88vGDRr)


(https://i.ibb.co/HqDjGbn/20200327-102626.jpg) (https://ibb.co/HqDjGbn)


I think I've done what I need to now. I really do think coaches look much better with material-covered seats and populated as well (I'm using 1:30 scale people at the moment).
Title: Re: What will YOU be doing for the next 4 months?!
Post by: cabbage on Mar 27 2020 11:52
Well I have started building the dual tracked Great North Straight. The first thing to do was to extract the set of points that combined the dragstrip into a single track. These were the second set of points that I made and I am proud to say that they only split into two pieces which will be glued back together this afternoon. Fabrication and printing of parts is on hold due to Western Power connecting new bits to the local power grid...

But here is the first part!

(https://i.ibb.co/7XjdvzC/IMG-20200327-114004848.jpg) (https://ibb.co/7XjdvzC)


Regards

Ralph
Title: Re: What will YOU be doing for the next 4 months?!
Post by: cabbage on Mar 28 2020 09:49
Both sets of points that had to be moved broke in the same place - just after the first of the slide  plates. Not really much grip on the rail there! After having dug out the pot of plumbing pipe weld I stuck them back together and they are "curing" outside in the breeze. It is now  cold outside and this southern child only works in the warmth!!! But since it is now cold I cannot get the adhesive to "brush"  onto the trackbed.

More tea and retire to the living room fire!

Regards

Ralph
Title: Re: What will YOU be doing for the next 4 months?!
Post by: joewatt on Mar 28 2020 15:10
I used the warmer weather to finish my reduced length re-routed track. I wish had done this route in the first place years ago. However, the bend through the rockery is 15' 6" diameter and should be the GRS 16' minimum. Albeit, all my stock goes round it, but I'm considering gauge widening:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VylNt88oRaQ
Title: Re: What will YOU be doing for the next 4 months?!
Post by: AshleyW on Mar 28 2020 18:37
nice one joe, can't i persaude you to join our g3 north and in better times be part of our gatherings in huddersfield, yeadon, stockport etc? ashley
Title: Re: What will YOU be doing for the next 4 months?!
Post by: Bruce_L on Mar 29 2020 14:59
Hopefully, you are finding things to do while we can't do much away from home.
In the meantime we need to face the fact that this lockdown is going to last many more weeks - end of May/ early June has been talked about.
A few of us here in the North! are experimenting with the app 'Zoom'. (Mainly Huddersfield but not limited to that).
This is a multi-person video/sound system to communicate with other like-minded folk to discuss what they are doing or showing drawings or projects or even operating railways. It takes some understanding but it does allow a get-together without actually getting together.
Zoom can be loaded onto a PC, Laptop,tablet and even a Smartphone, although the last is a bit small.
Your PC will need a camera and a mic (mine is built into the camera), the others generally have them anyway. The smaller bits of kit can be showing wide areas of things going on, even into the garden (but probably not far before your WiFi gives up), by carrying it with you and pointing it in the right direction.
So if you're in this area and are missing the GTG's, this may be a good alternative.
By the way Zoom is free for the basic version, which is all we need.
Make contact if you're interested.
Title: Re: What will YOU be doing for the next 4 months?!
Post by: cabbage on Mar 29 2020 17:03
Well at the end of a vile day... The return set of points has been installed at the end of the return side of the Great North Straight. The method used will bring tears to the eyes but the points were "cut in" with an angle grinder.

I am frozen solid! This afternoon I have been rained, hailed and deep chilled by the local blast of wind. Now some simple carpentry and it is a clear run for felt laying.

If nothing else I can use the blow torch to keep warm!!!!

Regards

Ralph
Title: Re: What will YOU be doing for the next 4 months?!
Post by: cabbage on Mar 30 2020 09:49
I knew it was cold!!!! There's snow on the trackbed... I am going to wait until the cold snap is over before continuing to work outside.

Next year I schedule the maintenance work for the running season  for weather that requires shorts not heavy duty jeans and warm corduroys...

Regards

Ralph
Title: Re: What will YOU be doing for the next 4 months?!
Post by: hornbeam on Mar 30 2020 22:07
Well I’m working from home but weekends and evenings are totally free. So for me it’s finishing off various projects and a few upgrades.

A GRS conflat is almost finished. I’ve fitted new radio control gear to my sentinel. My very troublesome live steam 14xx has had new radio control fitted and the water pump assembly all removed. It seems to finally be working as expected. Today I also cut the seats for a set of three four wheel coaches I’m building using the GRS side modules. So plenty going on.
   Last  locomotive to have upgraded radio control is my live steam austerity tank then I aim to get on with my final steam locomotive- a rebuild of a prairie tank.
Title: Re: What will YOU be doing for the next 4 months?!
Post by: cabbage on Mar 31 2020 13:46
The last m4x75 torx screws have been used and the mgt now declares the trackbed ready for adhesive and felt! The felt and adhesive have been stored in the greenhouse to keep them warm and soft. The 5m roll has been butchered into 30cm lengths but I have no idea if this is sufficient - as the saying goes "I will let you know!"

So, the trackbed is ready. I need to realign the exit from the summer house curve to fit the new inner straight and then lay the (now) outer track to the house. The return points from the lawn loop are on the kitchen table. These used to join both tracks at the end of the dragstrip.

So when it is completed there will continuous points free track for over a scale mile. I can see some of my locos loving it. Maude has only hit 118mph (scale)...


(https://i.ibb.co/Mf0gjKD/IMG-20200331-132824813.jpg) (https://ibb.co/Mf0gjKD)



(https://i.ibb.co/kyqCQTw/IMG-20200331-132913376.jpg) (https://ibb.co/kyqCQTw)



(https://i.ibb.co/PNvWY6m/IMG-20200331-132949607.jpg) (https://ibb.co/PNvWY6m)


Tea and biscuits next!

Regards

Ralph
Title: Re: What will YOU be doing for the next 4 months?!
Post by: cabbage on Apr 01 2020 19:46
I took apart the top of the Great North Straight and using a "bent ruler" produced a new curve for the inside track. It did take three attempts - as I had to work farther and farther back along the existing curve before I had a new smooth exit from the Dragstrip to the new straight.

I will confess to not being very happy about the outer curve. This is going to need some work with cut plywood and resin to produce a smooth finish. Due to the fact that I have no blades for my power plane left means that it will be out with the big Record #14 and hack a smooth surface. 

Then it is a lit "tea light" under the tin of adhesive to keep it warm and a big brush...

Regards

Ralph
Title: Re: What will YOU be doing for the next 4 months?!
Post by: MikeWilliams on Apr 01 2020 20:42
I had some help earlier on the week, so was able to move the track bases around and they will fit between the trees, just.  About 1.5 inches clearance everywhere which is a tight as I'd like.  Now I know the alignment I can put permanent posts in exactly the right places and then add a couple more posts at the end, and another frame.

But I'm running out of posts.  This area was supposed to have lengths of scaffold pole but I've run out and have to use posh stainless poles which were intended for the more visible area.  And with times as they are I can't just go out and buy a scaffold pole or two.

And I suppose the children's rope ladders will have to go too!

Mike

(https://i.ibb.co/7gP43Sn/Track-6.jpg) (https://ibb.co/7gP43Sn)

(https://i.ibb.co/VwzgK0B/Track-5.jpg) (https://ibb.co/VwzgK0B)
Title: Re: What will YOU be doing for the next 4 months?!
Post by: Peaky 556 on Apr 01 2020 21:58
Mike, building railways always was a clash between ‘irresistible force’ and ‘immovable objects’.  Occasionally, a little compromise is needed 😁
Title: Re: What will YOU be doing for the next 4 months?!
Post by: cabbage on Apr 03 2020 12:59
Looking at the trackbed it appears to be double width. What are you going to use to span the gap?

Regards

Ralph
Title: Re: What will YOU be doing for the next 4 months?!
Post by: MikeWilliams on Apr 03 2020 14:10
Almost certainly one of the modern cement boards Ralph - Hardie Backerboard or similar.

Mike
Title: Re: What will YOU be doing for the next 4 months?!
Post by: cabbage on Apr 04 2020 11:45
As the saying goes "T minus 7 - we have ignition sequence commence". The tin is in the greenhouse , the stacks of cut felt ready.

Regards

Ralph
Title: Re: What will YOU be doing for the next 4 months?!
Post by: AshleyW on Apr 04 2020 12:38
don't forget the securturs on those brambles! hope we can come run this season, ash
Title: Re: What will YOU be doing for the next 4 months?!
Post by: cabbage on Apr 04 2020 13:55
After only an hour or so I have completed my task for today!!! I have laid the felt on the icky sticky adhesive and I am now at the point where I have a straight run to the house.

Dan helped me out of my work jacket which had stick to my left wrist after liberal application of brush cleaner  I have hands that have a nice glossy finish...

The tin has been returned to the greenhouse where it will hopefully get hot again. At the start of work it had the thickness of treacle buy the end it was more putty...


(https://i.ibb.co/YRshCZ5/IMG-20200404-134349401.jpg) (https://ibb.co/YRshCZ5)



(https://i.ibb.co/zHhn1NP/IMG-20200404-134322118.jpg) (https://ibb.co/zHhn1NP)


Ashley admit it - you are really only there to eat my cakes(!)

Tim will have to "certify" the new trackwork for running - my eyes are getting worse!!!

Regards

Ralph
Title: Re: What will YOU be doing for the next 4 months?!
Post by: AshleyW on Apr 04 2020 14:16
looking good ralph, my j39 MAY be ready this summer, your track would be an ideal place to try it out, or indeed liase for collection!
Title: Re: What will YOU be doing for the next 4 months?!
Post by: AshleyW on Apr 04 2020 16:49

(https://i.ibb.co/Mk1x6VS/IMG-20200404-162645-resized-20200404-042727569.jpg) (https://ibb.co/Mk1x6VS)


i just did the weeding! usually the wife's job, but hey,looks better now.
Title: Re: What will YOU be doing for the next 4 months?!
Post by: John Branch on Apr 04 2020 17:10
Almost certainly one of the modern cement boards Ralph - Hardie Backerboard or similar.

Mike
Mike, I was not aware of this material.  Having looked it up, it seems quite interesting- how do you support /protect/ fix to it?
John
Title: Re: What will YOU be doing for the next 4 months?!
Post by: MikeWilliams on Apr 04 2020 19:13
Others have used it John.  I have plans and ideas only.  It is not easy to cut and needs a diamond blade in the jigsaw.  I believe it takes nails and track pins OK.  But others will be better able to answer that than me.

Mike
Title: Re: What will YOU be doing for the next 4 months?!
Post by: Peaky 556 on Apr 04 2020 22:13
Hello John,
According to the leaflet I have it can be nailed or screwed or bonded with mastic to timber or masonry. There is no mention of drilling pilot holes so the inference is that they are driven straight through into the backing.  As for cutting, their recommended method for minimising dust is to ‘score and snap’.  If using a jigsaw they recommend a blade suitable for ‘fibre cement board’, which may possibly be diamond tipped, I don’t know.  It can also be cut with a circ saw, but special types are used to minimise dust.

I have a pile of 12mm boards bought in a sale, which I shall fasten down onto timber joists at 400mm centres, probably using pilot drilling and screws.  We shall see what success I have, but don’t hold your breath, my ‘to do’ list from my nearest and dearest is growing longer daily!

Regards,
Tim
Title: Re: What will YOU be doing for the next 4 months?!
Post by: yamie1900 on Apr 05 2020 09:41
Hi Tim i have used both 6mm and 12mm they do a hardie backer screw which screw straight through the board into the battons behind.
 The 6mm is easy cut score and snap,  stanly knife and a good supply of blades the 12mm is a different story i enventualy used a coarse jigsaw blade alot of them. Watch the dust though use a slow speed with the jigsaw the blades last longer. I used the boards in my bathroom. I think Cliff Barker used Marmox board a lot lighter and easier to cut. Marmox is the way i will go next year.
Title: Re: What will YOU be doing for the next 4 months?!
Post by: AshleyW on Apr 05 2020 10:54
boards, there's also the chipboard route, medite trioca, is apx £60.00 per sheet, but guaranteed to last 60 years. apar from going green, that in use at parkwood has been good and cuts easy.
Title: Re: What will YOU be doing for the next 4 months?!
Post by: LankyTank on Apr 05 2020 11:46
Ash,

the Medite product IS NOT chipboard, it's a long life MDF, it's the resin that it is made of that is the long life element.

Just thought I'd better mention that, as someone will come along in the future, read your comment & then think they can use chipboard. Well, they can I suppose, but it'll be akin to setting light to £20 notes for an afternoons entertainment.
Title: Re: What will YOU be doing for the next 4 months?!
Post by: cabbage on Apr 05 2020 14:34
After four hours... The new trackbed has been covered in ick and felt then stuck to it. Now it is the boring bit of waiting for the solvent to evaporate then it is out with the magic blue rope and marking points.

My eyesight is fading fast and blue things  I can still see at some distance. Otherwise I use the camera on my phone and zoom up and down it.

So, one roll of felt and 5 litres of adhesive later -we await!!!


(https://i.ibb.co/gddjkS1/IMG-20200405-142506667.jpg) (https://ibb.co/gddjkS1)


Regards

Ralph
Title: Re: What will YOU be doing for the next 4 months?!
Post by: cabbage on Apr 07 2020 13:34
This is the new track after the morning break. The problem I have is that the new stuff makes the old stuff look like it was  done with a drunken stagger.... I may have to re-lay the old track(!)


(https://i.ibb.co/vjNgjk3/IMG-20200407-113015269.jpg) (https://ibb.co/vjNgjk3)


Regards

Ralph
Title: Re: What will YOU be doing for the next 4 months?!
Post by: cabbage on Apr 08 2020 13:19
End of play for this week! The two closing lengths of track were going to be ordered from Cliff Barker for collection  at the AGM. But I spent the time in ward 411... But I am please to say that the measurements and calculations are well within spec(!)

The EOC for the new inner track is 14 ft 7 ins and the EOC of the outer part of the summer house loop is 8 ft 9 ins. The hardest part of doing all this was having to work everything out in Imperial. I frequently had to "check things over" by repeating the calculation in Metric... I am a native C.G.S thinker.

I suppose it is what I am used to!!!

The first shot shows the end of the inner track for the Great North Straight. Because I am still using the same pair of ick covered jeans to apply the felt with. I have to be careful where I perch... Note the nice growth of Cardoons...



(https://i.ibb.co/Hdh2JJX/IMG-20200408-125809605.jpg) (https://ibb.co/Hdh2JJX)


This shows the end of the Dragstrip. The old track  will have to be lifted and straights replacing the curved section to previously existing points there.


(https://i.ibb.co/xHD7Zz8/IMG-20200408-125832151.jpg) (https://ibb.co/xHD7Zz8)


Regards

Ralph
 
Title: Re: What will YOU be doing for the next 4 months?!
Post by: Bruce_L on Apr 09 2020 16:40
Reference previous post regarding picking up projects that had been shelved:
One of these was to number, letter and weather some 16 tonne coal trucks.
This turned out to be interesting compared with 00 versions, of which I'd done quite a few some time ago.
The colouring, mainly weathering powders (which are easy to remove or adjust if it doesn't come out satisfactorily) have to cover a much bigger area and if you're not careful the colour looks to be covering too much, which is when previous sentence comes into use. Certainly it's often better to be subtle.
I was after rust, so it's mainly orange rust or dark rust, plus some black for coal dust. I've done a range of trucks with hardly any to lots and everything in-between to give variety. The same goes for different on each side. Pic:

(https://i.ibb.co/1MtL0Tq/20200408-213656.jpg) (https://ibb.co/1MtL0Tq)

I still need to dirty the undercarriage but I've run out of my preferred spray can of Humbrol Olive Drab which is a mixture of mucky grey and a hint of green which comes out pretty well, so I might have to have an important forage out as I'm not sure paint can be transported these days.
Title: Re: What will YOU be doing for the next 4 months?!
Post by: AshleyW on Apr 09 2020 17:00
i got my acid etch primer delivered bruce, so suspect you can order aerosols, ash
Title: Re: What will YOU be doing for the next 4 months?!
Post by: cabbage on Apr 10 2020 10:45
Now that there can be no more track work until about Tuesday, (postman), I have sat and looked at the sorry state of my three stations... The plastic buildings need  a good once over with a brush and a bucket of suds but that is about all. No, what annoys me is the state of the base boards that the buildings sit on. I have used wooden decking slats and the wood has peeled off the primer and they look very tatty with white, grey and black masonry paint shedding all over the shop!

What I am planning on doing may sound insane but is I think a simple solution. I laminate the top of the baseboards... I use 2mm thick polycarbonate sheet and then it becomes a plastic sheet that I can stick things to and paint with exterior paints to my heart's content.

The newly rebuilt RepRap is printing the new & improved footbridge for the Brassica Station.now that the adhesive has nearly set solid I can sit on the trackbed without gluing my backside to it! So after lunch out with the angle grinder and slice some points in.

Regards

Ralph
Title: Re: What will YOU be doing for the next 4 months?!
Post by: cabbage on Apr 11 2020 13:08
The final act of slicing in the new points is to correct the ones that have failed due to "tin pest". I life fairly high up and I do catch the winter chill. I followed the instructions on assembling the Cliff Barker points. But the solder jas far too much Tin on it. The Tin turns to its allotrope of "grey Tin" and crumbles to pieces. Slowly over the course of years this produces a weak and then failed joint. The solution is to hit the joint with a 200W soldering iron and Comsol. This contains Silver but melts at a low temperature. The Tin melts out of the joint before the Comsol even gets soft!!!

Regards

Ralph
Title: Re: What will YOU be doing for the next 4 months?!
Post by: cabbage on Apr 12 2020 14:46
Now things can (finally) start to emerge from storage...

Most people know the mimic repeater system has been built but not installed. Some people know of the driver boards system for the repeater. However up until now *very* few people have copped eyes on this lot!!!

This is the mimic repeater.


(https://i.ibb.co/bspp781/IMG-20200412-142010024.jpg) (https://ibb.co/bspp781)


This is the driver board for the mimic


(https://i.ibb.co/jhSxz7H/IMG-20200412-142040382.jpg) (https://ibb.co/jhSxz7H)


These are the external drivers for the signals. They are 12V power relays housed in IKEA glys boxes. There are tqelve plus a spare(!)


(https://i.ibb.co/88F0n72/IMG-20200412-142554612.jpg) (https://ibb.co/88F0n72)


The home brew system screws to a piece of ply and uses DIN 7 270 plugs and sockets.


(https://i.ibb.co/cCV2zNS/IMG-20200412-142626404.jpg) (https://ibb.co/cCV2zNS)


I started making all this is 2017 for installation 2018. But my right bicuspid valve disagreed!!! So more things to do.

Keep calm and keep on track!!!

Regards

Ralph