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by Steve Hill
Sun Jun 02, 2013 9:45 am
Forum: General Model Railway Discussion / News
Topic: Wheelbarrows
Replies: 21
Views: 3139

Re: Wheelbarrows

How many wheelbarrows do you need? Noch garden tools etc kit no 14800 includes one wheelbarrow and quite a lot of other stuff you could use around a layout, but you're talking about €10 a set: http://www.modellbahnshop-lippe.com/produkt/NOCH/27-4-004010-1694-004010-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-gb-p-0/produkt.html ...
by Steve Hill
Fri May 31, 2013 10:20 pm
Forum: Scenery
Topic: Allan Downes on Building construction
Replies: 82
Views: 15515

Re: Allan Downes on Building construction

allan downes wrote:Hi Chris, no, nothing on the go, in fact I'm now retired and just left to ride on the back of past glories !

Cheers.
Allan.


Stunning work Allan... are you sure you couldn't be tempted to do the odd commission?!
by Steve Hill
Fri May 31, 2013 6:53 pm
Forum: General Model Railway Discussion / News
Topic: Wheelbarrows
Replies: 21
Views: 3139

Re: Wheelbarrows

I'm not at all sure barrows would have been wooden by 1950-ish. Something like this would be pretty typical... http://www.dreamstime.com/old-wheelbarrow-thumb22751278.jpg I'm no expert but I grew up in a suburb in the 1950s full of people gardening and I don't recall ever seeing a wooden one. The wh...
by Steve Hill
Fri May 24, 2013 2:42 pm
Forum: General Model Railway Discussion / News
Topic: Is money really that 'tight these days'?
Replies: 59
Views: 6381

Re: Is money really that 'tight these days'?

It's not cheap, and there may be an element of profiteering in some aspects of the hobby (£3 for 14ml of paint anyone? That works out at £215 a litre). That said, I know people who do boats, or classic cars, or skiing, or golf... If I want to take my family of four to see a show in the West End, say...
by Steve Hill
Thu May 16, 2013 2:30 pm
Forum: General Model Railway Discussion / News
Topic: Buying a Baseboard
Replies: 36
Views: 4528

Re: Buying a Baseboard

Just to say neither ply, MDF nor chipboard (or for that matter seasoned heart of oak!) is "soft", and sticking trackpins in will be tough, and is likely to result in a lot of bent pins and bruised fingers. I use trackpins (on 12mm ply) to temporarily fix track pending ballasting/gluing dow...
by Steve Hill
Wed May 15, 2013 4:45 pm
Forum: Scratch and Kit building
Topic: Platforms.
Replies: 6
Views: 1932

Re: Platforms.

Just to add to the above, as I'm doing the same calculations right now... Peco Code 100 track is roughly 4 mm from baseboard to rail top, indicating a nominal 16mm platform height. If you have 2mm of underlay below the track 18mm will do you. Otherwise, 15mm is a pretty standard thickness for both m...
by Steve Hill
Fri May 10, 2013 4:22 pm
Forum: General Model Railway Discussion / News
Topic: best way to keep loft cool
Replies: 17
Views: 4884

Re: best way to keep loft cool

DonnyRailMan wrote:I have a pair of fans pugged in one either side of my working space


So do I. One is 6 and one is 4. Both chatter a lot though.
by Steve Hill
Thu May 09, 2013 11:23 am
Forum: General Model Railway Discussion / News
Topic: best way to keep loft cool
Replies: 17
Views: 4884

Re: best way to keep loft cool

Air coolers can allegedly reduce a room temperature by 2 - 3 degrees and can be bought for £70 - £80. They are not to be confused with air conditioning. You can get portable air conditioning units which don't need big flexible outlet hoses etc for £200 or so. I've never used one and don't know if th...
by Steve Hill
Wed May 08, 2013 10:23 pm
Forum: General Model Railway Discussion / News
Topic: Buying a Baseboard
Replies: 36
Views: 4528

Re: Buying a Baseboard

More of a worry at the moment is getting it into my friend's VW Fox to get it from Homebase to my flat so maybe necessity will see it cut into 2x 4' boards but put back together again as an 8' board. Wickes will deliver an 8' x 2' sheet of 12mm ply to you for £25: http://www.wickes.co.uk/hardwood-p...
by Steve Hill
Wed May 08, 2013 2:09 pm
Forum: Real World Railways
Topic: Favourite Modern Train
Replies: 31
Views: 4181

Re: Favourite Modern Train

Another vote for Eurostar from me.
by Steve Hill
Tue May 07, 2013 6:59 pm
Forum: General Model Railway Discussion / News
Topic: Car boot sales
Replies: 9
Views: 2050

Re: Car boot sales

No train bargains, but I found a couple of original 1960s/70s Celestion Greenback 12" guitar speakers for £10. These can fetch £100 each on eBay. So I built a seriously over-specced cabinet to put them in and it's the best sounding guitar cab I've played through in 50 years.
by Steve Hill
Tue May 07, 2013 8:12 am
Forum: General Model Railway Discussion / News
Topic: Buying a Baseboard
Replies: 36
Views: 4528

Re: Buying a Baseboard

Looking at Dave's track plan (see here http://www.newrailwaymodellers.co.uk/Forums/viewtopic.php?f=44&t=42253 ) there is no obvious position where you could split it into two halves without cutting through points. It might be possible to have a joint somewhere around the entrance to the fiddle y...
by Steve Hill
Mon May 06, 2013 7:12 pm
Forum: General Model Railway Discussion / News
Topic: best way to keep loft cool
Replies: 17
Views: 4884

Re: best way to keep loft cool

Velux windows. We have several in a "proper" loft conversion (not specifically for modelling purposes but to provide two bedrooms and a bathroom) and I am completely sold on them. They are not vastly expensive and a good roofing company will be in and out in a day. There really is no subst...
by Steve Hill
Mon May 06, 2013 5:19 pm
Forum: General Model Railway Discussion / News
Topic: Buying a Baseboard
Replies: 36
Views: 4528

Re: Buying a Baseboard

8 ft is 2440mm, and a standard kitchen worktop is 600m/2ft deep. Kitchen base units are "drawer line" (there's a drawer above the cupboard door) or "highline" - it's just a cupboard with no drawer. You want the latter. You can then work under the baseboard by just opening the cup...
by Steve Hill
Mon May 06, 2013 4:02 pm
Forum: General Model Railway Discussion / News
Topic: Buying a Baseboard
Replies: 36
Views: 4528

Re: Buying a Baseboard

I assume this is for the steam depot plan your other thread refers to. A few questions/comments: 1. Is the 6" important? I ask because 8 ft is a standard timber size when buying plywood/mdf etc and you will save money going to 8' x 2', and have the possibility of a join-free board. 2. Do you wa...

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