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by TimberSurf
Fri Aug 17, 2018 12:40 am
Forum: DCC Forum
Topic: Any one used one of these??
Replies: 12
Views: 205

Re: Any one used one of these??

Here is a tutorial of how to build the Arduino DCC++
by TimberSurf
Thu Aug 16, 2018 11:23 pm
Forum: General Model Railway Discussion / News
Topic: Any new skills you have learned?
Replies: 30
Views: 370

Re: Any new skills you have learned?

I was apprentice trained on a lathe and miller, so like Bufferstop, I want a big one with digi readout! I did a scan of Ebay last night (not the first time of lathe research) and found some nice New bench lathes for between £400 and £800! Proper metal cutting ones with a 14" bed. Its about thir...
by TimberSurf
Mon Aug 13, 2018 7:59 pm
Forum: Track/Layout Design
Topic: 00 Points choice..?
Replies: 23
Views: 673

Re: 00 Points choice..?

Turnout or point as we call it in the UK, allows a train to diverge from straight to a alternate route (siding) A crossover is just that, two tracks cross each other. Like a road crossroads but you cant turn left or right (only straight on from the direction you came) A single slip is a crossover th...
by TimberSurf
Thu Aug 09, 2018 3:01 pm
Forum: Personal Layouts - Under Construction
Topic: Leberecht, My Prussian modelling adventure.
Replies: 38
Views: 2341

Re: Leberecht, My Prussian modelling adventure.

Thanks, Timbersurf! it seems very hard to find in the UK, sadly. John. I used phenolic from Kingspan on my last layout, it work well but is mostly available with foil on at least one side, I want extruded polystyrene as you say because the rest of the world uses it, it IS available in this country,...
by TimberSurf
Thu Aug 09, 2018 8:07 am
Forum: Personal Layouts - Under Construction
Topic: Leberecht, My Prussian modelling adventure.
Replies: 38
Views: 2341

Re: Leberecht, My Prussian modelling adventure.

Very nice write up, removable scenery, I approve! 8)
What is the insulation and where did you get it from?
by TimberSurf
Tue Aug 07, 2018 10:41 pm
Forum: Scratch and Kit building
Topic: Painting "shiny connecting rods/valve gear.
Replies: 9
Views: 182

Re: Painting "shiny connecting rods/valve gear.

Very shiny FS123, how do you get it into the display case? I think you will need some big anchor bolts to secure that cabinet! :lol:
by TimberSurf
Tue Aug 07, 2018 5:19 pm
Forum: Scratch and Kit building
Topic: Painting "shiny connecting rods/valve gear.
Replies: 9
Views: 182

Re: Painting "shiny connecting rods/valve gear.

I would give them a light coat of matt black wash (very watered down paint), if black (dirty) sounds to oppressive, then just paint with matt varnish to dull them down.
by TimberSurf
Sat Aug 04, 2018 10:50 pm
Forum: Personal Layouts - Under Construction
Topic: Lumsdonia
Replies: 272
Views: 17992

Re: Lumsdonia

I learned the colour code in the grammar school electronics club!
Don't try to hoodwink me Dad-1! I was just reading back in your workbench thread about you fitting decoders and making welding light circuits! Accidentally (and very weirdly) by searching for "Dapol EK Lowmac" pictures? :lol:
by TimberSurf
Sat Aug 04, 2018 9:58 pm
Forum: Personal Layouts - Under Construction
Topic: Lumsdonia
Replies: 272
Views: 17992

Re: Lumsdonia

I bit the bullet and tried my hand at airbrushing, not as I have done before as a general covering, but tried to actually aim at just the window bars :cry: In a nutshell, it didn't work! Airbrushing with that degree of accuracy is beyond me! So I caved in and just sprayed the whole window area. That...
by TimberSurf
Sat Aug 04, 2018 9:42 pm
Forum: Welcome / Terms And Conditions / Guest Book
Topic: Hornby replacement wheels
Replies: 20
Views: 241

Re: Hornby replacement wheels

Houston, we have a problem. I have about 10 packs of Hornby wheels and (let me check my database), 928 wagons plus tens of carriages to rewheel.
So £5,000 :o
Sounds like I need to buy my own CNC lathe! It will be cheaper and I can have any diameter! :lol:
by TimberSurf
Fri Aug 03, 2018 5:18 pm
Forum: Welcome / Terms And Conditions / Guest Book
Topic: Hornby replacement wheels
Replies: 20
Views: 241

Re: Hornby replacement wheels

It is a common problem (almost a theme on here) that the Back to Back (B2B) is incorrect. Not only existing owned stock but also fresh out of the factory! It would be prudent to check ALL your inventory with a B2B gauge or vernier caliper and adjust to standard. Most are a simple friction fit and ca...
by TimberSurf
Fri Aug 03, 2018 5:01 pm
Forum: Welcome / Terms And Conditions / Guest Book
Topic: New member 'kent'. Thank you for letting me join.
Replies: 5
Views: 73

Re: New member 'kent'. Thank you for letting me join.

A warm welcome to you.
If you need help just ask, if you have a layout please share! (we like piccies) :D
by TimberSurf
Thu Aug 02, 2018 11:07 pm
Forum: Baseboard Design and Construction
Topic: Best solution for folding legs?
Replies: 3
Views: 187

Re: Best solution for folding legs?

There are effectively 3 methods. 1. Sockets that individual legs or braced pairs go into - probably not the best as it puts huge strain on the socket and you have to support the layout while you insert them 2. Hinged - either use metal hinges or a large bolt through the side of the layout frame, as ...
by TimberSurf
Thu Aug 02, 2018 10:50 pm
Forum: Items Wanted
Topic: Locos
Replies: 3
Views: 79

Re: Locos

Read this thread. They are limited, but unless you want complete control, automatic sounds, etc, etc, they do all the basics.
by TimberSurf
Thu Aug 02, 2018 5:59 pm
Forum: Items Wanted
Topic: Locos
Replies: 3
Views: 79

Re: Locos

You can sometimes buy new Hornby TTS new cheaper than you can by second hand ( I have 3, all sub £100)
Keep your eye out for a bargain from Rails or Hattons
You can pre-order Tornado for £80!

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