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by minipix
Sun May 05, 2019 10:44 pm
Forum: Personal Layouts - Under Construction
Topic: Frontington & Backwoods Railway
Replies: 63
Views: 2554

Re: Frontington & Backwoods Railway

Here are a couple more photos of the signals in situ. First, here is my J94 waiting at Frontington Station. You can see the newly installed starting signal at stop (these are moveable by hand). IMG_20190504_203606394.jpg And here's a view towards the other end of Frontington Station, as the J94 pass...
by minipix
Sun May 05, 2019 10:37 pm
Forum: Personal Layouts - Under Construction
Topic: Frontington & Backwoods Railway
Replies: 63
Views: 2554

Re: Frontington & Backwoods Railway

I've been pondering signals just recently. As you can read in my other post (https://www.newrailwaymodellers.co.uk/Forums/viewtopic.php?f=6&t=54243), I found the Hornby signals just too big, so I made my own using card, staples, a hole punch, felt tip pens and wooden kebab skewers. They make qui...
by minipix
Sat May 04, 2019 9:23 am
Forum: Scratch and Kit building
Topic: Easy signals in OO scale
Replies: 3
Views: 166

Re: Easy signals in OO scale

My first attempt at fixing the signal to the post wasn't entirely successful, but it was a useful learning curve. I tried using a hot glue gun, which was messy and unsightly. Don't do that. My second attempt was much more acceptable. I started by cutting an everyday staple in half, resulting in an L...
by minipix
Sat May 04, 2019 9:21 am
Forum: Scratch and Kit building
Topic: Easy signals in OO scale
Replies: 3
Views: 166

Easy signals in OO scale

Signals have been bothering me. I have a couple of old Hornby signals, a tall one and a short one, but both seem massively over-scale. Now, I know some signals were jolly tall, depending on where they were positioned, how far away the driver needed to see them, and in some cases what scenery was beh...
by minipix
Tue Apr 30, 2019 12:51 pm
Forum: Personal Layouts - Under Construction
Topic: Frontington & Backwoods Railway
Replies: 63
Views: 2554

Re: Frontington & Backwoods Railway

A couple more photos of some gardening. Bushes in various colours and textures add some nice variation, although of course none of the plants are recognisable as anything 'real'. The raised flowerbed worked out quite nicely too. It was originally designed as a wall, cut out of some polystyrene, abou...
by minipix
Tue Apr 23, 2019 12:57 pm
Forum: Personal Layouts - Under Construction
Topic: Frontington & Backwoods Railway
Replies: 63
Views: 2554

Re: Frontington & Backwoods Railway

Some more progress happened over the Easter break. Pretty much all the static grass is now done, including all the little garden areas (not all the gardens will have lawns). I'm particularly pleased with how the area of scrubland between the road and the garden has turned out - I used a 4mm summer m...
by minipix
Thu Apr 11, 2019 12:29 pm
Forum: General Model Railway Discussion / News
Topic: what do you hope to achieve from your model railway?
Replies: 35
Views: 834

Re: what do you hope to achieve from your model railway?

I guess the distinction is between "model railways" and "train sets". From that video, it seems that Hornby are pitching "train sets" at folks who just want a simple bit of fun. And there's nothing wrong with those sorts of people, and it's great that Hornby are providi...
by minipix
Tue Apr 09, 2019 12:54 pm
Forum: Personal Layouts - Under Construction
Topic: Frontington & Backwoods Railway
Replies: 63
Views: 2554

Re: Frontington & Backwoods Railway

I've been doing some more static grass the last couple of days. Having dome some, it makes the areas I'd previously done with scatter look awful! Not sure I've perfected the technique though, a lot of my grass this time round is laying flat rather than standing up straight, not sure what I did diffe...
by minipix
Tue Apr 09, 2019 12:40 pm
Forum: The Workbench
Topic: How to vacuum?
Replies: 8
Views: 271

How to vacuum?

I recently bought myself a little handheld vacuum cleaner for the garage, which has a removable canister you can empty. My aim was to use that to collect up the loose bits on my layout after doing ballasting/scatter/static grass, so that I can pop the excess back in the bag for later. I tried it las...
by minipix
Tue Apr 02, 2019 12:47 pm
Forum: Track/Layout Design
Topic: OO Shed Layout
Replies: 50
Views: 4554

Re: OO Shed Layout

Is it worth moving the crossover points closer to the station? I'm just thinking about the practicalities of the run-around. Also, I think it's more typical to avoid facing points, so the crossover points on the far left of your diagram would be reversed.
by minipix
Mon Mar 25, 2019 12:47 pm
Forum: The Workbench
Topic: Michaela’s workbench, building buildings
Replies: 89
Views: 4170

Re: Michaela’s workbench, building buildings

I love the flowers in the windows, great detail! I know you can get plastic guttering kits, but I've always wondered whether you could approximate the downpipes at least with paperclips. I'm nearly at the guttering point on my scratch built terraced houses too, so I'd be interested to know what you ...
by minipix
Thu Mar 21, 2019 1:13 pm
Forum: Personal Layouts - Under Construction
Topic: Frontington & Backwoods Railway
Replies: 63
Views: 2554

Re: Frontington & Backwoods Railway

I've finally succumbed to the temptation of static grass! I bought myself one of those cheap fly-swatter versions and a couple of bags of grass. It's nowhere near as nice as what 'professional' static grass applicators can do, but for someone on a budget this actually works really nicely. I've done ...
by minipix
Thu Mar 14, 2019 12:48 pm
Forum: Scenery
Topic: 00 gauge semaphores, whats best?
Replies: 9
Views: 365

Re: 00 gauge semaphores, whats best?

Non-moving LEDs does sound much easier than semaphore signals. But doesn't it depend on the era you're modelling? Is there anywhere that tells us when colour light signals were introduced around the country? Michaela, is there a particular era you're modelling?
by minipix
Mon Mar 11, 2019 1:13 pm
Forum: Personal Layouts - Under Construction
Topic: Greater Loftchester
Replies: 73
Views: 3672

Re: Greater Loftchester *opinions please*

If you're avoiding pointwork there, here are some other scenic suggestions to make it look interesting: - A road bridge over the track - A level crossing with motorised gates (could you plumb that into RocRail perhaps?) - A tunnel through a cliffside (like the stretch between Dawlish and Teignmouth)...
by minipix
Mon Mar 11, 2019 12:51 pm
Forum: Personal Layouts - Under Construction
Topic: Decisions made
Replies: 76
Views: 2912

Re: Decisions made

Nice bit of wall, that. How's it made?

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