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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: 34
Views: 666

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: 54
Views: 2119

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: 215

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: 4466

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: 87
Views: 3888

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: 54
Views: 2119

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: 338

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: 72
Views: 3399

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: 50
Views: 1799

Re: Decisions made

Nice bit of wall, that. How's it made?
by minipix
Tue Mar 05, 2019 12:46 pm
Forum: Personal Layouts - Under Construction
Topic: Greater Loftchester
Replies: 72
Views: 3399

Re: Greater Loftchester *opinions please*

I guess as long as there is something interesting for the top trains to be 'doing', you shouldn't necessarily need points. For example, if you had a thru station on that short section of straight on the left hand side of the picture, at least your express trains could have somewhere to pass through ...
by minipix
Thu Feb 07, 2019 12:56 pm
Forum: Electronics
Topic: Wiring Layout
Replies: 7
Views: 322

Re: Wiring Layout

I've had a go at marking out where you'd need to add power, and where you'd need to isolate the track to create the different sections. Hope it helps!

Out of interest, does anyone know if this approach would be required for DCC as well?
by minipix
Wed Feb 06, 2019 1:10 pm
Forum: Electronics
Topic: Wiring Layout
Replies: 7
Views: 322

Re: Wiring Layout

Thanks, that really helps put it all into context. My initial concerns still stand though - this is a massively complicated layout to be running on DC. On DC, a great piece of advice I've heard is to remember that you're driving the rails, not the loco. Wherever your controller is connected to, you'...
by minipix
Mon Feb 04, 2019 12:40 pm
Forum: Electronics
Topic: Wiring Layout
Replies: 7
Views: 322

Re: Wiring Layout

It's a bit difficult to see with this 'split' diagram - any chance you can join them together so we can see an overview? In general, with DC, I would add power feeds before the points split. Unlike with DCC where everything needs power at all times, with DC you often end up using the points to contr...
by minipix
Sun Jan 13, 2019 10:26 pm
Forum: Personal Layouts - Under Construction
Topic: Frontington & Backwoods Railway
Replies: 54
Views: 2119

Re: Frontington & Backwoods Railway

Nice idea! I'll bear that in mind next time I'm printing little signs.
by minipix
Sun Jan 13, 2019 7:04 pm
Forum: Personal Layouts - Under Construction
Topic: Frontington & Backwoods Railway
Replies: 54
Views: 2119

Re: Frontington & Backwoods Railway

A little more model making from me, this time another Dapol house kit. I had already made one (in the background, with the green doors), and I got another kit for Christmas, so last night I put that together as well. One of the first challenges was getting the colours to match - it's been a while si...

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