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by aleopardstail
Sun Jul 21, 2024 9:26 pm
Forum: Personal Layouts - Under Construction
Topic: Leopard Street, LNER 1930's
Replies: 80
Views: 2995

Re: Leopard Street, LNER 1930's

Another day, a bit more work http://www.aleopardstail.com/IMG_3144.JPG http://www.aleopardstail.com/IMG_3144.JPG more on the descending gradient scenic area, only two more lengths, however the rest that can be has also been soldered and the joiners over the board edges cut. trouble with gluing stuff...
by aleopardstail
Sun Jul 21, 2024 11:47 am
Forum: Personal Layouts - Under Construction
Topic: Leopard Street, LNER 1930's
Replies: 80
Views: 2995

Re: Leopard Street, LNER 1930's

Just been through the thread and nice work! I wish I could get my head around everything on your DCC but I find it somewhat overwhelming. The thing that got me was the incline. You said it was at 2%? Maybe it's photos but it looks so steep! Im not judging, just toying with the idea of planning an i...
by aleopardstail
Fri Jul 19, 2024 9:09 am
Forum: Personal Layouts - Under Construction
Topic: Steam Trains to Sovereign Street on a 1914/1919 theme
Replies: 592
Views: 92152

Re: Steam Trains to Sovereign Street on a 1914/1919 theme

Experimenting with cotton wool steam, haven't tried that for ages. I'm waiting for someone to complain that their water mist smoke unit makes the scenery soggy! do wonder if you run a few of them gizmos, firstly you will spend most of your running session trying to keep up with refilling them as th...
by aleopardstail
Thu Jul 18, 2024 3:51 pm
Forum: Track/Layout Design
Topic: New layout
Replies: 16
Views: 679

Re: New layout

third & forth are pretty decent something to consider, though it adds to the overall width (could be done with 3rd & 4th maybe) - have the station partly on the curve, as in curved platforms for part of the length, given the curves are usually not used for anything else it can save space. ot...
by aleopardstail
Wed Jul 17, 2024 10:04 pm
Forum: Personal Layouts - Under Construction
Topic: Leopard Street, LNER 1930's
Replies: 80
Views: 2995

Re: Leopard Street, LNER 1930's

productive evening tonight the rest of the XPS for the lower level has been added http://www.aleopardstail.com/IMG_3138.JPG http://www.aleopardstail.com/IMG_3138.JPG a simple arm screwed and bolted to allow marking out the curves, all seven of them, this will be left in place for a while (it rotates...
by aleopardstail
Tue Jul 16, 2024 1:26 pm
Forum: Personal Layouts - Under Construction
Topic: Leopard Street, LNER 1930's
Replies: 80
Views: 2995

Re: Leopard Street, LNER 1930's

more progress! http://www.aleopardstail.com/IMG_3134.JPG http://www.aleopardstail.com/IMG_3134.JPG storage yard completed at one end at least, also the programming siding - though none wired up naturally. the siding will take four coaches and a loco with a bit of space to spare (its not the full 4' ...
by aleopardstail
Mon Jul 15, 2024 2:23 pm
Forum: Personal Layouts - Under Construction
Topic: Leopard Street, LNER 1930's
Replies: 80
Views: 2995

Re: Leopard Street, LNER 1930's

"virtual progress" ordered some printed circuit boards http://www.aleopardstail.com/board%20controller%20PCB.png http://www.aleopardstail.com/board%20controller%20PCB.png this holds the ESP32 micro controller board (the two rows with green and red dots - red dots are unconnected pins), the...
by aleopardstail
Sun Jul 14, 2024 11:01 pm
Forum: Personal Layouts - Under Construction
Topic: Leopard Street, LNER 1930's
Replies: 80
Views: 2995

Re: Leopard Street, LNER 1930's

I like the depth of your side timbers, too many people make the top surface extra thick in an attempt to make it stiffer. A thin sheet fastened at right angle to the edge of another thin sheet is amazingly rigid. Some good carpentry going on there. it would make a carpenter cry looked at up close. ...
by aleopardstail
Sun Jul 14, 2024 3:33 pm
Forum: Personal Layouts - Under Construction
Topic: Leopard Street, LNER 1930's
Replies: 80
Views: 2995

Re: Leopard Street, LNER 1930's

more proper progress, firstly the power box, while not yet screwed to the wall is in place and functional http://www.aleopardstail.com/IMG_3132.JPG http://www.aleopardstail.com/IMG_3132.JPG interesting effect with the camera speed and the way the LED segments are strobed there, does work though show...
by aleopardstail
Sat Jul 13, 2024 8:38 pm
Forum: Personal Layouts - Under Construction
Topic: Seaton Junction
Replies: 136
Views: 34299

Re: Seaton Junction

Excellent photos. I agree with you, its a ghost of its former glorious self. and like so many areas around the network today, the trees and bushes have been allowed to grow up so they obscure so much of the view. like so many other lines around the UK that were closed by Beeching, they would have p...
by aleopardstail
Sat Jul 13, 2024 8:20 pm
Forum: Personal Layouts - Under Construction
Topic: Leopard Street, LNER 1930's
Replies: 80
Views: 2995

Re: Leopard Street, LNER 1930's

Bit more on the track this afternoon before dinner First up the final point on board "H", wasn't going to do this one, neither of the tracks it leads to will be laid for a while, however this means all three on this board are done and when they are powered up it means I don't have to flip ...
by aleopardstail
Sat Jul 13, 2024 4:25 pm
Forum: General Model Railway Discussion / News
Topic: cutting track.. razor saw
Replies: 10
Views: 367

Re: cutting track.. razor saw

Miss out the sleepers across the actual join, i.e. lay the last full one either side but not the one you're going to saw through at an angle. Cut with the razor saw and then fill the part sleepers in later (cut with a hacksaw or similar on the bench). Hone made wooden block is invaluable, just rub ...
by aleopardstail
Fri Jul 12, 2024 10:10 pm
Forum: Personal Layouts - Under Construction
Topic: Birmingham New Street and Brettell Road in P4
Replies: 1663
Views: 393116

Re: Birmingham New Street and Brettell Road in P4

yup, its a lifeguard as they were described on the Class 22x units I worked on works with the obstacle deflector on modern stuff but the lifeguard is to try and get stuff from going between wheel and rail makes perfect sense on the rear of a tender if the thing could be required to run light engine ...
by aleopardstail
Thu Jul 11, 2024 1:46 pm
Forum: General Model Railway Discussion / News
Topic: cutting track.. razor saw
Replies: 10
Views: 367

Re: cutting track.. razor saw

I agree with Bufferstop on a cheap i.e. free, cutting guide, made from from an offcut with two grooves cut to match the rails. I've been using the same block of wood since I can't remember! But then for the cut itself, I favour an Xacto razor saw - Dremels are great but I do like the slow control t...
by aleopardstail
Thu Jul 11, 2024 10:36 am
Forum: General Model Railway Discussion / News
Topic: cutting track.. razor saw
Replies: 10
Views: 367

Re: cutting track.. razor saw

That doesn't sound like a "slitting disc" the ones I use came from Expo, they are very thin and will cut paper without putting them in the drill What you describe sounds like a thin grinding disk. The other bit you need is a rail clamp, a roller gauge will do but is difficult to hold, a b...