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by gppsoftware
Tue Jul 07, 2020 12:20 pm
Forum: Scenery
Topic: Hills & Tunnel positioning advice
Replies: 9
Views: 321

Re: Hills & Tunnel positioning advice

Thanks Chops, much appreciated. Placing a tunnel over turnouts is OK, so long as access is possible. If you look closely at the first picture on my page, at the top left edge, you'll see that the scenic area ends with the board joint. The tunnel is built up against a scenic separator, but is accessi...
by gppsoftware
Wed Jun 24, 2020 11:43 am
Forum: Scenery
Topic: Hills & Tunnel positioning advice
Replies: 9
Views: 321

Re: Hills & Tunnel positioning advice

Personally, when building a model railway, I always design the scenery terrain first and then design the railway through it. Kinda like what happens in real life. Things usually end up looking much more realistic when done this way, for example: http://www.mrol.com.au/Pages/Vu/AshpringtonRoad
by gppsoftware
Wed Jun 24, 2020 11:40 am
Forum: Scenery
Topic: Scratchbuilding of assorted structures
Replies: 247
Views: 105754

Re: Scratchbuilding of assorted structures

One essential tool which I don't think has been mentioned is a scale elevation plan of the item being modelled. This is probably easier to achieve with real buildings as plans are available. For example, I used the plans of Tetbury goods shed in Paul Karau's book to build a scale model of the buildi...
by gppsoftware
Tue Jun 02, 2020 2:48 am
Forum: New discoveries???
Topic: Gaugemaster Unity Layout Control System
Replies: 4
Views: 1267

Re: Gaugemaster Unity Layout Control System

Seems to me that they are still flogging the DC horse to get a bit more 'mileage' out of it. If you are going to spend that kind of money on a setup, why would you stop half-way with all the limitations of a DC offering ? Why wouldn't you go the full distance and do it with DCC and get all the benef...
by gppsoftware
Wed May 27, 2020 10:23 am
Forum: The Workbench
Topic: Ken's workbench Triang Hornby Mk1s
Replies: 17
Views: 3116

Re: Ken's workbench Triang Hornby Mk1s

Tony, I guess the ultimate conversion I have done is what started life as this: https://www.hornby.com/media/tinymce_upload/c6ff15a71cb60d8c3f3424537d7e6ac1.jpg and now exists as this: http://www.mrol.com.au/Pages/Vu/HymekOverhaul Heaps of other modification/conversion/build articles here: http://ww...
by gppsoftware
Wed May 27, 2020 9:10 am
Forum: The Workbench
Topic: Ken's workbench Triang Hornby Mk1s
Replies: 17
Views: 3116

Re: Ken's workbench Triang Hornby Mk1s

I have added an article here which shows how I have enhanced Triang MK1 coaches: http://www.mrol.com.au/Pages/Vu/RestoringTriangMark1Coaches
by gppsoftware
Wed May 27, 2020 12:55 am
Forum: The Workbench
Topic: Ken's workbench Triang Hornby Mk1s
Replies: 17
Views: 3116

Re: Ken's workbench Triang Hornby Mk1s

The old Triang MKI's actually stand up quite well if suitably finished. I did a 'cut n shut' on two BSKs to create a BG. It came out pretty well once fitted with Replica B4 bogies. This was in the days before the first 'correct length' BG from Replica. One thing which really does improve the Triang ...
by gppsoftware
Wed May 20, 2020 11:51 pm
Forum: Scratch and Kit building
Topic: Paint for platforms
Replies: 8
Views: 624

Re: Paint for platforms

Wet and dry is like sand paper but it is very fine and is usually used for metal surfaces such as rubbing down car bodywork. Sandpaper is usually used on wood/plaster surfaces. If you rub wet and dry with another sheet of wet and dry, it creates a dust (take care) which if continually worked, you ca...
by gppsoftware
Wed May 20, 2020 3:27 am
Forum: Scratch and Kit building
Topic: Paint for platforms
Replies: 8
Views: 624

Re: Paint for platforms

Rob,

Does that work effectively ?

I would have thought that centripetal force would cause the paint to settle round the inside edges of the jar, rather than mix up what is in them ?

Wouldn't you need some 'shaking' motion as well, like you see in paint stores with their mixing machines ?
by gppsoftware
Tue May 19, 2020 11:42 pm
Forum: Scratch and Kit building
Topic: Paint for platforms
Replies: 8
Views: 624

Re: Paint for platforms

Here's a tool I made for mixing paint: http://www.mrol.com.au/Pages/Vu/PaintMixingTool I have found it to be very effective, especially with matt paints. Having said that, I now use Tamiya XF1 instead of Humbrol 33 as I can never get 33 to go matt - it may go on matt, but a few weeks later, goes glo...
by gppsoftware
Sat Apr 04, 2020 4:32 am
Forum: DCC Forum
Topic: Frog Juicers - Light Loco Problem
Replies: 30
Views: 1033

Re: Frog Juicers - Light Loco Problem

Geoff, One of the giveaways earlier in this thread is that you mention a clicking relay being heard. The idea of introducing a physical make/break interruption to a digital circuit with all the interference that such an action would cause horrifies me! No wonder you've got a problem! I am really sur...
by gppsoftware
Thu Apr 02, 2020 11:55 pm
Forum: DCC Forum
Topic: Frog Juicers - Light Loco Problem
Replies: 30
Views: 1033

Re: Frog Juicers - Light Loco Problem

Yes, unfortunately, these 'frog juicer' devices are one of those things, like terminators, designed to part the unwary from their money! With the exception of turntables, return loops and perhaps, triangle junctions, juicers are really not necessary. The OP mentioned that two turnouts were involved....
by gppsoftware
Thu Apr 02, 2020 1:29 am
Forum: Personal Layouts - Planning
Topic: Intending to try 'EM'
Replies: 31
Views: 1853

Re: Intending to try 'EM'

Some good points (no pun intended) being made here. The problem with the Peco EM turnouts is that the choices have been made on the basis of the compromises of space that modellers make, rather than involving people with practical permanent way engineering experience to get something that is actuall...
by gppsoftware
Thu Apr 02, 2020 1:04 am
Forum: General Model Railway Discussion / News
Topic: What do these terms mean in relation to coaches?
Replies: 10
Views: 470

Re: What do these terms mean in relation to coaches?

You will see the term "Gangwayed within Set" or "Gangwayed Throughout" referring to DMUs or EMUs, the first meaning there is a corridoor connection within the set but a full cab at the end (e.g. class 170), or the second one meaning there is a small side cab and a corridor conne...
by gppsoftware
Thu Apr 02, 2020 12:55 am
Forum: General Model Railway Discussion / News
Topic: Background Sound effects
Replies: 8
Views: 417

Re: Background Sound effects

Sound is a bit of a Marmite feature, personally I don't go for it (a) I don't have DCC and can't afford to convert also (b) I found that within the constraints of an average sized layout it doesn't scale, a loco six feet away sounds about as loud as one in front of you and when you get a few engine...

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