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by minipix
Fri Nov 16, 2018 12:50 pm
Forum: General Model Railway Discussion / News
Topic: Shortest coaches?
Replies: 35
Views: 1006

Re: Shortest coaches?

Now that's a bookmarkworthy list! Thanks so much for doing that research and sharing it, I'm sure it'll be valuable to those of us forced into using radius 1 curves.
by minipix
Thu Nov 15, 2018 12:48 pm
Forum: Personal Layouts - Under Construction
Topic: Tinwald is back!
Replies: 37
Views: 1252

Re: Tinwald is back!

Very nice. Is that expanded polystyrene I see masquerading as a wall? Nice cheap way of getting some brick texture in there! I might have to give that a try myself.
by minipix
Tue Nov 13, 2018 12:45 pm
Forum: Hornby - including Lima, Rivarossi, Jouef, Electrotren
Topic: The Triang and Hornby 0-4-0 Loco Thread.
Replies: 102
Views: 3400

Re: The Triang and Hornby 0-4-0 Loco Thread.

Here's my contribution, a Smokey Joe slightly modified to make it look less like a toy. Looks right at home next to my J94 and the Terrier! Connecting rods are a little shiny though in comparison...
by minipix
Mon Nov 12, 2018 12:36 pm
Forum: Model Railway Photography
Topic: Tinwald Stock
Replies: 16
Views: 693

Re: Tinwald Stock

That's some hefty vignetting there. Nice and atmospheric, though it does make it harder for us to see the details - it's all a bit dark! Personal preference I guess.

Nice to see a Q1 in the collection. I know some people think they're ugly, but I've taken quite a shine to them myself.
by minipix
Fri Nov 09, 2018 12:52 pm
Forum: Personal Layouts - Under Construction
Topic: Frontington & Backwoods Railway
Replies: 63
Views: 2575

Re: Frontington & Backwoods Railway

A little more tinkering last night. Some of my LEDs have now been yellowed by putting a bit of yellow drinking straw over them! Enough of the light gets through, but now it's more yellow, and it's easily reversible in case I need to replace the LED one day. The LEDs themselves aren't visible, so nei...
by minipix
Thu Nov 08, 2018 1:10 pm
Forum: General Model Railway Discussion / News
Topic: Shortest coaches?
Replies: 35
Views: 1006

Re: Shortest coaches?

I was looking on eBay recently for a similar thing. Hornby apparently do some clerestory composite coaches that look shorter than 'normal'. Below is a photo (not mine). screenshot-www.ebay.co.uk-2018.11.08-13-08-21.png Beyond that, you could keep your eye out for some 6-wheeled coaches - not sure if...
by minipix
Wed Nov 07, 2018 8:12 am
Forum: Personal Layouts - Under Construction
Topic: Frontington & Backwoods Railway
Replies: 63
Views: 2575

Re: Frontington & Backwoods Railway

The last couple of days I've been focusing on lighting. Among last year's Christmas presents were a packet of LED streetlights and a packet of tiny LEDs pre-wired with resistors. After doing some research and brushing up on my electronics knowledge (dredging up what I learned at GCSE!), I finally se...
by minipix
Tue Nov 06, 2018 1:09 pm
Forum: Track/Layout Design
Topic: Shunting layout track plan: crazy ideas ?
Replies: 14
Views: 690

Re: Shunting layout track plan: crazy ideas ?

If you're dead set on DC (and there's no shame in that, it's what I'm using too), cab control is going to be your friend. You can wire all your negative rails together on a common return, which simplifies matters as you then only have one set of complexity to worry about. The layout would need to be...
by minipix
Thu Nov 01, 2018 6:39 pm
Forum: The Workbench
Topic: Adding interior to Hornby 4 wheel coaches
Replies: 5
Views: 291

Re: Adding interior to Hornby 4 wheel coaches

Thanks End2End, I hadn't seen that thread, some good inspiration there! I'm on DC rather than DCC, so that lighting solution isn't an option for me, but I'm glad to see that it's possible to squeeze all that electronic gubbins into them! My battery operated lighting might be a way off yet, but I'll ...
by minipix
Thu Nov 01, 2018 1:15 pm
Forum: Personal Layouts - Under Construction
Topic: Frontington & Backwoods Railway
Replies: 63
Views: 2575

Re: Frontington & Backwoods Railway

I got this kit for some picnic benches last Christmas, and yesterday I finally got round to putting them together. It's a laser cut card kit, which I glued together with a dab of PVA and some steady hands. They'll go nicely next to my playground! Just need some people to sit on them now...
by minipix
Thu Nov 01, 2018 1:11 pm
Forum: The Workbench
Topic: Adding interior to Hornby 4 wheel coaches
Replies: 5
Views: 291

Adding interior to Hornby 4 wheel coaches

I recently saw a video by Budget Model Railways on refurbishing Hornby 4-wheel coaches. I wasn't completely convinced on the painting quality, but what I did notice was just how easy it was to get inside - just push the windows in and the windows and roof (which are in fact one single part) will jus...
by minipix
Wed Oct 31, 2018 9:29 am
Forum: Personal Layouts - Under Construction
Topic: Frontington & Backwoods Railway
Replies: 63
Views: 2575

Re: Frontington & Backwoods Railway

So I've been doing some research on model railway photography. There are a few blogs out there that have been helpful; here's one I've just read: https://nevardmedia.blogspot.com/2011/10/model-railway-photography.html. In the war between phones and dedicated cameras, remember: you can take a rubbish...
by minipix
Mon Oct 29, 2018 9:07 am
Forum: Scratch and Kit building
Topic: Wordsworth Card Kits - FREE downloads
Replies: 1166
Views: 222649

Re: Wordsworth Card Kits - FREE downloads

Beautiful. I'm not completely sold on some of the earlier card models on that site (brickwork looks a bit odd to my eyes), but that garage looks lovely, as does the portacabin. I love the locks on the garage doors, nice detail!
by minipix
Mon Oct 29, 2018 8:50 am
Forum: Personal Layouts - Under Construction
Topic: Frontington & Backwoods Railway
Replies: 63
Views: 2575

Re: Frontington & Backwoods Railway

This weekend I turned my attention to the bridge I unearthed before. Because of the layout of the station area it needed to be at one end, but also needed to avoid the existing scenic features and actually make sense. The best position turned out to be with the steps on the platform side being most ...
by minipix
Fri Oct 26, 2018 9:09 am
Forum: Personal Layouts - Under Construction
Topic: St. Blazey's - My first layout - Stage 3 Building
Replies: 741
Views: 52255

Re: St. Blazey's - My first layout - Stage 3 Building

I like the way you've layered up the colours there. I far too often rush to get it all done in one go, rather than building it up like that. Your example just shows how good something can look with a bit of patience! Nicely done.

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