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by Pete
Fri Sep 14, 2018 8:03 am
Forum: General Model Railway Discussion / News
Topic: Backscenes.
Replies: 32
Views: 1665

Re: Backscenes.

I can draw buildings, but it's the painting of them to make them 'fit' my scene that I struggle with, they always look artificial, a splurge of countryside is far easier :) With ref to Bufferstop's comments, I agree you can suffer from the perspective changing, though if you have a long scene carefu...
by Pete
Wed Sep 05, 2018 11:27 am
Forum: General Model Railway Discussion / News
Topic: Backscenes.
Replies: 32
Views: 1665

Re: Backscenes.

Peco now do some photo backscenes which are light years ahead of their old (1950s?) painted ones.


The cars and vans look very late 50s/60s, the one with concrete high rises has a Mini in it. They look like old biscuit tins (the backdrops not the cars).



Pete
by Pete
Wed Sep 05, 2018 8:00 am
Forum: New discoveries???
Topic: making your own corrugated panels
Replies: 34
Views: 2853

Re: making your own corrugated panels

You can pick up 2" rubber brayer rollers on ebay for a couple of quid. You can get them with plenty of clearance between the roller and frame, it would be far more robust than a decorating roll. Fibreglass rollers might do the trick without any modification if you could find the right rib confi...
by Pete
Tue Sep 04, 2018 8:32 pm
Forum: General Model Railway Discussion / News
Topic: Backscenes.
Replies: 32
Views: 1665

Re: Backscenes.

I painted one in the style of a 1950s railway poster, I blocked in the broad areas of colour based on photos from the actual scene. It worked quite nice, I used little tester pots of heritage paints to get the shades I needed. I've painted a few skys too, but never had much luck with buildings, but ...
by Pete
Wed Aug 29, 2018 6:50 pm
Forum: Scenery
Topic: Material
Replies: 10
Views: 735

Re: Material

I've always stuck polystyrene together with tile cement, you can buy big tubs quite cheaply and spread it thick. The no more nails stuff Rob refers to above is good too, but can be a tad expensive if you need a lot.

P.
by Pete
Tue Aug 28, 2018 6:55 pm
Forum: General Model Railway Discussion / News
Topic: Trainsets.
Replies: 11
Views: 545

Re: Trainsets.

I bought a Fleischmann Magic Train set a few years back, a little 0-4-0 loco, two coaches, an oval of Fleiscmann track and a controller that could power a small nation :)

I'm not sure I really thought of it as a change of scale, I just liked whole package.

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by Pete
Mon Aug 20, 2018 5:37 pm
Forum: General Model Railway Discussion / News
Topic: Creative Modelling.
Replies: 40
Views: 2035

Re: Creative Modelling.

You are losing sight of the purpose of a machine tool, it is to manufacture a component accurately, quickly and as cheaply as possible. Harking back to the old days of manually operated lathes etc is like harking back to steam locomotives, inefficient, labour intensive, often dangerous There's an e...
by Pete
Fri Aug 17, 2018 5:45 pm
Forum: General Model Railway Discussion / News
Topic: Transition curves
Replies: 5
Views: 367

Re: Transition curves

It's one thing that a computer draws far more easily, and as for plotting the offset starting from straight ...


You have me intrigued, what offset are you trying to plot? If you're determining transitions, is it not a matter of tangents?

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by Pete
Thu Aug 16, 2018 7:33 am
Forum: General Model Railway Discussion / News
Topic: Any new skills you have learned?
Replies: 30
Views: 1277

Re: Any new skills you have learned?

Went to have a look just for the fun of looking!. So far the smallest I've found is about the same as my Unimat.


Ahh you just looked in the wrong place...

http://www.lathes.co.uk/star/

;)

The difficulty with going small is you have to keep up the revs.

Pete
by Pete
Mon Aug 13, 2018 6:38 pm
Forum: General Model Railway Discussion / News
Topic: Any new skills you have learned?
Replies: 30
Views: 1277

Re: Any new skills you have learned?

It's a Holdridge 4D which will do anything up to 4"


That must be quite a chunky lathe. I've toyed with the idea of getting something small, but not sure how much use I'd get out of it, it's on the desirable list, not the need list.

Pete
by Pete
Mon Aug 13, 2018 7:33 am
Forum: General Model Railway Discussion / News
Topic: Any new skills you have learned?
Replies: 30
Views: 1277

Re: Any new skills you have learned?

how to use a ball turning attachment


What sort of attachment do you have for turning balls? Will it allow you to put a ball end on a rod?

Coventry die heads are pretty self explanatory once you give it a go, I'm assuming you're using morse tapers, just make sure it's well secured.

Pete
by Pete
Sun Aug 12, 2018 10:59 am
Forum: General Model Railway Discussion / News
Topic: Trying New Things.
Replies: 12
Views: 633

Re: Trying New Things.

Absolutely, research is always good advice, but you have to make the plunge too otherwise you'll never try things. We see often on here people admiring fine layouts (of which there are many) and saying I wish I could do that, where the truth is, you can, you just have a go, it's easy :) Of course if...
by Pete
Sun Aug 12, 2018 7:16 am
Forum: General Model Railway Discussion / News
Topic: Trying New Things.
Replies: 12
Views: 633

Re: Trying New Things.

Avoid all the causes of failure that others have discovered already, by some diligent investigation into the subject before commencing on a new thing. You can also waste your life researching and never doing, or avoiding doing because you perceive insurmountable barriers that others have met. I thi...
by Pete
Wed Aug 08, 2018 9:08 pm
Forum: Personal Layouts - Planning
Topic: super detail "train set" on a super budget?
Replies: 37
Views: 2392

Re: super detail "train set" on a super budget?

But a doubly wound worm


Not sure what you mean by doubly wound, do you mean the equivalent of an involute form to maintain contact, transmit greater loads and reduce backlash?

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by Pete
Sun Jul 29, 2018 9:36 pm
Forum: General Model Railway Discussion / News
Topic: Creative Modelling.
Replies: 40
Views: 2035

Re: Creative Modelling.

Steampunk can be very imaginative, the dressing up is a very niche sub-genre, mostly it's art and novels. You can't beat dirigibles and copper piping :) I don't know why people get hung up about what modelling is, it's about as Mountain says creativity and if you have it imagination, the latter bein...

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