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Forum: Kit Building 07-08-2018, 02:53 PM
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Posted By minipix
I have the Hornby one, still in one piece after...

I have the Hornby one, still in one piece after about 20 years, so it can't be that fragile! It is very plasticy though.
Forum: Scenery 06-08-2018, 12:52 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 242
Posted By minipix
I've had good success with normal PVA, but yes it...

I've had good success with normal PVA, but yes it does take time to dry. I normally (gently) clamp bits together, or rest something heavy (like books) on top, and leave them overnight. Not had any...
Forum: Scenery 02-08-2018, 01:17 PM
Replies: 36
Views: 585
Posted By minipix
By way of example, here is a Streetview link to a...

By way of example, here is a Streetview link to a road in a village called Evercreech (near where I live) that shows a range of stone walls. Some are smoothly dressed on top, some have jagged stones...
Forum: Scenery 02-08-2018, 12:57 PM
Replies: 36
Views: 585
Posted By minipix
Thanks for the feedback everyone. I take your...

Thanks for the feedback everyone. I take your point, they are far too wide and even for dry stone walls. To be honest, that wasn't the style I was going for - they're for the boundary of domestic...
Forum: Scenery 01-08-2018, 10:37 PM
Replies: 36
Views: 585
Posted By minipix
I'm pleased to report that the experiment went...

I'm pleased to report that the experiment went well. The pictures below show how it turned out.

First of all I cut the styrofoam board to the right shape, using a trusty steak knife. Then I...
Forum: Scenery 01-08-2018, 12:44 PM
Replies: 36
Views: 585
Posted By minipix
Thanks for the advice everyone. Sounds like DIY...

Thanks for the advice everyone. Sounds like DIY is the best way to get perfect results. I've got some polystyrene foam left over from my base board, which is around 1cm thick (probably ideal for a...
Forum: Scenery 30-07-2018, 04:33 PM
Replies: 36
Views: 585
Posted By minipix
Stone walls

Does anyone have any tips on creating stone walls in OO scale? Like the sort you'd get around a house in the countryside.

I've got some stone texture printed out on card and folder over for now,...
Forum: Track Layout & Design 30-07-2018, 12:38 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 138
Posted By minipix
Hmm that's odd. I'll try re-uploading the image. ...

Hmm that's odd. I'll try re-uploading the image.

Yes, this would have a big hole in the middle. All measurements are completely fictional, seeing as I don't have a suitable loft space at all.
Forum: Track Layout & Design 30-07-2018, 08:17 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 138
Posted By minipix
Imaginary loft layout

I don't have a loft suitable at the moment, but if I did, this is the sort of design I might consider. It's a double loop, with two big stations, and a branch line. There's also a quarry and a dock,...
Forum: Members layouts 22-07-2018, 07:28 PM
Replies: 33
Views: 2,177
Posted By minipix
It's taken me a while, but the ballasting is now...

It's taken me a while, but the ballasting is now complete! The warm weather recently has helped set the glue nice and quickly. I took care with the points, and they seem to have survived, which is a...
Forum: Baseboards 16-07-2018, 12:43 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 617
Posted By minipix
Forgive my ignorance, but if the layout is a...

Forgive my ignorance, but if the layout is a light railway / tramway, surely the locos will be going slowly enough that soundproofing wouldn't be needed anyway? It's not like you'll have express...
Forum: Scenery 09-07-2018, 08:09 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 263
Posted By minipix
Thanks everyone for those helpful tips! I've made...

Thanks everyone for those helpful tips! I've made a start already, and it's looking promising. I've glued the walls together and then painted them, and also painted some of the other fixtures...
Forum: Scenery 06-07-2018, 12:39 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 263
Posted By minipix
Dapol plastic house kit - paint first or glue first?

I've just bought a house. Not a real one, alas. It came in kit form, unpainted grey plastic.

My first instinct is to at least partially paint it first, while all the pieces are separate and easy...
Forum: Baseboards 03-07-2018, 12:51 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 287
Posted By minipix
That looks like a great layout! Loads of...

That looks like a great layout! Loads of playability there. What gauge are you modelling in?
Forum: OO Scale 24-06-2018, 07:49 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 286
Posted By minipix
So, given that real-life railways do not have...

So, given that real-life railways do not have uncouplers, do these signs actually exist on real railways?
Forum: Members layouts 20-06-2018, 12:44 PM
Replies: 33
Views: 2,177
Posted By minipix
Well, I've bitten the bullet and made my first...

Well, I've bitten the bullet and made my first attempt at some ballasting. I've read various posts and watched several videos, so hopefully I've remembered everyone's tips!

The first little patch...
Forum: Members layouts 05-06-2018, 01:00 PM
Replies: 33
Views: 2,177
Posted By minipix
I've just added some coal staithes to my layout,...

I've just added some coal staithes to my layout, one next to the main station and the other up the top. The idea is that a lorry would deliver the coal to the one at the top and then a loco would...
Forum: Members layouts 24-05-2018, 12:50 PM
Replies: 33
Views: 2,177
Posted By minipix
My most recent work on Frontington Station has...

My most recent work on Frontington Station has been around the engine shed. I've used some thick card carefully cut to shape and stuck down (the first pic shows me using various tools to weigh it...
Forum: OO Scale 22-05-2018, 08:03 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 367
Posted By minipix
Good news! I've cleaned everything up on the J72...

Good news! I've cleaned everything up on the J72 and it now runs much better. I cleaned out the connections on the split chassis and the axles to make sure they were nice and dry, and I also cleaned...
Forum: OO Scale 18-05-2018, 01:11 PM
Replies: 44
Views: 1,267
Posted By minipix
I'm totally in love with my Hornby J93. It's just...

I'm totally in love with my Hornby J93. It's just the right fit for my layout, what with its tight corners, and the short wheelbase 0-6-0 handles it just fine. It's silky smooth, even on my dodgy old...
Forum: OO Scale 09-05-2018, 10:52 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 367
Posted By minipix
Thanks for the advice folks. I'll try to give it...

Thanks for the advice folks. I'll try to give it a more thorough clean and see if that helps!
Forum: OO Scale 09-05-2018, 11:47 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 367
Posted By minipix
Bachmann J72 pickup

I recently bought myself a Bachmann J72 tank engine (on DC), and very nice it is too. However, I've noticed that it's quite jerky, as if it's not making a very good electrical connection. It's...
Forum: Scenery 07-05-2018, 10:06 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 683
Posted By minipix
I've heard of other people using sandpaper to...

I've heard of other people using sandpaper to make road surfaces, so there's definitely precedent for that. For pavements, there are paper sheets you can buy, or designs you can purchase online and...
Forum: Track Layout & Design 04-05-2018, 01:03 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 413
Posted By minipix
Am I right in thinking if you're using a common...

Am I right in thinking if you're using a common negative rail you don't need an ISJ on that side of the point? Or does that only apply to DC?
Forum: Baseboards 03-05-2018, 12:51 PM
Replies: 57
Views: 1,876
Posted By minipix
Yes, absolutely make sure you use the right...

Yes, absolutely make sure you use the right materials for what you want to achieve. Each has its own pros and cons. For me, wood wouldn't have allowed me to make my inlines and hills so easily in a...
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