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Author Topic: Oxcott [Thames valley 1989/Network SouthEast]  (Read 5920 times)

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Re: Oxcott [Thames valley 1989/Network SouthEast]
« Reply #45 on: May 03, 2019, 05:24:19 AM »
very impressed with the intended layout and shed. an inspiration.

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Re: Oxcott [Thames valley 1989/Network SouthEast]
« Reply #46 on: May 03, 2019, 06:30:29 AM »
Wot he said.  :thumbsup:
Vision over visibility. Bono, U2.

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Re: Oxcott [Thames valley 1989/Network SouthEast]
« Reply #47 on: May 03, 2019, 09:53:42 AM »
Excellent work on the 101, James!

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Re: Oxcott [Thames valley 1989/Network SouthEast]
« Reply #48 on: May 03, 2019, 09:58:51 AM »
Those destination blinds particularly look great, well done.

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Re: Oxcott [Thames valley 1989/Network SouthEast]
« Reply #49 on: May 03, 2019, 01:09:47 PM »
Thank you all for your replies and kind words.

Crewearpley40 - I am aware that some people use T-Cut and cocktail sticks for removing printed on detail, but I find that I get good results with Brasso and mini cotton buds - is there a reason to think that the T-cut method is better, or is this just an alternative idea?

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Re: Oxcott [Thames valley 1989/Network SouthEast]
« Reply #50 on: May 03, 2019, 01:33:39 PM »
either method works well, if you have your preference james go
with that. the brasso works as well.the dmu looks fine and thank you for corresponding with photos. brings back memories

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Re: Oxcott [Thames valley 1989/Network SouthEast]
« Reply #51 on: May 04, 2019, 07:06:56 PM »
Encorkment progress:

Shed progress by James Petts, on Flickr

The plan with the cork is to cover the whole baseboard with 1mm cork, and then, under the main running lines in the scenic area (intended to be code 40, rather than the code 55 of the fiddle yards), add an additional layer of 1.5mm thick cork, transitioning to the base cork layer for the yards and sidings, perhaps via a short itermediate section of double 1mm cork.

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Re: Oxcott [Thames valley 1989/Network SouthEast]
« Reply #52 on: May 05, 2019, 01:02:25 AM »
The base layer of cork is now complete:

Cork complete by James Petts, on Flickr

Edit: Testing cork levels, it seems that 1mm of extra cork height is enough to compensate smoothly for the height difference between Peco Code 55 track and British Finescale fiNetrax code 40 track:

Code 40 (right) vs code 55 (left), the code 40 track packed with an extra 1mm of cork. by James Petts, on Flickr

Code 40 (right) vs code 55 (left), the code 40 track packed with an extra 1mm of cork. by James Petts, on Flickr

The carriage runs over this joint very smoothly. I have yet to test with the 1.5mm cork, but I suspect that this will be too thick. I may well end up not using my 1.5mm cork, although will have to test this.
« Last Edit: May 05, 2019, 01:14:43 AM by jamespetts »

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Re: Oxcott [Thames valley 1989/Network SouthEast]
« Reply #53 on: May 05, 2019, 05:02:07 AM »
looks corkingly,meant  very professional , looks good

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Re: Oxcott [Thames valley 1989/Network SouthEast]
« Reply #54 on: May 05, 2019, 06:35:09 PM »
Taking a break from cork and fiddle yard track, I have spent most of the day assembling a British Finescale fiNetrax B8 turnout kit. The result is as follows:

British Finescale fiNetrax N gauge B8 turnout by James Petts, on Flickr

Testing with a Graham Farish mk. 1 carriage, this appears to work correctly, at last from a mechanical perspective. I have not yet dealt with any electrics: I will have to give that further consideration shortly.

This was my first attempt at building track from kit and I am quite pleased with how easy that it was to produce a working turnout. This does make me happy that the idea of using British Finescale track for the scenic section of my layout appears to be a sensible option.

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Re: Oxcott [Thames valley 1989/Network SouthEast]
« Reply #55 on: May 05, 2019, 06:47:05 PM »
Seriously looking good james. Sure somebody could help with wiring and electrics. Hope your pleased with your work

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Re: Oxcott [Thames valley 1989/Network SouthEast]
« Reply #56 on: May 15, 2019, 01:05:46 AM »
Some more progress with laying track:

Track laying progress by James Petts, on Flickr

Track laying progress by James Petts, on Flickr

I have now laid out all the turnouts in assemblages for the fiddle yards, but for some unfathomable reason, I have four right hand medium radius turnouts left over and am short one left hand medium radius turnout.

I have also tested the clearances for the DMU roads at the back, and they will take a 3 car DMU without fouling adjacent tracks.

The next step is to cut more plain track to length and add it to the assemblages. The idea at this stage is to lay it all loosely rather than pin it down just to make sure that the geometry works; since most of the geometry in the fiddle yards is governed by large assemblages of back to back turnouts and the length of sidings in between, this seems to be a better way of proceeding than using a template to get the exact curvature of track as one might in the scenic section.
« Last Edit: May 16, 2019, 12:18:05 AM by jamespetts, Reason: Accidentally posted the same picture twice »

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Re: Oxcott [Thames valley 1989/Network SouthEast]
« Reply #57 on: May 15, 2019, 03:16:19 AM »
James. Seriously taking shape. I would take time, keep away from baseboard edges, ensure points can move freely. And it will all line up.  i regularly check to ensure wiring, accessibility, signalling and above all . . . Good luck

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Re: Oxcott [Thames valley 1989/Network SouthEast]
« Reply #58 on: May 15, 2019, 10:07:56 AM »
Good progress, James. I envy you that length but not the cost of the track!

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Re: Oxcott [Thames valley 1989/Network SouthEast]
« Reply #59 on: May 15, 2019, 10:41:48 AM »
Nor the time to build all of that code 40 track!

Good job on the Finetrax turnout, surely you need to have a go at handbuilding on copper-clad now, so you can have some more 'custom' formations!?

 

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