All good stuff. As you say even if you do a few small bits here and there it all inches forward and rewarding the next day to see the improvements. I have now spent about 4 months building kits, accruing SMP track, point kits, motors etc etc so am now comfortable that the trackplanning and dry-laying can start. So tomorrow is D-Day (T-Day?) and will be laying out the entire track. It will be a consoryium of ideas/ information garenered over many months, not least including visits to Bluebell and East Kent & Sussex Railway when I was there 2 weeks ago.
So thanks for the inspiration - it wont be any Pendon but it'll be rewarding doing it.
Call me old fashioned ("you're old fashioned...") but would give anything with a name like that a wide berth. I empathise, would be well cheesed off. Would actually take it back to the shop and get refund exchange (take the plasticard as well) - idiot salesperson. I have used standard plastic glue (eg Revell Contacta) for plastic parts onto card (Superquick buildings)
You have all my sympathy but give it another go - mistakes are made - this wasnt yours actually - and just stick it in the "dont trust shop advice" experience box - keeps me mostly out of trouble.
Beautiful piece of construction and finish Alan but how are you going to make all the wiring connections in situ, and any retro-connections/fault finding. Maybe could hinge the panel along the bottom using piano hinge so it tilts towards you?
A cunning plan well thought through. I am well impressed with yr LH points setting panel - will be using that as a guide for mine as I prefer that system rather than DCC route setting and the expense, though the operation is DCC/Sound. I bought a micro panel from DCC Concepts at a show last year and several dpdt switches so have some of the ingredients...
Long time - no contact thanks for the repiles..Anyway Paul I thought you were going DCC?
I am Alan but will be using std point switching (switches or studs) for the points. I am also getting into retro-fitting Hornby RR and ViTrains DCC Ready chassis into my mint Lima Class 37's and 40s and upgrading with sound using Zimo decoders and mega bass / reflex speakers...
Alan - if only I could get to that stage I would be very happy! However, I have now made an executive decision and purchased 2x EF Peco double-slips - a massive investment but alloows me to replace the clunky old GF ones I bought at a fair years ago before I learnt what I was doing and they will also match my fine SMP track. I will doing some work on the track in 10 days time and am on a mission to get the track wired and something running as you can only watch so many DVDs plus the latest free DVD with MR didnt help either.
I will be using copper tape as a bus then feed at 1m intervals to the track. The upside of this ongoing deliberation is I have now planned in a modern loco terminal to house the Bachmann single road shed and the twin road service depot, plus the refuelling and washplant items I will get before Xmas. Need somewhere to house my significantly expanding stable of DCC Sound modern traction....which will all get 'planted' over Xmas.
OK - will do. I will start one in January. I was sterring clear of those Bmann items, regarding them as a cop out against my masochistic tendencies but have realigned my 'logic' such as it is that it can be used for my modern image locos and the kits I jave built will be assigned to my steam era locos.
I am trying to offset the cost of these buildings with the scalescenes downloades of containers so my conscience is somewhat appeased...
Looks great - even reminds me of the country stations along the Leeds to Ilkley line we took on the DMUs as kids in the summer. As others have said - just getting the card on the mat and making a few score lines is a start - will be enhancing my Metcalfe kits with this technique as it looks great and they were realling starting to bug me with their flat appearance. Great stuff - thanks again.
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