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Estate Update - Page 3 - The GnATTERbox

Estate Update

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Re: Estate Update

Postby Bilco » Sun Jul 21, 2019 11:00 am

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Re: Estate Update

Postby Bilco » Tue Jul 23, 2019 11:15 am

We've had family staying with us for the last few days, so the layout got stowed away. However, I have managed to use odd moments to do a bit of styrene cutting-and-sticking ...

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A two-compartment open to match Steve Bennet's smaller version. I'm just waiting on a pair of Heywood bogies from Smallbrook Studios.

We are off to France for 10 days tomorrow, so this will have to wait until we get back ...
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Re: Estate Update

Postby Bilco » Tue Aug 13, 2019 6:09 pm

Right - back from my hols and only a few days to Pewsey ...

The 2-compartment open is finished and operational. The Smallbrook bogies were waiting for me when I got home, but they were a tight fit between the solebars of the coach - no room to pivot - so I cut one in half and made it a 4-wheeler ...

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The Chinese Preiser rip-off seated figures were also waiting for me, and have been repainted, with the odd arm and head repositioned, and the coaches will have a full load of passengers now ...

See you at Pewsey ...
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Re: Estate Update

Postby Bilco » Mon Sep 02, 2019 6:28 pm

I had an interesting day at Pewsey with Berger Hall 2019, aka Berger Hall Miniature Railway. An intermittant electrical fault rendered the two rear tracks unusable from time-to-time, and ETTIE, which performed flawlessly at Warley, jammed the left-hand cross-head and front wheel crank pin within 30 seconds of starting, so was relegated to the stock box.

However ... trains did run and people seemed to like the layout. At the beginning of this thread I called it a diorama/layout, and it seems to function best as the former. Operating at an exhibition quickly shows up any limitations, and MOMING '19 was no exception. I really had too many locos on at any time, even without ETTIE, and the curved tracks on the Rotaverser are too small a radius for LADY FRIDESWIDE and SIR MACINTOSH to run reliably - in fact the latter was very stuttery even on the straight, probably down to the iffy connection between loco and tender ...

Still, it did look nice ...

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There's always someone taking photos ...

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The latest addition was the tap and drains for the loco water supply ...

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Stackers' rich friend Sir Huntley Palmer with his two miniature locos. In the foreground the 1:24 scale model of a 10.25 inch gauge model of ROYAL SCOT ...

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I'm now about to start the Next Phase - coming soon to a thread near you ...
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Re: Estate Update

Postby lesmond » Tue Sep 03, 2019 6:59 pm

I never get tired looking at this - thanks for the photos.

Did you solve the glitches?

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Re: Estate Update

Postby Bilco » Wed Sep 04, 2019 6:11 pm

Hi Les,

I think I've sorted the crankpin problen with ETTIE - pushed the pins in and tilted the crossheads outwards a fraction. It's due a check run soon.

As for the electrical fault on the back two lines - it went away later in the afternoon! I went though a diagnostic check with a kind soul from the Wilts group and it seemed to be the point that was at fault, but when it suddenly started working I didn't want to interfere! It may well have been caused by some last-minute ballasting of the point, with the PVA not quite dry causing a short. Warm venue - PVA dries - no fault. The yard is being modified right now for the New Phase - once that's done I can have a check to see all is still well.

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Re: Estate Update

Postby lesmond » Mon Dec 23, 2019 8:43 pm

That IS good news Bill. Intermittent faults like that will always show themselves at the most inopportune moment - there's probably a thesis in there somewhere :D

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Re: Estate Update

Postby Bilco » Tue Dec 24, 2019 5:48 pm

Well Les, it turns out that I was a bit premature in calling the fault fixed ...

When I started the Estate Elogation process I found that the fault had returned. Deep investigation, without the stress of being in the middle of an exhibition, revealed that a wire under the 'concrete' ground cover was broken - how did that happen? Anyway, I ran a new black wire in a trench across to the relevant rail - and all seems to be well ...

But will it take another exhibition to reveal another fault ...?
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Re: Estate Update

Postby lesmond » Wed Dec 25, 2019 10:40 am

That is an odd one, Bill. The assumption would be that a fixed wire, in a non moving location wouldn't break. This being railway modelling, however...

At least you were able to track it down without having the stress of the public gaze on you as well :D .

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Re: Estate Update

Postby PeterH » Sun Dec 29, 2019 7:45 am

Is the wire solid or stranded? Solid copper wire breaks easily if it moves, and imagine that wire running in ‘concrete’ will move slightly as the material moves with temperature.
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Re: Estate Update

Postby Bilco » Wed Jan 15, 2020 5:10 pm

Les, Peter - it may be that the wire broke when I was trying to remove it from under the 'concrete' - or perhaps it was sliced into during a frenzied bit of trimming ...

Anyway, some post-Christmas arboriculture has been taking place ...

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I bought a multi-order of large trees from the Model Tree Shop https://www.themodeltreeshop.co.uk/ which I mucked around with, spraying a dark under-green and adding leaves by Polak. Still a little work needed, but the effect is getting there ...

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Another shot showing how good my 'foolproof' camera is at auto-focussing on the wrong bit ...

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And a slightly more scenic shot to put the trees in context. The dining table has been re-commandeered,and I feel more static-grassing coming on ...

Hours of fun ...
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