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Re: Estate Update

Postby Bilco » Thu Mar 14, 2019 7:41 pm

TrainsOnArran wrote: And Gari’s clock seems to have blown off again.


Yep - blown away in the Great Gale of October 1987 and not replaced ...
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Re: Estate Update

Postby Bilco » Mon Apr 08, 2019 3:05 pm

Despite the interruptions of preparing for and going to Wimborne, and immediately afterwards going off on holiday in Madeira, some progress has been made ...

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A start has been made in building up the ground around the track - more bits of foam board cut into odd shapes and glued down, then painted to look something like concrete - Stackers has concreted over most of the Stable Yard - Arfur Biscuit will be rotating rapidly in his grave ...

The wiring has finally been finished and tested ...

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... looking like a particularly untidy mare's nest from the front ...

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... but not too bad from the back. Those square push switches fit quite neatly, Christopher ...

There are family visits scheduled for the next couple of weeks, so I've had to vacate the dining room table - I managed to polish out the scratches before mai laidy wiaf noticed ...
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Re: Estate Update

Postby Thorness » Mon Apr 08, 2019 8:52 pm

"I managed to polish out the scratches before mai laidy wiaf noticed ..."

Sounds like a lucky escape!!

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Re: Estate Update

Postby Bilco » Wed Apr 10, 2019 4:02 pm

While I was away doing other things I applied what's left of my mind to projected operation of the diorama/photo plank/mini layout. At first I thought that a simple traverser, to move between the two exit tracks, and to store off-scene trains, would fit the bill. But that would mean that there would be travel in one direction pushing any rolling stock - not ideal, given my dodgy coupling arrangements.

In the back story I mentioned a line out to a balloon loop (and maybe to be realized in model form in years to come), which would mean the locos and whatever they were pulling would arrive back the other way round from how they left. So perhaps I need a turn-table instead ... or as well ...

So, a traversing turn-table, or a rotating traverser?? A travturble?? A Rotaverser?

On t'Bay I found this ...

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... a 35cm bamboo wood Lazy Susan. I also found some drawer runners and, putting these together with some wood from the pile at the back of the garage, I cobbled together this...

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Not a masterpiece of the joiner's art, but it does the job. It is still in development, of course, with a few matters to be sorted out - attachment to the Yard, power supply, control of movement fore and aft, and round and round ...

Hours of fun ...
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Re: Estate Update

Postby Bilco » Mon Apr 15, 2019 3:41 pm

A little more progress to report - on the Rotaverser ...

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I got a leadscrew on Amazon and fixed it to the base to control the movement of the traverser part of the Rotaverser. The leadscrew is meant to be part of a 3D printer - so does this qualify me to post on 3D printing threads? The metal bracket attaching the traverser to the moving part of the leadscrew, and the handle for operating this strange device came out of the 'useful one day' store at the back of the garage ...

Hours of fun ...
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Re: Estate Update

Postby Jon Randall » Wed Apr 17, 2019 4:14 pm

Looks interesting Bill and very neat. 8)
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Re: Estate Update

Postby Bilco » Thu Apr 18, 2019 3:24 pm

Progress continues at a slow pace ...

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Track has been laid on the turning part of the Rotaverser, and seems to match up quite well with the scenic part of things. A little fine-tuning of rail levels is required to (hopefully) get a smooth transition from one component to the other. The radius that I ended up with for the two curved sections is less than the 12" I hoped for, but better than the 6" that I deployed on Berger Hall 1900. Also, there is no scenery close to the track to give clearance issues, so I hope everything will run acceptably (if not perfectly) ...

A little scenic work has been started at the front of the Stable Yard - stonework columns to (a) support the stone walling (yet to appear), and (b) support the balustrading along the edge of the upper Yard (also yet to appear) ...

Hours of fun ...
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