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Melchett

Model/toy trains

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I used to have a model train set - Intercity 125, and Smokey Joe (didn't everyone?) in my youth. Nothing now, but I don't think I would get back into it, now radio control helicopters are cheaper (but I still don't have one).

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I confess to still having a lot of old toy trains in my attic, and when I retire, if I can still see and if the hoarder Mrs allows me enough space, I intend to while away many a happy hour of my dotage reconstructing the Railway Children station, the viaduct from harry potty etc to run them on...

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11 hours ago, 201p said:

I used to have a model train set - Intercity 125, and Smokey Joe (didn't everyone?) in my youth. Nothing now, but I don't think I would get back into it, now radio control helicopters are cheaper (but I still don't have one).

I have radio controlled trains, in an obscure but small scale/gauge combination.

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I used to have a train set when I was little, and I've kept them in a box through the decades.

Now my son is 8 I've opened the box up, to try to get him interested in something more complex/more challenging than lego. He seems to be interested - but I've caught the bug in a big way. I'm pretty amazed at how technology has changed the hobby - I definitely will dabble in DCC, which allows you to "program" a locomotive and pilot it - if you wish - via a computer, with realistic acceleration, and sound effects.

I've got one of these (in a different paint scheme) as a starting point:

I don't expect to move quickly - I have so many other things on my plate - but it will be a nice way to spend one or 2 evenings a month.

And yeah, I DGAF. Then again, I work in IT and half the people in the office spend their evenings playing video games or going to role-playing parties and stuff, so I'm far from the biggest kid about xD

Edited by DeepLurker

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On 01/01/2020 at 23:02, Bobthebuilder said:

I have a loft full, SDJR 1950s to 1966 and closure. Bachmann 3fs, 4fs, 7fs, 2mt, 3mt, 4mt, 5mt Hornby bullieds,, 8fs, wagons, brake vans, coaches, trees, grass you name it.

Great hobby.

Photos please!

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10 hours ago, Bobthebuilder said:

I tried to upload some pics but they failed, size approx 3.5mb each.

Some here. https://www.rmweb.co.uk/community/index.php?/blogs/blog/2470-down-the-sdjr/

Please delete if you want to remove a link to another forum.

Seen some neat stuff done with 3D printers, they are cheap enough now and even the cheapest for rough modelling work, landscapes, buildings, even figures (stuff that doesn't need high tolerance press fit etc) no problem. Just a steep learning curve with the toolset.

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6 hours ago, onlyme said:

Seen some neat stuff done with 3D printers, they are cheap enough now and even the cheapest for rough modelling work, landscapes, buildings, even figures (stuff that doesn't need high tolerance press fit etc) no problem. Just a steep learning curve with the toolset.

3D printing looks an amazing tech advance for modelling some great stuff people have made out there.

I like to use the old 1960s/70s plastic kits all made in the UK from recycled plastic and sctratch build buildings from Plastikard and Slaters sheets. Right old skool i am.

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3 hours ago, Popuplights said:

Bought some bits for the layout last night. Mostly electric stuff. I like lights on my layout, so have bought some of the woodlands scenics plug and play lighting, which looks nice and easy to use.

https://woodlandscenics.woodlandscenics.com/show/category/JustPlugLightingSystem

I have a few Gaugemaster platform lights on mine, will wire them up soon (honest) and post a pic.

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On 20/12/2017 at 08:22, Melchett said:

I confess to still having a lot of old toy trains in my attic, and when I retire, if I can still see and if the hoarder Mrs allows me enough space, I intend to while away many a happy hour of my dotage reconstructing the Railway Children station, the viaduct from harry potty etc to run them on...

Old man had a small layout in the loft. With the mallard, flying scotsman and the IC125 to race. The mallard always won. They must have used a better motor, or was it more slipstreamed by design? 

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8 hours ago, Green Devil said:

Old man had a small layout in the loft. With the mallard, flying scotsman and the IC125 to race. The mallard always won. They must have used a better motor, or was it more slipstreamed by design? 

Some of the locos are much more powerful than others. Odd, youd think they all run on the same or similar electric motors, but i recall when I was a kid one of the magazines did a 'strain guage' study, where they connected different models up to a guage and tuned on the juice. Huge differences....

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7 hours ago, Melchett said:

Some of the locos are much more powerful than others. Odd, youd think they all run on the same or similar electric motors, but i recall when I was a kid one of the magazines did a 'strain guage' study, where they connected different models up to a guage and tuned on the juice. Huge differences....

Some models have metal chassis and some plastic, the heavy metal ones have better traction. I agree big difference in performance.Now a model railway race, i like the sound of that.

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On 15/01/2020 at 17:39, Bobthebuilder said:

Some models have metal chassis and some plastic, the heavy metal ones have better traction. I agree big difference in performance.Now a model railway race, i like the sound of that.

The Yanks seem to love loading up their locos with pig iron, e.g.MRRPR1116_100.jpg.6e2fb8c335dc76bb40336fd2caeba884.jpg

 

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On 31/12/2019 at 21:23, Chewing Grass said:

I have enough stuff to build a train set and I'm going to do it with the footprint of an A3 piece of paper - ish.

I will keep you all posted - tough.

Right, I said I would, here is my markup on an A3 piece of paper glued to a plywood sheet.

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I them cut it out with a jiggy saw and made some tapered supports from another piece of ply that was kicking around and stuck them to another A3 piece of ply.

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I then Gorilla glued the jig-sawed bit to the supports and ate a bag of jelly babies.

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I then stuck the track down (which I had stuffed away) but had to buy some track pins and fishplates (total spend £6.20).

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Put a bit of paint on the board and wired the track up and got two wee locos out for a spin.

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Car keys are for scale for you doubters out there.

Next phase is finding some finely banded pale grey slate from up near Bedrags manor.

 

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8 minutes ago, Chewing Grass said:

I then Gorilla glued the jig-sawed bit to the supports and ate a bag of jelly babies.

I think you'd find a decent hot melt glue gun a revelation. Go to a specialist and you can get amazing array of glues for anything from automotive to packing and rapid joinery layup. Near instant setting and no waste / less mess (particularly on hands) / dried up (or set) glue bottles next time you go to use it.

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27 minutes ago, Chewing Grass said:

Right, I said I would, here is my markup on an A3 piece of paper glued to a plywood sheet.

P1031187s.thumb.JPG.8df96ec566e7385e9541f6ad103aac19.JPG

I them cut it out with a jiggy saw and made some tapered supports from another piece of ply that was kicking around and stuck them to another A3 piece of ply.

P1041188s.thumb.JPG.6c47b9acfec7d5b57b4f09c74db1af54.JPG

I then Gorilla glued the jig-sawed bit to the supports and ate a bag of jelly babies.

P1051189s.thumb.JPG.f2eb9f53a7aa6301c17568adb6e0fb42.JPG

I then stuck the track down (which I had stuffed away) but had to buy some track pins and fishplates (total spend £6.20).

20200110_182134s.thumb.jpg.37f1ddb2273e9ba609fc0adb57c187b5.jpg

Put a bit of paint on the board and wired the track up and got two wee locos out for a spin.

20200116_195610s.thumb.jpg.974004cd6a11a14faccce5e993ed1f6c.jpg

Car keys are for scale for you doubters out there.

Next phase is finding some finely banded pale grey slate from up near Bedrags manor.

 

Thats awesome,look forward to seeing the progress.

I have a n gauge wagon and brake van that needs a home (free) should you want them.

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19 hours ago, Bobthebuilder said:

Long trains and big layouts.

Kathy Millat, a great lady modeller who was a judge on the ch5 model railway challenge does a comparison between the US and UK modelling scene.

 

She also has a good libry of how to vids.

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