Simon's workbench

Discussion in 'WR Action' started by Simon, 28 December 2010.

  1. Simon

    Simon Flying Squad

    Fired up by holiday goodwill, increased interest in 1/32 trains from others and a realisation that if I don't improve my output then Wenbridge Junction won't be completed until at least 2019 (!!) I have started work on the second turnout for the station, another RH curved C10 which will be the exit point from the up loop to main line to Waterloo.

    I've given this thread a general title in the hope that it will also encompass various other unfinished (and unstarted) projects, most of which shall remain nameless but including the Manning ahem Wardle :-[ :-[

    Anyway - to business!

    All laid out and with webbing chopped off, next step cutting to length and PVA-ing to the plan.


    P.S. A C10 LH "normal" turnout is required next, should a certain creator of very useful plans be looking ;)[/attach]
  2. 28ten

    28ten Guv'nor

    This looks interesting Simon, yes you had better get on with it, I will need somewhere to run my 63!  There seems to be a distinct lack of GW chairs, which is something I need to look at. Oh and a bigger workbench  :))
  3. Neil

    Neil Western Thunderer

    When you tell of cutting off the webbing, does this mean that the point timbering comes in one or several pieces linked together like the old SMP OO point kits?
  4. Simon

    Simon Flying Squad

    Yes, GWR chairs would be nice (late L&SWR even better!) but its a case of using what's available at the moment. These chairs are BR pattern, don't grip the rail foot properly, are to 10mm scale and don't have an offset key moulded on - other than that they are perfect :))

    The timbering however is to 1/32 scale and does come with webbing moulded on, the ends of which locate into recesses in the "next" piece of timber. I don't use it as my batch was a slight reject in that the ends don't locate into the recesses properly, but also using it wouldn't allow for the slight prototype variation in timber spacing generated by the very wonderful Templot. In any case one of my real model railway dislikes is seeing webbing between timbers/sleepers, with none present you don't need to carefully ballast over them and having a continuous gap between timbers makes ballasting a heck of a lot easier too.

    Hopefully the below illustrates, I am about half way through cutting the timbers down (Cliff has brilliantly moulded in "extra ends" in the hollow timber mouldings that match the required lengths and make the cut timbers look "whole")

  5. Simon

    Simon Flying Squad

    All timbers now cut to length and stuck down.


    And now comes a really stressful part - waiting for the glue to dry :wave:[/attach]
  6. 28ten

    28ten Guv'nor

    Dare I ask how long this is? 4ft?
    It sounds as if I need to get the 3d modelling going for the GW chairs :scratch:
  7. Jordan

    Jordan Mid-Western Thunderer

    I've built whole layouts in less space than that... then again they weren't G1... :shit:

    :bowdown: :bowdown: :bowdown:
  8. Simon

    Simon Flying Squad

    Welll depending upon where you measure it from its just over three feet long, one end of the stuck down timbering to the other is 3 feet and 4 inches.

    I like the sound of 3D modelling chairs, Steve and I were discussing the shortcomings of the current G1 track situation last night. What we'd really like is for Cliff to revisit the RTR track moulding but with and 8 foot six sleeper, BR or GWR or generic 3 bolt, and (whisper it gently) correct rail inclination.

    PS the chairs I'm using on the point (albeit designed around code 200) do have the correct rail inclination, its the new "scale" GER ones that don't :headbang:

    Those ones that are deployed around my garden...
  9. Mr Tiger Viking

    Mr Tiger Viking Western Thunderer

    Hello Smon
    Good to see some progress on your Garden layout, having expierenced how wonderful it is during the summer.
    I along with the other band of 1/32nd`ers (now including Cynric) cannot wait to see this finished one day, If we all turned up at the same time I wonder what the stock list would look like ?? I personally cannot wait to turn your LSWR/GWR influenced railway into the West Highland Line and see Class 29 D6107 hauling a SR utility van along with 2 of Fred Phipps MK1 Coaches. Next time I come down to Bath I will have to bring one of my RG7 powered locomotives to see how well they run on a long line length compared to being shunted in and out of Worcester Road shed.

    Mr TV

    D6319 and D6333 work the Tavistock  Yard to St Blazey freight.JPG.jpg

    Isambard Kingdom Castens.JPG.jpg
  10. 28ten

    28ten Guv'nor

    I'm no expert on track work, but I can't build anything without GW chairs, I need some official drawings for the correct dimensions, but otherwise they are fairly easy to computer model. How many can you sell?!  :)) while I am at it I have looked at some wagon axles with the proper taper.....
  11. iploffy

    iploffy OC Blue Brigade

    Love the first piccy deep in thought


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  13. Jordan

    Jordan Mid-Western Thunderer


    Double-heading a freight that length... :scratch:
    Which one failed..?? :shit: :)) :thumbs:
  14. Ressaldar

    Ressaldar Western Thunderer

    ..they both have - a 33 is on it's way to recover the lot :)) :thumbs:


  15. iploffy

    iploffy OC Blue Brigade

    OHHH you are both so naughty any one can see that both of the engines are under power it's just both combined couldn't pull the skin of a rice pudding :))

  16. marsa69

    marsa69 Western Thunderer

    :)) You naughty boy Mr Ploffy, funny but naughty  ;D
  17. Simon

    Simon Flying Squad

    Thanks to Mr TV for pictorial inspiration!

    Today I cut and laid the first stock rail on to the timbers. Although I had marked up the plan a year or so ago with the various sorts of chairs required at each position, I got out my trusty "British Railway Track" to re-acquiant myself with how turnous were constructed.


    The picture shows the chairs threaded on to the rail before solventing them to the timbers with acetone. I now have this rail all fixed down and am re-reading the bit of the book that covers how common crossings were made, which is the next part of the process and is probably the least favourite part of the whole build from my point of view.

    All that said, there is something quite satisfying about making a model using a "proper" prototype textbook as a guide :)
  18. iploffy

    iploffy OC Blue Brigade

    Is that mec pak I spy is it any good being left out doors and being exposed to the elements

  19. Simon

    Simon Flying Squad

    Mek Pak is fine for outdoor use as it is only "there" to soften and weld the plastic materials on application. It then evaporates into the atmosphere.

    For this job I am not using Mek Pak but Acetone as the plastic components are ABS and Mek Pak won't weld them. The mek pak is on the bench to repair a Scalextric car :))

    This morning I have filed up the crossing and will try and solder it together if the rest of the family let me back out to the shed :headbang:

    Something about me being anti-social....... ::)
  20. iploffy

    iploffy OC Blue Brigade

    My misses complains if I make mess, well my workshop is in the kitchen, then I get called anti social if I go outside or when I do get to go outside I get called back in every few mins