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by martink
Tue May 05, 2020 5:41 pm
Forum: T Gauge Layouts
Topic: The Bridges at Saltash
Replies: 175
Views: 110692

Re: The Bridges at Saltash

And I was patting myself on the back for completing the dozen or so for mine... That is some seriously impressive work, and I think a lot of us are eagerly waiting to see the whole thing in its completed form. Or even just with the main elements in place and everything up and running.
by martink
Tue Apr 21, 2020 7:26 am
Forum: T Gauge General Discussions
Topic: Hi! Just discvered T Gauge.
Replies: 4
Views: 1089

Re: Hi! Just discvered T Gauge.

gbtrains wrote:
Mon Apr 20, 2020 8:59 pm
ps New website called
tgaugemodelsinminiture.co.uk
Sorry to be picky, but your URL misspells "miniature" - not so good for a commercial site. Unless I've missed an intentional pun somewhere... ;)
by martink
Wed Apr 15, 2020 6:05 am
Forum: T Gauge General Discussions
Topic: Hi! Just discvered T Gauge.
Replies: 4
Views: 1089

Re: Hi! Just discvered T Gauge.

Welcome aboard. There is plenty of 3D stuff to purchase from Shapeways and here on this forum, but if you want a few free designs for a trial print you might want to give the following link a try. The scale is slightly larger than T (1:350 vs 1:450), but the models are narrow gauge so their overall ...
by martink
Mon Apr 13, 2020 1:25 pm
Forum: T Gauge Custom Rolling Stock
Topic: GWR Steam
Replies: 10
Views: 2889

Re: GWR Steam

Well, here is a first attempt with some simple paper stick-ons, and some crude private-owner coal wagon sides the same way. The coaches are almost good enough, even if the wagons aren't, so with a bit more care... Anyway, the next attempt will be with decals. And Doug, given the small size of the go...
by martink
Sun Apr 12, 2020 12:15 pm
Forum: T Gauge General Discussions
Topic: T Gauge Online Convention...
Replies: 2
Views: 1102

Re: T Gauge Online Convention...

That might be a bit ambitious for a first attempt. A simple and much less formal discussion session in Discord or something similar with half-a-dozen people might be a better option.
by martink
Thu Apr 09, 2020 5:22 pm
Forum: T Gauge Custom Rolling Stock
Topic: GWR Steam
Replies: 10
Views: 2889

Re: GWR Steam

Laser printer would be ok - but ink decals prepared in water ? Inkjet works fine, as long as you give the result a couple of coats of matte acrylic spray before cutting them out and soaking them. The only real issue with any of the DIY decals is you cannot print white, so have to use indirect means.
by martink
Thu Apr 09, 2020 2:51 pm
Forum: T Gauge Custom Rolling Stock
Topic: GWR Steam
Replies: 10
Views: 2889

Re: GWR Steam

which decal material and which laser printer are you using? Just a common or garden inkjet, and I got the decal paper from decalpaper.com.au. I used a cruder version of the same technique for some of my Melbourne suburban trains, and even with plenty of first-timer mistakes they turned out surprisi...
by martink
Thu Apr 09, 2020 11:30 am
Forum: T Gauge Custom Rolling Stock
Topic: GWR Steam
Replies: 10
Views: 2889

Re: GWR Steam

The scenery is taking shape nicely on the new layout, so for a change of pace I thought I would get back to the rolling stock for a while. The next step here was to write a little program to let me easily generate GWR coach sides, of which I am going to need a wide variety. These first test files ar...
by martink
Mon Mar 23, 2020 1:18 pm
Forum: T Gauge Layouts
Topic: Dauntsey
Replies: 17
Views: 5123

Re: Dauntsey

The heavy scenic work has started, with the corrugated cardboard base layer now in place. Test prints of the pointwork are also underway, looking reasonable but still lacking checkrails and frogs. The layout name has also mutated into Dauntsey Lock, with the two-word pattern fitting in better with m...
by martink
Fri Mar 13, 2020 11:04 am
Forum: T Gauge Layouts
Topic: Dauntsey
Replies: 17
Views: 5123

Re: Dauntsey

The initial one-section-at-a-time test software has now been replaced with something a bit more elaborate, allowing the full set of train and other movements to be demonstrated and tested, though on a simplified basis. The final version will manage up to a dozen trains on the main line instead of th...
by martink
Fri Mar 06, 2020 5:08 pm
Forum: T Gauge Layouts
Topic: Dauntsey
Replies: 17
Views: 5123

Re: Dauntsey

The full set of buildings are now more-or-less complete, with only final cleanups and fragile details such as station signs and lamps still to do. The usual cruel closeups...
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by martink
Fri Feb 21, 2020 3:04 pm
Forum: T Gauge Layouts
Topic: Dauntsey
Replies: 17
Views: 5123

Re: Dauntsey

Some more progress - the electronics and wiring are now complete, and the layout has passed all of its basic operational tests. The trains, lorries and narrowboats are all doing what trains, lorries and narrowboats are supposed to do. I will do a first rough pass over the scenery and write a bit of ...
by martink
Tue Jan 21, 2020 2:45 am
Forum: T Gauge Layouts
Topic: Dauntsey
Replies: 17
Views: 5123

Re: Dauntsey

All the track has been assembled and installed. All the electronics modules have been built and tested. There are currently 75 3-wire cables dangling beneath the layout, all of which plug in to those modules.
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by martink
Sat Jan 18, 2020 12:28 pm
Forum: T Gauge Layouts
Topic: Dauntsey
Replies: 17
Views: 5123

Re: Dauntsey

Making some progress again - the canal loop is ready to be installed on the layout. The layout should be functionally complete (albeit only with test software) by the end of January. Then it will be the scenery, the trains and the software.

https://youtu.be/f_AdDZIDxhQ
by martink
Fri Dec 27, 2019 7:25 am
Forum: T Gauge General Discussions
Topic: 2019 Christmas Update......
Replies: 2
Views: 1621

Re: 2019 Christmas Update......

Well, Doug, Merry Christmas and such back at you... I'm glad things have turned out alright in the end. I am waiting to see Saltash finished, and would be greatly disappointed if real life intervened! As for this site and general T Gauge activity issues, I can toss in my 10c worth. I generally only ...
by martink
Thu Nov 28, 2019 11:27 am
Forum: T Gauge Layouts
Topic: Dauntsey
Replies: 17
Views: 5123

Re: Dauntsey

Steady progress - the Down main line is built, wired, and tested with its final electronics. The Up main line and the dummy branch to Malmesbury are built and fit-tested, with wiring and electronics under way. The electronics are my new all-purpose plug-together modules, slightly customized for this...
by martink
Tue Nov 19, 2019 12:39 am
Forum: T Gauge General Discussions
Topic: Coupling
Replies: 7
Views: 2690

Re: Coupling

The answer is "tweezers". After the train is on the rails and coupled up (with some carriages lifted off the track by the couplers), squeeze each pair of couplings together and into proper alignment.
by martink
Sun Nov 17, 2019 2:12 pm
Forum: T Gauge Layouts
Topic: Dauntsey
Replies: 17
Views: 5123

Re: Dauntsey

Back to work on the layout after the usual distractions... The track for the down main line (outer loop) has been assembled into roughly 1m sections and fit checked. The next task is to wire and install it before doing the same for the up main. The Anyrail track plan shows the full design for the ra...
by martink
Fri Nov 15, 2019 2:53 am
Forum: T Gauge Layouts
Topic: Dauntsey
Replies: 17
Views: 5123

Re: Dauntsey

Seriously impressive. I guess you have a patent agreement with IDL then? I've bought stuff off them in the past and found it very interesting. Currently have a n/g round & round element on my T layout but not as neat as yours in any way! Awesome! Yes, I do have an arrangement with them. I can make ...
by martink
Fri Nov 15, 2019 2:49 am
Forum: T Gauge Custom Rolling Stock
Topic: GWR Steam
Replies: 10
Views: 2889

Re: GWR Steam

This linear motor thing seems to have unlimited possibilities. Terrific stuff Martin. Would it be better not to have connecting rods at all, rather than static ones? Hmmm. Interesting point, and one I hadn't really thought about. The static ones do help when the loco is stationary (funny about that...