The Sheep Chronicles.

Discussion in 'Layout Progress' started by NHY 581, 20 August 2018.

  1. Alan

    Alan Western Thunderer

    I agree with the good Captain no need to paint just keep taking the powders.
  2. NHY 581

    NHY 581 Western Thunderer

    Evening all.

    Thank you for your kind commentts and 'likes.'
    There is some white DAS showing through here and there, hence the need to paint.

    Bob, it is actually quite relaxing. I think the trick is not to try and do too much so it becomes a chore.

    I set myself a limit this evening and was pleased to find that it was just right. Any more and I risked not finishing it.

    A further photo or two then bringing us up to date.

    Rob 20180918_223401.jpg 20180918_223431.jpg
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  3. John57sharp

    John57sharp Western Thunderer

    That looks really nice, well done. Nestles the building in well.
  4. NHY 581

    NHY 581 Western Thunderer

    Thanks John.

    I managed a bit more this evening. Coming on......

    Rob. 20180919_224055.jpg 20180919_224154.jpg
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  5. Stubby47

    Stubby47 Western Thunderer

    I can just imagine the scene:

    Late at night, every night, by the light of a sole, flickering candle, Rob Scratchitt sits hunched over his work, endlessly, endlessly repeating the same few movements, over and over again...

    In the quietness of the night, above the scrape, scrape, scrape of the solitary needle, can be heard the faint sobbing of his daughter, having lost the only toy she ever had, a small, wooden rolling pin.

    Mrs Scratchitt lies in bed, awake, unable to sleep, every scratch feeling like it's inside her skull, like some demented chinese water torture. The slow, black, crow black waters of the Taff are looking more and more inviting - but how to get the the shelf there ?
  6. Pencarrow

    Pencarrow Western Thunderer

    Nightmare on Das Street?...
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  7. Captain Kernow

    Captain Kernow Western Thunderer

    That is looking brilliant, Rob.
  8. NHY 581

    NHY 581 Western Thunderer

    Thanks Tim. I am quite pleased thus far. I have a bit to do..........

    In other news, ahead of the next project, I have ordered two Hattons 14xx or 48xx to be precise........To be fair I have been pretty scathing of their mechanisms but have decided to give them a go. If they are carp they go back. If they work then......

    1945/46 GWR branchline based on Culm Valley.

    In my case, the Lamb Valley. Small through station based on Culmstock to be known as either Baacombe or Ewestock.

    Clerestories and milk.........

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  9. NHY 581

    NHY 581 Western Thunderer

    Morning all..

    Motive power for the Lamb Valley Light Railway has arrived.

    They look lovely.............but will they work..? 20180922_112946.jpg 20180922_113712.jpg
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  10. GrahameH

    GrahameH Western Thunderer

    I sincerely hope they do Rob, you deserve it for all the hard work you are putting into the layout.
  11. simond

    simond Western Thunderer

    In this day and age, the fact that it is a question is really concerning. I thought we’d moved on from Grafar 2-pole motors...

    Good luck
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  12. PMP

    PMP Western Thunderer

    Hi Simon, it’s not so much the motors, as the design of the chassis/drivetrain. I’m very interested in seeing how Rob gets on, mine initially was poor, but with some effort it’s now acceptable.
  13. NHY 581

    NHY 581 Western Thunderer

    Morning all.

    Well, despite lubricating and running in as per instructions, the shirt button example is to be returned. Poor slow speed performance, stalling and occasionally locking up, with the motor sounding as if it is trying to turn, has sealed its fate.

    It is such a shame. These are lovely looking models ( odd ommisions aside) but their innards let them down.

    So, I will exchange this one and see what happens.....and hopefully the other won't disgrace itself...

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  14. Paul Cambridge

    Paul Cambridge Western Thunderer

    That’s disappointing Rob. I’ve read elsewhere that Tim (Captain Kernow) had running problems with his. Do these designers / manufacturers not make prototypes to prove the design? It’s unacceptable.
  15. NHY 581

    NHY 581 Western Thunderer

    I agree Paul and I have been critical of this model in the past but decided to take a chance. In conversation with others who have purchased these, it seems you have two or three attempts to get a good one.......However, the chap I spoke to this morning at Hattons whilst arranging the return was unaware of any issues with them. Now he could be....but............

    The simple fact is that it is a complicated design. Either the actual design is flawed or the factory where they are made is unable to build to the specification required.

    To the best of my knowledge, the designer has yet to comment on what must be a high failure rate on this model.

    Anyway, let's see what happens with the next one........

  16. Paul Cambridge

    Paul Cambridge Western Thunderer

    If it’s any consolation Rob, I bought a RTR 7mm 48xx once. It sort of ran, but was skittish. The chassis detail was frankly poor. So I put a Slaters chassis under it. I believe Captain Kernow has resorted to a similar solution with his 4mm model.
  17. NHY 581

    NHY 581 Western Thunderer

    Agree Paul. There are alternatives but in doing that we are compensating for a poor product. I am not too concerned. I will just send them back.

    If it went as well as it looks there would obviously be no issue.

    I would have thought a reliable chassis would come before anything. Tim is popping a perserverance chassis under his, I believe.

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  18. NHY 581

    NHY 581 Western Thunderer

    Evening all.

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    As a change from cobbles, I have been doing a bit of concreting.

    Still to finish between the rails and then add a few weeds and bits of grass here and there.....but not too bad.

    Very much a work in progress.

  19. Pencarrow

    Pencarrow Western Thunderer

    Great work on the colouring Rob, possibly needs a few cracks, weeds in the joints and some seagull poop though.
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  20. simond

    simond Western Thunderer

    I like the concrete very much, and it’s very much better than my feeble efforts. Must try harder...

    (Further hints and tips most welcome)

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