Behind the scenes

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  1. Toto

    Toto Staff Member Founder Administrator

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    A few kits worth sitting there Steve ...... Enjoy the packing. :avatar:
     
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    There are times when I'd pay £140k to have this done in China. Trouble is Amnesty Int' would get involved as those charged to do it would probably be political prisoners....:(
     
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    The morning after ALSRM Reading. Not the busiest show and most traders reported a poor day. Crowd was down but was informed that footfall was the same as the previous year it was due to 3 hours free parking at the venue so people weren't hanging about.

    There wasn't much to look at either and I'm sure there were less traders and layouts than last year. However I did see a lovely little modern image MPD layout featuring two of my old products, a Class 15 and Class 16 designed nearly 20 years ago!

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    Very nice. I hope it was still worth while attending in terms of sales.
     
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    Crap - sold some engine kits but that was it. Broke even which is the main thing.
     
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    At least you broke even. That's something I suppose. Was there much interest in your lorries?
     
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    A fair bit, but I think most people were just looking and will purchase at other shows.
     
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    Bit of work on a display model tonight. I added an interior and an LED to the crew van. The Van body was made from a rejected casting hence the mess - I must clean that up.

    It's a 3.2v 2mm LED from Amberley Models powered by two AA Batteries and actualy looks quite nice. Trouble is I couldn't get any decent pics with the house lights out. I'll try again once I've done the interior for the FG.

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    Dodge Comando now complete featuring both styles of cab. This will use the same Crew Van body as above.

    Here I'm deciding what pasrts will be 3d printed and which will be resin. I'm also laying out the proposed moulds to calculate how silicone I'll need to use. It works out at around 2KG which is about the price of one crew van. So I'll have to sit and wait until I sell one.

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    Last of the silicone used and just got away with it. This is the top mould for the Wheelie bins featured earlier. I cast the base mould last night, let it cure then added the inlets and vents.

    The inlets (Three of them) are the large diameter tubes will 1.00 and 2.oo mm wire provide the vents that allow the air to escape when the resin is poured in. This time tomorrow it should be ready to cast.

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    Very interesting Steve. I'll look forward to seeing the finished product. :thumbs:
     
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    Doncaster was the last show of the season and I now have a thirteen week break until Telford at the Start of September when it all starts again. One would naturally assume I'd be taking a break, getting away etc... Nope this is when all the serious R&D is done as most of the preserved railways are starting to open throughout the week. Looks like I'm going to be visiting quite a few starting next Saturday at crewe works open day.

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    R&D isn't always restricted to warm sunny days on a preserved railway out in the countryside :)rolleyes: Actually poring with rain and freezing at any time of year), a lot of internet work needs to be done too.

    Here's a cracking site I found giving details of all BR locomotives, which class and where they were allocated by loco number: http://www.brdatabase.info/classes.php?type=D&subtype=Type2
     
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    Very handy Steve if you are trying to be specific to your chosen area. I need to come up with a general area for this type of info as it tends to get lost in threads otherwise. You can never remember where it is when you want it.

    Thanks for posting it up. :thumbs:
     
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    Hi Steve fascinating to watch the vehicles evolve :tophat::tophat::tophat:

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    This time of year one would expect things to be very quite. few exhibitions about and business down as everyone's on Holiday. However all the preserved railways and centers are now open 7 days a week and the weather is usually warm meaning this is the time to get all the research material for new items done.

    With a major event taking place in Romsey on Saturday I decided to take a weekend away. First port of call was Crewe Herritage center when I got some very usefull measurements of the DBSO and a Class 37. Then it was a drive to Derby and on Sunday the EVR for the Derby Lightweight. All in all a very nice weekend and lovely scenary. Now just got to sort and administrate all the sketches now!

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    I am liking that Derby Lightweight in Rail Blue very much :thumbs::tophat:
     
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    With all my research work now complete and DBSO and MK2f SO at the etchers, it's a case of mopping up the final design disciplins and prepareing the masters for moulding.

    Here the body master for the 10mtr Leyland National is being put togeather and in the bags ready to go are the Dodge Comando, Commer Walkthrough and Portaloo. The mould at the top has prouced some waste bin kits and they'll be packed in due course.

    I've sadly had to drop the Derby Lightweight back until after Telford as I lost time on the NBL nose and the STL's for the DBSO cab end played up. But even so they'll still be plenty new items to admire!

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    Is that a National?

    (Edit- yes it does say so above :facepalm:)
     
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    :avatar: yes looks like a short Mark 1 National ... so no good to you Andy if you want to model Trent but great if you want the XEH***M registered batch from PMT
     
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