Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Look what I found

I'd like to share with you a new website I've just recently discovered modelrailway-online.com It is the brainchild of one Fabrice Fayolle. Fabrice was a very frequent contributor to the late Carl Arendts website and his site has been on line in different forms since 1997. There is a great variety of articles about model railways and their construction. It's a bi-lingual website, English and French so you may need to use Google translate at times. There is a super selection of well presented trackplans that you don't need to translate. A great site that you should take a look at.

Tuesday, September 13, 2011

Fiddlesticks! - part two

Below: At the other end of the fiddle stick Jack has installed a pivot point from another jack plug with a plastic stop so that your valuable loco does not plunge off the end of the casette to the floor.
Below: End on view showing the adapted locolift plugged into the end of the layout
To finish a view of the layout, a scant 29" long.
The fiddlestick, it can be as simple or as complex as you want it to be. But either way you look at it, it's a very effective idea.

Fiddlesticks! - part one

Is normally the sort of phrase on would utter when construction on your layout is not proceeding as planned. Me. I favour a loud "Blast and blither!" that comes out as "Blaast and blithaah". Others will paint the room purple with more colourful language. But in this instant, I'm talking about a new development in fiddle yards or off-stage storage for exhibition layouts. That is what the fiddlestick is.
Basically a stick that plugs into the end of the layout that is long enough to support a train cassette such as a converted PECO Locolift.
The theory being that if you have a small exhibition layout that only operates one loco at a time you don't really need to waste valuable transporation and layout space with a three road fiddle yard. Just take along a few train cassettes that you just plug into the end of the layout when you need them. Simple really.
Here's a few pictures from the small layout design and construction expert from Scotland Jack Trollope from his latest mini-masterpiece the "Fiddlestick Switch job"
Above: The business end of the layout where the train cassettes meet the layout.
Above: the end of the layout. The stick just goes through the hole as in the picture below You'll notice a small jack plug on the end that mates with the socket underneath to make the electrical continuity

Thursday, September 1, 2011

I thought you should see this

Once in a while you stumble across something that really grabs your attention.
Such a thing is this Little people project by a chap going by the name of Slinkachu.
I like to call myself an artist and I think that this use of Preiser figures is fascinating.
I wish I'd thought of it.
Of course as with most "Art" you're welcome to hate it...