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by mec_alf
Tue Jun 18, 2019 9:13 am
Forum: Painting, Decalling and Weathering
Topic: Making decals
Replies: 14
Views: 7475

Re: Making decals

If anyone wants a sample of the decals - either a set of Data elements or 4 sets of car numbers - please send me an SAE, and advise on which set you want. My contact details are in the Directory.
by mec_alf
Fri Jun 07, 2019 8:16 am
Forum: Painting, Decalling and Weathering
Topic: Making decals
Replies: 14
Views: 7475

Re: Making decals

I now have produced sample sheets of both Railroad Roman and Railroad Gothic data elements for box-cars available on legal (8.5" by 11") decal paper, comprising numbers from 1 to 12 for the month/inch and 00 through 99 for the year/foot plus "CAPY", "LD LMT", "LT WT", "EX W", "W", "IL", "IW", "IH" "...
by mec_alf
Sun May 26, 2019 2:53 pm
Forum: Painting, Decalling and Weathering
Topic: Making decals
Replies: 14
Views: 7475

Re: Making decals

Can you just swap between black and white cartridges? I suppose colour with white will depend on how good the printer repeats the paper position. Keep us up to date, sounds like it might be worth me buying a laser printer. There are building signs as well as railroad stuff I can see would be easier...
by mec_alf
Sun May 26, 2019 9:53 am
Forum: Painting, Decalling and Weathering
Topic: Making decals
Replies: 14
Views: 7475

Re: Making decals

I now have the Ghost White toner cartridge installed and it produces white decals, just like it says it will. I have Excel spreadsheets with Railroad Roman and Railroad Gothic numbers and the Data items; these will allow mixing and matching of car details and reporting numbers. The decal sheets I'm ...
by mec_alf
Sun May 19, 2019 8:32 am
Forum: Loco & Rolling Stock
Topic: SCALETRAINS Tunnel Motor
Replies: 0
Views: 227

SCALETRAINS Tunnel Motor

I splashed out much of my back pay on on of these, courtesy of the nice, friendly people at Mech-Models. (Disclaimer, my relationship is that of a customer, nothing more.) So far I have merely set the address to the unit's running number and plan to run it a Crewe later on today; with luck I'll be a...
by mec_alf
Fri Apr 12, 2019 8:51 am
Forum: Painting, Decalling and Weathering
Topic: Making decals
Replies: 14
Views: 7475

Re: Making decals

I can't locate a suitable driver for the ALPS MD4000, although it is theoretically possible to run old versions of Windows under Windows 10 Professional, but have come across an alternative solution. Ghost White Toner does white cartridges for various laser printers that replaces the black cartridge...
by mec_alf
Sun Feb 25, 2018 10:37 am
Forum: Painting, Decalling and Weathering
Topic: Tru Color Paints
Replies: 1
Views: 1513

Re: Tru Color Paints

Good to read that someone is prepared to take a flier. Any idea on price/availability?
by mec_alf
Sun Feb 25, 2018 10:35 am
Forum: Painting, Decalling and Weathering
Topic: PanPastel
Replies: 16
Views: 9935

Re: PanPastel

At last year's Convention there was a clinic on weathering with these. I went to my local art suplies shop a couple of days later and came back with some Rowney pastel sticks at £2 each, the shop owner opining that Pan Pastels were difficult to locate and the Rowney ones were probably more cost-effe...
by mec_alf
Mon Apr 10, 2017 2:37 pm
Forum: Narrow Gauge SIG
Topic: Dual-Gauge operations
Replies: 4
Views: 3242

Re: Dual-Gauge operations

Thank you gents. I think I'll abandon plans for a dual-gauge turntable and run the narrower-gauge units backwards instead...
by mec_alf
Thu Apr 06, 2017 8:45 am
Forum: Narrow Gauge SIG
Topic: Dual-Gauge operations
Replies: 4
Views: 3242

Dual-Gauge operations

I'm not sure if this question properly belongs here or not; if it's in the wrong location then one of the moderators will move it to a more appropriate location. Where a dual-gauge turntable is fitted on a conventional 3-rail system, how do traincrews turn the narrower-gauge loco? Would I be correct...
by mec_alf
Wed Oct 26, 2016 6:15 pm
Forum: Loco & Rolling Stock
Topic: DJH USRA Light Mikado - which Romford wheels fit?
Replies: 2
Views: 1965

DJH USRA Light Mikado - which Romford wheels fit?

Just like the title says, I'm looking for advice on the correct Romford/Markits wheels for the above kit. It presently has Alan Gibson(?) wheels and axles but one wheel has thrown a tyre and the fit on the axle makes getting the correct lead difficult. i've measured the diameter at 18.375mm, and it ...
by mec_alf
Wed Jun 01, 2016 12:50 pm
Forum: Painting, Decalling and Weathering
Topic: Making decals
Replies: 14
Views: 7475

Re: Making decals

I've just cobbled up some decals for the Maine Coastal Railroad (please don't ask) using the GIMP software package and a downloaded Railroad Roman font. If I can find a Windows 7 driver for my MD4000 I'm going to dig it out and use it. If successful I'm going to print out some white letters. If all ...
by mec_alf
Fri Jan 01, 2016 6:28 pm
Forum: Analogue wiring
Topic: Heljan 89011 Turntable problem
Replies: 3
Views: 3201

Re: Heljan 89011 Turntable problem

Very droll.
by mec_alf
Tue Dec 08, 2015 7:54 pm
Forum: Analogue wiring
Topic: Heljan 89011 Turntable problem
Replies: 3
Views: 3201

Re: Heljan 89011 Turntable problem

After much soul-searching, testing, conversation with Heljan, and no small amount of wallet-searching I've now replaced the turntable with the 89121. Heljan have no spares for the 89011.
by mec_alf
Fri Oct 23, 2015 3:18 pm
Forum: Analogue wiring
Topic: Heljan 89011 Turntable problem
Replies: 3
Views: 3201

Heljan 89011 Turntable problem

Could this be the first actual query in the Analogue wiring section? My 89011 turntable has no rotational power; locos run across the track happily but the unit will not rotate. It's been out of service for several years but will not rotate at all. The motor runs when straight DC power is applied to...