Steve's Blog - A little peek at Melbourne

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Re: Steve's Blog - A little peek at Melbourne

New postby Mikie_T » Tue Aug 08, 2017 12:09 pm

That is a great video.
AND that is a huge crab!
Yes, I was surprised that the fellow could keep on his hat after going so deep into the hole.

LOL... I love it!

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Re: Steve's Blog - A little peek at Melbourne

New postby Stephan » Fri Aug 11, 2017 12:26 am

Vegemite.

I know it is something most other people dislike and they shake their heads when we talk about it.

But it turns out we may have been onto something after all.

http://www.skynews.com.au/news/top-stor ... fects.html
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Re: Steve's Blog - A little peek at Melbourne

New postby Stephan » Wed Sep 27, 2017 6:20 am

For a long time now ( too long to mention :oops: ) I have had the makings for an HO train set.
I built the main board and arranged for it to fold up like a giant ironing board against the wall.
When unfolded it levels out about bench height.
I then started to gather the track and trains and a bunch of other stuff that might come handy.

When I moved to my new house the train set board came as well as did a number of boxes of stuff.

A recent clean out has prompted me to do something with all this stuff so I can dispose of the excess.
Thus a train set building phase has begun.

My ever help full mate has just sent me this link to "inspire" me. Thanks mate.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vxhZ7uE ... g1vrQ6uA5A

Not sure I will get that into it but I will post a pic when I get something worth showing.
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Re: Steve's Blog - A little peek at Melbourne

New postby Stephan » Sat Sep 30, 2017 12:36 am

Ok here is my effort so far.
The layout is version 5 I think with the object being to get the longest run possible on the space available.
The board is painted a base grey upon which other decoration will follow.
Stations and sidings were added based on whatever bits I had to hand.
The track on the hilly bits is laid on strips of foam cut to shape then covered over with newspaper and wallpaper glue to create the texture.
Fiddly but costs almost nothing.
The top bit hinges open to allow access to the tracks below for cleaning.
Next stage is the wiring :shock:

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Re: Steve's Blog - A little peek at Melbourne

New postby richiec » Sun Oct 01, 2017 1:43 am

I wish I had photos of the layouts we had in our basement back in the early 1960's when my father worked for Lionel trains in Hillside, NJ. We started out with 027 gauge and then got down to HO, he even bought some N gauge, all got given away to his sister for her kids and it all disappeared. We had every mechanical car they made, missle launchers, coal cars, helicopter car, etc. If we knew then what we know now..........
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Re: Steve's Blog - A little peek at Melbourne

New postby Stephan » Fri Oct 20, 2017 12:40 am

The latest bit of local madness.

It appears there is a huge demand for Australian made baby formula in certain Asian countries.
This has created a black market that many locals are trying to take advantage of.
Problem is if you have a baby and want the stuff to use yourself it is becoming a bit of a drama to get it.

http://www.news.com.au/finance/business ... 0a05b89f5f
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Re: Steve's Blog - A little peek at Melbourne

New postby Glyn Meredith » Sat Oct 21, 2017 12:09 pm

Market forces - supply v demand.
Posted on GH recently? Your posts keep us going.

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Re: Steve's Blog - A little peek at Melbourne

New postby Stephan » Tue Oct 24, 2017 6:34 am

A bit more progress.
There is a mile or so of wire running through the board.
Well at least it felt like that much when I pulled it all in.
Isolating sections, power lines, point motors. Still have to build the control panel.

My other half has been very kind about my efforts at art work. Was never my strong point but I try.
The ballast is sand applied with a spreader and glued in place.
I am pretty happy with that.

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Re: Steve's Blog - A little peek at Melbourne

New postby Stephan » Sun Dec 31, 2017 12:38 am

My train set is almost complete but it is folded up at the moment and the other half of the team is busy on the external decoration.

I am pretty happy with the way this project has worked out and think it will give us and the Grand kids a lot of fun into the future.

One in particular is looking forward to adding a lot of finer details to my initial decoration.

Here is a picture of the outside. It will look very different when finished.

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Re: Steve's Blog - A little peek at Melbourne

New postby Stephan » Sat Jan 13, 2018 12:00 am

The train set painting continues to progress.

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Re: Steve's Blog - A little peek at Melbourne

New postby Stephan » Sun Jan 14, 2018 7:31 am

All done.

Just a coat of clear to protect it after it dries.

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Re: Steve's Blog - A little peek at Melbourne

New postby Stephan » Mon Feb 05, 2018 4:37 am

This has been causing a bit of fuss here abouts for the last few days.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IR-eHcVT6w8

Not that big but fairly heavy for its size. I suspect we can only see a carry case and the object is in the case. A generator stator I believe.

Kept hearing about it on the news and looked out the back window the other morning and there it was. Parked up for the day. Can only move at night.

Walked over to have a look and it was like some kind of huge block party. All good fun.

Alas the dock with the heavy lift gear is in the center of Melbourne so guess where this had to go.

They had a few very interesting corners to get around.
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Re: Steve's Blog - A little peek at Melbourne

New postby Marty101 » Mon Feb 05, 2018 12:33 pm

You guys Down There have all the fun-I'm convinced of it. I suspected as much when I was younger but now I'm sure. To see people lined up as if for a parade like that! Especially at night.! To take an interest in and have fun watching a spectacle like that just seems...healthy.
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Re: Steve's Blog - A little peek at Melbourne

New postby Stephan » Mon Feb 05, 2018 11:07 pm

Here is a bit more. Some pretty good driving here. Also interesting to note how the trailer with all those wheels has no problem climbing over gutters and kerbs.
Great bit of kit that.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gpd9KcwITjc
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Re: Steve's Blog - A little peek at Melbourne

New postby Stephan » Sat Feb 10, 2018 5:05 am

Did you know that -

The third city in the world to get underground cables for electric lighting after London and New York was Brisbane Australia.

The thing that has got historians excited is that they have found some of it.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cxUL0DBUjKM

What this story also proves is that nothing has changed.

Of all the places that needed good lighting, Hospitals, Factories, Courts you name it the place that got them was Parliament House.

Apparently they took exception to the heat that came from their gas lights.

Notice they didn't have candles or kerosene lights like most other people were using back then.

Somehow the politicians always manage to look after themselves first.
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