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 Posted: Mon Aug 15th, 2022 09:10 am
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Oh boy! Has it ever been hot! Not a lot of activity in the Train Room over the past couple of months as a result. At last, it's forecast to cool down, albeit with some much needed rain.

One small project I managed to get to grips with, was a cut-down version of the Scalescenes (R019) row of cottages. As designed and published, it was for a row of four con-joined cottages. But I didn't have that much room on one part of the layout - so I decided to convert it down to a two-cottage set. Thank you Inkscape for allowing me to copy and print only those selected parts required and not whole pages full of other unnecessary "clutter". And that program was a bit of a learning curve in itself! But we got there in the end.



I know, there are no chimneys fitted - or barge boards. But there is some internal lighting; so you can't have everything. The chimneys are always the last to be fitted and the first to be knocked off - so I just wait until I'm ready to put it onto the layout along with other items in that area (reduces the risk of accidental damage - me being a bit 'ham fisted' at times).

Now I just need to build a few more of these cottages - and to probably make up the "proper", as designed, kit of four cottages, if space permits in the small village scene I have in my mind. If I seem a little uncertain about available space it's because I tend to make it up as I go along and muddle through what goes where and what seems to look better. At least the track plan is fixed down, so there's not much chance of playing around with that!

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Slightly off topic, but still very much related to it....

Anyone who reads my posts - or shall we call them "ramblings" - I do tend to 'go on' quite a bit - no comments please! And as a result of my single grey cell sometimes being overloaded, I do like to make copious notes on how everything is constructed and, more especially, wired up - mostly in case I need to fault find or to reconstruct something that wasn't quite straight forward.

As a result of many, many pages of 'stuff', for which most of the time when I need to find something I needed to spend ages searching through for not just for the right piece of paper before finding the right information, I decided, while the weather was so very hot and sitting quiet was the best way to cope with it, was to make up a mini pseudo web site with links to here, there and everywhere. So every piece of information is now a couple of clicks away via links within each "page".

It was all basically hand-coded using an old copy of MS Office's Front Page as a kind of syntax checker in case I missed an occasional "<" or ">" around a link - of which I did miss many - typos in my case! Or a simple text editor, such as Notepad, could be used. It's all done in (simple, straight forward) HTML5. Nothing fancy, nothing complex; but - even if I say so myself - it looks quite good. Just a load of writing with a few "<a href=....>" and "<img src=.....>" commands for the links to other pages or images and bits of it put into "tables" so that the writing appears to wrap around the images. Getting some of the syntax wrong can lead to some quite "interesting" outputs!


Sample page showing how the Home Signal and its Theatre Display was constructed, wired up and connected from its processor to the signal itself.

The next step was to copy all the files and numerous pictures over to the mobile phone and using a simple (free) web server app allowing me to view the information in the same manner on there and I don't need to have the laptop up and running all the time. As yet, some of it doesn't get displayed quite correctly, but I'm still working on it. One minor issue - now it's getting a bit more complex - I found was that the mobile phone ought to have its IP address fixed (made static) so that the local "web site" can be found quickly (this is done in the router set-ups under Local Network - might be called something else on your router - DHCP?). Without this, the phone's IP address can change, especially if the phone is powered off overnight, as mine is and finding the correct IP every time can be a nuisance. The phone IP address can be found under Settings / About / Status Information.

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Nice cottages Dave, but would be even better if the tile joints all overlapped the same? :)



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Timbers have shifted/warped - that's my excuse. :lol:

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Keep an  eye on things, that’s really bad movement :)



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