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November 11th, 2018 by RoscoHead

Finally I’ve had to admit defeat, and remove the old site pages. This is due to the fact that I have no motivation to update the Joomla software they were on, and it doesn’t run well on PHP 5.6, which is now required for my WordPress blog. So adieu, BRE, it was fun while it lasted!

Some of my really old LEGO projects were documented on my LUGNET page, and some others are documented in this blog. I may get motivated to update it all some time in the future, but that’s currently looking unlikely.

I Don’t Remember A Thing

December 4th, 2015 by RoscoHead

Nothing alcohol related, I assure you. Just dementia.

Now where was I? Oh yeah, the Pirates also did a few covers, and here’s one of them. Another classic penned by the inimitable Paul Kelly. Ah yes, now I remember where I got the title for this post…

Some more old music

November 20th, 2015 by Administrator

This is a live recording of “Alliance”, another band I played bass with in the 80s. It’s a version of the Toto classic “Hold the Line”. I think it was probably recorded through the mixing desk, on my 4-track, probably at the Wheatsheaf Hotel, but I can’t be sure. Would have been mid-late 80s.

Unfortunately I chose to put the drums & bass on separate tracks, which meant the guitar & keys are sharing a track. But I was young and didn’t know what I was doing. Now I’m just old and don’t know what I’m doing…

Hope you like it.


June 6th, 2015 by RoscoHead

Going through some old stuff, and found some recordings of bands I used to play in, and thought itRosco‘d be cool to digitise them. They were on old 1/8″ cassette tapes (remember those?), and I just happen to have a USB cassette capture thingo, so away I went. And here’s the result. Don’t expect too much – these were recorded live, and cassettes aren’t known for their wide frequency response, or longevity. But it’s good toknow these recordings won’t be lost forever.

This one is an original song by “Pirates”, called “Tough Guys”, Written by the singer/guitarist Sam Bester. According to the label on the cassette, it was recorded on 26th January, 1990. No venue information was on the label, but I’m guessing it was probably at the “Doctor Syntax” hotel on Sandy Bay Rd, Sandy Bay.



Yet another bridge

April 7th, 2013 by RoscoHead

Yet another bridge

Here is another bridge I built a while ago. It’s been used quite a few times on M>ltc layouts, and I decided it was time for it to retire.

It’s quite a simple one, and really follows on from my last Cable Stayed Bridge, using similar techniques, but with a much different result. The most interesting attribute is that it is mounted directly on the floor, removing the need for any lowered table.

The main support is a hollow 4×4 stud tower, encasing a 2×2 stud technic rod. At appropriate places along the length, technic pins attach to 1×1 technic bricks, which are held in the outer casing. Because LEGO is not 100% perfect, this actually results in the technic rod being under tension, and thus makes the tower very strong while allowing it to flex, similar to pre-stressed concrete.

The deck sections are basically the same as the previous version, except the cable attachment points were moved to the centre. The deck does flex quite noticeably when trains cross, but there hasn’t been any failure.

Anyway, for those interested, there’s some more photos in my flickr account.

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