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by AndyB
Tue Oct 18, 2016 6:29 pm
Forum: Blether
Topic: Railway Bylines Magazine...
Replies: 1
Views: 501

Railway Bylines Magazine...

Does anyone know what has happened to Railway Bylines magazine (my favourite source of interesting railway prototypes)...? Latest edition should have appeared in the shops beginning of October- has anyone seen it? I hope it doesn't mean WHSmiths have stopped distributing it... :(
by AndyB
Tue Oct 21, 2014 4:23 pm
Forum: Blether
Topic: Narrow Gauge & Industrial Railway Modelling Review No 10
Replies: 0
Views: 861

Narrow Gauge & Industrial Railway Modelling Review No 10

this weighty magazine dropped through my letter box and gave the cat a panic attack... :D

superb.... over 220 pages its not a magazine its a book!

have I got enough spare hours to read it?? LOL!
by AndyB
Sat Aug 24, 2013 7:38 am
Forum: Prototype Prattles
Topic: Watkin
Replies: 1
Views: 1152

Watkin

In case anyone is thinking Vertically Boilered :D so as to speak. I have put some pictures of Watkin, the vertical boilered De Winton that is kept at the Penrhyn Castle Railway museum for you to peruse... (it also has some lovely narrow gauge Railway Saloons and other people carriers :) . http://www...
by AndyB
Sun Jun 06, 2010 12:28 pm
Forum: Modelling Matters
Topic: Electronics & Animation for Layouts
Replies: 22
Views: 9150

talking of animation... (good topic by the way!)

anyone had a look at the following wee beastie?

http://www.shrewtech.plus.com/rumble.html

would give animation a different dimension...

Andy
by AndyB
Wed May 19, 2010 8:41 pm
Forum: Modelling Matters
Topic: The Top yard! - Gn15 [1/24]
Replies: 158
Views: 70712

well for starters here a a few images of a point actuator... http://www.flickr.com/photos/7434592@N08/4622624524/ sorry they are a bit blurred (taken on a phone camera... ) Above is what it starts up like - plastic (in this case) curtain rail, chopped up and drilled... http://www.flickr.com/photos/7...
by AndyB
Wed May 19, 2010 3:53 pm
Forum: Modelling Matters
Topic: The Top yard! - Gn15 [1/24]
Replies: 158
Views: 70712

Andi laughter.... no... your questions are quite pertinent. There are many ways of addressing the pointwork activation issue: manual - using a 'wire in tube' method - you only have four points to worry about so the wires could be activated from the front by attaching handles to them and having some ...
by AndyB
Thu May 13, 2010 5:38 pm
Forum: Modelling Matters
Topic: A first attempt at track building
Replies: 45
Views: 16600

voice of experience here... :) if you must use double sided pcb... make sure you gap both sides :twisted: unless of course you enjoy the torture of spending hours looking for the total short circuit on the track that tested just fine with meter before you put in that track pin... :oops: Andy :D
by AndyB
Thu May 13, 2010 4:24 pm
Forum: Modelling Matters
Topic: A first attempt at track building
Replies: 45
Views: 16600

oh and another supplier of rail is...
Karlgarin http://www.karlgarin.com/whatsnew.htm
by AndyB
Thu May 13, 2010 4:11 pm
Forum: Modelling Matters
Topic: A first attempt at track building
Replies: 45
Views: 16600

Ian.............. My first question though - is.......... where on earth does one find this much vaulted PCB stuff, and how does one go about using it?......... I must admit the idea of buying expensive RTR track-work and then trashing it for a more realistic sleeper pattern does really stick in th...
by AndyB
Tue Aug 25, 2009 3:26 pm
Forum: Prototype Prattles
Topic: (F) Burneside Tramway
Replies: 5
Views: 3036

Spetisbury - that is Somerset and Dorset country... :)

found this on the net... along with several pretty pictures

http://www.geograph.org.uk/photo/1063277 :D

Tell me when its published...!

Andy
by AndyB
Tue Aug 25, 2009 3:20 pm
Forum: Prototype Prattles
Topic: (F) Burneside Tramway
Replies: 5
Views: 3036

Ah yes the watercress layout... Having moved house recently, the boards for my 'Duck Alley' layout have ended up sitting in the loft.... it has a circle of track and a couple of point motors installed but I came a cropper when it came to suitable figures (I have defined ideas about what the figures ...
by AndyB
Mon Aug 24, 2009 6:07 pm
Forum: Prototype Prattles
Topic: (F) Burneside Tramway
Replies: 5
Views: 3036

(F) Burneside Tramway

Found this while browsing the Cumbrian Railway Association website... ended up standard gauge but started off narrow gauge... wondered if any of you had come across it before? A short history: http://www.cumbria-industries.org.uk/cropper.htm and even a walk... http://www.thewestmorlandgazette.co.uk/...
by AndyB
Thu Jun 18, 2009 3:51 pm
Forum: Prototype Prattles
Topic: (F) 18" Gauge Survivor -- Chatham
Replies: 8
Views: 6754

Heywood's panels might be easier to reproduce in model form; you could probably get away with plastic down the centre to insulate :?: mmm plastic would suit the Heywood plate track style... even resin would do... could be made into an interesting model - particularly if one modelled a bucolic stand...
by AndyB
Wed Jun 17, 2009 4:18 pm
Forum: Prototype Prattles
Topic: (F) 18" Gauge Survivor -- Chatham
Replies: 8
Views: 6754

Well from one of the plans I have, the tramway style plateway track points are marked as 13 feet radius... and the track radii are done in a manner more akin to model set-track... I have been trying to work out how one might model something like this... all I can think of so far is etching the panel...
by AndyB
Tue Jun 16, 2009 5:53 pm
Forum: Prototype Prattles
Topic: (F) 18" Gauge Survivor -- Chatham
Replies: 8
Views: 6754

If you can get hold of a copy of Mark Smithers book 'An illustrated History of 18 inch Gauge Steam Railways' (OPC 0-86093-499-3); this gives a brilliant description of how the 18inch lines were used and layed out inside the works.

Andy
by AndyB
Fri Dec 19, 2008 4:18 pm
Forum: Modelling Matters
Topic: Fixing lead shot
Replies: 10
Views: 4989

I have done some more digging for information and there was a lot of
correspondence on this subject in MRJ (Model Railway Journal) with a very well set out explanation of the causes of the corrosion problem in Issue 180.

Hope this helps
Andy
by AndyB
Fri Dec 19, 2008 4:10 pm
Forum: Modelling Matters
Topic: Fixing lead shot
Replies: 10
Views: 4989

aargh! he has moved the page.... :oops:
the problem is not a myth - the lead and the pva react - it is probably more of a problem if there is brass involved (eg a brass smokebox) - so you would probably get away with it in plastic and remembered to leave some room...
Andy
by AndyB
Fri Dec 19, 2008 4:03 pm
Forum: Modelling Matters
Topic: Fixing lead shot
Replies: 10
Views: 4989

Whatever you do DO NOT use liquid lead with PVA, see the disaster on this website (www.raymondwalley.com).


http://www.raymondwalley.com

Andy
by AndyB
Fri Dec 05, 2008 7:58 pm
Forum: Modelling Matters
Topic: A Possibility
Replies: 59
Views: 17950

WW1 Trench

did any one watch the Time Team based dig on a WW1 Underground bunker recently?
by AndyB
Fri Dec 05, 2008 7:45 pm
Forum: gNot Minimum Gauge
Topic: (F) World War I and Military Railways
Replies: 8
Views: 10233

have a look at this website...

http://www.gramodels.co.uk

for 7mm WW1 tanks.

I am waiting for their Vickers Medium which was promised to arrive before the end of 2008 (quoted at Guildex at Telford)...

Andy
by AndyB
Sat Jan 05, 2008 1:09 pm
Forum: Modelling Matters
Topic: Poly-Form Mouldable Plastic
Replies: 4
Views: 2150

an inch deep dollshouse... :twisted:
would she forgive me?
could this constitute 'mental torture' for a dolls house enthusiast?

:D
by AndyB
Sat Jan 05, 2008 12:40 pm
Forum: Modelling Matters
Topic: Poly-Form Mouldable Plastic
Replies: 4
Views: 2150

mmm never seen the Maplins 'PolyMorph'...
liked the idea that Poly-Form could be reused if I got it wrong

:D

the rest of the web-site has some interesting products as well...
(her indoors is trying to get me to build another dolls house.. :evil: )
Andy
by AndyB
Sat Jan 05, 2008 11:32 am
Forum: Modelling Matters
Topic: Poly-Form Mouldable Plastic
Replies: 4
Views: 2150

Poly-Form Mouldable Plastic

by AndyB
Fri Feb 18, 2005 10:44 am
Forum: Things I've done
Topic: Messing about with threads
Replies: 7
Views: 10484

could there be some sort of system where someone could ask for part of an existing thread to be moved to a new thread? I like the way this site is organised :) Have wondered for sometime whether we should have section called something like :idea: 'Techniques'... not so much as a discussion forum bu...
by AndyB
Sat Feb 05, 2005 10:36 am
Forum: Modelling Matters
Topic: (F) Brickwork and cobbles (or setts)
Replies: 12
Views: 8717

Back in the 1970's Railway Modeller ran a series of articles by Allan Downes on generating cobbled effects ... (load of old cobbles?) Found it. Railway Modeller May 1976, A Load of old cobbles p136 ... (ooh shows you how long I've been interested in Model Railways). Memory plays tricks ... perhaps ...

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