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by Les
Wed Aug 17, 2016 8:00 pm
Forum: Modelling Matters
Topic: Factory Layout v2
Replies: 66
Views: 8013

Re: Factory Layout v2

Brilliant atmosphere you've captured! Exactly like being in a large building. You're tempting me back into GN15 after a long absence too....
by Les
Mon May 16, 2016 8:50 pm
Forum: You really ought to gnow your who's wahoo
Topic: Good-bye GerryB
Replies: 47
Views: 7548

Re: Good-bye GerryB

I went to see Gerry on the 4th May, when he didn't seem in too bad shape, except very tired, probably as a result of his medication, and I was genuinely hopeful that he might be with us for some time yet. However, I spoke to his daughter a couple of days ago for an update and she said he isn't well ...
by Les
Fri Apr 29, 2016 10:02 pm
Forum: You really ought to gnow your who's wahoo
Topic: Good-bye GerryB
Replies: 47
Views: 7548

Re: Good-bye GerryB

Like Chris, I haven't posted for some time as my modelling scales have "drifted" a bit of late. However, you are undoubtedly the Father of the Gnatterbox and have given me much inspiration over the years, both in your postings and personally, as a good friend. We've seen some times togethe...
by Les
Wed Jan 01, 2014 4:54 pm
Forum: Modelling Matters
Topic: Yet another, Another Katie.
Replies: 16
Views: 4463

Lovely job Roger!!
by Les
Tue Oct 15, 2013 3:59 pm
Forum: Modelling Matters
Topic: Orchard End
Replies: 36
Views: 10346

Just caught up with your thread Roger. Now I can see what you and Ian were talking about regarding the "pea soup" in the water butt! Absolutely amazing modelling all round - in the very top drawer. Congratulations :D
by Les
Fri Sep 13, 2013 3:58 pm
Forum: Modelling Matters
Topic: Dumpster Diving
Replies: 9
Views: 3394

Nice effect Bill. Re the salt technique, sorry to sound indelicate but I use saliva instead of water to stick the salt crystals :oops: . It doesn't seem to affect the acrylic too badly. I also use some smaller grains of table salt in addition to the crystals to vary the rust effect.
by Les
Fri Sep 13, 2013 3:42 pm
Forum: Modelling Matters
Topic: Critter with a ModelPower DDT Plymouth diesel?
Replies: 17
Views: 5940

Hello Pierre, I've used a Modelpower Plymouth chassis - only one axle driven by the motor but they run OK. However, they sometimes have a tendency to "waddle" (se dandiner), as the engineering is not fantastic, as you would expect for the price. This doesn't seem so important in GN15! By t...
by Les
Fri Aug 09, 2013 9:47 am
Forum: Modelling Matters
Topic: Sources of figures
Replies: 446
Views: 232761

I usually have to cut their heads off and refix them so they are looking where they are supposed to be going.
by Les
Mon Aug 05, 2013 11:32 am
Forum: Modelling Matters
Topic: Italeri 20ft Shipping container in 1/24th scale
Replies: 17
Views: 5843

Now there's an idea :)
by Les
Sun Aug 04, 2013 8:56 pm
Forum: Modelling Matters
Topic: Italeri 20ft Shipping container in 1/24th scale
Replies: 17
Views: 5843

Sorry - blasted predicted text - I meant to say all those corrugations
by Les
Sun Aug 04, 2013 8:51 pm
Forum: Modelling Matters
Topic: Italeri 20ft Shipping container in 1/24th scale
Replies: 17
Views: 5843

Brilliant! I thought I was going to have to make one from scratch (all those congregations) :(
by Les
Tue Jul 16, 2013 4:59 pm
Forum: Modelling Matters
Topic: Waitakere Tramline Layout: The Return - To The Dam And Back
Replies: 113
Views: 45500

Good luck with the show Paul :)
by Les
Thu Jul 04, 2013 12:58 pm
Forum: Modelling Matters
Topic: Moving train ferries
Replies: 55
Views: 21319

Thanks Roger, I may have to try shooting a video using my "test rig" with a mock-up of the jetty etc. to give the general idea, as I haven't started the layout itself yet.
by Les
Fri Jun 28, 2013 4:15 pm
Forum: Modelling Matters
Topic: Moving train ferries
Replies: 55
Views: 21319

Thanks Gerry, I'll have a shot at that.
by Les
Thu Jun 27, 2013 6:58 pm
Forum: Modelling Matters
Topic: Moving train ferries
Replies: 55
Views: 21319

If I can work out how to post a video, I'd be delighted. Perhaps some kind soul can give me some advice.

Thanks
by Les
Thu Jun 27, 2013 1:15 pm
Forum: Modelling Matters
Topic: Moving train ferries
Replies: 55
Views: 21319

Thanks Chris, saves me a job! That's a great photo you posted - a small ferry doing exactly what I envisaged mine doing. I thought I was straying into the realms of whimsy but it proves that there really is a prototype for everything :) Ian, my thinking was led by having to restrict the width of the...
by Les
Wed Jun 26, 2013 9:43 pm
Forum: Modelling Matters
Topic: Moving train ferries
Replies: 55
Views: 21319

Thank you for your very kind comments gentlemen :D Daniel, I was cautious about weathering the deck as I usually over-rust things and I was worried about getting any excess out of the chequer-plate, if necessary. I will try to add some more subtle weathering in different shades of rust and grime. Ch...
by Les
Wed Jun 26, 2013 7:16 pm
Forum: Modelling Matters
Topic: Moving train ferries
Replies: 55
Views: 21319

Thanks Jack and Glen! The tyres and lifebuoys are my first real attempt at moulding with Fimo. They are less than perfect but fortunately old tyres used as fenders are likely to be a bit bashed about :wink:
by Les
Wed Jun 26, 2013 5:56 pm
Forum: Modelling Matters
Topic: Moving train ferries
Replies: 55
Views: 21319

Progress report. I've completed the 1:24 ferry and now working on the slightly more elaborate 1:32 scale one. I'm afraid I've yielded to the temptation to model rather than refine the technical aspects of movement. Some shots of the 1:24 ferry below. A modelling friend has kindly come up with variou...
by Les
Sun Jun 16, 2013 9:34 am
Forum: Modelling Matters
Topic: Moving train ferries
Replies: 55
Views: 21319

Thanks Daniel. Sorry - didn't mean to suggest it was a competition, just complimenting you on a great idea :D I like your track plan too, plus the fact that the ferries have another port to go to, not just disappear behind the backscene, which was as far as my thinking had got. The first (1:24 scale...
by Les
Fri Jun 14, 2013 10:16 pm
Forum: Modelling Matters
Topic: Moving train ferries
Replies: 55
Views: 21319

Thanks Daniel. You got there first!
by Les
Thu Jun 06, 2013 9:04 pm
Forum: Modelling Matters
Topic: Moving train ferries
Replies: 55
Views: 21319

Another great idea Chris. I can foresee spending the rest of my modelling days trying them all out! Many thanks to everybody :D
by Les
Thu Jun 06, 2013 12:50 pm
Forum: Modelling Matters
Topic: Waterley Bank Estate Farm o the Waterley Bank Estate Railway
Replies: 67
Views: 31134

Daffyd, If you soak ordinary corrugated cardboard in water, the glue dissolves and you are left with the inner corrugated bit which, after pegging on the clothes line to dry (don't worry about what the neighbours think :D ) makes excellent corrugated iron. I've used this many times, most recently on...
by Les
Wed Jun 05, 2013 1:01 pm
Forum: Modelling Matters
Topic: Moving train ferries
Replies: 55
Views: 21319

Thanks for all the iterest and suggestions gentlemen - has got my aged brain buzzing! I like the idea of separate scenic modules joined together, having seen an HOe layout using this concept in a recent Voie Libre - it was pretty linear, only 15cm wide. A sheet of glass is a briliant idea to give a ...
by Les
Thu May 30, 2013 11:45 am
Forum: Modelling Matters
Topic: Moving train ferries
Replies: 55
Views: 21319

Several good ideas there, gentlemen 8) I shall work on this - as you say it's only a small area - the water area will coverabout 2ft front to back and 1'6" side to side.

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