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by Rockley Bottom
Fri Feb 10, 2012 8:22 am
Forum: Modelling Matters
Topic: I`m on a boat
Replies: 22
Views: 9478

They look to be a great time savers and accurate for narrow boat decoration. Some letters would be useful for making up names, as the letters often had deep shading on them. I would love to see a 1:12 scale narrow boat, that would be 6.feet long! I may get some 1:24 scale sheets in stock in case my ...
by Rockley Bottom
Sun Jan 29, 2012 8:04 pm
Forum: Modelling Matters
Topic: I`m on a boat
Replies: 22
Views: 9478

You are doing a fine job on your boat, and it could be owned by a small firm who only have access to a short dock. As yours is steam/diesel powered it could be pulling a butty that is off stage For transfers/decals laser printing is best but I did mine on an ink jet and gave them thin mist of varnis...
by Rockley Bottom
Sun Jan 29, 2012 12:39 pm
Forum: Modelling Matters
Topic: I`m on a boat
Replies: 22
Views: 9478

Good to see some interest in the canals as they often worked along side early railways. The narrow boats were ( as I found when I made two 60 footers for Smithies Yard) very subtle shapes. They had multi curved bows which were developed to create the least drag or bow wave. The book I used most was ...
by Rockley Bottom
Sun Nov 06, 2011 3:21 am
Forum: Modelling Matters
Topic: Gneiss Coopers now Gneiss Cider
Replies: 210
Views: 78062

I tried not to make the original too many times larger than the finished print so as not too much detail got lost in the reduction
by Rockley Bottom
Sat Nov 05, 2011 12:32 pm
Forum: Modelling Matters
Topic: Gneiss Coopers now Gneiss Cider
Replies: 210
Views: 78062

For small printed items, such as posters and street signs, I draw out at a comfortable size and then copy them, I them reduce the work on the computer to what ever scale I need and then print colour on the ink jet and B/W on the very old laser printer. Both will take up to a medium thickness card. J...
by Rockley Bottom
Tue Nov 01, 2011 12:08 pm
Forum: Modelling Matters
Topic: Point Levers
Replies: 57
Views: 29356

Hi I usually add a length of wire into the throw arm as I am pouring the resin. This gives it added strength. You can see it in the arm when "in the raw" but not when painted. My levers are cosmetic but the wire adds strength against transport damage and at shows etc. Damaged ones can be b...
by Rockley Bottom
Sun Oct 02, 2011 10:11 pm
Forum: Modelling Matters
Topic: A Lister Autotruck in 1:24
Replies: 71
Views: 24938

Great work with the weathering, as they say"little is more". It shows up the edges of the engine very well.

I was at a railway show on Saturday and saw the Faller road system working, with the lorries following a wire set in the road..

I feel tempted :roll: :roll:

Ralph
by Rockley Bottom
Sun Oct 02, 2011 3:37 am
Forum: Modelling Matters
Topic: A Lister Autotruck in 1:24
Replies: 71
Views: 24938

Thank you for the new pictures, they add alot of information about the controls etc.

You can be proud of the final result.

Ralph
by Rockley Bottom
Sun Sep 25, 2011 1:45 pm
Forum: Modelling Matters
Topic: A Lister Autotruck in 1:24
Replies: 71
Views: 24938

That is a great model, and a very good finish. Is it air brush or just brush?
I like the colour.

I have several cutting board in the same condition, even though I tried to keep one clean just for cutting, Did not work :cry:

Ralph
by Rockley Bottom
Sun Sep 25, 2011 1:06 am
Forum: Modelling Matters
Topic: A Lister Autotruck in 1:24
Replies: 71
Views: 24938

Great picture Paul.

Like the rest, I think the plate with the holes is a great piece of work. I think I would have used the wife's tea strainer and cut out the mesh from that. I have collected mesh from several sieves in a range of sizes for the time when a model demands some.

Ralph
by Rockley Bottom
Thu Sep 22, 2011 7:53 am
Forum: Modelling Matters
Topic: A Lister Autotruck in 1:24
Replies: 71
Views: 24938

Hi Paul

Thanks for the offer.

I found some overall drawings that shows the major sizes of the Lister auto-trucks, I think that these will give me a close enough guide to make a good stab at a model , when I get round to it.. :roll: :roll:


Regards Ralph.
by Rockley Bottom
Mon Sep 19, 2011 3:51 pm
Forum: Modelling Matters
Topic: A Lister Autotruck in 1:24
Replies: 71
Views: 24938

Hi Ian Just spent some " happy time" looking at the info on the auto-truck :) :) I found hidden among the detals of the type of chassis details of the major sizes :!: :!: I hope these are going to be readable as like you I often model on the "look right is right" ruler. Looking m...
by Rockley Bottom
Mon Sep 19, 2011 12:00 pm
Forum: Modelling Matters
Topic: A Lister Autotruck in 1:24
Replies: 71
Views: 24938

Many thanks for the prompt reply and the information.

The date is just what I wanted to hear! As I model the late 1930 period so one or two would fit in well with a few ideas I have as a break from Smithies Yard.

Thanks Ralph
by Rockley Bottom
Sun Sep 18, 2011 9:01 pm
Forum: Modelling Matters
Topic: A Lister Autotruck in 1:24
Replies: 71
Views: 24938

Hi

I have plenty of pictures of auto-trucks but cannot locate any plans .

Does anybody have links to drawings that would be useful in the construction of a Lister autotruck?
I also was wondering what roughly would be the date when they were first introduced?

Regards Ralph.
by Rockley Bottom
Fri Sep 09, 2011 4:13 pm
Forum: Modelling Matters
Topic: motor replacement, Magic Train
Replies: 8
Views: 3878

Thanks everybody for all the help you have given me over this problem. They give me some useful links regarding replacement motors I can use. I will post progress as and when.

Ralph
by Rockley Bottom
Thu Sep 08, 2011 2:12 am
Forum: Modelling Matters
Topic: motor replacement, Magic Train
Replies: 8
Views: 3878

Hi Ian If you do come across the white diesel, it could be a great help if you could take some sizes from the motor. I remember when the smoke and flames, ( only small ones :!: :!: :!: ) went up from the engine one of our team his name sounds like HANDLE said more :twisted: more :twisted: The carrin...
by Rockley Bottom
Wed Sep 07, 2011 7:07 pm
Forum: Modelling Matters
Topic: motor replacement, Magic Train
Replies: 8
Views: 3878

motor replacement, Magic Train

Hi All At the Dereham show a few weeks ago Smithies Yard had a loco motor burn out. This was my fault! :oops: :oops: I fitted a DCC chip but did not shorten the unwanted wires. What happend was a loose wire got into the motor which let the motor and chip burn out. Kevin at Coastal DCC did the detect...
by Rockley Bottom
Sun Sep 04, 2011 4:31 am
Forum: Modelling Matters
Topic: A Lister Autotruck in 1:24
Replies: 71
Views: 24938

I have several static lorries on Smithies Yard. The main problem with making them move is to have a model reason for them moving from A to B, the same as having a reason for having trains move The Lister truck ( great model) could hve a motor, under a load, driving the back axle, with the front whee...
by Rockley Bottom
Sun Aug 28, 2011 8:10 pm
Forum: Modelling Matters
Topic: Exhibition Presentation
Replies: 151
Views: 73252

Hi Gerry Smithies has only done four shows so far :!: The larger layout has several factors which are less obvious on the smaller ones. A lot of smaller layouts are designed around the transport available, often the family car. The width of the boot and its depth come into play. After the boards we ...
by Rockley Bottom
Fri Aug 26, 2011 9:32 pm
Forum: Modelling Matters
Topic: Exhibition Presentation
Replies: 151
Views: 73252

http://i167.photobucket.com/albums/u159/rockleybottom/extendedsmithies-1.jpg Smithies is now 16 feet long with the old layout being the centre two boards. the two boxes are the control panels built by Barry Weston. The whole layout was put together for the first time at the Dereham show last Sunday...
by Rockley Bottom
Fri Aug 05, 2011 10:31 am
Forum: Modelling Matters
Topic: Accident modelling
Replies: 12
Views: 4705

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Thought this may be of interest Gerry. Made about 10 years ago in 1:35 scale. They never did fill the shell hole in! :lol: :lol:
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by Rockley Bottom
Fri Apr 15, 2011 10:14 pm
Forum: Modelling Matters
Topic: The Prince Consorts Library - An Amazing Backdrop
Replies: 15
Views: 7140

Hi Juergen Great stuff, well up to your standard, They are always well thought out and "staged" May have some pictures soon..... We have been putting a few changes to Smithies Yard. I have just added slips to the factory chimney, 24inch tall. Plus the boiler house. about 7,000 slips so far...
by Rockley Bottom
Sat Apr 09, 2011 7:30 am
Forum: The GnOrfolkers [Gn15]
Topic: Meeting Report - 23rd March '11
Replies: 1
Views: 12708

I have just about finished the bricking of the chimney which I made originally for the gararge railway. It is a scaled up Hornby kit. the brick papers were enlarged to 1:24 scale. To match the aquaduct I am covering the chimney in brick slips. As a matter of interest, the chimney is 24 inches tall p...
by Rockley Bottom
Fri Mar 18, 2011 8:28 am
Forum: You really ought to gnow your who's wahoo
Topic: I'm New
Replies: 13
Views: 7562

Great shot :!:

A little big for my work room.
Ralph
by Rockley Bottom
Wed Mar 16, 2011 10:47 pm
Forum: Modelling Matters
Topic: Smallbrook "Heywood" style loco
Replies: 6
Views: 5963

On several locos running on Smithies Yard I have had the space between the spokes on the drivers filled with body filler and then added thin plastic card balances. These wheels look a little more like cast disk wheels which seems to look better on some small industrial locos than too many spokes. Ra...

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