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by Blackcloud Railways
Sat Apr 13, 2013 2:53 pm
Forum: Blether
Topic: Minimum space 0 gauge
Replies: 6
Views: 2417

Nowt wrong with minimum space gauge O...
http://c-r-m.webs.com/layouts.htm#897366209
:D
by Blackcloud Railways
Thu Apr 04, 2013 7:55 am
Forum: Modelling Matters
Topic: Tipping Skip Wagon
Replies: 15
Views: 5547

Nice one Bob - do you still have Hayfinch? Unfortunately not, but there is a new branch of the Hayfinch Estate Railway to Lescanby Moor under construction. The tipper wagon had its original wheels refitted and is now part of the stock (in storage) of my 1 inch scale Blackcloud Estate Railway .
by Blackcloud Railways
Wed Apr 03, 2013 5:58 am
Forum: Modelling Matters
Topic: Tipping Skip Wagon
Replies: 15
Views: 5547

One of my early excursions into Gn15 used the Tri-ang Big Big Trains side tipper, rewheeled for 16.5mm gauge, and operated by a simple push rod hidden in the bushes behind the line. Unfortunately I don't have photos of it any more but it can be seen on Small Layout Scrapbook #51 about a third of the...
by Blackcloud Railways
Sat Mar 30, 2013 7:17 am
Forum: Modelling Matters
Topic: Gn15 Critter No 1
Replies: 7
Views: 2747

Excellent little critter. Not sure that the Southern Pacific actually ran anything like that, but maybe your SP is on a little tropical paradise island. :lol: :wink: There are 1:24 figures available quite cheaply from the far east on ebay, they may need a bit of surgery to fit into the cab but a raz...
by Blackcloud Railways
Fri Mar 29, 2013 5:42 pm
Forum: Modelling Matters
Topic: Lescanby Moor
Replies: 8
Views: 3881

Some progress, at last. http://i79.photobucket.com/albums/j134/CheshireRailwayModellers/Gn15/100_4559_zpse4324d18.jpg I've done a little work on the ground cover today, also painted/rusted the warehouse and added brickpaper to the wall. http://i79.photobucket.com/albums/j134/CheshireRailwayModellers...
by Blackcloud Railways
Thu Mar 14, 2013 4:38 pm
Forum: Blether
Topic: SURVEY - A few questions about model kits
Replies: 11
Views: 2933

One. If you had a choice of all the following types of kit for the same model (say; a wagon or a building), which one would you choose? 2. Resin castings. or 4. Plastic mouldings. Two. Do you make more use of complete kits to make a complete model or of individual commercially-made components as pa...
by Blackcloud Railways
Sun Mar 10, 2013 6:57 pm
Forum: Blether
Topic: Macclesfield 2013, pictures from the show.
Replies: 1
Views: 1197

Macclesfield 2013, pictures from the show.

A selection of the layouts that caught my interested, and camera, this afternoon at the Macclesfield MRG's annual show. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EbFaJ4L7F34 Kill the sound if you don't like jazz. It's a slideshow via YouTube. The sooner Photobucket gets its act together the better. :x
by Blackcloud Railways
Thu Feb 28, 2013 8:51 pm
Forum: Blether
Topic: John's Jottings
Replies: 0
Views: 1357

John's Jottings

John's Jottings is a series of monthly letters from a model railway club "somewhere in Cheshire". It has been running for about six years as part of the Cheshire (later Connected) Railway Modellers website. As CRM has been wound up this month the Jottings are now being independently hosted...
by Blackcloud Railways
Thu Feb 28, 2013 1:54 pm
Forum: Trade tittle-tattle
Topic: RTR Gn15 from Bachmann?
Replies: 3
Views: 2316

RTR Gn15 from Bachmann?

No, not the locos! Look out for the hopper wagons about 35 seconds into the video...
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zx5AoMoN_-M
by Blackcloud Railways
Sat Feb 23, 2013 8:00 pm
Forum: Size doesn't matter
Topic: O9 joins Blackcloud's Railways
Replies: 162
Views: 66550

Kids in bed. Kitchen free. Time to scrape out the flangeways, clean the rails and have a test run on the module. The loco is a battery trammer kit by Unit Models, adapted to fit a Kato tram chassis.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wqUW6r8ZQK4
by Blackcloud Railways
Sat Feb 16, 2013 10:14 pm
Forum: Size doesn't matter
Topic: O9 joins Blackcloud's Railways
Replies: 162
Views: 66550

Sand Hutton had a generous loading gauge, but these beasts were even bigger... And still only 18 inch gauge. :wink:
by Blackcloud Railways
Sat Feb 16, 2013 4:41 pm
Forum: Size doesn't matter
Topic: O9 joins Blackcloud's Railways
Replies: 162
Views: 66550

Slimming club... No, not for me! Built for comfort, not speed, and too old to start bothering about my figure. http://i79.photobucket.com/albums/j134/CheshireRailwayModellers/O9/coach2_zpsb22e99d4.jpg The slimming here is from O16.5/On30 to O9/On18 and the patient is a short Chivers waycar. This wa...
by Blackcloud Railways
Fri Feb 15, 2013 2:39 pm
Forum: Size doesn't matter
Topic: O9 joins Blackcloud's Railways
Replies: 162
Views: 66550

I've dropped the idea of using a bridge as the scenic break and replaced this with a water tower, which fits into the scene much better. The track has been ballasted and a start made on ground cover, so I'm now waiting for glue to dry. In the meantime here's a quite nice old snapshot I've found of t...
by Blackcloud Railways
Wed Feb 13, 2013 9:34 am
Forum: You really ought to gnow your who's wahoo
Topic: Gnew to Gnattering
Replies: 6
Views: 3445

Re: Gnew to Gnattering

Roger Jenner wrote:i may be a serial lurker.


Ah, another modeller using corn flake packets as a source of building materials...

Ooops. serial, not cereal, sorry.



Welcome aboard anyway. :D
by Blackcloud Railways
Sun Feb 10, 2013 9:43 am
Forum: Size doesn't matter
Topic: O9 joins Blackcloud's Railways
Replies: 162
Views: 66550

Following the experiments with 9mm gauge track on the CRM style modular system I've started work on an O9 modular layout... OK, not quite true. I've started work on a single O9 module, but that's how the Ferrocarril Internacional started! The baseboard from my abandoned Asilo Sur On30 module has had...
by Blackcloud Railways
Sat Feb 09, 2013 12:42 am
Forum: Size doesn't matter
Topic: O9 joins Blackcloud's Railways
Replies: 162
Views: 66550

There is a discussion currently on the NGRM forum regarding creating an O9 modular layout. Various aspects have been raised including possible use of the Connected Railway Modellers link system between modules (as used on the Ferrocarril Internacional in On30). For Gnatterboxers who are not NGRM mem...
by Blackcloud Railways
Thu Feb 07, 2013 4:50 pm
Forum: Size doesn't matter
Topic: O9 joins Blackcloud's Railways
Replies: 162
Views: 66550

My usual weathering, ie rusting, treatment will take the shine off it once the repainted areas have had time for the dry properly. http://i79.photobucket.com/albums/j134/CheshireRailwayModellers/O9/Luke_zpse960496a.jpg Like that. :D The Kerr Stuart has been given a test run, along with the other sm...
by Blackcloud Railways
Wed Feb 06, 2013 10:54 am
Forum: Size doesn't matter
Topic: O9 joins Blackcloud's Railways
Replies: 162
Views: 66550

The boiler and tank assembly is die cast, the rest of it plastic... Including the wagon chassis it runs on. This is one of a series of unpowered locos for use with my motorised wagons. The subterfuge works better than you may think, at Mickleover on Saturday I was running the little tractor in front...
by Blackcloud Railways
Wed Feb 06, 2013 8:02 am
Forum: Size doesn't matter
Topic: O9 joins Blackcloud's Railways
Replies: 162
Views: 66550

Back on topic, I did a hack job (literally, with a saw, as well as figuratively, with the least attention to detail) on a Take-N-Play Thomas die cast model of Luke yesterday. http://i79.photobucket.com/albums/j134/CheshireRailwayModellers/O9/Luke2_zps51c774c5.jpg http://i79.photobucket.com/albums/j1...
by Blackcloud Railways
Mon Feb 04, 2013 9:18 pm
Forum: Size doesn't matter
Topic: O9 joins Blackcloud's Railways
Replies: 162
Views: 66550

Some areas of the loco would have needed a lot of rubbing down if it was going to have a decent paint job instead of the rusty finish I am aiming for. This particular print was nothing like as ready to use as Shapeways products but some of Chris's diesels looked ready to paint, even the ones in the ...
by Blackcloud Railways
Mon Feb 04, 2013 6:27 pm
Forum: Size doesn't matter
Topic: O9 joins Blackcloud's Railways
Replies: 162
Views: 66550

In fairness I was being quite heavy handed when stuffing the modelling clay into the boiler. This winter weather's no good for paintwork. She's gone all rusty! http://i79.photobucket.com/albums/j134/CheshireRailwayModellers/blogpics/100_4154_zps148cfcc4.jpg This view reveals the raised footplate wel...
by Blackcloud Railways
Mon Feb 04, 2013 1:25 pm
Forum: Size doesn't matter
Topic: O9 joins Blackcloud's Railways
Replies: 162
Views: 66550

A serious accident befell the steam loco this morning. The plastic used by the printing process is very brittle, while stuffing the boiler with modelling clay to add weight I managed to break the cab. The footplate snapped just behind the boiler backhead and the narrow beams above the doors both cam...
by Blackcloud Railways
Mon Feb 04, 2013 1:09 pm
Forum: Modelling Matters
Topic: Lescanby Moor
Replies: 8
Views: 3881

Hi Churz The rear track is elevated because the layout started life as a OO version of my O scale micro "Lyddlow" which has the rear track elevated for scenic effect rather than any operational reason. Kadees are used but I prefer uncoupling them manually in the off stage area before prope...
by Blackcloud Railways
Sun Feb 03, 2013 11:39 am
Forum: Size doesn't matter
Topic: O9 joins Blackcloud's Railways
Replies: 162
Views: 66550

I went to the 7mm NGA open day with Allt-Na-Ballt yesterday. Across the aisle from my layout was Chris Ward's 3D printing trade stand... Needless to say temptation got the better of me and I bought an O scale tank engine from the discount box (always the skinflint). These photos were taken while wor...

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