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by andrew blackwell
Wed Sep 04, 2013 7:48 pm
Forum: Prototype Prattles
Topic: For Sale - Illustrated History 18" Gauge Steam Railways
Replies: 4
Views: 1880

Now sold!
by andrew blackwell
Wed Sep 04, 2013 6:41 pm
Forum: Prototype Prattles
Topic: For Sale - Illustrated History 18" Gauge Steam Railways
Replies: 4
Views: 1880

Thanks Brack,

that's what I thought. I've done with it now so would rather it were enjoyed by another likeminded person for a reasonable price, than on my shelf. I'm only breaking even on it - I paid that much 8-10 yrs ago.

Any new owner will not be disappointed.

Andrew
by andrew blackwell
Wed Sep 04, 2013 9:30 am
Forum: Prototype Prattles
Topic: For Sale - Illustrated History 18" Gauge Steam Railways
Replies: 4
Views: 1880

For Sale - Illustrated History 18" Gauge Steam Railways

For sale - the Mark Smithers book "Illustrated History of 18" Gauge steam railways", in good condition.

£30, plus postage TBA. UK only.
by andrew blackwell
Thu Aug 07, 2008 9:49 am
Forum: Modelling Matters
Topic: Ambasador Works... Chocolate Box Micro
Replies: 149
Views: 70837

I think it would look good with a large greenhouse as a backdrop, maybe full of large tomato plants on an industrial scale. Shed at front/side to house boiler for heating greenhouse, with heavy pipework for hot water going into greenhouse to circulate, & finer pipework for watering the plants. C...
by andrew blackwell
Tue Apr 29, 2008 11:12 am
Forum: GNine
Topic: ride in coach
Replies: 15
Views: 8711

Count me in with Colin & Simon. Price depending, i'll go for 2 or 3. They look great.

Andrew
by andrew blackwell
Fri Mar 14, 2008 10:06 am
Forum: Modelling Matters
Topic: Liquid lead
Replies: 11
Views: 4545

Put a call into Calder Lead Group & ask for a sample of 0.5mm lead shot. Invent an industrial application, & they'll send a couple of business card size boxfulls out FOC.

http://www.calderlead.co.uk/

Andrew
by andrew blackwell
Fri Oct 12, 2007 12:25 pm
Forum: Modelling Matters
Topic: Alston branch
Replies: 15
Views: 10643

That is a great model. I love the amount of detail you've got in things like beading edges & window lips. I'm interested in this as Naworth originally ran in my home town, at Horden Colliery in the East Durham coalfield, plus moving to a few other NCB sites. I've had trips behind it at Alston. A...
by andrew blackwell
Tue Sep 18, 2007 7:46 am
Forum: Size doesn't matter
Topic: (F) Shifting Sands Gala Day -- O9
Replies: 6
Views: 23954

On both the steamers all visible white metal bits came from Chivers Finelines C&M Barclay 0-6-2 kit, even the buffers & cab / tender steps. Most are modified; the smokebox is too low out of the box, so I shimmed them up. Chimney is drill through, a bit chopped out, rejoined & filed to bl...
by andrew blackwell
Tue Sep 11, 2007 9:55 am
Forum: Size doesn't matter
Topic: (F) Shifting Sands Gala Day -- O9
Replies: 6
Views: 23954

I had a good day on Saturday with Colin. His layout was the best one there on the day, and probably unique in its theme. These photos are fantastic. I did not see the locos in that perspective with being stood at the rear of the layout. The cowcatchers on both the pacific & 2-8-2 have since been...
by andrew blackwell
Wed Jun 20, 2007 10:09 am
Forum: Modelling Matters
Topic: wheel blackening
Replies: 6
Views: 2517

A quick scrape last night revealed the wheels to be mostly metal. The spokes are just painted black. There is a small central plastic bush where they mount to the axles for insulation. I may just try the black marker method first. Tender drive means conductivity is no issue so its worth a go. A furt...
by andrew blackwell
Tue Jun 19, 2007 1:06 pm
Forum: Modelling Matters
Topic: wheel blackening
Replies: 6
Views: 2517

Thanks to both Mick & Steve, I'll try both suggestions. Hadn't realised their was potential to damage plastic with these chemicals, so thank you for that caution. The chassis is an old kaput Minitrix Britannia. It came my way missing motor, most valve gear & several other bits so its gradual...
by andrew blackwell
Tue Jun 19, 2007 10:41 am
Forum: Modelling Matters
Topic: wheel blackening
Replies: 6
Views: 2517

wheel blackening

Can anyone offer me advice on how best to chemically blacken the nickel (i think?) wheels on a minitrix chassis. I've heard of Carrs products but have no knowledge or experience with them. Any help & advice appreciated. Not keen on using paint or black marker as it still leaves the flanges brigh...
by andrew blackwell
Fri Jun 08, 2007 10:47 am
Forum: GNine
Topic: Gnine 'industrial' prototypes?
Replies: 39
Views: 21369

I've thought of it while building my O9 pacific, that maybe with a new tender & Gscale driver it could be a 7¼" or 9" gauge miniature. I thnk it may work better with that loco, rather than my 2-8-2 which has a specific Ravenglass 15" look to it. Just a case of getting spare time. ...
by andrew blackwell
Wed Jun 06, 2007 10:24 am
Forum: GNine
Topic: Kitbashing Titch
Replies: 38
Views: 23853

Nice work Steve,
Can you show me a photo of the Kato chassis as you've shortened it. What can its length & width be reduced to before you hit structural issues?

All the best
Andrew
by andrew blackwell
Fri May 11, 2007 12:38 pm
Forum: Modelling Matters
Topic: What a Mess!!!!
Replies: 32
Views: 13657

Fantastic work, you must be a master of oxidisation! Jealous of those two items.

Andrew
by andrew blackwell
Fri May 11, 2007 9:48 am
Forum: Size doesn't matter
Topic: (F) Mordred -- O9
Replies: 6
Views: 7873

I'm a fan of the Morded kit, thought I was the only one! Built one as standard, and the other modified to look more like Rattys ICL2. Never actually got round to painting either of them. The ICL2 ran on a Farish prairie chassis (since robbed for another project) so it's a conversion worth considerin...
by andrew blackwell
Fri Apr 27, 2007 10:49 am
Forum: GNine
Topic: A new Gnine wagon
Replies: 17
Views: 9610

Very homemade looking, as though the chassis is made of standard box-section steel, & everything else from materials to hand.

Andrew
by andrew blackwell
Thu Apr 19, 2007 7:06 am
Forum: Modelling Matters
Topic: Working on a building
Replies: 13
Views: 4539

George,
Some great texture & detail in there. The same stands true for the rolling stock i can see in the foreground.

Andrew
by andrew blackwell
Wed Apr 11, 2007 1:26 pm
Forum: Modelling Matters
Topic: Gnutley Grange, another pizza saga and the techniques used.
Replies: 239
Views: 122485

Steve, Don't you sleep? Perhaps you've got a workbench like on "Blue Peter" where there's always "one i prepared earlier" stored underneath. Whatever the case, the tree stump & mussel laden post look good. I'll be trying out the mussel version when i do my seaside line. Andrew
by andrew blackwell
Fri Feb 23, 2007 9:30 am
Forum: Modelling Matters
Topic: Minimum gauge, BIG space!!!
Replies: 26
Views: 10283

Pity there's no more pics of it. Can't find anything else about it on the net either. The larger scales offer much more scope for modelling a Bassett Lowke atlantic than in O9.
Andrew
by andrew blackwell
Mon Feb 19, 2007 1:19 pm
Forum: GNine
Topic: Parc train
Replies: 5
Views: 4052

I really like that design. Looks exactly like something from an amusement park. The most basic attempt at making an i/c loco into steam outline. Will it be in a very bright paint scheme?

Andrew
by andrew blackwell
Thu Jan 11, 2007 2:19 pm
Forum: GNine
Topic: Passenger stock - what kind of seats?
Replies: 17
Views: 10557

Jim, Regarding the MT bogies, Steve is right that N scale could look undersize depending upon the length of your carriage. My own carriages recently posted in the On15 forum are 140mm long, look & run OK on these bogies. Steves post reminded me that the chassis from his very own O9 /On15 tiny tr...
by andrew blackwell
Thu Jan 11, 2007 12:51 pm
Forum: GNine
Topic: Passenger stock - what kind of seats?
Replies: 17
Views: 10557

Jim, The well type chassis is a nice design. For N-scale bogies have you not tried http://www.mgsharp.com of sheffield. They carry a range of american Microtrains N scale trucks (as the US call them). I use them on my O9 bogie stock. They're great, & can be bought either with the Microtrains cou...
by andrew blackwell
Mon Jan 08, 2007 9:06 am
Forum: Size doesn't matter
Topic: (F) Comfy Coaches for Tiny Passengers -- O9
Replies: 4
Views: 5914

My green loco is featured in a thread elsewhere on here, but I cannot recall where. Basically it runs on an N gauge Farish 8F chassis but modified with a Minitrix trailing bogie. The body and tender are mainly styrene tube and sheet. Smokebox, chimney, dome and lots of other bits are cut down 009 it...
by andrew blackwell
Wed Jan 03, 2007 9:54 am
Forum: Size doesn't matter
Topic: (F) Comfy Coaches for Tiny Passengers -- O9
Replies: 4
Views: 5914

Thanks for kind words. The carriages are built with a footwell that runs below the level of the chassis frame, but that didn't show up in the pictures as I'd already painted it black but not yet highlighted its edges. Similarly the white chassis rails look like square styrene bar in the pics, but ar...

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