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by grombert
Tue Oct 11, 2011 5:14 pm
Forum: Prototype Prattles
Topic: (F) Micro layout for real
Replies: 8
Views: 4236

(F) Micro layout for real

Hi, I subscribe to a journal called Miniature Railway that deals with gauges from 15" down. The website is: http://miniature-railway.com The current issue has an article about the Miniature Tramway Mining Company. There is a plan of this real mining operation - though how seriously it was mined...
by grombert
Sun Aug 21, 2011 9:54 pm
Forum: Modelling Matters
Topic: First foray into GN15 kit building
Replies: 7
Views: 4965

Excellent work. I assume the livery is that of Libiyan state railways and the driver has run for his life. Love the machine gun bullets landing.
by grombert
Tue Jul 12, 2011 9:37 am
Forum: Modelling Matters
Topic: can you tell what it is yet?
Replies: 30
Views: 12824

Managed to get a short clip of the Gatwick Express when at Amberley last weekend.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ba_qaZ-T4f8
Haven't checked the upload yet but hope it works.
by grombert
Wed May 18, 2011 9:57 pm
Forum: Modelling Matters
Topic: can you tell what it is yet?
Replies: 30
Views: 12824

I have finally painted it but haven't made the driver yet. http://pic50.picturetrail.com/VOL1635/8237556/15395134/396813789.jpg The mascot on the bonnet doesn't show very well, but I am sure I will be posting more on this. There is plenty of room for the dcc chip in the engine compartment. I have al...
by grombert
Fri May 13, 2011 4:53 pm
Forum: Modelling Matters
Topic: can you tell what it is yet?
Replies: 30
Views: 12824

I was tempted by a Merlin engine but decided on just 4 exhaust pipes each side. It was more of an SE5 than Spitfire but probably a Rolls. The Spirit of Ecstasy might get her nose put out of joint by the prop though. I intend to include a spare wheel on the door (rail wheel of course) The cartoon is ...
by grombert
Thu May 12, 2011 10:15 pm
Forum: Modelling Matters
Topic: can you tell what it is yet?
Replies: 30
Views: 12824

I've done some more work and it looks more like the finished article.. http://pic50.picturetrail.com/VOL1635/8237556/15395134/396707580.jpg I have based it on one of my cartoons that I have done for a friend for use in cards for sale at the Bluebell rly. The cartoon is titled 'Gatwick Express' but t...
by grombert
Sun May 08, 2011 9:59 pm
Forum: Modelling Matters
Topic: can you tell what it is yet?
Replies: 30
Views: 12824

can you tell what it is yet?

Hi I'm working on a new model for my Emmet layout and, when checking out the work so far, found I was looking at the eagle from the muppet show. Although this gives a clue to its nature I will keep it under wraps until it is a bit further advanced. http://pic50.picturetrail.com/VOL1635/8237556/15395...
by grombert
Wed Dec 08, 2010 9:57 pm
Forum: Modelling Matters
Topic: 1:24 Scale 18" Bagnal
Replies: 43
Views: 23187

Have they gone? Regarding boilers, I would not like to build my own as - even in this size and pressures - if one exploded it would make a mess or more than one's eyebrows. However, to get one the correct size I guess you will have to. Since it will be gas fired(*) and there will be no need for a fl...
by grombert
Wed Dec 01, 2010 9:11 pm
Forum: Modelling Matters
Topic: 1:24 Scale 18" Bagnal
Replies: 43
Views: 23187

Now that's what I call modelling. Have you thought of Roundhouse cylinders? In fact, I think PPS also do spare parts for steam. They also do gas tanks. http://www.roundhouse-eng.com/ http://www.pps-steam-models.co.uk/ No connection other than satisfied customer. You realise this will lead to a layout?
by grombert
Wed Nov 10, 2010 5:40 pm
Forum: Modelling Matters
Topic: Gn15 loco -DCC & sound
Replies: 5
Views: 3238

Will there be some flared wheel arches and lighting strips etc to match the monster speakers - not to mention lowered suspension? :lol:
by grombert
Mon Oct 04, 2010 9:23 pm
Forum: Modelling Matters
Topic: Some Much Pottering
Replies: 8
Views: 3726

Thanks for the comments gents. It all started with Rowland Emett - the Puffin book to make a card model of the Festival of Britain train - and I have quarried his cartoons for stuff since. However, as I also draw cartoons and now know how to make such things from sheet brass and tube I have branched...
by grombert
Mon Oct 04, 2010 2:39 pm
Forum: Modelling Matters
Topic: Some Much Pottering
Replies: 8
Views: 3726

Some Much Pottering

I have problems with this layout at home, in that I can only put it together for very short periods of time and I am usually making good the ravages of storage rather than thinking of photography. I took the opportunity to take a couple of clips showing this year's crop of models while at the Croydo...
by grombert
Mon Sep 27, 2010 10:04 pm
Forum: Modelling Matters
Topic: Camas Orainn
Replies: 35
Views: 65477

The fellow in the second picture is Ian Roberts; the builder. He is a master of improvisation and can turn the proverbial sow's ear into a model of anything you would never have thought of. He has been known to make a layout out of a cardboard box in the course of an evening (almost). This particula...
by grombert
Tue Jun 01, 2010 9:39 pm
Forum: Modelling Matters
Topic: A first attempt at track building
Replies: 45
Views: 17374

Good man. Keep at it. What works for me is to make a full size track plan on the baseboard. Then I lay some tracing paper on it and trace the relevant junction. This means I can put some double sided tape on the tracing paper. The sleepers are stuck to this and I make the turnout that way. If it doe...
by grombert
Mon May 31, 2010 10:16 pm
Forum: Modelling Matters
Topic: A first attempt at track building
Replies: 45
Views: 17374

Hi, only just caught this thread - sorry. Congratulations. You have just found one of the most satisfying bits of railway modeling. You have also found the best way to learn it - give it a go. It is now a bit late to give some tips, but here we go anyway. Tools: at least 4 gauges (find someone with ...
by grombert
Fri Mar 26, 2010 11:07 pm
Forum: Modelling Matters
Topic: Tenshodo V Black Beetle
Replies: 36
Views: 24266

Hi, I have to agree that the 'Bill/Ben' chassis is one of the best I have come across for reliability, but difficult to bash into anything freelance. Similarly the Tenshodo spuds are a constant source of trouble that need a lot of 'tickling'. I haven't had experience of the Black Beetle but they loo...
by grombert
Sun Mar 07, 2010 11:13 am
Forum: Modelling Matters
Topic: Driving creek
Replies: 3
Views: 2318

Wondered about that one, but the website indicates 'no casual riders' and should be booked 2 weeks ahead. I couldn't be certain what was happening (also explains why I didn't contact you for a beer and natter). Instead we went up to the Bay of Islands by rental car for a couple of days at the end of...
by grombert
Sat Mar 06, 2010 11:56 am
Forum: Modelling Matters
Topic: Driving creek
Replies: 3
Views: 2318

Driving creek

Just back from a bus tour of New Zealand and am in love. I had been tipped off about the Driving Creek railway in Coromandel before I went, so made a side trip on a free day. It was one of those perfect days you sometimes get when everything falls into place. Calm seas for the boat trip from Aucklan...
by grombert
Wed Jan 27, 2010 11:11 pm
Forum: Modelling Matters
Topic: Emmet update
Replies: 12
Views: 5593

Thanks for the comments. I posted the cab from the 'And some cab co.' some months back and promised to show it in action. The problem is that the layout needs special dispensation to put up in the living room and I am generally too busy talking to film anything at the exhibitions. However, I can ass...
by grombert
Tue Jan 26, 2010 11:10 am
Forum: Modelling Matters
Topic: Emmet update
Replies: 12
Views: 5593

Emmet update

Finally got round to filming the 'Andsome cab'. Just a clip herewith: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3jl783k1Xwg I make my own Xmas card each year and this year's gave me an idea for another model. I finished it just in time for the Asotlat show in Guildford (some good came from being indoors in the...
by grombert
Tue Sep 08, 2009 8:55 pm
Forum: GNine
Topic: How narrow can a B'mann Davenport go?
Replies: 16
Views: 10972

I had a similar problem in 009 with nylon gears on Minitrains locos. They were a 'push' fit on the axle. This puts a bursting stress on them and they split along the radius after a while. This opens the gap between the teeth that stops it working. I found that I could repair them by removing the gea...
by grombert
Wed Jul 01, 2009 9:32 pm
Forum: Size doesn't matter
Topic: (F) Emmett rides again
Replies: 3
Views: 5476

Regarding matt spray: I only use Letracote matt from habit. It is phenomenally expensive. They only thing is: I have only just finished a tin I pilfered from work 30 years ago, so the cost can be spread thinner than the spray. As to ideas: I think of a need, then a way of satisfying it. One thing le...
by grombert
Mon Jun 29, 2009 5:10 pm
Forum: Size doesn't matter
Topic: (F) Emmett rides again
Replies: 3
Views: 5476

At last, the paint job. I have been waiting on the carrot (to dangle in front of the iron horse). The originals had a 'nose bag' hanging on the back so the horse could be fed while waiting between jobs. I have a bucket for some coal. It doesn't go as well as before painting, but once it has trundled...
by grombert
Sat Jun 20, 2009 10:01 pm
Forum: Size doesn't matter
Topic: (F) Emmett rides again
Replies: 3
Views: 5476

OK, still painting. I should reply to some comments, as you have been kind enough to make them. (thank you) Yes, the idea of a rail mounted hansom cab is based on an Emmett cartoon. It falls into the theme I started when I included one of Crowborough's most famous former inhabitants - Conan Doyle - ...
by grombert
Mon Jun 15, 2009 9:09 pm
Forum: Size doesn't matter
Topic: (F) Emmett rides again
Replies: 3
Views: 5476

(F) Emmett rides again

Hi, I have, at last, managed to do some more work on the conveyance for Sheerluck Holmes on my Much Pottering layout. I thought I should take some pics before I painted it. http://pic50.picturetrail.com/VOL1635/8237556/15395134/367164694.jpg http://pic50.picturetrail.com/VOL1635/8237556/15395134/367...

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