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by Bilco
Sun Oct 20, 2019 3:50 pm
Forum: Modelling Matters
Topic: Estate Elongate
Replies: 10
Views: 695

Re: Estate Elongate

So, just over two weeks since the last update - it feels longer ... I've finally finished painting and ballasting the track ... https://i.imgur.com/hDniPUb.jpg The track is mainly* Peco code 100 Streamline. I moved the sleepers into pairs and spaced them out, then stuck them down - that was the easy...
by Bilco
Tue Oct 15, 2019 7:22 am
Forum: Modelling Matters
Topic: Estate Elongate
Replies: 10
Views: 695

Re: Estate Elongate

Hi Geoff,

Basically, the rails are pre-bent so that there is no tendency to straighten. I use Woodland Scenics glue to stick the track down, and put weights on it until the glue is set. It seems to stay down well, although it can be unstuck easily by sliding a thin blade under the sleepers!
by Bilco
Sat Oct 05, 2019 4:09 pm
Forum: Modelling Matters
Topic: Estate Elongate
Replies: 10
Views: 695

Re: Estate Elongate

Hi Stockers,

The original board is 24" x 18", the two new ones are 24" x 14", and the Rotaverser Mk II is 14" x 18" ...

So, the overall length is 7' 6" ...
by Bilco
Fri Oct 04, 2019 4:31 pm
Forum: Modelling Matters
Topic: Estate Elongate
Replies: 10
Views: 695

Re: Estate Elongate

Isn't it funny how you see things in a photo of your model that you completely miss when looking at the real thing? After my post yesterday I looked at the photos along the baseboards, and at the 'ugly jiggle'. Suddenly, the thought struck that, if I reversed the length of track between the Y point ...
by Bilco
Thu Oct 03, 2019 6:12 pm
Forum: Modelling Matters
Topic: Estate Elongate
Replies: 10
Views: 695

Re: Estate Elongate

Right - the two new boards have the backscenes sky-painted, and track laid ... https://i.imgur.com/TL8yg5o.jpg https://i.imgur.com/o5333G5.jpg https://i.imgur.com/Wgvv851.jpg The rather ugly jiggle in the inner track of the loop arises because:- a) I want to use the track bits I have in stock b) I w...
by Bilco
Sat Sep 14, 2019 7:04 pm
Forum: Modelling Matters
Topic: Estate Elongate
Replies: 10
Views: 695

Estate Elongate

Right - the New Phase of Berger Hall - Elongation .... The plan is to have the railway running through a bit of estate scenery, with the Stable Yard scene as one end of an out-and-back layout ... https://i.imgur.com/2EMWwF8.jpg Building the new baseboards, using the tried and tested hardboard base w...
by Bilco
Wed Sep 04, 2019 6:11 pm
Forum: Modelling Matters
Topic: Estate Update
Replies: 55
Views: 5063

Re: Estate Update

Hi Les, I think I've sorted the crankpin problen with ETTIE - pushed the pins in and tilted the crossheads outwards a fraction. It's due a check run soon. As for the electrical fault on the back two lines - it went away later in the afternoon! I went though a diagnostic check with a kind soul from t...
by Bilco
Mon Sep 02, 2019 6:28 pm
Forum: Modelling Matters
Topic: Estate Update
Replies: 55
Views: 5063

Re: Estate Update

I had an interesting day at Pewsey with Berger Hall 2019, aka Berger Hall Miniature Railway. An intermittant electrical fault rendered the two rear tracks unusable from time-to-time, and ETTIE, which performed flawlessly at Warley, jammed the left-hand cross-head and front wheel crank pin within 30 ...
by Bilco
Tue Aug 13, 2019 6:09 pm
Forum: Modelling Matters
Topic: Estate Update
Replies: 55
Views: 5063

Re: Estate Update

Right - back from my hols and only a few days to Pewsey ... The 2-compartment open is finished and operational. The Smallbrook bogies were waiting for me when I got home, but they were a tight fit between the solebars of the coach - no room to pivot - so I cut one in half and made it a 4-wheeler ......
by Bilco
Tue Jul 23, 2019 11:15 am
Forum: Modelling Matters
Topic: Estate Update
Replies: 55
Views: 5063

Re: Estate Update

We've had family staying with us for the last few days, so the layout got stowed away. However, I have managed to use odd moments to do a bit of styrene cutting-and-sticking ... https://i.imgur.com/Y1mcdE1.jpg A two-compartment open to match Steve Bennet's smaller version. I'm just waiting on a pair...
by Bilco
Sun Jul 21, 2019 11:00 am
Forum: Modelling Matters
Topic: Estate Update
Replies: 55
Views: 5063

Re: Estate Update

https://i.imgur.com/AYMHzEc.jpg The driver is Nigel 'Ice' Biscuit, great-grandson of Gari. When asked why he had taken 'Ice' as a nick-name he said that he thought it was cooler than Nigel ... Nigel seems to lead a charmed life, always managing to avoid the dirty jobs, but always getting to drive o...
by Bilco
Wed Jul 17, 2019 4:31 pm
Forum: Modelling Matters
Topic: Estate Update
Replies: 55
Views: 5063

Re: Estate Update

Right - as promised, a photo of the latest two figures ... https://i.imgur.com/k5nhH5t.jpg On the left - the head and legs from the Truck-drivers kits, and torso and arms from two Schleich figures, while levitating in the coach it's various parts from the Truck-drivers with legs modified for sitting...
by Bilco
Sun Jul 14, 2019 6:42 pm
Forum: Modelling Matters
Topic: Estate Update
Replies: 55
Views: 5063

Re: Estate Update

While all the photography parlaver was going on in the Yard, some of the volunteers took a break in the shade beside the loco shed ... https://i.imgur.com/pIrfzfk.jpg Meanwhile, there are a couple of other figures being progressed through Igor's workshop - photos to come in a few days ...
by Bilco
Sun Jul 14, 2019 3:31 pm
Forum: Modelling Matters
Topic: Estate Update
Replies: 55
Views: 5063

Re: Estate Update

And finally - to produce the last driver we dragged out a couple of old, Chinese Preiser rip-off figures and gave them a tidy-up and repaint ... https://i.imgur.com/AYMHzEc.jpg The driver is Nigel 'Ice' Biscuit, great-grandson of Gari. When asked why he had taken 'Ice' as a nick-name he said that he...
by Bilco
Sun Jul 14, 2019 3:21 pm
Forum: Modelling Matters
Topic: Estate Update
Replies: 55
Views: 5063

Re: Estate Update

Having amassed a stash of body-parts from the Masterbox figures, Fujimi Mechanics set, Italeri Truck Drivers, and some Schleich left-overs that Igor has had maturing in his store for quite a while, we set about mix-and-matching them to get the required 4 drivers, plus misc. seated passengers and sta...
by Bilco
Sun Jul 14, 2019 3:06 pm
Forum: Modelling Matters
Topic: Estate Update
Replies: 55
Views: 5063

Re: Estate Update

I've spent a good part of the last three weeks working on figures - especially female figures - in present-day dress, and now have a range to show ... Those two figures from Shapeways have been painted - the rough finish isn't too apparent from a couple of feet way ... https://i.imgur.com/GXrokYp.jp...
by Bilco
Mon Jun 24, 2019 7:51 am
Forum: Modelling Matters
Topic: Estate Update
Replies: 55
Views: 5063

Re: Estate Update

Thank Peter - but I've found some suitable figures on Shapeways ...

Image

... a couple of the few that actually had clothes on ...
by Bilco
Sun Jun 16, 2019 10:40 am
Forum: Modelling Matters
Topic: Estate Update
Replies: 55
Views: 5063

Re: Estate Update

Further to the theme of figures - I have been looking through what's available on eBay, and decided to get some of the American Diorama 1:24 figures. I now have three standing and two sitting ... https://i.imgur.com/1mu6W7V.jpg These are made with resin, but I think I can make a couple of small alte...
by Bilco
Sun Jun 16, 2019 10:28 am
Forum: Modelling Matters
Topic: Estate Update
Replies: 55
Views: 5063

Re: Estate Update

Another 3-week hiatus - but I did spend one week of it walking in Cornwall (and didn't we have lovely weather instead of incessant rain). We went down and back by train, which was a lot easier than driving, and on the whole worked out very well. I've been giving some thought to populating the layout...
by Bilco
Mon May 27, 2019 2:06 pm
Forum: Modelling Matters
Topic: Estate Update
Replies: 55
Views: 5063

Re: Estate Update

Three weeks since my last post - so what have I been doing? Fiddling around with bits of card, wood, styrene, paint, glue .... http://i.imgur.com/WDkaf4R.jpg The current state of play. The balustrade is fettled, painted, weathered, and fitted. It came out rather better than I expected. On the Rotave...
by Bilco
Mon May 06, 2019 7:29 pm
Forum: Modelling Matters
Topic: Estate Update
Replies: 55
Views: 5063

Re: Estate Update

This weekend has been spent balustrading ... I bought a couple of dolls-house scale wooden balustrades from t'Bay ... https://i.imgur.com/QhBh9Ay.jpg ... much too big and bulky for what I wanted, but I cut out the uprights, shortened them slightly, made a base plate and a top rail from Woodlands Sce...
by Bilco
Fri Apr 26, 2019 6:21 pm
Forum: Modelling Matters
Topic: Estate Update
Replies: 55
Views: 5063

Re: Estate Update

Things progress slowly ... I've arranged a simple system to attach the Rotaverser to the diorama/photo plank/layout ... https://i.imgur.com/BS3XuaN.jpg ... 2 steel right-angle brackets fixed to the scenic bit ... https://i.imgur.com/hi87DzC.jpg ... and 2 Mega Magnets - rare-earth magnets about 12mm ...
by Bilco
Mon Apr 22, 2019 12:46 pm
Forum: Modelling Matters
Topic: Estate Update
Replies: 55
Views: 5063

Re: Estate Update

Maybe I can arrange things so that the 'Magic Roundabout' theme music accompanies the turning of the handle ...
by Bilco
Thu Apr 18, 2019 3:24 pm
Forum: Modelling Matters
Topic: Estate Update
Replies: 55
Views: 5063

Re: Estate Update

Progress continues at a slow pace ... https://i.imgur.com/b2EQPyx.jpg https://i.imgur.com/sVgmaUE.jpg Track has been laid on the turning part of the Rotaverser, and seems to match up quite well with the scenic part of things. A little fine-tuning of rail levels is required to (hopefully) get a smoot...

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