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by Bilco
Thu Oct 18, 2018 3:46 pm
Forum: Modelling Matters
Topic: Just a Simple Cut-and-Shut?
Replies: 19
Views: 1271

Re: Just a Simple Cut-and-Shut?

I've applied Green Stuff to the Lemax figure, and he now has arms and legs again, along with a green pancake on his head ... https://i.imgur.com/iQca6Sa.jpg His left hand and lower arm are from the original figure, like the lower legs. I asked Igor to give me a hand - "Right or left?" he s...
by Bilco
Mon Oct 15, 2018 7:04 pm
Forum: Modelling Matters
Topic: Just a Simple Cut-and-Shut?
Replies: 19
Views: 1271

Re: Just a Simple Cut-and-Shut?

Many thanks Mark - it's turned out better than I feared, although I can only see the infelicities, as ever. The next task is to get the driver finished in time for Warley - I also have the get the layout down from its hibernation and make sure it still works ...

Hours of fun ...
by Bilco
Fri Oct 12, 2018 6:23 pm
Forum: Modelling Matters
Topic: Just a Simple Cut-and-Shut?
Replies: 19
Views: 1271

Re: Just a Simple Cut-and-Shut?

Right - at last those 'little details' have been done, and the splendid name and works plates from Narrow Planet have been fitted, and the result is ... https://i.imgur.com/Zd7p5Ec.jpg ... which looks a bit like what I'd envisaged when I started on this project. Allow me to introduce 'Lady Frideswid...
by Bilco
Fri Sep 14, 2018 6:49 pm
Forum: Modelling Matters
Topic: "KATIE" nameplates - source(s) ?
Replies: 3
Views: 180

Re: "KATIE" nameplates - source(s) ?

Narrow Planet https://shop.narrowplanet.co.uk/
Takes about 5 weeks.

Imagekaffie complete 014 by Bill Corser, on Flickr
by Bilco
Fri Sep 07, 2018 11:08 am
Forum: Modelling Matters
Topic: Just a Simple Cut-and-Shut?
Replies: 19
Views: 1271

Re: Just a Simple Cut-and-Shut?

Well, the lining and varnishing are done. Not too many traumas - trying to get a long strip of lining to stay in place, and keep straight, produced a bout of shouting, and the old lady at the other end of the village duly complained, but otherwise .... https://i.imgur.com/nhWR80y.jpg https://i.imgur...
by Bilco
Fri Aug 31, 2018 6:20 pm
Forum: Modelling Matters
Topic: Just a Simple Cut-and-Shut?
Replies: 19
Views: 1271

Re: Just a Simple Cut-and-Shut?

Not a lot done this week - we've had visitors, and the modelling room ... err, room where I do my modelling ... was in use as a bedroom. However, I made the faux-valve gear on the lines of the Katies I've done before ... https://farm2.staticflickr.com/1853/43479461155_94ae14b6a6_b.jpg IMGP0064-crop ...
by Bilco
Wed Aug 22, 2018 6:08 pm
Forum: Modelling Matters
Topic: Just a Simple Cut-and-Shut?
Replies: 19
Views: 1271

Re: Just a Simple Cut-and-Shut?

I thought it was about time I turned my efforts to the mechanism that's supposed to fit inside and under the body that's been the focus of my posts for a while. In the first post of this thread I showed the extremely second-hand Hornby 0-6-0 chassis I found on t'Bay, with no motor or pickups - the l...
by Bilco
Sat Aug 18, 2018 2:30 pm
Forum: Modelling Matters
Topic: Just a Simple Cut-and-Shut?
Replies: 19
Views: 1271

Re: Just a Simple Cut-and-Shut?

Well, things have progressed, albeit slowly. I applied the beading around the top of the tank sides - nothing interesting there to photograph - and then gave the whole thing a spray of grey primer. This showed that my smoothing and filling hadn't been quite a thorough as I thought, and I've been thr...
by Bilco
Sun Aug 12, 2018 4:07 pm
Forum: Modelling Matters
Topic: Ticino: a Gn15 spaghetti Harvest layout
Replies: 11
Views: 940

Re: Ticino: a Gn15 spaghetti Harvest layout

Many thanks for the kind words, Geoff. I was pleased with the way the Gmeinder turned out - though I've been reading through the thread of the build again, and reliving the traumas of the painting! I seem to be a little better at it now, although there is still the odd bout of shouting from the dept...
by Bilco
Sun Aug 12, 2018 10:55 am
Forum: Modelling Matters
Topic: Ticino: a Gn15 spaghetti Harvest layout
Replies: 11
Views: 940

Re: Ticino: a Gn15 spaghetti Harvest layout

I shall watch this develop with great interest, Geoff.

I see Photo*it has restored my photos for the build of the Gmeinder - viewtopic.php?f=1&t=6981 ...
by Bilco
Tue Aug 07, 2018 10:28 am
Forum: Modelling Matters
Topic: Just a Simple Cut-and-Shut?
Replies: 19
Views: 1271

Re: Just a Simple Cut-and-Shut?

Right - overlaying complete ... Time has been a bit limited this week, but I managed to get the overlays cut out and ready for a rapid, glue-wielding 30-minute session to fix them in place ... https://i.imgur.com/l2KfZRc.jpg The tank side overlays hide all the ropey joins that the insertion of the 3...
by Bilco
Mon Jul 30, 2018 3:19 pm
Forum: Modelling Matters
Topic: Just a Simple Cut-and-Shut?
Replies: 19
Views: 1271

Re: Just a Simple Cut-and-Shut?

Now that the 'shut' part of the exercise is done, I thought it would be fun to see how it all looks on the newly-extended footplate ... https://i.imgur.com/qqNYRC0.jpg ... with the chassis and motor in place. Because the wheels are bigger than the Smokey Joe's the flanges protrude above the footplat...
by Bilco
Mon Jul 30, 2018 3:04 pm
Forum: Modelling Matters
Topic: Just a Simple Cut-and-Shut?
Replies: 19
Views: 1271

Re: Just a Simple Cut-and-Shut?

And the next step - the boiler top. I found in mai laidy waif's sewing basket a cotton reel with the centre diameter an almost exact match to the boiler, so it was purloined while she wasn't looking - " Reel of white thread? No, haven't seen it anywhere dear ..." A section was cut out over...
by Bilco
Sun Jul 29, 2018 3:55 pm
Forum: Modelling Matters
Topic: Just a Simple Cut-and-Shut?
Replies: 19
Views: 1271

Re: Just a Simple Cut-and-Shut?

Right - on with the show ... With the side extensions securely glued in place I added yet more bits of the L-section to form a bigger surface on which to glue the top ... https://i.imgur.com/OVkT3xs.jpg ... and then glued the front on ... https://i.imgur.com/rnh36G6.jpg https://i.imgur.com/joAKDRg.j...
by Bilco
Fri Jul 27, 2018 6:46 pm
Forum: Modelling Matters
Topic: Just a Simple Cut-and-Shut?
Replies: 19
Views: 1271

Re: Just a Simple Cut-and-Shut?

OK, last bit of glueing tonight - the side pieces to the rear part of the main body casting ... https://i.imgur.com/sibq2Nd.jpg https://i.imgur.com/HtYDrDh.jpg The heavy lumps of rail come in handy again to keep everything in tightly. Tomorrow I'll check on the squareness, and then glue on the front...
by Bilco
Fri Jul 27, 2018 3:19 pm
Forum: Modelling Matters
Topic: Just a Simple Cut-and-Shut?
Replies: 19
Views: 1271

Re: Just a Simple Cut-and-Shut?

I wasn't able to do any modelling over the last two days - up to Lunnon for a Prom on Wednesday, and up to Brum for a visit to the Coffin Museum and the Barber Institute yesterday. So, today I buckled down to it, despite the steamy tempertures, to make a start on the second part of the 'shut' - the ...
by Bilco
Wed Jul 25, 2018 7:40 am
Forum: Modelling Matters
Topic: Just a Simple Cut-and-Shut?
Replies: 19
Views: 1271

Re: Just a Simple Cut-and-Shut?

Hi Steve - the smaller piece of rail is from the 2' gauge railway on Masirah, and the larger is from a metre gauge railway between a gravel pit and the Rhine in Nordrhein-Westphalia ....
by Bilco
Tue Jul 24, 2018 4:01 pm
Forum: Modelling Matters
Topic: Just a Simple Cut-and-Shut?
Replies: 19
Views: 1271

Re: Just a Simple Cut-and-Shut?

Right – time to get the glue out. I started the ‘shut’ process with the footplate. I cut two 3cm lengths of 2mm plasticard and started to assemble the front and rear sections of the footplate with these inserted, all glued to a piece of 0.5mm plasticard to bring the footplate up to thickness. All wa...
by Bilco
Sun Jul 22, 2018 8:00 pm
Forum: Modelling Matters
Topic: Just a Simple Cut-and-Shut?
Replies: 19
Views: 1271

Re: Just a Simple Cut-and-Shut?

Right, before reaching for the saw I thought it might be a good idea to consider exactly where to make the cuts and joins in the Katie body and footplate castings. After cudgelling the atrophied logic circuits of my poor old brain I decided that the joins in the body should be over a solid bit of th...
by Bilco
Fri Jul 20, 2018 6:56 pm
Forum: Modelling Matters
Topic: Just a Simple Cut-and-Shut?
Replies: 19
Views: 1271

Just a Simple Cut-and-Shut?

In the past I’ve built layouts to a cycle – two years building the layout, exhibit it at Pewsey, repeat. But Berger Hall proved to be unexpectedly popular, and I've had requests to exhibit at other venues, once already, and again in November, and next year I have one in March and some others as poss...
by Bilco
Mon Jul 16, 2018 1:47 pm
Forum: Modelling Matters
Topic: Chinchilla Dust
Replies: 1
Views: 253

Re: Chinchilla Dust

Hi Paul, I used chinchilla dust for the Stable Yard and the platform at Temple Halt on my Berger Hall layout ... https://i.imgur.com/ZMVAyUM.jpg https://i.imgur.com/eb24wRb.jpg https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4464/37102532784_df7f84cf37_z.jpg infill 03 by Bill Corser , on Flickr https://farm5.staticf...
by Bilco
Wed Jun 27, 2018 4:25 pm
Forum: Modelling Matters
Topic: Sow's Ear Seeks Silk Purse
Replies: 19
Views: 1872

Re: Sow's Ear Seeks Silk Purse

Many thanks Ian for the kind comment. Right, this project has had its final pimping and primping, and I declare it finished ... https://i.imgur.com/a2cAyiO.jpg A similar view to the last posting, but with NP name and works plates added. I had a set made in 1:24th scale, but they looked way too big -...
by Bilco
Sun Jun 17, 2018 3:16 pm
Forum: Modelling Matters
Topic: Sow's Ear Seeks Silk Purse
Replies: 19
Views: 1872

Re: Sow's Ear Seeks Silk Purse

So - 10 days of fiddling and farting about have produced very little real change ... https://i.imgur.com/RM8cAWF.jpg ... the side view ... https://i.imgur.com/4sRbN65.jpg ... but this close-up of the front end shows that the issue of bareness under the footplate over the bogie has been addressed. Ju...
by Bilco
Fri Jun 15, 2018 7:38 am
Forum: Modelling Matters
Topic: Ticino: a Gn15 spaghetti Harvest layout
Replies: 11
Views: 940

Re: Ticino: a Gn15 spaghetti Harvest layout

chris stockdale wrote:Question: will there be plenty of b.e locos as you don’t want that lovely fresh spaghetti tainted with steam or diesel fumes? Or does that add a certain essential something?


That's how the carbonara gets into the spaghetti ...
by Bilco
Thu Jun 07, 2018 10:49 am
Forum: Modelling Matters
Topic: Sow's Ear Seeks Silk Purse
Replies: 19
Views: 1872

Re: Sow's Ear Seeks Silk Purse

Another week, another step. The lining and varnishing is done, and the results are appended herewith ... https://i.imgur.com/a4by6ih.jpg?1 https://i.imgur.com/8apzwlu.jpg?1 https://i.imgur.com/7cIETIE.jpg?1 https://i.imgur.com/1vA652Y.jpg?1 As usual, the photos show up areas where work is still need...

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