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by Bilco
Wed Jul 01, 2020 6:10 pm
Forum: Modelling Matters
Topic: Bilco's Bodgements #3
Replies: 7
Views: 226

Re: Bilco's Bodgements #3

I really look forward to that, Chris - and not too far in the future, I hope ... Much of the recent bodgement has involved those annoying little bits of styrene, and the odd little bit of brass rod, too ... https://i.imgur.com/n8oA7vF.jpg All the major bits just propped together at the moment, with ...
by Bilco
Tue Jun 23, 2020 4:28 pm
Forum: Modelling Matters
Topic: Bilco's Bodgements #3
Replies: 7
Views: 226

Re: Bilco's Bodgements #3

After the last session I stuck a layer of 0.5mm styrene over the footplate, leaving a small overhang. Then I started on the motor casisng, making a grill on the front with bits of L section styrene, and some more 0.5mm around it ... https://i.imgur.com/dKZwmwB.jpg Then I made up a little casing to f...
by Bilco
Thu Jun 18, 2020 7:24 pm
Forum: Modelling Matters
Topic: Bilco's Bodgements #3
Replies: 7
Views: 226

Re: Bilco's Bodgements #3

Nothing so straightforward as that, Steve. I expect that, like me. you pick up plastic things 'that might come in useful one day' for modelling and squirrel them away. Recently, I found this ... https://i.imgur.com/gIRFUuI.jpg After emptying out the cocktail sticks the two pieces were put to one sid...
by Bilco
Tue Jun 16, 2020 6:37 pm
Forum: Modelling Matters
Topic: Bilco's Bodgements #3
Replies: 7
Views: 226

Re: Bilco's Bodgements #3

Finally, fitting the motor and pickups ... https://i.imgur.com/tfLOxgp.jpg The centre section of the chassis is built up with pieces of styrene so that the motor is at a height where the worms and pinions mesh properly ... https://i.imgur.com/TxqoAvK.jpg Then the motor is fixed in position with cyan...
by Bilco
Tue Jun 16, 2020 6:27 pm
Forum: Modelling Matters
Topic: Bilco's Bodgements #3
Replies: 7
Views: 226

Re: Bilco's Bodgements #3

On with the chassis ... The axles are 2mm or thereabouts, but the pre-drilled holes in the plastic chassis seem to be 2.5mm, so the axles were a very sloppy fit. In a bid to fix this I glued rectangles of 1mm styrene inside the chassis and drilled them 2.3mm - 2mm was too small, and that was the nex...
by Bilco
Tue Jun 16, 2020 6:10 pm
Forum: Modelling Matters
Topic: Bilco's Bodgements #3
Replies: 7
Views: 226

Bilco's Bodgements #3

A few months ago, when we thought COVID was a mis-spelled word for crows, I bought on t'Bay a little kit for what was termed a tram bogie ... https://i.imgur.com/haB4cHs.jpg It is rather basic, but then so am I. So, my third Bodgement will start with the assembly of said kit. The basis of the chassi...
by Bilco
Mon May 04, 2020 7:44 am
Forum: Modelling Matters
Topic: Bilco's Bodgements #1
Replies: 26
Views: 2536

Re: Bilco's Bodgements #1

ian holmes wrote:I have to agree with MickT though. You can’t come all this way and not produce a model of Muriel

Ian



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by Bilco
Sat May 02, 2020 7:07 pm
Forum: Modelling Matters
Topic: Bilco's Bodgements #1
Replies: 26
Views: 2536

Re: Bilco's Bodgements #1

Right, one final little fiddly bit ... https://i.imgur.com/LjgP6qz.jpg ... fitted into place ... https://i.imgur.com/ECpyK8O.jpg ... (damned auto-focus focussing on the wrong thing) ... and the job's done ... https://i.imgur.com/RiRVnE5.jpg ... in fetching shades of primer ... https://i.imgur.com/Js...
by Bilco
Tue Apr 28, 2020 6:20 pm
Forum: Modelling Matters
Topic: Bilco's Bodgements #1
Replies: 26
Views: 2536

Re: Bilco's Bodgements #1

Another week, a few more little fiddly bits to show ... https://i.imgur.com/xajmorm.jpg ... and some of the earlier ones have been stuck together in a vaguely Heywood-Ursula-ish way ... https://i.imgur.com/R76nZEj.jpg ... and a bottom view ... https://i.imgur.com/ITh2vT1.jpg I told you that lots of ...
by Bilco
Wed Apr 22, 2020 6:21 pm
Forum: Modelling Matters
Topic: Bilco's Bodgements #1
Replies: 26
Views: 2536

Re: Bilco's Bodgements #1

Progress continues, albeit slowly. There are lots of little 'bits' to fettle and fabricate ... https://i.imgur.com/x5UaRvw.jpg https://i.imgur.com/gyoa4rM.jpg Still, at some stage comparatively soon all this might get assembled into something vaguely resembling a Heywood Ursula ... Hours of fun ...
by Bilco
Sat Apr 11, 2020 6:28 pm
Forum: Modelling Matters
Topic: Bilco's Bodgements #1
Replies: 26
Views: 2536

Re: Bilco's Bodgements #1

Onwards and upwards - I filled in the wheels. The main filling was Milliput, with Liquid Green Stuff to level the surface, hence the rather piebald effect ... Then I put the footplate on to the chassis and checked it against Lady Frideswide. That showed that the front of the footplate was 1mm low, s...
by Bilco
Mon Apr 06, 2020 7:22 pm
Forum: Modelling Matters
Topic: Bilco's Bodgements #1
Replies: 26
Views: 2536

Re: Bilco's Bodgements #1

Right, here you go Les ... I make the beading from 0.8mm x 1.5mm styrene strip - the upstands are 1mm, so there is a little overhang on the outside ... https://i.imgur.com/VqcdtYX.jpg ... ready for action. The little bottle contains Plastic Weld. First up, I round one edge, which will go on the outs...
by Bilco
Sat Apr 04, 2020 4:13 pm
Forum: Modelling Matters
Topic: Bilco's Bodgements #1
Replies: 26
Views: 2536

Re: Bilco's Bodgements #1

With the 1mm styrene sheet in hand I quickly cut out the sheeting for the sides of the body (not forgetting to include the cab sides) and glued them onto the body ... https://i.imgur.com/aDdrqIP.jpg Not quite so quickly, I cut two little bits to make the upstands on the front of the tanks, and when ...
by Bilco
Fri Apr 03, 2020 4:09 pm
Forum: Modelling Matters
Topic: Bilco's Bodgements #1
Replies: 26
Views: 2536

Re: Bilco's Bodgements #1

While I was waiting for the delivery of 1mm styrene sheet I turned my attention to the Hornby 08 diesel loco that was included in that mystery package. After a bit of fiddling I discovered how to get the body off, then undid a few screws and voila ... https://i.imgur.com/NpMLM9Z.jpg What I thought w...
by Bilco
Sun Mar 29, 2020 6:26 pm
Forum: Modelling Matters
Topic: Bilco's Bodgements #1
Replies: 26
Views: 2536

Re: Bilco's Bodgements #1

A little more progress to report ... https://i.imgur.com/rI3JMxZ.jpg The body sides have been clad in 1mm sheet to replace what was so frenziedly sanded off a few days ago. Now I need to overlay this cladding with some more 1mm sheet with the upstands - but I've run out, and am waiting on Eileen's E...
by Bilco
Fri Mar 27, 2020 5:40 pm
Forum: Modelling Matters
Topic: Bilco's Bodgements #1
Replies: 26
Views: 2536

Re: Bilco's Bodgements #1

Yesterday evening I stopped messing around and glued the two parts of the Ursula-like bodywork together. I drilled holes in the ends of the two pieces to take short lengths of 2mm metal rod, applied copious amounts of Araldite, and pushed the parts into close proximity ... After a few minutes I real...
by Bilco
Thu Mar 26, 2020 4:22 pm
Forum: Modelling Matters
Topic: Bilco's Bodgements #1
Replies: 26
Views: 2536

Re: Bilco's Bodgements #1

https://i.imgur.com/CVL0Mom.jpg Right, major surgery over, the blood's been rinsed off the floor and walls, and I seem to have roughly the same number of fingers I started with ... It hasn't turned out quite as I had envisaged, but I followed the old engineer's maxim of 'Measure once, cut twice', s...
by Bilco
Thu Mar 26, 2020 1:40 pm
Forum: Modelling Matters
Topic: Bilco's Bodgements #1
Replies: 26
Views: 2536

Re: Bilco's Bodgements #1

A Heylie? Or a Fairwood?
by Bilco
Wed Mar 25, 2020 5:11 pm
Forum: Modelling Matters
Topic: Bilco's Bodgements #1
Replies: 26
Views: 2536

Re: Bilco's Bodgements #1

The poor, brutalized remains of the two bodies after my rough (very rough) sanding down of the tank sides ... https://i.imgur.com/62STMFC.jpg ...but worse is to come - I now have to decide exactly where to hack into each one to end up with the required length when the relevant bits are joined up ......
by Bilco
Tue Mar 24, 2020 3:35 pm
Forum: Modelling Matters
Topic: Bilco's Bodgements #1
Replies: 26
Views: 2536

Re: Bilco's Bodgements #1

You're very kind Steve, it just goes to show that paint and filler can hide a mutitude of bodging ...
by Bilco
Mon Mar 23, 2020 8:19 pm
Forum: Modelling Matters
Topic: Bilco's Bodgements #1
Replies: 26
Views: 2536

Bilco's Bodgements #1

​Estate Elongate, aka the Berger Hall Miniature Railway, is in an exhibitable state now, and I seem to have lots of time at home for some reason, so I've been casting about for some modelling activity to keep me amused. I expect I'll play with a few things that have caught my interest for one reason...
by Bilco
Wed Mar 11, 2020 8:23 am
Forum: Size doesn't matter
Topic: HOn2 a mini...
Replies: 17
Views: 6551

Re: HOn2 a mini...

Hi Chris - try soaking them in undiluted Dettol disinfectant over night. The paint should become soft and can be scraped and wiped off. Dettol contains isopropol alcohol and another chemical which seems to dissolve even acrylic paint.

Dettol is also good hand sanitizer ...
by Bilco
Mon Mar 02, 2020 8:04 pm
Forum: Modelling Matters
Topic: Estate Elongate
Replies: 30
Views: 9922

Re: Estate Elongate

Yes, I was wondering whether to hide the Rotaverser, but decided that people would probably want to see if it actually works ... Anyway, after all the scenic work and Rotaversing, and as the sun was shining, I decided to have a little running and photo session this afternoon ... https://i.imgur.com/...
by Bilco
Thu Feb 27, 2020 3:26 pm
Forum: Modelling Matters
Topic: Estate Elongate
Replies: 30
Views: 9922

Re: Estate Elongate

... Thanks, Chris ... I think ... Last night I rigged up end-stops for the Rotaverser ... https://i.imgur.com/JlQ1nwh.jpg ... nothing sophisticated - some wood and some garden wire ... https://i.imgur.com/s5opJjr.jpg ... plus a blob or two of hot glue ... Next job is to paint the wood - white with r...
by Bilco
Wed Feb 26, 2020 7:01 pm
Forum: Modelling Matters
Topic: Estate Elongate
Replies: 30
Views: 9922

Re: Estate Elongate

Well, I've spent the last two weeks fiddlin' and fettlin' with the Rotaverser Mk II, including a few days wasted with sticking thick card onto the trackbed, and then discovering that it was too thick and ripping it all up again ... Anyway, the track is now down, wired and tested, so a few photos are...

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