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by Bilco
Fri Jul 20, 2018 6:56 pm
Forum: Modelling Matters
Topic: Just a Simple Cut-and-Shut?
Replies: 0
Views: 69

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: 99

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: 1526

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: 1526

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: 4
Views: 323

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: 1526

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...
by Bilco
Thu May 31, 2018 3:56 pm
Forum: Modelling Matters
Topic: Sow's Ear Seeks Silk Purse
Replies: 19
Views: 1526

Re: Sow's Ear Seeks Silk Purse

Not much modelling has been done since my last post, as I went up to the Lake District with our local walking group - a week away in the land of blue skies and mid-20s temperatures. I did get to Ravenglass Station to see a bit of the Ratty - River Irt arrived with its train, and I got the inevitable...
by Bilco
Tue May 29, 2018 7:51 pm
Forum: Blether
Topic: Thank you, Photobucket !!!
Replies: 30
Views: 2280

Re: Thank you, Photobucket !!!

Don't look now, but Photobucket have restored all those lost photos 'for a limited time'. They are offering some 'packages' - so they still want to charge us, but they must be suffering from the loss of all the people who went elsewhere.

Anyway, a chance to see all those photos again ...
by Bilco
Tue May 15, 2018 10:37 am
Forum: Modelling Matters
Topic: Longstone 2
Replies: 140
Views: 15216

Re: Longstone 2

The railbus is looking great, Graham! I'm sorry I didn't make the Beds & Bucks show to see Longstone - it sounds like a good day.

I have used a couple of those Chinese Preiser rip-off chaps - the only really useful one from the sets they sell on eBay. Harry Ramsden is 'of that ilk' ...
by Bilco
Mon May 14, 2018 6:18 pm
Forum: Modelling Matters
Topic: Sow's Ear Seeks Silk Purse
Replies: 19
Views: 1526

Re: Sow's Ear Seeks Silk Purse

Well, that turned out to be an interesting weekend. The issue of the wheels under the splashers had been niggling at me for a while, and a comment on the NGRM Online forum prompted me to act. I decided to make a continuous splasher to sort out the wheel spacing v splasher spacing ... My first step w...
by Bilco
Wed May 09, 2018 4:00 pm
Forum: Modelling Matters
Topic: Sow's Ear Seeks Silk Purse
Replies: 19
Views: 1526

Re: Sow's Ear Seeks Silk Purse

After spending some of the last few days avoiding the lovely weather and fiddling and fettling the loco bits (and discovering that I'd run out of grey primer on a Bank Holiday weekend) I was finally able to give them a waft of primer today ... https://i.imgur.com/YYcyIEt.jpg https://i.imgur.com/RVUc...
by Bilco
Wed May 02, 2018 8:16 am
Forum: Modelling Matters
Topic: Sow's Ear Seeks Silk Purse
Replies: 19
Views: 1526

Re: Sow's Ear Seeks Silk Purse

An observation about the Germanic appearance of the tender sparked up a feeling that had been growing in me, too! I see that the LMS 5MT had a raised portion on top of the tender, but I suspect that it's the triangular reinforcing pieces around the toy tender top that give it that Germanic look. So,...
by Bilco
Mon Apr 30, 2018 6:53 pm
Forum: Modelling Matters
Topic: Sow's Ear Seeks Silk Purse
Replies: 19
Views: 1526

Re: Sow's Ear Seeks Silk Purse

The plastic loco body came out of the Dettol bath on Friday, and the weekend has been spent fettling it and improving the fit to the footplate. On the original toy this could charitably be called approximate. The fit of the rear of the body wasn't improved by the smokebox wrapper either, but things ...
by Bilco
Wed Apr 25, 2018 3:40 pm
Forum: Modelling Matters
Topic: Sow's Ear Seeks Silk Purse
Replies: 19
Views: 1526

Re: Sow's Ear Seeks Silk Purse

I think I've hacked enough bits off the metal footplate, and it's time to do some building-up. As a first step I've stripped off the thick paintwork, using my paint stripper of choice - undiluted Dettol. I left the footplate in a Dettol bath over-night, and the paint just peeled off in big flakes. A...
by Bilco
Fri Apr 20, 2018 3:28 pm
Forum: Modelling Matters
Topic: Sow's Ear Seeks Silk Purse
Replies: 19
Views: 1526

Re: Sow's Ear Seeks Silk Purse

I've been concentrating on the tender for the last couple of days, and this is the result ... https://i.imgur.com/Zk2GSfB.jpg A close-up, warts 'n' all front view of the driver's seat ... https://i.imgur.com/M2DmWJ2.jpg ... and the side view. With some help from a guest at Berger Hall, a certain Mr ...
by Bilco
Wed Apr 18, 2018 7:15 pm
Forum: Modelling Matters
Topic: Sow's Ear Seeks Silk Purse
Replies: 19
Views: 1526

Re: Sow's Ear Seeks Silk Purse

The latest bit of bodgement and ad-hoc-ery ... https://i.imgur.com/0mr4NKG.jpg https://i.imgur.com/jCE6m1K.jpg The motor was prised out of the tender frame, and about 3mm cut off the back end, to make the frame the same length as the tender body. Also, the steps were hacked off the sides. The locomo...
by Bilco
Mon Apr 16, 2018 6:16 pm
Forum: Modelling Matters
Topic: Sow's Ear Seeks Silk Purse
Replies: 19
Views: 1526

Re: Sow's Ear Seeks Silk Purse

My first bit of butchery was to the footplate. My building material of choice is plasticard, so hacking metal about is a bit of a new experience. I fitted a new blade to the trusty hacksaw and set about removing the unwanted bits. First to come off was the cow-catcher, followed by the strange slopin...
by Bilco
Mon Apr 16, 2018 6:10 pm
Forum: Modelling Matters
Topic: Sow's Ear Seeks Silk Purse
Replies: 19
Views: 1526

Re: Sow's Ear Seeks Silk Purse

Right, first thing to do is to dismantle the beast. Lots of little screws hold it all together, and will no doubt come in useful for something in future. This is the result of a frantic 10 minutes unscrewing … https://i.imgur.com/4MgPCRF.jpg I had imagined that the loco was constructed entirely of p...
by Bilco
Mon Apr 16, 2018 6:05 pm
Forum: Modelling Matters
Topic: Sow's Ear Seeks Silk Purse
Replies: 19
Views: 1526

Sow's Ear Seeks Silk Purse

Last May we were on a walking holiday around Whitby, and on one of our trips we took the North York Moors Railway train from Whitby to Goathland and walked back to Grosmont. While waiting there for the train back to Whitby, I wandered into a nearby local shop to buy a paper, and found this on their ...
by Bilco
Tue Apr 10, 2018 2:56 pm
Forum: Modelling Matters
Topic: In A Bit Of Estate
Replies: 191
Views: 22599

Re: In A Bit Of Estate

I've had a set of Preiser figures - set 45053 - on order for ages. I had almost forgotten them, when they turned up in the post. They are another couple in vaguely-1900ish dress ... https://i.imgur.com/jjaSFXK.jpg As with the last pair, the lady just needed some flesh covering up, and the gent had t...
by Bilco
Tue Apr 10, 2018 2:03 pm
Forum: Modelling Matters
Topic: In A Bit Of Estate
Replies: 191
Views: 22599

Re: In A Bit Of Estate

AND NOW, LAYDEEZ ‘N’ GEMMUN for your delectation and delight we present: https://i.imgur.com/yoIBlyA.jpg not one … https://i.imgur.com/YLSTFN4.jpg not two … https://i.imgur.com/jP0Xgo5.jpg but THREE ‘Katie’ look-alikes!! So why, I hear you asking, have I perpetrated this strange act of model-making ...
by Bilco
Sun Apr 08, 2018 3:56 pm
Forum: Modelling Matters
Topic: Longstone 2
Replies: 140
Views: 15216

Re: Longstone 2

Really lush greenery, Graham. Longstone obviously has a high rainfall!
by Bilco
Sun Apr 01, 2018 5:53 pm
Forum: Modelling Matters
Topic: In A Bit Of Estate
Replies: 191
Views: 22599

Re: In A Bit Of Estate

Hope all goes well Graham. If it's an endoscopy I strongly recommend that you have the sedative they should offer - it definitely isn't as traumatic that way (and I've had it without and with)!
by Bilco
Sat Mar 31, 2018 1:41 pm
Forum: Modelling Matters
Topic: In A Bit Of Estate
Replies: 191
Views: 22599

Re: In A Bit Of Estate

I have been reminded that Narrow Gauge South is just a week away, so Berger Hall has been roused from its slumbers in a very large vacuum bag on top of a wardrobe in a very dark corner. Here it is, blinking in the uncertain Oxfordshire sunshine ... https://i.imgur.com/Np7WQmY.jpg J D Wetherspoon is ...
by Bilco
Sat Mar 10, 2018 7:46 pm
Forum: Modelling Matters
Topic: Longstone 2
Replies: 140
Views: 15216

Re: Longstone 2

Very nice mods to coach 15, Graham - it looks much more in proportion, as well as decorative!I watch the progress of No 11 with great inerest ...

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