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by Bilco
Sat Aug 18, 2018 2:30 pm
Forum: Modelling Matters
Topic: Just a Simple Cut-and-Shut?
Replies: 12
Views: 587

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: 626

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: 626

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: 12
Views: 587

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: 12
Views: 587

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: 12
Views: 587

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: 12
Views: 587

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: 12
Views: 587

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: 12
Views: 587

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: 12
Views: 587

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: 12
Views: 587

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: 12
Views: 587

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: 12
Views: 587

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: 172

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: 1621

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: 1621

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: 626

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: 1621

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: 1621

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: 32
Views: 2438

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: 15552

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: 1621

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: 1621

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: 1621

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: 1621

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 ...

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