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by Bilco
Tue May 15, 2018 10:37 am
Forum: Modelling Matters
Topic: Longstone 2
Replies: 135
Views: 12753

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: 12
Views: 725

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: 12
Views: 725

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: 12
Views: 725

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: 12
Views: 725

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: 12
Views: 725

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: 12
Views: 725

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: 12
Views: 725

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: 12
Views: 725

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: 12
Views: 725

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: 12
Views: 725

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: 20278

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: 20278

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: 135
Views: 12753

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: 20278

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: 20278

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: 135
Views: 12753

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 ...
by Bilco
Sun Feb 25, 2018 1:48 pm
Forum: Modelling Matters
Topic: Longstone 2
Replies: 135
Views: 12753

Re: Longstone 2

Congrats on a successful exhibition, Graham. The layout looks great.
by Bilco
Mon Dec 18, 2017 4:33 pm
Forum: Modelling Matters
Topic: In A Bit Of Estate
Replies: 191
Views: 20278

Re: In A Bit Of Estate

Finally shook off the bronchitis, but haven't done much modelling while feeling crook. However, I have managed to do some work on the two Preiser figures ... https://i.imgur.com/x4RdhhM.jpg This is as they arrived. I felt that the lady could lose the bag and cover up her décolletage. Her companion d...
by Bilco
Sat Dec 16, 2017 8:26 pm
Forum: Blether
Topic: Where is Everyone?
Replies: 8
Views: 612

Re: Where is Everyone?

Brian Clarke produced kits for 009, and 16mm NG locos and trackwork, as well as writing about narrow gauge subjects. This thread on NGRM Online shows some of his stuff http://ngrm-online.com/forums/index.php?/topic/17997-drawings-by-brian-clarke/&tab=comments#comment-409742 I corresponded with h...
by Bilco
Fri Nov 24, 2017 3:00 pm
Forum: Modelling Matters
Topic: Matthews Corner, a Chris Krupa classic.
Replies: 44
Views: 13145

Re: Matthews Corner, a Chris Krupa classic.

Gosh, I think MOMING '07 was the first one I went to - I remember seeing Chris there and chatting about his layout, which I'd seen on the Gnatterbox. I also had a long chat with Gerry Bullock over his Salinas layout, trying to find out what this Gn15 business was all about ...
by Bilco
Fri Nov 24, 2017 8:49 am
Forum: Blether
Topic: Still modelling Gn15 or just looking?
Replies: 13
Views: 1012

Re: Still modelling Gn15 or just looking?

Still trying to do it properly ...

Not working on the layout at the moment, but building another Smallbrook 'Katie' kit as a spare loco, and relearning all the mistakes I made with the first one ...
by Bilco
Thu Nov 23, 2017 2:38 pm
Forum: Modelling Matters
Topic: Belle Lane - Santo's restaurant and Coffee house.
Replies: 72
Views: 25648

Re: Belle Lane - Santo's restaurant and Coffee house.

Wonderful to see these cracking models again - thank you peter!
by Bilco
Fri Nov 17, 2017 9:04 am
Forum: Modelling Matters
Topic: Macton II
Replies: 40
Views: 2336

Re: Macton II

Yes, that's the look I was thinking of - I like it!
by Bilco
Thu Nov 16, 2017 5:07 pm
Forum: Modelling Matters
Topic: Macton II
Replies: 40
Views: 2336

Re: Macton II

Why eliminate the columns? The iron railings on a low wall with the columns would look very striking ...

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