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by Will Vale
Thu Dec 02, 2010 7:17 am
Forum: Modelling Matters
Topic: Pizza 'n Beer.
Replies: 115
Views: 58016

Nice one Gavin (and Ben!)
by Will Vale
Thu Nov 11, 2010 8:51 am
Forum: Modelling Matters
Topic: Haywards Estate Railway
Replies: 561
Views: 207792

That's interesting to know - pretty sure Douglas's sparky friend said something similar about not being able to do much with double-insulated. Can you get the Railex peeps to sign off on that? I could really do with adding some low-voltage halogens to my layout and if I can circumvent PAT testing wi...
by Will Vale
Tue Nov 09, 2010 9:47 pm
Forum: Modelling Matters
Topic: Haywards Estate Railway
Replies: 561
Views: 207792

Don't forget that you'll need to get it PAT certified! Can Mark do that?

Will
by Will Vale
Mon Oct 11, 2010 1:13 am
Forum: Modelling Matters
Topic: Grass and Weed
Replies: 8
Views: 4083

It was a cheap blonde Halloween wig, basically to save money on the fibres and make for longer strands than you can get commercially. I thought maybe it also helped form the cigars, but with a bit of practice they work fine with the shorter fibres.

Will
by Will Vale
Sun Oct 10, 2010 6:02 am
Forum: Modelling Matters
Topic: Grass and Weed
Replies: 8
Views: 4083

Thanks for posting this - I had some Super 77 in the scenery box, and I wasn't having much luck with the electric flyswat and longer (6mm) grass fibres. It's certainly worth trying, especially for tussocky grass, although I've found I get some bald spots which need to be covered up with scatter. Loo...
by Will Vale
Mon Jul 19, 2010 9:13 am
Forum: Modelling Matters
Topic: Haywards Estate Railway
Replies: 561
Views: 207792

Glen A wrote:Oh look, there's a train show on! :lol: :twisted:

Classy!

As it happened we had a v. pleasant weekend albeit one with few trains in it. Glad you lot all had a good time, it looks to have been an excellent turn-out.

Cheers,

Will
by Will Vale
Thu Jul 15, 2010 11:35 pm
Forum: Modelling Matters
Topic: Haywards Estate Railway
Replies: 561
Views: 207792

Well that's something. Good luck for the weekend chaps, I might possibly make it up on Sunday but I'm not sure, since Mrs. V. turned 40 today and her birthday weekend requires a carefully judged mix of celebration and commiseration. If I have a black eye next time you see me, you know I had a bit to...
by Will Vale
Wed Jul 14, 2010 8:42 am
Forum: Modelling Matters
Topic: Haywards Estate Railway
Replies: 561
Views: 207792

Tagging is exacerbated by having micro layouts as well - since you tend to end up with more than one, and there's less likelihood that everything is centralised. I totted up the things I would want to take to run Igelfeld and Tanis and there are loads: RCD Extension Multiway 2 lights 2 controllers U...
by Will Vale
Tue Jul 06, 2010 2:00 am
Forum: Modelling Matters
Topic: My First Motorized Critter
Replies: 60
Views: 26774

They're very good runners in my (limited) experience. Maybe with a bit of a waddle from the rods and counterweights, but that just adds to the effect.

Will
by Will Vale
Thu May 20, 2010 11:49 pm
Forum: Modelling Matters
Topic: The Stamping Ground Gold Mine
Replies: 832
Views: 329890

Nice one Glen! That's two for two so far isn't it?

And Gavin, "skill factor zero" with Lego? Tsk. tsk.
by Will Vale
Mon May 03, 2010 4:03 am
Forum: Modelling Matters
Topic: A New Locomotive
Replies: 52
Views: 22939

I love the firebox - you can feel the weight of metal involved.
by Will Vale
Sun May 02, 2010 10:43 pm
Forum: Modelling Matters
Topic: Haywards Estate Railway
Replies: 561
Views: 207792

Thanks for the pliers tip and the kind words Gavin! :oops: Gary, I take your point about the finer track - I think the Peco track I was using is reasonably robust although I'm sure I broke a chair or two. It helps a lot to file a bevel onto the end of the rail you're going to feed into the sleepers ...
by Will Vale
Sun May 02, 2010 8:37 am
Forum: Modelling Matters
Topic: Haywards Estate Railway
Replies: 561
Views: 207792

+1 for the glasses tip. Although mine are only plus 1.5, it makes a huge difference. Too bad they don't make a rail bender that works on manufactured track so you would not have to remove the rail from the ties! You can bend commercial flex track and re-insert the rail into the sleeper base, so you ...
by Will Vale
Wed Apr 21, 2010 2:06 am
Forum: Modelling Matters
Topic: The Stamping Ground Gold Mine
Replies: 832
Views: 329890

I like the railings, that's a neat idea. Could you keep the lids on (with holes cut out) for that professional black finish? Also thanks very much to you and your crew for demoing The Stamping Ground on the convention tour (and thereby missing out on some of the sessions). It was great to see it in ...
by Will Vale
Sun Mar 21, 2010 9:45 am
Forum: Modelling Matters
Topic: Trabant Centrepiece
Replies: 42
Views: 15359

This might be the thing to get me to try 1:24 at long last. Whee!
by Will Vale
Tue Feb 23, 2010 9:38 pm
Forum: Modelling Matters
Topic: Acyrics and weathering
Replies: 11
Views: 5022

Thanks for the tip re: thinning. Bear in mind Forrest's addendum though - I've also used alcohol on a cotton bud to scrub Tamiya paint back to the factory finish, but I haven't had problems with the washes eating away at what's underneath since they dry so quickly. I guess 'battle damage' is Graffi...
by Will Vale
Mon Feb 22, 2010 2:07 am
Forum: Modelling Matters
Topic: Acyrics and weathering
Replies: 11
Views: 5022

I'm also relatively new to this, so take this with a pinch of salt, but... Applying a wash, leaving it for a few minutes, and then wiping it off vertically with an artist's wash brush (square-ended) is good for rain streaks, which would fall under the general wear + tear category. Also for washes, I...
by Will Vale
Sat Feb 20, 2010 11:30 am
Forum: Modelling Matters
Topic: Outhouse
Replies: 6
Views: 4031

Lovely model, but where did the figure of Dave Angel: Eco Warrior come from? It's perfect!
by Will Vale
Sat Feb 20, 2010 1:12 am
Forum: Modelling Matters
Topic: Any one else modelling in 1/35 scale ...
Replies: 71
Views: 42627

At the cheaper end of the scale, I bought this set:

http://www.hlj.com/product/TRP00412

locally for 1:35 civilian use. The woman is probably going to acquire a hard hat and clipboard, and the tank crewman is a good "bloke in overalls" figure.
by Will Vale
Fri Feb 19, 2010 2:44 am
Forum: Challengnes
Topic: (F) The 2009 Snowflake Challenge -- Gn15 Crane
Replies: 60
Views: 118560

In the interests of encouraging the less-than-finished, here's my very much less than finished crane. It told me quietly that when it grows up it wants to be like all the proper cranes in this thread. http://www.secondintention.com/pleasure/park/crane-at-deadline.jpg Bonus points if you can figure o...
by Will Vale
Sun Feb 07, 2010 2:30 am
Forum: Modelling Matters
Topic: Mixing Kadee coupler scales
Replies: 6
Views: 3144

they do not like to uncouple on a curve. I've been bitten by the uncoupling on a curve before with my On30 stuff. It doesn't have to be much of a curve to cause chaos, does it? I'm afraid I ended up chickening out and using no. 148 couplers for my 1:35 wagon since I can at least get them locally. T...
by Will Vale
Sat Feb 06, 2010 10:41 am
Forum: Modelling Matters
Topic: Any one else modelling in 1/35 scale ...
Replies: 71
Views: 42627

I've been looking forward to this one - and with good reason. It looks great! Is the mesh on the back etched? It's impressively fine, and unlike me you didn't clog it with paint...

Is it going to be clean or dirty?

Cheers,

Will
by Will Vale
Thu Feb 04, 2010 4:51 am
Forum: Modelling Matters
Topic: Mixing Kadee coupler scales
Replies: 6
Views: 3144

Thanks Dallas, those look like a better size than the HO ones. My prototype has quite long shanks (the coupler attachment is recessed and the knuckles protrude) which is a cool detail but might be hard to replicate. I can't find the link for the picture I'm working from, sadly :(

Will
by Will Vale
Wed Feb 03, 2010 1:11 am
Forum: Modelling Matters
Topic: Mixing Kadee coupler scales
Replies: 6
Views: 3144

Mixing Kadee coupler scales

Hi folks, I'm building some wagons for the base of my crane at the moment and wanted to replicate the look of the modern tunnelling equipment I've been ogling lately. These all have really big knuckle couplers - they look like they're maybe standard gauge equipment? I thought I'd fit Kadees from a l...
by Will Vale
Fri Jan 22, 2010 8:36 am
Forum: Modelling Matters
Topic: Green Hill Mine
Replies: 56
Views: 22584

From what I understand the weighted lever is a self-acting brake, which is used for general braking and fine control when shunting, and the foot pedal provides an additional brake for faster stops. The Siks were designed for one man working - they were fitted with automatic couplers (since removed) ...

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