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by PeterH
Sat May 27, 2017 9:40 am
Forum: Blether
Topic: Facebook for/against
Replies: 1
Views: 57

Re: Facebook for/against

Facebook is much smarter than we can ever imagine at figuring out who you are, and at tracking you in the context of your family and work. Facebook is free because that information is worth much more to them than any subscription you would pay. Using tracker blocking software on your computer helps ...
by PeterH
Thu May 25, 2017 9:55 pm
Forum: Modelling Matters
Topic: Longstone 2
Replies: 52
Views: 3393

Re: Longstone 2

It's being great, following your progress, seeing your flat baseboards transform into village and highland. I look forward to what will come.
by PeterH
Sat May 20, 2017 8:34 am
Forum: Modelling Matters
Topic: Measure things with your Smart Phone or Tablet
Replies: 1
Views: 96

Re: Measure things with your Smart Phone or Tablet

Nice site. I think there are some free apps that do that too. There's also a (paid) iOS app called Move to measure - flying ruler that measures the distance between two points a few meters apart - you just move your device from one point to the other and it measures how far apart the points are by l...
by PeterH
Tue May 16, 2017 7:46 am
Forum: Modelling Matters
Topic: Fireless crane
Replies: 5
Views: 297

Re: Fireless crane

Looking good.
by PeterH
Mon May 15, 2017 4:20 am
Forum: Modelling Matters
Topic: Size of layouts
Replies: 7
Views: 300

Re: Size of layouts

Hi Grum,

That was my comment that it was big for these pages. It was admiration rather than to imply that it was too big for gnatterbox. My layouts have been tiny, and I respect modellers that build larger layouts. I look forward to reading about your layout here.
by PeterH
Thu May 11, 2017 9:26 am
Forum: Modelling Matters
Topic: The Much Knattering & Far Twaddle Light Railway
Replies: 14
Views: 709

Re: The Much Knattering & Far Twaddle Light Railway

Looking good. It's big for these pages.
by PeterH
Wed Apr 26, 2017 1:43 am
Forum: Modelling Matters
Topic: In A Bit Of Estate
Replies: 125
Views: 9589

Re: In A Bit Of Estate

Perhaps Atkins can be the local member of parliament, the sitting member; as opposed to the other one.
by PeterH
Wed Apr 26, 2017 1:11 am
Forum: Trade tittle-tattle
Topic: Pepper 7 Steve Bennett
Replies: 29
Views: 3826

Re: Pepper 7 Steve Bennett

Kerluk: Steve has had some personal issues over the last few years, and his website has been erratic. There is this tread and others about it on gnatterbox.
by PeterH
Mon Apr 17, 2017 8:50 pm
Forum: Modelling Matters
Topic: "This is my Land!"
Replies: 3
Views: 269

Re: "This is my Land!"

:o :o :o
by PeterH
Mon Apr 17, 2017 8:49 pm
Forum: Size doesn't matter
Topic: Emley-Sous-Bois
Replies: 12
Views: 2601

Re: Emley-Sous-Bois

Nice. I like how you've hidden the exit to the concealed track.
by PeterH
Mon Apr 17, 2017 8:47 pm
Forum: GNine
Topic: Project X
Replies: 30
Views: 3415

Re: Project X

:D :D :D
by PeterH
Thu Apr 13, 2017 2:44 am
Forum: Modelling Matters
Topic: In A Bit Of Estate
Replies: 125
Views: 9589

Re: In A Bit Of Estate

Bill, I'm impressed how this has turned out. Your colours are quite strong, yet harmonise well. I've not been able to achieve this. And I like how the shapes of everything harmonise too - the curves of the landforms, the massing of the trees and the rectangles of the buildings. Everything looks spac...
by PeterH
Mon Apr 10, 2017 8:13 pm
Forum: gNot Minimum Gauge
Topic: A Decauvillish goods wagon: 1:25, 24 mm gauge
Replies: 12
Views: 697

Re: A Decauvillish goods wagon: 1:25, 24 mm gauge

Thank you Bill. Those techniques seem to be the ones that come naturally to me.
by PeterH
Sun Apr 09, 2017 10:28 pm
Forum: gNot Minimum Gauge
Topic: A Decauvillish goods wagon: 1:25, 24 mm gauge
Replies: 12
Views: 697

Re: A Decauvillish goods wagon: 1:25, 24 mm gauge

Almost done. I'm happy to have got this far and I will take a break while I figure out couplings and weathering. The roof is individual boards, with most of the gaps filled with the crack filler I use on my house, then tissue paper. The texture is a bit fine at this scale. The roof is on a sub frame...
by PeterH
Sun Apr 09, 2017 8:49 am
Forum: Modelling Matters
Topic: 3D Software
Replies: 14
Views: 616

Re: 3D Software

That looks great. What operating system does your 123d designer work in? I've tried the iPad version and was impressed. The Autocad website says they aren't developing 123d designer, but it and some of their other software will be replaced by something new. I'm wondering if there will be a subscript...
by PeterH
Fri Apr 07, 2017 11:21 pm
Forum: Modelling Matters
Topic: Herb Deeks Mine Train complete
Replies: 8
Views: 553

Re: Herb Deeks Mine Train complete

I'd go for it. What use is a bag of bits to you if you actually want a mine loco.
by PeterH
Wed Apr 05, 2017 8:42 pm
Forum: Modelling Matters
Topic: In A Bit Of Estate
Replies: 125
Views: 9589

Re: In A Bit Of Estate

:D I like the colours you have used.
by PeterH
Wed Apr 05, 2017 12:26 am
Forum: gNot Minimum Gauge
Topic: A Decauvillish goods wagon: 1:25, 24 mm gauge
Replies: 12
Views: 697

Re: A Decauvillish goods wagon: 1:25, 24 mm gauge

Rolling... I had trouble getting wagon-like wheels the right size - about 20 mm diameter. These are designed for modelling a New Zealand prototype electric locomotive in a much smaller scale. The black strip joining the wheelsets is a length of steel strapping, used to tie up bundles of timber. It's...
by PeterH
Sun Apr 02, 2017 11:46 pm
Forum: gNot Minimum Gauge
Topic: A Decauvillish goods wagon: 1:25, 24 mm gauge
Replies: 12
Views: 697

Re: A Decauvillish goods wagon: 1:25, 24 mm gauge

This came together easier than I expected. The axleboxes are chunks of wood covered with thin card. Wagons like this tend not to have W-irons, but a simple chunk of metal tapered at the lower end. ppetmp.jpg There's some sheet lead for weight held between the plywood floor and the chunk of wood belo...
by PeterH
Sat Apr 01, 2017 9:16 pm
Forum: Modelling Matters
Topic: Huge tools (sorry)
Replies: 20
Views: 1274

Re: Huge tools (sorry)

Hi Les, that's more interesting and I like how you've raised the track level. Two things occur to me: 1 - Trains arriving from the left sector plate on the second to top track need to reverse through the crossover to reach the lower tracks. Similarly, trains arriving from the right sector plate on t...
by PeterH
Sat Apr 01, 2017 2:50 am
Forum: Modelling Matters
Topic: Huge tools (sorry)
Replies: 20
Views: 1274

Re: Huge tools (sorry)

Interesting plan Les. You might consider having the front track not go to the sector plate at one or both ends, but extend to the end of the layout and be visible. To get more length of track for your buck.
by PeterH
Sat Apr 01, 2017 2:44 am
Forum: gNot Minimum Gauge
Topic: A Decauvillish goods wagon: 1:25, 24 mm gauge
Replies: 12
Views: 697

Re: A Decauvillish goods wagon: 1:25, 24 mm gauge

For the underneath, this is a spring, or should I say 'spring', because it's glued up solid. There are 5 leaves, each 2 layers of 160 gm card and all folded up concertina fashion along the edges, so that each leaf has a fold on the outside. Which makes each leaf look separate, with a groove between....
by PeterH
Thu Mar 30, 2017 8:35 pm
Forum: gNot Minimum Gauge
Topic: A Decauvillish goods wagon: 1:25, 24 mm gauge
Replies: 12
Views: 697

Re: A Decauvillish goods wagon: 1:25, 24 mm gauge

Chris: the van is 140 mm long, 70 wide and 85 high. That's 5 1/2 inches by 2 1/2 by 3 1/2. I like how it feels in my hand and it reminds me of the feel of the goods van in my Hornby clockwork model railway set. I got this set when I was 5 years old and my hand was much smaller then, so I assume the ...
by PeterH
Thu Mar 30, 2017 12:32 am
Forum: gNot Minimum Gauge
Topic: A Decauvillish goods wagon: 1:25, 24 mm gauge
Replies: 12
Views: 697

Re: A Decauvillish goods wagon: 1:25, 24 mm gauge

I've made two ends, two doors and four part sides. Now glued together to make this: ppetmp.jpg The bling is thin card and the 'nuts' are brass lacemaking pins. I find the pinheads look more real than other representations that should look more real. I've modelled the kind of door where the mechanism...
by PeterH
Tue Mar 28, 2017 3:12 am
Forum: gNot Minimum Gauge
Topic: A Decauvillish goods wagon: 1:25, 24 mm gauge
Replies: 12
Views: 697

A Decauvillish goods wagon: 1:25, 24 mm gauge

I've decided to go to 24 mm gauge track, because I want to model wagons you can stand up in, and the proportions never look right with 16.5 mm gauge. Scale is about 1:25. I like this scale because I can convert from real to model dimensions in my head. And I can see the parts. I'm making a goods van...

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