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by Ian-IoM
Tue Oct 18, 2016 10:34 pm
Forum: Modelling Matters
Topic: Geoff Potter's Gn15 2015 challenge layout
Replies: 83
Views: 10359

Re: Geoff Potter's Gn15 2015 challenge layout

It does look a bit stark at the moment but with some ageing that will look pretty good, great idea and a layout that packs a lot of atmosphere into a tiny space. Impressed :)
by Ian-IoM
Thu Jul 21, 2016 1:30 pm
Forum: Modelling Matters
Topic: Bedbug Mine
Replies: 59
Views: 10976

Re: Bedbug Mine

Grrr, damn pooter. Anyhoo, a ctrl-alt-del later we have another piccy.. http://i1311.photobucket.com/albums/s662/Gnoob15/iitrammer5_zpsv27copf1.jpg The scary bits are still to come, painting and making a driver (I'll add a seat when doing the driver, that way it can be made to fit). I might try scul...
by Ian-IoM
Thu Jul 21, 2016 1:16 pm
Forum: Modelling Matters
Topic: Bedbug Mine
Replies: 59
Views: 10976

Re: Bedbug Mine

Another view, the battery box lid is removable to allow access to mounting screw on the Tenshodo bogie, and to give room for some ballast weight. http://i1311.photobucket.com/albums/s662/Gnoob15/iitrammer4_zpsf0vbip4q.jpg Humph. Photobucket frozen again. Looks like one piccy per post :roll:
by Ian-IoM
Thu Jul 21, 2016 12:56 pm
Forum: Modelling Matters
Topic: Bedbug Mine
Replies: 59
Views: 10976

Re: Bedbug Mine

Done a bit more with the control stuff - plasticard, paper clip wire, a couple of small beads and some resin bits... http://i1311.photobucket.com/albums/s662/Gnoob15/iitrammer3_zpselnrku9d.jpg Hmm, a couple more pics to post but photobucket has gone funny so I'll upload this before it times out :|
by Ian-IoM
Thu Jul 14, 2016 10:40 am
Forum: Modelling Matters
Topic: Bedbug Mine
Replies: 59
Views: 10976

Re: Bedbug Mine

Thanks all, What kind of ballast did you use :?: It's cat litter, "Tesco's Clumping Cat Litter" to be exact, the cats don't seem to mind me borrowing some. The pieces are a bit big but can be broken quite easily, and when wetted with diluted PVA it goes soft so can be squidged down to give...
by Ian-IoM
Sat Jul 02, 2016 1:45 pm
Forum: Modelling Matters
Topic: Bedbug Mine
Replies: 59
Views: 10976

Re: Bedbug Mine

'lo folks, Not a huge amount to do scenically now, but I need some rolling stock. A battery trammer would seem to fit the bill for the upper level so I've started something based loosely on this... http://industrialrail.5u.com/manchatrammerpage2.html A Tenshodo motor bogie plus some plasticard, and ...
by Ian-IoM
Thu Jun 23, 2016 12:09 pm
Forum: Challengnes
Topic: Gerry Bullock Challengne.
Replies: 11
Views: 3851

Re: Gerry Bullock Challengne.

Hi all, somewhat belated but I haven't really been following this forum for a while and have only recently read the sad news about Gerry, I never met him in real life but admired his work and his fun approach to model making, and he did a huge amount to keep this forum going. I like the idea of a ch...
by Ian-IoM
Sun Mar 06, 2016 5:08 pm
Forum: Modelling Matters
Topic: Bedbug Mine
Replies: 59
Views: 10976

Re: Bedbug Mine

'lo folks, This might not be the speediest build but it hasn't totally ground to a halt... I've filled in the basic ground cover and added a bit more vegetation, also gone over the ballast with a mix of smaller bits of cat litter and green scatter material aiming for a semi-overgrown look. Here's wh...
by Ian-IoM
Tue Aug 25, 2015 12:13 pm
Forum: Blether
Topic: Banksy Dismaland
Replies: 6
Views: 1027

Re: Banksy Dismaland

Hmm, that would be interesting to visit. Some elements of it remind me of Pere Ubu's "Disastodrome" festival (London, 1998). I wonder if that is something Banksy is aware of, or may even have attended? Umm, sorry. Going more then somewhat off topic and obscure here. Perhaps it's something ...
by Ian-IoM
Wed Jun 03, 2015 7:36 pm
Forum: Modelling Matters
Topic: Bedbug Mine
Replies: 59
Views: 10976

Re: Bedbug Mine

Thanks all :D Must admit this build had ground to a halt for a while but I'm getting going again now. David, feel free to borrow any ideas, it's all stuff I've swiped from other people anyway :lol: . I think the design works reasonably well for a bit of operation and a continuous run in a minimal sp...
by Ian-IoM
Sun May 31, 2015 3:58 pm
Forum: Modelling Matters
Topic: Bedbug Mine
Replies: 59
Views: 10976

Re: Bedbug Mine

Thanks Ken. Done a bit at the other end now: http://i1311.photobucket.com/albums/s662/Gnoob15/Bedbug%20Mine/iombug102_zpstk5upueg.jpg As the earlier photos on this thread seem a bit erratic here's an overview... http://i1311.photobucket.com/albums/s662/Gnoob15/iombug101_zpsxeaca5eu.jpg
by Ian-IoM
Fri May 22, 2015 5:17 pm
Forum: Modelling Matters
Topic: Bedbug Mine
Replies: 59
Views: 10976

Re: Bedbug Mine

Blimey, how many months since my last update? Must try harder :oops: Anyhoo, to prove I'm still alive here's a piccy... [URL=http://s1311.photobucket.com/user/Gnoob15/media/ iombug100_zpsyr2ydjml.jpg.html] http://i1311.photobucket.com/albums/s662/Gnoob15/iombug100_zpsyr2ydjml.jpg [/URL] Added a buil...
by Ian-IoM
Fri Apr 24, 2015 10:57 am
Forum: Modelling Matters
Topic: Quayside in a suitcase...
Replies: 337
Views: 118222

Re: Quayside in a suitcase...

Hmmm, no layout but it might be nice to get to an exhibition for once, sadly none on the IoM, and I am somewhat in the doldrums with model making at the moment. Could be a good idea...

(Any other Gnatterboxers likely to be there? Perhaps a chance to say hello in the real world...)
by Ian-IoM
Mon Apr 20, 2015 1:23 pm
Forum: Modelling Matters
Topic: Quayside in a suitcase...
Replies: 337
Views: 118222

Re: Quayside in a suitcase...

Hi Thomas, Thanks for the message, I like your layout - better than mine in many ways! Mine never really worked properly, I think I was too ambitious with my first attempt at track building. Unfortunately I no longer have the suitcase layout, after building it I moved from a house to a small flat an...
by Ian-IoM
Thu Jan 29, 2015 2:09 pm
Forum: Error reports
Topic: Limited Access??
Replies: 71
Views: 5232

Re: Limited Access??

I got the email and replied by email as my access to the forum has been very intermittent recently, I hadn't seen this thread before for the same reason - most of the time I just get a "Communication error" or "This page can't be displayed" message, trying from a couple of differ...
by Ian-IoM
Sun Jan 25, 2015 11:58 am
Forum: Modelling Matters
Topic: Bedbug Mine
Replies: 59
Views: 10976

Re: Bedbug Mine

Thanks, The brickwork is made from the foam disk that sometimes comes as packaging with a frozen pizza. The horizontal courses were embossed with the edge of a steel rule and the vertical joints were done with a broken hacksaw blade. It was made flat for another layout but for this I bent it to a 's...
by Ian-IoM
Sat Jan 24, 2015 3:44 pm
Forum: Modelling Matters
Topic: Bedbug Mine
Replies: 59
Views: 10976

Re: Bedbug Mine

'lo folks, Long time no post but I haven't made a great deal of progress recently - must try harder :oops: Thanks to Tom for keeping the forum going though :D Anyhoo, I don't seem to be able to get at my.gn15.info at the moment so thought I'd have a go at photobucket. A piccy may or may not follow.....
by Ian-IoM
Thu Dec 18, 2014 12:41 pm
Forum: Blether
Topic: Hooah, site is back!
Replies: 23
Views: 1629

Re: Hooah, site is back!

:D Yay, the Gnatterbox is still going :D Seriously I was wondering what was happening as all I had seen since the transfer was an error report, but yesterday the site loaded. Odd as the forum was active while I had no access but I'm very happy to see it back - so huge thanks to Tom for taking it on ...
by Ian-IoM
Sat Nov 15, 2014 3:22 pm
Forum: Trade tittle-tattle
Topic: Anyone want a greenhouse?
Replies: 2
Views: 717

The greenhouse has now found a new home :D
by Ian-IoM
Sat Nov 15, 2014 12:40 pm
Forum: Trade tittle-tattle
Topic: Anyone want a greenhouse?
Replies: 2
Views: 717

Anyone want a greenhouse?

I’ve been recycling bits from my aborted estate layout on my new mini mine layout, but I don’t really have any use for a greenhouse… http://my.gn15.info/iomghs.jpg It is scratchbuilt to 1:24 scale with a footprint 110mm wide by 130mm long, and is 110mm high to the ridge. For more info on the build l...
by Ian-IoM
Thu Nov 06, 2014 11:15 am
Forum: Blether
Topic: Future of the site?
Replies: 52
Views: 5099

I too would be very sad to see this site go, and very much hope someone will step in to keep it going but I realise that is quite a big commitment – technically and financially I couldn’t do it (I was a computer nerd in the days of 8 bit machines like the BBC Micro but am firmly in the dinosaur camp...
by Ian-IoM
Sun Nov 02, 2014 11:54 am
Forum: Modelling Matters
Topic: Smallbeach tub wagons
Replies: 11
Views: 2847

Gnice tub wagons Steve, something similar would look good for the lower level on my mine layout. Interesting idea to use tea and coffee as a stain. How fast / durable is it? Many moons ago I used to make balsa & tissue WW1 planes (free flight CO2 power), I used coffee to shrink and stain the tis...
by Ian-IoM
Mon Oct 27, 2014 11:38 am
Forum: Modelling Matters
Topic: Bedbug Mine
Replies: 59
Views: 10976

Thanks folk, I'm not usually a big fan of photo backscenes but I think this piccy worked quite well and gave the right sort of setting for the mine. The backscene is not for this layout though, it is on a OO shelf layout I am building for my step-son in his bedroom - for the photo the mine layout wa...
by Ian-IoM
Sat Oct 25, 2014 6:07 pm
Forum: Modelling Matters
Topic: Bedbug Mine
Replies: 59
Views: 10976

Greetings all, Sorry if this is a bit self indulgent but I've been playing about with photos and thought this looked quite good... http://my.gn15.info/iombug007.jpg Just some painting on the rocks and a bit of hanging basket liner for grass. Background is a commercial backscene, Gaugemaster if I rem...
by Ian-IoM
Tue Oct 21, 2014 10:55 am
Forum: Modelling Matters
Topic: Bedbug Mine
Replies: 59
Views: 10976

Thanks folks, A quick note about the rocks - they are made from Oasis foam, the stuff meant for flower arranging. I cut a block into a few slices of different thickness then cut each slice into random roughly rectangular pieces and set about them with a wire brush to try to give the look of weathere...

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