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by Brack
Fri Aug 28, 2015 10:03 pm
Forum: Prototype Prattles
Topic: Heywood bogies?
Replies: 12
Views: 3404

Re: Heywood bogies?

body parts are alongside the long headshunt (the one that runs alongside the BR line). they're in flat pack form, and much rusted.
by Brack
Wed Aug 26, 2015 3:58 pm
Forum: Prototype Prattles
Topic: Heywood bogies?
Replies: 12
Views: 3404

Re: Heywood bogies?

the remains of a couple of theakston wagons are dumped outside. One of the things that saddens me is that following the fire/rebuild there doesn't seem to be a siding into the museum any more, so synolda is in the loco shed where you can't see her, rather than in pride of place in the museum. Bonnie...
by Brack
Mon Jul 27, 2015 1:53 pm
Forum: Trade tittle-tattle
Topic: Printed Sand Hutton Open wagon
Replies: 6
Views: 881

Re: Printed Sand Hutton Open wagon

further to Tom's wagon designs, I was asked to produce my Woolwich Arsenal PW Mclellan Styrene Van body to 1/27 scale as well, to fit on the chassis from Tom's Sand Hutton Wagons ( http://www.shapeways.com/product/BS9BZSBEL/gn15-sand-hutton-wagon-chassis?li=search-results-1&optionId=56023636 ). ...
by Brack
Thu Jan 08, 2015 11:21 pm
Forum: Modelling Matters
Topic: Dirty Diseasels
Replies: 10
Views: 1340

Re: Dirty Diseasels

I've always used acrylics, the gw ones are good, but the washes do dry a bit shiny. Not too much of a problem as I always give things a coat of Vallejo acrylic Matt varnish at the end. The rail match, Vallejo and gw acrylics can be mixed in my experience, but only use water to thin them. Alcohol wil...
by Brack
Tue Jan 06, 2015 12:02 am
Forum: Modelling Matters
Topic: A brace of Bagnalls
Replies: 26
Views: 6769

Re: A brace of Bagnalls

stunningly done. the finish on the cheaper 3D materials is not ideal, so I shy away from it and use FUD on my stuff in O9, but 1:24 is approx 8 x the volume and therefore cost of 1:43.5, so the cheaper materials become more practical! Having said that, I haven't built anything, be it plastic, whitem...
by Brack
Tue Dec 16, 2014 8:38 pm
Forum: Prototype Prattles
Topic: North American Minimum Gauge Industrial Locomotives
Replies: 27
Views: 5319

Re: North American Minimum Gauge Industrial Locomotives

further to the CW hunt information - if you have the Binns/Koch Meyer Articulated Locomotives book (ISBN 1.900095.07.6) on pages 95-96 there are a couple of illustrations and some details on a 21" gauge Meyer (they called it a duplex) 0440T that Hunt offered in their catalogues from 1889 to abo...
by Brack
Sun Nov 16, 2014 6:11 pm
Forum: Modelling Matters
Topic: A brace of Bagnalls
Replies: 26
Views: 6769

Wow, I was happy with the way the prints/design came out, but this is brilliant - love the faked valve gear. I did originally have the correct pattern valve wheels, but shapeways rejected them in 1/24 (despite accepting them in 1/43!?) so had to replace them with plainer ones.

keep it up.
by Brack
Tue Oct 14, 2014 5:01 pm
Forum: Modelling Matters
Topic: Emett inspired mallet "Pushmepullyou"
Replies: 36
Views: 6394

just move the cylinders, not the mechanism Simon. Put a styrene extension onto the front of the bogie and fix the cylinders to that. Daniel Caso and myself are abusing a couple of these over on NGRM and he's worked out how to extend the axles for outside frames (his will be a 1/32 decauville mallet,...
by Brack
Fri Oct 10, 2014 9:56 pm
Forum: Blether
Topic: Take my Lightning but Don't steal my Thunder
Replies: 5
Views: 945

I'm assuming the support framework is in the green bit on the side (nothing else seems to be in contact with the upper part). Is the top just carved foam like my old layout/a film set? If it was light enough then it shouldn't be too difficult. Visually impressive though.
by Brack
Sun Oct 05, 2014 4:03 pm
Forum: Trade tittle-tattle
Topic: 3-D printed Gn15 steam locos
Replies: 96
Views: 14006

I'm afraid designing a prototypical model, for an available rtr chassis, putting instructions online and test building one hasn't done me much good as There are only 3 of my Bagnall's in existence. Considering I spent a few months of spare time drawing and tweaking it, £30 of royalties isn't a very ...
by Brack
Sat Sep 06, 2014 9:58 pm
Forum: Modelling Matters
Topic: A brace of Bagnalls
Replies: 26
Views: 6769

You don't fancy detailing me one do you Steve? :)

you're really bringing them to life with all the little bits and pieces (many of which I've only a sketchy idea of what they are or what they do).
by Brack
Fri Sep 05, 2014 6:19 pm
Forum: Blether
Topic: Wildlife in Garden (or thereabouts)
Replies: 6
Views: 1156

An old forestry commission man once told me the way to wash your frying pan when camping out was to put it outside, away from your tent (at least 15ft, mainly so they don't try to come in) overnight. The Badgers will like it clean, removing the grease and pretty much any burnt on bits (according to ...
by Brack
Tue Sep 02, 2014 9:32 pm
Forum: Size doesn't matter
Topic: Going Minimum Gauge
Replies: 12
Views: 2626

10.5mm doesn't get you much though - rtr track and wheelsets, plus some rather expensive chassis none of which would be appropriate for any of the 18" prototypes I know of. You're basically looking at a full scratchbuilt job, so may as well go to 1/48 (which is what peter kazer's sand hutton is...
by Brack
Tue Sep 02, 2014 6:58 pm
Forum: Size doesn't matter
Topic: Going Minimum Gauge
Replies: 12
Views: 2626

I was modelling(as some others were) what became known as O9 before it became O9. For me it was more miniature than minimum gauge, and felt a bit peeved when kits(scale?) were introduced for the Horwich 18in gauge locos. I am no rivet counter but it gets me a bit when some of those who think they a...
by Brack
Fri Aug 29, 2014 12:44 pm
Forum: Modelling Matters
Topic: 3D printed loco
Replies: 42
Views: 7509

Tom/Tebee wouldn't be able to produce the range of models he did if he'd had to test print each iteration. I work very differently - a finished high quality product as I basically only design for myself, so I don't mind having to print one. The key thing is Tebee is trying to make money from his ext...
by Brack
Wed Aug 27, 2014 8:28 pm
Forum: Modelling Matters
Topic: Smallbeach loco shed
Replies: 25
Views: 8846

I had about 10 projects lined up over my summer holidays. I've only done 2 of them, but have managed to do several others that weren't even on the radar at the start. Your locos and stock look fantastic. Between you and Jacky Molinaro I'm getting tempted to make myself another Gn15 Sipat (and keep i...
by Brack
Sat Aug 23, 2014 4:01 pm
Forum: Blether
Topic: Don't Put the 'F' on the Door!
Replies: 17
Views: 2091

the F is on the door on one side, but Mr Salmond's likeness is not. I suspect that a large photo of a politician of any sort on the side of a train could put people off travelling... (it is rather clever though - well done whoever thought of it. The Darling version feels like a very poor unoriginal ...
by Brack
Sun May 25, 2014 8:31 pm
Forum: Modelling Matters
Topic: More Gn15 kits ?
Replies: 41
Views: 7111

Just to put Tom's (Tebee's) remarks into perspective a little, I've only sold 3 of my Bagnall Sipat class in Gn15. This is partly why I haven't ventured into Gn15 since if I'm honest. The other difficulty is that my own modelling is in O9, so at least with O9 when I test print it I have a use for th...
by Brack
Thu Apr 03, 2014 8:48 pm
Forum: Trade tittle-tattle
Topic: Latest 3D printed tram track
Replies: 32
Views: 6244

WSF definitely prints more accurately in x and y axis than z (tebee is the one who first brought that to my attention). Weirdly I find FD and FUD also differ - I ordered the same model (one of my non-NG designs) in FD and FUD, and the FD model is about 1mm shorter overall. From the same CAD?! If I'm...
by Brack
Sun Feb 09, 2014 9:59 pm
Forum: Modelling Matters
Topic: Smallbeach loco shed
Replies: 25
Views: 8846

those are some excellent beehives you've modelled there. I know that keepers use smoke to calm the bees a little before opening the hives but positioning them over a loco shed is lateral thinking indeed.

:)

in all seriousness, keep it up, it really does look very good.
by Brack
Wed Feb 05, 2014 11:38 pm
Forum: Prototype Prattles
Topic: Waddling steam engines?
Replies: 5
Views: 1805

In heywood's locos (except the 4 coupled ones) the end axles were the flexible ones, so you'd get extra problems/wear trying to drive on those. I think that the longer con rod was used on slower goods locos so presumably there is an advantage - perhaps reduced hammer blow if the angle of con rod/cyl...
by Brack
Sat Jan 18, 2014 11:39 pm
Forum: Modelling Matters
Topic: A brace of Bagnalls
Replies: 26
Views: 6769

I know, they're massive! I'd be very interested in details of the other 18" locos kimberly had, as I don't think Olive and her sisters were the first. when you compare the small Bagnalls to other 18" locos, you understand why the staff at John Knowles thought Scout (their little bagnall) h...
by Brack
Sat Jan 18, 2014 12:04 am
Forum: Modelling Matters
Topic: A brace of Bagnalls
Replies: 26
Views: 6769

thanks for posting this - I'm always happy to see people building my stuff! Shapeways have plenty of faults, but as a customer their service has always been very good if they get something wrong! Your locos look fantastic. I had a safety valve missing on the first print of my O9 version, so knocked ...
by Brack
Mon Dec 02, 2013 8:04 pm
Forum: Trade tittle-tattle
Topic: Backwoods Miniatures 09
Replies: 2
Views: 1320

if you join the yahoo O9 and On18 group (I hate yahoo groups, but there are some interesting photos on there) Pete McP has a photo album on there with photos of the locos. I'm afraid they're not quite my thing, but the compressed air powered 040 he's working on is quite an interesting beast. He post...
by Brack
Sat Sep 28, 2013 1:23 pm
Forum: Prototype Prattles
Topic: Photo from the archives!
Replies: 7
Views: 2210

there's a GA drawing in the Smithers 18" book (I think you have a copy, if not get in touch Henrik). on the net there are also a couple of drawings: http://farm2.staticflickr.com/1438/1464100882_d8022351c0_o.jpg a side elevation from jay tilston on flickr and this copy of the GA from the blog d...

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