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by rockershovel
Wed Feb 06, 2013 1:12 pm
Forum: Modelling Matters
Topic: One Foot Mine (module)
Replies: 22
Views: 8001

by rockershovel
Mon Nov 26, 2012 11:03 am
Forum: Modelling Matters
Topic: Hogswatch -Christmas Tree Layout
Replies: 26
Views: 12139

COWER, BRIEF MORTALS...... HO, HO, HO
by rockershovel
Sun Jul 29, 2012 7:53 pm
Forum: Modelling Matters
Topic: My first STEAMER
Replies: 43
Views: 16164

the Sittingbourne Bagnall 2-4-0F would suit the protruding motor http://www.flickr.com/photos/21640011@N07/6859472007/
by rockershovel
Tue Mar 06, 2012 10:01 am
Forum: Modelling Matters
Topic: Out of Africa! (Or Letters from Uncle Dick)
Replies: 98
Views: 51476

dieselwater wrote:Thanks Andy :D first time for me too 8) A really fascinating piece of footage.


this is probably as much detail as now exists http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Littlewort ... ay_station
by rockershovel
Thu Mar 01, 2012 7:50 pm
Forum: Modelling Matters
Topic: My first STEAMER
Replies: 43
Views: 16164

fireless locos would typically have an exhaust diffuser rather than a "chimney" in the conventional position
by rockershovel
Tue Jan 03, 2012 11:24 am
Forum: Prototype Prattles
Topic: (F) 18" Porter Compressed Air Loco Chassis
Replies: 5
Views: 6300

I would have considerable reservations as to whether it was feasible to convert a compressed air loco to steam operation, as claimed in the advert. I'm well aware that a steam loco can be made to turn for demonstration purposes on compressed air, but whether its internal geometry means it could actu...
by rockershovel
Sat Sep 24, 2011 5:27 am
Forum: Modelling Matters
Topic: Corrugated Iron anyone?
Replies: 37
Views: 21476

I'm not a tremendous fan of corrugated iron in the real world, but it is a common and very typical feature of minor lines of a certain period
by rockershovel
Fri Apr 22, 2011 12:48 am
Forum: Modelling Matters
Topic: Gn15 project - "modern" nursery wagon
Replies: 31
Views: 12670

depends how modern you mean, but I'd tend to picture something like that as pallet-sized, quite likely with a simple flat top made of a plastic moulding or mesh like a supermarket goods trolly, the ones they wheel round by hand to fill the shelves
by rockershovel
Sat Apr 16, 2011 5:55 am
Forum: Modelling Matters
Topic: The Prince Consorts Library - An Amazing Backdrop
Replies: 15
Views: 7292

if we're doing book jokes, there's a gag in one of Tom Sharpe's South African books where the suggestion is raised of a book as a birthday present for the Kommandant, but dismissed on the grounds that he already has one..
by rockershovel
Fri Mar 04, 2011 10:17 pm
Forum: Modelling Matters
Topic: Back from the Dead (or so it seems)
Replies: 36
Views: 25294

what about a mining loco? Inside cylinders are rare on narrow gauge but not unknown. Ant and Bee are well known; try the Industrial Railway Society website, look in the archives for a piece describing three mining locos from the US, one of which had inside cylinders.
by rockershovel
Mon Feb 21, 2011 8:42 am
Forum: Modelling Matters
Topic: Button-Hole mine.... a fantasy in Gn15
Replies: 25
Views: 13333

the Apedale incline would certainly have been rope-hauled. The pad-eye for the haulage rope can be seen on the wagon to the left of the picture
by rockershovel
Sun Feb 20, 2011 7:39 pm
Forum: Modelling Matters
Topic: Button-Hole mine.... a fantasy in Gn15
Replies: 25
Views: 13333

Hi Charlie, A thoroughly absorbing read, truly amazed at how it all fits together in such a small space. I've just consulted the "Button Expert" and her answer was a rather curt " what a silly question to ask...... of course the buttons are mined complete with their holes already in ...
by rockershovel
Sun Feb 20, 2011 7:37 pm
Forum: Modelling Matters
Topic: Button-Hole mine.... a fantasy in Gn15
Replies: 25
Views: 13333

Superb idea John :idea: Its that good its almost worth while making a small mine layout just for the effect. I have been looking for ideas of how to discreetly (hands-off) move wagons off a wagon turntable into a building, I think this is the solution. Like Charlie I think I might be 'pestering' yo...
by rockershovel
Fri Feb 18, 2011 11:18 am
Forum: Modelling Matters
Topic: Button-Hole mine.... a fantasy in Gn15
Replies: 25
Views: 13333

aren't holes shipped in "lay-flat" form http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bFNx7YFw ... re=related ?
by rockershovel
Thu Jan 20, 2011 9:45 am
Forum: Modelling Matters
Topic: SOUTHPASS LINE Revisited..(contains non prototypical images)
Replies: 103
Views: 44183

my pick-up has more holes around the floor than that....
by rockershovel
Mon Jan 10, 2011 10:04 am
Forum: Modelling Matters
Topic: Smith's dream - a short bush tram layout
Replies: 126
Views: 59636

Willow Creek Traction wrote:
PeterH wrote:we are not amused

:lol: Dunno, third head to right might possibly be: difficult to be certain under bushy beard.


he'd need a sense of humour to go out in a hat like that :D
by rockershovel
Mon Dec 06, 2010 5:08 am
Forum: Modelling Matters
Topic: 1:24 Scale 18" Bagnal
Replies: 43
Views: 21845

I looked at that a while ago, I think it would be easier to make new chassis. It may be easier anyway... at which point I will probably scrap the whole project and look for a better prototype, or a diffferent chassis
by rockershovel
Fri Dec 03, 2010 9:31 pm
Forum: Modelling Matters
Topic: 1:24 Scale 18" Bagnal
Replies: 43
Views: 21845

as it happens, a 0-6-6-0 Mallet in ( approximately ) 0n16.5. I was very impressed with seeing the Vivarais Mallets on a family trip to France in the 1960s, and subsequently saw them depicted in a book bought from the local library in a book sale. about 18 months ago, a box of Hornby miscellaenia cam...
by rockershovel
Fri Dec 03, 2010 3:19 pm
Forum: Modelling Matters
Topic: 1:24 Scale 18" Bagnal
Replies: 43
Views: 21845

Re: Scale versa Impressions

Taking up rambling miners observations, We all know that any model is a compromise but if modelling a prototype or something a manufacturer offered in the catalogue but maybe never actually made, then I think scale is relevant. The model must reflect the spirit of the prototype otherwise you cannot...
by rockershovel
Fri Dec 03, 2010 2:59 pm
Forum: Modelling Matters
Topic: 1:24 Scale 18" Bagnal
Replies: 43
Views: 21845

From what I can see of Gn15, the actual outcome is of a distinctly cartoonish or cameo appearance, with trains tracing very small and clearly visible circles and quite often, distinctly non-naturalistic figures being employed - Barton Ings is a good example of this . To be worrying about whether yo...
by rockershovel
Fri Dec 03, 2010 10:21 am
Forum: GNine
Topic: Duckwall Flats - A Gnine story
Replies: 57
Views: 39038

I'd suggest that the actual effect of such a drastic re-gauging would be a top-heavy and unrealistic appearance. broadly speaking, rolling stock for gauges between 30'' and 36'' are of similar sizes, although 36'' gauge stock tends to have larger loading gauges and higher running speeds. 24'' gauge ...
by rockershovel
Fri Dec 03, 2010 9:46 am
Forum: Modelling Matters
Topic: 1:24 Scale 18" Bagnal
Replies: 43
Views: 21845

I'd suggest that the sincerest form of flattery was making a cameo appearance on The Simpsons... or maybe the best-known and most easily recognisable, at any rate. That or being incorporated in a Bill Bailey stage set? There isn't any real current equivalent in appearing in one of Ernie's ''play wha...
by rockershovel
Mon Oct 11, 2010 5:47 am
Forum: Modelling Matters
Topic: Out of Africa! (Or Letters from Uncle Dick)
Replies: 98
Views: 51476

good luck with that, I tend to feel that 'interesting' or unusual items in hand baggage should be avoided in West Africa unless you have a suitable supply of small-denomination Euro banknotes available to hand... I have had some quite trying experiences transporting the sort of small electronic item...
by rockershovel
Tue Sep 21, 2010 8:02 pm
Forum: Modelling Matters
Topic: Barton Ings Tile Works
Replies: 215
Views: 83919

looks good, very period detail... but can it reach the tubs?
by rockershovel
Sun Sep 19, 2010 3:26 am
Forum: Modelling Matters
Topic: Styrene
Replies: 19
Views: 7416

laminating styrene can be done, bit it isn't easy.

Plywood and similar laminates work by using glues which adhere to the surface and bond the layers together, styrene glues work by dissolving the substance itself - welding it, so to speak.

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