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by Nige
Wed May 31, 2017 7:35 am
Forum: Blether
Topic: Facebook for/against
Replies: 6
Views: 777

Re: Facebook for/against

I'm with Stockers on this point. Facebook isn't the be-all and end-all but it's a useful tool. As for privacy, people can probably learn as much about me from my business web page then they can from my Facebook profile and, of course, it's a matter of choice what I put on each. I think the biggest p...
by Nige
Wed May 10, 2017 4:14 pm
Forum: Modelling Matters
Topic: The Much Knattering & Far Twaddle Light Railway
Replies: 14
Views: 1490

Re: The Much Knattering & Far Twaddle Light Railway

Mark It's been a while - nice to see that you're still inspiring us! One thing to bear in mind with the layout is to make sure you have some form of fence/wall around the edge in case the trains derail - I learned this one the hard way with poor Firestone having to undergo surgery to reattach his ar...
by Nige
Mon Aug 29, 2016 3:46 pm
Forum: Modelling Matters
Topic: Questions before I splash out on DCC for the TP&K
Replies: 25
Views: 2231

Re: Questions before I splash out on DCC for the TP&K

Thanks Nige. Just in case you have missed this - this is most of what I have made so far http://forum.gn15.info/viewtopic.php?f=1&t=9011 .I have also got a modified Nellie. Ooops, sorry, should have done my homework! Very nice work. I know things have moved on a bit on this thread since I repli...
by Nige
Sun Aug 28, 2016 4:13 pm
Forum: Modelling Matters
Topic: Questions before I splash out on DCC for the TP&K
Replies: 25
Views: 2231

Re: Questions before I splash out on DCC for the TP&K

My own love is Smallbrook Studio's Emett engines and, in a mad moment, I decided to convert them to DCC with a view, ultimately, of building a computer controlled layout for them. In case you're not acquainted with them, they are based on Hornby Smokey Joes. I've not noticed any problems with heat e...
by Nige
Mon Jun 23, 2014 5:37 am
Forum: Blether
Topic: Emett display
Replies: 12
Views: 2664

Further to my previous post, the Rowland Emett Society are publishing a 32 page A5 booklet later in the summer called 'The Wonderful World of Rowland Emett' covering, I believe, the machines at the exhibition. UK price is £4.35, rest of world £8.20 both including P&P. It's available for pre-orde...
by Nige
Sat Jun 07, 2014 8:56 pm
Forum: Blether
Topic: Emett display
Replies: 12
Views: 2664

Nigel, Has any guide book or catalogue been published for this exhibition? I didn't see one although my daughter said she had seen one but it was too late to go back! To be honest, I suspect she was mistaken as, although the gift shop was selling souvenir jigsaws and posters (of a moon scene), ther...
by Nige
Tue Jun 03, 2014 3:11 pm
Forum: Blether
Topic: Emett display
Replies: 12
Views: 2664

Anyway it will be interesting to see how Jo Public reacts to the exhibition. Will having to pay to visit put people off. When I went (Saturday lunchtime), there was a steady stream of visitors. Interestingly, most of the visitors were reasonably young and probably not aware of Emett (other than unw...
by Nige
Tue Jun 03, 2014 7:09 am
Forum: Blether
Topic: Emett display
Replies: 12
Views: 2664

I took my two kids (14 & 9) to see this exhibition over the weekend and although we had the somewhat predictable 'do we have to?' complaints on the way up, within a few minutes of arriving, they were transfixed. I'd last seen some of the machines at a display at Quicks car dealership in Chester ...
by Nige
Sat Apr 26, 2014 8:31 am
Forum: Blether
Topic: Japanese ingenuity
Replies: 7
Views: 1320

You can judge the size of the box as the edge of one of the Pringles boxes is just visible on the left of the photo. At a rough guess the gauge is 9/12mm assuming their Pringles cases are the same as ours (unfortunately, don't have one to hand to get a more precise measurement). Even so, rather impr...
by Nige
Sat Oct 19, 2013 4:15 pm
Forum: Blether
Topic: Height of layouts?
Replies: 22
Views: 4872

Having now put my serious hat on once again, it's undoubtedly true that railway modelling has become a passtime almost exclusively for adult males. When I was a kid, it was difficult to see things at model railway shows because of the hordes of other kids in front; now it's invariably a row of older...
by Nige
Sat Oct 19, 2013 10:41 am
Forum: Blether
Topic: Height of layouts?
Replies: 22
Views: 4872

Modell railroading is mainly a male adult hobby domaine. Ahhh, I can just imagine the conversation between myself and young James on his 18th birthday in 10 years time: "well, James, to celebrate you becoming an adult, we'll go to the pub for a couple of pints (I don't actually drink at presen...
by Nige
Sat Oct 19, 2013 8:22 am
Forum: Blether
Topic: Height of layouts?
Replies: 22
Views: 4872

Although I agree and sympathise with your plight at Expong, I must come to that particular exhibition's defence. As a member of the Greenwich group I admit to a vested interest but Expong is a specialist show aimed at serious modellers so it might appear elitist. However, there are many other shows...
by Nige
Fri Oct 18, 2013 5:33 pm
Forum: Blether
Topic: Height of layouts?
Replies: 22
Views: 4872

This topic is a real frustration to me. I took my son, who was then 4 or 5, to ExpoNG a few years ago and the problems of high layouts were brought into sharp focus. I spent half the time lifting him up so that he could see what was going on and taking both this, and the other issue of layouts with ...
by Nige
Fri Oct 11, 2013 10:37 am
Forum: Modelling Matters
Topic: Couplings for Smallbrook Emett Stock
Replies: 2
Views: 1344

Mark Glad to have been of help - it's the least I could do given the number of your ideas that I've nicked!! Anyway, here's a link to the ebay item for the nylon bolts: http://www.ebay.com/itm/M2-M2-5-M3-M4-M5-M6-NYLON-Plastic-HEX-Head-BOLTS-Packs-of-10-Nuts-Washers-/180994586626?pt=UK_DIY_Material_...
by Nige
Thu Oct 10, 2013 8:42 pm
Forum: Modelling Matters
Topic: Couplings for Smallbrook Emett Stock
Replies: 2
Views: 1344

Couplings for Smallbrook Emett Stock

For some time, I have been trying to figure out the best way of coupling Smallbrook Emett stock so that it can be automatically uncoupled and I think I've finally cracked it. I've used Kadee #39 couplings - these have the long overset shank. They are bolted to the coupling lugs on the stock using 2m...
by Nige
Tue Sep 10, 2013 3:10 pm
Forum: Modelling Matters
Topic: Curves
Replies: 5
Views: 2416

The other consideration is, of course, couplings which was mentioned above. There seem to be two potential challenges with couplings on tight curves: 1. As the stock goes round the curve, the inner buffers (if you have dual buffers at each end of the item) or the inner ends of the buffer beams will ...
by Nige
Mon Aug 19, 2013 10:16 am
Forum: Blether
Topic: Time to check down the back of the sofa.
Replies: 28
Views: 7936

It's nice to see that the donations are now only a few pounds away from their target - could I suggest posting a reminder in 'Modelling Matters' in the future as this seems to be the most used forum and would help in capturing those who don't venture beyond?
by Nige
Thu Aug 08, 2013 7:07 pm
Forum: Blether
Topic: Time to check down the back of the sofa.
Replies: 28
Views: 7936

Just think - if 10% of the membership of this forum contributed a fiver each, it'd be more than enough. Let's face it, £5 is a bit of a bargain given the inspiration and advice that's forthcoming from the members. What helped me was understanding the costs involved - £432 is a lot to expect one pers...
by Nige
Tue Jul 30, 2013 11:30 am
Forum: Modelling Matters
Topic: MG&FT Baseboards and Card Buildings
Replies: 46
Views: 12792

Dark forces - There is no engine No.13, but I keep getting ideas. Here's one for you: http://punch.photoshelter.com/image/I0000AlIOAcJYfvw Not personally sure how you'd do the tree trunk wheels but no doubt someone on this forum has already done it! That said, it should be possible to convert a Sma...
by Nige
Mon Jul 29, 2013 5:41 pm
Forum: Modelling Matters
Topic: MG&FT Baseboards and Card Buildings
Replies: 46
Views: 12792

However, not to be too distracted, I like the idea of the next engine having a square chimney - like they had in Belgium. Here's a link to some square and tall chimneys. Square chimneys - 2nd loco down, tall chimneys really did exist, keep going down: http://www.douglas-self.com/MUSEUM/LOCOLOCO/chi...
by Nige
Sun Jul 07, 2013 5:45 am
Forum: Modelling Matters
Topic: MG&FT Baseboards and Card Buildings
Replies: 46
Views: 12792

600mm diameter is going to be a fairly tight curve for your stock to get around I have started building a continuous loop for my Emett stock on a 6' x 2' board - the curves are 9" radius and the small wheelbase of the stock means they can get round without difficulty (I've also built some 4.5&...
by Nige
Mon Jun 10, 2013 7:22 am
Forum: Modelling Matters
Topic: MG & FT Bachmann Percy chassis spare parts hybrid
Replies: 9
Views: 4264

This, as with everything else you've posted here, is an amazing piece of work. Any chance of a photo of the locomotive stud in its entirety? I'm also fascinated by your paint jobs - I've tended to go for the lighter yellows, blues and greens when painting my Emett models but I think you've really ca...
by Nige
Mon May 27, 2013 6:10 pm
Forum: Modelling Matters
Topic: Rail Taxi
Replies: 3
Views: 1969

Dylan The thread you have included in your original post gives a very good summary of the construction of the taxi and also the thought process in getting the measurements right. There are a couple of ways of powering the model. Probably the cheapest is to use your method and keep a look out on ebay...
by Nige
Sun May 19, 2013 7:21 am
Forum: Prototype Prattles
Topic: Eaton Hall 2013
Replies: 3
Views: 2234

Having ridden on this railway a couple of times I can absoultely recommend it. There's also a nice book on sale at Eaton Hall on the open days which gives a history of both the modern incarnation and the original which connected the hall to the local railway station (and which used to cross the Wrex...
by Nige
Sat May 18, 2013 8:56 am
Forum: Modelling Matters
Topic: Emett Tram
Replies: 5
Views: 2459

Thank you all for your kind comments and particularly to Adrian for your input. The destination board is definitely on the list - having looked at the tram cartoons in 'Alarms & Excursions', Emett seems to favour a board which hangs off the handrails above the cab roof. It also revealed that all...

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