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by Steve Holland
Thu Aug 16, 2018 7:11 pm
Forum: Modelling Matters
Topic: Exhibition Presentation
Replies: 153
Views: 78654

Re: Exhibition Presentation

I will be making an exhibition myself demonstrating building something this coming Saturday, 18th August, at the Narrow Gauge Midlands exhibition. This is at Four Oaks Methodist Church Hall, 155 Lichfield Road, Sutton Coldfield B74 2UU. Opening times are 10:30 to 4:30, so I may have glued something ...
by Steve Holland
Tue Jul 24, 2018 6:55 pm
Forum: Modelling Matters
Topic: Just a Simple Cut-and-Shut?
Replies: 12
Views: 662

Re: Just a Simple Cut-and-Shut?

Are we allowed to use standard gauge rail as weights? :lol: I am guessing that it is 110 pound or 113 pound flat bottom, there is some lurking on my workbench as well. It also makes a useful mini anvil for bashing bits of metal on. It's not as heavy as another one of my railway souvenirs - a cast st...
by Steve Holland
Sat Jul 07, 2018 7:33 pm
Forum: Size doesn't matter
Topic: regauging wheelsets
Replies: 6
Views: 297

Re: regauging wheelsets

Slaters do the wheelsets in 16.5mm gauge, catalogue number 32512HUD, see https://slatersplastikard.com/wheels/32mmNGWheels.php if you cannot manage to push them in on the axles. I am not sure if the 1/32 wheelsets have shouldered axles (their O gauge wheels do), so replacing them may be the only opt...
by Steve Holland
Wed Feb 14, 2018 9:15 pm
Forum: Blether
Topic: A film worth a look
Replies: 1
Views: 331

Re: A film worth a look

It was a cracking weekend. I got caught in action firing Taliesin at around 6mins 30sec and 17min 50 sec on https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uB2mMoU-vGo. All JGF :D
by Steve Holland
Tue Feb 06, 2018 9:26 pm
Forum: Modelling Matters
Topic: My first STEAMER
Replies: 43
Views: 16017

Re: My first STEAMER

A split chassis is (to quote a certain wood preservative company) "exactly what it says on the tin" - the main frames are held apart by insulating material, and the axles are electrically isolated in the middle, so there are no pickups. The wheels are electrically connected to the half of ...
by Steve Holland
Sun Feb 04, 2018 9:43 pm
Forum: Modelling Matters
Topic: My first STEAMER
Replies: 43
Views: 16017

Re: My first STEAMER

It sounds like with pick ups on only one side of the loco that the other side has uninsulated drivers, so the whole loco frames are at one rail polarity/voltage. One of the motor brushes will be connected by a wire to the pick ups, and the other motor brush will be connected directly to the motor ca...
by Steve Holland
Fri Jan 19, 2018 8:39 pm
Forum: Trade tittle-tattle
Topic: Phoenix Carvings
Replies: 1
Views: 521

Re: Phoenix Carvings

Carlo, Just caught up with this, blame it on working nearly two weeks of 12 hour shifts over Christmas and New Year for a major commissioning at work. I think you may be after Phoenix Model Developments http://www.phoenixmodeldevelopments.com/index.html . The 1:24 stuff is at the bottom of the menu.
by Steve Holland
Thu Nov 30, 2017 8:00 pm
Forum: Size doesn't matter
Topic: Modelearth modelling: 1/12 on 00 track
Replies: 32
Views: 2680

Re: Modelearth modelling: 1/12 on 00 track

It looks like that loco could be a bit of an 'ankle biter' with the big end and flywheel so close to the seat -not to mention where it could be flinging oil out of its bearings :shock: Watch out for 'elf and safety - they will make you put guards round everything. As someone who has had a couple of ...
by Steve Holland
Fri Nov 24, 2017 9:51 pm
Forum: Blether
Topic: Still modelling Gn15 or just looking?
Replies: 13
Views: 1348

Re: Still modelling Gn15 or just looking?

Unfortunately at the moment it is just looking. Modelling (and firing on the Ffestiniog and Welsh Highland Railways) is out of the window at the moment due to some rather trying personal circumstances :(
Hopefully things should be back to normal, whatever that is, before too much longer.
by Steve Holland
Thu Oct 05, 2017 4:48 pm
Forum: Modelling Matters
Topic: Rail Weight
Replies: 2
Views: 427

Re: Rail Weight

Code 100 scales out at just about 20 pounds/yard. I have got some Karlgarin code 125 flat bottom which is just about spot on for 30 pound/yard rail. There is a useful table with prototype rail sizes (the bold figures) at: http://o14group.org/wp-content/uploads/2014/05/rail_dimensions.v3.pdf
by Steve Holland
Sat Aug 19, 2017 7:50 pm
Forum: Modelling Matters
Topic: Kelly Country: Australian folklore and Gn15
Replies: 20
Views: 1745

Re: Kelly Country: Australian folklore and Gn15

Geoff,

Working with all that Milligan material must be great. Just be careful that you don't get Lurgi, the only known cure is playing a brass instrument :D
I wonder how much Goon Show material could form the basis of a Gn15 layout?...........
by Steve Holland
Sat Jul 15, 2017 9:21 pm
Forum: Modelling Matters
Topic: Huge tools (sorry)
Replies: 40
Views: 4275

Re: Huge tools (sorry)

Les (and Bill), Just be careful with the control panels, don't get too carried away as you may end up with one of these: http://my.gn15.info/sjh_edge_hill_panel.jpg Then you need a little bit of wiring and a few relays to control the railway: http://my.gn15.info/sjh_relay_rack_rear.jpg http://my.gn1...
by Steve Holland
Tue Jul 11, 2017 9:26 pm
Forum: gNot Minimum Gauge
Topic: Veering off the (not so) straight and (very) narrow
Replies: 6
Views: 2994

Re: Veering off the (not so) straight and (very) narrow

Nearly a year from the last update on the Baldwin marathon, and there has been some progress. The motion has been completed; this took about 12 hours of fiddling and fettling per side. Definitely not a "shake the box" or a beginner's kit. The loco runs very smoothly and the track holding i...
by Steve Holland
Sun Apr 02, 2017 8:15 pm
Forum: Modelling Matters
Topic: Paper/Card Models
Replies: 2
Views: 604

Re: Paper/Card Models

Could it be the Polish company Modelik that you are thinking of? https://modelik.pl
by Steve Holland
Sun Mar 26, 2017 8:18 pm
Forum: Prototype Prattles
Topic: Spotted at Statfold Barn
Replies: 9
Views: 3087

Re: Spotted at Statfold Barn

I was at the Statfold Barn open day yesterday and found that Jack was still there. This time it was outside, and some track has been laid so it looks like the loco will eventually be restored to operational condition. Maybe in the next year or so? http://my.gn15.info/sjh_jack_3.jpg http://my.gn15.in...
by Steve Holland
Sat Feb 11, 2017 5:10 pm
Forum: GNine
Topic: Project X
Replies: 35
Views: 6314

Re: Project X

Les,

You may already have one, but I just spotted this on the Hannants website https://www.hannants.co.uk/product/MPC720
by Steve Holland
Sun Feb 05, 2017 9:11 pm
Forum: Trade tittle-tattle
Topic: Severn Models
Replies: 4
Views: 1240

Re: Severn Models

I was also at the Stafford show today and came away with the toolbox (G1) and set of tools (G2). Somehow I don't think that the toolbox will stay in its packaging much beyond tomorrow evening :D
by Steve Holland
Mon Jan 23, 2017 7:57 pm
Forum: Modelling Matters
Topic: Grandt Line Helical Gears
Replies: 6
Views: 872

Re: Grandt Line Helical Gears

Franck, There are all sorts of helical gears and all manner of other interesting stuff on the HPC Gears website http://www.hpcgears.com . They have parallel and crossed helical gears. Not exactly cheap though and you will have to make your own gearbox. There's all sorts of bevel gears as well - anyo...
by Steve Holland
Thu Jan 05, 2017 7:23 pm
Forum: Modelling Matters
Topic: In A Bit Of Estate
Replies: 191
Views: 23006

Re: In A Bit Of Estate

Bill,

Was Lucy Larstick by any chance related to Norma Snockers or Eva Vestoff? (sorry, could not resist :roll: )
by Steve Holland
Tue Dec 27, 2016 8:43 pm
Forum: gNot Minimum Gauge
Topic: Coalition?
Replies: 5
Views: 1171

Re: Coalition?

When I was firing the Santa trains on the WHR from Porthmadog to Beddgelert in early December they were sheeted over on a siding behind a shed at the Gelerts Farm site, along with a derelict Hudson Hunslet diesel. I guess that they are pretty much in the condition that they were when they left Llech...
by Steve Holland
Tue Dec 27, 2016 8:33 pm
Forum: Modelling Matters
Topic: In A Bit Of Estate
Replies: 191
Views: 23006

Re: In A Bit Of Estate

Berger Hall is looking wonderful, but how do you find time for modelling over the Christmas period? I've only just escaped from the kitchen after all that cooking :D - then washing the pans, plates and dishes afterwards :cry: May also need to get my trouser waistband let out after far too many mince...
by Steve Holland
Sun Dec 18, 2016 8:45 pm
Forum: gNot Minimum Gauge
Topic: underground monorail line under London - idea for a layout?
Replies: 3
Views: 1192

Re: underground monorail line under London - idea for a layout?

Even stranger - a cable hauled passenger carriage that turns in to a lift.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7pXSSLZpdW4
A model of that would not need much of a fiddle yard, but height could be a bit of an issue :shock:
by Steve Holland
Mon Nov 21, 2016 9:13 pm
Forum: gNot Minimum Gauge
Topic: Survivors from a lost age (or maybe not?)
Replies: 0
Views: 3582

Survivors from a lost age (or maybe not?)

I got sent a couple of links to footage on Youtube of some Eastern European forestry railways. One is in Ukraine: https://youtu.be/ble-aT4WnJM The other is the more well known Viseu de Sus line in Romania: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4vJ-ZGWMyes&feature=youtu.be#t=1.084520485 Wonderfully bat...
by Steve Holland
Sat Nov 05, 2016 9:34 pm
Forum: Modelling Matters
Topic: Sources of figures
Replies: 446
Views: 232808

Re: Sources of figures

Here are two steam loco ladies: http://www.fgb-galerie.de/details.php?image_id=8533 Made from whitemetal and readily painted. Bring some weight and humour to your little Gn15 steamers. Don't let those girls anywhere near a steam loco, much less the fireman's side of a double Fairlie. The Earl of Me...
by Steve Holland
Mon Oct 31, 2016 8:06 pm
Forum: Modelling Matters
Topic: Sources of figures
Replies: 446
Views: 232808

Re: Sources of figures

The figure with the umbrella does not seem to be quite so 'pneumatic' as Marshall Jessie, but she will stay warm now the colder weather has arrived :D Trawling around for 1:24 figures has found these http://www.scaleproduction.de/index.php?cat=c12_Figuren-1-24-Figuren-1-24.html . Some are really dod...

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