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by chris krupa
Wed Jun 29, 2016 9:54 pm
Forum: Modelling Matters
Topic: V-tipper wagons
Replies: 36
Views: 4632

Re: V-tipper wagons

When I was building Mattews Corner, I used a Smallbrook 7mm scale tipper wagon. It is already 16.5mm gauge, inside framed and quite easy to assemble. Looking at suppliers' catalogues for the prototypes, there was quite a variety of styles and the Smallbrook one is as good as any.

Chris
by chris krupa
Fri Apr 29, 2016 6:56 am
Forum: You really ought to gnow your who's wahoo
Topic: Good-bye GerryB
Replies: 47
Views: 7636

Re: Good-bye GerryB

I haven't been posting here for a while since my modelling cycle has been elsewhere. Funnily enough though I have felt the pull back recently and some of you may have seen my roundy roundy G9 Williams Yard about. I am really sorry to hear of the diagnosis Gerry and have happy memories of our trips t...
by chris krupa
Thu Sep 05, 2013 9:40 am
Forum: Modelling Matters
Topic: Matthews Corner, a Chris Krupa classic.
Replies: 44
Views: 13957

I don't know whether to hide my head in embarrassment or do a footballer and run around the exhibition hall with my T shirt over my head in celebration. Thanks everybody for your comments and to Gerry for putting Matthews Corner on the site. If anyone wants to see MC in the flesh, it will be at York...
by chris krupa
Thu Oct 04, 2012 3:11 pm
Forum: Prototype Prattles
Topic: (F) Radwell Minature Railway
Replies: 4
Views: 4556

There was an article of 2 -3 pages length in an old issue of Model Railway News. My copy is loose pages only from Ivor Gotheridge's collection and is devoid of date information. Perhaps if you can find a model railway club with a library they may have copies going back to the appropriate date. The o...
by chris krupa
Mon Oct 11, 2010 6:39 am
Forum: Modelling Matters
Topic: Out of Africa! (Or Letters from Uncle Dick)
Replies: 98
Views: 51458

As there were 50cm gauge versions (one now on the CF Tarn in France), as well as 60cm gauge, then it seems possible that 18inch could have been built.

http://www.cftt.org/images/photo0022.htm

Needs a bit of work . . .

Chris
by chris krupa
Mon Sep 20, 2010 5:57 am
Forum: Modelling Matters
Topic: Styrene
Replies: 19
Views: 7415

One of the non traditional sources for styrene over here is the clear sheets of plastic sold for home double glazing. Approximately 3ft x 2ft and about 2mm thick, these clear sheets have a removable sheet of polythene on either side which is printed in blue with a grid pattern. This type of styrene ...
by chris krupa
Wed Sep 15, 2010 4:58 am
Forum: Modelling Matters
Topic: Go Figure
Replies: 20
Views: 8612

That was interesting Bill - thanks. I've never found the soft plastic to stick with CA so perhaps I need to try another brand. I've also not used Green Stuff as I have not found it easily available around here. I still have a few Schleich sitting figures in stock so I haven't needed to buy any more....
by chris krupa
Mon Aug 30, 2010 5:30 am
Forum: Modelling Matters
Topic: First project
Replies: 26
Views: 9424

Clay mining:

http://www.pmmmg.org/Progress.htm

Actually this clay wasn't used for brick making but clay is mined.

I visited this site whilst it was still in commercial use. Unfortunately, I don't have access to my photos at the moment.

Chris
by chris krupa
Tue Aug 24, 2010 1:35 pm
Forum: Prototype Prattles
Topic: (F) 2' chain driven Sentinel
Replies: 2
Views: 3044

Whilst I was researching Sentinel boilers, I looked at a variety of different Sentinel road vehicles on both road and (standard gauge) rail. The boilers varied somewhat throughout the years. I had to guess which of the various ones I looked at was closest to the features I could see on photographs o...
by chris krupa
Tue Aug 24, 2010 6:36 am
Forum: Prototype Prattles
Topic: The Helsby Cables Ruston ZLH
Replies: 17
Views: 13702

There are two preserved. Gloddfa Ganol had one (I'm not sure where that is now) and there is another in a museum in Lincoln.

Chris
by chris krupa
Tue Aug 24, 2010 6:28 am
Forum: Prototype Prattles
Topic: (F) 2' chain driven Sentinel
Replies: 2
Views: 3044

It's a standard Sentinel steam loco. The vertical boiler is in the cab, the cylinders are in the box in the front and the object in the middle is a water tank. The thing across the water tank is the sand box. On the opposite side (away from the camera) is another chain connecting the cylinders to th...
by chris krupa
Thu Jul 29, 2010 10:43 am
Forum: Prototype Prattles
Topic: (F) Byers loco and Elk Firebrick Company
Replies: 1
Views: 2111

(F) Byers loco and Elk Firebrick Company

Found when surfing. Scroll down for a wonderful little locomotive:

http://www.susan-parker.co.uk/susan-bye ... o-info.htm

Chris
by chris krupa
Thu Jun 10, 2010 4:15 pm
Forum: Prototype Prattles
Topic: (F) From the Archives -- old pics
Replies: 6
Views: 5508

The Simplex is from Leighton Buzzard, named after a race horse.

The steam outline Ravenglass loco is the rebodied and extended in length Muir Hill.

Chris
by chris krupa
Wed Jun 09, 2010 6:40 am
Forum: Prototype Prattles
Topic: (F) West Somerset Mineral Rly feeder
Replies: 3
Views: 3291

That's a very interesting web site. It is obvious that a lot more research has been done on the whole area than was available when the books were written. Both will though, I am sure, be well out of print by now. However, despite the obvious hand working of the mine itself, there was at least one st...
by chris krupa
Thu May 27, 2010 6:37 am
Forum: Prototype Prattles
Topic: (F) Ratty Shed (Aka Whatisit?)
Replies: 8
Views: 5526

I wonder whether the entire side hinged upwards for access?

Chris
by chris krupa
Wed May 12, 2010 5:26 pm
Forum: Modelling Matters
Topic: A first attempt at track building
Replies: 45
Views: 16602

PCB is available from Maplins either from their stores or from their web site. It can be sawn with a hacksaw or a fine bladed band saw /circular saw if you have one. You can also buy it ready cut from a number of places. Off hand I can only think of Marcway in Sheffield but there are many other deal...
by chris krupa
Wed May 05, 2010 6:53 am
Forum: Modelling Matters
Topic: Estate/farm line
Replies: 25
Views: 10676

I agree about the skip. I assembled one and it looks at home on GN15.

Chris
by chris krupa
Fri Apr 30, 2010 1:58 pm
Forum: Modelling Matters
Topic: Bassett Lowke Class 10, 20, 30 and 60
Replies: 102
Views: 45478

I was very careful to explain what I wanted the drawings for and, I suspect, my name as a modeller is not unknown amongst the interneterati. Still, a nice refusal would have been helpful. I've now sold the layout that I intended the Severn Lamb to run on but if I had access to drawings, I would be p...
by chris krupa
Fri Apr 30, 2010 1:47 pm
Forum: Modelling Matters
Topic: The ACME Factory
Replies: 62
Views: 24027

22" was one of Cagney's catalogue gauges according to the information I have. It must have been fairly common in the US therefore. That looks like a nice orginal Cagney in the picture.

Chris
by chris krupa
Thu Apr 29, 2010 5:39 am
Forum: Modelling Matters
Topic: Bassett Lowke Class 10, 20, 30 and 60
Replies: 102
Views: 45478

Hi Gavin, at the time, the 10 1/4 inch gauge version.

Chris
by chris krupa
Thu Apr 29, 2010 5:37 am
Forum: Modelling Matters
Topic: Discovering new techniques
Replies: 16
Views: 7012

I use embossed plastic sheet which I imagine is intended for dolls house use since there is probably not enough G scale modelling done to justify production for our purposes. I get mine either from Maple Street Miniatures or 4D Model Shop. For very large scale use I find brick papers lack relief and...
by chris krupa
Mon Apr 26, 2010 6:23 am
Forum: Modelling Matters
Topic: Bassett Lowke Class 10, 20, 30 and 60
Replies: 102
Views: 45478

A year or two ago I asked Severn Lamb whether they would let me have a drawing of one of their Santa Fe steam outline locomotives and got no reply. I know there are illustrative drawings on their web site but they are not detailed enough for model making purposes. One would have thought that the pub...
by chris krupa
Thu Apr 01, 2010 6:08 am
Forum: GNine
Topic: Thinking about a loco chassis
Replies: 3
Views: 3863

Whilst not a direct answer, if you want a small steam loco but N gauge/009 chassis are not available or too small, have you thought of the Branchlines Hawk chassis? This is a large brass chassis kit for 9mm gauge that is, I understand, relatively easy to assemble.

Chris
by chris krupa
Fri Mar 19, 2010 2:07 pm
Forum: Modelling Matters
Topic: Cutting a circle
Replies: 13
Views: 5338

I use that 'grey board' (which is what the art trade calls it) or 'mill board' which is what the bookbinding trade know it as. It is great stuff, cheap, easy to work and durable. At the recent Small and Delightful show I was demonstrating a layout which uses 3 x 1mm board thicknesses as the backscen...
by chris krupa
Tue Mar 09, 2010 7:35 am
Forum: Prototype Prattles
Topic: (F) Powered pallet truck?
Replies: 10
Views: 4402

I built a layout in 7mm on 6.5 mm gauge using Marklin chassis. If you can find one, I remember that it was possible to remove the centre axle from the 6 coupled chassis thus giving you a long wheelbase 0-4-0. Whilst there probably wasn't a prototype for a (roughly) 10 inch gauge powered flat wagon, ...

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