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by Geeky Gecko
Fri Dec 30, 2011 7:55 pm
Forum: Modelling Matters
Topic: Stefan's Speeder
Replies: 13
Views: 7222

I have added weight in the form of lead sheet, some of it is slung loosely from the axles using tape to allow the axles to move and keep the wheels in contact with the track. 've used tape to prevent any electrical shorts. http://my.gn15.info/pc300799_-_copy.jpg http://my.gn15.info/pc300801_-_copy.j...
by Geeky Gecko
Fri Dec 30, 2011 7:38 pm
Forum: Modelling Matters
Topic: An American Style Carriage
Replies: 36
Views: 14783

Adrian, I use printer paper coated in neat pva glue both sides and allowed to dry before cutting into a strip. I find I come up with solutions when I'm not trying, walking the dog or sleeping, or I summon up the strength to scrap something and start again.
by Geeky Gecko
Thu Dec 29, 2011 1:35 pm
Forum: Modelling Matters
Topic: Stefan's Speeder
Replies: 13
Views: 7222

Stefan's Speeder

I have had in my spares box a Lima n-gauge power bogie for quite a while now. It is 18mm wheelbase fitted with traction tyres on all 4 wheels, and no provision for electrical pick-up. First, I have replaced the axles with longer ones to increase the gauge to 16.5 mm. Electrical pick-up from the one ...
by Geeky Gecko
Thu Dec 29, 2011 1:04 pm
Forum: Modelling Matters
Topic: An American Style Carriage
Replies: 36
Views: 14783

I did think about a door latch, Steve, to fit inside the door structure before construction but dismissed it as beyond my capabilities - too small. An external one would still be possible..... The bogies are secured by a screw with no play. I think the problem lies with the movable axles having too ...
by Geeky Gecko
Thu Dec 29, 2011 10:27 am
Forum: Modelling Matters
Topic: An American Style Carriage
Replies: 36
Views: 14783

I've put the bogies to one side for the moment. I decided to make some hinges and hang the doors. The hinges are made from paper fitted around a trackpin: http://i184.photobucket.com/albums/x251/geekygeckodad/US%20Carriage/PC270776-1.jpg Here is one half of each hinge fitted to door. I have fitted (...
by Geeky Gecko
Thu Dec 29, 2011 9:50 am
Forum: Modelling Matters
Topic: Smith's dream - a short bush tram layout
Replies: 126
Views: 61332

Oh, Santa brought you SOX and beer - just for a second there I thought....
by Geeky Gecko
Tue Dec 27, 2011 8:51 am
Forum: Modelling Matters
Topic: An American Style Carriage
Replies: 36
Views: 14783

Completed the rest of the components for tilting and swivelling mechanism of the bogies: [img][img]http://i184.photobucket.com/albums/x251/geekygeckodad/US%20Carriage/PC270767-1.jpg[/img] [/img] http://i184.photobucket.com/albums/x251/geekygeckodad/US%20Carriage/PC270768-1.jpg [img][img]http://i184....
by Geeky Gecko
Sun Dec 25, 2011 5:44 pm
Forum: Modelling Matters
Topic: Simple Speeders
Replies: 3
Views: 2604

Oztrainz said:
It might give others some inspiration to have a go at building their own Simple Speeder

Already got one planned using this as a basis:
[img][img]http://i184.photobucket.com/albums/x251/geekygeckodad/lima%20n%20gauge%20bogie/PC170702.jpg[/img][/img]
There just so many things to do.
by Geeky Gecko
Sun Dec 25, 2011 5:11 pm
Forum: Modelling Matters
Topic: An American Style Carriage
Replies: 36
Views: 14783

Hope that explains the principle, Peter. Adrian, I like your idea of split axles to pick up power from the track through the staples. In this case I'm planning to use on-board battery power. I can't take the credit for the design. I know I've seen staples used for pivots somewhere before. I was up e...
by Geeky Gecko
Sat Dec 24, 2011 2:39 pm
Forum: Modelling Matters
Topic: Motorbikes
Replies: 20
Views: 8873

This turned up today:
[img][img]http://i184.photobucket.com/albums/x251/geekygeckodad/PC240738-1.jpg[/img][/img]
It's been so long I'd forgotten about it. OK for £1.99, but one pivot of the stand is stuck and the stand broke when I tried to lower it.
by Geeky Gecko
Sat Dec 24, 2011 11:12 am
Forum: Modelling Matters
Topic: An American Style Carriage
Replies: 36
Views: 14783

I was awake early this morning so construction on the bogies got under way. I suppose I should say that I can't claim the originality of the design. Here's a few pictures of the construction which may explain the way axles are equalised: http://i184.photobucket.com/albums/x251/geekygeckodad/US%20Car...
by Geeky Gecko
Fri Dec 23, 2011 8:24 pm
Forum: Modelling Matters
Topic: An American Style Carriage
Replies: 36
Views: 14783

Hello Steve, No, I don't intend to add springing, but one axle will be rigidly mounted, to keep the body level, by using two staples, placed near the outside edges of the bogie chassis instead of one in the centre. The cranks should be hidden behind the axle bearing boxes, at least to the casual obs...
by Geeky Gecko
Fri Dec 23, 2011 4:09 pm
Forum: Modelling Matters
Topic: An American Style Carriage
Replies: 36
Views: 14783

I've been knocking up some bogies. Rather than just having a bogie that wobbles about it's central pivot, I wanted independent equalisation for it's axles and an ability to rock fore and aft. The first is constructed using rectangular styrene tube: http://i184.photobucket.com/albums/x251/geekygeckod...
by Geeky Gecko
Sun Dec 18, 2011 9:30 pm
Forum: Modelling Matters
Topic: Gn15 Health Check?
Replies: 29
Views: 9424

I feel a New Year's Resolution coming on.....
by Geeky Gecko
Sat Dec 17, 2011 2:00 pm
Forum: Modelling Matters
Topic: Re Gauging
Replies: 8
Views: 3204

Here's a couple of pictures of the bogie I'm referring to, with pick-ups in place: [img][img]http://i184.photobucket.com/albums/x251/geekygeckodad/lima%20n%20gauge%20bogie/PC170702.jpg[/img][/img] [img][img]http://i184.photobucket.com/albums/x251/geekygeckodad/lima%20n%20gauge%20bogie/PC170703.jpg[/...
by Geeky Gecko
Sat Dec 17, 2011 12:23 pm
Forum: Modelling Matters
Topic: The Beginnings of a Diesel
Replies: 8
Views: 4378

Looks like a good start there, Dave. The trick to getting these chassis to run better is lots of weight and an decent controller, as has been discussed on this forum before. Something I tried, was to introduce reduction gearing: [img][img]http://i184.photobucket.com/albums/x251/geekygeckodad/Hornby%...
by Geeky Gecko
Fri Dec 16, 2011 11:06 pm
Forum: Modelling Matters
Topic: Re Gauging
Replies: 8
Views: 3204

Hello there, your thread has reminded me of an idea I had some time ago, to replace the axles on an N gauge Lima power bogie (mmm-nice) with longer ones to OO gauge. It will require removal of the traction tyres and pick ups to be fitted. This I have already accomplished on an identical item that no...
by Geeky Gecko
Wed Dec 07, 2011 8:21 pm
Forum: Modelling Matters
Topic: Underground ernie to Simplex-ish
Replies: 14
Views: 6883

Looks like a good start to me, Andy.
by Geeky Gecko
Sun Dec 04, 2011 9:06 am
Forum: Modelling Matters
Topic: An American Style Carriage
Replies: 36
Views: 14783

Jumping about a bit I've been thinking about wheels and bogies. I've sourced some wheels which need insulating bushes and axles. The wheels are Triang/Hornby Rocket. http://i184.photobucket.com/albums/x251/geekygeckodad/US%20Carriage/PC040691.jpg To fit the bushes, I inserted a pin into a board: htt...
by Geeky Gecko
Sun Nov 27, 2011 8:02 pm
Forum: Modelling Matters
Topic: An American Style Carriage
Replies: 36
Views: 14783

Thanks everybody for the feedback. My wife has suggested I try a stall on the local market that sells a large selection of beads. Only modeeling to report on is a stove to keep passengers warm and some seating (more needed). [img][img]http://i184.photobucket.com/albums/x251/geekygeckodad/US%20Carria...
by Geeky Gecko
Tue Nov 22, 2011 9:36 pm
Forum: Modelling Matters
Topic: An American Style Carriage
Replies: 36
Views: 14783

Thanks for the link, Mark. That isn't quite what I had in mind though. I'm thinking of a style that has a glass globe like these:
http://www.antiques-atlas.com/antique/pair_victorian_wall_oil_lamps/as105a350
I want them wall mounted so that I can remove the roof withou risking damage.
by Geeky Gecko
Sun Nov 20, 2011 8:47 pm
Forum: Modelling Matters
Topic: An American Style Carriage
Replies: 36
Views: 14783

Had another go at making the ends. They are made from four layers to provide something for the doors to close against. Actually, they should have been identical not mirror images of themselves. Here they are each assembled to a side. http://i184.photobucket.com/albums/x251/geekygeckodad/US%20Carriag...
by Geeky Gecko
Sun Nov 20, 2011 7:55 pm
Forum: Modelling Matters
Topic: Quayside in a suitcase...
Replies: 337
Views: 126193

Ian, your buildings look great, really inspiring.
by Geeky Gecko
Fri Nov 18, 2011 6:54 pm
Forum: Modelling Matters
Topic: Skipping With Ernie
Replies: 24
Views: 10446

That looks great.

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