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by Blackcloud Railways
Wed Jan 30, 2013 10:52 am
Forum: Modelling Matters
Topic: Lescanby Moor
Replies: 8
Views: 4116

Ummm. Problem. The loco lift and Bachmann gas-mechs don't like each other. I'd forgotten about the outside cranks grounding on the plastic bits of the lift. :( It looks as if I'll have to either fit a proper cassette system (too much mither) or make do with crane shunting off stage. As Lescanby Moor...
by Blackcloud Railways
Sun Jan 27, 2013 8:01 pm
Forum: Size doesn't matter
Topic: Nurton Hall- O9
Replies: 14
Views: 6260

I'm looking forward to seeing this at Mickleover next Saturday.
by Blackcloud Railways
Sun Jan 27, 2013 7:57 pm
Forum: Modelling Matters
Topic: Lescanby Moor
Replies: 8
Views: 4116

I think I can squeeze it in. As long as it's stood on end for storage it should fit behind the corner section of the On30 modules, failing that there's just enough room between the top of my APA module stack and the ceiling. In fact the new micro may even fit inside the APA fiddleyard, but then I'd ...
by Blackcloud Railways
Sun Jan 27, 2013 9:43 am
Forum: Modelling Matters
Topic: Lescanby Moor
Replies: 8
Views: 4116

Lescanby Moor

Back on track after straying to smaller things. That's smaller scale, not smaller layouts though. The name chosen for my return to the realm of Gn15 microlayouts is a very obvious pun, Lescanby Moor is supposedly a hill farm on the edge of the Hayfinch estate served by a branch of the estate's 15 in...
by Blackcloud Railways
Wed Jan 23, 2013 11:34 am
Forum: Size doesn't matter
Topic: O9 joins Blackcloud's Railways
Replies: 162
Views: 69069

Lochside and Allt-Na-Ballt will be at the Rainhill model railway show, 2nd and 3rd March 2013. Any Gnatterboxers visiting are cordially invited to sit down for a Gnatter. Not sure which room I'm in yet but I shouldn't be hard to find, just look for the two smallest layoutswith the oddest collection ...
by Blackcloud Railways
Wed Jan 23, 2013 10:39 am
Forum: Blether
Topic: A modeller whose work I admire
Replies: 4
Views: 1656

Would this be an influence on your liking by any chance?
http://public.fotki.com/ChuckDoan/model ... er_repair/

:lol: :wink:
by Blackcloud Railways
Fri Jan 18, 2013 6:32 am
Forum: Size doesn't matter
Topic: APA box modules in other scales.
Replies: 12
Views: 6147

http://i1079.photobucket.com/albums/w517/derricknoble/DSCF0648.jpg http://i1079.photobucket.com/albums/w517/derricknoble/DSCF0638.jpg Gnatterboxers with time on their hands and a snow shovel may like to see Derrick's layout in action on Saturday and Sunday this weekend at the Pennine MRS exhibition...
by Blackcloud Railways
Sat Jan 12, 2013 4:41 am
Forum: Size doesn't matter
Topic: Large Pizza
Replies: 4
Views: 2372

Doll's house figures are useful when working in 1:12, though it takes serious surgery to alter the poses of resin figures so it's easier to build a loco to fit the driver than adapt a figure to fit an existing loco. Ready to run stock in this scale? http://i79.photobucket.com/albums/j134/CheshireRai...
by Blackcloud Railways
Wed Jan 09, 2013 4:58 pm
Forum: Blether
Topic: Help sought: quality track plan drawing
Replies: 4
Views: 1724

Looks as if he's got a class 66 parked behind the barn conversion too.
by Blackcloud Railways
Mon Jan 07, 2013 7:23 pm
Forum: Size doesn't matter
Topic: O9 joins Blackcloud's Railways
Replies: 162
Views: 69069

Rusty, as requested... http://i79.photobucket.com/albums/j134/CheshireRailwayModellers/O9/100_3903_zps2213f4db.jpg http://i79.photobucket.com/albums/j134/CheshireRailwayModellers/O9/100_3904_zps13bc170a.jpg http://i79.photobucket.com/albums/j134/CheshireRailwayModellers/O9/100_3905_zps4c4dd171.jpg T...
by Blackcloud Railways
Mon Jan 07, 2013 11:35 am
Forum: Size doesn't matter
Topic: O9 joins Blackcloud's Railways
Replies: 162
Views: 69069

An update on the double Matchbox, the loco has been painted and weathered, all that remains to be done is glazing the cab and adding a driver to hide the mechanism inside. http://i79.photobucket.com/albums/j134/CheshireRailwayModellers/O9/DoubleMatchbox001_zpscc05120d.jpg It yaws a lot entering the ...
by Blackcloud Railways
Mon Jan 07, 2013 9:37 am
Forum: Prototype Prattles
Topic: Stockers' line: the Pell Wall Agricultural Tramway
Replies: 74
Views: 33580

Chris Stockdale wrote:Bastet.

bestest,

With the nameplate in hieroglyphs of course!

You might even amend your signature to read bestestbastet. :twisted:
by Blackcloud Railways
Sun Jan 06, 2013 5:56 am
Forum: Prototype Prattles
Topic: Stockers' line: the Pell Wall Agricultural Tramway
Replies: 74
Views: 33580

Yet to be named (ideas welcome, SWMBO is already mollified by having my 1/12 scale steamer named after her) so options are wide open. You could borrow a name from Shropshire light railway history and go for one of the classics, Hecate, Hesperus, Morous, Pyramus, or Dido . Or even Thisbe . As in (ad...
by Blackcloud Railways
Mon Dec 31, 2012 6:59 pm
Forum: Size doesn't matter
Topic: O9 joins Blackcloud's Railways
Replies: 162
Views: 69069

did a Google image search for Ruston locomotive and man are a bunch of them about the same proportions as that cartridge. Rusty - Diecast Ertl Thomas the Tank series - works well as a cheap and cheerful O scale Ruston. A bit long in the bonnet so I shortened one to fit a Bachmann N gauge Plymouth a...
by Blackcloud Railways
Sun Dec 30, 2012 12:19 pm
Forum: Size doesn't matter
Topic: O9 joins Blackcloud's Railways
Replies: 162
Views: 69069

A Freebie

I've used some of the leftovers from the Kato DD51 (donor for the double Matchbox diesel's mechanism) to make a freebie. The centre bogie, fuel tanks and part of one of the engine bonnets have been put together as an industrial sized loco. http://i79.photobucket.com/albums/j134/CheshireRailwayModell...
by Blackcloud Railways
Tue Dec 25, 2012 6:27 am
Forum: Modelling Matters
Topic: Self Propelled Truck
Replies: 133
Views: 60856

mad gerald wrote: (on hold at the moment):



Looks more as if it's on bricks. Has somebody stolen the wheels?

:roll: :lol:
by Blackcloud Railways
Mon Dec 24, 2012 6:53 pm
Forum: Modelling Matters
Topic: Self Propelled Truck
Replies: 133
Views: 60856

An easy self propelled trolley for minimum gaugers working in O9 is the old Dinky BEV (British Electric Vehicles) on a Kato tram chassis.
Image
by Blackcloud Railways
Mon Dec 24, 2012 7:20 am
Forum: Modelling Matters
Topic: One Foot Mine (module)
Replies: 22
Views: 8030

By emphasizing the slopes the greenery has taken the squareness out of the rock formation and looks excellent. 8)
by Blackcloud Railways
Sun Dec 16, 2012 7:02 pm
Forum: Size doesn't matter
Topic: O9 joins Blackcloud's Railways
Replies: 162
Views: 69069

Time for another motorised wagon to push these dummy locos.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=v0G5ry7c2SU :D

Just completed and given a test run, still needs painting and weathering, but that's a job for tomorrow.
by Blackcloud Railways
Wed Dec 12, 2012 6:43 pm
Forum: Size doesn't matter
Topic: O9 joins Blackcloud's Railways
Replies: 162
Views: 69069

Work on the toner cartridge is progressing well, but this post is going back a bit to the loco made from a pair of Matchbox shunters. http://i79.photobucket.com/albums/j134/CheshireRailwayModellers/O9/100_3736_zpsf5f70624.jpg I have found a chassis which fits, though it has not been used for well ov...
by Blackcloud Railways
Wed Dec 12, 2012 5:59 am
Forum: Size doesn't matter
Topic: O9 joins Blackcloud's Railways
Replies: 162
Views: 69069

The 'exhaust' on top of what will be the engine compartment is in the middle of what could be a lift-off access panel, so I'll try to keep this moulded detail when removing some lettering from the same area. The cab roof will definitely need a hatch of some sort to cover the bits where the toner is ...
by Blackcloud Railways
Tue Dec 11, 2012 10:43 am
Forum: Size doesn't matter
Topic: O9 joins Blackcloud's Railways
Replies: 162
Views: 69069

How does your mind work? I know mine tends to go off on a tangent every now and then. I've just spotted an empty printer cartridge which SWMBO had instructed me to throw out months ago when we got a replacement. It didn't make it to the bin and I have a suspicion that it's not going to either. http:...
by Blackcloud Railways
Tue Dec 11, 2012 10:39 am
Forum: GnAtterBoxes
Topic: Progress?
Replies: 17
Views: 10714

The five inch headroom has proved to be over generous Si, probably get away with less if it makes hiding the mouseholes easier. Two inches above the internal floor is correct, this works out at about three inches above table level. Any slight inaccuracies in track height can easily be compensated fo...
by Blackcloud Railways
Sat Dec 08, 2012 11:04 am
Forum: Blether
Topic: New Moderator on the block
Replies: 6
Views: 2278

Re: New Moderator on the block

Chris Stockdale wrote:I'm hardly the 'heavy' type

Good job, otherwise your garden railway would need bigger rails. :P

Tugs forelock and backs quickly towards the door with coat in hand.
by Blackcloud Railways
Sat Dec 08, 2012 8:41 am
Forum: Modelling Matters
Topic: One Foot Mine (module)
Replies: 22
Views: 8030

Looks good so far Glen.

Though there are some, mentioning no names :roll: , who would use the miner and his short man-powered line as a self contained microlayout.

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