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by Blackcloud Railways
Sat Dec 08, 2012 8:18 am
Forum: Blether
Topic: Future of the Modelling Matters section
Replies: 23
Views: 6624

Back to your original MTI question Simon, it is a sister forum only in so much as it is run by the same admin. There is a limited amount of dual membership between the two but in the main Gnatterbox caters for minimum gauge enthusiasts and MTI for subscribers to the magazine. The two are not the sam...
by Blackcloud Railways
Fri Dec 07, 2012 9:29 pm
Forum: Blether
Topic: Future of the Modelling Matters section
Replies: 23
Views: 6624

Also as matter of interest how does this forum compare with its sister Model Trains Interactive? MTI is a much quieter place Simon. It comes to life around each publication date, as is to be expected because it is the magazine's feedback forum. As for the modelling that takes place, the mag tends t...
by Blackcloud Railways
Fri Dec 07, 2012 9:06 am
Forum: Size doesn't matter
Topic: O9 joins Blackcloud's Railways
Replies: 162
Views: 69094

Having completed the small Matchbox loco I turned my attention to the pile of debris laughingly referred to as my work bench and picked up the diecast body that I used to experiment with filling wheel aches on. This has been finished off as another railcar for use on the Lochside Estate. http://i79....
by Blackcloud Railways
Thu Dec 06, 2012 8:27 pm
Forum: Blether
Topic: Future of the Modelling Matters section
Replies: 23
Views: 6624

While fully in support of Modelling Matters becoming the Gn15 stronghold I also believe that Gnatterbox should continue to cater for other minimum gauge and miniature railway themes such as Gnine and O9 in their own sections. As too should larger scales such as 7/8ths or 1 inch also be catered for a...
by Blackcloud Railways
Wed Dec 05, 2012 1:56 pm
Forum: Size doesn't matter
Topic: O9 joins Blackcloud's Railways
Replies: 162
Views: 69094

A second dummy loco for the ghost wagon is now completed. http://i79.photobucket.com/albums/j134/CheshireRailwayModellers/O9/100_3690_zps94a728e5.jpg In theory it has been bought second hand from a miniature railway but doesn't look as if it's been looked after very well by its previous owners. http...
by Blackcloud Railways
Sat Dec 01, 2012 12:39 pm
Forum: Size doesn't matter
Topic: O9 joins Blackcloud's Railways
Replies: 162
Views: 69094

A new wagon arrived on the pier at Lochside this morning...
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=b6lanOgRNzA
by Blackcloud Railways
Tue Nov 27, 2012 9:42 am
Forum: Size doesn't matter
Topic: New APA box project - 1/35(1/32) 60cm gauge
Replies: 19
Views: 8743

With curtains to hide the connections between the boxes it should be a presentable layout Simon. A pair of 4x2 tables (as used at Rainhill) would give you the basic support but would a pair of 6x2s give you room for the fiddleyard? If so the layout shouldn't be too hard to accommodate, either parall...
by Blackcloud Railways
Tue Nov 27, 2012 9:24 am
Forum: Modelling Matters
Topic: gn15 desert chevrolet.
Replies: 13
Views: 5379

I think the owner may be a bit optimistic with his asking price (as shown in the last photo) for such a rust bucket. Don't suppose it comes with an MOT certificate or road tax paid does it? :lol:
by Blackcloud Railways
Sat Nov 24, 2012 10:26 am
Forum: Size doesn't matter
Topic: O9 joins Blackcloud's Railways
Replies: 162
Views: 69094

I've been taking a short diversion from bodging and made up a couple of the Unit Models O9 kits. They both went together easily, even with a few modifications to fit a shortened Minitrix wagon chassis under van and a Kato 11-103 under the trammer. http://i79.photobucket.com/albums/j134/CheshireRailw...
by Blackcloud Railways
Thu Nov 22, 2012 2:09 pm
Forum: Size doesn't matter
Topic: O9 joins Blackcloud's Railways
Replies: 162
Views: 69094

But I do realise that this is not a technology that all are happy with. Yeah, us Luddites don't like technology, I reckon we should make an automatic machine to smash it all. :lol: http://i79.photobucket.com/albums/j134/CheshireRailwayModellers/O9/2train2.jpg With the pier's surface repaired and th...
by Blackcloud Railways
Wed Nov 21, 2012 8:04 pm
Forum: Modelling Matters
Topic: Old World Charm
Replies: 160
Views: 51632

Not sure how important the boat's registration is. Certainly in the UK you find boats a long way from their port of registration. Maybe the same happens in the rest of Europe? It's only a small boat. I wouldn't fancy a trip through the Channel, across the Bay of Biscay, past Portugul and through th...
by Blackcloud Railways
Wed Nov 21, 2012 7:54 pm
Forum: Modelling Matters
Topic: What Kind of Couplers?
Replies: 16
Views: 4373

Does it have to be autocouplers? For really tight radii a bar between two vehicles might work better. If it has right angle bends at each end it can drop into holes on top of the wagon/loco's coupler/buffer block. The length of the drawbar could be made to keep stock far enough apart on tight curves...
by Blackcloud Railways
Wed Nov 21, 2012 2:15 pm
Forum: Modelling Matters
Topic: Old World Charm
Replies: 160
Views: 51632

Bob - oops, guess I picked a bad registration. I may change that or relocate the scene to Muiden. ... or just rename the boat. The name could be carried on a separate plank nailed over the registration. Moving the scene to the North Sea coast would mean swapping the Med's sunshine for a much greyer...
by Blackcloud Railways
Wed Nov 21, 2012 11:51 am
Forum: Modelling Matters
Topic: Display diorama
Replies: 35
Views: 12513

Nice find Rob.

The RLR diesels look as if they'd make fairly good models too.

http://www.ruisliplidorailway.org/
by Blackcloud Railways
Wed Nov 21, 2012 11:43 am
Forum: GnAtterBoxes
Topic: Progress?
Replies: 17
Views: 10730

I've moved to O9 since the APA's outing to Telford in July, and disposed of two boxes to make space for the new layouts, but I still have Holmes Farm Jct, The Wharf, Warley Fen and two non-scenic fiddleyards available for shows if/when any other members are ready to join Simon and I on the exhibitio...
by Blackcloud Railways
Wed Nov 21, 2012 11:18 am
Forum: Modelling Matters
Topic: Old World Charm
Replies: 160
Views: 51632

A very nice looking boat 8), but a bit far from home, her registration would indicate that she is from Muiden in the Netherlands. :wink: (Source - http://www.aandc.org/research/fishing_ports.html) Not sure what, if any, letters would be appropriate for a boat in the Med. There are some registrations...
by Blackcloud Railways
Wed Nov 21, 2012 11:03 am
Forum: Size doesn't matter
Topic: O9 joins Blackcloud's Railways
Replies: 162
Views: 69094

If the layout was automated I'd have nothing to do! :shock: Lochside is intended to be exhibited with Allt-Na-Ballt so there's always something moving on the combined display, even if it's just going round and round and round while I'm busy Gnattering with the audience or on walkabout to grab a fres...
by Blackcloud Railways
Tue Nov 20, 2012 7:28 pm
Forum: Modelling Matters
Topic: What Kind of Couplers?
Replies: 16
Views: 4373

HO scale Kadees work for me. Makes life easy when using the likes of Bachmann's gas mech converted from On30 to Gn15, also of course when using HO locos and cars as donors.
by Blackcloud Railways
Tue Nov 20, 2012 10:43 am
Forum: Size doesn't matter
Topic: O9 joins Blackcloud's Railways
Replies: 162
Views: 69094

Sorted. Not a clue what I was doing wrong but reverting to the KISS principle by using two on/off switches and separate feeds has done the trick. :D

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o0HqRzfK2Ss
by Blackcloud Railways
Tue Nov 20, 2012 7:55 am
Forum: Size doesn't matter
Topic: O9 joins Blackcloud's Railways
Replies: 162
Views: 69094

I was going to email him once I've finished the kit, I've got sidetracked at the moment though, quite literally... The navvies are back at Lochside. They've dug holes in the end of the pier and removed the buried electrical connections so that the layout could be rewired for two train operation. htt...
by Blackcloud Railways
Mon Nov 19, 2012 8:44 pm
Forum: Modelling Matters
Topic: Depron layout.
Replies: 8
Views: 3318

Re: Depron layout.

david colley jnr wrote:Ballast in place and being fixed with gloopy glue (pva)

Somebody has been watching Mr Maker! :P
by Blackcloud Railways
Sun Nov 18, 2012 5:41 pm
Forum: Size doesn't matter
Topic: O9 joins Blackcloud's Railways
Replies: 162
Views: 69094

Hi Moz.

I'm getting over the shock, slowly. Missed out on Sunday afternoon in the pub to help pay for it though. So the dog's not happy now. :roll:
by Blackcloud Railways
Sun Nov 18, 2012 1:22 pm
Forum: Size doesn't matter
Topic: O9 joins Blackcloud's Railways
Replies: 162
Views: 69094

After all this butchery I think I may need a rest from bodging.

:shock:

No, I'm not taking up a less noble hobby than railway modelling or anything like that. Just having a go at a bit of nice sedate kitbuilding for a change. Details on my blog (click).
by Blackcloud Railways
Sat Nov 17, 2012 10:29 pm
Forum: Size doesn't matter
Topic: O9 joins Blackcloud's Railways
Replies: 162
Views: 69094

I've decided against the second loco with the body shells joined nose to nose, as well as the cab doors being too small it looks rather odd. The centrecab loco is now on the receiving end of some heavy weathering, this is being done by alternating black magic marker and rust coloured acrylic paint, ...
by Blackcloud Railways
Sat Nov 17, 2012 10:44 am
Forum: Prototype Prattles
Topic: Stockers' line: the Pell Wall Agricultural Tramway
Replies: 74
Views: 33593

The weekly wheelie bin train to the front of the house could also be handy, depending how your local authority handles things :D Mmmm, that would make interesting reading... "Shropshire County Council leads the way to a green future for refuse collection, county-wide narrow gauge tramway syste...

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