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by Bilco
Thu Aug 28, 2008 10:51 am
Forum: Modelling Matters
Topic: In-laid track. Whats wrong?
Replies: 17
Views: 6856

In-Laid Track

Bob, you could also use the trick of putting a length of string in the flangeways before you put down the plaster/PVA mix, and pull the string in an upwards direction when the plaster has gone off a bit but before it hardens - instant clear flangeways!
by Bilco
Wed Aug 27, 2008 3:35 pm
Forum: Modelling Matters
Topic: On The Drawing Board
Replies: 60
Views: 30667

On The Drawing Board

Just a bit more on the CG Textures I've used.:- http://i275.photobucket.com/albums/jj319/bilcor/layout018-1.jpg A shot of the Wood Bros building as printed. The shadows give some 3D effect http://i275.photobucket.com/albums/jj319/bilcor/layout019-1.jpg With the door and its track reprinted and mount...
by Bilco
Tue Aug 26, 2008 7:52 pm
Forum: Modelling Matters
Topic: On The Drawing Board
Replies: 60
Views: 30667

On the Drawing Board

Many thanks for the comments - I was surprised at the difference having the building made in my feeling of the scale of things! Franck - I think the link to CG Textures has been on the Forum before - certainly, I have had it bookmarked for quite a while, and had the Wood Bros building earmarked for ...
by Bilco
Mon Aug 25, 2008 4:08 pm
Forum: Modelling Matters
Topic: On The Drawing Board
Replies: 60
Views: 30667

On The Drawing Board

Just to show that I haven't entirely wasted the Bank Holiday, here are a few piccys of progress. The florists' foam has been sealed and the gaps between the blocks filled, ready for some ground cover, and I've made a start on the back and right side scenery. http://i275.photobucket.com/albums/jj319/...
by Bilco
Sat Aug 23, 2008 11:11 am
Forum: Modelling Matters
Topic: Simplicity Sidings
Replies: 522
Views: 243605

Simplicity Sidings

I love your little building Gordon - is that the 'cludgie i' the yard'? :P

The asbestos roofing is especially effective - I guess that the aluminium foil from baking trays would work too. Did you make an embossing jig to get the shape?
by Bilco
Wed Aug 20, 2008 2:20 pm
Forum: Modelling Matters
Topic: As promised....here's my Hazycrank Infernal combustion Hn15
Replies: 17
Views: 6909

Crazy Hank

Hi Crazy Hank,
Sorry for calling you Henk, Hank
:oops:

Thank you for the useful web site.
by Bilco
Tue Aug 19, 2008 8:11 pm
Forum: Modelling Matters
Topic: As promised....here's my Hazycrank Infernal combustion Hn15
Replies: 17
Views: 6909

Crazy Henk

I like the junkyard loco, Henk. Is that a shutter from a building kit that you've used as the side grill? It's very effective whatever you used. I also like the scheme in your first 'Junk Yard' layout of using piles of junked cars to hide the exit of the tracks - there's lateral thinking at its best!
by Bilco
Sun Aug 17, 2008 8:33 pm
Forum: Modelling Matters
Topic: On The Drawing Board
Replies: 60
Views: 30667

On the drawing board

Progress continues, although not at the pace of Simplicity Sidings! On the blocks of foam - thanks for the thought, Steve, I did ponder over the choice and thought the dry ones would be firmer. Never mind. I've done a lot of shaping of the landscape. The first, rough shaping was done with a bread kn...
by Bilco
Thu Aug 14, 2008 11:12 am
Forum: Modelling Matters
Topic: shrubbery
Replies: 17
Views: 9470

Shrubbery

Can we assume now that everything in the garden's shrubbery? Image
by Bilco
Tue Aug 12, 2008 4:22 pm
Forum: Modelling Matters
Topic: On The Drawing Board
Replies: 60
Views: 30667

On the Drawing Board

Well, there is some progress to report, with something produced that looks like it might be a layout one day. The first task was to raise up the track, so that the tippers can tip stuff down into something. The material I chose to do the raising with was florists foam – the gray-brown non-absorbent ...
by Bilco
Tue Aug 05, 2008 9:03 pm
Forum: Modelling Matters
Topic: On The Drawing Board
Replies: 60
Views: 30667

On The Drawing Board

There seems to be a vogue for announcing new layouts at the moment, so I may as well make mine! I was recently given an old drawing board to build a layout on – it measures 70cm x 50cm, and is made of some surprisingly light wood. The wood is also quite soft, and the drawing surface has a few dings ...
by Bilco
Wed Jul 30, 2008 3:16 pm
Forum: Modelling Matters
Topic: Hayfinch Goes Indoors
Replies: 34
Views: 16831

Ernie 1

Just a thought - I don't have the Ernie 1 model (yet!) - but would the Bachmann MOW car motor unit - http://forum.gn15.info/viewtopic.php?t=4334 - fit under it?

I don't have the MOW model either (yet!!) :)
by Bilco
Tue Jul 15, 2008 3:44 pm
Forum: Modelling Matters
Topic: Hi.
Replies: 8
Views: 3548

Hi

Welcome, Pete. The bit of your layout in the picture seems to fit in with Gn15 nicely - low brick-edged platform. I like the loco, too - an interesting "Twin Peaks" design!
by Bilco
Fri Jul 11, 2008 12:55 pm
Forum: Modelling Matters
Topic: wheelbase and radius
Replies: 15
Views: 7026

Wheelbase & Radius

There will be a written test on Monday! :shock:
by Bilco
Thu Jul 10, 2008 8:52 pm
Forum: Modelling Matters
Topic: Wagon Bodies
Replies: 4
Views: 3538

Wagon Bodies

A little while ago we bought a new roller blind. It came in a long, rectangular plastic tube – that brittle, clear plastic – and the ends were sealed with little rectangular plastic boxes. After a small amount of swearing I got the boxes out, and after a lot of swearing got the roller blind up, afte...
by Bilco
Thu Jul 10, 2008 2:49 pm
Forum: Modelling Matters
Topic: Ralph Brammer models
Replies: 542
Views: 244597

Ralph Brammer Models

Ralph - that is fantastic! Outstanding! Dog's whatzits!

Image
by Bilco
Mon Jun 30, 2008 9:01 pm
Forum: Modelling Matters
Topic: Tom Yorke's Gnute
Replies: 4
Views: 2974

Tom's Gnute

Many thanks Gerry - I can see what an attractive kit it was. I'll add your photo to the "one day" file.
by Bilco
Mon Jun 30, 2008 6:22 pm
Forum: Modelling Matters
Topic: Tom Yorke's Gnute
Replies: 4
Views: 2974

Tom Yorke's Gnute

Does anyone have a photo of Tom Yorke's Gnute loco that they could post? I have joined the Yorke Kits forum on Yahoo, but all the links to the Gnute come up "File not found".

You never know - if I like the look of it I might build a Gnot-a-Gnute! :roll:
by Bilco
Mon Jun 23, 2008 7:21 pm
Forum: Modelling Matters
Topic: New Roof for my Loco Shed
Replies: 18
Views: 7335

Gnew Roof

I think Glen is right - the roof just needs a rust wash or two and it will look perfect.
by Bilco
Wed Jun 18, 2008 12:42 pm
Forum: Modelling Matters
Topic: Three Gnew Locos
Replies: 25
Views: 10288

£ Gnew Locos

Very gnifty locos Barry, although I don't know why there is a mafia type driving the green one. The orange finish seems to have rendered the lady unconscious, however. You also seem to have found a new weathering method:
1. Paint loco
2. Throw on floor
3. Replace broken parts :wink:
by Bilco
Tue Jun 17, 2008 11:55 am
Forum: Modelling Matters
Topic: Wot the Deutz?
Replies: 25
Views: 14219

Wot the Deutz

Yes Steve, Didi is a Schleich figure, as is her brother Willy. She is the woman carrying a bucket figure - as here http://i275.photobucket.com/albums/jj319/bilcor/driver3.jpg As it happens, I found a couple of new (to me) figures by Schleich in my local model shop last week : http://i275.photobucket...
by Bilco
Mon Jun 16, 2008 8:33 pm
Forum: Modelling Matters
Topic: Wot the Deutz?
Replies: 25
Views: 14219

Wot the Deuz

I've been taking some photos of the v-skips to send to Helmut, to show him what atrocities I've committed to his beautifully designed skip frames. I posed them with "Wot the Deuz" on my 16mm (sorry :oops: ) layout and snapped away with the old digital camera - what did we do in the days of...
by Bilco
Thu Jun 05, 2008 1:08 pm
Forum: Modelling Matters
Topic: (F) Skips the Hard Way
Replies: 11
Views: 14153

Hi Glen, many thanks for your input. As you see from the pics, I have already given the skips an undercoat! The first pic shows the tipping arm in place in the brackets at the end of the skip body -- well over the length I expect to use. http://i275.photobucket.com/albums/jj319/bilcor/tipper029.jpg ...
by Bilco
Tue Jun 03, 2008 6:55 pm
Forum: Modelling Matters
Topic: (F) Skips the Hard Way
Replies: 11
Views: 14153

Having got the skip frames sorted it was time to root out those Gnomy skip bodies and do something with them. I decided to erase all the surface detail and the pivots on the ends. The pivots were sawn off and the stumps sanded off; the thickened rim on the sides was sawn off too, and the sides rubbe...
by Bilco
Sat May 10, 2008 7:37 pm
Forum: Modelling Matters
Topic: (F) Skips the Hard Way
Replies: 11
Views: 14153

Now it was time to think about cobbling up some way of fixing the wheels to the frame. Helmut's wheel sets have extended axles to fit in holes in his axleboxes -- but as I didn't want to use the axleboxes I would need new wheels. I discovered in the back of the scrap box a length of 5mm square plast...

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