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by PeterH
Tue Dec 26, 2017 3:33 am
Forum: Modelling Matters
Topic: Eaton Hall & Co cakebox layout
Replies: 24
Views: 4023

Re: Eaton Hall & Co cakebox layout

Aaah, bricks. The little wall of bricks I made here was to try modelling bricks. I probably won’t repeat it or take it further: 1 - The buildings in New Zealand that I want to model seem to be the Art Decoish buildings made between 1930 and 1950, which inevitably are finished with plaster/render. An...
by PeterH
Sun Dec 24, 2017 9:53 pm
Forum: Modelling Matters
Topic: Eaton Hall & Co cakebox layout
Replies: 24
Views: 4023

Re: Eaton Hall & Co cakebox layout

I finally figured out how to make a good-enough concrete plaster/render on a wall: 2CBBB746-9247-49B6-94CD-DF0F8441357D.jpeg There are lots of stages but it’s fairly quick. I use a 65 mm scraper from a builders supply shop to apply the filler. 1 - Apply a thin layer of house filler to get rid of the...
by PeterH
Fri Dec 22, 2017 10:55 pm
Forum: Modelling Matters
Topic: Eaton Hall & Co cakebox layout
Replies: 24
Views: 4023

Re: Eaton Hall & Co cakebox layout

Now inset track in concrete. I filled round the track with foamboard and card, then used lightweight filler/spackle to fill in the sleepers.n. Next time I’ll use plywood, because sanding the filler was tedious and the foam/card got messed up when I had to chisel off the ‘concrete’ above. Twice. AFC5...
by PeterH
Fri Dec 22, 2017 7:01 pm
Forum: Modelling Matters
Topic: The T.P.&K Railway
Replies: 29
Views: 11060

Re: The T.P.&K Railway

Hi Geoff, Nice work. I hope you get time to fill your modelling space.
by PeterH
Tue Dec 19, 2017 7:00 pm
Forum: Modelling Matters
Topic: Longstone 2
Replies: 140
Views: 20610

Re: Longstone 2

Hi Graham, I’ve just looked back over this thread. Nice work, you’ve achieved a lot in just a year. I wish you both well for the exhibitions.
by PeterH
Sun Dec 17, 2017 7:03 pm
Forum: Blether
Topic: Where is Everyone?
Replies: 10
Views: 1679

Re: Where is Everyone?

Bilco wrote:Brian Clarke produced kits for 009, and 16mm NG locos and trackwork, as well as writing about narrow gauge subjects. ...


Thanks, I’ve just spent a delightful half hour looking at those. But half an hour not modelling.
by PeterH
Sat Dec 16, 2017 6:47 pm
Forum: Blether
Topic: Where is Everyone?
Replies: 10
Views: 1679

Re: Where is Everyone?

I’m still here, though I’ve had a bad cold for a week and haven’t been modelling. Who is Brian Clarke?
by PeterH
Wed Dec 06, 2017 6:03 pm
Forum: Size doesn't matter
Topic: Modelearth modelling: 1/12 on 00 track
Replies: 32
Views: 3959

Re: Modelearth modelling: 1/12 on 00 track

we really must find a better nomenclature for this scale/gauge combination - yet 1/12n16.5 seems incredibly clumsy too - any ideas guys? W maybe = whimsical. I think the scale/gauge name helps put the layout into a category - we expect different things from a Gn15 layout and an S4 layout, a differe...
by PeterH
Wed Dec 06, 2017 5:53 pm
Forum: Modelling Matters
Topic: Eaton Hall & Co cakebox layout
Replies: 24
Views: 4023

Re: Eaton Hall & Co cakebox layout

Thanks Gerald
by PeterH
Tue Dec 05, 2017 7:20 pm
Forum: Modelling Matters
Topic: Eaton Hall & Co cakebox layout
Replies: 24
Views: 4023

Re: Eaton Hall & Co cakebox layout

Thanks Doc and Gerald. Gerald: your bricks look just like I wanted to achieve - subtle colour and the grout looks perfect. I looked on your website where you describe making them and will try what you have done. You used grout for the mortar, is that the grout that people use to fill the joins betwe...
by PeterH
Tue Dec 05, 2017 6:18 am
Forum: Modelling Matters
Topic: Eaton Hall & Co cakebox layout
Replies: 24
Views: 4023

Re: Eaton Hall & Co cakebox layout

Bricks are done, a bit of a struggle. There seem to be two ways to finish bricks: 1 - Paint the bricks, then apply the ‘mortar’. The problem is that you can’t then change the brick colour much. 2 - Apply the ‘mortar’, then paint the bricks. The problem is how avoid getting brick colour on the mortar...
by PeterH
Sun Dec 03, 2017 7:53 pm
Forum: Modelling Matters
Topic: Ambasador Works... Chocolate Box Micro
Replies: 149
Views: 72041

Re: Ambasador Works... Chocolate Box Micro

Wow, thank you Colin for taking the time and putting in the effort to restore the photos in this thread. I’m making a layout now that uses several of your ideas from here.
by PeterH
Sun Dec 03, 2017 3:42 am
Forum: Size doesn't matter
Topic: (F) Mr. Chip's Potato Farm (1:12 Micro Layout)
Replies: 54
Views: 54234

Re: (F) Mr. Chip's Potato Farm (1:12 Micro Layout)

Chris, it’s great to see those photos again.
by PeterH
Sat Dec 02, 2017 7:34 pm
Forum: Prototype Prattles
Topic: Video of goods handling in 50s Brittain
Replies: 0
Views: 916

Video of goods handling in 50s Brittain

Here’s a promotional video from 50s Britain about the Scarab mechanical horse, a light truck. I liked the footage of goods moving by road and rail, and the backdrops. From Phil Parker’s blog.

https://youtu.be/4yR-5bbFivU
by PeterH
Fri Dec 01, 2017 5:48 pm
Forum: Size doesn't matter
Topic: 1n15 Lister Loco
Replies: 5
Views: 1314

Re: 1n15 Lister Loco

... it’s a great loco wherever it roams. Carlo, I’ve just looked at your website and am impressed by the quality and range of your work.
by PeterH
Fri Dec 01, 2017 8:22 am
Forum: Modelling Matters
Topic: Eaton Hall & Co cakebox layout
Replies: 24
Views: 4023

Re: Eaton Hall & Co cakebox layout

Bricks happen. Inspired by Andi’s houses. It is a more recent style, with the concrete reinforcing, which calls for tidy bricklaying. Perhaps I should have modelled an earlier period.
by PeterH
Thu Nov 30, 2017 6:32 pm
Forum: Modelling Matters
Topic: Crundells Estate
Replies: 56
Views: 7997

Re: Crundells Estate

That’s looking good. I’ve made landscape with polystyrene (the cheap white bead kind) and I didn’t glue newspaper on it. I shaped it by picking bits of foam away to give a roughish surface, which looked sufficiently like ‘dirt’ when painted.
by PeterH
Thu Nov 30, 2017 8:50 am
Forum: Size doesn't matter
Topic: Modelearth modelling: 1/12 on 00 track
Replies: 32
Views: 3959

Re: Modelearth modelling: 1/12 on 00 track

Ha, gorgeous. This thread is reminding me of the Birdwater & Raspberry RR, by Bruce Bates. He used to have a website of drawings of rolling stock like these and also made models. I think he died a couple of years ago and the website has gone. Here’s a link to a Facebook page: https://www.faceboo...
by PeterH
Wed Nov 29, 2017 7:39 pm
Forum: Modelling Matters
Topic: Macton II
Replies: 40
Views: 5251

Re: Macton II

Very nice. Keep the SBSs coming please.
by PeterH
Sun Nov 26, 2017 10:25 pm
Forum: Modelling Matters
Topic: Belle Lane - Miss Lemon's Cottage.
Replies: 20
Views: 7786

Re: Belle Lane - Miss Lemon's Cottage.

Andi wrote an article about how he made his buildings, here:

http://tome.gn15.info/14_fall_09.pdf
by PeterH
Sun Nov 26, 2017 10:22 pm
Forum: Modelling Matters
Topic: Belle Lane - Santo's restaurant and Coffee house.
Replies: 72
Views: 27904

Re: Belle Lane - Santo's restaurant and Coffee house.

Andi wrote an article about how he made his buildings, here:

http://tome.gn15.info/14_fall_09.pdf
by PeterH
Sun Nov 26, 2017 7:38 pm
Forum: Size doesn't matter
Topic: Modelearth modelling: 1/12 on 00 track
Replies: 32
Views: 3959

Re: Modelearth modelling: 1/12 on 00 track

Don’t they look gorgeous. Thanks for the photo and dimensions. It is perhaps interesting to note that these dimensions, height excepted, are not much more than similar stuff in Gn15. Build one 16.5mm gauge layout and have two sets of buildings? I’ve noticed this too. On real railways, the narrower t...
by PeterH
Sat Nov 25, 2017 7:38 pm
Forum: Blether
Topic: Andy Anderson
Replies: 6
Views: 1034

Re: Andy Anderson

I’m sorry to hear this. I always enjoyed the stories Andy wove about his layouts. And his modelling on gnatterbox has been an inspiration for me, particularly Cuddle. My sympathies to you, Sue. Andy mentioned you several times in his posts, usually along the lines of ‘Sue has gone out for the mornin...
by PeterH
Sat Nov 25, 2017 7:32 pm
Forum: Modelling Matters
Topic: Matthews Corner, a Chris Krupa classic.
Replies: 44
Views: 15349

Re: Matthews Corner, a Chris Krupa classic.

Yes, no worries, and on with the modelling.
by PeterH
Sat Nov 25, 2017 4:18 am
Forum: Modelling Matters
Topic: Eaton Hall & Co cakebox layout
Replies: 24
Views: 4023

Re: Eaton Hall & Co cakebox layout

Something real. My fear of commitment means that it wood screws together, so I can take it apart to paint. And fiddle with. 8B1B0FDC-BB6E-419B-9F90-83D6FBA56FF2.jpeg Ply base, foamboard building. The wall and fence on the left is two layers of 1.5 mm card, with skins of thin aluminium (from offset p...

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