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by Brack
Wed Sep 18, 2013 7:14 pm
Forum: Size doesn't matter
Topic: Advice about Swiftsixteen.
Replies: 6
Views: 3185

instructions online = no need to print them and pack them in every kit!

as well as being able to see what you're getting yourself into before you buy.

sometimes the instructions have free drawings in them too, as you've noted.
by Brack
Sun Sep 15, 2013 12:11 pm
Forum: gNot Minimum Gauge
Topic: 3D printed WW1 simplex locos
Replies: 37
Views: 13247

log out of shapeways, then search for them, and you ought ot see what everyone else sees (unless your getting logged back in automatically). I often check my stuff just to make sure it looks right.
by Brack
Tue Sep 10, 2013 7:53 pm
Forum: gNot Minimum Gauge
Topic: 3D printed WW1 simplex locos
Replies: 37
Views: 13247

yep, you can set your own royalty on each item, though given the shapeways base price you can't add that much on! You don't have to add a royalty though, you can just offer them at normal price, but if you've done the design work you probably deserve the odd quid or two...
by Brack
Wed Sep 04, 2013 4:20 pm
Forum: Prototype Prattles
Topic: For Sale - Illustrated History 18" Gauge Steam Railways
Replies: 4
Views: 1967

thats an absolute bargain - someone ought to snap your hand off - I've seen them sell for 3-4 times that, and thought £50-60 was a par price. Can't recommend the book enough.
by Brack
Mon Aug 12, 2013 6:28 pm
Forum: Prototype Prattles
Topic: possible 40cm/15 line in WW1
Replies: 6
Views: 2762

Decauville's 40cm stuff (as used by the french military) was meant for hand propulsion only. as for the Royal Engineers, the use of 18" gauge in trench systems was changed in edwardian times to 2'6", before deciding again for WW1 that using 2ft/60cm was more flexible and compatible with th...
by Brack
Tue Aug 06, 2013 9:37 pm
Forum: gNot Minimum Gauge
Topic: Troels Kirk's On30 Coast Line
Replies: 5
Views: 2953

he's posted several hundred pages on the On30 line forums - worth a trawl through (after 100 pages he starts a new thread). Definitely one of the best layouts I've (never) seen.
by Brack
Sun Aug 04, 2013 9:41 pm
Forum: Trade tittle-tattle
Topic: (M) Blue / Pink Foam @ B&Q
Replies: 6
Views: 6112

you need good ventilation when using a hot wire or sanding it too vigorously, a dust mask probably wouldn't go amiss if you're sanding a lot. Chemically its the same stuff as plasticard, but in a foam. Given that you're supposed to put large quantities of it in your loft the fire risk story seems un...
by Brack
Wed Jul 03, 2013 7:29 pm
Forum: GNine
Topic: Source for tinkerbell drawings?
Replies: 4
Views: 4250

a typical tinkerbell might be a bit more like this:

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by Brack
Thu Jun 20, 2013 6:31 pm
Forum: Size doesn't matter
Topic: Beer Garden Terminus - O9
Replies: 18
Views: 8602

I think it says allow 24 hours for defrosting and do not refreeze on the box... I'd strip it down, wash all the bits in warm water/fairy liquid with an old toothbrush, then reassemble and oil, and it ought to be fine? the freezing shouldn't have caused trouble unless there was water in the mechanism...
by Brack
Mon May 13, 2013 7:22 pm
Forum: Blether
Topic: The Eagle has Landed
Replies: 13
Views: 4847

The main thing is that if they were fake the Russians wouldn't have let them get away with it.. Both sides were watching what the others were doing very closely (I believe Jodrell Bank intercepted the transmission of photos of the moon from LUNA 9 and they were published in the UK before the russian...
by Brack
Thu May 09, 2013 4:56 pm
Forum: Trade tittle-tattle
Topic: shapeways
Replies: 8
Views: 3789

Ah, but it isn't THE Volos enigne. The frankfurt one is an early type 3 I think. works No. 509 is the black one in Volos at the brickworks and it is mostly a type 1 (its been a bit kitbashed), so a bit smaller (about 2700mm in length).
by Brack
Wed May 01, 2013 7:04 pm
Forum: Modelling Matters
Topic: DG Coupling guide
Replies: 46
Views: 56019

the spare phosphor bronze wire works nicely for pickups I find....
by Brack
Sat Apr 27, 2013 11:34 am
Forum: Size doesn't matter
Topic: Curves and DG couplings.
Replies: 1
Views: 1523

9" will be fine with 4 wheel stock. Bogie vehicles are a more tricky matter. I've used 4w stuff on curves down to 5.5" with DGs and worked fine.
by Brack
Mon Apr 08, 2013 7:21 pm
Forum: Trade tittle-tattle
Topic: Brackmodels - Bagnall Sipat in O9 now available
Replies: 9
Views: 7792

1/24 Bagnall Sipat Fittings available on Shapeways

I promised to make the fittings from my 1/24 Sipat available separately on Shapeways. Having had a little time to finish one or two CAD projects off, I've managed to get them redrawn and uploaded successfully to shapeways. So if anyone wanted a chimney, smokebox door, gauge glass, boiler gauge, whis...
by Brack
Sat Apr 06, 2013 6:24 pm
Forum: gNot Minimum Gauge
Topic: Help, please 1:32 scale drawings.
Replies: 6
Views: 3735

the drawings linked to above could be rescaled from measuring the wheelbase - 10ft or so, if you resize it, and the gauge isn't right, then try again, but trying to rescale to 4'8.5" is a pain, better to have a round number to measure. this link may also be handy: http://www.champwilde.f9.co.uk...
by Brack
Sat Mar 16, 2013 10:08 am
Forum: Modelling Matters
Topic: Rivets, wood and coal
Replies: 7
Views: 2823

the secret to making archer rivets stick is to coat the surface with a thin layer of klear first (to give a gloss surface). Once you've done each part, gently put a thin brush of klear over it to keep it in place before you do the other side and nudge it with your fingers!
by Brack
Fri Mar 15, 2013 4:48 pm
Forum: Prototype Prattles
Topic: need drawings for this boxcar (WDLR?)
Replies: 11
Views: 4115

there are drawings for much of the wdlr rolling stock online at the following page: http://www.wdlr.org.uk/wdlr/drawings.htm As far as I can tell the page is above board and has the necessary permissions, so please no deleting or worries about copyright stuff - the link s only to the web page where ...
by Brack
Mon Mar 11, 2013 6:27 pm
Forum: Blether
Topic: Possible prototype?
Replies: 4
Views: 2118

since it happens to be my birthplace, maybe I ought to butt in. The Ashington Nightsoil Tramway was about 10 miles long at its greatest extent, but as far as I know was horse drawn (spare ponies presumably not being in particularly short supply). The other traffic flow was coal from the mines delive...
by Brack
Mon Mar 11, 2013 6:01 pm
Forum: Trade tittle-tattle
Topic: 18 Inch Gauge Steam Railways by Smithers.
Replies: 10
Views: 4721

These days £50 - 60 isn't a bad price for them. I'd definitely agree that it'd be worth having if you're at all interested in 18" stuff -- it is THE book for us!
by Brack
Mon Feb 25, 2013 5:46 pm
Forum: Size doesn't matter
Topic: Romney's 'Scooter' in O9
Replies: 29
Views: 9721

making headlights from something quite unexpected


you mean NOT from Dapol kit parts? that is unexpected :)

(most things I build have a bit fo dapol somewhere - my water tower manages to contain a bit of 04 buffer shank and a Pug buffer head in it)
by Brack
Fri Feb 22, 2013 1:21 pm
Forum: Size doesn't matter
Topic: Bagnall Sipat in O9
Replies: 25
Views: 13099

The tomix percy would roughly match for wheelbase, but would require quite a bit of hacking at the underside of the boiler to try and get something to fit, and then it mightn't look right when finished. I designed it around the fleischmann 7000 chassis, so I'd definitely recommend using that if poss...
by Brack
Sat Feb 16, 2013 12:45 pm
Forum: Blether
Topic: Rail modelling shops in and around Durham
Replies: 5
Views: 2000

there is a shop in hexham, townfoot models it'll be an hour and a bit drive, a small one in team valley (pooleys puffers) about half an hour away, and a few shops in and around darlington I think if you drive southwards. I tend not to frequent any of them as they don't have much in the way of O9 tho...
by Brack
Tue Feb 05, 2013 6:37 pm
Forum: Size doesn't matter
Topic: O9 joins Blackcloud's Railways
Replies: 162
Views: 70932

Depends which material of shapeways it is - the WSF gives a dodgy finish (but can be worked into a smooth surface with filler and sandpaper) but is pretty strong and cheap (though I've found it doesn't glue that well if you do snap something). FUD on the other hand is great for detail, but fairly br...
by Brack
Sun Jan 20, 2013 2:37 pm
Forum: Blether
Topic: Steve's County Council Ready for anything.
Replies: 8
Views: 2178

I see it has been DCC fitted though, so presumably they can control several of these at the same time?
by Brack
Mon Jan 07, 2013 6:17 pm
Forum: Modelling Matters
Topic: Casemate Gnumber 15; Simon's cardboard challenge layout.
Replies: 53
Views: 28491

perhaps if you put a bit of strip of the appropriate thickness into the channel you could bend it? maybe styrene?

Edit - sorry, for some reason it came up as unread and I didn't read the dates! I'll leave the suggestion in case anyone else wants to try it.

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