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by Steve Holland
Thu Jan 08, 2015 11:29 am
Forum: Modelling Matters
Topic: Dirty Diseasels
Replies: 10
Views: 2519

Re: Dirty Diseasels

Thanks for the kind comments. The Baguley was inspired by a couple of the Gn15 Tomes, http://tome.gn15.info/05_April_07.pdf and http://tome.gn15.info/05_April_07_supplement.pdf . I was not able to get a Bachmann Thomas to butcher at the time, so used a Bachmann Junior loco instead. The thing did not...
by Steve Holland
Wed Jan 07, 2015 10:32 pm
Forum: Modelling Matters
Topic: Dirty Diseasels
Replies: 10
Views: 2519

Dirty Diseasels

In the thread on my Bagnalls http://gn15.info/forum/viewtopic.php?f=1&t=9716 I mentioned that I was trying to get to grips with acrylic paints. Up to now I have only ever used Humbrol enamels for weathering, but I was getting some earache about the smell of the thinners :( The two guinea pigs we...
by Steve Holland
Tue Jan 06, 2015 5:25 pm
Forum: Modelling Matters
Topic: Rail mounted Bubble Car anyone?
Replies: 12
Views: 1929

Re: Rail mounted Bubble Car anyone?

It looks like this photo of the beast was taken at Cadeby https://www.veooz.com/photos/MH5LZuu.html . I think the bubble car is somewhere in the Blaenau Ffestiniog area now, in Rich Morris's private collection. Someone I used to work with had a road going one and parked it with the front too close t...
by Steve Holland
Sun Jan 04, 2015 9:20 pm
Forum: Modelling Matters
Topic: A brace of Bagnalls
Replies: 26
Views: 9955

Re: A brace of Bagnalls

Thanks for the kind remarks. The 3D prints are not difficult to work with, but do repay careful work to fill and smooth off the printing layers. I reckon I spent about 4 or 5 hours on each loco getting a surface that I was happy with. This may sound a lot, but I reckon I could not have scratch built...
by Steve Holland
Sun Jan 04, 2015 8:52 pm
Forum: Modelling Matters
Topic: A guide to making axle boxes please.
Replies: 6
Views: 1515

Re: A guide to making axle boxes please.

It may be worth looking at some of the 7mm scale detail castings such as those from http://www.hobbyhorse.co.uk. Maybe some of their white metal tender axle boxes may be suitable?
by Steve Holland
Thu Jan 01, 2015 9:13 pm
Forum: Modelling Matters
Topic: Gun Shop and Tobacco Emporium
Replies: 28
Views: 4113

Re: Gun Shop and Tobacco Emporium

Ken, I am sure that your gun shop owner is trying to earn a little on the side. He has been spotted at the controls of Smallbeach number 6, which has earned itself the unfortunate nickname of "Nutcracker". I will leave you to work out why! He did roll his sleeves up in the hope that no-one...
by Steve Holland
Mon Dec 29, 2014 9:52 pm
Forum: Modelling Matters
Topic: A brace of Bagnalls
Replies: 26
Views: 9955

Re: A brace of Bagnalls

Glad you like what I am doing to the Bagnalls. They have both had Christmas presents in the form of name and works plates from Narrow Planet. I fitted these twice - the first time round I found that the top coat of paint had not stuck to the underlying layer and bubbled up when it reacted with the c...
by Steve Holland
Mon Dec 29, 2014 4:40 pm
Forum: Blether
Topic: Russian level crossing control!
Replies: 4
Views: 664

Re: Russian level crossing control!

Nice idea with the ground mounted ramps coming up after the barriers have lowered. The trouble is that if they were installed on UK level crossings then some moron would be suing Network Rail for their own stupidity/impatience when they try to run the barriers and their car gets damaged. The pop-up ...
by Steve Holland
Sun Dec 28, 2014 9:37 pm
Forum: Prototype Prattles
Topic: Sleeper spacing - centres or between sleepers ?
Replies: 42
Views: 11318

Re: Sleeper spacing - centres or between sleepers ?

I took these photos on the 15 inch gauge Rhiw Valley Light Railway. The sleepers look to be about 30 inches long by 6 inches wide and 4 inches deep on a 2ft spacing, with 16 pound/yard rail but that is a guesstimate from the photos. I was too busy enjoying the trains and excellent refreshments to me...
by Steve Holland
Sun Dec 21, 2014 2:52 pm
Forum: Blether
Topic: Seasonal Question
Replies: 4
Views: 1144

Seasonal Question

Q: What scale does Santa make his model trains to?
A: 1/87, because he is always going "HO, HO, HO!" :roll:

I'll get me coat!

Have a great Christmas everybody :D
by Steve Holland
Sat Dec 20, 2014 10:51 pm
Forum: Blether
Topic: Cardboard locos kits
Replies: 19
Views: 2693

Re: Cardboard locos kits

I had some vague memory of having seen some Polish narrow gauge locos and stock as card kits. A quick search has turned up https://modelik.pl/index.php?cPath=81&sStore=3a28811a29bbd975fe324c3c4e05cdc8 and they all seem to be to 1:25 scale. :D As they say round here - "fill yer boots lads!&q...
by Steve Holland
Fri Dec 19, 2014 7:41 pm
Forum: Blether
Topic: Proto 2000 36" wheelsets
Replies: 3
Views: 620

Re: Proto 2000 36" wheelsets

Have you tried The Sidings Tamworth? They are listing the Proto 200 wheelsets in stock, but showing 'Call us' under the price column. See http://www.thesidingstamworth.com/stockdisp.asp?group=31&MfID=19 . They also stock other makes of wheelsets and goodies like MV products lenses.
by Steve Holland
Thu Dec 18, 2014 9:16 pm
Forum: Prototype Prattles
Topic: Sleeper spacing - centres or between sleepers ?
Replies: 42
Views: 11318

Re: Sleeper spacing - centres or between sleepers ?

Ken, TPP, The loco in the picture is one of Brack's 3D printed 1:24 'Sipat' Bagnalls from Shapeways with some added details. See http://gn15.info/forum/viewtopic.php?f=1&t=9716 for the full story. The basic 3D print is a great little model that really captures the character of these little locos...
by Steve Holland
Wed Dec 17, 2014 4:08 pm
Forum: Prototype Prattles
Topic: Sleeper spacing - centres or between sleepers ?
Replies: 42
Views: 11318

Re: Sleeper spacing - centres or between sleepers ?

I have knocked up a simulation of track using some foam core offcuts and the Karlgarin code 125 rail. The sleepers scale out at 4ft long and 9in wide, but being foam core are way too thick. The rail has not been spiked in to place as this is only a temporary lash up. Below is the rail profile: Track...
by Steve Holland
Thu Dec 11, 2014 5:48 pm
Forum: Prototype Prattles
Topic: Sleeper spacing - centres or between sleepers ?
Replies: 42
Views: 11318

Re: Sleeper spacing - centres or between sleepers ?

I have got some Karlgarin ( http://www.karlgarin.com/whatsnew.htm ) code 125 N/S flat bottom rail that I am intending to use for Smallbeach - when I decide on what is going where that is. This scales out at 30 pounds/yard in 1:24 scale. Peco use a funny section which is sort of part way between flat...
by Steve Holland
Wed Dec 03, 2014 9:17 pm
Forum: Modelling Matters
Topic: A brace of Bagnalls
Replies: 26
Views: 9955

It was b****y cold in the garage, but at last I have got the airbrush out and got some paint on the Bagnalls. This is the initial paint job and will be followed up by some light weathering once the plumbing has been added with some copper wire. In the best tradition of works photographs the pair are...
by Steve Holland
Wed Nov 26, 2014 10:27 am
Forum: Prototype Prattles
Topic: Help Request - Fowler Works
Replies: 2
Views: 1087

Chris, I have not got the book, but Reading Museum of Rural Life hold the John Fowler archive. I believe that they have the works drawings as part of this, but I have not had time to browse through the lists. This link may be useful: http://www.reading.ac.uk/merl/collections/Archives_A_to_Z/merl-TR_...
by Steve Holland
Sat Nov 15, 2014 8:58 pm
Forum: Modelling Matters
Topic: A brace of Bagnalls
Replies: 26
Views: 9955

I have made and fitted a few more parts to my pair of Bagnalls. They now have some (dummy) valve gear. This is based on modified Baguley, but has a couple of waggly bits missing. These are the parts. http://my.gn15.info/valve_gear_bits.jpg I made the yokes (the 'U' shaped bits) to scale from a Bagna...
by Steve Holland
Thu Nov 06, 2014 6:07 pm
Forum: Modelling Matters
Topic: Smallbeach tub wagons
Replies: 11
Views: 3836

Reading the build description again, I have realised that I forgot to mention the wheelbase - it is 22mm. To make sure that both side members of the axle box units have the holes in the right places I drilled one pilot hole in an end of one side member. This was placed on top of the second side memb...
by Steve Holland
Tue Nov 04, 2014 9:01 pm
Forum: Modelling Matters
Topic: Emett inspired mallet "Pushmepullyou"
Replies: 36
Views: 8747

That is going be an impressive model when it is finished. There is something looking remarkably similar living at the Statfold Barn Railway just outside Tamworth. OK it is 2 foot gauge and not articulated but it is such an attractive machine. http://my.gn15.info/corpet.jpg I don't fancy making a mod...
by Steve Holland
Sat Nov 01, 2014 9:54 pm
Forum: Modelling Matters
Topic: Smallbeach tub wagons
Replies: 11
Views: 3836

Thanks for the kind comments. I have been 'confined to barracks' by the doctor, so as an antidote to daytime TV I have built another one of the wooden bodied tubs, and taken some photos to show how they are put together. The body is made from 5mm x 1.5mm strip wood. The stuff I used was from the loc...
by Steve Holland
Thu Oct 16, 2014 8:49 pm
Forum: Modelling Matters
Topic: Smallbeach tub wagons
Replies: 11
Views: 3836

Smallbeach tub wagons

The wagon fleet for Smallbeach has been growing. I have recently made a couple of wooden bodied tubs as a bit of variety from the metal ones. http://my.gn15.info/wooden_tubs_and_glop.jpg The bottle has some home brewed wood weathering solution made up of a (used) scouring pad dissolved to rust using...
by Steve Holland
Fri Oct 10, 2014 9:39 pm
Forum: Prototype Prattles
Topic: Bure Valley Railway
Replies: 1
Views: 1246

When I went the half size ZBs were running the service. They are impressive locos and Spitfire put on a spirited run on the return from Wroxham to Aylsham. http://my.gn15.info/bure_valley_spitfire.jpg If you really want the Leek and Manifold replica loco featured in Gerry's photos the Slaters 7mm ki...
by Steve Holland
Tue Sep 23, 2014 7:48 pm
Forum: gNot Minimum Gauge
Topic: battery operated loco thread?
Replies: 20
Views: 5028

Could this be what you are looking for?

http://cambrianmodels.co.uk/16loco.html
by Steve Holland
Mon Sep 08, 2014 8:24 pm
Forum: Modelling Matters
Topic: A brace of Bagnalls
Replies: 26
Views: 9955

I think I have managed to either burn myself, bruise myself or knock chunks out of myself with most of the bits that are attached to steam locos! This may help with some of the more mysterious looking bits: http://www.heritage-railways.com/glossary/steamloco.php Some of the parts described would, of...

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