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by Steve Holland
Sat Sep 06, 2014 8:13 pm
Forum: Modelling Matters
Topic: A brace of Bagnalls
Replies: 26
Views: 9956

Just when I was thinking progress on Smallbeach loco shed was slow http://forum.gn15.info/viewtopic.php?t=9728 I realised that progress on the Bagnalls has been even slower. I have made up four injectors and their operating rods. These were cobbled up from some plastic rod, Plastruct hexagonal secti...
by Steve Holland
Fri Sep 05, 2014 9:50 pm
Forum: Blether
Topic: Wildlife in Garden (or thereabouts)
Replies: 6
Views: 1710

My wife went wild at the wildlife in the garden when she saw these guys eating the geraniums. http://my.gn15.info/p1020799.jpg http://my.gn15.info/p1020809.jpg They are vapourer moth caterpillars, and there are warnings on the web about not handling them as the spines can irritate your skin. They ha...
by Steve Holland
Mon Sep 01, 2014 6:47 pm
Forum: Modelling Matters
Topic: Bullers Quay
Replies: 197
Views: 40271

Only a keyboard? I normally manage to weather my shirt and trousers as well as the models. :D
The wagons are looking good.
by Steve Holland
Sat Aug 30, 2014 8:03 pm
Forum: Modelling Matters
Topic: Bullers Quay
Replies: 197
Views: 40271

I use Kadee couplings on my On30 stuff and they work well, much better than the Bachmann plastic ones that were originally fitted. They all have a few 'features' that can catch you out but have relatively simple fixes. Kadee and similar couplings will uncouple over the magnet if they are not under t...
by Steve Holland
Wed Aug 27, 2014 6:54 pm
Forum: Modelling Matters
Topic: Smallbeach loco shed
Replies: 25
Views: 10431

Thanks for the kind comments. Has anyone managed to work out how available modelling time seems to reduce exponentially as enthusiasm for a project picks up? I had all the modelling jobs sorted out in my mind for the three days off work over the last bank holiday weekend but it seemed to disappear i...
by Steve Holland
Tue Aug 26, 2014 9:15 pm
Forum: Modelling Matters
Topic: Smallbeach loco shed
Replies: 25
Views: 10431

Can't believe it was March since I last made some progress on Smallbeach loco shed. At last the doors are made. I used strip wood and decided to put the infill planking (there must be a proper name for it) at 45 degrees for a bit of interest. http://my.gn15.info/shed_doors.jpg The pair on the left a...
by Steve Holland
Sun Aug 24, 2014 9:08 am
Forum: Blether
Topic: Don't Put the 'F' on the Door!
Replies: 17
Views: 2740

From the day job, putting in dc traction would not be as cheap as you may think. All of the train detection and signalling circuits would have to be altered to be immune to the effects of dc traction - low voltage dc track circuits with 750V dc trains are not a good mix. Some recent work I did in th...
by Steve Holland
Sat Aug 23, 2014 6:48 pm
Forum: Blether
Topic: Don't Put the 'F' on the Door!
Replies: 17
Views: 2740

At least Mr Salmond is on the side of something comfortable, even if it is a class 82 driving van trailer (aka a 'Skoda van') but at least it is on the end of a rake of proper carriages. Just come back from Edinburgh (great city but no narrow gauge :( ) spending 5 cramped and very uncomfortable hour...
by Steve Holland
Sun Jun 08, 2014 7:39 pm
Forum: Modelling Matters
Topic: A confession (Bachmann gas mech bash)
Replies: 17
Views: 4828

For the grot cleared from the windscreen by the wiper you will need a mask. Cut this from a piece of masking tape to the shape swept by the wiper, stick it on the windscreen and add weathering to taste. Peel off the mask and you should have a clean bit surrounded by dirt.
Hope that is of some help.
by Steve Holland
Wed May 07, 2014 7:26 pm
Forum: Modelling Matters
Topic: Stub Turnouts
Replies: 36
Views: 21454

I built a couple of stub points for the now defunct South Arpafeelie Mining Co. layout (16mm scale, but don't tell anyone here!). I used fishplates to hold the heel joint at the fixed end, with copper clad sleeper strip at the moving end of the stub rails. A staple was made up from some stiff wire t...
by Steve Holland
Tue Apr 22, 2014 7:36 pm
Forum: Blether
Topic: Don't Stand Too Close To The Platform Edge ...
Replies: 5
Views: 1338

Even worse seems to be the train spotting fraternity. A train driver I know calls them 'foamers' as they are invariably carrying a camera, have little grasp of how potentially dangerous their antics can be and froth at the mouth at virtually everything that moves on rails! This is scary viewing and ...
by Steve Holland
Thu Mar 20, 2014 8:39 pm
Forum: Blether
Topic: UK's Shortest Branchline.
Replies: 3
Views: 1121

Looks like it is still there http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oYZXT3Ew6Go shuttling backwards and forwards on its 3/4 mile branch. I wonder how fast it would go if "yow cud gi it sum 'ommer". You may need a Black Country dictionary to translate that last bit!
by Steve Holland
Mon Mar 17, 2014 9:20 pm
Forum: Modelling Matters
Topic: A new 1:24 estate layout
Replies: 94
Views: 40006

The brick work on your greenhouse looks very impressive. Is it scribed or have you applied individual bricks? There are a couple of suppliers of plant kits that I know of, and there are sure to be others. There is a range of garden plants and weeds at http://theminiaturegarden.blogspot.co.uk/2012/03...
by Steve Holland
Wed Mar 12, 2014 9:04 pm
Forum: Modelling Matters
Topic: Smallbeach loco shed
Replies: 25
Views: 10431

Thought it was time for an update on Smallbeach. Life, the Universe and everything seems to have intruded in to hobby time just lately, and the answer was not 42! So I have not got as much done as I would have liked. I have got the ridge tiles on, and cured the slight twist in the roof by gluing som...
by Steve Holland
Wed Mar 05, 2014 9:21 pm
Forum: Modelling Matters
Topic: Smallbrook "Pierrot" GN15 Locomotive.
Replies: 8
Views: 3075

Markits (ex Romford) http://www.markits.com make a whole range of wheels and have extended axles in both 1/8 inch and 3mm diameters, so it may be possible to fit these to a Smoky Joe chassis. They also supply outside cranks to fit on the extended axles but these are not self quartering. The thread o...
by Steve Holland
Mon Feb 17, 2014 8:32 pm
Forum: Modelling Matters
Topic: New 1/24 model
Replies: 10
Views: 3735

Stunning work, had a bit of a double take at the weathering on the scarifier - are you sure that is not a real one?!! Can't wait to see the whole thing finished.
by Steve Holland
Sun Feb 16, 2014 10:19 pm
Forum: Modelling Matters
Topic: High Trestle Creek
Replies: 60
Views: 21824

Those skips look good. I would not have guessed they had card bodies - did you use some sort of jig for assembly or did you print them out on to a sheet of card for consistency?
by Steve Holland
Sun Feb 16, 2014 10:11 pm
Forum: Modelling Matters
Topic: Smallbeach loco shed
Replies: 25
Views: 10431

The contents of the tub of slates has diminished - there is only one left. http://my.gn15.info/last_slate.jpg The slates were 18 inches by 12 inches, the size was taken from an old Penrhyn Quarry price list. I thought they would cover the roof fairly quickly, but forgot that each slate is overlapped...
by Steve Holland
Sun Feb 16, 2014 8:13 pm
Forum: Prototype Prattles
Topic: makers plate question
Replies: 8
Views: 2782

The North British Locomotive Company used diamond shaped makers plates. See http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:LNER_Class_B1_steam_locomotive_No_61264_at_Anglia_Trains_Crown_Point_depot_Norwich_(3).jpg Apologies for the incomplete link - the computer is refusing to play and if it continues it may hav...
by Steve Holland
Sun Feb 09, 2014 10:11 pm
Forum: Modelling Matters
Topic: Smallbeach loco shed
Replies: 25
Views: 10431

If I get fed up with modelling railways I guess I could use the smoke vents for 1:24 scale weather monitoring stations :lol:
by Steve Holland
Sun Feb 09, 2014 9:39 pm
Forum: Modelling Matters
Topic: Smallbeach loco shed
Replies: 25
Views: 10431

Don, Your photo certainly brings back some memories. I think it was a year or so earlier that I first visited Snailbeach, and was struck by the atmosphere of the place. It seems to have lost some of that indefinable 'something' since the site has been conserved, but at least the remaining buildings ...
by Steve Holland
Sat Feb 08, 2014 10:44 pm
Forum: Modelling Matters
Topic: Smallbeach loco shed
Replies: 25
Views: 10431

If you remember the Fast Show - 'This week Oi 'ave mostly bin cuttin' little bits of wood'. The little bits of wood, with a few bits of waste etch from a brass kit and some styrene sheet have been glued together to make some smoke vents for the loco shed roof. The inspiration was Snailbeach loco she...
by Steve Holland
Mon Feb 03, 2014 8:14 pm
Forum: Modelling Matters
Topic: Smallbeach loco shed
Replies: 25
Views: 10431

Thanks for the kind comments. I have added some barge boards and fascia boards to the roof - the Baguley rip-off is contemplating evicting the Bagnalls. http://my.gn15.info/barge_boards.jpg A tub of slates has also appeared - should be fun keeping the courses straight! http://my.gn15.info/tub_of_sla...
by Steve Holland
Tue Jan 28, 2014 7:55 pm
Forum: Modelling Matters
Topic: Smallbeach loco shed
Replies: 25
Views: 10431

A bit more progress on the roof - the rafters are all in place. http://my.gn15.info/finished_rafters.jpg The little pieces on the edges of the roof are the bits of rafter that stick out through the wall, and this is what the outside of the loco shed looks like with the roof on. http://my.gn15.info/r...
by Steve Holland
Mon Jan 27, 2014 9:00 pm
Forum: Modelling Matters
Topic: Smallbeach loco shed
Replies: 25
Views: 10431

I never thought of dampening the surface before I carved the stonework, but I am not sure how 'crisp; the finished result will be. I feel a test piece coming on - more ****** carving!! I have made a start on the roof, which I intend to leave detachable so that I can get at the inside of the shed to ...

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