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by Steve Holland
Mon Jul 18, 2016 9:04 pm
Forum: gNot Minimum Gauge
Topic: Veering off the (not so) straight and (very) narrow
Replies: 6
Views: 2772

Re: Veering off the (not so) straight and (very) narrow

Something must have gone wrong, as I managed to get the airbrush out on a nice warm dry day without being dragged off for 'more important' tasks like mowing the lawn. Makes a nice change from trying to spray paint around in the winter :D The Baldwin's frames have been painted, and a start has been m...
by Steve Holland
Mon Jun 06, 2016 7:13 pm
Forum: Prototype Prattles
Topic: Spotted at Statfold Barn
Replies: 9
Views: 2815

Re: Spotted at Statfold Barn

Chris, I wish you had not posted those links - its got the 'rubber gauger' in me all excited :D :D There is some more footage of the Hunslet in action outdoors at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oCCGNm9-A6w I'm coming over all Sand Hutton - must go and lie down until the large scale urges wear off, ...
by Steve Holland
Sat Jun 04, 2016 9:43 pm
Forum: Modelling Matters
Topic: car elevators
Replies: 34
Views: 4190

Re: car elevators

Larry, I had a bit more of a search for some of the more extreme Dinorwic Quarry inclines and found this: https://www.flickr.com/photos/penmorfas/albums/72157622205038624/page2 Part way down the page is Ponc Wyllt incline. Its a lot steeper than the restored Vivian incline, but the wagons still rode...
by Steve Holland
Sat Jun 04, 2016 8:51 pm
Forum: Prototype Prattles
Topic: Spotted at Statfold Barn
Replies: 9
Views: 2815

Spotted at Statfold Barn

Today's Statfold Barn Railway open day was, as usual, an excellent day out. Something like 15 two foot gauge locos in steam and the railbus - but what has this to do with minimum gauge railways I hear you ask. This was lurking in the Grain Store: http://my.gn15.info/sjh_jack_1.jpg http://my.gn15.inf...
by Steve Holland
Sat Jun 04, 2016 8:07 pm
Forum: Modelling Matters
Topic: Painting figures - how do you do it?
Replies: 11
Views: 2427

Re: Painting figures - how do you do it?

Bill,

Nicely done.
Has anyone left the screwdriver in the mechanic's hand or do they all undergo a screwdriverectomy?
by Steve Holland
Sun May 29, 2016 8:43 pm
Forum: Modelling Matters
Topic: car elevators
Replies: 34
Views: 4190

Re: car elevators

Larry, Elevators, wagon hoists or whatever were used in mining and quarrying. Don't forget the mining engineers would have been looking for the most cost effective way of moving the product for processing. There were all sorts of inclines and wagon lifts in the Welsh slate quarries, mostly open in t...
by Steve Holland
Thu May 26, 2016 7:08 pm
Forum: Blether
Topic: after thunderstorm "Startup Repair" has to run
Replies: 2
Views: 582

Re: after thunderstorm "Startup Repair" has to run

Sounds like the weather at your place is a backing track to an old Hammer House of Horror film when something nasty is about to happen :shock: Have you tried placing the computer in a Faraday cage - basically a closed metal box big enough for the computer when it has been disconnected. Of course it ...
by Steve Holland
Tue May 24, 2016 9:57 pm
Forum: Modelling Matters
Topic: Painting figures - how do you do it?
Replies: 11
Views: 2427

Painting figures - how do you do it?

Looking at some of the commercially available figures I get the impression that they have been painted with a three inch emulsion brush - bulging eyes, monotone clothing; I am sure you know what I mean. One of the great things about our hobby is that it can take you off in all sorts of unexpected di...
by Steve Holland
Thu Apr 07, 2016 4:35 pm
Forum: gNot Minimum Gauge
Topic: Coalition?
Replies: 5
Views: 1032

Re: Coalition?

Coalition and Eclipse were converted from Bagnall locos, not Hunslets. I think the 7mm NGA may have published drawings of them at some point, but I cannot find them in my somewhat chaotic filing system (AKA a big heap :shock: ) From memory I think the wheelbase is about 3 ft 3 inches if that is any ...
by Steve Holland
Sun Apr 03, 2016 9:24 pm
Forum: Modelling Matters
Topic: GLS30 Diesel Loco
Replies: 67
Views: 12600

Re: GLS30 Diesel Loco

At last there is a driver for the GLS30, at the third attempt. I tried a few of my cheap Chinese figures and decided that they needed too much surgery. The second attempt used one of the seated figures from the Italeri truck accessory kit, the vaguely hippie one with the sandals and stripy shirt. I ...
by Steve Holland
Mon Mar 28, 2016 8:22 pm
Forum: Modelling Matters
Topic: Point Ratios
Replies: 2
Views: 538

Re: Point Ratios

The ratio refers to the crossing angle, so 1 in 8 means that when you are 8 feet from the crossing (frog if you must) nose, then the running edges of the rails making up the crossing have diverged by 1 foot. There is a formula for working out the radius of points for a given crossing angle, I think ...
by Steve Holland
Mon Feb 29, 2016 6:22 pm
Forum: Blether
Topic: Wait a minute, when did I become ...
Replies: 15
Views: 2157

Re: Wait a minute, when did I become ...

At least you seem to have avoided 'Age Acquired Attention Deficit Disorder'. That is when you are standing in the kitchen clutching the car keys and wondering why you are there in the first place. Last week I managed to get halfway to work before I realised that I had left my glasses at home - most ...
by Steve Holland
Sun Feb 28, 2016 9:08 pm
Forum: Modelling Matters
Topic: GLS30 Diesel Loco
Replies: 67
Views: 12600

Re: GLS30 Diesel Loco

The clear plastic finally turned up after a rummage through the backs of various cupboards and other hiding places. I spent half an evening glazing the cab and the other half getting the dust from the clear plastic off the model. Sanding the edges produced a lot of static and the dust stuck to every...
by Steve Holland
Sat Feb 27, 2016 8:15 pm
Forum: gNot Minimum Gauge
Topic: The Stronach Dutton Roadrail System of Traction
Replies: 4
Views: 1048

Re: The Stronach Dutton Roadrail System of Traction

Just found some film of the system in action at the British Film Institute website: http://player.bfi.org.uk/film/watch-the-stronach-dutton-road-rail-tractor-1925/ Check out the half-track versions of the tractors and the railbus. Is there a motorised tank kit out there that can be adapted? I can fe...
by Steve Holland
Mon Feb 22, 2016 7:53 pm
Forum: Modelling Matters
Topic: GLS30 Diesel Loco
Replies: 67
Views: 12600

Re: GLS30 Diesel Loco

Thanks for the kind comments. Hopefully the cab glazing will be going in tonight - if I can find the clear plastic.
by Steve Holland
Sat Feb 20, 2016 10:18 pm
Forum: Blether
Topic: Predictive text
Replies: 3
Views: 524

Predictive text

I have just been trying to convince my computer that "Humbrol" is not "Tumbrel" and the predictive text was driving me nuts.
It reminded me that the man who invented predictive text has just passed away - his funfair is being held next Monkey.
by Steve Holland
Sat Feb 20, 2016 10:14 pm
Forum: Modelling Matters
Topic: GLS30 Diesel Loco
Replies: 67
Views: 12600

Re: GLS30 Diesel Loco

I have finally got round to putting the initial coat of paint on the GLS30 a couple of weeks ago. There was too much going on to be able to take some pictures between then and now, but I have finally got round to it. It was typical airbrushing conditions for me on that Saturday- cold, windy and wet!...
by Steve Holland
Mon Feb 15, 2016 9:16 pm
Forum: Modelling Matters
Topic: Baguley-a-like
Replies: 8
Views: 1847

Baguley-a-like

In response to the request for details from Chris, here is a bit more information on my Baguley look alike. I would have done this a bit earlier, but I was away from home working on the NG15 (not to be confused with Gn15 :D ) at Dinas. For one of the larger 2 foot gauge locos it is surprising how li...
by Steve Holland
Fri Jan 29, 2016 6:15 pm
Forum: Prototype Prattles
Topic: semaphore signals?
Replies: 8
Views: 1469

Re: semaphore signals?

As a full time working, IRSE licensed, signal engineer the shape and colouring of a distant signal arm is always the same, fixed or not. That is yellow with a black band and fish-tailed (after 1923; prior to that they were red). The shape of course is a visual identifier to differentiate it from a h...
by Steve Holland
Thu Jan 28, 2016 7:55 pm
Forum: Prototype Prattles
Topic: semaphore signals?
Replies: 8
Views: 1469

Re: semaphore signals?

From an S & T engineer's viewpoint is it upper or lower quadrant, or (as there does not appear to be any operating mechanism) a fixed distant? Before anyone asks - S & T = Signals and Telecommunications, or Sick and Tired (after a rough 12 hour commissioning equipment trackside in the winter...
by Steve Holland
Tue Jan 26, 2016 8:52 pm
Forum: Modelling Matters
Topic: Ease of Gn15 scratch building.
Replies: 8
Views: 1801

Re: Ease of Gn15 scratch building.

I was just about to post the link to my tub wagon build, but was beaten to it. Must type faster :D There is also a van to go with the wagons. http://my.gn15.info/ferrous_ferrett.jpg This uses Peco 'Wonderful Wagons' running gear which is basically sprung axle boxes and W irons, so you can set your o...
by Steve Holland
Tue Jan 19, 2016 7:21 pm
Forum: Modelling Matters
Topic: side tracked
Replies: 37
Views: 5044

Re: side tracked

Putting on the "elf an safety" hat, just be very careful if you have a go at making a spray booth. The fan motor has to be an induction type (i.e. it runs on a.c.) as a brushed motor will create sparks at the commutator. Not a good idea with flammable paint or glue solvents :( There was so...
by Steve Holland
Wed Jan 13, 2016 8:14 pm
Forum: Modelling Matters
Topic: GLS30 Diesel Loco
Replies: 67
Views: 12600

Re: GLS30 Diesel Loco

I am going to paint it - honest!
Work and Christmas got in the way and now it is too cold to get the airbrush out :cry: .........
Unless I wait for my wife to go out, work quickly indoors and get some really strong air freshener. Could result in a low flying GLS30 though :lol:
by Steve Holland
Wed Dec 30, 2015 11:24 am
Forum: Prototype Prattles
Topic: LEA BAILEY LIGHT RAILWAY - Open Day & more!
Replies: 17
Views: 5078

Re: LEA BAILEY LIGHT RAILWAY - Open Day & more!

Stockers, If you want to see 'Issin Sid then you need to get yourself to a Statfold barn Railway open day. See http://www.statfoldbarnrailway.co.uk/news.php for the dates of the 2016 open days. If anyone has not seen 'Issin Sid, this is the wee beastie. http://my.gn15.info/sjh_sid.jpg http://my.gn15...
by Steve Holland
Tue Dec 22, 2015 8:44 pm
Forum: Blether
Topic: Went to see the latest blockbuster
Replies: 2
Views: 364

Went to see the latest blockbuster

I went to see the new Star Wars film, and tried some of the themed refreshments on offer at the cinema. I cannot recommend the Wookie popcorn though - it was a bit Chewie :roll:

Perhaps that should be X (wing) rated!
Have a great Christmas everyone.

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