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by Steve Holland
Thu Jan 28, 2016 7:55 pm
Forum: Prototype Prattles
Topic: semaphore signals?
Replies: 8
Views: 2262

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: 2325

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: 6759

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: 16278

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: 6172

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: 453

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.
by Steve Holland
Wed Dec 02, 2015 10:31 pm
Forum: Modelling Matters
Topic: GLS30 Diesel Loco
Replies: 67
Views: 16278

Re: GLS30 Diesel Loco

In the last progress update on the GLS30 I mentioned that it may be finished by Christmas. I can report that all of the construction is now finished :D I took some rather cruel close up photos just to see if there are any bits that need tweaking before I get the airbrush out of hibernation and paint...
by Steve Holland
Mon Nov 23, 2015 8:47 pm
Forum: gNot Minimum Gauge
Topic: The Stronach Dutton Roadrail System of Traction
Replies: 4
Views: 1450

The Stronach Dutton Roadrail System of Traction

I have just got a book called "The Stronach Dutton Roadrail System of Traction", published by the Narrow Gauge Railway Society, ISBN978-0-9554326-9-9. For anyone unfamiliar with the system it used a rail guided rubber tyred tractor to pull trains on lightweight track. All of the disadvanta...
by Steve Holland
Thu Nov 12, 2015 8:39 pm
Forum: Modelling Matters
Topic: GLS30 Diesel Loco
Replies: 67
Views: 16278

Re: GLS30 Diesel Loco

In a shocking development, after nothing for ages there are two progress updates in one week! I have now made a cab roof, and this needs a bit of adjustment for a really good fit. There are only a few minor details still to fit, such as the fuel tank filler and radiator cap. http://my.gn15.info/sjh_...
by Steve Holland
Tue Nov 10, 2015 8:38 pm
Forum: Modelling Matters
Topic: GLS30 Diesel Loco
Replies: 67
Views: 16278

Re: GLS30 Diesel Loco

The exhaust pipe is the small stub sticking out of the right hand side of the bonnet, just ahead of the cab. Some of the small 'infernal commotion' locos I have seen in action have no obvious exhaust and seem to float along in a cloud of fumes! This one has got two very visible exhausts (until one f...
by Steve Holland
Mon Nov 09, 2015 9:43 pm
Forum: Modelling Matters
Topic: GLS30 Diesel Loco
Replies: 67
Views: 16278

Re: GLS30 Diesel Loco

Its five months since the last update on the GLS30. I got distracted - decorating :( , started assembling the Slaters 16mm scale Baldwin kit (definitely not one for beginners!) :) and firing on the Ffestiniog and Welsh Highland Railways :D The poor GLS30 was being neglected, so I have given myself a...
by Steve Holland
Mon Oct 26, 2015 6:07 pm
Forum: Modelling Matters
Topic: Card Loco Body
Replies: 13
Views: 2977

Re: Card Loco Body

Juergen, Thanks for asking - I am alive and well, just got distracted by a 16mm scale WDLR Baldwin kit, see http://gn15.info/forum/viewtopic.php?f=18&t=10410 . There are some 90 or so 14BA nuts and bolts holding the Baldwin frames together, then setting up some working springing and the coupling...
by Steve Holland
Fri Oct 02, 2015 6:56 pm
Forum: Modelling Matters
Topic: Citroen 5 CV Trèfle 1924
Replies: 6
Views: 1730

Re: Citroen 5 CV Trèfle 1924

Looking good.
Does Henry Ford mind that his mechanic is putting a Citroen together? Or are they spying on the opposition?..........
by Steve Holland
Wed Sep 09, 2015 8:26 pm
Forum: gNot Minimum Gauge
Topic: Veering off the (not so) straight and (very) narrow
Replies: 6
Views: 3541

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

These are some BIG bits of metal making up the frames. I had to use a blowtorch to solder them together and add the spring castings as my resistance soldering unit was not quite up to the job. I modified the chassis and axle boxes to take working coil springs and the alterations have resulted in ver...
by Steve Holland
Tue Aug 25, 2015 8:09 pm
Forum: gNot Minimum Gauge
Topic: Veering off the (not so) straight and (very) narrow
Replies: 6
Views: 3541

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

I recently decided to exchange a load of On30 stuff for a new toy, one of the Slater's WDLR Baldwin kits in 16mm scale. This was going to stay in the box until I had finished the GLS30 diesel http://gn15.info/forum/viewtopic.php?f=1&t=10230 and finished painting Henry Ford plus his mates. The Ba...
by Steve Holland
Fri Jul 10, 2015 8:19 am
Forum: Modelling Matters
Topic: GLS30 Diesel Loco
Replies: 67
Views: 16278

Re: GLS30 Diesel Loco

Having done a metalwork O level at school I can only blame rather more years passing than I care to think about for forgetting to anneal the brass! Dunking a red hot bit of metal in to alcohol -EEEKKK :shock: How do you stop ignition? We were always taught to chuck brass or copper in to water, and a...
by Steve Holland
Thu Jul 09, 2015 8:55 pm
Forum: Modelling Matters
Topic: GLS30 Diesel Loco
Replies: 67
Views: 16278

Re: GLS30 Diesel Loco

Thanks for the kind comments. The cab was very much a 'one shot' fabrication. If I had got the bends in the wrong place there would have been a lot of naughty words and tears before bedtime :lol: It was just a case of taking my time, and checking at least three times before I committed myself to ben...
by Steve Holland
Mon Jun 08, 2015 7:26 pm
Forum: gNot Minimum Gauge
Topic: Why can't all busses be like this?
Replies: 2
Views: 1286

Why can't all busses be like this?

This was built at the Statfold Barn Railway workshops, and was running at the open day last Saturday (June 6th). It runs on 2 foot gauge. http://my.gn15.info/sjh_statfold_barn_goose_1.jpg http://my.gn15.info/sjh_statfold_barn_goose_2.jpg I want one! :mrgreen: And I want one of these. http://my.gn15....
by Steve Holland
Tue May 26, 2015 9:26 pm
Forum: Modelling Matters
Topic: GLS30 Diesel Loco
Replies: 67
Views: 16278

Re: GLS30 Diesel Loco

Progress on the GLS30 is starting to be affected by all those spring/summer jobs, so the build is going even more slowly than my usual pace. The 'rubber' window seals have been cut out using a similar method to the cab, except that I sweated two sheets of brass together. This was so that I could cut...
by Steve Holland
Wed May 06, 2015 5:43 pm
Forum: Modelling Matters
Topic: GLS30 Diesel Loco
Replies: 67
Views: 16278

Re: GLS30 Diesel Loco

Thanks for the tip on possible distortion. I was going to make the cab roof from brass as the sides are turned up to form rain strips, and I was thinking of using my resistance soldering unit to attach it. Alternatively I may laminate it to a piece of styrene that goes underneath the roof and is a t...
by Steve Holland
Mon May 04, 2015 8:49 pm
Forum: Modelling Matters
Topic: GLS30 Diesel Loco
Replies: 67
Views: 16278

Re: GLS30 Diesel Loco

I managed to get in to the garage today and cut the replacement cab from the brass sheet. My previous experience with piercing saws has not been good, usually getting about 4mm or so before the blade goes ping. I have recently got a new piercing saw frame and some blades made by Vallorbe and this wa...
by Steve Holland
Sun May 03, 2015 9:05 pm
Forum: Modelling Matters
Topic: GLS30 Diesel Loco
Replies: 67
Views: 16278

Re: GLS30 Diesel Loco

Where has the last month gone? At least the decorating is finished and the new wardrobes have been assembled - and no bits missing or left over :D In amongst going on holiday and getting back to firing on the Ffestiniog I have managed a bit more progress on the GLS30. The cab and gearbox have been s...
by Steve Holland
Sun May 03, 2015 8:36 pm
Forum: Blether
Topic: Gnatterbox 'look and feel' hiccups?
Replies: 16
Views: 2633

Re: Gnatterbox 'look and feel' hiccups?

So far so good :D
by Steve Holland
Thu Apr 30, 2015 7:02 pm
Forum: Blether
Topic: Gnatterbox 'look and feel' hiccups?
Replies: 16
Views: 2633

Re: Gnatterbox 'look and feel' hiccups?

It seems to be happening a lot on my iMac as well. Today it is going between the normal view, the stripped down view, and has gone completely yampy in the screenshot below ( for anyone who is wondering, this is Black Country terminology for utterly mad) :? http://my.gn15.info/screen_shot_2015-04-30_...
by Steve Holland
Sun Apr 26, 2015 8:29 pm
Forum: Blether
Topic: Under Baseboard DC Steam Chuffer & Diesel Sound Cards
Replies: 2
Views: 761

Re: Under Baseboard DC Steam Chuffer & Diesel Sound Cards

Mike, Diodes are not a good idea in the speaker leads, as the output from the sound modules will be a form of ac rather than dc. You may find that the sound will be attenuated, distorted (clipped) or disappear altogether, and you could still be feeding the output from one unit in to the speaker driv...

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