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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: 2089

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: 17791

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: 710

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: 17791

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: 2412

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: 2967

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: 2967

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: 2657

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: 7432

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: 17791

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: 7296

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: 502

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: 17791

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: 2089

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: 17791

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: 17791

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: 17791

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: 3324

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: 1892

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: 4290

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: 4290

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: 17791

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: 17791

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: 1799

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: 17791

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...

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