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by chris krupa
Wed Jul 09, 2008 7:52 am
Forum: Modelling Matters
Topic: shed 7 - non kadees autmatic coupling and uncoupling.
Replies: 21
Views: 9763

I don't find that the two pins and a link system is dangerous on a small layout. In fact it is most suitable on a small layout where it is easy to reach all the sidings and areas where you need to couple and uncouple. I can safely say that in several years operating Ryelands Lane (09) and Matthews C...
by chris krupa
Tue Jul 08, 2008 8:49 am
Forum: Modelling Matters
Topic: shed 7 - non kadees autmatic coupling and uncoupling.
Replies: 21
Views: 9763

I like the Greenwich couplings if I want automatic working although this is nothing to do with the fact that the club I am a member of produces them! They are easier to put together than some of the others because of the etched loop and they were specifically designed for narrow gauge use having bee...
by chris krupa
Mon Jul 07, 2008 8:11 am
Forum: Modelling Matters
Topic: Katham House
Replies: 186
Views: 61694

I've never found any problem removing the end of a pin from the cheap (B&Q or Homebase) steel hinges. I put the hinge in the vice and choose the smaller end of the pin (there usually is one) and file it off using a 4 inch hand file. It is then possible to drift the pin out of the hinge using eit...
by chris krupa
Wed Jun 25, 2008 9:27 am
Forum: The GnOrfolkers [Gn15]
Topic: Meeting - 9th July '08
Replies: 19
Views: 16368

It's possible that I may be able to come to the show but probably only as a visitor due to the impossibilty of arriving on public transport before the show opens.

Chris
by chris krupa
Mon Jun 23, 2008 8:36 am
Forum: Prototype Prattles
Topic: Wells Harbour Railway
Replies: 15
Views: 9130

That of course isn't a 'steamer'. It's an Alan Keef steam outline internal combustion thing. Nice (and unusual) design though.

Chris
by chris krupa
Tue Jun 03, 2008 8:31 am
Forum: GNine
Topic: Simon's VB Challenge Gnine Loco
Replies: 82
Views: 38573

If somebody asks Howard Martin, he might be prevailed upon to bring the little tram loco that I built to Telford. Although mine was intended for a scale 10 1/4 inch gauge, the dimensions could be scaled up. Incidentally, my tram loco was based on the Telford Steam Tram which is 2 foot gauge. If peop...
by chris krupa
Mon Jun 02, 2008 8:13 am
Forum: Modelling Matters
Topic: Box, load and truck sizes
Replies: 129
Views: 47274

I've been assembling some home made card boxes for my new 09 project and I've been using inserts cut from 5mm foam board. These make the boxes much easier to assemble. I first glue the tab and when dry I insert the piece of foam board and seal the flaps at the bottom of the box. I then glue the top ...
by chris krupa
Mon May 26, 2008 8:03 am
Forum: Modelling Matters
Topic: Proscenium Arch/Shadow Box type presentation
Replies: 11
Views: 7335

Being well over 6 foot, I find that it is unthinking that people build proscenium arches that are only suitable for 5 foot and under midgets. When a layout is intended for public show and the average size of the population is more than that more thought shouyld be applied. So, if you want a prosceni...
by chris krupa
Fri May 23, 2008 1:55 pm
Forum: Modelling Matters
Topic: The Crook County Tramway
Replies: 55
Views: 18885

Actually Lithnacite is so rare that only I know where it is to be found and yes it's very very valuable! Not only that, it has to be carried by rail for reasons that I can't go into.

Chris
by chris krupa
Fri May 23, 2008 8:12 am
Forum: Modelling Matters
Topic: The Crook County Tramway
Replies: 55
Views: 18885

Thing to do is to invent your own mineral then you decide what processing it needs. One layout I was involved with dealt with Lithnacite which required water and a number of other chemicals in its refining. The result was carried away bagged in vans. That provided lots of operational interest! Chris
by chris krupa
Fri May 23, 2008 8:03 am
Forum: Modelling Matters
Topic: Sources of figures
Replies: 446
Views: 252679

I've rescuplted and refined the bodies of the Italieri figures fairly extensively but I hadn't thought of using Preiser heads. I'll look into that. Thanks Colin. I'm not building anything GN15 at the moment but a look at my Blether thread entry on future plans will reveal that it's not impossible th...
by chris krupa
Thu May 22, 2008 9:15 am
Forum: Modelling Matters
Topic: Sources of figures
Replies: 446
Views: 252679

I've used (and will continue since I still have some in stock) the Italieri figures extensively. Apart from being easy to modify and assemble because they are plastic, the limbs, heads, hats etc are interchangeable so a variety of figures can be made even without modification. The main problem with ...
by chris krupa
Tue May 20, 2008 8:22 am
Forum: Modelling Matters
Topic: amoured train 15'' romney hyde
Replies: 87
Views: 39256

Hills on Romney Marsh are even more mind boggling!

Chris
by chris krupa
Tue May 20, 2008 8:20 am
Forum: Modelling Matters
Topic: bending machine
Replies: 16
Views: 6761

Roy Link used to sell one - now KB Scale possibly?

Chris
by chris krupa
Wed May 14, 2008 8:42 am
Forum: Modelling Matters
Topic: Modifying Peco Points Sleeper Spacing
Replies: 44
Views: 18701

I'll check with Peco to see what the copyright situation is but do bear in mind that this is quite a long article, certainly longer than anything the Tome has carried, and it would fill lots of Emrys' space. Chris Oh and the rest of the unpublished articles are on layouts of various scales so I'm no...
by chris krupa
Tue May 13, 2008 8:52 am
Forum: Modelling Matters
Topic: Modifying Peco Points Sleeper Spacing
Replies: 44
Views: 18701

I think that there would be copyright issues if I sent exactly the same articles but I'd be open to producing something for other magazines on the same subjects.

Chris
by chris krupa
Tue May 13, 2008 8:12 am
Forum: Modelling Matters
Topic: Modifying Peco Points Sleeper Spacing
Replies: 44
Views: 18701

Talking of articles published, I wrote a whole series for Railway Modeller -at their request and they have only published one of them (and not the most interesting in my view) after more than four years. The piece on Matthews Corner was a specific commission to promote last year's MOMING show. That ...
by chris krupa
Tue May 13, 2008 8:05 am
Forum: Modelling Matters
Topic: Cooperclad PCB
Replies: 8
Views: 2914

Maplins sell it.

Chris
by chris krupa
Mon May 12, 2008 8:43 am
Forum: Modelling Matters
Topic: Modifying Peco Points Sleeper Spacing
Replies: 44
Views: 18701

That looks nice Paul although I left only every third sleeper in place which I think gives better spacing but that's a matter of personal taste. For anyone wanting to try this method, please note that it is necessary to leave the web under the rail in place. Just cut the sleepers themselves away (fo...
by chris krupa
Fri May 02, 2008 8:57 am
Forum: Modelling Matters
Topic: 1:24th scale canal narrowboat
Replies: 82
Views: 30128

No, but if you use the site's search facility and look for Martens & Co under shoebox layouts, that should find it.

Chris
by chris krupa
Fri May 02, 2008 8:32 am
Forum: Modelling Matters
Topic: Modelling water?
Replies: 32
Views: 11622

For my most recent layout (West Sapple) I used acrylic paste applied to a ply surface and painted with acrylic paints when dry. I then painted it with many coats of varnish. In order to seat the boats, I applied thin layers of acrylic paste around them before the varnish. For a previous line (Marten...
by chris krupa
Wed Apr 30, 2008 11:22 am
Forum: Modelling Matters
Topic: 1:24th scale canal narrowboat
Replies: 82
Views: 30128

I painted my canal boat red oxide (see Carl Arendt's site for my shoe box). I'm sorry about not bringing the speeder with me but there were reasons as explained at the time. and John, I had to ship some stuff home from Australia by post so I didn't have the last guide book in captivity with me in Ne...
by chris krupa
Fri Jan 25, 2008 8:49 am
Forum: Modelling Matters
Topic: Petes Pumpkins - Micro inspiration
Replies: 4
Views: 2471

Those who remember my Milstead Halt article in Railway Modeller will have seen my thoughts about 1/32nd scale on 9mm gauge track. I think that it is a good way of modelling 10 1/4 and gauges around 12 inches. The only industrial use of 10 1/4 is the short lived line on a Dorset pig farm. Some of the...
by chris krupa
Tue Jan 15, 2008 9:17 am
Forum: Modelling Matters
Topic: Bachmann release Gnew VB Loco (LOL)
Replies: 52
Views: 25442

No Steve, not the Balmforths. These are pretty conventional looking horizontal boiler 0-4-0 saddle tank locos but they have brackets attached to the front of the tanks and vertical cylinders driving down on to cranks which are coupled to the wheels . The idea, I suppose was to keep the motion away f...
by chris krupa
Mon Jan 14, 2008 10:24 am
Forum: Modelling Matters
Topic: Bachmann release Gnew VB Loco (LOL)
Replies: 52
Views: 25442

There was also a pair of horizontal boilered but vertical cylinder locos on one of the midlands ironstone lines. The cylinders drove on to cranks which were connected by rods to the wheels I think. As I'm at work I can't look up the reference but there are pictures in one of Eric Tonks' books on the...

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