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by chris krupa
Fri Mar 20, 2009 10:03 am
Forum: Modelling Matters
Topic: Ambasador Works... Chocolate Box Micro
Replies: 149
Views: 74154

I used those couplings on my 7mm steam tramway Bellwood (shortly to depart for a new home). They worked well and looked closer to scale than most types of coupling. I'd used them again on an )-16.5 layout.

Chris
by chris krupa
Thu Mar 19, 2009 1:47 pm
Forum: Modelling Matters
Topic: corrugated iron
Replies: 29
Views: 12545

Corrugated plastic sheet is available from the 4D Model Shop in Leman Street, London E

Chris
by chris krupa
Mon Nov 10, 2008 10:18 am
Forum: Modelling Matters
Topic: Bash Fodder for GN15 Mechanisms
Replies: 82
Views: 65967

After singularly failing to get any kind of glue to stick to the plastic that the cable car mechanism is made from, I used Blue Tak as well. The main problem with most HO mechanisms (and particularly these ones) is the wheel size. Most of them look like castors on the GN15 stock. Personally I would ...
by chris krupa
Wed Nov 05, 2008 10:37 am
Forum: Modelling Matters
Topic: Haywards Twilight Meet
Replies: 5
Views: 3085

Ah, memories of kiwi garages . . .

Thanks for posting those Gavin. Perhaps one day I'll be back.

Chris
by chris krupa
Thu Oct 30, 2008 10:38 am
Forum: Modelling Matters
Topic: HO Trackmobile - Gn15 Potential?
Replies: 12
Views: 5619

Unless they've changed the gandy dancer since I last saw it, the mechanism is not the same as the cable car. The latter is much better in my view and runs well.

Chris
by chris krupa
Mon Oct 06, 2008 8:12 am
Forum: Modelling Matters
Topic: Scale Tools
Replies: 6
Views: 3365

Dave Sutton of S&D Models also has some tools and bits suitable for Gn15.

Chris
by chris krupa
Wed Oct 01, 2008 7:45 am
Forum: Modelling Matters
Topic: GN15 Nellie
Replies: 42
Views: 29535

and, of course, the coaches still exist at Southport. . . and labelled FT&O. They were painted red last time I saw them.

Chris
by chris krupa
Mon Sep 29, 2008 2:41 pm
Forum: Modelling Matters
Topic: A new start...
Replies: 78
Views: 31678

What Gerry said may well be true of current and past British practice but it wasn't (and may not be) that of American and Canadian loggers. When the Canadian logging corps felled the British forests during the first world war there were many complaints of wasteful logging. If you look at photos of N...
by chris krupa
Thu Sep 25, 2008 7:59 am
Forum: Modelling Matters
Topic: Rail-Ex 2008
Replies: 25
Views: 10644

I have enough layouts to run a show on my own (last count 9) so if anyone would like to provide transport (or a shipping container!) I'd be happy to help.

Chris
by chris krupa
Thu Sep 25, 2008 7:52 am
Forum: Modelling Matters
Topic: The Stamping Ground Gold Mine
Replies: 832
Views: 341588

I used gloss medium on my most recent 009 layout West Sapple. I made sure that it dried relatively smooth and then painted over it with acrylics (mostly from Games Workshop). I then painted the result with many coats of gloss varnish just as I would have if I'd used another sub surface. I don't thin...
by chris krupa
Wed Sep 03, 2008 12:43 pm
Forum: Modelling Matters
Topic: Bachmann HO Scale Trolleys/Cable Cars
Replies: 19
Views: 8066

Actually it's mine.



Steve: check your in box

Chris
by chris krupa
Mon Sep 01, 2008 9:22 am
Forum: Modelling Matters
Topic: Bachmann HO Scale Trolleys/Cable Cars
Replies: 19
Views: 8066

I'll try to do you some this evening.

Chris
by chris krupa
Mon Sep 01, 2008 8:46 am
Forum: Modelling Matters
Topic: Bachmann HO Scale Trolleys/Cable Cars
Replies: 19
Views: 8066

Yes, I'm sorry about that. If you want any more pictures, I could try to e mail you some.

Chris
by chris krupa
Mon Sep 01, 2008 8:37 am
Forum: Modelling Matters
Topic: Bricks again.....
Replies: 3
Views: 2069

If you check the Crumley and Little Wickhill thread on RMweb you can see what they have achieved in 4mm using the very similar foam from packaging. My worry would be about the fragility of the finished building since touching it would be liable to leave an impression. Still, for anyone wishing to tr...
by chris krupa
Mon Sep 01, 2008 8:30 am
Forum: Modelling Matters
Topic: Bachmann HO Scale Trolleys/Cable Cars
Replies: 19
Views: 8066

This is interesting. So far you have done more or less as I did. My first stage was to build an open five sided box to fit over the bogie. Everything else was hung from that. Most of the bits (the rear 'fin', the fire extinguisher, the headlight etc ) came from the truck accessories set. Other compo...
by chris krupa
Fri Aug 29, 2008 7:53 am
Forum: Modelling Matters
Topic: In-laid track. Whats wrong?
Replies: 17
Views: 6474

I don't like and never use the filler plasters anywhere for model making. They are not designed for it and have many of the problems mentioned above. Far better are the moulding or dental plasters which are finer grained, harder and more easily carved since they go through a longer 'leather hard' pe...
by chris krupa
Mon Aug 11, 2008 8:00 am
Forum: Modelling Matters
Topic: Dereham 08
Replies: 21
Views: 7142

I went too and I agree that it was a good show and the 'Gn's had an admirable, eye catching display. The layouts look even better in the flesh than in the pictures (and that's not to say the picytures aren't good!) It was nice too, to be able to put faces to Nick's and Barry's names. Despite the fac...
by chris krupa
Thu Aug 07, 2008 7:52 am
Forum: Modelling Matters
Topic: shed 7 - Loading gauge
Replies: 9
Views: 4236

I know that I have trouble fitting into a Heywood closed coach. Those who have met me will understand the problem. I tried it once at Perrygrove and gave up. The space is very cramped. I susdpect that loading gauge depended on how much would fit around the various lineside obstructions. I seem to re...
by chris krupa
Tue Aug 05, 2008 7:59 am
Forum: Modelling Matters
Topic: Chivers 4w wagons
Replies: 2
Views: 2069

I've used 009 stock on Ryelands Lane (09) but I think that it would be a little small for 15 inch gauge on Heywood type lines. However, smaller 'miniature' prototypes could probably use wagons like yours Roger or more likely a 7 1/4 inch based line. I'd look at trying to beef up the strapping but ot...
by chris krupa
Tue Aug 05, 2008 7:47 am
Forum: Modelling Matters
Topic: Les's first effort (bit wordy, sorry)
Replies: 9
Views: 4344

I've found that the layout weight is not the only factor. By the time you add in the stock, the power unit(s), the lighting, the tools and all the other bits and pieces, the weight of any part of it is a considerable thing to bear in mind. Any obvious reduction is a relief.

Chris
by chris krupa
Wed Jul 30, 2008 8:25 am
Forum: Modelling Matters
Topic: End of the Line - for Titch Mk1.(Tiny !)
Replies: 46
Views: 18194

makes you feel like starting a preservation society for that poor locomotive . . .

Chris
by chris krupa
Fri Jul 25, 2008 3:40 pm
Forum: Modelling Matters
Topic: Static Grass
Replies: 4
Views: 6766

Static Grass

I have this feeling that somewhere we have already discussed this but I can't find it - perhaps it's just my imagination. Anyway, to the point. Following the suggestions to be found elsewhere I bought an electronic fly swatter from Maplins. They've been steadily reducing the price from £14.99 to £3....
by chris krupa
Thu Jul 24, 2008 8:44 am
Forum: Modelling Matters
Topic: Haywards Estate Railway
Replies: 575
Views: 226185

Reminds me of happy days in Napier. . . ahhhh

Chris
by chris krupa
Tue Jul 22, 2008 8:17 am
Forum: Modelling Matters
Topic: Pit head gear
Replies: 12
Views: 5312

Perhaps a twelfth scale cart wheel if such a thing exists? Dolls perhaps would travel around in a two wheeled cart.

Chris
by chris krupa
Tue Jul 15, 2008 8:52 am
Forum: Prototype Prattles
Topic: (F) The Heatherslaw Light Railway
Replies: 10
Views: 8816

The tall green thing is a bogie tool van according to the team member I spoke to when I was up there. It's a really ugly beast built more I suspect for functionality than aesthetic reasons. When I visited the line there were very strictly enforced rules about where you could go and what you could se...

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