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by Gavin Sowry
Tue Jan 02, 2007 7:45 am
Forum: Modelling Matters
Topic: Haywards Estate Railway
Replies: 578
Views: 254599

Interesting for me is the similarity with the DCR House, which I built some time ago . It seems to be a common building method in NZ . Christoph Thank you. Your building looks good too. That style of building is/was very common in New Zealand, particularly around the 1900 period. Nice weathering on...
by Gavin Sowry
Fri Dec 29, 2006 5:58 am
Forum: Modelling Matters
Topic: Haywards Estate Railway
Replies: 578
Views: 254599

Great. How would the real estate agent describe it ... Talking of Real estate agents, my place was described as 'hilly backdrop'... what they didn't say was 'close to transport'. As you know, there is a railway line between my place and the hill that separates us. When I was working for 'the firm',...
by Gavin Sowry
Thu Dec 28, 2006 8:12 pm
Forum: Modelling Matters
Topic: Haywards Estate Railway
Replies: 578
Views: 254599

Looks great Gavin 8) . Not sure how you'll operate the sliding door unless you add a motor inside the shed. My sliding door has a wire at back operated from rear of layout as the building extends to Backdrop - building is 390mm long :roll: :twisted: Perhaps I'll have it permanently open, and probab...
by Gavin Sowry
Thu Dec 28, 2006 7:30 am
Forum: Modelling Matters
Topic: Haywards Estate Railway
Replies: 578
Views: 254599

:D Well, here it is, the finished Engine Shed & Workshop to go on the Haywards Estate Railway. attach036.jpg I think that this will pass muster at an ordinary train show, but I am planning to extra detail the structure, things like guttering and downpipes, and a door to add extra credability. I ...
by Gavin Sowry
Wed Dec 27, 2006 6:51 am
Forum: Modelling Matters
Topic: 2007 model challenge
Replies: 310
Views: 154799

:roll: :roll: :roll: How thick is paper, before it is defined as card, or is card included as a paper product? :?: :?: :?:
by Gavin Sowry
Sun Dec 24, 2006 2:58 am
Forum: Modelling Matters
Topic: Haywards Estate Railway
Replies: 578
Views: 254599

:D Seasons Greetings to all on the Gnatterbox, and especially the 435
people that have viewed this topic. :D

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Haywards Estate Railway
by Gavin Sowry
Sun Dec 17, 2006 11:14 pm
Forum: Modelling Matters
Topic: Haywards Estate Railway
Replies: 578
Views: 254599

Your railbender sounds like it could be what a few on here have been looking for, very simple and can be set up for whatever radius is required. I have used the same method for bending code 332 rail on my garden railway. The code 100 rail does actually spring back a little, but it holds a reasonabl...
by Gavin Sowry
Sun Dec 17, 2006 8:48 am
Forum: Modelling Matters
Topic: Haywards Estate Railway
Replies: 578
Views: 254599

:D :D :D Ah! now I'm getting the hang of posting multiple photo's. 8) Here's the other two shots I tried to put in my previous post Hayward2000.jpg Starting to look like a shed, rather than a collection of wooden cut outs, and I just had to try the track and loco for size. I'm using PECO On30 track,...
by Gavin Sowry
Sat Dec 16, 2006 9:21 pm
Forum: Modelling Matters
Topic: Haywards Estate Railway
Replies: 578
Views: 254599

Here's another view, this more clearly shows the internal bracing, the end capping, and the progress of fascia boards etc. The initial coat of grey, is an automotive sanding undercoat spray, from a can. The weathering technique I use is to just dump the paint on, and when dry, scrape a lot of it off...
by Gavin Sowry
Fri Dec 15, 2006 7:45 am
Forum: Modelling Matters
Topic: Haywards Estate Railway
Replies: 578
Views: 254599

Haywards000.jpg This shows how I did the shed/workshop. I used scribed basswood, two sheets to get the height. Marked out everything from the back, mirror image, and cut out. Note the lines for the bracing...basswood is VERY unstable, and does not stay at all flat. The bracing is not just for good ...
by Gavin Sowry
Fri Dec 15, 2006 12:39 am
Forum: Modelling Matters
Topic: Haywards Estate Railway
Replies: 578
Views: 254599

Haywards Estate Railway

Sorry folks, but due to a change in policy by the photo host site, some photos that originally were posted, can no longer be viewed No this is not a spelling mistake. Haywards is a real place, not far from where I live....it makes a good play on Sir Arthurs name. Anyhow, after dabbling around in Gn...
by Gavin Sowry
Thu Dec 14, 2006 1:01 am
Forum: Modelling Matters
Topic: Waitakere Tramline Layout
Replies: 516
Views: 205560

:o (Singing...)

Altogether now,

'Oh Lord it's hard to be humble......' :twisted: :twisted: :twisted:
by Gavin Sowry
Tue Dec 12, 2006 10:19 pm
Forum: Modelling Matters
Topic: Waitakere Tramline Layout
Replies: 516
Views: 205560

Remember that song...'O Lord, it's hard to humble, when you're perfect in every way....' 8)
by Gavin Sowry
Tue Dec 12, 2006 10:18 pm
Forum: Modelling Matters
Topic: Waitakere Tramline Layout
Replies: 516
Views: 205560

Remember that song...'O Lord, it's hard to humble, when you're perfect in every way....' 8)
by Gavin Sowry
Sun Dec 03, 2006 10:43 pm
Forum: Modelling Matters
Topic: Waitakere Tramline Layout
Replies: 516
Views: 205560

Nice late evening lighting mood shot on the last picture :D Looks very effective :D Which brings up the difference between flash v's time exposure photography. I prefer the latter shot. My earlier posting of this layout was done using tripod, time exposure, and smallest (f 22) apeture. This one cre...
by Gavin Sowry
Sun Nov 26, 2006 9:28 pm
Forum: Modelling Matters
Topic: Waitakere Tramline Layout
Replies: 516
Views: 205560

:idea: Check out Toyworld, there' a nice little range of animals from a German (?) manufacturer, can't remember the name, but all their stuff is on its own display stand. I got a horse and some cattle. No scale, but some are proportionally larger than 1:24, really ideal for 1:22.5 and 20.3. :D Do y...
by Gavin Sowry
Sun Nov 26, 2006 8:02 pm
Forum: Modelling Matters
Topic: Waitakere Tramline Layout
Replies: 516
Views: 205560

I just received the club magazine for the Waitakere Tramline Society. The train crew had an interesting encounter during a recent trip. While passing through the 600 m long Georges Tunnel the driver sighted something moving in the darkness ahead. After stopping the train the driver and guard moved ...
by Gavin Sowry
Sun Nov 19, 2006 8:41 pm
Forum: Modelling Matters
Topic: Waitakere Tramline Layout
Replies: 516
Views: 205560

Looks great Paul. Do the passengers get vertigo going round the curves, reminds me of the tube station at Bank in London where they say "Mind the Gap" because the curve is so sharp it leaves a gap between the coach and the platform. :lol: Michael 'Mind the Gap' reminds me of that video so...
by Gavin Sowry
Wed Oct 11, 2006 11:19 pm
Forum: Modelling Matters
Topic: Waitakere Tramline Layout
Replies: 516
Views: 205560

Ian, not only do I still use a film camera, but my model railway control systems comprise nothing more than an old H&M transformer controller from the 1960's (plus a few DPDT switches and the odd LED as a points indicator wired up with the Tortoise Switch machines, which I swear by as opposed to...
by Gavin Sowry
Tue Oct 10, 2006 8:57 pm
Forum: Modelling Matters
Topic: Waitakere Tramline Layout
Replies: 516
Views: 205560

Hell man, I only took the photos. Give Paul the credit for the layout.
For the record though, I used a film camera, 200ASA, f22, and auto
speed (about 1-2 sec). The lighting was that available from the layout.
by Gavin Sowry
Mon Oct 31, 2005 9:12 am
Forum: Modelling Matters
Topic: 1 to 1 Scale Real Water
Replies: 41
Views: 17644

1:1 Water

Water don't look like water, sounds as silly as telling someone to use wet water when ballasting track...but I think we might be on to something here. a chemist would be able to help I think. I believe that the water needs to be 'modified', perhaps by making it less dense, or is it the other way rou...

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