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by Steve Holland
Sun Dec 21, 2014 2:52 pm
Forum: Blether
Topic: Seasonal Question
Replies: 4
Views: 831

Seasonal Question

Q: What scale does Santa make his model trains to?
A: 1/87, because he is always going "HO, HO, HO!" :roll:

I'll get me coat!

Have a great Christmas everybody :D
by Steve Holland
Sat Dec 20, 2014 10:51 pm
Forum: Blether
Topic: Cardboard locos kits
Replies: 19
Views: 2288

Re: Cardboard locos kits

I had some vague memory of having seen some Polish narrow gauge locos and stock as card kits. A quick search has turned up https://modelik.pl/index.php?cPath=81&sStore=3a28811a29bbd975fe324c3c4e05cdc8 and they all seem to be to 1:25 scale. :D As they say round here - "fill yer boots lads!&q...
by Steve Holland
Fri Dec 19, 2014 7:41 pm
Forum: Blether
Topic: Proto 2000 36" wheelsets
Replies: 3
Views: 517

Re: Proto 2000 36" wheelsets

Have you tried The Sidings Tamworth? They are listing the Proto 200 wheelsets in stock, but showing 'Call us' under the price column. See http://www.thesidingstamworth.com/stockdisp.asp?group=31&MfID=19 . They also stock other makes of wheelsets and goodies like MV products lenses.
by Steve Holland
Thu Dec 18, 2014 9:16 pm
Forum: Prototype Prattles
Topic: Sleeper spacing - centres or between sleepers ?
Replies: 42
Views: 8763

Re: Sleeper spacing - centres or between sleepers ?

Ken, TPP, The loco in the picture is one of Brack's 3D printed 1:24 'Sipat' Bagnalls from Shapeways with some added details. See http://gn15.info/forum/viewtopic.php?f=1&t=9716 for the full story. The basic 3D print is a great little model that really captures the character of these little locos...
by Steve Holland
Wed Dec 17, 2014 4:08 pm
Forum: Prototype Prattles
Topic: Sleeper spacing - centres or between sleepers ?
Replies: 42
Views: 8763

Re: Sleeper spacing - centres or between sleepers ?

I have knocked up a simulation of track using some foam core offcuts and the Karlgarin code 125 rail. The sleepers scale out at 4ft long and 9in wide, but being foam core are way too thick. The rail has not been spiked in to place as this is only a temporary lash up. Below is the rail profile: Track...
by Steve Holland
Thu Dec 11, 2014 5:48 pm
Forum: Prototype Prattles
Topic: Sleeper spacing - centres or between sleepers ?
Replies: 42
Views: 8763

Re: Sleeper spacing - centres or between sleepers ?

I have got some Karlgarin ( http://www.karlgarin.com/whatsnew.htm ) code 125 N/S flat bottom rail that I am intending to use for Smallbeach - when I decide on what is going where that is. This scales out at 30 pounds/yard in 1:24 scale. Peco use a funny section which is sort of part way between flat...
by Steve Holland
Wed Dec 03, 2014 9:17 pm
Forum: Modelling Matters
Topic: A brace of Bagnalls
Replies: 26
Views: 8517

It was b****y cold in the garage, but at last I have got the airbrush out and got some paint on the Bagnalls. This is the initial paint job and will be followed up by some light weathering once the plumbing has been added with some copper wire. In the best tradition of works photographs the pair are...
by Steve Holland
Wed Nov 26, 2014 10:27 am
Forum: Prototype Prattles
Topic: Help Request - Fowler Works
Replies: 2
Views: 972

Chris, I have not got the book, but Reading Museum of Rural Life hold the John Fowler archive. I believe that they have the works drawings as part of this, but I have not had time to browse through the lists. This link may be useful: http://www.reading.ac.uk/merl/collections/Archives_A_to_Z/merl-TR_...
by Steve Holland
Sat Nov 15, 2014 8:58 pm
Forum: Modelling Matters
Topic: A brace of Bagnalls
Replies: 26
Views: 8517

I have made and fitted a few more parts to my pair of Bagnalls. They now have some (dummy) valve gear. This is based on modified Baguley, but has a couple of waggly bits missing. These are the parts. http://my.gn15.info/valve_gear_bits.jpg I made the yokes (the 'U' shaped bits) to scale from a Bagna...
by Steve Holland
Thu Nov 06, 2014 6:07 pm
Forum: Modelling Matters
Topic: Smallbeach tub wagons
Replies: 11
Views: 3253

Reading the build description again, I have realised that I forgot to mention the wheelbase - it is 22mm. To make sure that both side members of the axle box units have the holes in the right places I drilled one pilot hole in an end of one side member. This was placed on top of the second side memb...
by Steve Holland
Tue Nov 04, 2014 9:01 pm
Forum: Modelling Matters
Topic: Emett inspired mallet "Pushmepullyou"
Replies: 36
Views: 7716

That is going be an impressive model when it is finished. There is something looking remarkably similar living at the Statfold Barn Railway just outside Tamworth. OK it is 2 foot gauge and not articulated but it is such an attractive machine. http://my.gn15.info/corpet.jpg I don't fancy making a mod...
by Steve Holland
Sat Nov 01, 2014 9:54 pm
Forum: Modelling Matters
Topic: Smallbeach tub wagons
Replies: 11
Views: 3253

Thanks for the kind comments. I have been 'confined to barracks' by the doctor, so as an antidote to daytime TV I have built another one of the wooden bodied tubs, and taken some photos to show how they are put together. The body is made from 5mm x 1.5mm strip wood. The stuff I used was from the loc...
by Steve Holland
Thu Oct 16, 2014 8:49 pm
Forum: Modelling Matters
Topic: Smallbeach tub wagons
Replies: 11
Views: 3253

Smallbeach tub wagons

The wagon fleet for Smallbeach has been growing. I have recently made a couple of wooden bodied tubs as a bit of variety from the metal ones. http://my.gn15.info/wooden_tubs_and_glop.jpg The bottle has some home brewed wood weathering solution made up of a (used) scouring pad dissolved to rust using...
by Steve Holland
Fri Oct 10, 2014 9:39 pm
Forum: Prototype Prattles
Topic: Bure Valley Railway
Replies: 1
Views: 1100

When I went the half size ZBs were running the service. They are impressive locos and Spitfire put on a spirited run on the return from Wroxham to Aylsham. http://my.gn15.info/bure_valley_spitfire.jpg If you really want the Leek and Manifold replica loco featured in Gerry's photos the Slaters 7mm ki...
by Steve Holland
Tue Sep 23, 2014 7:48 pm
Forum: gNot Minimum Gauge
Topic: battery operated loco thread?
Replies: 20
Views: 3710

Could this be what you are looking for?

http://cambrianmodels.co.uk/16loco.html
by Steve Holland
Mon Sep 08, 2014 8:24 pm
Forum: Modelling Matters
Topic: A brace of Bagnalls
Replies: 26
Views: 8517

I think I have managed to either burn myself, bruise myself or knock chunks out of myself with most of the bits that are attached to steam locos! This may help with some of the more mysterious looking bits: http://www.heritage-railways.com/glossary/steamloco.php Some of the parts described would, of...
by Steve Holland
Sat Sep 06, 2014 8:13 pm
Forum: Modelling Matters
Topic: A brace of Bagnalls
Replies: 26
Views: 8517

Just when I was thinking progress on Smallbeach loco shed was slow http://forum.gn15.info/viewtopic.php?t=9728 I realised that progress on the Bagnalls has been even slower. I have made up four injectors and their operating rods. These were cobbled up from some plastic rod, Plastruct hexagonal secti...
by Steve Holland
Fri Sep 05, 2014 9:50 pm
Forum: Blether
Topic: Wildlife in Garden (or thereabouts)
Replies: 6
Views: 1455

My wife went wild at the wildlife in the garden when she saw these guys eating the geraniums. http://my.gn15.info/p1020799.jpg http://my.gn15.info/p1020809.jpg They are vapourer moth caterpillars, and there are warnings on the web about not handling them as the spines can irritate your skin. They ha...
by Steve Holland
Mon Sep 01, 2014 6:47 pm
Forum: Modelling Matters
Topic: Bullers Quay
Replies: 197
Views: 34374

Only a keyboard? I normally manage to weather my shirt and trousers as well as the models. :D
The wagons are looking good.
by Steve Holland
Sat Aug 30, 2014 8:03 pm
Forum: Modelling Matters
Topic: Bullers Quay
Replies: 197
Views: 34374

I use Kadee couplings on my On30 stuff and they work well, much better than the Bachmann plastic ones that were originally fitted. They all have a few 'features' that can catch you out but have relatively simple fixes. Kadee and similar couplings will uncouple over the magnet if they are not under t...
by Steve Holland
Wed Aug 27, 2014 6:54 pm
Forum: Modelling Matters
Topic: Smallbeach loco shed
Replies: 25
Views: 9739

Thanks for the kind comments. Has anyone managed to work out how available modelling time seems to reduce exponentially as enthusiasm for a project picks up? I had all the modelling jobs sorted out in my mind for the three days off work over the last bank holiday weekend but it seemed to disappear i...
by Steve Holland
Tue Aug 26, 2014 9:15 pm
Forum: Modelling Matters
Topic: Smallbeach loco shed
Replies: 25
Views: 9739

Can't believe it was March since I last made some progress on Smallbeach loco shed. At last the doors are made. I used strip wood and decided to put the infill planking (there must be a proper name for it) at 45 degrees for a bit of interest. http://my.gn15.info/shed_doors.jpg The pair on the left a...
by Steve Holland
Sun Aug 24, 2014 9:08 am
Forum: Blether
Topic: Don't Put the 'F' on the Door!
Replies: 17
Views: 2479

From the day job, putting in dc traction would not be as cheap as you may think. All of the train detection and signalling circuits would have to be altered to be immune to the effects of dc traction - low voltage dc track circuits with 750V dc trains are not a good mix. Some recent work I did in th...
by Steve Holland
Sat Aug 23, 2014 6:48 pm
Forum: Blether
Topic: Don't Put the 'F' on the Door!
Replies: 17
Views: 2479

At least Mr Salmond is on the side of something comfortable, even if it is a class 82 driving van trailer (aka a 'Skoda van') but at least it is on the end of a rake of proper carriages. Just come back from Edinburgh (great city but no narrow gauge :( ) spending 5 cramped and very uncomfortable hour...
by Steve Holland
Sun Jun 08, 2014 7:39 pm
Forum: Modelling Matters
Topic: A confession (Bachmann gas mech bash)
Replies: 17
Views: 4221

For the grot cleared from the windscreen by the wiper you will need a mask. Cut this from a piece of masking tape to the shape swept by the wiper, stick it on the windscreen and add weathering to taste. Peel off the mask and you should have a clean bit surrounded by dirt.
Hope that is of some help.

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