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by Steve Holland
Wed May 07, 2014 7:26 pm
Forum: Modelling Matters
Topic: Stub Turnouts
Replies: 36
Views: 20687

I built a couple of stub points for the now defunct South Arpafeelie Mining Co. layout (16mm scale, but don't tell anyone here!). I used fishplates to hold the heel joint at the fixed end, with copper clad sleeper strip at the moving end of the stub rails. A staple was made up from some stiff wire t...
by Steve Holland
Tue Apr 22, 2014 7:36 pm
Forum: Blether
Topic: Don't Stand Too Close To The Platform Edge ...
Replies: 5
Views: 1176

Even worse seems to be the train spotting fraternity. A train driver I know calls them 'foamers' as they are invariably carrying a camera, have little grasp of how potentially dangerous their antics can be and froth at the mouth at virtually everything that moves on rails! This is scary viewing and ...
by Steve Holland
Thu Mar 20, 2014 8:39 pm
Forum: Blether
Topic: UK's Shortest Branchline.
Replies: 3
Views: 1005

Looks like it is still there http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oYZXT3Ew6Go shuttling backwards and forwards on its 3/4 mile branch. I wonder how fast it would go if "yow cud gi it sum 'ommer". You may need a Black Country dictionary to translate that last bit!
by Steve Holland
Mon Mar 17, 2014 9:20 pm
Forum: Modelling Matters
Topic: A new 1:24 estate layout
Replies: 94
Views: 38109

The brick work on your greenhouse looks very impressive. Is it scribed or have you applied individual bricks? There are a couple of suppliers of plant kits that I know of, and there are sure to be others. There is a range of garden plants and weeds at http://theminiaturegarden.blogspot.co.uk/2012/03...
by Steve Holland
Wed Mar 12, 2014 9:04 pm
Forum: Modelling Matters
Topic: Smallbeach loco shed
Replies: 25
Views: 9768

Thought it was time for an update on Smallbeach. Life, the Universe and everything seems to have intruded in to hobby time just lately, and the answer was not 42! So I have not got as much done as I would have liked. I have got the ridge tiles on, and cured the slight twist in the roof by gluing som...
by Steve Holland
Wed Mar 05, 2014 9:21 pm
Forum: Modelling Matters
Topic: Smallbrook "Pierrot" GN15 Locomotive.
Replies: 8
Views: 2852

Markits (ex Romford) http://www.markits.com make a whole range of wheels and have extended axles in both 1/8 inch and 3mm diameters, so it may be possible to fit these to a Smoky Joe chassis. They also supply outside cranks to fit on the extended axles but these are not self quartering. The thread o...
by Steve Holland
Mon Feb 17, 2014 8:32 pm
Forum: Modelling Matters
Topic: New 1/24 model
Replies: 10
Views: 3266

Stunning work, had a bit of a double take at the weathering on the scarifier - are you sure that is not a real one?!! Can't wait to see the whole thing finished.
by Steve Holland
Sun Feb 16, 2014 10:19 pm
Forum: Modelling Matters
Topic: High Trestle Creek
Replies: 60
Views: 19979

Those skips look good. I would not have guessed they had card bodies - did you use some sort of jig for assembly or did you print them out on to a sheet of card for consistency?
by Steve Holland
Sun Feb 16, 2014 10:11 pm
Forum: Modelling Matters
Topic: Smallbeach loco shed
Replies: 25
Views: 9768

The contents of the tub of slates has diminished - there is only one left. http://my.gn15.info/last_slate.jpg The slates were 18 inches by 12 inches, the size was taken from an old Penrhyn Quarry price list. I thought they would cover the roof fairly quickly, but forgot that each slate is overlapped...
by Steve Holland
Sun Feb 16, 2014 8:13 pm
Forum: Prototype Prattles
Topic: makers plate question
Replies: 8
Views: 2545

The North British Locomotive Company used diamond shaped makers plates. See http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:LNER_Class_B1_steam_locomotive_No_61264_at_Anglia_Trains_Crown_Point_depot_Norwich_(3).jpg Apologies for the incomplete link - the computer is refusing to play and if it continues it may hav...
by Steve Holland
Sun Feb 09, 2014 10:11 pm
Forum: Modelling Matters
Topic: Smallbeach loco shed
Replies: 25
Views: 9768

If I get fed up with modelling railways I guess I could use the smoke vents for 1:24 scale weather monitoring stations :lol:
by Steve Holland
Sun Feb 09, 2014 9:39 pm
Forum: Modelling Matters
Topic: Smallbeach loco shed
Replies: 25
Views: 9768

Don, Your photo certainly brings back some memories. I think it was a year or so earlier that I first visited Snailbeach, and was struck by the atmosphere of the place. It seems to have lost some of that indefinable 'something' since the site has been conserved, but at least the remaining buildings ...
by Steve Holland
Sat Feb 08, 2014 10:44 pm
Forum: Modelling Matters
Topic: Smallbeach loco shed
Replies: 25
Views: 9768

If you remember the Fast Show - 'This week Oi 'ave mostly bin cuttin' little bits of wood'. The little bits of wood, with a few bits of waste etch from a brass kit and some styrene sheet have been glued together to make some smoke vents for the loco shed roof. The inspiration was Snailbeach loco she...
by Steve Holland
Mon Feb 03, 2014 8:14 pm
Forum: Modelling Matters
Topic: Smallbeach loco shed
Replies: 25
Views: 9768

Thanks for the kind comments. I have added some barge boards and fascia boards to the roof - the Baguley rip-off is contemplating evicting the Bagnalls. http://my.gn15.info/barge_boards.jpg A tub of slates has also appeared - should be fun keeping the courses straight! http://my.gn15.info/tub_of_sla...
by Steve Holland
Tue Jan 28, 2014 7:55 pm
Forum: Modelling Matters
Topic: Smallbeach loco shed
Replies: 25
Views: 9768

A bit more progress on the roof - the rafters are all in place. http://my.gn15.info/finished_rafters.jpg The little pieces on the edges of the roof are the bits of rafter that stick out through the wall, and this is what the outside of the loco shed looks like with the roof on. http://my.gn15.info/r...
by Steve Holland
Mon Jan 27, 2014 9:00 pm
Forum: Modelling Matters
Topic: Smallbeach loco shed
Replies: 25
Views: 9768

I never thought of dampening the surface before I carved the stonework, but I am not sure how 'crisp; the finished result will be. I feel a test piece coming on - more ****** carving!! I have made a start on the roof, which I intend to leave detachable so that I can get at the inside of the shed to ...
by Steve Holland
Thu Jan 23, 2014 10:48 pm
Forum: Modelling Matters
Topic: Smallbeach loco shed
Replies: 25
Views: 9768

Smallbeach loco shed

A visit to Snailbeach in the mid 1970s left a deep impression, with the derelict remains of the lead mine and tips. For anyone unfamiliar with Snailbeach, see http://www.shropshiremines.org.uk/snailbeach/ . The site has now been cleaned up, the buildings have been conserved and it is possible to tak...
by Steve Holland
Sat Jan 18, 2014 10:05 pm
Forum: Modelling Matters
Topic: A brace of Bagnalls
Replies: 26
Views: 8691

Thanks for making the 3D prints available to us. They really capture the character of the small Bagnalls, and it has been an enjoyable build so far. I have always had a bit of a soft spot for these little Bagnalls ever since I got a footplate ride on Pixie at the much missed Cadeby Light Railway. Th...
by Steve Holland
Thu Jan 16, 2014 10:26 pm
Forum: Modelling Matters
Topic: A brace of Bagnalls
Replies: 26
Views: 8691

A brace of Bagnalls

I was only intending to build one Bagnall, using the Brack Models 3D print from Shapeways. Unfortunately the first one that arrived was damaged - the safety valves and steam turret were missing. I got in touch with Shapeways and was expecting just the safety valve assembly to turn up, but was rather...
by Steve Holland
Tue Nov 26, 2013 8:27 pm
Forum: You really ought to gnow your who's wahoo
Topic: Stopped resisting and join in
Replies: 3
Views: 2088

Thanks Chris.
I find carving some stonework to be quite therapeutic after a day at work. Trouble is there is Das dust everywhere - on my clothes, the table and my camera is changing colour from black to a pale grey! :lol:
by Steve Holland
Mon Nov 25, 2013 9:09 pm
Forum: You really ought to gnow your who's wahoo
Topic: Stopped resisting and join in
Replies: 3
Views: 2088

Stopped resisting and join in

After a long time wondering whether to start yet another scale/gauge combination I have finally taken the plunge and started some Gn15 modelling. That is was well as the 7mm NG, 16mm NG and German O scale. I reckon if I start posting some progress photos it will force me to actually finish something...

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