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by Steve Holland
Mon Feb 02, 2015 10:08 pm
Forum: Modelling Matters
Topic: GLS30 Diesel Loco
Replies: 67
Views: 10685

Re: GLS30 Diesel Loco

There has been a bit of progress on the GLS30 over the weekend. It now has ballast weights and coupler blocks fitted. The coupler blocks were cut from 40 thou and 60 thou styrene sheet. A part assembled outer part of a coupler block is on the right and the component parts are on the left in the phot...
by Steve Holland
Thu Jan 29, 2015 10:02 pm
Forum: Modelling Matters
Topic: GLS30 Diesel Loco
Replies: 67
Views: 10685

Re: GLS30 Diesel Loco

My original intention was to build the card model from the Modelik kit in parallel with an operational model in styrene. The card version seems to be slipping down the 'to do' list a bit as other things are starting to make demands on my time again. The other reason for not starting the card kit is ...
by Steve Holland
Wed Jan 28, 2015 10:23 pm
Forum: Modelling Matters
Topic: GLS30 Diesel Loco
Replies: 67
Views: 10685

GLS30 Diesel Loco

I was going to be good. I was going to have some self discipline. I was going to finish all the tub wagons that I have started. I was going to finish Smallbeach loco shed http://gn15.info/forum/viewtopic.php?f=1&t=9728 . I was going to build a layout to put it and my growing collection of 1:24 m...
by Steve Holland
Sun Jan 25, 2015 12:06 pm
Forum: Size doesn't matter
Topic: Vestvagoy / A norway harbour at 1/13.7 scale
Replies: 60
Views: 12334

Re: Vestvagoy / A norway harbour at 1/13.7 scale

Those diesels are very convincing, that is a great depiction of hard use and minimal maintenance. Just noticed the bootprints in the snow around them as well - it's making me feel cold looking at the photos!
Superb work :D
by Steve Holland
Sat Jan 17, 2015 8:16 pm
Forum: Blether
Topic: Cardboard locos kits
Replies: 19
Views: 1924

Re: Cardboard locos kits

The postage was 20 Euros for outside Poland shipment, so it would make one kit quite expensive - that's my excuse for getting three. Not sure what the Dollar/Euro/Pound exchange rate works out at but I guess the US price is about equivalent to the UK price for the kits. I don't want to post any phot...
by Steve Holland
Fri Jan 16, 2015 8:34 pm
Forum: Blether
Topic: Cardboard locos kits
Replies: 19
Views: 1924

Re: Cardboard locos kits

I got a bit carried away, so the postman delivered three kits from Modelik. http://my.gn15.info/sjh_modelik_kits.jpg From what I can make out the GLS30 diesel was made for 500mm gauge as well as 600mm and 750mm gauges, so this will end up on a 16.5mm gauge chassis of some sort. I can live with the 3...
by Steve Holland
Thu Jan 08, 2015 6:45 pm
Forum: Modelling Matters
Topic: Dirty Diseasels
Replies: 10
Views: 1603

Re: Dirty Diseasels

Simon, Losing a pair of wheels has not made any difference to the running of the Bachmann Junior chassis. Just be very careful not to be too brutal when you are removing the centre driving wheel treads and spokes otherwise you may disturb the quartering or damage the final drive gear. You will need ...
by Steve Holland
Thu Jan 08, 2015 11:29 am
Forum: Modelling Matters
Topic: Dirty Diseasels
Replies: 10
Views: 1603

Re: Dirty Diseasels

Thanks for the kind comments. The Baguley was inspired by a couple of the Gn15 Tomes, http://tome.gn15.info/05_April_07.pdf and http://tome.gn15.info/05_April_07_supplement.pdf . I was not able to get a Bachmann Thomas to butcher at the time, so used a Bachmann Junior loco instead. The thing did not...
by Steve Holland
Wed Jan 07, 2015 10:32 pm
Forum: Modelling Matters
Topic: Dirty Diseasels
Replies: 10
Views: 1603

Dirty Diseasels

In the thread on my Bagnalls http://gn15.info/forum/viewtopic.php?f=1&t=9716 I mentioned that I was trying to get to grips with acrylic paints. Up to now I have only ever used Humbrol enamels for weathering, but I was getting some earache about the smell of the thinners :( The two guinea pigs we...
by Steve Holland
Tue Jan 06, 2015 5:25 pm
Forum: Modelling Matters
Topic: Rail mounted Bubble Car anyone?
Replies: 12
Views: 1234

Re: Rail mounted Bubble Car anyone?

It looks like this photo of the beast was taken at Cadeby https://www.veooz.com/photos/MH5LZuu.html . I think the bubble car is somewhere in the Blaenau Ffestiniog area now, in Rich Morris's private collection. Someone I used to work with had a road going one and parked it with the front too close t...
by Steve Holland
Sun Jan 04, 2015 9:20 pm
Forum: Modelling Matters
Topic: A brace of Bagnalls
Replies: 26
Views: 7413

Re: A brace of Bagnalls

Thanks for the kind remarks. The 3D prints are not difficult to work with, but do repay careful work to fill and smooth off the printing layers. I reckon I spent about 4 or 5 hours on each loco getting a surface that I was happy with. This may sound a lot, but I reckon I could not have scratch built...
by Steve Holland
Sun Jan 04, 2015 8:52 pm
Forum: Modelling Matters
Topic: A guide to making axle boxes please.
Replies: 6
Views: 942

Re: A guide to making axle boxes please.

It may be worth looking at some of the 7mm scale detail castings such as those from http://www.hobbyhorse.co.uk. Maybe some of their white metal tender axle boxes may be suitable?
by Steve Holland
Thu Jan 01, 2015 9:13 pm
Forum: Modelling Matters
Topic: Gun Shop and Tobacco Emporium
Replies: 28
Views: 2973

Re: Gun Shop and Tobacco Emporium

Ken, I am sure that your gun shop owner is trying to earn a little on the side. He has been spotted at the controls of Smallbeach number 6, which has earned itself the unfortunate nickname of "Nutcracker". I will leave you to work out why! He did roll his sleeves up in the hope that no-one...
by Steve Holland
Mon Dec 29, 2014 9:52 pm
Forum: Modelling Matters
Topic: A brace of Bagnalls
Replies: 26
Views: 7413

Re: A brace of Bagnalls

Glad you like what I am doing to the Bagnalls. They have both had Christmas presents in the form of name and works plates from Narrow Planet. I fitted these twice - the first time round I found that the top coat of paint had not stuck to the underlying layer and bubbled up when it reacted with the c...
by Steve Holland
Mon Dec 29, 2014 4:40 pm
Forum: Blether
Topic: Russian level crossing control!
Replies: 4
Views: 482

Re: Russian level crossing control!

Nice idea with the ground mounted ramps coming up after the barriers have lowered. The trouble is that if they were installed on UK level crossings then some moron would be suing Network Rail for their own stupidity/impatience when they try to run the barriers and their car gets damaged. The pop-up ...
by Steve Holland
Sun Dec 28, 2014 9:37 pm
Forum: Prototype Prattles
Topic: Sleeper spacing - centres or between sleepers ?
Replies: 42
Views: 6366

Re: Sleeper spacing - centres or between sleepers ?

I took these photos on the 15 inch gauge Rhiw Valley Light Railway. The sleepers look to be about 30 inches long by 6 inches wide and 4 inches deep on a 2ft spacing, with 16 pound/yard rail but that is a guesstimate from the photos. I was too busy enjoying the trains and excellent refreshments to me...
by Steve Holland
Sun Dec 21, 2014 2:52 pm
Forum: Blether
Topic: Seasonal Question
Replies: 4
Views: 683

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: 1924

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: 447

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: 6366

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: 6366

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: 6366

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: 7413

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: 857

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: 7413

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...

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