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Posted: Mon Apr 19, 2010 10:59 am
by Bilco
I got knocked out by some pesky virus last month - after mai laidy waif checked with the Swine Flu Helpline that it was safe for her to be in the same room as me, she dragged me off to the doctor, where I was told "There's a virus going round, there's nothing we can give you for it, it lasts 10-15 days" In my case I spent 4-5 days (not able to remember clearly) in bed sweating, shivering and aching all over, then another week with a case of the punies - no energy to do much beyond sitting in front of the TV and dozing, then another week gradually getting some strength and attention span back. All this leads up to the fact that I have had an enforced break from modelling! However, I did a bit of thinking about it and, when I was feeling up to it, I got going on making something for the tippers to tip whatever they're going to be tipping into.


The Unimog in position under the tipper. Den the driver is keeping a close eye on the action, while Woody is totally uninterested.


While the camera was in position the Eckerslyke clan posed for a group photo. L-R Willie with Gnot-a-Gnat, Didi with Wot the Deutz, Woody with Ernieplex and Azzi in the Welsh Critter

Posted: Mon Apr 19, 2010 11:52 am
by Boghopper
Hello Bill,

It's just dawnd on me that your drivers are named after that famous Blackpool family, The Eckerslykes. Some years ago when I was still model making for a living, I created a whole family of 'E's complete with back story. I've got the models stored somewhere but I managed to dig out these pictures. Each piece is about 2.5 inches tall.


Posted: Mon Apr 19, 2010 7:54 pm
by Glen A
Hi Bill,

Glad you are feeling better now.

That's a nice fleet of locos you have constructed.

Name that Figure

Posted: Mon Apr 19, 2010 11:14 pm
by NarrowGauge
Bill can you tell me were did you get "Didi".
Is she made/modified by you or a commercial product.

Posted: Mon Apr 19, 2010 11:38 pm
by Dallas_M
Hey Bill --

Sorry to hear about the miserable virus, but glad you're feeling better ... and that "thinking" time really paid off! The new addition is outstanding ... puts a lot of action right up front ... and you can swap out vehicles, etc. Very nice bit of modelling.

Posted: Tue Apr 20, 2010 3:19 am
by underworld
Love the critter family photo Bill!!!

underworld :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen:

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Posted: Tue Apr 20, 2010 1:23 pm
by Bilco
Hi Folks - many thanks for your good wishes and kind comments.

Tess - Didi was a figure by the German firm Schleich, originally a standing woman carrying a bucket. She underwent comprehensive surgery, detailed here There are also more photos of her on earlier pages of this thread and the Wot the Deutz thread.

Den the driver was an old Preiser figure, one of a set of 2 workmen. He was holding a pneumatic drill, and when that was removed seemed to be clutching his abdomen, which made him ideal to stand in front of the Portaloo I built for my 16mm layout. The other figure was digging and is the top half of Azzi. Azzi's bottom half is from a farm figure from the ELC, and the arms from that figure have been grafted onto Den. Frankenstein is my middle name! I haven't seen the Preiser figures on their latest lists - I bought them about 10 years ago as G scale.

Posted: Tue Apr 20, 2010 6:19 pm
by Moronguhl
Howdy Bilco! Got to say how great this scene and it's stock is. I'm sure it's a cliche by now but it oozes character!

Can you tell mw what you've been using for your axle boxes? I'm looking at the Grandt Line for my own O9 axle boxes - did you use something similar for yours (in the larger scale obviously!)?

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Posted: Tue Apr 20, 2010 7:19 pm
by Bilco
Hi Christian - thanks for your kind comments. I take it you mean axleboxes for the skips - I made them out of some plastic tubing and plasticard - the details are here ... skips+hard

I haven't seen the square tubing with the hole through recently - if you find a source please let me know!

Posted: Wed Apr 21, 2010 5:37 am
by Moronguhl
Cheers for the skip link Bilco, but I'm afraid I meant your locos, the Gnot a Gnat and Wot the Deutz in particular. Sorry for not making myself clear, easy to forget other people can't read my mind!

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Posted: Wed Apr 21, 2010 10:05 am
by Bilco
Hi Christian,

Ah, sorry I got the wrong end of the axlebox!

The 'boxes on Gnot-a-Gnat I built up from bits of plasticard, plastic rod and strip, and plastic screws - see the thread

Wot the Deutz used Steve Bennett's side frames with some modification to the profile - see the thread ... =wot+deutz

I seem to be unable to use anything bought in without messing about with it!

Posted: Wed Apr 21, 2010 11:34 am
by Moronguhl
Cheers Bill, thanks for that link.

Can you give me a smidge more info on the springs in particular? Are they just discs with a small separator in between each to make them look like springs, or did you file down the edges of each disc to make them more sping-esqe?

Another solution would be twisting plastic tubing around a pencil or cylinder to make real springs!

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Posted: Wed Apr 21, 2010 12:02 pm
by Bilco
Hi Christian - no, nothing as clever as you propose! The springs are just pieces of the plastic screws that are used to fix car numberplates on - they come in black, white and yellow, and I think you can buy a packet at Halfords. Just cut a section to the height of the spring you want, then cut it in half vertically - voila, 2 springs!

Posted: Wed Apr 21, 2010 12:07 pm
by Moronguhl
Cunning indeed...I shall see if they have any 7mm scale ones! :P

Posted: Thu Apr 22, 2010 3:39 am
by dieselwater
Very Gnice critter line up Bill 8) I like the truck too. Glad to hear you're feeling better.

Re: Back on the Drawing Board

Posted: Mon Jan 25, 2016 7:38 pm
by lesmond
Bill - I've just found this thread, thanks to your link regarding pipework.

Its a wonderful, inspirational model, and I'm going to spend some time studying it. If I can come anywhere close to it with my own efforts I'll be over the moon :D


Re: Back on the Drawing Board

Posted: Mon Jan 25, 2016 7:45 pm
by Bilco
Many thanks, Les. Wood Bros is now in someone else's hands, but being exhibited occasionally. It was my first Gn15 layout, and a lot of fun!

Re: Back on the Drawing Board

Posted: Tue Jan 26, 2016 2:02 am
by Nevadablue
What Les said! This layout was one of the first to inspire me to choose Gn15 to work in. Thanks again!

Re: Back on the Drawing Board

Posted: Mon Oct 23, 2017 4:13 pm
by Bilco
I've really got into creating albums on Flickr, so I've done a couple of the lost photos showing the Wood Bros build - one as originally configured and the other as modified into its final form ...

If I find any more I'll add them ...

Re: Back on the Drawing Board

Posted: Tue Oct 24, 2017 11:33 am
by docnjoj
Thanks Bill for bringing all of these back. Your techniques are really inspiring!

Re: Back on the Drawing Board

Posted: Tue Oct 24, 2017 2:02 pm
by lesmond
What otherDoc said :)

Thank you!


Re: Back on the Drawing Board

Posted: Wed Nov 01, 2017 8:32 pm
by Bilco
Some more photos have been added to the Flickr album.

Re: Back on the Drawing Board

Posted: Fri Nov 03, 2017 6:05 pm
by lesmond
You are a lovely man :)

Re: Back on the Drawing Board

Posted: Tue Nov 14, 2017 3:03 pm
by michael
good morning Bill, catching up I like the way you finished the left side, some familiar looking features there. It is a pity that photobucket went the way they did, it ruined a lot of threads on various forums.