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Fri Jun 06, 2008 5:40 pm
Forum: Modelling Matters
Topic: How to make static grass applicator please?
Replies: 26
Views: 19099

Hi Andrew

Bit late to the party but is this of any use?

http://racooke.com/

Click on the HOW TO'S link then scroll to the bottom of the page to the Making A Static Grass Applicator section, open pdf file for instructions.

HTH

Steve
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Thu Aug 02, 2007 8:08 pm
Forum: Modelling Matters
Topic: CJ's Yard
Replies: 44
Views: 16892

A bit later than intended, got caught out by the drying times again :roll: The strips have been maskol'd, painted, had extra paint removal along the grain with a craft knife and been lightly rubbed over with grey pastel, this is what they have come out like... http://i176.photobucket.com/albums/w167...
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Tue Jul 31, 2007 8:22 pm
Forum: Modelling Matters
Topic: CJ's Yard
Replies: 44
Views: 16892

Thanks Glen :) Maskol is a masking fluid, effectively a liquid masking tape. Its made by Humbrol and comes in a small glass jar. Whilst it sticks well to any surface, it can be easily removed. It dries in around 20 minutes when exposed to air. One of its most effective uses is for putting over glazi...
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Tue Jul 31, 2007 5:59 pm
Forum: Modelling Matters
Topic: New layout - again
Replies: 90
Views: 47719

If you wish I'm happy to let you have a copy or if you wish I can generate a few pages for you to download. Steve W Too many Steve's around here....... Hi Steve If you could take the time to generate a few pages for me to download that would be fantastic. :D I'll PM you my email address to send the...
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Tue Jul 31, 2007 5:41 pm
Forum: Modelling Matters
Topic: CJ's Yard
Replies: 44
Views: 16892

Thanks for the kind words and suggestions gents :D I've quickly knocked up another batch of panels, this time including knots. I didn't have any tooth picks, so I've cut up some cocktail sticks and inserted these into pre-drilled holes. The panels have had the paint mix applied and are drying out, t...
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Mon Jul 30, 2007 8:52 pm
Forum: Modelling Matters
Topic: New layout - again
Replies: 90
Views: 47719

Looks really good Steve :D I'll be well impressed if you can sort out automatic hopper loading :shock: Will certainly add a bit of spice to operating sessions 8) Can you tell me what you used for the brickwork please? I've got a reasonable amount to do on CJ's yard and I'm weighing up options at the...
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Mon Jul 30, 2007 8:48 pm
Forum: Modelling Matters
Topic: CJ's Yard
Replies: 44
Views: 16892

Hi Steve

Hadn't thought about that, I usually use acrylics but hadn't had much success using the silver. I think I have a tin somewhere, I'll give it a go.

Thanks for the tip :)

Steve
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Mon Jul 30, 2007 7:15 pm
Forum: Modelling Matters
Topic: Gawthorpe Gardens
Replies: 66
Views: 28415

Really impressive fruits and veg Pat :D
Looking forward to seeing them loaded up and ready to roll :P

Steve
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Mon Jul 30, 2007 7:11 pm
Forum: Modelling Matters
Topic: CJ's Yard
Replies: 44
Views: 16892

I did wonder while reading through this, if you were making hard work of this :) Thats just what I was thinking about half way through :shock: :D As one who prefers stains for balsa, the painting seemed to have a lot of steps and of course, drying times aswell. That is the big downside Steve. I wou...
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Sun Jul 29, 2007 6:07 pm
Forum: Modelling Matters
Topic: CJ's Yard
Replies: 44
Views: 16892

As alluded to earlier, I have spent what seems like most of the weekend cutting and painting strips of balsa :lol: I’m trying to improve the basic wood colour to better represent the various shades of colour that timber goes when left exposed to the elements. I’ve tried to break the process down int...
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Sun Jul 29, 2007 4:42 pm
Forum: Modelling Matters
Topic: "Finishing" the Table Top
Replies: 4
Views: 2295

Hi Joe Depending on how close the colour of your cork is to your intended final scenery I'd be tempted to apply a coat of paint over the top. It would stop any 'bald' patches looking too obvious and simply adding a bit of sand to the paint will add texture and stop the 'pool table' look :wink: Looki...
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Sun Jul 29, 2007 4:32 pm
Forum: Modelling Matters
Topic: CJ's Yard
Replies: 44
Views: 16892

Ta Gerry :) Can't wait to see what you come up with Steve :wink: snip... I hope others dont feel intimidated by the quality of your work, as they need not be, the techniques are simple and within the reach of most, just needs a bit of practise to perfect and there is no better way to learn than to t...
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Sat Jul 28, 2007 1:10 pm
Forum: Modelling Matters
Topic: CJ's Yard
Replies: 44
Views: 16892

The minor issues with the track have now been sorted and a happy hour or so was spent yesterday shuttling locos and wagons around to check for any further problems. None found so started on the buildings... I've started to experiment with ageing balsa wood as the workshop front and storage shed will...
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Fri Jul 27, 2007 2:35 pm
Forum: Modelling Matters
Topic: CJ's Yard
Replies: 44
Views: 16892

Cheers Barry, they certainly are difficult to spot after a bit of the old scenic treatment :) Starting to wonder now if you could get two cuts right next to the rail which would require almost no work at all....
Something else to experiment with :roll: :wink:

Steve
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Fri Jul 27, 2007 1:21 pm
Forum: Modelling Matters
Topic: CJ's Yard
Replies: 44
Views: 16892

Thats an interesting idea Barry. I guess you have to weigh up whether you are going to fill in the gap, in which case making it easy to access is a high priority, or whether you can get away without filling the gaps in and therefore put them in the least instrusive position. Have you got any picture...
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Thu Jul 26, 2007 4:59 pm
Forum: Modelling Matters
Topic: Hayfinch - The End (for now)
Replies: 101
Views: 42758

Some great ideas in this one Bob, I'm especially looking forward to seeing how the monchrome effects works (judging by the trammer its going to look great 8) )

Steve
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Thu Jul 26, 2007 4:56 pm
Forum: Modelling Matters
Topic: CJ's Yard
Replies: 44
Views: 16892

Thanks Jon :) Building copper clad trackwork is not that difficult, especially normal track. I find it quite a relaxing activity (apart from chasing the shorts :roll: ) I would definitely recommend having a go. If you have any questions, please don't hesitate to ask and I'll do my best to answer the...
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Wed Jul 25, 2007 8:48 pm
Forum: Modelling Matters
Topic: Gnice Layout
Replies: 162
Views: 74117

Jon Randall wrote:Looks like the inside of a cable-tie to me.


Good call Jon :D Hadn't thought of that, I'm sure I have a few of those in the garage, time for a rummage....

Cheers

Steve
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Wed Jul 25, 2007 8:46 pm
Forum: Modelling Matters
Topic: CJ's Yard
Replies: 44
Views: 16892

Finished laying the track tonight. Went OK apart from chasing a short for about half an hour...turned out to be a small piece of copper swarf left over from gapping the sleepers :roll: Had thought that the point was at fault which would have been rather depressing :? Loco ran OK but has highlighted ...
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Wed Jul 25, 2007 4:06 pm
Forum: Modelling Matters
Topic: Gnice Layout
Replies: 162
Views: 74117

Loving the detail work Gerry, took me a while to spot the snail :shock:

I'm looking for a similar section of drain cover to that shown in your picture, can you remember where you sourced it from by any chance?

Thanks

Steve
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Wed Jul 25, 2007 4:03 pm
Forum: Modelling Matters
Topic: Cookie's Box Frame Diorama
Replies: 25
Views: 10772

Thanks Scott and Gerry :D

I did have to take a second look after Scott's comment :lol:

Hoping the ghost stays with the diorama Gerry :wink:

Steve
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Wed Jul 25, 2007 4:01 pm
Forum: Modelling Matters
Topic: CJ's Yard
Replies: 44
Views: 16892

Thanks Martin :D Hope this one lives up to expectations :? I've had to experiment a bit with screw positionings like George, its amazing how much different the radius will be with a position change of the centre screw by just 0.5mm. I only ever push the rail through the bender, if you pull you will ...
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Wed Jul 25, 2007 3:57 pm
Forum: Modelling Matters
Topic: CJ's Yard
Replies: 44
Views: 16892

robert.fallis wrote:I like the pcb sleepers, can you tell me where you got them from?


Hi Bob

Shortliner has posted the link to my source :) Julian is really friendly and supplies a superb product. Mine are 8mm wide, 2.4mm thick. Time to send an email :wink:

Steve
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Tue Jul 24, 2007 5:52 pm
Forum: Modelling Matters
Topic: Cookie's Box Frame Diorama
Replies: 25
Views: 10772

Just to round off.. Photo of completed diorama, bit difficult to photograph with the glass in :!: http://i176.photobucket.com/albums/w167/steve-cook132/P1010604.jpg It took three attempts to glue the frame to the box before I was happy. The problem was that the frame was not a tight fit to the box, ...
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Tue Jul 24, 2007 5:17 pm
Forum: Modelling Matters
Topic: CJ's Yard
Replies: 44
Views: 16892

No worries Joe :) Have fun with the 'dead heading', all the plants that needed that in my garden were done a few weeks ago, I find it quite therapeutic really although it is time that could be spent modelling :wink: If you're like me you hope never really to stop learning, that is certainly one of t...

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