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by Giles B
Tue Oct 13, 2009 8:53 pm
Forum: Modelling Matters
Topic: Baby Alice, and some quarry wagons
Replies: 95
Views: 39938

Awesome! Hard to believe it's all styrene and scrap bits. If you hadn't shown the "before" pictures.................
by Giles B
Fri Oct 09, 2009 1:10 pm
Forum: Modelling Matters
Topic: PERCY
Replies: 66
Views: 56692

http://i167.photobucket.com/albums/u159/rockleybottom/figq3.jpg Now him I like. I've wasted mine as an office manager inside a building where he can't really be seen, when he could have been outdoors getting his hands dirty! Did you remodel Percy's driver a second time? His "leaning back"...
by Giles B
Sat Jun 27, 2009 6:26 pm
Forum: Modelling Matters
Topic: Trips around the lighthouse......
Replies: 29
Views: 14518

That track above the sea is amazing. Are you by any cance a fan of the late Rowland Emmett's cartoons? Somewhere I have a book with one of his drawings where the train is going round the lighthouse in exactly the same style as yours. All your version lacks are the trackside table-tops on posts in th...
by Giles B
Mon Jun 15, 2009 9:56 pm
Forum: Modelling Matters
Topic: Foam Rocks question
Replies: 27
Views: 11686

Hi Glen,

Many thanks for confirming that; looks like a trip to an upholstery shop, then. Luckily there's one not too far from here.

P.S. just had a look at the latest picture around your trestle bridge. Very nice
by Giles B
Mon Jun 15, 2009 8:15 am
Forum: Modelling Matters
Topic: Foam Rocks question
Replies: 27
Views: 11686

foam rocks

Glen - I've just got back to this topic after a long absence, as I may need some lightweight rocks to go on a portable layout module. Looking at your four "how to" pictures and the one where you're cutting the foam with a saw - is the foam the dense expanded sort used in roof insulation, o...
by Giles B
Sun May 10, 2009 9:45 pm
Forum: Modelling Matters
Topic: Big Boots NOW PENNY LANE 18/8/09
Replies: 66
Views: 26235

With a baseboard framework that strong, you sure it'll be Gn15, not 12 ins/ft scale? :twisted:
by Giles B
Tue Apr 28, 2009 6:00 pm
Forum: Modelling Matters
Topic: Futtocks End at Horsham
Replies: 5
Views: 4657

Futtocks End at Horsham

All my photos of the diesel taken at Horsham were either shaky or out of focus. Luckily last week-end the layout had another outing, so here's a shot of the diesel, which someone rather generously identified as a Planet (which was news to me - it was just a kitbash from an ancient HO scale Lima mode...
by Giles B
Mon Apr 20, 2009 10:27 pm
Forum: Modelling Matters
Topic: Futtocks End at Horsham
Replies: 5
Views: 4657

Futtocks End at Horsham

Futtocks End was at the Crawley MRS show at Horsham last week-end. Here are some pictures of the new locomotives making their debut. http://my.gn15.info/download_019.jpg http://my.gn15.info/download_012.jpg http://my.gn15.info/download_032.jpg
by Giles B
Fri Apr 17, 2009 1:01 pm
Forum: Modelling Matters
Topic: Nick's G12 models
Replies: 139
Views: 52429

Great inspiration here, though it's actually got me going off at a tangent. Where did your starter set come from, Nick? Do you know if they're still available and if the price is still the same?
by Giles B
Sun Feb 22, 2009 10:58 pm
Forum: Modelling Matters
Topic: 1 to 1 Scale Real Water
Replies: 41
Views: 16727

My only experience with real water was a waterfall and stream, which fell into a basin below the scenery and was then sucked back up to the top by a Faller pump. There were two real drawbacks (if you exclude trying to fix the leaks initially): 1. the water forms droplets which are not to scale - I w...
by Giles B
Tue Feb 10, 2009 9:47 am
Forum: Modelling Matters
Topic: cute laouts
Replies: 8
Views: 5317

The last one certainly raises a smile.
by Giles B
Sun Feb 08, 2009 11:20 pm
Forum: Modelling Matters
Topic: Flying shed? No, it's Ernie (again)
Replies: 5
Views: 5578

Here's a view of the other side. I think Ernie must have met up with a GVT brake van one dark night. You can also see the end window with the brake wheel. http://my.gn15.info/ue8.jpg I haven't got a full view of the front end, but you can partially see it on the first picture on this thread. There's...
by Giles B
Sun Feb 08, 2009 5:25 pm
Forum: Modelling Matters
Topic: Flying shed? No, it's Ernie (again)
Replies: 5
Views: 5578

Flying shed? No, it's Ernie (again)

This is "Electra", aka Sparky, the battery locomotive for Futtocks End. Supposedly built from scrounged bits and pieces by estate workers during WW2 to make it easier for Land Army women to use the line. The body is largely built of coffee stirrers. http://my.gn15.info/ue9.jpg
by Giles B
Wed Feb 04, 2009 6:12 pm
Forum: GNine
Topic: Kitlands Light Railway
Replies: 8
Views: 12110

If anyone wants to read more about the Kitlands Light Railway, I forgot to say that the line was featured in Model Trains International, issues 35 July/Aug 2001 and 39 March/April 2002, which are still be available from the publisher:- Kristall Productions, 4 Surbiton Hall Close, Kingston KT1 2JX, p...
by Giles B
Tue Feb 03, 2009 11:11 pm
Forum: GNine
Topic: Kitlands Light Railway
Replies: 8
Views: 12110

At least I came off before the pondside section - it's usually traditional for someone to get wet feet during the day, and it's often me. Although it isn't apparent, there's quite a slope down from the back of the shed to the pond - definitely a bit hairy when done in reverse as the clearances are t...
by Giles B
Sat Jan 31, 2009 6:43 pm
Forum: Modelling Matters
Topic: aGnother Underground Ernie
Replies: 16
Views: 9591

Oh, excellent, young man! Nice and simple, and very effective. Did you just cut away the original bogie sideframes, or was more involved? The downward extension to the buffer-beams is inspired, too. I'd been wondering what to do with them; now I gnow. Definitely gives me ideas for my UE. Glad I didn...
by Giles B
Tue Dec 30, 2008 2:36 pm
Forum: Modelling Matters
Topic: Exhibition Presentation
Replies: 154
Views: 88842

A big topic, and one that will bring many different opinions, I'm sure. Prof - your first posting seems devoid of pictures; is this just me? or could you re-post them please. It would make detailed responses easier. Have to admit I'm guilty of some of the sins you catalogue, from time to time, thoug...
by Giles B
Sun Dec 28, 2008 12:26 pm
Forum: Modelling Matters
Topic: Gnut, son of Ernie
Replies: 31
Views: 15006

Brilliant and inspiring. That wooden-bodied battery loco would fit in on Futtocks End beautifully. Wish I'd made the effort and gone out yesterday in search of an Ernie.
by Giles B
Sun Nov 09, 2008 11:00 pm
Forum: Modelling Matters
Topic: Bash Fodder for GN15 Mechanisms
Replies: 82
Views: 66205

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How do you propose fixing the chassis to the mechanism - doesn't look like there's much room to get a self-tapping screw into, for instance.
I'll be watching developments with interest.
by Giles B
Sat Nov 08, 2008 12:14 am
Forum: Modelling Matters
Topic: Bash Fodder for GN15 Mechanisms
Replies: 82
Views: 66205

Was Ben - now Flora! Cross-dressing locomotives; is that is why tram engines have skirts? Flora first, and the next loco might be Philip (otherwise known as Philly - to keep up the "spreadable" references?) No, it will be Daisy, suposedly named after the daughters of the railway's first o...
by Giles B
Fri Nov 07, 2008 6:31 pm
Forum: Modelling Matters
Topic: Bash Fodder for GN15 Mechanisms
Replies: 82
Views: 66205

Was Ben - now Flora!

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by Giles B
Mon Apr 07, 2008 3:48 pm
Forum: Modelling Matters
Topic: Gn15 Passenger Bogie Coach
Replies: 30
Views: 15655

http://i18.photobucket.com/albums/b120/stephenbennett/PerrygroveCoach.jpg How on earth do they get them on the rails when you can't see the wheels or get an arm (health & safety?!) or some sort of poking rod - technical term there - between the step and the ground to get the bogies and track al...
by Giles B
Mon Feb 11, 2008 7:40 pm
Forum: Modelling Matters
Topic: Trevor's 2008 challenge layout
Replies: 37
Views: 22035

Trevor, This may not be an exact help, but here are some shots from the cab of a diesel that was built on a steam chassis, so dates from 1930/40s. Perhaps it will give you a flavour of the sort of equipment that might be used. Note that there seem to be motor spares - ammetre dials etc, and also pul...
by Giles B
Sat Jan 12, 2008 12:04 am
Forum: Modelling Matters
Topic: Useful Donor Chassis?
Replies: 24
Views: 10121

Your two bargain locos sound like the ones offered at the same price by Shrewsbury Model Shop. I bought their H0 Porter Hustler diesel and used the chassis for Gn15. Was very impressed with the running as well as the price. Haven't quite got the new body right, but nearly there.
by Giles B
Tue Jan 01, 2008 11:38 pm
Forum: Modelling Matters
Topic: Oscillating climbing turntable
Replies: 19
Views: 7851

oscillating turntable

It's not just the construction that would be a problem; so would the operation. As far as I can see the device is intended for use by hand-powered lines. The wagon is pushed onto it (from the line on the right of the picture) so that the wheels fall into the cups at the other end. As the pivot is of...

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