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by Racing Hippo
Tue Sep 18, 2007 9:04 am
Forum: Prototype Prattles
Topic: (F) Kirklees Gala; 2007
Replies: 2
Views: 5170

By all accounts, a splendid weekend. I worked on Sunday and managed to wave at Colin twice, once whilst piloting Mountaineer and once guarding a Badger/Mountaineer double-header. I've been officially "taking it easy" after having my appendix out 2 weeks ago, so wasn't allowed... I mean, th...
by Racing Hippo
Tue May 08, 2007 12:54 pm
Forum: Modelling Matters
Topic: Gauges
Replies: 8
Views: 5430

Re: Gauges

Hang on... What I don't have is program that reduces size of image mine only seem to reduce the number of pixels. But Gerry - reducing the number of pixels IS reducing the size, surely? If you print a 300-pixel-wide image at 300dpi (dots per inch, a dot = a pixel) it'll be an inch across; if you shr...
by Racing Hippo
Tue May 08, 2007 7:57 am
Forum: Modelling Matters
Topic: Gauges
Replies: 8
Views: 5430

I recommend Irfanview very highly indeed. It'll let you view just about any format of image, it loads a lot quicker than the default Windows viewer and is a heck of a lot more useful! For instance, using space/backspace to flick through a folder full of photos :) You can crop, resize, flip, rotate, ...
by Racing Hippo
Tue Jan 02, 2007 6:05 pm
Forum: Modelling Matters
Topic: Is this the sucessor to Purespring Watercress?
Replies: 151
Views: 56314

When one of Nikitas assasinations goes wrong she has to call on the services of a "cleaner" (played my Jean Reno) ... Now if memory serves me correctly the cleaning is rather messy to say the least. I believe it involved a bath and a lot of acid, if I recall correctly. Damn good film. Dam...
by Racing Hippo
Sat Nov 25, 2006 7:46 am
Forum: Modelling Matters
Topic: Macton works developments
Replies: 511
Views: 183333

michael wrote:Shucks :!: :!: You would have to say that wouldn't you John :wink:

:oops:
by Racing Hippo
Sat Nov 25, 2006 7:43 am
Forum: Modelling Matters
Topic: Macton works developments
Replies: 511
Views: 183333

michael wrote:Shucks :!: :!: You would have to say that wouldn't you John :wink:

:oops:
by Racing Hippo
Fri Nov 24, 2006 9:51 pm
Forum: Modelling Matters
Topic: Macton works developments
Replies: 511
Views: 183333

Once you've got the brickword weathered to the same level as the window, I reckon that'll be damn near indestinguishable from the real thing (or or one of Chuck's!).
by Racing Hippo
Fri Sep 29, 2006 3:09 pm
Forum: Modelling Matters
Topic: Back in business
Replies: 253
Views: 128786

Showtime tomorrow and the cupola/turret has to be finished. :roll: :?: "What is the siding on the turret made from". :?: That's lapped lead, that is. Just sheets of the stuff folded around and tacked into place. I expect you could achieve the same result with very thin plasticard.
by Racing Hippo
Sun Sep 10, 2006 6:31 pm
Forum: Modelling Matters
Topic: Sound
Replies: 68
Views: 27945

George, all this talk of portable CD players.... mp3 players are far more reliable and you can barely walk down the street these days without someone offering you a free iPod Nano. Failing that, eBay is rife with 2nd-hand mp3-players in various guises. You could maybe look at a couple of little ampl...
by Racing Hippo
Sun Sep 10, 2006 6:03 pm
Forum: GNine
Topic: Industrial gnine
Replies: 78
Views: 45319

More_Cats_Than_Sense wrote:...Cabooses (Caboosi?)...


I believe it's "Cabeese" :mrgreen:
by Racing Hippo
Thu Jun 22, 2006 9:01 am
Forum: The GnOrtherners [Gn15]
Topic: Lifted from the Gnotters column.
Replies: 1
Views: 6892

I know! I've been jumping up and down in my seat with my hand up as far as it will go (a la Hermione Grainger) making "Mmpphh!!" noises, as I can't reply on the Gnotters forum. Hopefully someone will reply on my behalf soon, else I might explode :? Maybe I should open a new discussion in B...
by Racing Hippo
Fri Jun 16, 2006 10:42 pm
Forum: The GnOrtherners [Gn15]
Topic: Mog's Grand Day Out
Replies: 2
Views: 7434

I'd reply to MOG's post, but I'm not allowed :oops: I think it's a great idea. What we can do will probably depend on a) the number of folks who attend, b) when it is, c) how much we're willing to pay and d) how big a favour I can pull :) Item d) has been given a significant boost since this news 8)...
by Racing Hippo
Fri May 26, 2006 10:59 am
Forum: Modelling Matters
Topic: Gnomy to Gnatter
Replies: 43
Views: 16746

I'm more of a W. Heath-Robinson man meself, but I've always admired Emmet's work, ever since first seeing Chitty Chitty Bang Bang.
by Racing Hippo
Mon May 15, 2006 8:07 am
Forum: Modelling Matters
Topic: Cheap Turntable
Replies: 2
Views: 2128

Aha! Cracking idea! And just the size for what I need...
Cheers for the link, Gerry :)
by Racing Hippo
Thu May 11, 2006 4:32 pm
Forum: Modelling Matters
Topic: introducing the bodge(tm) traverser
Replies: 236
Views: 140559

I didn't think there was much in it between O scale and G scale? O is 1:43, 1:45, or 1:48; G is 1:22.5 or 1:24. That means that 10cm in G will represent 2.25 to 2.4m, whereas in O it would be 4.3m to 4.8m. Or to put it another way, 1m in O is represented by ~22mm; in G it's ~44mm. So it's only twic...
by Racing Hippo
Thu May 11, 2006 3:48 pm
Forum: Modelling Matters
Topic: introducing the bodge(tm) traverser
Replies: 236
Views: 140559

Steve, that fencing is truly superb. Any trade secrets involved in producing it, or is it simply strips of wood very well painted?

The stacked slabs are a neat touch too :)
by Racing Hippo
Sat Apr 29, 2006 6:44 am
Forum: Modelling Matters
Topic: Back in business
Replies: 253
Views: 128786

Fantastic advice, guys - thanks!
And showing two diametrically opposite opinions, which is hard as I respect the both of yous' modelling creds :?

Rather than fill up Brian's thread with more off-topic discussion, I've started a new thread specifically on the subject
by Racing Hippo
Sat Apr 29, 2006 6:41 am
Forum: Modelling Matters
Topic: (F) To Prime or Not to Prime?
Replies: 7
Views: 3749

(F) To Prime or Not to Prime?

This started out as a question in another thread, but the advice that appeared was so good -- and showed two such different opinions -- that I thought it worth starting a new thread. One thing that's been stopping me is the question of "to prime or not to prime" and if so, what with? I've ...
by Racing Hippo
Fri Apr 28, 2006 9:36 pm
Forum: Modelling Matters
Topic: Back in business
Replies: 253
Views: 128786

Tamiya thinners are very expensive, it's only made up of Isopropanol with something added to slow evaporation, Hmm... it smells notably different though. Still, if it does the job, it's certainly a lot cheaper! Brian - Thanks for the illustrated commentary on your painting. I've yet to take a brush...
by Racing Hippo
Fri Apr 28, 2006 3:00 pm
Forum: Modelling Matters
Topic: introducing the bodge(tm) traverser
Replies: 236
Views: 140559

michael wrote:"put that in yer pipe an' smoke it" :lol: :lol: :lol:

Presumably blowing long and short puffs of smoke :lol:
by Racing Hippo
Fri Apr 28, 2006 6:40 am
Forum: Modelling Matters
Topic: introducing the bodge(tm) traverser
Replies: 236
Views: 140559

So the top bits of houses are now 'rfs'. :o ROFL. Or shd tht b 'rvs'? Than ask them what "_ _ _ . . _ _ _" on a Nokia phone means. :roll: As Peter said, that's "OIO". The Nokia tone for an incoming SMS is "... -- ..." ... =s --=m ---=o ..=i The first time I heard someo...
by Racing Hippo
Thu Apr 27, 2006 11:02 am
Forum: Modelling Matters
Topic: introducing the bodge(tm) traverser
Replies: 236
Views: 140559

Corrected, seems I have had it wrong for 40 years or so :) As grammatical transgressions go, it's a fairly minor one. After all, Eric Partridge himself says of it: Rooves also was common in our early literature, and is (like loaf, loaves) consistent with the genius of our language; a writer that pr...
by Racing Hippo
Mon Apr 24, 2006 6:04 pm
Forum: Prototype Prattles
Topic: (F) Vertical boiler locos?
Replies: 6
Views: 8718

Not Gn15, but there's a PDF of an article in NG&IRM Review of Steve Holland's mods to a Slaters 16mm de Winton kit. And conveniently, it's online 8)
And if that was a Gn15 kit, I'd pay an arm and a leg for it!
*drool*
by Racing Hippo
Fri Apr 21, 2006 9:17 am
Forum: The GnOrtherners [Gn15]
Topic: Modular Layout - Ideas Poll on "Modelling Matters"
Replies: 3
Views: 8269

Ahh, indeed.
It's a cunning plan and it might just work.... ;)
I'm right in the middle of a long reply to the "main" thread. Watch this... um, that space!
by Racing Hippo
Fri Apr 21, 2006 8:58 am
Forum: The GnOrtherners [Gn15]
Topic: Modular Layout - Ideas Poll on "Modelling Matters"
Replies: 3
Views: 8269

Re: Modular Layout - Ideas Poll on "Modelling Matters&q

We would need to decide on a few standards and, as Andy says, a theme. Absolutely. I also think it'd make a lot of sense to stay with whatever is decided for the group as a whole so that whatever we create locally can be used in the Big Layout. does anybody know a friendly exhibition manager that w...

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