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by Bilco
Sun Mar 29, 2020 6:26 pm
Forum: Modelling Matters
Topic: Bilco's Bodgements #1
Replies: 9
Views: 249

Re: Bilco's Bodgements #1

A little more progress to report ... https://i.imgur.com/rI3JMxZ.jpg The body sides have been clad in 1mm sheet to replace what was so frenziedly sanded off a few days ago. Now I need to overlay this cladding with some more 1mm sheet with the upstands - but I've run out, and am waiting on Eileen's E...
by Bilco
Fri Mar 27, 2020 5:40 pm
Forum: Modelling Matters
Topic: Bilco's Bodgements #1
Replies: 9
Views: 249

Re: Bilco's Bodgements #1

Yesterday evening I stopped messing around and glued the two parts of the Ursula-like bodywork together. I drilled holes in the ends of the two pieces to take short lengths of 2mm metal rod, applied copious amounts of Araldite, and pushed the parts into close proximity ... After a few minutes I real...
by Bilco
Thu Mar 26, 2020 4:22 pm
Forum: Modelling Matters
Topic: Bilco's Bodgements #1
Replies: 9
Views: 249

Re: Bilco's Bodgements #1

https://i.imgur.com/CVL0Mom.jpg Right, major surgery over, the blood's been rinsed off the floor and walls, and I seem to have roughly the same number of fingers I started with ... It hasn't turned out quite as I had envisaged, but I followed the old engineer's maxim of 'Measure once, cut twice', s...
by Bilco
Thu Mar 26, 2020 1:40 pm
Forum: Modelling Matters
Topic: Bilco's Bodgements #1
Replies: 9
Views: 249

Re: Bilco's Bodgements #1

A Heylie? Or a Fairwood?
by Bilco
Wed Mar 25, 2020 5:11 pm
Forum: Modelling Matters
Topic: Bilco's Bodgements #1
Replies: 9
Views: 249

Re: Bilco's Bodgements #1

The poor, brutalized remains of the two bodies after my rough (very rough) sanding down of the tank sides ... https://i.imgur.com/62STMFC.jpg ...but worse is to come - I now have to decide exactly where to hack into each one to end up with the required length when the relevant bits are joined up ......
by Bilco
Tue Mar 24, 2020 3:35 pm
Forum: Modelling Matters
Topic: Bilco's Bodgements #1
Replies: 9
Views: 249

Re: Bilco's Bodgements #1

You're very kind Steve, it just goes to show that paint and filler can hide a mutitude of bodging ...
by Bilco
Mon Mar 23, 2020 8:19 pm
Forum: Modelling Matters
Topic: Bilco's Bodgements #1
Replies: 9
Views: 249

Bilco's Bodgements #1

​Estate Elongate, aka the Berger Hall Miniature Railway, is in an exhibitable state now, and I seem to have lots of time at home for some reason, so I've been casting about for some modelling activity to keep me amused. I expect I'll play with a few things that have caught my interest for one reason...
by Bilco
Wed Mar 11, 2020 8:23 am
Forum: Size doesn't matter
Topic: HOn2 a mini...
Replies: 16
Views: 3847

Re: HOn2 a mini...

Hi Chris - try soaking them in undiluted Dettol disinfectant over night. The paint should become soft and can be scraped and wiped off. Dettol contains isopropol alcohol and another chemical which seems to dissolve even acrylic paint.

Dettol is also good hand sanitizer ...
by Bilco
Mon Mar 02, 2020 8:04 pm
Forum: Modelling Matters
Topic: Estate Elongate
Replies: 30
Views: 6946

Re: Estate Elongate

Yes, I was wondering whether to hide the Rotaverser, but decided that people would probably want to see if it actually works ... Anyway, after all the scenic work and Rotaversing, and as the sun was shining, I decided to have a little running and photo session this afternoon ... https://i.imgur.com/...
by Bilco
Thu Feb 27, 2020 3:26 pm
Forum: Modelling Matters
Topic: Estate Elongate
Replies: 30
Views: 6946

Re: Estate Elongate

... Thanks, Chris ... I think ... Last night I rigged up end-stops for the Rotaverser ... https://i.imgur.com/JlQ1nwh.jpg ... nothing sophisticated - some wood and some garden wire ... https://i.imgur.com/s5opJjr.jpg ... plus a blob or two of hot glue ... Next job is to paint the wood - white with r...
by Bilco
Wed Feb 26, 2020 7:01 pm
Forum: Modelling Matters
Topic: Estate Elongate
Replies: 30
Views: 6946

Re: Estate Elongate

Well, I've spent the last two weeks fiddlin' and fettlin' with the Rotaverser Mk II, including a few days wasted with sticking thick card onto the trackbed, and then discovering that it was too thick and ripping it all up again ... Anyway, the track is now down, wired and tested, so a few photos are...
by Bilco
Sun Feb 09, 2020 7:48 pm
Forum: Modelling Matters
Topic: Estate Elongate
Replies: 30
Views: 6946

Re: Estate Elongate

And a few more photos of bits and pieces of vegetation that have grown up since last week ... ... at the bothy ... https://i.imgur.com/fd63bb4.jpg ... by the gate into the woods ... https://i.imgur.com/ISm8b1T.jpg ... looking back through the gate ... https://i.imgur.com/kJBkfZX.jpg ... at the logs ...
by Bilco
Sat Feb 08, 2020 7:15 pm
Forum: Modelling Matters
Topic: Estate Elongate
Replies: 30
Views: 6946

Re: Estate Elongate

Right - another week amongst the flora ... The group of trees has had the treatment ... https://i.imgur.com/LYraMVQ.jpg ... forest scatter, dead branches, stumps etc ... https://i.imgur.com/rt9kX6q.jpg ... left side ... https://i.imgur.com/KcsI2CY.jpg ... and right side. This cruel close-up shows th...
by Bilco
Sat Feb 01, 2020 4:42 pm
Forum: Modelling Matters
Topic: Estate Elongate
Replies: 30
Views: 6946

Re: Estate Elongate

Hi Carlo - they were item # 252865989367, but the seller is showing them as no longer available. They were advertised as G scale, and there isn't much else like it on offer.
by Bilco
Sat Feb 01, 2020 3:05 pm
Forum: Modelling Matters
Topic: Estate Elongate
Replies: 30
Views: 6946

Re: Estate Elongate

I've spent the last 5 weeks on matters arboreal ... At the left end I used a bunch of trees that I bought from the Model Tree Shop to create a mass view block ... https://i.imgur.com/dkNzXAJ.jpg This now has some small bits of foliage to fill in the gaps, but otherwise it's done ... I bought some pl...
by Bilco
Wed Jan 15, 2020 5:10 pm
Forum: Modelling Matters
Topic: Estate Update
Replies: 60
Views: 12369

Re: Estate Update

Les, Peter - it may be that the wire broke when I was trying to remove it from under the 'concrete' - or perhaps it was sliced into during a frenzied bit of trimming ... Anyway, some post-Christmas arboriculture has been taking place ... https://i.imgur.com/dkNzXAJ.jpg I bought a multi-order of larg...
by Bilco
Tue Jan 14, 2020 7:06 pm
Forum: Blether
Topic: It's time to pay our hosting bill again - again
Replies: 12
Views: 12154

Re: It's time to pay our hosting bill again - again

Contribution sent. Many thanks Tom.
by Bilco
Tue Dec 24, 2019 5:48 pm
Forum: Modelling Matters
Topic: Estate Update
Replies: 60
Views: 12369

Re: Estate Update

Well Les, it turns out that I was a bit premature in calling the fault fixed ... When I started the Estate Elogation process I found that the fault had returned. Deep investigation, without the stress of being in the middle of an exhibition, revealed that a wire under the 'concrete' ground cover was...
by Bilco
Sun Dec 22, 2019 11:20 am
Forum: Modelling Matters
Topic: Estate Elongate
Replies: 30
Views: 6946

Re: Estate Elongate

The last, snatched, shot of 2019, while Mrs Bilco's attention is elsewhere ... https://i.imgur.com/zysTmHd.jpg Just to see if the scene is coming together - a rail enthusiast waiting for a train to exit the Stable Yard ... "Yes, of course I'm clearing the dining table Dear - just another couple...
by Bilco
Wed Dec 18, 2019 2:50 pm
Forum: Modelling Matters
Topic: Estate Elongate
Replies: 30
Views: 6946

Re: Estate Elongate

Just in time to get the dining table cleared before Mrs Bilco starts making pointed comments ... ... the first layer of 2mm flock (or 'Basing Layer' as wwscenics.com says) is down and other ground cover done ... https://i.imgur.com/2ZvM2LL.jpg https://i.imgur.com/YoufdBQ.jpg https://i.imgur.com/5sQB...
by Bilco
Sat Dec 07, 2019 4:13 pm
Forum: Modelling Matters
Topic: Estate Elongate
Replies: 30
Views: 6946

Re: Estate Elongate

... but before grassing can start I needed to stick on the photo backdrop trees ... https://i.imgur.com/QegjwfD.jpg Left end (please excuse the unsharp image) https://i.imgur.com/8jVfMqf.jpg Middle ... https://i.imgur.com/SWvMSvp.jpg ... and up to the Stable yard entrance... I still need to do a bit...
by Bilco
Fri Nov 29, 2019 12:32 pm
Forum: Modelling Matters
Topic: Estate Elongate
Replies: 30
Views: 6946

Re: Estate Elongate

Another two weeks gone - how did that happen ... Anyway, the far walls have now been stoned ... https://i.imgur.com/e2vOwJj.jpg I've been thinking on how to continue the walls that came to an abrupt end on the left side of the original scene ... https://i.imgur.com/cIS84AH.jpg The wall and trees at ...
by Bilco
Thu Nov 14, 2019 4:54 pm
Forum: Modelling Matters
Topic: Estate Elongate
Replies: 30
Views: 6946

Re: Estate Elongate

The next stage of landforming - painting the areas to be grassed or treed ... https://i.imgur.com/ov3yokf.jpg I use acrylic modelling paste with acrylic colouring to give a sealing coat over the insulation foam - it's got a bit of flexibility, too ... The walls at the far end have been built with bl...
by Bilco
Sat Nov 02, 2019 1:57 pm
Forum: Modelling Matters
Topic: Estate Elongate
Replies: 30
Views: 6946

Re: Estate Elongate

The first stage of landforming is complete ... https://i.imgur.com/NmnCoWK.jpg ... looking along the layout. The lumps at the far end will be hidden by walls and covered with trees ... https://i.imgur.com/sjF7Ypo.jpg The right-hand end - undulations front to back required the most earth moving durin...
by Bilco
Sun Oct 20, 2019 3:50 pm
Forum: Modelling Matters
Topic: Estate Elongate
Replies: 30
Views: 6946

Re: Estate Elongate

So, just over two weeks since the last update - it feels longer ... I've finally finished painting and ballasting the track ... https://i.imgur.com/hDniPUb.jpg The track is mainly* Peco code 100 Streamline. I moved the sleepers into pairs and spaced them out, then stuck them down - that was the easy...

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