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by Bilco
Thu Feb 21, 2019 4:54 pm
Forum: Modelling Matters
Topic: Estate Update
Replies: 10
Views: 248

Re: Estate Update

Some progress - the Peco point arrived from Track Shack yesterday - ordered on 17th, arrived on 19th, great service - so I got down to some serious track laying ... https://i.imgur.com/rcse88V.jpg ... which I finished this afternoon. I let a wooden strip into the foam board and insulation board to t...
by Bilco
Mon Feb 18, 2019 4:06 pm
Forum: Modelling Matters
Topic: The Cordale Hall Railway
Replies: 28
Views: 814

Re: The Cordale Hall Railway

Nice back-story, Paul - but wrong in one particular ...

Sir Arthur Heywood had three estates take up his minimum gauge railways, not two - you forgot Berger Hall ...
by Bilco
Mon Feb 18, 2019 3:57 pm
Forum: Modelling Matters
Topic: Estate Update
Replies: 10
Views: 248

Re: Estate Update

I've been playing with templates on the nice black top, and I think I can get a 3-road loco-shed on there after all ... To celebrate, I popped over to Howes of Oxford - about 2 miles away - and bought some flexi-track to lay out and see how it looks. This is the sort of photo I hope to be able to sh...
by Bilco
Mon Feb 18, 2019 2:10 pm
Forum: Modelling Matters
Topic: Stackpole
Replies: 14
Views: 593

Re: Stackpole

Thank you for making the drawing available to me, David - it was a great help!
by Bilco
Sat Feb 16, 2019 4:42 pm
Forum: Modelling Matters
Topic: Estate Update
Replies: 10
Views: 248

Re: Estate Update

Right, I now have the adhesive - Gorilla Grab, which sets underwater apparently (but it's not compulsory) ... So, a couple of slightly more exciting images than in my first post ... https://i.imgur.com/1WK5fLv.jpg?1 ... the diorama/photoboard/layout in its basic state. And ... https://i.imgur.com/fB...
by Bilco
Sun Feb 10, 2019 7:29 pm
Forum: Modelling Matters
Topic: Estate Update
Replies: 10
Views: 248

Re: Estate Update

Sorry about that, Paul! I guess that the story has been quite common for titles and estates, especially since WW2. Quite a few estate owners have built a railway to attract tourists - I live close to Blenheim Palace, which has a little railway between the Palace and Pleasure Gardens - I walk past it...
by Bilco
Sun Feb 10, 2019 2:46 pm
Forum: Modelling Matters
Topic: Estate Update
Replies: 10
Views: 248

Re: Estate Update

Many thanks for your comments chaps, I hadn't thought a piccy of two bits of insulation and a bit or hardboard would attract much comment! In the current hiatus attention has also been devoted to a suitable back-story to accompany the diorama/display/layout while construction is (slowly) underway. T...
by Bilco
Sat Feb 09, 2019 3:23 pm
Forum: Modelling Matters
Topic: Estate Update
Replies: 10
Views: 248

Estate Update

Having built 'Lady Frideswide' and 'Sir Macintosh', and found that neither will run on my Berger Hall layout because of the 6" curves, I've been giving some desultry consideration to building a 'display diorama' to stand them on, and maybe even photograph them. The idea developed a little into ...
by Bilco
Fri Jan 18, 2019 2:46 pm
Forum: Modelling Matters
Topic: In A Bit Of Estate
Replies: 202
Views: 26947

Re: In A Bit Of Estate

A little while ago I bought five Chinese rip-off figures on t'Bay ... https://i.imgur.com/iiVDmEz.jpg As things are a bit quiet on the modelling front at the moment I decided to play with a couple of them to make more drivers for Berger Hall. So, let me introduce ... https://i.imgur.com/qQzgYox.jpg ...
by Bilco
Mon Nov 26, 2018 7:25 pm
Forum: Modelling Matters
Topic: In A Bit Of Estate
Replies: 202
Views: 26947

Re: In A Bit Of Estate

Yes Stockers, it was great to be able to put a face to the name, and have a long chat about matters of mutual interest. A grand day (or two) out ...
by Bilco
Mon Nov 26, 2018 2:01 pm
Forum: Modelling Matters
Topic: In A Bit Of Estate
Replies: 202
Views: 26947

Re: In A Bit Of Estate

MickT wrote:Wasn't the guy who purchased the Perrygrove the one who evicted the Heywood museum collection from the railway as it was taking up too much storage space?


He never mentioned that ...
by Bilco
Mon Nov 26, 2018 10:46 am
Forum: Modelling Matters
Topic: In A Bit Of Estate
Replies: 202
Views: 26947

Re: In A Bit Of Estate

This was my first time at the NEC and Warley - blimey, it's big! I had a great time in the MOMING enclosure in some very distinguished company, including the winner of the David Glascott Trophy - congratulations Christopher. Berger Hall performed well with very few hitches - 'Ambrosia' developed an ...
by Bilco
Fri Nov 16, 2018 4:09 pm
Forum: Modelling Matters
Topic: Making a Brake for it
Replies: 15
Views: 691

Re: Making a Brake for it

I've declared this project finished ... https://i.imgur.com/gOqCz9s.jpg ...and here it is, in the Stable Yard behind 'Kaffie', Peter Monjay in control. The dark brown paint job doesn't do the photographer any favours, particularly on this very dull November afternoon ... A couple more photos ... htt...
by Bilco
Tue Nov 13, 2018 2:33 pm
Forum: Modelling Matters
Topic: Making a Brake for it
Replies: 15
Views: 691

Re: Making a Brake for it

Right - some progress to report ... https://i.imgur.com/CjcoqY8.jpg ... the roof has been added, and a coat of primer overall brings it together (and hides a few infelicities ...) https://i.imgur.com/p3L3cCi.jpg ... I decided that there would be lift-up seats inside, so some approximation of hinges ...
by Bilco
Tue Nov 06, 2018 5:17 pm
Forum: Modelling Matters
Topic: In A Bit Of Estate
Replies: 202
Views: 26947

Re: In A Bit Of Estate

Sir Macintosh had the bright idea of having an unveiling when 'Lady Frideswide' was delivered. He asked his wife to do the honours, hoping that the surprise of seeing her name on the loco would please her ... https://i.imgur.com/yfuYWEL.jpg ... so a small crowd gathered in the Stable Yard to see the...
by Bilco
Tue Nov 06, 2018 5:05 pm
Forum: Modelling Matters
Topic: In A Bit Of Estate
Replies: 202
Views: 26947

Re: In A Bit Of Estate

With the Warley exhibition hoving into view I've retrieved Berger Hall from it's vacuum bag hiding place, so that I can check it's all still working and in good shape. I took advantage of the weak sunshine to take a couple of photos of the two new locos on the layout ... https://i.imgur.com/ZRek1yO....
by Bilco
Tue Nov 06, 2018 8:45 am
Forum: Modelling Matters
Topic: Making a Brake for it
Replies: 15
Views: 691

Re: Making a Brake for it

Very nice models - thanks for the photos Ron.
by Bilco
Mon Nov 05, 2018 4:35 pm
Forum: Modelling Matters
Topic: Making a Brake for it
Replies: 15
Views: 691

Re: Making a Brake for it

Hi Andi - https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/O-GAUGE-WAGON-BRAKE-SHOES/263605507229?ssPageName=STRK%3AMEBIDX%3AIT&_trksid=p2057872.m2749.l2649 So, this afternoon I've been having a quiet erection in the conservatory ... "People who live in glass houses should not ....." https://i.imgur.com/gOx...
by Bilco
Sat Nov 03, 2018 4:02 pm
Forum: Modelling Matters
Topic: Making a Brake for it
Replies: 15
Views: 691

Re: Making a Brake for it

Many thanks Mick - it certainly helps having some good source material - thanks again. So, the kit of parts for the cabin is now ready for assembly ... https://i.imgur.com/MlIHx99.jpg ... the new bits are the centre section, with hole drilled to take the brake handle, and the parts for the seats. St...
by Bilco
Fri Nov 02, 2018 4:50 pm
Forum: Modelling Matters
Topic: Making a Brake for it
Replies: 15
Views: 691

Re: Making a Brake for it

On with the construction of the cabin - yesterday saw the components cut out and subtle chamfering carried out ... https://i.imgur.com/UsCaD4i.jpg one set of parts loosely in position ... https://i.imgur.com/k3NSdxS.jpg ... and 15 minutes and a deal of swearing later ... https://i.imgur.com/EpAc1Bh....
by Bilco
Wed Oct 31, 2018 3:40 pm
Forum: Modelling Matters
Topic: Making a Brake for it
Replies: 15
Views: 691

Making a Brake for it

The other day I caught myself looking at 8-coupled chassis on eBay - the Mark Smithers book has a nice photo of SHELAGH, and the dimensions are very close to 'Lady Frideswide' ... But then I remembered that I had sworn off building any more Heywood locos, so I looked for something else Heywoodian .....
by Bilco
Wed Oct 31, 2018 3:13 pm
Forum: Modelling Matters
Topic: Just a Simple Cut-and-Shut?
Replies: 21
Views: 1913

Re: Just a Simple Cut-and-Shut?

A rather better photo (or two) of Peter Monjay, trying out the driver's seat of 'Lady Frideswide' for size ... https://i.imgur.com/JfQj6HM.jpg https://i.imgur.com/RTjUQae.jpg ... and an overhead shot, showing how I've somehow managed to get his hand in the right position ... https://i.imgur.com/XOPQ...
by Bilco
Sun Oct 28, 2018 7:52 pm
Forum: Modelling Matters
Topic: Where should I post?
Replies: 6
Views: 4584

Re: Where should I post?

Pete - I should have added that I make bolt heads from Plastruct hex rod - it comes in various sizes. I chop thin slices and attach with liquid poly which softens the edges a bit. I guess round rod slices would do for rivets ...
by Bilco
Sat Oct 27, 2018 10:13 am
Forum: Modelling Matters
Topic: Just a Simple Cut-and-Shut?
Replies: 21
Views: 1913

Re: Just a Simple Cut-and-Shut?

A rather cruel close-up of the finished driver for 'Lady Frideswide' ... https://i.imgur.com/5p370iD.jpg Allow me to introduce Peter Monjay - his extravagant mustachios date from his time in the Army, and his surname from his Huguenot ancestors. I shall be getting Berger Hall out of hibernation soon...
by Bilco
Tue Oct 23, 2018 4:12 pm
Forum: Modelling Matters
Topic: Where should I post?
Replies: 6
Views: 4584

Re: Where should I post?

Hi Pete - many thanks for your very kind comments. I get nut and bolt and rivet castings from Cambrian Models - http://www.cambrianmodels.co.uk/16intropage2.html They are supposed to be for 16mm scale, but bolts and rivets come in all sorts of sizes ... As for loco drawings - I use Google Images to ...

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