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by Bilco
Wed Jul 17, 2019 4:31 pm
Forum: Modelling Matters
Topic: Estate Update
Replies: 49
Views: 2787

Re: Estate Update

Right - as promised, a photo of the latest two figures ... https://i.imgur.com/k5nhH5t.jpg On the left - the head and legs from the Truck-drivers kits, and torso and arms from two Schleich figures, while levitating in the coach it's various parts from the Truck-drivers with legs modified for sitting...
by Bilco
Sun Jul 14, 2019 6:42 pm
Forum: Modelling Matters
Topic: Estate Update
Replies: 49
Views: 2787

Re: Estate Update

While all the photography parlaver was going on in the Yard, some of the volunteers took a break in the shade beside the loco shed ... https://i.imgur.com/pIrfzfk.jpg Meanwhile, there are a couple of other figures being progressed through Igor's workshop - photos to come in a few days ...
by Bilco
Sun Jul 14, 2019 3:31 pm
Forum: Modelling Matters
Topic: Estate Update
Replies: 49
Views: 2787

Re: Estate Update

And finally - to produce the last driver we dragged out a couple of old, Chinese Preiser rip-off figures and gave them a tidy-up and repaint ... https://i.imgur.com/AYMHzEc.jpg The driver is Nigel 'Ice' Biscuit, great-grandson of Gari. When asked why he had taken 'Ice' as a nick-name he said that he...
by Bilco
Sun Jul 14, 2019 3:21 pm
Forum: Modelling Matters
Topic: Estate Update
Replies: 49
Views: 2787

Re: Estate Update

Having amassed a stash of body-parts from the Masterbox figures, Fujimi Mechanics set, Italeri Truck Drivers, and some Schleich left-overs that Igor has had maturing in his store for quite a while, we set about mix-and-matching them to get the required 4 drivers, plus misc. seated passengers and sta...
by Bilco
Sun Jul 14, 2019 3:06 pm
Forum: Modelling Matters
Topic: Estate Update
Replies: 49
Views: 2787

Re: Estate Update

I've spent a good part of the last three weeks working on figures - especially female figures - in present-day dress, and now have a range to show ... Those two figures from Shapeways have been painted - the rough finish isn't too apparent from a couple of feet way ... https://i.imgur.com/GXrokYp.jp...
by Bilco
Mon Jun 24, 2019 7:51 am
Forum: Modelling Matters
Topic: Estate Update
Replies: 49
Views: 2787

Re: Estate Update

Thank Peter - but I've found some suitable figures on Shapeways ...

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... a couple of the few that actually had clothes on ...
by Bilco
Sun Jun 16, 2019 10:40 am
Forum: Modelling Matters
Topic: Estate Update
Replies: 49
Views: 2787

Re: Estate Update

Further to the theme of figures - I have been looking through what's available on eBay, and decided to get some of the American Diorama 1:24 figures. I now have three standing and two sitting ... https://i.imgur.com/1mu6W7V.jpg These are made with resin, but I think I can make a couple of small alte...
by Bilco
Sun Jun 16, 2019 10:28 am
Forum: Modelling Matters
Topic: Estate Update
Replies: 49
Views: 2787

Re: Estate Update

Another 3-week hiatus - but I did spend one week of it walking in Cornwall (and didn't we have lovely weather instead of incessant rain). We went down and back by train, which was a lot easier than driving, and on the whole worked out very well. I've been giving some thought to populating the layout...
by Bilco
Mon May 27, 2019 2:06 pm
Forum: Modelling Matters
Topic: Estate Update
Replies: 49
Views: 2787

Re: Estate Update

Three weeks since my last post - so what have I been doing? Fiddling around with bits of card, wood, styrene, paint, glue .... http://i.imgur.com/WDkaf4R.jpg The current state of play. The balustrade is fettled, painted, weathered, and fitted. It came out rather better than I expected. On the Rotave...
by Bilco
Mon May 06, 2019 7:29 pm
Forum: Modelling Matters
Topic: Estate Update
Replies: 49
Views: 2787

Re: Estate Update

This weekend has been spent balustrading ... I bought a couple of dolls-house scale wooden balustrades from t'Bay ... https://i.imgur.com/QhBh9Ay.jpg ... much too big and bulky for what I wanted, but I cut out the uprights, shortened them slightly, made a base plate and a top rail from Woodlands Sce...
by Bilco
Fri Apr 26, 2019 6:21 pm
Forum: Modelling Matters
Topic: Estate Update
Replies: 49
Views: 2787

Re: Estate Update

Things progress slowly ... I've arranged a simple system to attach the Rotaverser to the diorama/photo plank/layout ... https://i.imgur.com/BS3XuaN.jpg ... 2 steel right-angle brackets fixed to the scenic bit ... https://i.imgur.com/hi87DzC.jpg ... and 2 Mega Magnets - rare-earth magnets about 12mm ...
by Bilco
Mon Apr 22, 2019 12:46 pm
Forum: Modelling Matters
Topic: Estate Update
Replies: 49
Views: 2787

Re: Estate Update

Maybe I can arrange things so that the 'Magic Roundabout' theme music accompanies the turning of the handle ...
by Bilco
Thu Apr 18, 2019 3:24 pm
Forum: Modelling Matters
Topic: Estate Update
Replies: 49
Views: 2787

Re: Estate Update

Progress continues at a slow pace ... https://i.imgur.com/b2EQPyx.jpg https://i.imgur.com/sVgmaUE.jpg Track has been laid on the turning part of the Rotaverser, and seems to match up quite well with the scenic part of things. A little fine-tuning of rail levels is required to (hopefully) get a smoot...
by Bilco
Mon Apr 15, 2019 3:41 pm
Forum: Modelling Matters
Topic: Estate Update
Replies: 49
Views: 2787

Re: Estate Update

A little more progress to report - on the Rotaverser ... https://i.imgur.com/wZKl4z5.jpg https://i.imgur.com/bcrz4yD.jpg I got a leadscrew on Amazon and fixed it to the base to control the movement of the traverser part of the Rotaverser. The leadscrew is meant to be part of a 3D printer - so does t...
by Bilco
Wed Apr 10, 2019 4:02 pm
Forum: Modelling Matters
Topic: Estate Update
Replies: 49
Views: 2787

Re: Estate Update

While I was away doing other things I applied what's left of my mind to projected operation of the diorama/photo plank/mini layout. At first I thought that a simple traverser, to move between the two exit tracks, and to store off-scene trains, would fit the bill. But that would mean that there would...
by Bilco
Mon Apr 08, 2019 3:05 pm
Forum: Modelling Matters
Topic: Estate Update
Replies: 49
Views: 2787

Re: Estate Update

Despite the interruptions of preparing for and going to Wimborne, and immediately afterwards going off on holiday in Madeira, some progress has been made ... https://i.imgur.com/xhFK8Xf.jpg A start has been made in building up the ground around the track - more bits of foam board cut into odd shapes...
by Bilco
Thu Mar 14, 2019 7:41 pm
Forum: Modelling Matters
Topic: Estate Update
Replies: 49
Views: 2787

Re: Estate Update

TrainsOnArran wrote: And Gari’s clock seems to have blown off again.


Yep - blown away in the Great Gale of October 1987 and not replaced ...
by Bilco
Thu Mar 14, 2019 4:04 pm
Forum: Modelling Matters
Topic: Estate Update
Replies: 49
Views: 2787

Re: Estate Update

No Dr Who-ery - it's a photo of the stable block on the Berger Hall layout. I couldn't face having to build another one ...
by Bilco
Wed Mar 13, 2019 4:52 pm
Forum: Modelling Matters
Topic: Estate Update
Replies: 49
Views: 2787

Re: Estate Update

This is probably as far as I'll get before the end of this month - WIMRAIL this weekend, and then off to Madeira ... https://i.imgur.com/sygOL2W.jpg Photographic backscenes just about finished. Trees stolen from the Duke of Marlborough ... and I'm sure I've seen that building before ... The black fo...
by Bilco
Wed Mar 06, 2019 5:34 pm
Forum: Modelling Matters
Topic: Estate Update
Replies: 49
Views: 2787

Re: Estate Update

Things are moving slowly onwards ... https://i.imgur.com/W8xMmeB.jpg ... the back-board has been painted and fixed to the baseboard, the back-board inside the loco shed has been painted black, the sides of the rails have been painted brown, and 'the control panel' has been fabricated ... I sent off ...
by Bilco
Sat Mar 02, 2019 1:52 pm
Forum: Modelling Matters
Topic: Estate Update
Replies: 49
Views: 2787

Re: Estate Update

The shed is back from the paint shop ... https://i.imgur.com/MTfvKuq.jpg https://i.imgur.com/AddmgJq.jpg It didn't turn out too badly - not quite as dark green as I hoped but it'll do. It's the sort of colour that an estate owner would choose to tone down the shed so it didn't look too stark against...
by Bilco
Thu Feb 28, 2019 4:56 pm
Forum: Modelling Matters
Topic: Estate Update
Replies: 49
Views: 2787

Re: Estate Update

The loco shed is being painted (with all the inevitable trauma that incurs) so other jobs are getting done ... https://i.imgur.com/p6VRhTv.jpg The back board has been bent into shape to fit around the scene ... https://i.imgur.com/xlZXFPa.jpg ... and the wiring to track feeds and isolating sections ...
by Bilco
Tue Feb 26, 2019 7:43 pm
Forum: Modelling Matters
Topic: Estate Update
Replies: 49
Views: 2787

Re: Estate Update

Progress ... https://i.imgur.com/PpaJJsE.jpg ... L-section covering the gaps in the box-section cladding - and Green Stuff covering the gaps in the gap-filling L-section ... Plus, guttering from U-section, as per prototype ... Not much else accomplished today, hope to do better tomorrow ... Hours of...
by Bilco
Mon Feb 25, 2019 5:08 pm
Forum: Modelling Matters
Topic: Estate Update
Replies: 49
Views: 2787

Re: Estate Update

Right - the next day it is ... The cladding is now fixed onto the shell ... https://i.imgur.com/Hp0SGb4.jpg As I had failed to take the pitch of the cladding into account when making the shell, the large piece over the doorway didn't fit neatly. I fixed on the two vertical pieces at the sides of the...
by Bilco
Sat Feb 23, 2019 4:40 pm
Forum: Modelling Matters
Topic: Estate Update
Replies: 49
Views: 2787

Re: Estate Update

The Scenic Glue was deployed again last night to make the shell of the low-relief, 3-road loco shed ... https://i.imgur.com/nsSIESb.jpg https://i.imgur.com/65k8XTu.jpg It went together very quickly and is nice and sturdy. This is the 1:24 scale box cladding I bought on t'Bay a while back for a proje...

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