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by Stumpy
Mon Jun 24, 2013 8:34 pm
Forum: Modelling Matters
Topic: plastic resins
Replies: 7
Views: 3314

Resin casting

I have used Micro-Mark resins and other casting supplies and am very satisfied. Most important to me is that they have an odorless, 50/50 mix resin available in the amounts I tend to use. They are good folks to deal with. The key to good castings starts with good patterns and molds. Be sure to keep ...
by Stumpy
Fri Apr 19, 2013 6:02 pm
Forum: Modelling Matters
Topic: Corrugated Iron
Replies: 10
Views: 3395

Corrugated Iron

Here in the US, you could go to a craft store and get a "Corrugating Tool" for Scrapbooking. They roll card stock and thinner cardboard into nice corrugated metal for fences, sheds, and rolling stock. These come in different sizes and are pretty cheap. While at the store, pick up some 3x5&...
by Stumpy
Tue Apr 02, 2013 6:24 pm
Forum: Modelling Matters
Topic: HO Switcher to Gn15 Porter bash
Replies: 10
Views: 4244

I really LIKE that engine. It reminds me of the old Joe Works HOn30 locos from many years ago. Sort of whimsical with tiny drivers and lots of character. It's going to be a real goodie!
by Stumpy
Fri Mar 29, 2013 12:38 pm
Forum: Blether
Topic: The Evil of TRAINZ
Replies: 1
Views: 1250

The Evil of TRAINZ

In the process of trying to come up with a useful track plan for the new project, I went to my TRAINZ simulator program to create a trial layout before sawing wood or cutting extruded Styrofoam. I have done this before to get a basic idea of what will work and how well. Even though I do not have any...
by Stumpy
Wed Mar 20, 2013 6:26 pm
Forum: Blether
Topic: What do Estate Railways do?
Replies: 11
Views: 3503

Estate Railways

Thanks to those who replied to this thread. You helped a poor old hillbilly understand this aspect of minimum guage railways. :D
by Stumpy
Wed Mar 20, 2013 6:23 pm
Forum: Blether
Topic: WW2 Film - La Bataille Du Rail (1946)
Replies: 5
Views: 2436

La Bataille Du Rail

I finally got to watch the film all the way through and enjoyed it a lot, even though I don't understand a word of French. There's plenty of action and lots of good old train footage to be enjoyed! There is no doubt in my mind that "La Bataille Du Rail" was the inspiration for John Franken...
by Stumpy
Mon Mar 18, 2013 7:58 pm
Forum: Blether
Topic: What do Estate Railways do?
Replies: 11
Views: 3503

What did Estate Railways do?

Okay, I'm getting the picture a little clearer. The Estate Railway lived to serve the estate. Baggage or freight could be transported to and from the civil railroad's siding. Firewood for the main house, farm products for it's kitchen and so on. Although it could also serve a commercial enterprise o...
by Stumpy
Mon Mar 18, 2013 1:21 am
Forum: Blether
Topic: What do Estate Railways do?
Replies: 11
Views: 3503

What do Estate Railways do?

Forgive my ignorance, but I come from that part of America known as Appalachia, where the term "Hillbilly" came from. We had small railways around here including some 15" and 18" gauge operations mostly inside coal mines or at industrial plants. Elsewhere in the United States min...
by Stumpy
Wed Mar 13, 2013 1:24 pm
Forum: Blether
Topic: Interesting First World War video from France
Replies: 3
Views: 1470

That's a good film. If you posted it before, I missed it. There's plenty of good details to be observed in this one and I wasn't aware of how 60mm guage rail guns worked until now.

Neat stuff! Thank you.
by Stumpy
Wed Mar 13, 2013 1:06 pm
Forum: Modelling Matters
Topic: Sector Plate in 1/1th scale?
Replies: 2
Views: 1318

Sector Plate in 1/1th scale?

In the process of planning the new Gn15 micro layout, I returned to Carl Arendt's writings for ideas, looking for possible alternatives to do something different with turnouts. For changing from track to track, micro's have used the traditional point type switches, stub switches, turntables, travers...
by Stumpy
Tue Mar 12, 2013 6:33 pm
Forum: Blether
Topic: Possible prototype?
Replies: 4
Views: 2139

Possible prototype?

This sounds somewhat like my old On30 "Flatulene" story. The methane of poo was "refined" into motor fuel and other things. It was "The all natural gas," and therefore intrigued environmentalsits. As the story was expanded by equally wacky modelers, even "Weapons G...
by Stumpy
Tue Mar 12, 2013 6:08 pm
Forum: Modelling Matters
Topic: BSER (Snowflake Challenge)
Replies: 85
Views: 30277

BSER (Snowflake Challenge)

I like this layout! The mountain and cave reminds me of one of those animated Christmas TV shows "Rudolf the Red Nose Reindeer" which had a Big Foot in it! That "Bachmann Track Cleaner" power truck looks just like the old B'Mann HO two truck Trolley unit. Because of the design, w...
by Stumpy
Mon Mar 11, 2013 2:03 am
Forum: Modelling Matters
Topic: Hand Laying Track With Glue?
Replies: 9
Views: 3147

Hand Laying Track with Glue

Oops! That should read "updated" formulas in the last line. I should have used the "preview" thing to proof read the message.
by Stumpy
Mon Mar 11, 2013 1:59 am
Forum: Modelling Matters
Topic: Hand Laying Track With Glue?
Replies: 9
Views: 3147

Hand Laying Track with Glue

You guys are jogging my memory! Good show! I had forgotten the glue "kicked off" by heat from a soldering iron! And Goodyear Pliobond has been around a long time, so old Fred might have been using that, except he didn't use heat, just let it set overnight. I've been thinking about Walthers...
by Stumpy
Sat Mar 09, 2013 3:36 pm
Forum: Modelling Matters
Topic: Hand Laying Track With Glue?
Replies: 9
Views: 3147

Hand Laying Track With Glue?

Okay folks, an admission here: Though I have been a model railroader for about 50 years, I have never conquered hand laying track. Well, except for 7 1/2" gauge track for "ride on" sized trains where I used large screws. I've had problems with spikes and the ties (sleepers) splitting ...
by Stumpy
Sat Mar 09, 2013 2:59 am
Forum: Modelling Matters
Topic: BSER (Snowflake Challenge)
Replies: 85
Views: 30277

BSER( Snowflake Challenge)

I really like the "Disneyesk" mountain and Bigfoot cave! You capture the somewhat "cartoon" look just right for the theme! Excellent! :D
by Stumpy
Thu Mar 07, 2013 9:02 pm
Forum: Modelling Matters
Topic: Need motor block advice, please...
Replies: 16
Views: 4374

Motor blocks. please

Be VERY careful with old HO stuff, usually the small stuff was "indifferently" manufactured. Most will need cleaning and lubricating, but if you need parts, you're out of luck in most cases. The Model Power MDT motor block is a self contained unit and quite straightforward to convert. The ...
by Stumpy
Wed Mar 06, 2013 11:17 pm
Forum: Modelling Matters
Topic: BSER (Snowflake Challenge)
Replies: 85
Views: 30277

BSER (Snowflake Challenge)

Hey, I think there may be a "Squatch" in these woods! Mt Hooey would no doubt be in the center of Bigfoot/Sasquatch country, so the chances of seeing one are pretty good! You might need an observation tower to get a good, unobstructed view of the surrounding forests and listen for the crea...
by Stumpy
Wed Mar 06, 2013 11:10 pm
Forum: Modelling Matters
Topic: Need motor block advice, please...
Replies: 16
Views: 4374

Motor Block Advise please

The Bachmann On30 Trolley is a good choice. They're simple, durable, and inexpensive. I watch for them on eBay or on sale at train shows. The motor block is 3 1/2 inches in length overall and you can go shorter still by cutting off the mounting screw holes at each end. Without the screw mounts, you ...
by Stumpy
Tue Mar 05, 2013 10:41 pm
Forum: Modelling Matters
Topic: Cannot get my head arond it.
Replies: 8
Views: 3054

Gettin' your head around it is easy

You can fairly easily kit bash Bachmann On30 steamers to Gn15. I used a 2-6-0 Mogul by removing the front truck, cowcatcher, headlight, smoke stack, and cab and built larger scale replacements. The tender was upgraded by adding tall wood racks on the sides and rear and firewood stacked in the area. ...
by Stumpy
Sun Mar 03, 2013 2:27 am
Forum: You really ought to gnow your who's wahoo
Topic: Returning at last
Replies: 2
Views: 2018

Returning at last

After a few years away, I'm returning to the gang here. I've been doing On30 for a long time and got involved with S gauge and slot cars again. But being a creative "rubber gauger" I'm just tiring of the hassles of those more established scales/gauges and all their rabid collectors and riv...
by Stumpy
Wed Oct 07, 2009 2:01 pm
Forum: Modelling Matters
Topic: New layout idea.
Replies: 11
Views: 5007

I like the idea! Construction railways are always good for small gauge layouts.' Your plan reminds me of the digging of the Panama Canal and the building of the locks at each end. The original builders used small equipment and worked in closer jungle surroundings as I recall. But the American projec...
by Stumpy
Tue Sep 08, 2009 1:49 pm
Forum: Modelling Matters
Topic: "Simplicity in the Round"
Replies: 8
Views: 3319

This is a good way to cover all your needs, good thinking! You might try adding a turnout to each end curve so that you can connect more sections to this basic layout in the future. I put turnouts at opposite corners of my Marabunta Island micro to connect with future "islands." I envision...
by Stumpy
Thu Aug 27, 2009 1:11 pm
Forum: Modelling Matters
Topic: Adobe or Stucco walls
Replies: 22
Views: 8700

Adobe and Stucco

YES! I am thinking REAL seriously of returning to Costa Rialto, and possibly Marabunta Island in Gn15. I've had about all of the rivet counters in On30 that I can take. Monsenoir, Field Marshall, El Presidente' for Life, Orlando Ortega Ortega has been begging me to return to his wonderful land once ...
by Stumpy
Wed Aug 26, 2009 11:21 pm
Forum: Modelling Matters
Topic: Adobe or Stucco walls
Replies: 22
Views: 8700

Adobe and Stucco

Hey, some great ideas here! And the photos always help quite a bit! Thanks. By the way, the Haiti Sugar Train micro layout uses exactly the same track plan as my On30 Marabunta Island layout did a few years ago! Kind of neat to see someone else play with it! The foamcore looks like a better idea tha...

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