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by Bilco
Sat May 10, 2008 7:37 pm
Forum: Modelling Matters
Topic: (F) Skips the Hard Way
Replies: 11
Views: 13436

Now it was time to think about cobbling up some way of fixing the wheels to the frame. Helmut's wheel sets have extended axles to fit in holes in his axleboxes -- but as I didn't want to use the axleboxes I would need new wheels. I discovered in the back of the scrap box a length of 5mm square plast...
by Bilco
Sat May 10, 2008 4:12 pm
Forum: Modelling Matters
Topic: (F) Skips the Hard Way
Replies: 11
Views: 13436

I now had three basic frames, but still no idea of how to arrange the supports for the skips. I found the section on the "Chagrin Mines" web site showing the Jeff Saxton supports, but Jeff doesn't appear to be making them any more. Several people have made perfectly good v-tippers using th...
by Bilco
Sat May 10, 2008 11:13 am
Forum: Modelling Matters
Topic: (F) Skips the Hard Way
Replies: 11
Views: 13436

(F) Skips the Hard Way

One of the first questions I asked when I found the Gnatterbox was what the best V-skips to use in this scale were. It seems to be a common query from people starting out here! I searched various threads on the Forum and found lots to think about -- Slaters 1:32, Bachmann, Thomas Yorke, Gnomy grafte...
by Bilco
Mon May 05, 2008 2:54 pm
Forum: Modelling Matters
Topic: German Gn15 Layout
Replies: 6
Views: 5453

German Gn15 Layout

I don't think I've seen this layout on the GnATTERbox - please tell me what thread if I'm wrong. It's by Dirk Becker:

http://www.dibero.de/
by Bilco
Mon May 05, 2008 2:15 pm
Forum: Prototype Prattles
Topic: (F) Keef 'Skippy' at work
Replies: 1
Views: 8943

Skippy

Right - the rain stopped at lunchtime, so I nipped around and took a couple of closer shots of the bogies: http://i275.photobucket.com/albums/jj319/bilcor/keef008.jpg http://i275.photobucket.com/albums/jj319/bilcor/keef009.jpg The bogies are simple rectangles of U-channel, with the U inside and insi...
by Bilco
Sun May 04, 2008 2:31 pm
Forum: Prototype Prattles
Topic: (F) Keef 'Skippy' at work
Replies: 1
Views: 8943

(F) Keef 'Skippy' at work

I took these photos of the Keef motorized skip this morning on my way through Blenheim Palace Park to collect my newspaper. Keef had a working party here last year, relaying a section of track close to the Palace following a couple of derailments. Judging from the pile of new sleepers and rail nearb...
by Bilco
Wed Apr 16, 2008 4:24 pm
Forum: Modelling Matters
Topic: BEC Chassis
Replies: 4
Views: 2444

BEC units

I bought a BEC truck last November from Ian Williams, contact via rocketsue@lineone.net

Specify that wheelbase you want - I got the (nominal) 34mm one to suit Steve's underframe kit.
by Bilco
Sat Feb 09, 2008 5:09 pm
Forum: Modelling Matters
Topic: Chris' Gn15 Workbench
Replies: 33
Views: 16955

First Gn15 Loco

The paint job brings all the parts together very nicely, and the weathering really brings out the wood grain on the buffer beams. The silencer looks great, too.
by Bilco
Tue Feb 05, 2008 3:45 pm
Forum: Modelling Matters
Topic: Painting figures and wagons - (13 April - New pics)
Replies: 50
Views: 20219

Painting Figures and Wagons

You can have the full version if you want Image
by Bilco
Tue Feb 05, 2008 3:23 pm
Forum: Modelling Matters
Topic: Painting figures and wagons - (13 April - New pics)
Replies: 50
Views: 20219

Painting figures and wagons

Not strictly for figures and wagons, but these are my 50 steps for painting models: 1. When construction complete, wash model in warm soapy water, scrubbing with a toothbrush to remove grease. 2. Before throwing warm soapy water away retrieve small detail pieces scrubbed off by over-enthusiastic app...
by Bilco
Thu Jan 31, 2008 6:03 pm
Forum: Modelling Matters
Topic: Tractors
Replies: 48
Views: 20785

Tractor

My mis-spent youth is catching up with me! The Muir-Hill Fordson model you mention, Paul, is sitting in a display case over my desk as I write this. It hasn't run for 10 years, since I sold the layout it ran on. The article in NG&I came out just before ExPONG, and when I walked in to the hall at...
by Bilco
Tue Jan 29, 2008 7:27 pm
Forum: Modelling Matters
Topic: Wot the Deutz?
Replies: 25
Views: 13401

Wot the Deutz?

Yes Gerry, I don't think many people will fork out £100 for something to muck around with, although, as you say, the chassis could be of use if available separately. I was thinking more of using the etched parts for the engine compartment to obtain what took me hours to do. However, even with all th...
by Bilco
Mon Jan 28, 2008 8:44 pm
Forum: Modelling Matters
Topic: Wot the Deutz?
Replies: 25
Views: 13401

Wot the Deutz?

I see in the latest Narrow Gauge & Industrial that KBscale have brought out a kit for the Deutz OMZ 117. It can be built to 16.5mm gauge, too, so it's eminently bashable - if you don't mind the price-tag. I could have saved myself all that anguish over drilling the holes!
by Bilco
Mon Jan 28, 2008 8:34 pm
Forum: Modelling Matters
Topic: Ralph Brammer models
Replies: 542
Views: 238523

Ralph Bremmer Models

I really like this loco, Ralph - a true original! Image
by Bilco
Thu Jan 24, 2008 8:53 am
Forum: Modelling Matters
Topic: Ralph Brammer models
Replies: 542
Views: 238523

Ralph Brammer Models

Ralph suggested that I put the picture that I sent to him via PM on this thread, alongside the original, to show the difference in cab opening I was suggesting. It was a quick and dirty cut-and-paste job, but showed the effect I was after. I was very gratified when Ralph took my suggestion up and ma...
by Bilco
Wed Jan 23, 2008 9:41 pm
Forum: Modelling Matters
Topic: Ralph Brammer models
Replies: 542
Views: 238523

Ralph Brammer Models

Ralph - that looks really good - glad to be of help!
Image
by Bilco
Tue Jan 22, 2008 11:01 am
Forum: Modelling Matters
Topic: Ralph Brammer models
Replies: 542
Views: 238523

Loco

Hi Ralph - I think you have the dimentions and proportions of the engine compartment and footplate exactly right now - but your little guy will need his hard-hat getting in and out of that doorway! The cab detail is outstanding.
by Bilco
Tue Jan 22, 2008 10:49 am
Forum: Modelling Matters
Topic: Wot the Deutz?
Replies: 25
Views: 13401

Wot the Deutz?

Many thanks for that tip Michael - it looks really good in your photo.
by Bilco
Mon Jan 21, 2008 7:38 pm
Forum: Modelling Matters
Topic: (F) Gnot-a-Gnat
Replies: 3
Views: 6797

Someone asked for constuction photos, so here goes: http://i275.photobucket.com/albums/jj319/bilcor/Billslok0004.jpg The underpinnings, showing the new sideframes. I made three sets -- first with a 34mm wheelbase, symetrically disposed around the centreline -- the wheels didn't line up; then, after ...
by Bilco
Mon Jan 21, 2008 7:30 pm
Forum: Modelling Matters
Topic: Wot the Deutz?
Replies: 25
Views: 13401

Wot the Dutz?

A few shots taken during construction, as someone requested: http://i275.photobucket.com/albums/jj319/bilcor/Billslok014.jpg A view of the underpinnings, showing the additions to Mr Bennett's Wasp sideframes and the footplate - it would have been nicer with a bit of checkerplate. http://i275.photobu...
by Bilco
Mon Jan 21, 2008 7:25 pm
Forum: Modelling Matters
Topic: Wot the Deutz?
Replies: 25
Views: 13401

Wot the Deutz?

For some reason the site where I put my photos isn't allowing them to be shown, so I've put them in another site, and repeat them here: http://i275.photobucket.com/albums/jj319/bilcor/bilslok08028.jpg Didi on the Deutz-ish loco, sticking out her elbows. http://i275.photobucket.com/albums/jj319/bilco...
by Bilco
Sun Jan 20, 2008 8:24 pm
Forum: Modelling Matters
Topic: (F) Gnot-a-Gnat
Replies: 3
Views: 6797

1. Figures: The two driver figures are adaptations of Schleich figures -- the male seated driver and the female carrying a bucket: http://freepages.genealogy.rootsweb.com/~corseronename/driver3.jpg Before and After: The male is William Ekerslyke (Willy to his friends) -- he just needed the left leg ...
by Bilco
Sat Jan 19, 2008 8:37 am
Forum: Modelling Matters
Topic: Wot the Deutz?
Replies: 25
Views: 13401

Wot the Deutz?

On my visit to MOMING07 I also purchased from Mr Bennett his 'Loco underframe kit for 24.5mm Tenshodo', although I didn't really know what I was going to do with it. Then I found a photo of a Deutz OME-117 and decided to build something that looked a bit like that – I liked the holes in the sides of...
by Bilco
Sat Jan 19, 2008 8:36 am
Forum: Modelling Matters
Topic: (F) Gnot-a-Gnat
Replies: 3
Views: 6797

(F) Gnot-a-Gnat

My first attempt at a Gn15 loco. I like the look of the Gnat, so I went down to MOMING07 to see Mr. Bennett and do some buying. Being too tight to buy his kit, I bought the 'Loco underframe kit for 34mm BEC-Kits', the flat-top radiator, the ballast weights, and the Loco Parts Kit No 1. The basis for...
by Bilco
Sun Dec 02, 2007 3:46 pm
Forum: Modelling Matters
Topic: Matt Acrylic
Replies: 48
Views: 21741

Acrylic Paint

It is possible to buy Testor's Dulcote by mail order in the UK. The firm "Horsing Around" have it on their list at http://www.horsingaround.com/acatalog/L ... ishes.html

They supply everything for the horse modeller, too.

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