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by Will Vale
Sun Apr 27, 2008 10:39 pm
Forum: Modelling Matters
Topic: Lightweight baseboards
Replies: 24
Views: 8674

Hopefully not nichrome wires :)
by Will Vale
Sun Apr 27, 2008 10:30 am
Forum: Modelling Matters
Topic: Lightweight baseboards
Replies: 24
Views: 8674

So what look like profile boards in the pictures are actually a layer of papier mache? Wow - you must have made a very neat job of cutting the foam in the first place!
by Will Vale
Sat Apr 26, 2008 2:44 am
Forum: Modelling Matters
Topic: Lightweight baseboards
Replies: 24
Views: 8674

DCRfan wrote:It comes on big rolls, yes rolls, at Mitre 10 and you just unroll it and cut it off with the provided scissors.


That sounds practical and fun to boot! I'll have a look next time I go past Crofton Downs.
by Will Vale
Fri Apr 25, 2008 10:51 am
Forum: Modelling Matters
Topic: Lightweight baseboards
Replies: 24
Views: 8674

You're right, I was thinking about putting small dowels/holes into the base to locate the boards and using those clasp-type catches on the sides to keep them together. On reflection, there might not be enough depth in the 18mm frame to fix the catches - hinges with pin removed ought to fit though. A...
by Will Vale
Fri Apr 25, 2008 4:02 am
Forum: Modelling Matters
Topic: Lightweight baseboards
Replies: 24
Views: 8674

In which case, here's my approach. I didn't want to talk about it until I'd made two boards rather than one, so that it would have at least been lightly tested :) What I wanted to do was create something which was relatively light, relatively robust, using the styrofoam board to provide strength. Th...
by Will Vale
Fri Apr 25, 2008 12:23 am
Forum: Modelling Matters
Topic: Lightweight baseboards
Replies: 24
Views: 8674

Lightweight baseboards

I've been building another styrofoam/MDF baseboard recently and I wondered if anyone would be interested in how I did it? I can't claim legitimate expertise but it seems pretty light and strong to me, and didn't require much in the way of accurate carpentry. Let me know and I'll dig the pictures out...
by Will Vale
Fri Apr 25, 2008 12:14 am
Forum: Modelling Matters
Topic: Street trackage (sp?)
Replies: 25
Views: 10639

:lol: I made that mistake aswell Will, as can be seen here: At least I'm in good company :D My fix was to make sure the can was pointing straight down while I was spraying the track brown, which helps, but it's still a problem. I suspect it'll be even more visible when the street eventually acquire...
by Will Vale
Wed Apr 23, 2008 5:01 am
Forum: Modelling Matters
Topic: Street trackage (sp?)
Replies: 25
Views: 10639

I did some bodgy street track in N scale using checkrails which worked OK, although the flangeways were in no way to scale. I would imagine the same approach would work for larger scales. The method was to glue lengths of Atlas code 55 rail (taken from flextrack) to the sleepers of Peco's psuedo-cod...
by Will Vale
Tue Apr 08, 2008 5:39 am
Forum: Modelling Matters
Topic: Waitakere Tramline Layout
Replies: 516
Views: 196679

That's rotten luck, I hope you can psych yourself up to repair the damage at some point. And/or catch the culprit: which native critters like to eat yarrow?

Will
by Will Vale
Wed Mar 26, 2008 10:54 pm
Forum: Modelling Matters
Topic: Haywards Estate Railway
Replies: 575
Views: 225960

Congratulations! You've done loads since I saw the layout at Railex, and the outdoor photography is a winner. I'm a fan of digital photography myself, but I think film adds an air of verisimilitude which is hard to achieve with digital - definitely a screw-your-eyes-up-and-it's-real picture you've g...
by Will Vale
Mon Feb 04, 2008 7:02 am
Forum: Modelling Matters
Topic: Frocks and other matters
Replies: 4
Views: 2409

The engine is nice, it looks like the stack and cab would individually be a bit too tall, but together they look really good. Is it a Bachmann Porter underneath? The rock texture looks good too, but hard to see in this picture - the details are a bit washed out on the right, unless it's just my moni...
by Will Vale
Tue Jan 15, 2008 9:48 am
Forum: GNine
Topic: Gnine radius
Replies: 6
Views: 4931

My local model shop has what I think is a Bachmann N Plymouth running around the edge of a CD. One wheel had the flange ground off, not sure if they had to do other modifications as well.
by Will Vale
Wed Jan 09, 2008 12:24 am
Forum: GNine
Topic: Freelance battery loco
Replies: 21
Views: 10276

That's great! I found myself eyeing up a Kato tram chassis after looking at your pictures, although the wheelbase is a bit long - what's underneath your loco?

Thanks,

Will
by Will Vale
Tue Jan 08, 2008 7:22 am
Forum: Modelling Matters
Topic: Which sounds for a 1-cylinder diesel loco?
Replies: 13
Views: 6708

I think Otto told me that the diesel sounds that he uses are synthesized, not digital samples, because he can make them behave more realistically this way in response to throttle changes (speed up/slow down). There can be quite a lot of overlap between prerecorded sound and synth sound in the digit...

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