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by Will Vale
Fri Jan 22, 2010 2:21 am
Forum: Modelling Matters
Topic: Green Hill Mine
Replies: 56
Views: 23386

If you're looking for shape inspiration the NS 200 class or Sik is very attractive: http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/thumb/6/6f/Sik_Spoorwegmuseum.jpg/800px-Sik_Spoorwegmuseum.jpg Image from Wikipedia by "Mauritsvink". Public domain. Several were modified with HIAB cranes moun...
by Will Vale
Fri Jan 22, 2010 1:56 am
Forum: Modelling Matters
Topic: Any one else modelling in 1/35 scale ...
Replies: 71
Views: 44314

I'm just getting started in 1:35 as well since I enjoyed 1:48 so much. Not much to report, but I have a footplate on a Bachmann trolley mechanism which should become a Schöma eventually. I'm tempted to mix in a 1:32 forklift kit from Aoshima which looks really nice. It seems like quite a satisfying ...
by Will Vale
Thu Jan 07, 2010 12:51 am
Forum: Modelling Matters
Topic: Something a little different!
Replies: 27
Views: 11213

More praise to add to the cavalcade - I think this is amazing, takes me back to going to the Hadnam traction engine rally a couple of fields down from ours when I was a tiny lad. Are you going to fill it with lead so it has 'scale' heft? Thanks for posting the closeups and descriptions of the front ...
by Will Vale
Tue Jan 05, 2010 10:00 am
Forum: GNine
Topic: G9 a La Dieselwater
Replies: 36
Views: 18808

That's a *stunning* paint job on the wagons - I love the rust texture and what I assume is differentiation between rust + dirt on the top and bottom of the frame of the last one.

The numerals are really subtle too.

What paints did you use?

Will
by Will Vale
Mon Nov 16, 2009 10:36 pm
Forum: Modelling Matters
Topic: DCC recommendations
Replies: 13
Views: 7268

modern insulfrog points are far better(especially Peco) than they were when Peco introduced Electrofrog. Can you elaborate on the changes a bit Simon? I remember bad experiences with insulfrog points in my teens, so I've used electrofrog since coming back to model railways. Are the new insulfrog po...
by Will Vale
Sun Nov 15, 2009 11:37 pm
Forum: Modelling Matters
Topic: DCC recommendations
Replies: 13
Views: 7268

I really like the NCE Powercab - nice handset, relatively cheap, and a decent manual. I've only used it with On30 and 4mm not Gn15 or O9 though.. I can't offer much decoder advice apart from that I've used a mixture of cheaper decoders (Hornby, Bachmann, Digitrax) and they all seem OK, no standout s...
by Will Vale
Thu Oct 29, 2009 8:22 am
Forum: Modelling Matters
Topic: Waitakere Tramline Layout: The Return - To The Dam And Back
Replies: 113
Views: 47016

as the taggers got to all the spray matt black paint before me I bought some spraypaint at Mitre 10 recently, with my 3-year-old in tow. The bloke asked if I was going to teach her to tag so she could get an early start, and even suggested some local road signs which hadn't been hit yet! Layout loo...
by Will Vale
Mon Oct 26, 2009 4:30 am
Forum: Modelling Matters
Topic: Waitakere Tramline Layout: The Return - To The Dam And Back
Replies: 113
Views: 47016

Looks great Paul and I think I agree with the half-and-half suggestions. Maybe you can get a government grant since you'll be providing an educational experience?

I love the lush greenery and the details under both bridges, I'm really looking forward to seeing this in the flesh now.

Will
by Will Vale
Sat Oct 24, 2009 11:11 am
Forum: Modelling Matters
Topic: Waitakere Tramline Layout: The Return - To The Dam And Back
Replies: 113
Views: 47016

Seconded. I hope you managed to put off the InterIslander trip at least - it wasn't exactly a lovely day today... I don't know if it's any use, but I have (owing to a tragic inability to multiply by 48 ) about 8 pieces of G-scale corrugated iron if you can make use of them. They're ~2" by 1&quo...
by Will Vale
Fri Oct 16, 2009 10:18 pm
Forum: Modelling Matters
Topic: Waitakere Tramline Layout: The Return - To The Dam And Back
Replies: 113
Views: 47016

All looks great, especially the first and last pictures on this page. I second the recommendation for gloss gel, I used that for the water on Igelfeld and it came out quite well. Beware drying times though! Thinning the gel with gloss medium is quite useful too, you can get a balance between the sel...
by Will Vale
Thu Oct 15, 2009 2:11 am
Forum: Modelling Matters
Topic: Simplex with rad and fan cover
Replies: 13
Views: 5738

Thanks Scott, I'll see what I can find in the local bead shop.
by Will Vale
Tue Oct 13, 2009 9:59 pm
Forum: Modelling Matters
Topic: Haywards Estate Railway
Replies: 575
Views: 225843

I've got a couple of boxes you can borrow if you want lots for the show - or one set of those wooden Rogers side-dump cars.
by Will Vale
Tue Oct 13, 2009 10:33 am
Forum: Modelling Matters
Topic: Baby Alice, and some quarry wagons
Replies: 95
Views: 39728

Thanks for the description of the leaf springs, those were indeed what I was asking about and your solution is clever. I take it that they hold their shape when set? The finished article is lovely - the subtle texture on the smokebox catches the light in a very believable way, and the worn metal fin...
by Will Vale
Tue Oct 13, 2009 10:25 am
Forum: Modelling Matters
Topic: Simplex with rad and fan cover
Replies: 13
Views: 5738

Looks great - the hose clips are a great touch.

This is probably one of those questions that everyone (but me) knows the answer to, but what did you use for the coupler pins? Are they just formed up from wire, or are they something you can get off-the-shelf?
by Will Vale
Fri Oct 09, 2009 10:21 am
Forum: Modelling Matters
Topic: Baby Alice, and some quarry wagons
Replies: 95
Views: 39728

The transformation from smooth lines to interesting detail is great - I'm not a very steamy person but you make it all very appealing. The backhead pictures in particular are fantastic - I took the right-hand one for a prototype shot at first glance :) And did you really make up the springs by hand ...
by Will Vale
Thu Oct 08, 2009 3:05 am
Forum: Modelling Matters
Topic: The Stamping Ground Gold Mine
Replies: 832
Views: 341331

Reminds me of a TV advert from a few years ago And in turn that reminds me of a Bill Tidy cartoon: A group of people standing around some demagogue on the pavement chanting and waving banners: "NO FNURLING!" A city gent is curious, and stops to see what is happening. A reporter is recordi...
by Will Vale
Wed Oct 07, 2009 11:17 pm
Forum: Modelling Matters
Topic: The Stamping Ground Gold Mine
Replies: 832
Views: 341331

I've been a bit absent lately, but Paul mentioned I should log in and check out your thread. What a treat! The video is fantastic, and it's lovely to hear the cries of delight from young and old. I can't believe how fast you've worked either. I thought I was quick with the Z layout but your work on ...
by Will Vale
Wed Aug 19, 2009 9:04 am
Forum: Modelling Matters
Topic: Keeping Track Clean - Graphite stick
Replies: 33
Views: 15038

Thanks all for the advice. It sounds like I should probably leave the graphite off during construction and apply it after track painting etc. has been done. It's been quite good having bare rail for a while, since in concert with a rigid-chassis 4 wheel loco (Trix Koef II) it's very easy to find any...
by Will Vale
Fri Aug 14, 2009 4:47 am
Forum: Modelling Matters
Topic: Keeping Track Clean - Graphite stick
Replies: 33
Views: 15038

Sorry to dredge this topic up again, but I wondered if I could get some advice on when to apply the graphite. I have a new layout at the boards and track stage at the moment, and I want to run it like that for a while before painting and ballasting the track. Should I graphite it now, or will give m...
by Will Vale
Wed Aug 12, 2009 10:02 pm
Forum: Modelling Matters
Topic: Exhibition Presentation
Replies: 154
Views: 87025

I must admit I was thinking more Yorkshireman than Kiwi. Although it would be even better to capture the '70s model railway jet set as seen in the early Miniclub literature. Serious looking men with pipes and tinted glasses :) http://www.z220.org/catalogs/marklin72/page001.shtml There is also some f...
by Will Vale
Tue Aug 11, 2009 9:49 am
Forum: Modelling Matters
Topic: Exhibition Presentation
Replies: 154
Views: 87025

:twisted: Indeed. If that G scale figure of Pauls stayed on the layout, yours would be a Gn6½ layout representing a live steam miniature railway :!: Arg, don't start me down that path again - I still want to do the "gauge 1 in the garden" layout with the same Z stock and 1:12 dolls house ...
by Will Vale
Mon Aug 10, 2009 9:47 pm
Forum: Modelling Matters
Topic: Exhibition Presentation
Replies: 154
Views: 87025

I still feel bad for not building a Gn15 layout - I was quite far along the thinking stage for an 09 essay, but got distracted by modern image OO of all things. I think there must be something wrong with me...
by Will Vale
Mon Aug 10, 2009 9:17 am
Forum: Modelling Matters
Topic: Exhibition Presentation
Replies: 154
Views: 87025

If I promise to build a narrow gauge one will it get in the picture next time? :P
by Will Vale
Tue Feb 17, 2009 9:49 pm
Forum: Modelling Matters
Topic: Limit, Pick & Shoehorn RR -- Dallas M's layout project
Replies: 113
Views: 48453

Looking spectacularly chunky with all those details, I can't wait to see it painted. I'm guessing you won't be going for a pristine finish?

What are the plates you've added with the spidery ribs? They look a little like wall tie plates, but not quiet.

Will
by Will Vale
Mon Feb 16, 2009 2:36 am
Forum: Modelling Matters
Topic: Gnother Casemate Layout
Replies: 74
Views: 29739

I'm sure I remember reading something about bicarb in Dave Frary's book. He used it to model a very nice temporary snow scene, and it corroded the metal parts of the stock and track. So take care - it may be one of those things that doesn't affect the AFV community since they don't have working part...

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