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by Will Vale
Tue Jul 08, 2008 2:50 am
Forum: Modelling Matters
Topic: Pauls Card Challenge Layout
Replies: 199
Views: 113775

Looks fantastic, and serious changes in a very short space of time. It was great to see this in person last week as well. The trees are a marvel.
by Will Vale
Tue Jun 24, 2008 4:32 am
Forum: Modelling Matters
Topic: New Roof for my Loco Shed
Replies: 18
Views: 7067

The corrugated iron is fantastic, and I like the first one too because the battens are such a nice detail.
by Will Vale
Sun Jun 22, 2008 7:20 am
Forum: Modelling Matters
Topic: Pauls Card Challenge Layout
Replies: 199
Views: 113775

Those extra trees make a huge difference, I love how the canopy is continuous in the middle now. The weathering on the shed is great too.
by Will Vale
Tue Jun 10, 2008 12:43 pm
Forum: Modelling Matters
Topic: How to make static grass applicator please?
Replies: 26
Views: 19225

Cheers Jeff, I recall seeing that article on Z-trains, but it had completely slipped my mind when I posted the other one. It's a fair bit more work but it looks much more like the Noch version. It will be interesting to see how much difference the extra order of magnitude in the output voltage makes...
by Will Vale
Sat Jun 07, 2008 3:00 am
Forum: Modelling Matters
Topic: How to make static grass applicator please?
Replies: 26
Views: 19225

That would appear to have a big advantage over the tea-strainer - it has a lid! I tipped all the grass out of mine by accident more than once :)
by Will Vale
Tue Jun 03, 2008 1:44 am
Forum: Modelling Matters
Topic: How to make static grass applicator please?
Replies: 26
Views: 19225

Is the GW stuff good? I've looked at it a couple of times and blenched at the price, as with many of the evil empire's products. Here it costs $17 for a little tub, which is about four times the price of the other static grass I've seen. :shock:
by Will Vale
Mon Jun 02, 2008 4:50 am
Forum: Modelling Matters
Topic: How to make static grass applicator please?
Replies: 26
Views: 19225

Here's my first effort to compare - I can see that to get something as nice as Martin's work I need to improve the colouring. The Jordan mix looks quite nice under bright light, but is way too garish in natural light. The Woodland Scenics ground foam in the background is a much nicer colour. http://...
by Will Vale
Sun Jun 01, 2008 1:14 pm
Forum: Modelling Matters
Topic: How to make static grass applicator please?
Replies: 26
Views: 19225

rue_d_etropal wrote:checked other pages, one NOT for cat lovers :lol:


I'd forgotten about that - we were laughing about it the other night. Great use of Photoshop/green dye :P
by Will Vale
Sun Jun 01, 2008 9:35 am
Forum: Modelling Matters
Topic: How to make static grass applicator please?
Replies: 26
Views: 19225

I know this is an old thread, but I built a high voltage tea-strainer this afternoon following this article on the County Gate site: http://www.009.cd2.com/flyswat.htm I was inspired by some of the pictures in old electronic copies of 220 Das Journal ( http://www.220dasjournal.de/ ) where there is s...
by Will Vale
Sun May 25, 2008 1:55 pm
Forum: Modelling Matters
Topic: Gn15 baby steps
Replies: 23
Views: 8271

Hopefully if anyone else tries this they can learn from my mistakes! The most obvious one was disassembling the Bachmann pickups as a temporary measure for the Mk 1 version - had I not done this it would still be possible (modulo a little soldering) to put the original trolley mechanism back togethe...
by Will Vale
Thu May 22, 2008 12:32 am
Forum: Modelling Matters
Topic: Gn15 baby steps
Replies: 23
Views: 8271

What I *really* wanted to do when I looked at the pictures was build an O9 version for my On30 module, but the only chassis I have (Kato 4W tram) was nowhere near the right size (long wheelbase, small wheels). I guess if you went down the self-build route in 9mm gauge you'd probably have to use meta...
by Will Vale
Wed May 21, 2008 11:31 am
Forum: Modelling Matters
Topic: Gn15 baby steps
Replies: 23
Views: 8271

I would think that there are probably cheaper ways of getting the components together I suspect you're right, but it wasn't too expensive - I bought the tram on sale for about $30 (US) with the intention of using the drive for something. And I might be able to turn the body into a rail motor of som...
by Will Vale
Wed May 21, 2008 10:38 am
Forum: Modelling Matters
Topic: Gn15 baby steps
Replies: 23
Views: 8271

Who cares how it's held together, as long as it works for you! I care! Plus masking tape is *not* a long term solution, hence I built a mark 2 version this evening following Steve's suggestions earlier. This one has minimal-length frames with styrene spacers at the end laminated from two thicknesse...
by Will Vale
Sun May 18, 2008 11:41 am
Forum: Modelling Matters
Topic: Gn15 baby steps
Replies: 23
Views: 8271

I was thinking more about reducing the wheelbase - I made the frames about as long as the main (tall) part of the prototype's frame, thinking I could slip a body over them. On the other hand, it might make sense to shorten the inner frames in the interest of having the smallest possible chassis (to ...
by Will Vale
Sun May 18, 2008 11:21 am
Forum: Modelling Matters
Topic: Gn15 baby steps
Replies: 23
Views: 8271

Gn15 baby steps

I was starting to worry that I might get to 100 posts without building anything which would count as Gn15, so I set about remedying that for a while this evening. I've been pondering all the pretty battery-electrics that Paul has posted about but I think they're a bit small for my fingers. I ended u...
by Will Vale
Sun May 18, 2008 10:53 am
Forum: Modelling Matters
Topic: Bash Fodder for GN15 Mechanisms
Replies: 82
Views: 65948

I dismantled the Bachmann trolley/cable car and I can offer some dimensions. These are eyeballed from a ruler, so they won't be accurate to better than 1mm, if that. Refer to Jon's pictures above for more details. The chassis is really tidy - it's a hefty metal block with a plastic keeper plate on t...
by Will Vale
Sat May 17, 2008 10:56 pm
Forum: Modelling Matters
Topic: Piepesenam Mine (Was - a Gnew layout under development)
Replies: 22
Views: 9694

The layout is looking good Rich, lots of operational interest. What kind of scenic treatment are you going for? I know you said mine/farm earlier, but I wondered if it was more buildings or more outdoors? or is it just me that lacks discipline and would rather watch things going around, than get on ...
by Will Vale
Fri May 16, 2008 12:07 am
Forum: Modelling Matters
Topic: Bassett Lowke Class 10, 20, 30 and 60
Replies: 102
Views: 46509

DCRfan wrote:Slooooooooow progress


Let's see, I'm still thinking (on and off) about how to build my first loco after several months, whereas you've pretty much turned one out in a fortnight or so.

I wouldn't call that slow :P
by Will Vale
Tue May 13, 2008 10:12 am
Forum: Modelling Matters
Topic: Baseboard Size
Replies: 16
Views: 4190

baseboard sizes are directly related to what size I can shoe-horn into the small car I own at the time. Small cars are the new SUVs in terms of load-carrying - I got home in mine with a 4'x2' sheet of styrofoam in a 50cm wide seat. It makes a distracting squeaky noise but it was fine provided I did...
by Will Vale
Mon May 12, 2008 2:38 am
Forum: Modelling Matters
Topic: Modifying Peco Points Sleeper Spacing
Replies: 44
Views: 18696

Looks great Paul, I wish I'd thought to do this for On30 as well (probably using only one thickness of strip on each sleeper) - while I buried my settrack Y pretty deeply it still doesn't look quite kosher. How did you find the plastic base to work with? I remember trimming and filing off a mm or so...
by Will Vale
Wed May 07, 2008 11:27 pm
Forum: Modelling Matters
Topic: Tarnish from gluing down track?
Replies: 15
Views: 7134

I did a bit more and had a very careful look afterwards. I used various weights (plastic jar of screws, lead blocks, cork blocks with weight on top) and the common factor seems to be that the tarnish appears under the nonporous ones. I think the weights are limiting air circulation - the Marklin sle...
by Will Vale
Wed May 07, 2008 2:48 am
Forum: Modelling Matters
Topic: Tarnish from gluing down track?
Replies: 15
Views: 7134

It's nickel-silver, so I would have expected it to be well-behaved. The power idea is an interesting one, but I don't think I did - I normally leave glued track overnight and then clean it before running trains. I wondered about a reaction as well, but I'm not sure what it would be with - the obviou...
by Will Vale
Wed May 07, 2008 12:55 am
Forum: Modelling Matters
Topic: Tarnish from gluing down track?
Replies: 15
Views: 7134

I hate to state the obvious but are you 100% sure it's not the loco? Dodgy pickups or slight dirt next to the wheel flanges? 100% sure - the track has a very visible dark tarnish on it, and the loco wheels and pickups are shiny and clean. The loco was running fine on the same track before it was la...
by Will Vale
Sun May 04, 2008 9:19 am
Forum: Modelling Matters
Topic: Tarnish from gluing down track?
Replies: 15
Views: 7134

Cheers guys, I've already got a graphite pencil which I was planning to use, but I wanted to get the track as clean as possible beforehand.

I'll give WD-40 a go in the week.
by Will Vale
Sun May 04, 2008 4:24 am
Forum: Modelling Matters
Topic: Tarnish from gluing down track?
Replies: 15
Views: 7134

Tarnish from gluing down track?

Hi all, I've just glued down some track using a thin bead of PVA - a method I've used before and been happy with. When I came to test-run a loco on the new track, it was very jerky and I noticed there was quite a pronounced tarnish on the railhead which hadn't been there before (new track, although ...

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