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by Little Andi.
Thu Jul 29, 2010 6:45 pm
Forum: Modelling Matters
Topic: "The Bottom Yard"
Replies: 66
Views: 26083

Gordon..... Re' finishes, it's pretty much as you would imagine. Pitch tar [lots of texture] for most submersible elements, mating surfaces of the gates would be coated and "wear in" to a seal? Open air timber elements would have a thinner bitumen coating - thin enough to paint on - which ...
by Little Andi.
Thu Jul 29, 2010 4:45 pm
Forum: Modelling Matters
Topic: MG & FT Bachmann Emily Conversion the 'Neptune'
Replies: 39
Views: 23544

Two thumbs up from me!.......... I know this isn't everyone's cup of tea? - But, it's never the less a stupendous piece of modelling. it's not the easiest thing to be in overall charge of the design and execution of a piece of modelling like this. It takes much forethought and the courage to take it...
by Little Andi.
Thu Jul 29, 2010 11:56 am
Forum: Modelling Matters
Topic: "The Bottom Yard"
Replies: 66
Views: 26083

Good job as always Gordon......... Certainly captures the flavour well; and I'm always drawn to this kind of old technology anyway. Just really like the way the iron furniture sits so squarely against that old oak [sic']. Looking forward to all your postings - keep them up. I'm a bit bogged down at ...
by Little Andi.
Tue Jul 27, 2010 4:07 pm
Forum: Modelling Matters
Topic: Quayside in a suitcase...
Replies: 337
Views: 135920

Excellent beginning as ever Ian. Looks very solid and notably believable. I'm already looking forward as to how you go about dressing it. And of course stand by to have all your bestest ideas stolen - and remorselessly ta'boot, just tell yourself it's the sincerest form of flattery - it'll sting tha...
by Little Andi.
Fri Jul 23, 2010 5:38 pm
Forum: Modelling Matters
Topic: The Top yard! - Gn15 [1/24]
Replies: 158
Views: 77144

Gordon.............. Many thanks for the kind words - and thanks for making it a good day out too - great company. We'll have to organise proper drinking one day!!! Michael.................. Michael, really good to see you're still around - you were missed - certainly by me - "conspicuous by yo...
by Little Andi.
Fri Jul 23, 2010 5:33 pm
Forum: Modelling Matters
Topic: "The Bottom Yard"
Replies: 66
Views: 26083

Excellent job Gordon .................. I really like the control wire idea, I'd heard of it but to see it laid out like this makes so much more sense - great usage of dowel too - I tried that once!!!! Seriously I think you're off to a cracking good start. And I really am impressed with the scenic a...
by Little Andi.
Sat Jul 17, 2010 12:21 pm
Forum: Modelling Matters
Topic: The Top yard! - Gn15 [1/24]
Replies: 158
Views: 77144

Glen................ "NO Problemo" - least said soonest mended! Annnnnnd!................ a further throw away update re' the switch for the isolating sections of the sidings. I know I've probably made this more complicated than I should have? But I'd already ordered the little switch thin...
by Little Andi.
Thu Jul 15, 2010 9:11 pm
Forum: Modelling Matters
Topic: The Top yard! - Gn15 [1/24]
Replies: 158
Views: 77144

Glen A wrote: :twisted: But neat wiring never looks impressive to me.


So, it's true then? - You really can't please all the people.


Just trying to do my best that's all! - I was reasonably pleased with it.
by Little Andi.
Wed Jul 14, 2010 9:29 pm
Forum: Modelling Matters
Topic: The Top yard! - Gn15 [1/24]
Replies: 158
Views: 77144

Just a throw-away update really.............. it will probably mean more to me than you? You've all probably guessed that I consider all things electrical to be the devils work and I steer very clear of it for fear of it biting me - yet again. Well, as proof positive I show pic's of my very first wi...
by Little Andi.
Sun Jul 11, 2010 4:00 pm
Forum: Modelling Matters
Topic: The Top yard! - Gn15 [1/24]
Replies: 158
Views: 77144

What did you use for the vertical rod between the dowel and point itself? Ooops!........... Sorry, that was one of those things that seemed to pass me by during explanations. It is of course good old fashioned [spring steel] "Piano wire". I've used it in the past for making the prop shaft...
by Little Andi.
Sun Jul 11, 2010 3:45 pm
Forum: Modelling Matters
Topic: Quayside in a suitcase...
Replies: 337
Views: 135920

Hoorah - you're back...... Great to see another post by your goodself Ian. And that walling looks great - I think as you state, with a bit of tweaking and a touch of appropriate colour you're going to be onto a winner. We all seem to be coming up with different ways of producing block and stone late...
by Little Andi.
Sun Jul 11, 2010 3:39 pm
Forum: Modelling Matters
Topic: My First Motorized Critter
Replies: 60
Views: 30196

Ahhh! - it's so hard to be original isn't it. I might of suspected you'd be on the case. I really look forward to what you come up with, it's always got to be a measure of real anticipation when a mind like yours is let loose!!!! As for being "missing"? I'm not sure. I always use the same ...
by Little Andi.
Sun Jul 11, 2010 3:07 pm
Forum: Modelling Matters
Topic: My First Motorized Critter
Replies: 60
Views: 30196

Hi Ken'...... Excellent work as ever - interesting how I/we always expect something a bit special and different from you. I picked up on your remark though - about the "grossly misshapen" crankcase! Obviously not sure what's going on in that fecund mind of yours but if it's still open to s...
by Little Andi.
Sun Jul 11, 2010 8:15 am
Forum: Modelling Matters
Topic: The Top yard! - Gn15 [1/24]
Replies: 158
Views: 77144

LOL - Thanks for the advise on the knobs! I was being largely rhetorical, but that doesn't mean I might not do it yet??? And also for your concern re' the transporting of the layout - I'm actually going to do a trial run by taking it to Telford this coming weekend - Not to exhibit you understand? No...
by Little Andi.
Sat Jul 10, 2010 10:53 am
Forum: Modelling Matters
Topic: The Top yard! - Gn15 [1/24]
Replies: 158
Views: 77144

You can still do that Andi, if you want ........ Actually Gordon..... I think I'm going to stick with what I've got so far;- Couple of reasons really - firstly I'm a bit in front of where I've posted so I'm deeper into the build and sort of committed to this path.... that is without destroying what...
by Little Andi.
Thu Jul 08, 2010 3:16 pm
Forum: Modelling Matters
Topic: The Top yard! - Gn15 [1/24]
Replies: 158
Views: 77144

Erik....................... MANY thanks for taking the time and effort to post that explanation. It does appear to be a more advanced version of what I've done myself, I think it might also have the edge on mine for durability. Having said that! - In mine own defence one must remember my layout for ...
by Little Andi.
Thu Jul 08, 2010 12:00 pm
Forum: Modelling Matters
Topic: The Top yard! - Gn15 [1/24]
Replies: 158
Views: 77144

Hi Eric.............. Thanks for the contact but I've not never heard of the bike spoke method - nobody yelled - "Have you thought of this" before I started. And once my limited mental capacity lit upon the push rod idea it didn't think any further - in fact it took the opportunity to thin...
by Little Andi.
Thu Jul 08, 2010 8:51 am
Forum: Modelling Matters
Topic: The Top yard! - Gn15 [1/24]
Replies: 158
Views: 77144

Phew!............ in order of questions............ Dave .... Yes! - there will one of these "push rods" per point - four all told. And No! I didn't really plan the layout around them, but I was aware of the layout when I built the board and was prepared to adjust the underneath bracing in...
by Little Andi.
Wed Jul 07, 2010 3:35 pm
Forum: Modelling Matters
Topic: The Top yard! - Gn15 [1/24]
Replies: 158
Views: 77144

A small detail update.............. And this on my chosen method of point actuation. I'm a bugger for releasing the smoke from electrical items, so it was intended from the very start that I would always use a particularly robust mechanical method. Based on a very soft and distant memory, and necess...
by Little Andi.
Tue Jul 06, 2010 7:28 am
Forum: Modelling Matters
Topic: The Top yard! - Gn15 [1/24]
Replies: 158
Views: 77144

Hey Glen................ Sorry - should of thought of that as a question myself. The paintwork is actually acrylic so it provides its own seal once dry. In my case it has been painted over several times with both yet more very thin acrylic washes and/or water colour pigments [powder type but moist t...
by Little Andi.
Mon Jul 05, 2010 7:15 pm
Forum: Modelling Matters
Topic: The Top yard! - Gn15 [1/24]
Replies: 158
Views: 77144

Hey all............. Thanks for the largely positive comments, very early stages yet as you all know but already thinking of the problems ahead! One of the first things I wanted to address was the sheer acreage of Yard that needs to be furnished with some kind of rendering. I do of course want to va...
by Little Andi.
Fri Jul 02, 2010 3:13 pm
Forum: Modelling Matters
Topic: The Top yard! - Gn15 [1/24]
Replies: 158
Views: 77144

Well here we finally go!! Just a little proof that I am trying to make some kind of headway with this project. Sorry about the delays and broken promises - lots of real life as most of you know? Without any further ado! - Picture proof that the "Top yard" exists ?? The basic trackplan then...
by Little Andi.
Wed Jun 30, 2010 9:39 pm
Forum: Modelling Matters
Topic: "The Bottom Yard"
Replies: 66
Views: 26083

Gordon............ Excellent first post on the "Bottom Yard". The back story is entertaining and credible, it should leave you plenty of room for developing both the Yard and the "Story line's"! If it's any help at all I can fully sympathise with how much effort it's taken to get...
by Little Andi.
Tue Jun 15, 2010 6:03 pm
Forum: Modelling Matters
Topic: A first attempt at track building
Replies: 45
Views: 18583

I think it looks great Ian, don't know why but it seems to be invoking lots of childhood memories? I think perhaps the broad sleeper spacing and the colours.... well! It kind of looks very Wallace and Gromit? Never the less It's a great job, and an admirable effort too - I'm struggling just laying f...
by Little Andi.
Sun Jun 13, 2010 11:45 am
Forum: Modelling Matters
Topic: The Top yard! - Gn15 [1/24]
Replies: 158
Views: 77144

Hi chaps ........... I'm able to address you all finally. Things have been very tough in the real world recently - and I thank you for your patience, especially to those that may have been waiting for a response or the like. Anyhow......... recently stole a few short whiles to have a go at this sold...

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