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by MrPlantpot
Tue Mar 06, 2012 9:13 am
Forum: Modelling Matters
Topic: A Critter from Scratch
Replies: 25
Views: 11548

And in case you are wondering why there is an M8 nut there (which you probably weren't), I have found they are a very cheap alternative 'back to back' gauge :idea: ie. using the corners, not the 13mm across the flats dimension. Oops! :oops: I've got that slightly wrong.... having taken a closer loo...
by MrPlantpot
Sun Mar 04, 2012 1:54 am
Forum: Modelling Matters
Topic: Blackening Brass
Replies: 6
Views: 3095

Hi Jon, I'm probably 3 months late with this, but while looking for something similar, I found this and remembered your question. http://www.ehow.com/how_8674544_make-metal-blackener.html The site tells you how to make your own metal blackener, with chemicals you are presumably allowed to buy over t...
by MrPlantpot
Fri Mar 02, 2012 7:20 pm
Forum: Modelling Matters
Topic: My first STEAMER
Replies: 43
Views: 17867

Lovely loco, Chris... I think it's what the custom car fraternity would describe as 'Phat'....
Reminds me a little of a cartoon drawing I saw of a hippo in a tutu and ballet shoes :D
by MrPlantpot
Wed Feb 29, 2012 9:53 pm
Forum: Prototype Prattles
Topic: (F) Interesting idea: non-locomotive working
Replies: 12
Views: 5932

Quote from the Flickr page :- '1963/10/20.R1221. Believe it or not, this was part of British Railways in 1963!! The Nantlle Tramway still served the slate quarries of the Nantlle Valley, just as it had done since opening in 1828. The builder had been Robert Stephenson, no less. It had been horse wor...
by MrPlantpot
Mon Feb 27, 2012 11:48 pm
Forum: GNine
Topic: Blackhall Sidings
Replies: 112
Views: 56891

Looking good, I like the new shed. As for a standing figure... could you print a photo, scaled to the correct height? Stick it to some thickish card, on a suitable base... should be fine for test purposes. By the way... your drivers appear to have one clean , and one dirty shoe each! Is this part of...
by MrPlantpot
Mon Feb 27, 2012 3:04 pm
Forum: Modelling Matters
Topic: A Critter from Scratch
Replies: 25
Views: 11548

Golly, another 2 weeks has rushed by..... but then, I have just done a bit of work on my 22 year old Volvo estate to get it through an MOT. (not to mention rebuilding a petrol engined strimmer from eBay). Anyway, progress has been slow, but I have done something.... As mentioned on Feb 9th, I cut th...
by MrPlantpot
Fri Feb 10, 2012 9:22 pm
Forum: GNine
Topic: Gem-u-Nine
Replies: 57
Views: 29598

Gerry Bullock wrote:Not sure I'd use him again.


Looks OK to me.... but I'm not a plumber...

I have heard you can use the lead foil from champagne bottles. Is that what you've (he's) done there, or is this some magic product I don't know about?
by MrPlantpot
Fri Feb 10, 2012 9:15 pm
Forum: Modelling Matters
Topic: A Critter from Scratch
Replies: 25
Views: 11548

The 'third" lever/pipe appears to be the starting handle that is 'resting' in the cab area. Thankyou... I had spotted the starting handle on the floor... but in the 1st pic. it is mostly hidden behind the comfy seat and the handle end appeared to be coming out of the top of the gearbox.... I d...
by MrPlantpot
Fri Feb 10, 2012 7:10 pm
Forum: Modelling Matters
Topic: A Critter from Scratch
Replies: 25
Views: 11548

Wow.... cheers Steph, great photo's. Nice to see it from the rear, and 'insde the cab'. (they don't appear grainy on my monitor... have you cleaned your glasses recently?) I'm sure I've said earlier that I'm not proposing a scale replica, just my interpretation... but thankyou, yes, these will be a ...
by MrPlantpot
Thu Feb 09, 2012 10:27 pm
Forum: Modelling Matters
Topic: A Critter from Scratch
Replies: 25
Views: 11548

Where has that 2 weeks gone?, I seem to have done very little. The first problem I had, was that none of the local model shops wanted to sell me any ½" styrene channel. I looked on the Evergreen website... they don't make it! :cry: (which goes some of the way to explaining the lack thereof in t...
by MrPlantpot
Mon Feb 06, 2012 2:34 pm
Forum: Modelling Matters
Topic: Hand laid track - crossing?
Replies: 6
Views: 4184

Re: Hand laid track - crossing?

As there are no PECO code 100 crossings Hi Gerald. I thought that there was one, so I looked at the PECO website, and found this http://www.peco-uk.com/product.asp?strParents=3309,3322&CAT_ID=3327&P_ID=17461 ST-250, Medium Crossing, Insulfrog. As it is part of their Set Track range, I presu...
by MrPlantpot
Thu Jan 26, 2012 12:10 am
Forum: Modelling Matters
Topic: A Critter from Scratch
Replies: 25
Views: 11548

Thanks again, Stefan. I appear to have made a daffodil !! :shock: http://my.gn15.info/beforeafter_motorgear.jpg As I said earlier, I opted for Nº2. I did a trial run with a spare worm, and it worked. So, here's how I did it. I accurately chamfered the end of some 2mm Plastruct rod, (by twiddling it ...
by MrPlantpot
Wed Jan 25, 2012 7:41 pm
Forum: Modelling Matters
Topic: A Critter from Scratch
Replies: 25
Views: 11548

Thanks for those pics Stefan. I gnew I'd seen them somewhere, but couldn't remember which thread. I see that you have got the same motor, and same gearing on the 'black' one, but your wheels are smaller. I'd like to know how well and how slowly it runs please. Also, where did you get the 2mm top hat...
by MrPlantpot
Tue Jan 24, 2012 2:01 pm
Forum: Modelling Matters
Topic: New members new layout
Replies: 50
Views: 21879

I was hoping to use the horses but looking at them now I think they are overscale. :( I thought they looked OK, but I looked on Wiki just to satisfy my own mind. They quote Shire/Cart/Draft/Draught horses as being 17HH minimum, and 17.2HH average (68"/70"). That is measured to the shoulde...
by MrPlantpot
Tue Jan 24, 2012 12:47 am
Forum: Modelling Matters
Topic: A Critter from Scratch
Replies: 25
Views: 11548

Thanks chaps. :D Ian, I had thought about starting with tube, but all I could find locally was Imperial sizes... didn't think about Eileen's, just assumed Metric wasn't readily available... will look on their website if all else fails. Adrian, I have 2 motors; the other is complete with tiny gearbox...
by MrPlantpot
Sun Jan 22, 2012 10:24 pm
Forum: Modelling Matters
Topic: A Critter from Scratch
Replies: 25
Views: 11548

A Critter from Scratch

Right.... the Gn15 bug has bitten, and being stupid, I'm going to build something, not from a proprietry chassis, but from scratch. Whilst doing a Googly Image* search for 'Narrow Gauge Loco', amongst other things, I found this. http://my.gn15.info/dsc_0162.jpg There's just something about it that t...
by MrPlantpot
Sat Jan 21, 2012 7:05 pm
Forum: Modelling Matters
Topic: Quayside in a suitcase...
Replies: 337
Views: 126552

Brilliant, Ian. I don't know if it's due to the 'soft focus', or the 'grouting', but that looks even more realistic than the previous shots. Sorry this is now a bit late, but have you checked the 'back-to-back' on the loco ? I recently bought an 'ex-trainset' Hornby quarry loco which refused to go t...
by MrPlantpot
Sat Jan 21, 2012 3:02 pm
Forum: You really ought to gnow your who's wahoo
Topic: A belated 'How Do?'
Replies: 3
Views: 2885

A belated 'How Do?'

Hello everybody, I'm Steve, and I'm completely potty! I joined the group in November '11 after doing a Googly search for loco cab details, and finding a piccy that was in a post on here. I already have 29 posts to my name, but having a spare 5 minutes I read "New Here? Read this first" :oo...
by MrPlantpot
Thu Jan 12, 2012 1:20 pm
Forum: Modelling Matters
Topic: Using nature's bounty (wood)
Replies: 11
Views: 3896

Hi Christian, I'm no expert, but I'd have thought just being in the warmth of your house for a few days (maybe a week) would be sufficient to dry them. Assuming they are fresh, and not already starting to rot, the'll be fine. I've been saying for years.... "Nothing looks more like wood, than wo...
by MrPlantpot
Mon Jan 09, 2012 10:38 pm
Forum: GNine
Topic: PG Wood House
Replies: 59
Views: 33955

Love the compost bin, love the layout...
Do you have any plans for guttering/downpie for that lovely water butt?

For guttering, try the spines from an old umbrella. :)
by MrPlantpot
Thu Jan 05, 2012 5:33 pm
Forum: Prototype Prattles
Topic: (F) Home-built Loco and small mine
Replies: 1
Views: 2014

I love the 'loco' with two different sizes of wheel, hauling two buckets, and the CZ-Jawa engine (2 Stroke), that has to be kick started, and somehow put into 2nd gear, to run the winch...

'Old Folk Wisdom', where would we be today without it? :shock:
by MrPlantpot
Thu Dec 29, 2011 11:35 am
Forum: Modelling Matters
Topic: An American Style Carriage
Replies: 36
Views: 14801

Beautiful...... now all you need to do is make a working latch and door handles :wink: Thinking about the bogies. Is it the 'fixed axles' where the 'slop' is, or the pivot/anchorage to the coach? All I can see in the pictures above, looks like a simple pin fixing to the floor; is that what you are u...
by MrPlantpot
Tue Dec 27, 2011 10:10 am
Forum: Modelling Matters
Topic: An American Style Carriage
Replies: 36
Views: 14801

Hi Stefan, I had a feeling on Friday that something like this might happen. My first thought was to make the gap under the rigid axle deeper, and put a transverse leaf spring under the axle (centre down, ends up), but if you've already tried packing the gap, that idea may not work.... so after anoth...
by MrPlantpot
Sun Dec 25, 2011 8:44 am
Forum: Prototype Prattles
Topic: (F) Southend Pier Railway
Replies: 5
Views: 3607

Hi Gerry, Thanks for those pictures. I took my father to see the pier back in August, and we were able to walk all the way out then, but they were just in the process of putting up the scaffolding. It was the 3rd time I've been (walk out/train back).... I'm still waiting for the promised refurbished...
by MrPlantpot
Sat Dec 24, 2011 11:51 pm
Forum: Prototype Prattles
Topic: (F) Angelika
Replies: 1
Views: 1459

(F) Angelika

I was browsing through the Loco Shed, and found Christoph's DCR Diesel Mouse. About halfway down there was a link to a YouTube video, which after watching ... I watched a couple more and found this one. I think it's one of the best films I've ever watched on YouTube ... a great prototype that could ...

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