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Postby Adrian » Mon Nov 29, 2010 3:54 am

G'day Gavin

Well done with your '3 shows in one day' and congratulations on your first prize at the Kiwirail 'Take a Train to Work' day.

I think that you deserve it.

Keep up the good work :!:
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Postby Bilco » Wed Dec 01, 2010 12:07 pm

Hi Gavin - not only won a prize, but got a mention on Carl's site today! Congratulations :D
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Postby Will Vale » Thu Dec 02, 2010 7:17 am

Nice one Gavin (and Ben!)

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Postby Gavin Sowry » Tue Jan 04, 2011 7:46 am

:? Two Gnatterboxers for the price of one :!: Ben Callcott and myself at the play trains at work day.

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Postby Corusman » Wed Jan 12, 2011 10:42 am

Hi , just about to start tracklaying on a very small layout.
Just a query, when you state 3.5" radius, is that rail centres, inner rail or outer rail? Do you think smaller would still work?


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Postby Gavin Sowry » Wed Jan 12, 2011 8:35 pm

Corusman wrote:Hi , just about to start tracklaying on a very small layout.
Just a query, when you state 3.5" radius, is that rail centres, inner rail or outer rail? Do you think smaller would still work?


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:? I use 'high leg' radius. That is the radius of the inside of the outside rail. Main reason for that was I had a 3½' radius template that I could bend the rail to. There are two schools of thought on radius measurement, centreline, and high leg. Most design work is usually done in centreline, to which you have to add ½ gauge to to get the highleg radius. 8)
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Postby Corusman » Thu Jan 13, 2011 10:23 am

Thanks for that, a big help.. I definitely like "high leg" as a railroad term.
I will use it to make it look as if I know what I am doing.
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Postby Gavin Sowry » Thu Jan 13, 2011 10:29 pm

:D Scroll back through this thread, and you will find the secrets of laying tight radius track. 8) 8)
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Postby Gavin Sowry » Tue Apr 26, 2011 1:49 am

Gavin Sowry wrote:
Sir Briand wrote:Remarkable Gavin :shock: .

And, probably more importantly, how did you get the ends to join without getting a slight jiggle to derail everything?


:idea: Secret formula, but since we are all friends here, I'll tell you...
Obviously, you know the trick about snipping the sleeper base. My method (madness), is to bend the low leg (inside rail) and join it up with the normal fishplate (rail joiner)...this may require slicing off some spikes, as one does, to allow the joiner to slide right back...usual procedure. This of course leaves a gap on the other rail. The trick then, for the high leg (outside rail), is to take a piece of left over rail of the same type you are using, and bend it with pliers, thumbs, or your own prefered method, to get the radius. Cut to length, slide on joiners, slice off the spike heads, place rail, join up, gauge and pin with real pins. If you've done it right, all the joints will be staggered. :!:


8) Here's how the tight radius was formed.
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Postby Gavin Sowry » Wed May 25, 2011 9:16 am

Corusman wrote:.......to make it look as if I know what I am doing.
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:P Careful, you might get a tap on the shoulder from the Rail company, and end up working for them (that's what happened to me recently).
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Postby Gavin Sowry » Thu Aug 04, 2011 8:42 pm

8) On show this weekend, complete with 'fresh' static grass, at Masterton.
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Postby Gavin Sowry » Wed Sep 07, 2011 5:37 am

8)

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A 'dusting' of static grass, and the retro fitted Bennett headstocks on No.1..... still spent less than 5 hours on this layout :!:
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Postby Gavin Sowry » Thu Apr 12, 2012 7:47 am

8) The judges at the Convention thought this was worth an award :roll:
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Postby Gavin Sowry » Wed Apr 18, 2012 10:12 am

Two recognisable works from the Gnatterbox pages with their Bronze certificates at the NZAMRC Convention competitions held over Easter 8)

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Postby Steve Bennett » Wed Apr 18, 2012 11:08 am

Gavin Sowry wrote:Two recognisable works from the Gnatterbox pages with their Bronze certificates at the NZAMRC Convention competitions held over Easter 8)


Congrats to both you and Paul, even if his is in a funny scale :D
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