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by Bilco
Wed Jan 15, 2020 5:10 pm
Forum: Modelling Matters
Topic: Estate Update
Replies: 60
Views: 8668

Re: Estate Update

Les, Peter - it may be that the wire broke when I was trying to remove it from under the 'concrete' - or perhaps it was sliced into during a frenzied bit of trimming ... Anyway, some post-Christmas arboriculture has been taking place ... https://i.imgur.com/dkNzXAJ.jpg I bought a multi-order of larg...
by Bilco
Tue Jan 14, 2020 7:06 pm
Forum: Blether
Topic: It's time to pay our hosting bill again - again
Replies: 10
Views: 272

Re: It's time to pay our hosting bill again - again

Contribution sent. Many thanks Tom.
by Bilco
Tue Dec 24, 2019 5:48 pm
Forum: Modelling Matters
Topic: Estate Update
Replies: 60
Views: 8668

Re: Estate Update

Well Les, it turns out that I was a bit premature in calling the fault fixed ... When I started the Estate Elogation process I found that the fault had returned. Deep investigation, without the stress of being in the middle of an exhibition, revealed that a wire under the 'concrete' ground cover was...
by Bilco
Sun Dec 22, 2019 11:20 am
Forum: Modelling Matters
Topic: Estate Elongate
Replies: 20
Views: 3303

Re: Estate Elongate

The last, snatched, shot of 2019, while Mrs Bilco's attention is elsewhere ... https://i.imgur.com/zysTmHd.jpg Just to see if the scene is coming together - a rail enthusiast waiting for a train to exit the Stable Yard ... "Yes, of course I'm clearing the dining table Dear - just another couple...
by Bilco
Wed Dec 18, 2019 2:50 pm
Forum: Modelling Matters
Topic: Estate Elongate
Replies: 20
Views: 3303

Re: Estate Elongate

Just in time to get the dining table cleared before Mrs Bilco starts making pointed comments ... ... the first layer of 2mm flock (or 'Basing Layer' as wwscenics.com says) is down and other ground cover done ... https://i.imgur.com/2ZvM2LL.jpg https://i.imgur.com/YoufdBQ.jpg https://i.imgur.com/5sQB...
by Bilco
Sat Dec 07, 2019 4:13 pm
Forum: Modelling Matters
Topic: Estate Elongate
Replies: 20
Views: 3303

Re: Estate Elongate

... but before grassing can start I needed to stick on the photo backdrop trees ... https://i.imgur.com/QegjwfD.jpg Left end (please excuse the unsharp image) https://i.imgur.com/8jVfMqf.jpg Middle ... https://i.imgur.com/SWvMSvp.jpg ... and up to the Stable yard entrance... I still need to do a bit...
by Bilco
Fri Nov 29, 2019 12:32 pm
Forum: Modelling Matters
Topic: Estate Elongate
Replies: 20
Views: 3303

Re: Estate Elongate

Another two weeks gone - how did that happen ... Anyway, the far walls have now been stoned ... https://i.imgur.com/e2vOwJj.jpg I've been thinking on how to continue the walls that came to an abrupt end on the left side of the original scene ... https://i.imgur.com/cIS84AH.jpg The wall and trees at ...
by Bilco
Thu Nov 14, 2019 4:54 pm
Forum: Modelling Matters
Topic: Estate Elongate
Replies: 20
Views: 3303

Re: Estate Elongate

The next stage of landforming - painting the areas to be grassed or treed ... https://i.imgur.com/ov3yokf.jpg I use acrylic modelling paste with acrylic colouring to give a sealing coat over the insulation foam - it's got a bit of flexibility, too ... The walls at the far end have been built with bl...
by Bilco
Sat Nov 02, 2019 1:57 pm
Forum: Modelling Matters
Topic: Estate Elongate
Replies: 20
Views: 3303

Re: Estate Elongate

The first stage of landforming is complete ... https://i.imgur.com/NmnCoWK.jpg ... looking along the layout. The lumps at the far end will be hidden by walls and covered with trees ... https://i.imgur.com/sjF7Ypo.jpg The right-hand end - undulations front to back required the most earth moving durin...
by Bilco
Sun Oct 20, 2019 3:50 pm
Forum: Modelling Matters
Topic: Estate Elongate
Replies: 20
Views: 3303

Re: Estate Elongate

So, just over two weeks since the last update - it feels longer ... I've finally finished painting and ballasting the track ... https://i.imgur.com/hDniPUb.jpg The track is mainly* Peco code 100 Streamline. I moved the sleepers into pairs and spaced them out, then stuck them down - that was the easy...
by Bilco
Tue Oct 15, 2019 7:22 am
Forum: Modelling Matters
Topic: Estate Elongate
Replies: 20
Views: 3303

Re: Estate Elongate

Hi Geoff,

Basically, the rails are pre-bent so that there is no tendency to straighten. I use Woodland Scenics glue to stick the track down, and put weights on it until the glue is set. It seems to stay down well, although it can be unstuck easily by sliding a thin blade under the sleepers!
by Bilco
Sat Oct 05, 2019 4:09 pm
Forum: Modelling Matters
Topic: Estate Elongate
Replies: 20
Views: 3303

Re: Estate Elongate

Hi Stockers,

The original board is 24" x 18", the two new ones are 24" x 14", and the Rotaverser Mk II is 14" x 18" ...

So, the overall length is 7' 6" ...
by Bilco
Fri Oct 04, 2019 4:31 pm
Forum: Modelling Matters
Topic: Estate Elongate
Replies: 20
Views: 3303

Re: Estate Elongate

Isn't it funny how you see things in a photo of your model that you completely miss when looking at the real thing? After my post yesterday I looked at the photos along the baseboards, and at the 'ugly jiggle'. Suddenly, the thought struck that, if I reversed the length of track between the Y point ...
by Bilco
Thu Oct 03, 2019 6:12 pm
Forum: Modelling Matters
Topic: Estate Elongate
Replies: 20
Views: 3303

Re: Estate Elongate

Right - the two new boards have the backscenes sky-painted, and track laid ... https://i.imgur.com/TL8yg5o.jpg https://i.imgur.com/o5333G5.jpg https://i.imgur.com/Wgvv851.jpg The rather ugly jiggle in the inner track of the loop arises because:- a) I want to use the track bits I have in stock b) I w...
by Bilco
Sat Sep 14, 2019 7:04 pm
Forum: Modelling Matters
Topic: Estate Elongate
Replies: 20
Views: 3303

Estate Elongate

Right - the New Phase of Berger Hall - Elongation .... The plan is to have the railway running through a bit of estate scenery, with the Stable Yard scene as one end of an out-and-back layout ... https://i.imgur.com/2EMWwF8.jpg Building the new baseboards, using the tried and tested hardboard base w...
by Bilco
Wed Sep 04, 2019 6:11 pm
Forum: Modelling Matters
Topic: Estate Update
Replies: 60
Views: 8668

Re: Estate Update

Hi Les, I think I've sorted the crankpin problen with ETTIE - pushed the pins in and tilted the crossheads outwards a fraction. It's due a check run soon. As for the electrical fault on the back two lines - it went away later in the afternoon! I went though a diagnostic check with a kind soul from t...
by Bilco
Mon Sep 02, 2019 6:28 pm
Forum: Modelling Matters
Topic: Estate Update
Replies: 60
Views: 8668

Re: Estate Update

I had an interesting day at Pewsey with Berger Hall 2019, aka Berger Hall Miniature Railway. An intermittant electrical fault rendered the two rear tracks unusable from time-to-time, and ETTIE, which performed flawlessly at Warley, jammed the left-hand cross-head and front wheel crank pin within 30 ...
by Bilco
Tue Aug 13, 2019 6:09 pm
Forum: Modelling Matters
Topic: Estate Update
Replies: 60
Views: 8668

Re: Estate Update

Right - back from my hols and only a few days to Pewsey ... The 2-compartment open is finished and operational. The Smallbrook bogies were waiting for me when I got home, but they were a tight fit between the solebars of the coach - no room to pivot - so I cut one in half and made it a 4-wheeler ......
by Bilco
Tue Jul 23, 2019 11:15 am
Forum: Modelling Matters
Topic: Estate Update
Replies: 60
Views: 8668

Re: Estate Update

We've had family staying with us for the last few days, so the layout got stowed away. However, I have managed to use odd moments to do a bit of styrene cutting-and-sticking ... https://i.imgur.com/Y1mcdE1.jpg A two-compartment open to match Steve Bennet's smaller version. I'm just waiting on a pair...
by Bilco
Sun Jul 21, 2019 11:00 am
Forum: Modelling Matters
Topic: Estate Update
Replies: 60
Views: 8668

Re: Estate Update

https://i.imgur.com/AYMHzEc.jpg The driver is Nigel 'Ice' Biscuit, great-grandson of Gari. When asked why he had taken 'Ice' as a nick-name he said that he thought it was cooler than Nigel ... Nigel seems to lead a charmed life, always managing to avoid the dirty jobs, but always getting to drive o...
by Bilco
Wed Jul 17, 2019 4:31 pm
Forum: Modelling Matters
Topic: Estate Update
Replies: 60
Views: 8668

Re: Estate Update

Right - as promised, a photo of the latest two figures ... https://i.imgur.com/k5nhH5t.jpg On the left - the head and legs from the Truck-drivers kits, and torso and arms from two Schleich figures, while levitating in the coach it's various parts from the Truck-drivers with legs modified for sitting...
by Bilco
Sun Jul 14, 2019 6:42 pm
Forum: Modelling Matters
Topic: Estate Update
Replies: 60
Views: 8668

Re: Estate Update

While all the photography parlaver was going on in the Yard, some of the volunteers took a break in the shade beside the loco shed ... https://i.imgur.com/pIrfzfk.jpg Meanwhile, there are a couple of other figures being progressed through Igor's workshop - photos to come in a few days ...
by Bilco
Sun Jul 14, 2019 3:31 pm
Forum: Modelling Matters
Topic: Estate Update
Replies: 60
Views: 8668

Re: Estate Update

And finally - to produce the last driver we dragged out a couple of old, Chinese Preiser rip-off figures and gave them a tidy-up and repaint ... https://i.imgur.com/AYMHzEc.jpg The driver is Nigel 'Ice' Biscuit, great-grandson of Gari. When asked why he had taken 'Ice' as a nick-name he said that he...
by Bilco
Sun Jul 14, 2019 3:21 pm
Forum: Modelling Matters
Topic: Estate Update
Replies: 60
Views: 8668

Re: Estate Update

Having amassed a stash of body-parts from the Masterbox figures, Fujimi Mechanics set, Italeri Truck Drivers, and some Schleich left-overs that Igor has had maturing in his store for quite a while, we set about mix-and-matching them to get the required 4 drivers, plus misc. seated passengers and sta...

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