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Layout testing

Posted by TurboSnail , 19 December 2017 - - - - - - · 94 views
shunting, puzzle, testing, plank and 1 more...
Time to [s]play with test the layout! I took a short video and had a go with some free editing software, not the easiest thing to get the hang of... 

Filmed on my rather tired Windows Phone camera, maybe Father Christmas will get me a better one? The Terrier is working well, as are the points and con...


R1 project

Posted by TurboSnail , 20 November 2017 - - - - - - · 331 views

The other day, I got some Duck fresh discs through the post. Slightly bemused, as I had not ordered anything like that, I had a closer look and it turned out to be the Wrenn R1 bodies I bought off eBay. Some guy seems to be selling old factory surplus, so I picked up a couple of bodies to have a go at detailing them, and it doesn't matter if they get too...


Bluebell railway trip ft. Flying Scotsman

Posted by TurboSnail , 22 October 2017 - - - - - - · 133 views

Since I've done no modelling this week, I thought I'd share one of my practice videos (I'm trying to learn video editing at the moment). This one is basically just a slideshow of some shots from the Flying Scotsman's visit to the Bluebell in April '17. 


New workbench at university

Posted by TurboSnail , 14 October 2017 - - - - - - · 378 views

Taking a layout to university with you is not practical, even if it's only a shunting plank. So I'll have to think of other modelling projects to get on with until Christmas. Maybe I can get one or two of the many side projects done... 
I have a tiny room here, so guess I'm fortunate that most of it is taken up by desk space, which was clearly intend...


New 0-6-0 chassis ideas

Posted by TurboSnail , 05 October 2017 - - - - - - · 450 views

I recently bought a Hornby Railroad 0-6-0 in SDJR colours because it was cheap. I really need to come up with better reasons for buying things... Anyway, as I don't model the SDJR, my intention is to use the relatively modern, well-running chassis to underpin something a bit different. Initial thoughts were to replace the chassis of an old Wrenn R1 so it...


Is scatter still relevant?

Posted by TurboSnail , 27 September 2017 - - - - - - · 430 views

Does anyone still use scatter? At least for representing grass, as I still use it for mud areas and am happy with the results, but I recently added a pub garden to my layout using scatter and I'm not all that convinced by the results. I started with 3 colours mixed together and made a test piece, but it's still pretty vibrant: 
Toning it down...


Retaining walls - the most boring job in modelling?

Posted by TurboSnail , 20 September 2017 - - - - - - · 430 views

Is making retaining walls the most boring job in modelling? It's taken me about 2 years in total to complete the 1.5m length on my layout as I keep finding more interesting things to do. It's got to the point now though where they have to be done so I can move on, which means making and fitting the wall and buttress cappings. 
I shouldn't com...


Hornby Slow-4-0

Posted by TurboSnail , 14 September 2017 - - - - - - · 423 views

I'm reliably informed that the Hornby generic 0-4-0 chassis has the nickname of 'Pocket Rocket'. If you look around on the interweb, lots of people have had a go at making it better, by regearing it, adding weight, or just building a new chassis altogether. I picked up a cheap one (brand new for £10) from a department store somewhere and then had to think...


Continuous servo micro motor mod

Posted by TurboSnail , 08 September 2017 - - - - - - · 471 views

For a current project, I need a tiny, but very high-ratio motor and gearbox, so modifying a servo to rotate continuously seems to be the perfect answer. The entire unit takes up less than 20x20x8mm and provides a motor, speed controller (I'm using it with R/C) and an approx. 120:1 ratio gearbox, while costing less than a fiver. But it does need some sligh...


New R/C project

Posted by TurboSnail , 03 September 2017 - - - - - - · 373 views

A new project beckons... 
The Leyland FG will eventually become remote controlled, to join the Albion truck. I chose it as a fun, more toylike model as I don't want to spend too much time fussing over details, rather I want to use this project to iron out a few of the issues I have with the previous attempt. And besides, who doesn't like a fi...


DIY remote uncoupling installed

Posted by TurboSnail , 27 August 2017 - - - - - - · 408 views

Finally got round to finishing the remote uncoupler installation, which finishes off the track work for now. It's nothing fancy or electronic, just a manual cam-based system made of ice cream sticks and offcuts of wood and metal. This shows how rubbish I am at baseboard planning, having hacked a hole in the supports to fit the system in. Fortunately it's...


Road testing

Posted by TurboSnail , 21 August 2017 - - - - - - · 222 views

Ok, this really is the last post about roads for a while... But at least it's a video! 
We modellers always test our track when it's been laid, so why not do the same with roads? The road surface seems pretty good for the truck, it has enough grip although still wobbles a bit - I blame Base Toys for not making round...


Realistic(?) roads

Posted by TurboSnail , 15 August 2017 - - - - - - · 371 views

The downside of making roads by mixing random paints and chemicals together (see my previous blog post) is that somehow it mixed together into a very even colour. I thought it needed toning down, so I decided to go with a wash of grey, this being the simplest method I could think of. Gaugemaster decided to send me a pot of Humbrol no.32 despite me orderin...


Making roads

Posted by TurboSnail , 08 August 2017 - - - - - - · 351 views

One of the major parts missing from the layout was roads. Lots of people have their own preferred methods, including using fine grit sandpaper, textured paints, Bachmann RoadStuffTM (I've no idea what it's actually called) but all of those methods involve either expense, time waiting for internet orders or going outside, so I had to come up with somethin...



Posted by TurboSnail , 03 August 2017 - - - - - - · 347 views

So, given I have some free time in the University holidays, I thought I'd have a go at blogging my layout progress (or lack thereof), for two reasons: 1) 'cos it'll give me something to do with myself and 2) so when it inevitably shows how little I've achieved (I am on holiday after all), I'll be motivated to do more. I'm aiming to do weekly updates as I...

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