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  1. I built the Wills kit for a small water tower for my own layout. The model has a footprint about 52 x 52 mm, and has a stone base which would blend in with your bridge. - Richard.
  2. I've updated the table, thank you everyone for the suggestions so far. If I believe the press release published by Rails of Sheffield, their forthcoming Terrier offers the possibility of a compensated six-coupled chassis. Looks good to me. - Richard.
  3. I have two model reefers by Acme, photos below. They depict an Italian prototype, built to the British loading gauge, carrying the international ferry symbol, and registered to a location in Switzerland. I wonder if we know whether this livery is prototypical, and if so whether the wagons ever operated out of Switzerland? I can find photos of these wagons working in Britain in a white livery (examples by Paul Bartlett), but not in blue. - Richard.
  4. Dapol are doing a 4mm scale model - the local model shop have one in stock. So you could wait for the reviews of this model; the RTR buyers can be a bit fastidious and I'm sure any error in the grills will get picked up. Then either copy the Dapol model, or do what everyone says the Dapol model should have been - Richard.
  5. On my own layout (four baseboards now plus bridging sections) I have track and turnouts by Peco, SMP, Exactoscale, Tillig and Kato; and some hand-built. This probably sounds like a real dog's dinner, and in the fiddle yard it rather is, but I am happy to use the things the trade offers where they are suitable, and build my own track when I feel I should. Also the Kato doesn't need ballasting! At a purely personal level I am not wanting code 55 rail at the moment, because it would be too limiting for my own trains, but it is useful to know what is out there. - Richard.
  6. Absolute nonsense. There is no "facts" here at all - just your opinions. People are free to pursue the hobby any way they wish - and should be free to discuss their preferred approaches here. Why do you butt in, and why do you choose a time of day when one contributor is at a time zone in the small hours? - Richard.
  7. You can really go to town with this sort of thing if you like. If the grass cover is going to be pretty sparse you could try going back to the chinchilla dust to represent some scree, and then add patchy grass on top. I bought a static grass applicator a few years ago, it was quite expensive but I don't regret having it. It lets you do all sorts of grass effects, in my case frequently by accident. Gordon Gravett suggests using coloured gloss paint to fix down the dusty surface material. The chinchilla dust is absorbent and I experimented with loads of different paints to see what colour would come out. There are lots of variations in colour possible. - Richard.
  8. Hi Andy, Most wooden sleepers in Britain are 10 inches wide, so 0.115" or 2.9mm, placed at a nominal 30 inch pitch so 0.345" or 8.8mm. Sleepers are closer together at rail joints and the pitch varies, closer on main lines and more casual on light railways. The most visually appealing ready-made track for the scale is Scaleway Type J (00), with 3.4 mm wide sleepers at a 9mm pitch. This is bullhead track. Exactoscale 00 and Peco BH 00 use broader sleepers so really the Scaleway is the best bet. For FB track, Kato Unitrack is pretty much spot-on for a British H0 main line but is of course a unit track system. I have Peco Streamline with the sleepers gapped out on most of my own layout. What are the dimensions of your sample "branch line" track? Many light railways in Britain used a FB rail spiked to the sleepers. - Richard.
  9. Powder paint in the mix can do only good, if the model ever gets a knock the chip will show an earthy colour not brilliant white. I suggest you leave it overnight to see what the final colour is. - Richard.
  10. If you use cloth soaked in plaster, the result will be stronger and less likely to crack. Also you can build up layers to make a consistent thickness. However, the amount of fun involved will be just as good whichever method you use :-) - Richard.
  11. For a chalk cutting you could try Lightweight Hydrocal plaster by Woodland Scenics. You would need at least one of their moulds. The plaster dries white so should look like chalk without further colouring. - Richard.
  12. The Roco NS600 has a lot to answer for - it converted me to H0 scale. I didn't know it existed when I found one for sale at a show. Then I bought some Lima wagons, and made a start. I now have three so I won't be bidding on this auction :-) I have seen these locos painted up to look like a class 08, but really they are a class 11. The wheels and the shape of the cab are different on an 08. It is an easy conversion to make the model into a class 11, I wrote up my conversion a year ago. - Richard.
  13. It is sensible to include wheelbase information so people can judge the suitability of a chassis before buying a model. I've omitted the Model Rail tram because the wheels are 8-spoke and a bit too distinctive for general use. However the outside cylinders are commendably slim so I'll see if I can measure a friend's model. It is important with these to get a version without side skirts. The versions with skirts omit some of the valve gear, not enough room to fit everything in even in 00. The GE70 chassis should go into the table - have anyone got the dimensions to hand? The Lima 00 Deltic ought to go in too because the bogies are H0 for the class 37 or 50. If anyone can think of other candidates do post them here or send me a PM. I will update the table next weekend. - Richard.
  14. Sometimes it is difficult to write things on forums, as opposed to face to a face meeting, at least without seeming blunt - if you can re-work the ends and you are happy with them, the project will succeed and everything else will fall into place. One of the Life-Like Proto 2000 diesels has bogies with 30 mm centres, very close to scale of the 8' 6" of the prototype. I have one of these chassis but I've forgotten what it is from! The prototype had spoked wheels but you could use disc wheels to begin with and change them later if you feel this is really necessary. I have been reading up about "blue stuff instant plastic clay", this might help with the bogie side frames. Indeed, if you can make a pair of moulds, you may find a short queue of modellers keen to buy a set of four castings :-) I wish you all the best with this project, like John I too have looked at these models at swapmeets and so on and bottled out - but really, the body mouldings are largely very usable and I do hope it works out nicely. - Richard.
  15. This topic concerns British railway modelling, and all mass-produced turnouts in 1:87 scale represent Continental or North American practices. Scaleway Type J flexi track (marketed for 00) can look pretty good on an H0 layout, but sadly none of their track or made-to order turnouts are 1:87 models of any prototype, British or otherwise. P87 for a British application surely needs hand-built track and turnouts for anything representative of prototype track. - Richard.
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