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Ray Von

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  1. I agree with Phil, maybe just give them a once over with an aerosol primer and proceed from there. A few years ago I came across a lot of my old (British made) Hornby figures and detailing parts from my first "train set" (benches, luggage wagon, incline signs etc, pre 1980) - my childhood efforts at painting and gluing were a bit Pollock-y, so I chucked the whole unfortunate bunch into a bowl of white spirit and went out. On checking the bowl the next day, I found that the plastic had swollen up, softened into a spongy rubber and gone sticky - to add insult to injury, the paint and glue
  2. I omitted to notice, I would say either way the price is ok - I might pop in later and get more info. I think I was so abashed by the display on the adjacent shelf that I hastened to a less "liberal" shop! :
  3. Anybody else got a "Non Slip Stone Co." paving slab near them? I've never seen another one...
  4. Ok, so they might not win any awards for super-realism - but I spotted these and thought they might do as background fillers?
  5. Cheers everyone! Here's a rather rough "trial run" : This proves the theory is sound, not sure if I fully understand it though(!)
  6. Omitted to say that I'm working in millimetres, but I think that I can convert easily! Thank you.
  7. For reasons best known to my self, I wish to convert an ordinary plastic shot glass into something resembling a wooden bucket, IE: made from several sections of timber. I will be using ordinary thin card (teabag box / cereal packet thickness.) My plan falls down at this early stage, I need to identify some means of cutting the card into strips that match the shape of the bucket precisely (just cutting strips with parallel sides would produce slats that cross over and not marry up neatly.) I'm sure there must be some kind of mathematical formula out there tha
  8. For anyone modelling small bridges, here are some detail images: Opposite side: And just in case anyone doubts your attention to detail, the underside aspect:
  9. It certainly is! Old school, but I think it's the bee's knees...
  10. I've recently switched from Gaugemaster to a (second hand) Fleischman (I'm using N Gauge.) I can't recall the model number and I'm not at home at the moment, it's probably on another post of mine. At any rate, my main reason for converting was nostalgia for the "centre stop dial control" feature, as opposed to Gaugemaster's "flick the switch every time you change direction!"
  11. Argh. Disappointed, would've loved to see the Hornby kit modified!
  12. I've also used real coal, a little trick I came up with: put small fragments in a salt/pepper-grinder (available at pound shops) this gives a good variation of size, especially useful when working in N Scale....
  13. It sounds like a nice little project, keep us posted won't you?
  14. So, how over scale would it look? Maybe you could modify it a bit, add extra lateral struts using plastic rod, upright supports could also be made without much effort etc (not a difficult job!)
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