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  1. There is a good book called “Animated Scale Models Handbook” by Adolf Frank that has lots of ideas. Some of its contents are a bit out of date as they would be easier to do with modern electronics and servos, however it’s a good read and has some fun projects. Used to be quite hard to find but a quick check out there showed several available at reasonable prices.
  2. Some 20 years ago I was working at the Boeing factory in Renton. Having only been in the country about 48 hours, it was my first shift at work on a dark snowy November morning when driving through Renton, and not really 100% sure where I was going, one of these BN beasts came rumbling down the street towards me. Talk about a wake -up call!! Mind you, it did start my love of US railroads which continue to this day.
  3. Very sad news indeed. I had the pleasure of meeting Jack many times at numerous Inverness shows and we’d always have a blether about ideas for our shared passion for little US layouts. He was always happy to help and overflowing with ideas - a true pillar of our hobby and a great loss. Sending thoughts and prayers to his family. RIP Jack. Chris
  4. Whilst bimbling around the web I came across this site that might be good for reference. Whilst not specifically a railroad site, it has good pics of the more everyday side off American life from the 70s up to late 90s... http://gfellercollection.org/ I think that there will be more pictures uploaded over time. Enjoy... C.
  5. Just for a change from HO railways , I thought I’d try something in a larger scale, so here’s my rather beat up Revell 1/24 Ford F-150...
  6. Much progress has been made since my last posting so I think the diorama is pretty much complete. For those interested, here’s a brief run down of what I used.... As mentioned before the Shermans and the German infantry figures are from the Dutch company Alsacast. The tank barrels have been replaced with plastic rod to replicate Oddball’s mods and the loudspeaker is made from a ship’s bell! Various little details have been added- rolled tarpaulins from painted tissue paper and some beautiful 3D printed jerry cans from Shapeways. The little shed is built up from plasticard with the roof covered with Rusty Stumps shingles that have been painted to represent terracotta tiles - very please with how it turned out! Logs and lamp pole are bamboo skewers stained with ink & alcohol mix. The lamp itself is the stalk from a Remembrance poppy. I’m not sure who made the tunnel portal but I picked it up at Warley for a quid and it has been chopped about a bit to fit. The side wall is Slaters plastic card stonework. Ground cover & rock face is sculptamould wihich has been overpainted and sifted dirt added. The track is heavily bedded in to the almost non-extistant ballast. Greenery is the usual Woodland Scenics foam & grasses with stuff out of the garden too.
  7. So there has been a little bit of progress over the holidays with everything laid out. Managed to get the tunnel and the building more or less finished. The tanks have been basically assembled but need to have details added...
  8. Back in 1997 I took a trip up to Prince George on the Cariboo Prospector. Picking up a hire car, I went in search of the Tumbler branch and was lucky enough to catch three of the GF6C electrics.
  9. I'm after a bit of advise so hopefully the collective brain out there can help. I recently bought (at Warley) a second-hand Atlas HO gauge C424 with the box advertising it as being DCC fitted. The loco doesn't look like it has ever been run much and I was wondering whether it would run in DC mode on a layout using a Gaugemaster hand held controller (I don't have any DCC facilities) - I've read that they don't like feedback controllers? Failing that, to convert it back to DC, do I just need to disconnect the decoder and insert a blanking plug in the 8-pin socket? And are the blanking plugs available all the same as I'd have to get one as there's not one with the loco. Any help appreciated! Chris
  10. John, Hopefully the following might help - there’s a lot of stuff going up and down and being transferred around with this! For your malt barley, it would be probably be delivered at ground level into a hopper connected to a conveyor and then carried up the milling tower in an elevator and dumped in the feed conveyor. This would then carry it across the top of the malt silos, where it would be loaded into whichever ones it was needed. From here the malt would then be discharged when needed from the bottom of the silo into another conveyor and elevator at ground level that carries it back up the mill tower. It now drops down through a weigher into the mill and is ground into the grist. It now falls into yet another elevayor that takes it all the way back up the tower again and now dumps it into the grist bin. When needed it is discharged from here it a screw conveyor that carries it into the mash tun where it is mixed with the hot water. I’ve added a little sketch to try and make all that hopefully make sense! The wort will be transferred from the mash tun into the wash backs for fermentation. These generally have their bases at ground level and their tops at first floor level within a separate room - the tun room. Access to the lower tun room is usually restricted because of the presence of CO2. The solid waste (draff) from the mashing process is dumped out of the bottom of the mash tun and is taken off site for use in animal feed.
  11. Postman arrived yesterday and dropped off a couple of things, so in the words of Lieutenant Gruber..” I havf my little tank(s)” They are beautifully crisp castings and look pretty straightforward to assemble.
  12. Some interesting finds there and a very modelable little scene in its own right...in grave danger of wandering off at a tangent ! There has been a little bit of progress, as I’ve gone for one of the diorama boards from Scale Model Scenery. It’s a great little kit and was built up very easily too. The only thing to be wary off is making sure you get the side pieces on the the right way round as they have a slightly longer pitch at one end in the joint tabs. Now I’m just waiting for the tanks to arrive in the post and then I can get on with laying things out.
  13. Really interested in the Cakebox Challenge, so before someone reads my mind, I thought I'd better laydown my idea... Taking inspiration from a great movie, I am planning on doing the tunnel attack scene from Kelly's Heroes. I reckon I should be able to squeeze a fair representation of it into the 8" x 8" footprint, and working in 1/87 helps gain a little bit more wiggle room too. Nothing tangible yet, apart from a shopping list and some research to be done!
  14. Returning home today from holiday, I drove past several locations of old railway lines that have long since closed, mostly in the Beeching era, and it got me wondering. When a line was closed and the railway had no further use for it, what happened to the ownership of the trackbed? Was it simply returned or sold to the original owner or was it sold off. I'm thinking more of sites where the line was just passing though a farmer's land or similar, rather than station sites that have a more obvious monetary value. I think that bridges and other such structures still remain the responsibility of the railway company or its subsequent owners? One of those strange things I'd never given much previous thought to and now it's bugging me...!
  15. Although pretty short, I guess the scenery on the Cairngorm funicular more than makes up for the endless going up and down!
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