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Sasquatch last won the day on October 5 2013

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    Kit bashing.
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    LNER OO gauge.
    Some LMS and GWR.
    Building exhibition layouts.
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  2. Last weeks show was great. Set up went quite smoothly apart from the very uneven floor, at one point I had a few of the boy scouts help me lift the entire layout and move it 3 feet. Thanks boys!! This years show seemed rather busy especially when the word got around that the English guy was letting the kids drive the trains. Kids of all ages did a fantastic job especially one little 3 year old girl who seemed just contented to be behind the scenes holding the controller and my 5 year old nephew Zane who at one point was left in control. He then stayed with his dad on Sunday to help break Dunster down and load it all up in the truck. Very grateful for their help and I think they both enjoyed helping too. Here we are next to K Dee couplers. A couple of trains Zane all happy Regards Shaun
  3. Why the hell are there ads for hideous women's ankle boots on my threads! Mrs. S is getting a grass gun for Christmas, she wouldn't be seen dead in those ugly monstrosities!


    1. Hroth


      The ad server is getting loopy again.  "Mining Intelligence", gym equipment and "tinfoil hat" wallets are what I'm getting at present...

    2. St Enodoc

      St Enodoc

      Ankle boots for hideous women or hideous boots for women's ankles... or both?

    3. Adrian Stevenson

      Adrian Stevenson

      I am getting ads for "fancy dress" outfits. Mainly girly stockings and suspenders... I wouldn't mind but they don't stock my size....

  4. Can't beat fixing something old, It just adds to the value and we're not talking about it's "cash worth"!
  5. The story of 9313 The recent loco roster overhaul of cleaning and lubricating etc. proved too much for my old Bachmann 93xx mogul. 9313 waddled around the layout like a lame duck. This engine was found hiding amongst piles of USA switchers at a show in Portland about 12 years ago. I’ve always considered it a bit of a lucky find. Bachmann product number 31-801 isn’t their first loco release but it was their first new tooling release way back in 1991. Mine was in nearly new condition when I purchased it. A split chassis design it was a slow runner until a few years ago when I was given a crippled Hogwarts castle/Hall. Didn’t take long until I realized the motors could be swapped and since then it has run quite sweetly until now. On first inspection, it looked like the old plastic axles were shot so I contacted Bachmann spares dept. regarding new axles, they proffered a new wheel set which made me think. First job was to rob the red Hall of its axles which have been fixed with thread locker and checked for back-to-back gauge in 9313 but it still was a lame duck. Disappointed that it is just too bad to take to this year’s show I put on my +twos and took a very close look. The problem proved to be the wheel design. The design incorporates a soft plastic insert held in a recess in the metal drivers. One of mine had come apart creating a sort of bubble which was fouling the coupling rods on each revolution causing the lame duck waddle. Zap-A-Gap cyano was applied between the metal and plastic insert on a bent piece of wire and the wheel set put in a clamp. I also had to fix the broken pony wheel retainer. This was an easy case of just adding a 12mm section of scrap brass fret held by a small screw. Result! 9313 now runs very smoothly and will be hauling trains again next weekend. The crew are fixed to a shaped section of Wills diamond plate which acts as a floating footplate. Regards Shaun.
  6. Yes. I could use some help. My friend Andy K. went and moved to lake Michigan, about 2200 miles your way! Mr's Squatch is working and it's Thanks Giving/ Black Friday weekend. This weekend I plan to rewire one of the fiddle yard boards and finish painting that back scene. Regards Shaun.
  7. Hi J. Mrs. S. had to drag me away from last nights running session. I had cleared away most of the trains leaving just two short passengers and a pick up goods. Less is more so they say, it's very relaxing playing signal man and driver. Some much needed interesting moves are required for show running and last night I discovered that shunting the pick up goods can be made complicated by introducing a Butllins through train. Something like this... Shunting engine clears the brake van from the running line and the ground dolls return to danger. Gates open and the down starter is pulled off (or the up depending on which way the express in approaching). The train rumbles past. Signal returns to danger and gates close. Points switch and ground doll flips off Shunting resumes. See why she came and got me. We've been forecast snow for Tues/Weds, lets hope it's not a big dumping and I can get the layout to the show. Then I can get some decent pictures, Regards Shaun
  8. A hundred little things have been fixed on Dunster today and the new signal installed. Pannier tank awaits the road to Minehead with a local passenger. Quite a tranquil setting. The gates have been wound open by the signalman and he has pulled the down starter off. The train gets underway for the last mile or so of it's journey. Signal returned to danger and the gates are reopened to motor traffic, that's if anyone is about.
  9. Thank you for posting Russ. A real aid for Great Northern modelers and very interesting reading. regards Shaun.
  10. Bruce from Medford model railroad club called me last week, inviting me to this years show. Quite a bit of mending and cleaning has ensued. Amongst which is a new signal much missed since the last one got damaged two years ago. The new one is more in keeping with the colour scheme of the station buildings. I have modeled the single arm tubular post down starter that one stood opposite the signal box. It uses mostly Ratio parts mounted on a piece of Evergreen tube. Both the balance arm mount and the signal arm mount are a tight push fit onto the tube, this allows for fine adjustment between them and the actuator beneath enabling adjustment of the arm to be set just perfect. I purchased some 14V grain-of-sand bulbs on eBay Tuesday that arrived yesterday and built the signal up yesterday evening. The wires from the lamp are fed down the tube with the resistor re-soldered on for illumination of the lamp. More pictures after the show. Regards Shaun
  11. Hi Al. Strange shad of green this, it changes under different lighting. Braving the frost this morning I have taken a picture in direct low sunlight. This is the one that got sprayed with the the gloopy paint and brushed over. They keep forecasting rain and an end to the nice weather, I'm gonna have to wrap up and take the dogs out while it's still nice. Regards Shaun
  12. Good to hear from you J. You're not far wrong... There's a list of rules I wrote on the top of my airbrush box and my supply line has it's own regulator that is set to the best pressure setting . The air brushes themselves are kept as clean as possible. The two rules broken were trying to do this on a cold day and very stupidly using Isopropyl alcohol from under the bathroom sink because my tin was dry. Pure isopropyl alcohol works really well for some brands of acrylic paint and have had great results in the past on a warm day. Wondering why it wasn't working yesterday I checked the label which proved my undoing as the medical variant has 20% water content. I did tweak the airbrush settings but things just got worse and my patience quickly wore off ending in a nasty string of four lettered words. The paint mix was so bad that it wouldn't even brush on. Luckily I found that marsh green which isn't on my greens sample card for some reason, probably stumbled across it in Walmart quite recently and forgot I'd brought it for .79C. Win some loose some eh. Regards Shaun
  13. How about Marsh green... ...which I found in my draw where the acrylics live. Hours have been spent on this today masking, priming and setting up the air brush which I couldn't get to a satisfactory finish and ruined my Buckingham green that I kept for so long. Having now spent the entire evening brushing this cheap Walmart paint on. two coats and not even halfway through but I'm quite happy and am off to bed. The picture doesn't do it justice of course.
  14. Ha ha .. that put a smile on my face. Even if I could afford the postage I doubt the post office would be so accommodating! You have no idea the lengths one has to go to, to sneak a tiny pot of BR express loco blue past those (insert another name for cats) so's one can respray a Sir Nigel Gresley!
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