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  1. scroggin

    3D big boy

    Ive had some engines 3d printed using shapeways. they have quite a coarse texture and there can be lines on any vertical surfaces from the layers of plastic. It doesn't look too bad if you paint them matt black and want them to look like an engine that is covered in soot . I wouldn't...
  2. scroggin

    post your model RR tips........

    Well it sounds like you know what you're on about there. But definitely avoid putting rust on any steels.
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    post your model RR tips........

    I would be cautious about applying real rust to a metal surface, rust causes rust, do you want you track to look rusty or do you want it to be rusty?
  4. scroggin

    The edge of the world (aka construction time) & "Safety Train"

    Here is a link to how I do it
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    I came home today after an earthquake to find all my engines and most of the cars lying on their sides one engine had fallen to the ground. The only damage was a stake snapped off one of the log cars. Meanwhile in the real world Kiwi Rail has stopped all trains in the lower North Island of New...
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    anybody got 2k i can borrow

    Sure mate, I'll lend you the money............would you be prepared to put your firstborn up as security? Also Interest rates can get a little steep on dodgy investments like this.
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    wet water/ ballast method problem

    I had the same problems with the glue water mixture washing the ballast away the first time I did it. What I do now is use a paint brush to put pure white glue along the edges of the embankment then scatter the ballast over it and leave it to set, this gives a base of ballast on the sloped...
  8. scroggin

    Whatta I Got? Please Help Identify

    google knows everything
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    Whatta I Got? Please Help Identify

    It could be a Egyptian state railways class 401 built by Neilson and Co of Glasgow
  10. scroggin

    Pretty sad way to treat a train

    I loved that Video Toots. Ray I think they remake and replace a lot of the critical parts. Ive seen a spitfire being restored, by the time they were finished 70% of it would have been new metal.
  11. scroggin

    Whatta I Got? Please Help Identify

    The large driving wheels with curved wheel spats makes me think that is a model of an early British built Engine my guess is pre-1900's . It has English Chain and buffer couplers and looks to be standard or broad gauge. That would rule out some of the colonies.
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    I are restricting what engines you can run if you go much steeper than this. You will end up having to buy engines that can get round your track rather than buying what appeals to you. Very few if any model steam engines would pull 10 cars up a 5% grade even most diesels...
  13. scroggin

    help finding loads

    I would have said that if you want something that looks like coal ,use coal. Smash it up with a hammer put it thru a sieve to get scale size then sprinkle on your black painted Styrofoam plug and glue it with 50/50 white glue and water
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    September 2013 Photo Contest

    I love the weathering job on this locomotive
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    Keeping two tracks visually separate

    Another Idea is to use terrain to put one or the other of the tracks inside a tunnel- not the complete answer but it could be used for some of the area you want them separated and would allow the tracks to be very close.
  16. scroggin

    Hello from Denmark

    welcome to the forum...........hope you find it helpful
  17. scroggin

    How do you make reeds?

    Ive made rushes using bristles from a cheap paint brush . I just laid some clear plastic film on my workbench, dribbled a blob of hot-melt glue on it then cut a small tuft of bristles off the brush and pressed it into the blob of hot-melt glue . Once I had made a sheet of them up I just cut...
  18. scroggin

    Please help, MTH Chuffing Cutting in and out?

    just a few questions.......... Is it always at the same place on your layout that it cuts out? Is there excess movement in the axle which has the cam that would allow the cam to move out of contact with its sensor on corners or other conditions? Does it hesitate or slow when the chuffing cuts...
  19. scroggin

    l trains in ho and also scratch built .

    I thought you were talking about a platform passengers would wait on for a train. If you are talking about a grade a 2.5% gradient would allow a model diesel locomotive to pull a fairly long train. that would mean 33' of track to rise 10" if you went for a 3.5% gradient some engines would...
  20. scroggin

    l trains in ho and also scratch built .

    If you have the room you could make it as long as the longest passenger train you intend to run. Are you trying to model any particular area and era in a prototypical way?

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