FAQFAQ   SearchSearch   MemberlistMemberlist   UsergroupsUsergroups   RegisterRegister 
 ProfileProfile   Log in to check your private messagesLog in to check your private messages   Log inLog in 

1860 and all that
Goto page Previous  1, 2, 3 ... 12, 13, 14
 
Post new topic   Reply to topic    Model Trains Interactive Forum Index -> The Bar
View previous topic :: View next topic  
Author Message
Blackcloud Railways



Joined: 25 Oct 2006
Posts: 1967
Location: Sandbach UK

PostPosted: Sun May 14, 2017 8:34 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I think we've become used to regimented buildings along neat roads, Britain certainly wasn't like that in the era modelled and the buildings on Great Sutton's backscene capture this well, very much like the almost random positioning of the buildings in this old photo of Sandbach.

Origin - http://www.coldmoss.co.uk/html/lower_chequer.html
I was drinking in this pub last night, it still looks as if it's been lifted straight out of a Discworld book. Very Happy
_________________
Bob Hughes
Playing Trains

Once there were mountains on mountains and once there were sunbirds to soar with and once I could never be down.
Back to top
View user's profile Send private message Visit poster's website
Graham W



Joined: 15 Jul 2014
Posts: 25
Location: London

PostPosted: Sun May 14, 2017 10:39 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Giles, it was Chris Ellis who did the article on making up Merco wagons, although I did do an MTI article on constructing old Kenline & ERG cardboard wagon kits. Incidentally, the whitemetal axleboxes/springs from those kits (which I didn't use) have probably ended up under some of your 1860 stock!
Re. Merco brickpapers.....back in the 1980's, when Hamblings closed down, the copyright and existing stocks of the Bilteezi sheets were acquired by the Engineshed Shop in Leytonstone. Included were the remaining stocks of the Merco sheets. There were plenty of the wagon & coach sheets and some slate papers, but the Brickpaper sheets were long out of stock and the masters were never found. Ken Stubley who was the owner of the Engineshed then, tried in vain to find complete sheets of the brick papers so that he could reprint them but none were forthcoming. Today, with modern scanning and printing, you would probably only need a scrap of brick paper to do it, but back then Ken needed complete sheets.
When the Engineshed changed hands, the new owner was not at all interested in Bilteezi, so he sold the range to FMA. Although I understand FMA have re-printed some Bilteezi sheets, the Merco sheets never have been and the old stock is being (very) slowly sold off. What FMA have is the remaining sheets that originally came from Hamblings!

Graham
Back to top
View user's profile Send private message
ruedetropal



Joined: 22 Oct 2006
Posts: 810
Location: Accrington, Lancashire

PostPosted: Sun May 14, 2017 4:25 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Giles, I have the catalogue. The Merco slate one is on the list, along with Bovril adverts sheet and a sheet of doors and windows.
I am just about to order a lot of the Bilteezi sheets, because I still believe they are the best ones I have seen for rural areas. For me they should NOT be glossy and in your face. They are background, and anyone who knows my work, I use an impressionist approach to backgrounds. It should not compete with what is in the foreground.
Also noone else , as far as I know has done a road that appears to continue into the 3D world effectively.
I would never actually use the Merco sheets to model, they are far too valuable for that, but i do want to get one of each remaining sheet. I have a couple of the LT ones, and was thinking of mounting one on a thin sheet which could be moved along the background, but as I am nt dong much more OO I will just keep them complete. They are good enough to frame and put on your wall.
_________________
Simon Dawson
Will try anything once, looking for the ultimate easy to set up portable exhibition layout, preferably French narrow gauge and with lots going on, not necessary on the rails.

http://www.rue-d-etropal.com
Back to top
View user's profile Send private message Visit poster's website
Edwardian



Joined: 02 Jun 2017
Posts: 4
Location: County Durham

PostPosted: Wed Jun 07, 2017 10:37 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

May I just say that I have had a thoroughly enjoyable time reading through this topic.

The subject, a small independent line in Victorian days, really appeals to me.

I love the creative adaptation of RTR materiel; I am attempting similar.

I also admire the buildings and scenic work. Bilteezi sheets are great, as is the backscene, which I haven't seen used for years, and very adaptable. The artwork is first rate.
_________________
James

Nothing like a little judicious levity
Back to top
View user's profile Send private message Visit poster's website
giles b



Joined: 25 Oct 2006
Posts: 1933
Location: London

PostPosted: Wed Jun 07, 2017 4:59 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Many thanks, James, for those kind words. I think the Bilteezi backscenes have been out of print just long enough to now seem unusual. And they do lend themselves to adaptation, either with a pc or the old way with scissors.
Glad the concept is of interest, too. I had a conversation with Steve Flint recently about a possible article, but think the whole idea is a bit too far off the mainstream for him.

I wish I could say that work is still in progress, but I've had to put life on hold a bit at present. Must get back to finishing off the rolling stock's brake gear - sadly lacking (or anachronistic) at present. Maybe in the autumn.
Back to top
View user's profile Send private message
Edwardian



Joined: 02 Jun 2017
Posts: 4
Location: County Durham

PostPosted: Wed Jun 07, 2017 7:59 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks for the reply, Giles.

It was partly because I had seen your layout here that I thought I might post my own layout topic on this website, which I seemed to have managed to do today. So you have been a Recruiting Sergeant for MTI!

Now I would have thought that Railway Modeller would be ideal for featuring your layout, as I suspect it has probably the broadest topic coverage of the Big Four magazines.

I definitely think they should feature 1860 & All That, and I might just email and suggest that they do!

I hope you manage to get back to the modelling soon.

All the best.
_________________
James

Nothing like a little judicious levity
Back to top
View user's profile Send private message Visit poster's website
giles b



Joined: 25 Oct 2006
Posts: 1933
Location: London

PostPosted: Thu Jun 15, 2017 6:21 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Edwardian wrote:
I definitely think they should feature 1860 & All That, and I might just email and suggest that they do!


I'd better get writing, then!
Back to top
View user's profile Send private message
giles b



Joined: 25 Oct 2006
Posts: 1933
Location: London

PostPosted: Sat Jul 08, 2017 1:11 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

After a dew days spent back at the workbench, a majority of wagons running on Great Sutton now have brake-gear, thanks to some etched brake equipment available from NBR 4mm Developments. I've only used the long brake levers and part of the ratchet droppers, which are otherwise supplied by a length cut from a large staple from a tack-gun. Brake blocks are shaped from an oblong of balsa, hardened with button polish.

Here's a representative sample

Back to top
View user's profile Send private message
Display posts from previous:   
Post new topic   Reply to topic    Model Trains Interactive Forum Index -> The Bar All times are GMT
Goto page Previous  1, 2, 3 ... 12, 13, 14
Page 14 of 14

 
Jump to:  
You cannot post new topics in this forum
You cannot reply to topics in this forum
You cannot edit your posts in this forum
You cannot delete your posts in this forum
You cannot vote in polls in this forum


Powered by phpBB © 2001, 2005 phpBB Group