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GWR Buffalo (1076 Class) in 2FS (Part 2)

Posted by Ian Smith , in Rolling Stock - Locomotives 21 July 2016 - * * * * * · 1,146 views
GWR, Buffalo, 2FS
After a few months of doing other things, I have once again started work on my 3rd loco. Previously, I had formed the saddle tank (http://www.rmweb.co....6-class-in-2fs/ ) and there the project had stalled for no other reason than I wanted to progress Modbury for the 2mm Association's Supermeet las...


2FS Supermeet Tutbury

Posted by Ian Smith , 26 June 2016 - * * * * * · 958 views
2FS Supermeet Tutbury Well yesterday was the 2mm Association's Supermeet at Tutbury. What a thoroughly enjoyable day it was too, a big thanks to John Aldrick and his team for organising such a successful event. I had been invited to attend with "Modbury", so arrived on Friday evening to set everything up. Unfortunately, a couple of Gremlins had snuck into the hall and h...


Backscenes - Trials and tribulations of a would be artist (Part II)

Posted by Ian Smith , in Scenery 26 May 2016 - * * * * * · 1,311 views

Armed with the knowledge gained from failure, I have handed the task over to my good friend Percy V. Runce. 
So to Mark II... 
In desperation, I painted over the previous attempt with 3 coats of white emulsion to cover it. Then I mixed up a yellowy green colour and lathered it all over the area up to where I wanted the horizon to be - in hindsig...


Backscenes - Trials and tribulations of a would be artist

Posted by Ian Smith , in Scenery 24 May 2016 - - - - - - · 783 views
Scenery, Backscenes
Whilst I do not consider myself to be an artist, over the last few days I have tried to add a painted back scene to Modbury. The medium I have elected to use are acrylic paints, and unfortunately I have to report that I have been somewhat unsuccessful so far!! :cry: The whole back scene was covered in a sky to start with and was painted pretty quickl...


Modbury Signal Box 5

Posted by Ian Smith , in Buildings 14 December 2015 - * * * * * · 1,172 views
Modbury Signal Box 5 A couple of weeks work has seen the exterior of the Signal Box fundamentally complete.

Firstly, I added the gutters. These were simply 0.030" plastic sheet gouged out with a 0.9mm drill close to the edge of the sheet. Once a suitable furrow had been ploughed, the sheet was turned over and what will become the underside scraped with a razor blade to pro...


Modbury Signal Box 4

Posted by Ian Smith , in Buildings 24 November 2015 - * * * * * · 651 views
Yesterday afternoon and early evening I did a little more to the Signal Box for Modbury. The work was to get the steps and landing completed.

Firstly the steps. I have no idea how everyone else makes their steps in 2mm scale, so as is my want I went my own way. To start with a support jig to hold everything in place was made; the height of the landing...


Modbury Signal Box 3

Posted by Ian Smith , in Buildings 22 November 2015 - * * * * * · 783 views
Following on from the previous entries on the construction of a Signal Box for Modbury, the next stage was to build the Chimney stack and the supporting ground floor wall. This was to be a brick construction, so a solid core of laminated plastic sheet was welded together and when dry cut and shaded to size to take into account the thickness of the emboss...


Modbury Signal Box 2

Posted by Ian Smith , in Buildings 11 November 2015 - * * * * * · 655 views
Having completed the CAD drawing for a signal box based on the preserved one at Bodmin General (see previous blog entry http://www.rmweb.co....ury-signal-box/), I printed a couple of copies out onto thin card so that i could make a mock up to check the size of the building :

3/4 view of Front

3/4 view o...


Modbury Signal Box

Posted by Ian Smith , in Buildings 03 November 2015 - * * * * * · 1,191 views

Following on from the theme of my last blog entry, I have continued with the Virtual Modelling. This time I have been drawing up the plans for my signal box, this is based on the one surviving (and preserved) at Bodmin General. I have a 4mm scale plan from the SLAG series of "Bodmin" articles in the Model Railway Constructor (and indeed built such a box f...


Modbury Bridge

Posted by Ian Smith , 19 October 2015 - * * * * * · 787 views

Not a lot of modelling progress has been made in the recent couple of months. All of the track work on the layout has been completed (and wired). A start has been made on the scenery (or at least the land form) behind the station, and some modifications have been made to the over bridge.

I decided that the wing walls that I had originally constructed...


GWR Buffalo (1076 class) in 2FS

Posted by Ian Smith , in Rolling Stock - Locomotives 03 August 2015 - * * * * * · 1,078 views
2FS, GWR, Bufallo
GWR Buffalo (1076 class) in 2FS For my next 2mm scale engine I had been considering an Armstrong Goods 0-6-0 tender engine (which I will also build) but in the end I've decided to begin work on a GWR "Buffalo" 1076 class. This engine is effectively a tank engine version of the Armstrong Goods, having the same wheelbase but slightly smaller wheels (and obviously no tender), and also has...


Experiments in Scenery

Posted by Ian Smith , in Scenery 07 May 2015 - * * * * * · 1,471 views
2FS, GWR, Static Grass
Today I have well and truly been brought kicking and screaming into the 21st century!! I've been playing with static grass - the last time I did any scenery on a model railway I used surgical lint a'la Barry Norman.

So having purchased a couple of bags of Heki grass (a green and a beige, both 2-3mm long), borrowed a friends static grass applicator and i...


Experiments in Point Rodding (2)

Posted by Ian Smith , in Signalling, Trackwork 19 April 2015 - * * * * * · 1,081 views

Following on from the last instalment, I have finally got around to getting some of the rodding in place on the layout. This is of the round variety, with stools (or stands) at no more than 6'0" (12mm) centres.

The stools (on their bases) were superglued in place alongside the track using a straightish length of 0.25mm nickel silver wire as a guide to g...


GWR Down Home

Posted by Ian Smith , in Signalling 07 April 2015 - * * * * * · 1,213 views
2fs, GWR
GWR Down Home Just coming off my workbench is my first 2mm scale signal (actually it's my first completed signal in any scale!)
This one is the Down Home for my fictional Modbury layout. The post has been milled to a tapered profile from 3mm square brass bar, the arm, balance weight and ladder are MSE components. The lamp is my own turning fixed to a small piece of...


Experiments in Point Rodding (1)

Posted by Ian Smith , in Signalling 05 March 2015 - * * * * * · 855 views
2FS, Point Rodding
Although I haven't as yet finished all of the track work on Modbury, the parts that are laid will need ballasting before too long. This in itself poses a few slight problems, like what to use for ballast? But one of the things that I want to install before I tackle the actual ballasting is the Point Rodding - Yes, I will be putting point rodding on my 2F...


Modbury Signalling 1 - Point Dependent Ground Disc Signal

Posted by Ian Smith , in Signalling 16 January 2015 - * * * * * · 1,001 views
Because I am now trying to get some of the under-board gubbins in place for the operation of the turnouts I need to get some of the above board items in place so that I can ensure that the two won't interfere with each other. One of these above-board items is the "Point Dependent Ground Disc Signal" associated with the catch point at the exit to the goods...


Modbury - Signalling Diagram (Mark II)

Posted by Ian Smith , 04 January 2015 - * * * * * · 1,286 views

Over the Christmas period I have been giving further thought to the signalling diagram for Modbury, and its associated Locking Chart.

I really want to get this as sensible/accurate as possible because it is my intention to use the signals to allow power to be provided/denied to the various track sections, effectively engines will only get power if the co...


Modbury - Signalling Diagram

Posted by Ian Smith , in Signalling 04 December 2014 - - - - - - · 1,067 views
Tonight I have been trying to finalise the signalling diagram for my fictional GWR through station Modbury.

Below is the diagram that I have come up with. Hopefully it is a realistic representation of what the GWR would have provided for my Edwardian modelling period of c. 1906.

All being well others who are better informed than myself will be able to p...


GWR Small Metro Tank (7) - Ready for Warley Exhibition!

Posted by Ian Smith , in Rolling Stock - Locomotives 14 November 2014 - * * * * * · 1,543 views
GWR, 2FS, Metro Tank
GWR Small Metro Tank (7) - Ready for Warley Exhibition! After a few trials and tribulations, I've done it!!! I've finally managed to scratch build a working locomotive in 2mm Finescale :sungum:

Since the last instalment, the sub assemblies have been primed with Halfords No 8 Self Etch Primer, the footplate sprayed with Precision Paints Indian Red. Before the buffer beams and footplate top were brush painte...


GWR Small Metro Tank (6) - Ready for the paint shop

Posted by Ian Smith , in Rolling Stock - Locomotives 28 October 2014 - * * * * * · 1,689 views
GWR, 2FS, Metro Tank
GWR Small Metro Tank (6) - Ready for the paint shop More progress has been made on this little project, such that she is now ready for the paint shops.

To finish her off, the cab roof needed some detail (the whistles won't be added until she has been painted). There is a rain strip along the back edge of the cab roof, this was added from a single strand of multi-core wire (0.2mm diameter). To get this p...

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