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Marsh Lane Sidings


The PCAs - shortened and nearly finished...and the colour match isn't bad either?

Posted by RobboPetes , in Rolling stock 11 April 2014 - - - - - - · 934 views

Only the chassis are left to do.


This has been one project that has been both a joy to do and frustrating and the same time. There were certainly times when I thought about reducing the amount of work I did to complete the models in order to get the...


Easitrack or Finetrax? A decision has to be made...

Posted by RobboPetes , in Layout 17 January 2014 - - - - - - · 3,632 views
2mm scale, n gauge, trackwork
I have come to a crossroads regarding where I take this layout and one important thing that needs to be considered is cost.

One thing that bugs me about standard N gauge is the PECO track. For me, it is crude and the sleeper spacing is wrong - for others it might be OK. There are now 2 finescale versions on the market - the 2mm Scale Easitrack and the ne...


Work in progress - the PCAs

Posted by RobboPetes , in Rolling stock 27 September 2013 - - - - - - · 618 views

What has been really taking up my time over the last few months are these:

They are the basic Farish Poole-based PCAs being detailed with the TPM detailing kit. I went to attach the walkways this morning only to find out I had to make a slight adjustment to get one of them to fit into the new holes. As I adjusted one, it pinged open. This is not the f...


The latest exit from the workshop

Posted by RobboPetes , in Rolling stock 26 September 2013 - * * * * * · 788 views

Although I've been working on 2 of these for the last few months, here is 1 that has a coupling on one end.

Thanks to Paul Bartlett's excellent website, the model has been back-dated to the early/mid 80s style. I contacted Bachmann asking if they were going to release this particular model without nameboards, to which they replied - we only get the mo...


Salt weathering? I've got to say I am well impressed!

Posted by RobboPetes , in Rolling stock 17 June 2013 - - - - - - · 1,202 views
2mm, n gauge, weathering, wagons
I recently read an article in the Hornby magazine, June 3013 edition, on salt weathering and thought it would be a good idea to have go. I asked the missus about non-perfumed hairsprays and she said she had one that she didn't like, saying I could use it. Well, what could I say?

I followed the advice in the article on a wagon that will never see the ligh...


The art of weathering - and some lessons learnt.

Posted by RobboPetes , in Rolling stock 25 April 2013 - * * * - - · 1,003 views
weathering, 2mm scale, n gauge and 1 more...
A few weeks ago I thought I would do some weathering on my rolling stock. I wanted to create the filthy conditions that you get with the ferry vans. I thought I would use the side of an old Tiger POA, as this closely ressembles the sides of the Cargowaggons and VGAs, i.e. panels with ribbing.

I used Railmatch Sleeper Grime thinned with enamel thinners us...


The wagons are starting to roll...starting with the BDAs

Posted by RobboPetes , in Rolling stock 15 March 2013 - * * * - - · 852 views
super-detailing, wagons, n gauge and 1 more...
These have always been one of my favourite wagons and many years ago I bought a couple of the John Grey kits. I made the wagons up minus the bolsters: these were fabricated from the relevant thicknesses of plasticard.

The bolster pins were going to be made from Bambi mini-staples. I checked these against scale drawings and found they were spot-on. All I...


2mm/N gauge corrugated iron is alive and well and in a Supermarket near you...well - almost?!

Posted by RobboPetes , in Layout 05 March 2013 - * - - - - · 1,445 views

When I wanted to create some corrugated iron using 2 Nescafe jar lids last year, I was well disappointed to find the lid edges were smooth instead of having a milled edge like that found on the edge of a coin. On finding this out I turned my attention to something else, model-wise.

Whilst at work about a month ago my manager asked me if I would like a cu...


Automatic couplings - weighing up the cost of conversion?

Posted by RobboPetes , in Layout 02 March 2013 - - - - - - · 950 views

Another thing to consider when evaluating options is the cost. The more stock one owns the greater the importance of such consideration. The price of the Dapol units have been checked against the Hattons website whilst the cost of the DG couplings is via the 2mm Scale Association website.I currently have 72 frieght vehicles, with at least another 8 to mak...


Now...do I go with DGs or do I go with the Dapol system?

Posted by RobboPetes , in Rolling stock 21 February 2013 - - - - - - · 872 views

Dilemma! Which way do I go?I used DGs on Clive Road Sidings at a 2mm Scale Area Group meeting back in the late 80s and was impressed how well they worked. Standard N gauge couplings at that time were unreliable and inconsistent across the manufacturers. A friend advised me to look at the Kadee system, but I considered this too American in appearance. With...


'You're a nutter!', someone once said to me...I don't see how?

Posted by RobboPetes , in Locomotives 06 February 2013 - * * * * - · 1,111 views
n gauge, loco, super-detailing and 2 more...
Yes, that is what a fellow member of my local club said to me some years ago when I told him what I had done to the model. The model is the mating of a Poole-based Grafar body on to a Minitrix chassis. A good friend, Rolf Farrell, said he was looking at doing this to have a model of a class 47 where the undercarraige ACTUALLY sat underneath the model rath...


Passengers - to have or not to have? Layout name: Marsh Lane Sidings

Posted by RobboPetes , in Layout 05 November 2012 - * * * * - · 1,364 views
micro layout, 2mm scale and 6 more...
Looking at the photo from above in the last blog made me realize I might have a lot of scenery to do at the front of the layout. This got me thinking (does any one remember Alan Dare's layout in the April and June 1981 editions of the Railway Modeller?). His layout was a freight only branch with a disused passenger station.On the layout I could add anothe...


Progress so far - finally!

Posted by RobboPetes , in Layout 04 November 2012 - - - - - - · 908 views
speedlink, freight, small layout and 5 more...
I've being wondering for a while what size the transit shed should be. I had originally settled on a length of 600mm (2ft), but was unsure what the height should be. Lucy had sent me some pictures of Wolverhampton Steel Terminal, but I had not sat down to work out the final dimensions. I posted a query on the Horseley Fields layout site on this site to as...



Posted by RobboPetes , in Layout 18 September 2012 - * * * - - · 516 views

The biggest problem I have at the moment is what type of building is the transit shed going to be?I could make it a typical railway company goods warehouse but that would make it dominate the layout, something I do not want to. If it was to be a goods warehouse that would tie the layout down geographically - again something I don't want to do.I could mode...


In the beginning...

Posted by RobboPetes , in Layout 08 June 2012 - * * * * - · 821 views
Model, British Rail, BR, freight and 4 more...
I have been wanting to build a small layout for some time but was not sure what to do. I model B.R. in the early 80s until the end of Speedlink in '91. Trying to design a small layout running both passenger and freight during this time would be hard to achieve. Steam modelers do not have this problem. The move away from 10-foot wheelbase to longer vehicle...

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