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A feeling of Déjà vu - DJLC – Callington, not to be confused with Callaton.

Posted by MinerChris , in Planning 01 September 2018 - - - - - - · 582 views
With another international move under my belt, this time back to the UK (at least for a third of the time, Outer Mongolia for the remainder) I’ve been left with much less space than I had available in Utah, with very little chance of this materially increasing in the near future. This coupled to the fact that I’d not progressed my plans of Lydford Junctio...


Fixing the "Vomit Comet," Part 2.

Posted by MinerChris , in Loco's 28 April 2016 - * * * * * · 678 views
Fixing the "Vomit Comet," Part 2. The second instalment in this ongoing saga has been three years and two international moves in the making; thankfully the end is nigh, with no casualties as a result of a chassis catapulted in anger across the room. An update for those who didn't read part 1 , I am slowly working through an 14xx conversion kit from the 2mm association for the Dapol model,...



Posted by MinerChris , in Goods Stock, Trackwork, Planning 05 February 2015 - - - - - - · 729 views

Re-Tracking I had thought that the return of the winter weather would have resulted in slightly more activity on the bench, the new low score being -27o C, but as per usual life managed to get in the way of the things I would have liked to have done.

First up some housekeeping on Hingston Down Halt. After much deliberation, including considering picking somewhere th...


Lydford, The Layout of a Lifetime?

Posted by MinerChris , in Goods Stock, Coaches, Planning 03 September 2014 - - - - - - · 1,174 views

Lydford, The Layout of a Lifetime? Lydford Station has always stricken me as being an almost ideal location for layout, with plenty of prototypical interest; the combination of Southern and Western region lines running parallel to each other, the great views onto open moorland in a old mining area, to name but a few reasons. For me it is also ideal as it only requires a handful of building...


The Good’s, the Coaches and the Ugly.

Posted by MinerChris , in Scenics, Goods Stock, Coaches, Planning 12 May 2014 - * * * * * · 1,050 views

The Good’s, the Coaches and the Ugly. Circumstance is a funny thing. Everything that you see in this post has travelled westwards across the Atlantic to my residence for the year in Canada. Whilst this makes some things easier, like not wanting to venture outside during winter, it makes the logistics of most things much harder. I’m afraid that I’m not going to give a blow by blow account of t...


Novel Fine-scaling

Posted by MinerChris , in Coaches, Loco's 02 February 2014 - * * * * * · 737 views
Novel Fine-scaling One of the reasons that is most off-putting for people to move to finescale is the additional job of replacing the wheels of RTR stock in order to get things running. Inevitably this leads to a back-log of items in the gloat box of things waiting for wheels, alongside all of the additional kits. So far I have used the conventional methods of replacing coa...


The Permanent-Way Forward

Posted by MinerChris , in Trackwork 02 August 2013 - * * * * * · 1,042 views
The Permanent-Way Forward My last promise to update within 6 months may have been broken quite resoundingly…

I have been slowly plugging away at some of the projects, the main one to finish off the 14xx “Vomit Comet,” project in order to run it at St Ruth’s various outings, more on this to follow soon.

I have also been making a start on the trackwork that will be eventually laid...


Fixing the "Vomit Comet," Part 1.

Posted by MinerChris , in Loco's 24 January 2013 - * * * * * · 1,111 views
Fixing the "Vomit Comet," Part 1. This blog entry starts with the entirely predictable “Has it really been six month since I last wrote something,” comment. Well yes it has. Real life it seems has a way of getting in the way of modelling time, that and commuting into London on Mr Branson's 1:1 train set every day.In that awkward time between graduating and starting the first proper job, I...


Baseboards and Planning

Posted by MinerChris , in Planning 17 June 2012 - * * * * * · 978 views
Baseboards, Planning
Baseboards and Planning As suggested in the last entry, Congdon's Shop's home will be in boxfiles that were picked up cheaply from a supermarket. I am still not entirely sure what the future holds with my job, but conceivably I could be flying once a week to a mine site in the middle of nowhere. I'm not saying that the layout would be taken, but it would be nice to...


Greetings and Introductions.

Posted by MinerChris , in Planning 10 June 2012 - * * * * - · 580 views
First I would like to extend greetings to all reading this first blog of which I hope there will be many. I have been reading various topics and blogs over the past couple of years and very impressed by the quality of the modelling undertaken on here. I would certainly be glad if my modelling was a fraction of that shown on here.

I have just finished my...

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