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The carriage shunter

Posted by whart57 , 09 August 2018 - - - - - - · 359 views
etched brass, loco building and 3 more...
It's been a few months since my last blog entry, partly because I been distracted and partly because it's summer and things like the garden need more attention. However some progress has been made on Maenamburi , in particular on doing the artwork for an etched brass sheet. I use etched brass to save time making fiddly things, to achieve consistent result...


Creating a village - the Silhouette proves its worth

Posted by whart57 , 10 March 2018 - * * * * * · 347 views
layout building, scenery and 3 more...
It's been a while since my last entry. I had to take time out to do something about lighting the layout since the absence of it was causing me problems assessing whether the colours I was mixing when painting buildings were right or not. Something that looked good on the workbench by the window was way too dark in the unlit corner of the room. However I n...


Hot tin roofs - more uses for home vac forming

Posted by whart57 , 09 February 2018 - - - - - - · 458 views
layout building, layout scenery and 4 more...
I won't say I have mastered the technique of home vacuum forming, but once I was getting consistently acceptable results for my market stall canopies my thoughts turned to other uses for this technique. And I didn't have to look far. Across the tracks from where the market was starting to take shape is the large corrugated iron shed that in reality belong...


Vacuum cleaner and hot air gun - the saga continues

Posted by whart57 , 19 January 2018 - - - - - - · 436 views

Another short progress report. 
I have determined that 15thou Plastikard gives the best results, 10 thou thickness is too prone to blowing through before the full shape is taken up. I have also learned not to panic while using the hot air gun. What happens is that the Plastikard first bubbles and deforms, then it flattens out again. If you keep apply...


More on the saga of the vacuum cleaner and hot air gun

Posted by whart57 , 10 January 2018 - - - - - - · 363 views
layout building, layout design and 4 more...
Further to my earlier blog, I thought it might be of interest to post picture of the beast. 
This is just a quick pic taken with my mobile phone but it shows the layout. I had just heated and sucked a piece of 15thou sheet round a pair of canopy formers. 
I can get six goes out of one standard sheet of Plastikard


Encouraging my little entrepreneurs, or a saga of a vacuum cleaner and a hot air gun

Posted by whart57 , 08 January 2018 - - - - - - · 425 views
layout building, layout design and 4 more...
One perennial problem for layout builders is how to fill the foreground of layouts. It's not always a good idea to lay tracks right by the baseboard edge but if not then something has to fill the space. Obviously that something has to be low in height so as not to obscure the view of the trains, which limits the possibilities. For layouts set out in the c...


The trains I need, and the ones I want

Posted by whart57 , 26 November 2017 - - - - - - · 316 views
Layout building, Layout design and 3 more...
I accepted at the start of this project that commercial support in the form of ready to run locomotives and rolling stock would be non-existent. That's not a new experience, some forty odd years ago I started serious railway modelling by choosing to represent the South Eastern Railway in the 1890s and there was no commercial support for that either. The d...


Visualising the scene

Posted by whart57 , 13 November 2017 - * * * * * · 409 views
layout building, ;ayout design and 3 more...
Right, the baseboards were built, track is laid, wired up and tested. Now is the time to consider what is going around the tracks - i.e. the scenic treatment. Some might say that the time was actually earlier than that, that the scenic treatment should have been considered before a rail was laid. Well in broad terms it was, but in detail certainly not. I...


Pint pots, quarts and gallons

Posted by whart57 , 06 November 2017 - - - - - - · 370 views
Layout Design, 3mm Scale and 2 more...
I could say that this all started from a cancelled meeting, I don't really remember. What I do recall is being in a room in the J W Marriott with a free day thinking "what shall I do today, I know, I'll go and look at some trains". The MRT Subway had been opened a year or two earlier so getting down to Hualamphong station couldn't be easier. Skytrain to A...


Introduction and early thoughts

Posted by whart57 , 30 October 2017 - * * * * - · 430 views
layout building, scratch building and 5 more...
Many, many, years ago when the only colour on the covers of model railway magazines - or indeed inside them - was the title bar, and when the price was still in shillings, there was a series of articles describing an author's layout under the title "Fact and Fiction in Cheshire". It was a big layout covering LMS, GWR and LNER and the reason for the title...

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