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Happy Accidents

Posted by wiggoforgold , 20 December 2015 - * * * * * · 476 views

Sometimes, the construction of models doesn’t go quite as planned. In a recent experience, at every stage in the construction of a model building for Diddington, something felt “not right”. I tweaked it to try and improve things, hoping it would be all right in the end, but as construction progressed things clearly weren’t to be, and I scrapped it. I’m c...


Wagon Loads Part 3 - Lowmacs and Containers

Posted by wiggoforgold , 11 January 2014 - * * * * * · 1,783 views

Looking back through my blog entries I realise there’s quite a lot involving wagons.   I like wagons.  In recent years there have been quite a few nice rtr wagons.   I’ve had a few , and no doubt will get some more.    However, converting or improving an older model, or building a kit allows me to put something of myself into a wagon model.   Plastic kits...


Wagon loads part 2 - Open wagons

Posted by wiggoforgold , 10 January 2014 - * * * * * · 1,087 views

There’s a lot of variety of potential loads for open wagons, so here are some examples:
Sheeted open – this uses a Smiths printed tarpaulin. A base is made inside the wagon the shape of the load, or the tarpaulin bar if fitted. The tarpaulin is folded over that. The tarpaulin itself can be pre-treated by screwing it into a ball to crease it up. The ball i...


Wagon Loads part 1 - Mineral Wagons

Posted by wiggoforgold , 09 January 2014 - * * * * * · 616 views

I’ve been checking over Diddington’s wagon fleet, which has led me to consider the wagon loads.  There’s been quite a lot published about wagon loads, and I have got a lot of inspiration from Iain Rice’s wagon books, and the series of articles on weathered wagons by Martyn Welch in MRJ a few years ago. Later in this blog  I’ll give some examples of loaded...


The extension begins

Posted by wiggoforgold , 23 October 2013 - - - - - - · 342 views

Some of the traffic at Diddington is generated by an agricultural light railway, which leaves Diddington and proceeds to a terminus out on the fen. On the model to date there has been provision for the arriving light railway train, and I made a hole in the backscene for the line to leave Diddington station.
I've now started work on the extension proper, w...


The coal merchants

Posted by wiggoforgold , 26 August 2013 - * * * * * · 1,204 views

Scenic work at Diddington progresses, with the addition of a small coal merchants premises in the goods yard.
I spent some time thinking about the buildings, and finally decided on a small coal office, with a disused container as a store, and a set of coal cells.

The office building was made from the Wills kit. After assembly, the brickwork was painted w...


RB19 dragshovel for Diddington

Posted by wiggoforgold , 14 July 2013 - * * * * * · 570 views

I've wanted to make an RB19 for years. A long time ago I purchased a cast kit for one, which sat in its box on a shelf while I periodically took it out and studied the parts and instructions. Eventually Ledo announced a die cast one, which took my interest, and I ended up buying one.
Having received my new purchase, I studied it with a view to detailing i...


Railbus Trials

Posted by wiggoforgold , 18 June 2013 - * * * * * · 1,014 views

Back in 1963, Diddington featured heavily in that   report, and not in a good way.  Despite this, Eastern Region carried on looking at ways they might improve the services at Diddington. Viewers of my gallery may have noticed the attempt to use a redundant Wisbech and Upwell diesel tram on the agricultural tramway back in 1967, but before that they tried...


Industrial Steam

Posted by wiggoforgold , 05 May 2013 - * * * * * · 985 views

I'm doing this as part of my Diddington blog, though it might be the precursor of a new blog in the future, or even a layout thread.

I've aleays like the idea of insdusrial railways. They've got a lot going for them as they are ideal for small space modelling however, I've always been distracted by some of the larger stuff.

There's an industrial/light r...


New wagons

Posted by wiggoforgold , 04 April 2013 - * * * * * · 1,093 views

I've been building a few wagons over the past few months, and I thought I would share some of my efforts.

First up is a Prestwin Twin Silo wagon from the Airfix/Dapol kit.  It's assembled pretty much out of the packet.  A bit of weight (to bring the total weight up to 50g) was put inside before the silos were finally assembled. Some of the components, su...

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