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Posted by PaternosterRow , 10 February 2017 - * * * * * · 475 views

Some update pics for the new Southern layout as promised. I've set this around the early 70's period - still want to use the Hornby 2 HAL and realise this was retired in 1971. I'm also a bit confused about using the Blue/Grey 411 CEP for this period as I've always laboured under the assumption that no DMU or EMU received this livery until the mid 80's a...



Posted by PaternosterRow , 04 February 2017 - * * * * * · 457 views
It's an age since I posted anything, but that don't mean that I haven't done anything. So here goes with the latest model. It's a four by three foot micro that has been connected up to three continuous loops so that I ran run trains to my heart's content - a real train set at long last. There's also a small shunting yard at the front for various departmen...



Posted by PaternosterRow , 18 June 2016 - * * * * * · 552 views

Ever since completing my GWR branch terminus layout (Cheslyn) it has languished under dust sheets in the loft. My trouble is that I'm a bit of serial layout builder and get quickly bored once a project has been finished. Space is also at a premium and Cheslyn was taking it up so I therefore approached the Lartigue Museum in Listowel, Co Kerry and asked if...


An Overall Victorian Station Roof from Galvanised Wire

Posted by PaternosterRow , 13 July 2015 - * * * * * · 693 views

In response to fellow RMweb members who were interested in how I made the overall wire roof the following is an article that was scheduled to appear in a future edition of FRMR. The baseboard for the model had been completed by the end of December and the roof structure by the end of January. It was around this time I emailed some pictures to the late Bob...


Shadow Box Station Scene

Posted by PaternosterRow , 04 July 2015 - * * * * * · 828 views

Gosh, it’s been well over a year since my last post. But it has been a crappy time and life has thrown my wife and I some right old spanners to contend with.

The worst of it was when my dear old Mom passed away in mid November after an 18 month long battle with Bladder Cancer. Thankfully she was in a care home for the last 6 months so she was extremel...


XP 64 Project

Posted by PaternosterRow , 07 June 2014 - * * * * * · 843 views

A little project to celebrate the 50th Anniversary. I always loved the red flash double arrow logo and wish BR had adopted it for the whole of the corporate era.

There's certainly a lot of life left in these old Lima models. I spent a lot of time trying to match the colour BR had first used - turquoise blue - and eventually found this colour. It'...


Great British Locomotive Magazine Models & The Shadow Box Roundhouse

Posted by PaternosterRow , 10 May 2014 - * * * * * · 1,085 views

These models are more than a bit naff, but for the price they are great for static displays. I had to strip down the Mallard one and reglue the wheels straight and rejoin the wobbly bottom half of the tender. I also did a little bit of weathering on the Mallard. You know I often wonder why Airfix/Dapol never made these part of their plastic kit range....


Tinsley Hump - A 10 hour Micro Challenge

Posted by PaternosterRow , 12 March 2014 - * * * * * · 642 views

I happened to mention to SWMBO that I might build a Tinsley Micro plank so that I could take pics of my Lima shunter to Class 13 conversion in an appropriate setting.  This sparked off the inevitable debate about the amount of time I spend modelling.  However, seeing how SWMBO spends her time in the evenings watching all  of the soaps (television I point...


Lima - Go Hump

Posted by PaternosterRow , 09 February 2014 - * * * * * · 545 views

The second Lima arrived on Monday morning along with the Fox Transfers - I only ordered both of these on the 31st Jan!!!  Great service.   I also ordered a Hornby shunter detailing kit and some Flush glazing from another supplier - still no news!!  It seems that not all suppliers have an enlightened attitude toward customer service.  I'm not inclined to n...


Lima Shunter to Class 13 Conversion

Posted by PaternosterRow , 29 January 2014 - * * * * * · 1,053 views

Over the last few nights I've been knocking up the following Class 13 Slave unit out of an old Lima Class 09 shunter.  Bought a copy of a special edition of Modelling British Railways about all the TOPS Diesels - really brilliant and haven't been able to put it down.   When I saw the section about making a Class 13 out of a couple of Hornby Class 08s I st...


Shadow Box Roundhouse - Lighting more or less there!

Posted by PaternosterRow , 16 January 2014 - * * * * * · 712 views

The 3mm leds arrived today from Express Models.  Really are superb quality lights - relatively cheap and very easy to use.  Their service really is an express one and these have again, like all my other orders, arrived very timely indeed.  I've stuck a couple in the ends of short pieces of plastic straw and used them as directional lighting (tiny spots) t...


Shadow Box - The 9F arrives

Posted by PaternosterRow , 07 January 2014 - * * * * * · 907 views

The Bachmann 9F arrived yesterday - Yipee!!! It's such a detailed model that I was quite frankly nervous whilst handling it. The detailed pipework is amazing and I'd have expected to have paid much more for something as finely produced. I couldn't wait to get it into the Shadow Box for a few pictures though.

So nearly there - a comparison shot with...


Shadow Box Roundhouse

Posted by PaternosterRow , 31 December 2013 - * * * * * · 1,003 views

In the lead up to Christmas I wanted a break from the next phase of making the control panel for my Barrow Hill Yard layout - wiring just ain't fun enough! So, whilst perusing the internet during this let up period I came across David Shepherd's magnificent painting called 'On Shed' - this features a dirty 9F awaiting its next duty. This really got the ju...


Barrow Hill - The Yard

Posted by PaternosterRow , 26 November 2013 - - - - - - · 535 views

Just a quick update on progress so far.

The track is down and wiring nearing completion.  There's been a lot happening here of late with family matters of one thing and another so modeling time has been severely compromised.  

My wiring method ain't neat, but it works!  All points are motored and the frogs wired to Peco switches - a lot of work but w...


Barrow Hill - The Yard

Posted by PaternosterRow , 18 October 2013 - * * * * * · 905 views

I've finally buckled down and decided to build a layout based on Barrow Hill's Service Yard.  At first I'd made great plans to somehow incorporate this with my layout of the Roundhouse, but reason has prevailed and I've decided to just model the yard which will butt up against a low relief version of the Roundhouse.

The coaling stage and ash plant, he...


Where It All Started - 'D' Shop

Posted by PaternosterRow , 28 August 2013 - * * * * * · 322 views

The goodies arrived from Hattons yesterday.  I've taken advantage of their bargain section and got these two smashing beauties for only a little over £110!
These are my birthday present and were therefore a legal purchase for a change!!!

The first pic of an Ivatt Class 4 Mogul and was the prototype for the BR Standard 4MT.  Note the double chimney - this...


Boilers and Frames

Posted by PaternosterRow , 25 August 2013 - * * * * * · 580 views

Had some fun with another Dapol 9F kit.  I've tried to emulate the scene below from British Railways Illustrated (August edition).  The prototype photo shows a 9F being fitted with a Crostis Boiler in March 1955 at Crewe.  My take, however, has to make do with a standard boiler.

This is a shot from the other side.

A final pic of the welder at w...


HELP with Bachmann electrics

Posted by PaternosterRow , 11 August 2013 - - - - - - · 288 views

Hi all,

Just bought the splendid Bachmann Ivatt Class 2MT but don't like the trailing DCC wires to the tender.  I'm an analogue runner so have no need for the chip interface in the tender.  Does anyone know how to get rid of these wires - found that if the plug is removed from the tender it wont run?  I have no understanding of DCC electrics so if there'...


'D' Shop - Welders at Work

Posted by PaternosterRow , 28 July 2013 - * * * * - · 623 views

The Express Models welding unit has finally gone in and, apart from eagerly awaiting some goodies from Ehattons,  the layout is more or less complete.

The building could be slotted into a larger layout if need be but that's for another time.  At the moment I'm having a bit of fun modifying a SuperQuick Ash Plant for a small shed scene.


The Works - 'D' Shop takes on repairs

Posted by PaternosterRow , 14 July 2013 - * * * * * · 463 views

The Roof is more or less complete and so is the front.  Here are a couple of shots of the layout.  

The shot above shows how the roof detaches and how the end gable wall slots out.  In retrospect I wish I had made the back wall detachable, but it does have viewing arches so a camera lens can be pushed through.

It would be pretty rare t...

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