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Class 304 Arrives at Perry Barr - at last!

Posted by PaternosterRow , 19 June 2018 - * * * * * · 661 views

At last the Southern Pride Class 304 has been finished. The layout would have been incomplete without it, but building it has tried my patience and I'd think twice before having a go as such a large kit again. The instructions were clear and the kit itself is very well made, but you really need prior experience and I rather think I jumped into the deep en...



Posted by PaternosterRow , 11 April 2018 - * * * * * · 706 views

Believe it or not, but this plastic Lobster has a direct connection with the real place. Along with the station there was four shops sharing the blue brick building on the overbridge. There was a clothes shop to the left, the station (a simple entrance with small ticket office), a shoe shop (if I remember right), a newsagent and a chip shop. The 'chippi...


Perry Barr Blues

Posted by PaternosterRow , 07 April 2018 - * * * * * · 896 views

Perry Barr Blues More pictures. Note Steve Jones's fabulous shot of the station in 1978 with a Class 312 bound for Walsall. I am currently working on a Southern Pride Class 304 - this seems to be the only available WCML EMU kit available at the moment. Work is slow and I am awaiting parts that did not arrive with the kit - such is life, eh? 
Fabulous shot taken by S...


Perry Barr Station II

Posted by PaternosterRow , 03 April 2018 - * * * * * · 724 views

Just a quick update on progress so far. Upon showing the first pictures to my wife she said that the layout looked too rural for it to be Perry Barr. Whilst the there is a Park to the north of the station there were obvious signs of it being in a suburban, Green Belt area - it was right next to a Shopping Centre (Lynton Square in the 70/80's) and the or...


Perry Barr Station

Posted by PaternosterRow , 10 February 2018 - * * * * * · 732 views

I haven't been resting on my laurels since my last layout and have been ferreting away as usual. So, and having grown up in Perry Barr, I thought it was high time to have a go at a model of the station there. I've had to rely on a couple of pics by Steve Jones along with my memory of the place. I didn't fancy using any of the available catenary so had a g...



Posted by PaternosterRow , 10 February 2017 - * * * * * · 849 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 - * * * * * · 867 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 - * * * * * · 656 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 - * * * * * · 819 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 - * * * * * · 1,051 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 - * * * * * · 1,002 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 - * * * * * · 1,225 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 - * * * * * · 847 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 - * * * * * · 621 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 - * * * * * · 1,379 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 - * * * * * · 852 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 - * * * * * · 1,294 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 - * * * * * · 1,420 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 - - - - - - · 653 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 - * * * * * · 1,078 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...

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