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Ballasting

Ballasting

For ballasting I use sandpit sand bought from ToysRUs before it disappeared. It is reasonably coarse so can pass for ballast in n gauge.    One of the things I do not like about commercial N gauge track is the depth of the sleepers. I therefore wanted to use the ballast to hide this depth consistently. After some experimentation I came up with a scheme to achieve this.   Once the track was laid, I lined the edge of the sleepers with evergreen 1mm quarter-round StripStyrene. T

goldngreen

goldngreen

 

The background, what im on with, whats next

Hello and welcome to my first blog around Leith Central and my modelling projects.   The Background. In a parallel universe somewhere the Waverley Route is still open in 1991 and Leith Central Station is located 90 degrees round from its current position on the other side of Leith Walk and retained to relieve traffic pressures on Edinburgh Waverley and handle the East side of Scotlands parcels traffic. Forming the point of a triangle from Abbeyhill and Powderhall (curve closed and

Leith Centrl

Leith Centrl

The Trackwork IS for Turning

The Trackwork IS for Turning

Some trackwork finally!   The handbuilt turnout section has been wired and fixed down along with the conveyor pit and associated road. Last night I got the tortuous looping curve section bonded down and started to look at the Peco Y that joins up to the boxfile. Slight deviation from the Templot plan for the curve as I had to straighten out the turnout exit to allow the Farish 0-6-0 chassis to run through. The road through the conveyor pit was always just a temporary placeholder as whe

RedgateModels

RedgateModels

Bodmin General(ish)6

Bodmin General(ish)6

I have been doing a bit of what Gordon S loves doing with his Eastwood Town layout which is printing off track plans, my efforts are nowhere near to his standards, thought I would see how everything would pan out in full size,   I have also been looking at how close I can get the platforms, plus looking at how I can kitbash a couple of Ratio stations into something similar to Bodmin     This is the start or engine shed end of  the second board, I changed the turnou

hayfield

hayfield

 

70s BR steam (alternate history project)

As in a lot of my blogs, this project is one of many that might not get done until later but I thought I’d share it with others:   I’ve already seen some models of locos in BR corporate blue and, since being a writer of alternate histories, I thought it would be fun to join in.  The Riddles 9F is the main loco I’ve seen in this version of blue and it looks good on it. Considering how young they were when they got scrapped, I often wonder what it would’ve been like if BR kept them for

PannierTanker14

PannierTanker14

A Matter of Colour

A Matter of Colour

I’m currently pondering what colour I should use for the body of my Broad Gauge ‘Rob Roy’.  References to the colour originally used on Broad Engines declare it to have been ‘Holly Green’ but opinions differ on what shade that name represents.   According to Christopher Awdry’s book: ‘Brunel’s Broad Gauge Railway’, the Boiler Cladding was ‘Holly Green (Dark Blue/Green)’ until 1881, after which ‘Chrome Green’ was adopted. (he quotes the Broad Gauge Society as the source of this informat

MikeOxon

MikeOxon

 

An Armoured Build: Tamiya Cromwell Mk.IV Tank Part 2

On with Part 2 of the build and to be honest there was much left to do..   Decals were applied, some of which needed an awful lot of Microsol to sit down properly - was going to do Option B on the decal scheme, but opted scheme A instead. I also fitted the towing cable after the decals had gone off and started off the weathering with some dry brushing using Vallejo Model Air Rust & Dark Umber.     I then put on a clear coat of Tamiya Flat Clear and Vallejo Wash

toboldlygo

toboldlygo

 

Micro layout(?) Castle Rock paper mills

After watching many of SDJR7F88’s videos of micro layouts (and all the others, because they’re great ), I have decided to build one myself. It’s supposed to be in O gauge therefore is not as ‘micro’ as OO can be but I still think it’ll work. I have began planning this because I still lack modelling skills. The Riverside Works diorama is going on great but it isn’t an operational piece and I wanted something up and running in the nearer future than in the distant future with my Castle Rock Railwa

PannierTanker14

PannierTanker14

Update No1

Update No1

Swan Hill is the terminus of a short, double track commuter branch off the GWR in the vicinity of Langley, imagined/modelled in 7mm. The last mile or so of the branch, including Swan Hill station, is carried on viaduct – Windsor comes to mind. The track plan owes something to Uxbridge Vine Street but with only a down siding for reversing into a goods yard (as per Windsor but off scene) and an up siding, shunting spur and dock. There is a single passenger platform serving arrival and departure ro

kitpw

kitpw

BYA covered steel wagon

BYA covered steel wagon

I am building a kit for a BYA covered steel wagon. This should be ideal for Shelf Island - a compact model, modern and very British. The prototypes were built by Thrall Europa at York, with the first deliveries to EWS in early 1999. The kit was produced by British H0 Models some years ago and I was lucky enough for Elaine Harvey (Elaines' Trains) to think of me and ask if I would like to have the two kits she had come in stock.   To begin with I am building only one of the kits. If the

47137

47137

 

Warning: hacking scandal causing problems across the Social Network

I wanted to put up this warning up to spread awareness because i think it is quite serious.   in the space of a few days to now, several big social media accounts ranging from Game Developers to Restaurants have been attacked and taken over by hackers. Some regain control of this and some don’t. Recently, several YouTube channel owners had their accounts stolen from them by ‘hackers’ often for scams.  These include gaming channels but also, which made myself and thousands of

PannierTanker14

PannierTanker14

 

Tadpole Diagram S4

A photograph of a model from one of my earlier 3d prints a Tadpole S4. The printing was carried out by Shapeways. The added components were markits round coach buffers, Hornby couplings and 14mm coach wheels. The centre ones having their flanges removed by turning in a small hobby drill clamped in a vice using a 10mm awger bit!

81E

81E

 

Tadpole S1

Just finished the 3D artwork for my GWR Tadpole Diagram S1. The image shows all the parts combined. However, I have split the model up into two main parts, the Chassis and underframe.   The bogies will be a variation on some Dean 6'4" ones that I produced for the short Hornby/Triang Clearstores

81E

81E

 

Hornby Dublo collection

Ages ago, After coming across a box in the loft of my Grandparents’ house, I’ve found several old Dublo stuff: A Co-Bo diesel An 8F 2-8-0 A flat wagon (which carries the 8F’s motor) a salt wagon two fish wagons (presumably, because one is a GW fish van) a parcel van  an open wagon a restaurant coach (not shown) and an LMS brake van.     the two locos used to work, however the 8F was a fire risk and the Co-Bo’s wiring broke, so now they sit

PannierTanker14

PannierTanker14

The western corner

The western corner

I have been sorting out the western end of the layout so the boards have been wheeled out for access. Getting a bit chilly this time of year so pvas do take a while to dry for the scenic stuff.   Anyway, a few pics of that corner. I’m not entirely happy with the brick gable end of the factory. I keep an eye open for something more suitable but as ever its the problem of getting a good square on photo of it.           At least the trains a

Dave John

Dave John

A beginning

A beginning

On a cold and damp Saturday and having viewed with huge interest various blogs on RMWeb over the last year or two and having revived a family tradition of building model railways, I decided it was high time to dip a toe in the water and share - with trepidation - the state of play on Swan Hill, a GWR terminus station somewhere in the Thames Valley and sometime in the 1920s.    The photo shows the extent of trackwork on Swan Hill as of about three months ago.  If the start of this blog

kitpw

kitpw

 

Bodmin General(ish)5

For once a major step forward, Thursday I visited the timber yard and got a sheet of 9 mm ply stripped down. Only one error in getting too many of the 3" strips cut in half, thankfully a had an offcut at home which I could cut 2 strips from. Thursday was a preparation day and made one board yesterday and the second today     A full length view station area top left, entrance to the engine shed bottom left and goods yard bottom right. The Templot plan is a bit of a mess, its

hayfield

hayfield

A Few More Pecketts

A Few More Pecketts

One heavy and one light weathering exercise for each of Hornby's Peckett 0-6-0ST models.   Nothing more complicated than Railmatch Frame Dirt, Railmatch Weathered Black from the airbrush. Testor's Dullcote to prepare the upper parts for pigments, then Ammo Dark Earth and AK Interactive Black. Some Lifecolor Ash pigment and some Mig Productions Rubbel (sic) Dust for variety and some additional shading with MIG Productions Dark Wash. Oh, and some Gordon Edgar photographs for inspiration

Mick Bonwick

Mick Bonwick

 

Hattons a3

Just got my hattons a3 br flying scotsman as preserved any one else noticed that the rain strip is black and should be green and no front air brake pipes front steps could have been added for customer to fit if they wanted will add photos of mine when I've upgraded it

jay*bobble

jay*bobble

End in Sight

End in Sight

Almost done with the Tau.   Spent the first few sessions this week putting everything through a dip wash.   The drones were a little heavy on the wash.   I was using Vallejo dipping-formula Sepia.   Kind of thick in the jar for what is supposed to be a ready-to-use project.   I wasn't using a fresh jar, either. On the battlesuit here, you can see what I did with all of the optics.   Translucent Blue over Chrome Silver.   I always thought the combo offered a nice pop.

AlfaZagato

AlfaZagato

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