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Been A While...

Musicing has been occupying me somewhat over the last few days, but bits and bobs have been done. Wanting to do the claying between the two crossings at the station end I realised that the Curse Of The Point Rodding and it's associate Signal Wires could not be avoided. So a ruck of single stools was made, together with a set of buffer stops for the end of the General Goods road. The stools are mounted on squares of cork, as I've concluded the cork, when painted with 'Concrete', gives a good repr


Miserable in Scenery

16mm photo-plank - forging a forge

I had modeled the forge up as 8 separate parts to allow me to position them on the Anycubic Photon to get the quickest prints. The resulting jobs filled the print bed twice and at a .04mm layer height it took about 5 hours to print out the parts. The results weren't too bad, there was a bit of warping on the largest part (the main base of the forge) but it was fairly easy to conceal as the worse bits are under the base and not visible.   The top came out very nicely and I don't think

Steel and concrete...

And so my baptism into the dark arts of scenery painting has continued on and off over the last few days. It has been focused on the Linkspan structure and trying to get the concrete to look like concrete and the steel bits to look like steel! Easier said than done when all I have is some cheap acrylics bought off the Internet and just need to keep on mixing and reapplying layers of paint until I'm finally happy.    One thing I have learnt is that you can never have too much white pain

Paul Robertson

Paul Robertson in Blog


or cardboard assisted design. Started roughing out the right hand side landscape. Wanted to incorporate a tunnel to hide the off scene exit to the fiddle yard, so will have a sort of half cutting with stone/rock walls behind.     Next steps, more cardboard and then some paper strips to flesh it out before hanging basket liner etc. I also have some Woodland Scenics rock moulds, so might slap some paster of paris in them to see if I like the effect.


RedgateModels in General

A Busy Weekend

This weekend has been taken up with some weathering in unusual circumstances. Because the Missenden Abbey Railway Modellers Autumn weekend could not take place at the Abbey, an online event was arranged to provide some small compensation. This event included a little bit of weathering:   https://www.missendenrailwaymodellers.org.uk/index.php/virtual-missenden-recordings/

Figures, figures, figures...

It's been a while since I did an update, mainly because of a number of niggling changes I have had to make, mainly to make the fiddle yard Heljan 86 proof.  Having tested the old fiddle yard successfully in the summer with Heljan 86s which are by far and away the most temperamental locos in the fleet (although the Hornby Class 153 gives it a good run), and both propelling and pulling a range of stock, to total satisfaction, last week the little ****ers started throwing themselves off on curves,


wombatofludham in Blog

Making things move

As a proud owner of some Tillig track, but no layout plan i spent a moment deciding on the next step, which should be a simple, self-contained one to maintain some momentum and to get some more insights into the complexity of DCC. I plumped for installing a single HO point, which i would have to make from a kit and then mount on a small board where it could be controlled by a DCC driven point motor.    The point was relatively simple to build mechanically with the rails sliding into po


metijg in Getting started

Another Wooden Wonder - Timber Tracks GWR 4 Road Engine Shed Conversion - Part. 4

Be careful what you wish for @gwrrob    So after 18 months or so on (& off the bench), the Engine Shed is finished and currently en-route (as I type) to it's final home temporally - as it's got to go to the layout builders in Taunton next week.    Anyhow on with the final part and where I left off - the roof or tiling nightmare as I like to call it (to be fair Bramley was quite poorly at the time - so I was not quite with it).        


toboldlygo in General

Scrap Tank - more details

Next I added some remaining details - the clack valves are impressions made by threading two short lengths of brass tube of 0.6mm and 0.8mm outside diameter onto a length of 0.4mm brass rod. All three of these came in a useful pack from Albion Alloys. They were covered in flux then soldered on with a small amount of solder, before bending the pipe to curve under the boiler.    Fiddlier to make were the next bits, which I **think** are controls for the sandboxes - they sit either

16mm photo-plank - plans for a forge

In my previous posting I had found this picture of a rather nice cast forge.     Some more digging on the internet and I found some references to Keith - Blackman Ltd of Farringdon Avenue London, manufacturers of smith's hearths and forge blowers - purveyors  of complete installations for the smithy. I thought I'd try to model up something suitable for my workshop.     I've broken it down into a number of pieces so i can try and print the individual part

Servo Software

So, given that I've been playing with servos it seems that producing something simple to drive them would be a good idea.  If you are of a mind, and fancy  a modest challenge, then over HERE (in Github) is the source for the Arduino firmware.  This, after relatively limited testing, should work on a Nano, Uno or Mega2560 and control as many servos and the board has PWM outputs (with some reasonable exceptions).   Here (and arguably meaninglessly) is a picture of an Uno operating a sing


jeff_p in Point matters

Streamline P2/2 Modification Part 2

The following day I posted the upgrade to my LNER P2, I found that the 1.5mm square brass had arrived.    So following this, I decided to put my hands to building the Walschaerts valve gear for my P2/2. ( Or is it a P2/3??)    Sitting down to do this required a lot of concentration, however I was able to steadily develop the valve gear. It's easier if the photo's do the talking... Which show each stage of the build. The hardest part was drilling and fitting the pin into the p

Infinity Bonus

Finally had a chance to play a game with the sci-fi Japanese I finished back in April.   Over the course of the game, I was informed that model facing is important.  Cue the following; I painted roughly 180 deg. of the base red.   Quick & simple.   I used Model Master enamel, having found it coats well enough in one go to not waste time on such a simple job.   As painting the red took so little time, I started on another gaming model.   This is a special


AlfaZagato in Kitbuilding

Painting some buildings...

Having completed the ship painting and decals I concentrated my efforts on the first set of buildings I had constructed. The station would need several coats of white paint to cover the balsa and in between that I painted the portakabin and security kiosks.    (first layers of white going on with the other buildings getting their first coats)    (the portakabin and kiosks painted up)    Five coats of white paint later and I was ready to paint the roof of

Paul Robertson

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Scrap Tank - plates and handrails

Here's a photo of the loco before the details referred to in the title were added. In this picture the motor is not fitted, so the cab looks empty. I was running it up and down the track under gravity after glueing the wheels into their muffs, checking that the motion was working. Actually I found that it was a bit tight and had to thin the slidebars further. The middle and rear crankpins have not yet been trimmed to length, so the temporary "washer" - made from electrical wire sleeving - grazes

16XX (P4) running in

Having been granted a further day to keep the P4 circuit in place, I've been making the most of it, with further running in activity taking place. This time, it's the turn of my P4 16XX pannier, 1650. Here's a rather wobbly panned photo:   This loco was built as a commission for me several years ago, when I thought that I would have a completed P4 layout to take to shows, so it was a means of saving me some modelling time, as I needed to work on the layout itself ('Callow Lane').

Streamlined P2/2 Modification

Since, finishing the body on my LNER P2 2003, the locomotive was left to look like this:      A nice enough looking model, I am sure you will agree, however the one thing that disappointed me with my model was the wheels. I had hated the "HALO" wheels which my good friend Dan had called them. I must admit I was in the same boat as him. In addition to this the P2 was fitted with a former LNER A3 Tender, which had the lining on the frames. To add to this the P2 Chassis did not

Mk1 Transit for Barton Road

The Barton Road diorama is suitable for a few time frames between 1950 and 1980 so I've been collecting vehicles to pose in the scene alongside some suitable Modelu figures.  The 1970's period interests me the most, with Bath Road 03's working the Avonside branch cement works and distillers.  First up on the list of vehicles to weather is an Oxford Diecast Mk1 Ford Transit.  This is my first attempt at weathering a vehicle and I've been following Mick Bonwick's blog notes on the process.  Any fe

For those interested ..

Just a quick one.   "Can I arrange to put the switches on the actuator" was, I think, the last question.   Yes:     and     So there are "T Slots" in the chassis into which rather small M1.6 bolts fit and M2.0 might fit (I haven't any to try).  I would hardly say that it is simple, but it is achievable.   Attached are the STL files for the chassis, the rod and two wheels (one with 10mm throw and the other with 4mm throw).


jeff_p in Point matters

RTR running in (P4)

I am currently running another RTR loco in, this time a Class 24 in P4, which is destined for use on 'Callow Lane'.   Although I do use a rolling road, I prefer, where possible, to undertake running in on actual track.   The P4 circuit is 7' 6" in diameter and is effectively a circle of 'P4 set track', made up from sections of C&L flexi track, curved and held in the correct radius by copper clad sleepers.   I wish I had a permanent space for this, but the dining

No. 9000 on shed at Portmadoc

January 2015 was the last time I did any modelling and Modelu was still a figment of my imagination. I was working out my 3 months notice from my IT job, living in Wales with my mother and spending my evenings trying to get my new 3D printer to work consistently. This Dukedog project was one of the first successes in those early days, with 3D printed top feed, sandboxes and whistles (these are in the product range). No 9000 was destined for Oswestry Works, but it looks just as good at home on Da


alanbuttler in DETAILING

Tillig track and Olivia's Trains - It's a start of sorts

I got hold of some Tillig HO / HOe track and had a play around with it. First impression is that It's very different to the standard PECO / Hornby settrack i'm used to, but it looks great and has an amazing variety of points, especially the HO and HOe mix together. Also had three locos (Peckett, Rushton and Baldwin) tweaked by Olivia's trains and they also turned out to be stunning, especially as it's the first time I've really experienced the full potential of DCC.   It's a first step


metijg in Getting started

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    • Technically the Gottard Tunnel is the deepest railway line at 8040ft below the surface but it's not below sea level, Mponeng Gold Mine is the deepest in the world, I may be mistaken but the attached picture appears to show rails in one of its tunnels which are expected to go over 4km below the surface.  
    • Hi Paul, its looking good. Impressive progress! Modern roads are hard to model IMHO, I think you have done a great job. I shall borrow your tips for lining out and road markings. Hope you don't mind me saying, but the cliffs seem quite close to the railway and road? I wonder if the cliff bases would look better with a concrete skirt and metal crash barriers? I am sure I have seen that somewhere. Or they could be covered with netting to prevent rock fall, as per Clifton Gorge in Bristol. Anyways,
    • Could well be the case Nick.    In which case I'll have to add one to the scratchbuilding list. I'll dig and see what info I have on them . 
    • If the glass had to be unloaded at the yard, wouldn't a travelling crane be sent in advance to deal with it?  The Caledonian certainly had a couple of 5 ton cranes for such tasks, at least within the engineering department.
    • Good point Mikkel, I haven't an end loading dock.  From all I can gather there wasn't one at that location. The scotch derrick wouldn't have the lift at the radius needed to manage either without a lot of manpower to guide the crate out of the end of the wagon.  I guess it will just be a case of having the glass wagon pass through on the way to somewhere else. 
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