lovely day for photographing models today, no direct sun but bright. Put Wheal Elizabeth up in the garden and spent a happy hour snapping away. It's amazing what the public doesn't normally see from the front. I now have a list of things to attend to before the next show, which isn't until January.
Looking forward to going to Scaleforum tomorrow. Hope to see a few of you there.
I'm frequently asked about how the concrete effect was achieved on keyhaven and also crops up periodically in reference to "How do I do inlaid track work?" questions.
The inset track on Keyhaven Quay was achieved by use of cork floor tiles abutted to the side of the sleepers, these basic floor tiles, obtained from a DIY chain, near enough match the rail height of Peco Code 75 track. The inset section between the rails uses Fabfoam obtained from a craft shop chain and cut into 14mm wide strip
The next project, now with Chittle well and truly out of the way, is an incursion into Southern Region territory, with a might-have-been line between Bagshot and Woking.
The story goes something like this:
The line was built in the early 1920s as an alternative to the light railway proposed between Sunningdale and Woking, via Chobham, which was never built. The line provided a direct connection from Ascot and Bracknell to Woking by branching off at Bagshot, and running through Lightwater,
I guess it seems strange starting a blog about a layout with a post about an entirely different layout, but it highlights some of the thinking behind the new layout, and I feel it sometimes helps to have a little of the past to understand the present and the future. The old thread containing more info about the construction of the layout can be found here: http://www.rmweb.co.uk/forum/viewtopic.php?f=76&t=608
Chittle was my entry in the 2007 layout challenge, which was for layouts w
About to head of to deepest darkest Surrey to try and sneak into Scaleforum without them realising that my track gauge is too narrow! I am looking forward to meeting up with a number of RMweb members that I know are going, including the raiding party from the South West that will be dropping anchor today.
One question tho is do I dare play the game of counting the steam locos with outside valve gear gear?
Seriously though good modelling is good modelling what ever the scale or gauge a
Now the control problems seem to have been resolved by that most simple of expedients, i wanted to do a few of the jobs to get progress back on track to where we should be. One of these is the engineers train - this appears early in the sequence, parks up in east siding (infront of the signal box) and stays there till late in the sequence - in the meantime the engine has detached gone back to the fiddle and appears as an engine and brake van move every so often.
Ive been busy in my hotel roo
Starting to really like the new forum, especially now I'm remembering where i left stuff!
Anyway, i've taken full advantage of the new gallery feature and have added some photos back from 2003 when we built the first 4 boards of Treneglos in a year. Some good photos of the boards as they arrived from Damian. Some more of the initial rough scenery in glorious technicolour match pots! A few of the cutting extension and the making of the rock face. I know i have more so I'll keep adding them as
Still more details to add to Ring Road, but given its already had more exhibition invites than it would probably stand up to, I'm in the very early planning stages of a dedicated exhibition layout. Don't get too excited at this point, this is a long way off fruition (2011 I am aiming for), but here's a sneak peek of what will eventually become the 'public companion' to Ring Road (which will do 3 or 4 shows at the most then remain my 'home' layout only)...
Well, here's the first entry on my new blog. It's the first time I've ever had anything to do with blogs, apart from reading those posted by other people.
Like most other folk, I shall start posting workbench and layout progress here, as and when there is something significant to report.
The current layout project on-going are the construction of 'Callow Lane', my first P4 layout, set in the North Bristol/South Gloucestershire area and based on Midland and GW practice.
But in a surpr
This year in between running PH Designs, building models for people and keeping my work shop tidy, I have managed to find time to use up most of the wood left over from Dudley Road & Peters Street.
What could I do so yet again a small very portable layout, I must admit that another reason is to have a platform to display some of my products and to demonstrate how they can be used in conjunction with other manufactures products, in the end I'm a modeller and I enjoy the construction of a lay
Well as I am bit new to the whole blog culture I thought this new site would be a place to start. I have a couple of blogs on this new shiny site already one about my layout Fisherton Sarum and another yet to be started about my workbench, this one, I intend to be much more general than that and about my thoughts and other model railway activities.
So better start somewhere and perhaps a little more about me would be a place to kick off. Those that know me are aware of my passion for all th
Well until ive worked out how to copy across the olf thread heres the link
Can anyone point me in the right direction not been able to fing anything in help yet and I do not want to lose what Ive posted so far!!
Hatton Parkway is another project layout. This time, for a change, it is 'N' and contemporary operations. The idea is to move on from the 'Shake-the-Box' style layout and use flexible track, some kit-built structures and more advanced electrics. The thread on the old forum can be found here.
The layout was originally named Kingsbury Parkway. Kingsbury is situated just outside the West Midlands conurbation, not too far from Tamworth. By amending history a little it could serve as a suitable l
Follow these links for the other stages of this project - I've had to trim the number of entries in the index box, to the right:
Part 2 - More Gronk progress
Part 3 - It doesn't look much different, does it?
Part 4 - End of side 1, please turn over
Part 5 - Side 2
Part 6 - End of side two - approaching the end(s)
Part 7 - Nearly the end(s)
Part 8 - The finished article
I know its in the archive, but seeing as this is still a current project, I'd better move it over here.
...was the word. And that word was attached in an e-mail from the Moderator who spake thus: 'go forth my son and speak unto all modellers about whatever takes thy fancy'.
And there was a great hush amoungst the multitudes and lo, there was an intake of breath and verily there was followed a clearing of the throat and the word was:
(look I'm having a hard time starting this OK?)
my name is Ullypug (ok so it isn't really) and you may know me from such forums as RMWeb 1
Well the old stuff is still live and available on the old forum, CLICKY CLICKY, but I thought to start off the blog it would be good to recap a little, so here we are - the history and development of a small scenic shunting plank...
Paxton Road started life back in September 2007, my return to modelling spurred on by the arrival of my first child and a realisation that the track day car project was a non-starter! I should explain that Paxton Road is actually a childhood memory adaptation - a
Well here we are - a new RM web and a new era. This will make keeping projects easier to organise, but as the end of an old era it seems apt to review where I've come from and my progress on the old forum. Read on for the index to my existing rolling stock projects...
33207 (now sold)
Not much has been rolling off the work bench lately (a good thing as they would crash to the floor), but here's a couple of items underway - my 158 Saltire livery, and my lovely NGS kit Cartic-4 (complete with cars inside!)
Well, looking back at my 1600 posts on the 'old' RMweb, there wasn't actualy much I wanted to transfer - not saying nothing I wrote was of any importance, but its only the more recent bits relating to Ring Road that I want to continue. I've had a go at uploading the gallery, and started collecting a few bits here. This is a different way of using the forum, but I'm liking this blog idea!
For those new to the layout, here is an outline:
Ring Road depicts a busy four-track section of the r
I always enjoy any trip down to Hampshire or Dorset, the tinkle of yachts in harbours, the thrum of perpetual ferries, a chance to sample once more some of my favourite pubs; it lifts the spirits don't you know. I must be getting old when thoughts turn to "I could happily retire here, just there, that house with the balcony there", only another 20 years to save up for what I can't afford today!
This time whilst mooching around I was somewhat surprised to find in a bookshop one of the rare N
An update on Fisherton Sarum's travels:
21st/22nd November 2009- Warley Model Railway Club at the NEC Hall 5
6th March 2010 - Chesham MRC, at the Elgiva Theatre, St. Mary's Way, Chesham, Bucks HP5 1HR. 10.00-17.00
25th April 2010 - SWAG Members at Taunton
11th and 12th of September 2010 - Reading Society of Model Engineers, centenary show - ???The Blessed Hugh Faringdon??? School. Reading.
January 2011 - Astolat MRC at the Guildford Methodist Church, Woodbridge R
Fisherton Sarum is a Southern Railway shed set between 1946 and 1949 those migrating over from the previous version of RM Web will no doubt be familiar with my thread on there. As this is basically a finished layout (if they are ever finished) this blog will concentrate on updates on its travels and also a few odds and ends that still need to be done to improve operation etc.
Fisherton Sarum has appeared in the December issue of Railway Modeller (and in video format on their Annual CD Rom)
You know how it happens, sometimes things on Ebay are just too tempting. Well they are to me anyhow! This is another item that was listed to end at an odd time and with probably too high a starting bid so I put in the minimum bid on a snipe and here it is. It's a rather nicely built O guage M7. No idea what kit it was built from but it is very solidly made and quite nicely finished. It's had a knock or two and someone has done an awfully crude repair to the cab roof which has resulted in some ra
I have not looked at this for a while, so here is a collective response. Again many thanks for the comments made on what is hardly a mainstream modelling topic.
Westernviscount and Regularity
Jealousy... Envy? or perhaps more unpleasantly - Greed.
I like the Good Office. I have just recently come across a series of tiny layouts made by someone in Japan that display modelling skills but are not really big enough to operate. They really caught my eye ...
I use a scalpel knife to trim the sheets, I do find it a bit hard keeping all the pages square though. The main platform bays will form the datum line, along with the roads to Wrenford and Bodmin Parkway lines. From these everything else will flow according to things like structures and baseboard joints.
I did think about swapping the crossover into the goods yard with the turnout into the engine shed, however not only keeping it truer to the subject it is based on
Here is Mike's colour sample of the current GWR green...
...compared with this model, posted by Edwardian in another thread:
And then this in real world lighting, which I wouldn't be averse to calling Holly Green:
Complete speculation of course, but if the 517 model was a little darker/more varnished, would it look similar to the current GWR green?
That looks really good, John, and I’ll look forward to seeing your beautiful pointwork as it develops...
Printing and sticking together all those templates really is great way of testing things out. It’s so much easier and cheaper than cutting wood and starting to lay track, which then has to be ripped up.
I often find something isn’t quite right and moving a turnout a few mm in either direction visually changes things for the better.
I’m amazed how many times ev