Okay, that might be exaggerating a bit. But now that I've downloaded Opera* and can see the pictures again I thought I'd post what I've been up to during the intermission.
To join the two boards together I've used the simplest method I could think of, a few nuts and bolts. It's very secure and easy to undo when I need to transport the boards. When I make the travel covers for each board I'll use the same method to attach them too.
This blogging is all new to me (no doubt it will get easier). Anyhow just a short profile of what scale i model group and period and whats on my workbench at the moment. The scale that i model is P4 (my friend Dan Randall would like it S7). The railway is the GWR from 1934 to 1938 (i do like Ganges and Manors).At present on my workbench is a Martin Finney Collett goods(inside working motion).The tender is 98% complete and is in primer.The chassis is nearly finished and has been modified
Well, progress has been slow on Calshot due to life in general, but today I got cracking with some DAS modelling clay.
First, the castle needed a good sand down before the DAS could be applied, nothing too special, just enough to get rid of the large lumps of polycell on it. The clay was then rolled out and covered over the castle. The window areas were pushed in to form a recess. Unfortunately I only had enough clay to do half of the castle, so the bottom half will have to wait until I can get
Not a lot done this week as my first grandchild, Joshua Harding, made his way into this uncertain world. He's a little belter, much Thomas stuff will be bought soon. Now the excitement has died down, the connecting rods will be milled, the coupling rods are done. I will be posting pictures (when able) of the scale of the problem and the completed rods. The scale of the problem has grown after Winchester Railway Modellers' clear out, I have acquired the basis of my proposed O gauge plank, this be
Well today I have managed to do the first bit of modelling for about 6 weeks. Wasn't much. I just added some more "enamel" posters to the station fencing, and added some sheep to the field behind the siding. I have also added dcc chips to the 108. Quick easy job that one. I must get round to changing the wheel sets for proper 2mm ones. Not much admittedly but a something is better than nothing. Maybe I can get a little bit more done now!
We have decided to develop our wooded area by adding a pot bank and maybe some terrace houses, this will add to the Potteries atmosphere and better identify the urban setting of the layout.
I've formed a papier-mache shell around a suitable bottle, then coated this with DAS clay rolled out to 4mm thickness. Once dry I sanded the finish to reduce the lumps and slid the model off the bottle.
Back on the bottle for marking out the horizontals which was achieved by using an elastic band wh
In order to get the trains off-scene, I needed to make some escape hatches in the sides of the winebox. Out came the power tools, and with some work and some luck I made the right sized holes in the right places. (Woodwork is not something I'm good at). Feeling pleased with myself, I took some photos through the new openings. Apologies for the depth of field problems - I need to get the camera manual out and work out how to overcome these.
First - a view from the front-right hole.
As the last post said, what to do next as I seem to have stalled over the last couple of months, so I have decided on a small plan of action.
Rather than work on anything big, over the coming month apart from running the layout I am going to do just those little jobs such as:
Add gutters and drain pipes to buildings
Get flowers in the flower beds.
Look at where people should be and the cameo's
It will take a couple of days to get through but to help me on my way I have ordered
Those of you that followed my Summat Colliery thread in the old place will know that I had an "incident" with the MSE signal before the Elizabethan show early this month.
Time to come clean .........
I have known for a while that my close vision has been deteriorating, but like most blokes steadfastly refused to accept the fact! The carefully crafted signal kit from MSE had been planted for a photo shoot with Mike Wild of Hornby Mag but I hadn't got round to fitting the back blinde
Two years ago I started Summat Colliery - my first real attempt at a scenic layout and a portable exhibitable one at that
If you want to follow the path I took over the last two years, it's here on the old forum, but this blog will show what happens next and give details of shows etc that it is booked to attend.
I've added a Exhibition Diary block which will detail shows that Summat Colliery will be attending
Some may recall a while ago I was looking to build a T Gauge model. Now I know space cannot be used as an excuse here, the issue was simply one of time. During the interim, I did a little bit of work on John's 'Lynnbottom' layout, on the scenic side. Now the T Gauge manufacturer, Eishindo, have a number of exciting items in the pipeline including points (hurrah! ) and the Kiha 40 diesel railcar - much to look forward to.
Something that has been planned for quite a while are road vehicles, a
Whilst there's been problems with the forum, I've been doing even more planning and thinking, and have come up with yet another plan. The entry into the fiddle-yard for the mainline never looked quite right - it was too far forward, leaving the scenic area in front of the fiddle-yard very narrow. So with a little twist, the plan now bends the other way, with the centre of the layout towards the back, and the edges further forward. I've also worked on the branch and sidings, and am happier wit
As I sit here listening to Ian Brown's new album 'My Way', there's certainly nothing Sinatra-esque about it. However, the penultimate tune is entitled 'By All Means Necessary', which strikes a chord with me.
You see, I'm mad about wanting to build, finish and run my very own railway adventure. But, for whatever reason, my efforts have been halted. When the fire in the belly rekindled in 2006 after a long lay-off from the hobby (16 years or so), I went for the jugular and spent my bonus (the
Here reopens the Kilbrannan Ferry Layout thread - hope you enjoy. I will recap earlier progress and give a potted history on the sketchy/fantastic raison d'etre.
The layout is a 13' x 2' terminus to fiddle yard layout in my garage. It is EM, trackplan (below)
is based loosely on Aberfeldy with much influence fromm other Scots places such as Killin, Dornoch, and is based on a (wildly fantastic) "might have been" C and O (and NBR/West Highland) incursion into the Mull Of Kintyre. The la
Well here is my first posting on the new site, so more of a test to see if it goes alright
So while RMWeb has been down i've got round to some modelling, which i am sure a lot of you have also done
This is a london Road Models - LNWR 42ft bogie lavatory brake composite, sat on MJT coach compensating units and Exactoscale wheels.
Plenty to finish off but it's a start.
A chance stumble across an old thread on Demu has revived interest in a project I started planning a while back,
One area that I find quite interesting to operate are charter rakes, the combination of all sorts of different traction with rakes of mixed coaching stock is rather appealing. At the moment I have in progress a full VSOE set (which will have an accurate formation of different coach types, and is more of a long term project). Along with a full Blue Pullman set (Although this still
Desparately tried to transfer entries from my original thread in RM Web but failed. I have successfully registered as New Member (with same thread title) but my images do not appear. Frustration is getting the better of me and so I've stuck to old RM Web till it shuts down. Race to finish before access is lost.
I spent a lot of last week and most of Sunday working on the layout. The fiddle yard is now mainly finished and has been boxed over:
On Sunday I finished all the wiring and the control box is now fully functioning with all three lines now working:
I've got a few bits out recently just to have a play (and to check everything works!). Here's a 9F with a mixed freight:
And here's a Black 5 too:
Over the weekend I finished building the loco, the most tedious job was to make the steps from brass sheet. I swapped the split pins for brass hand rail knobs. Fitted etched rear window grills and I fitted some whitemetal steam pipes.
For the past few nights I have undercoated and sprayed the loco gloss black, I will now pick out the buffer beams and other items which need painting different colours and will number and letter the loco over the weekend, then a coat of satin varnish will
Well I thought I would put some thoughts down, as I am still thinking about the possibilities of 3mm. I have always wanted to do some L(NE)R based in the Pennines, having seen in RM David Jenkinson's Marthwaite and being bitten by it as I was close-ish to where I grew up. Also having access to Wensleydale Branch made me want to model that too and in the early days I made a very 'loose' interpretation of it in my bedroom on an 8x4 L shaped chipboard layout. Having moved on some what I now think t
Wrexham & Shropshire service passing the temporary signals.
The sensor is just in front of the front coupling - the main signal will go red when it is triggered, yellow when the train reaches the fiddle yard and then green about 30 seconds later.
The bay signal is held at red as the points are set against it. Changing the points will hold the main signal at red and show the appropriate aspect on the bay signal instead.
Clever stuff this.:icon_thumbsup2:
All I need to do now i
Sheet-making had quite a lot in common with sail-making so it's not surprising that there might be similarities of equipment and terminology. There's a splendid LMS period photo of the Midland sheet factory at Sheet Stores Junction in the Essery article in Midland Record No. 3. This shows freshly-stencilled sheets hanging up to dry, short edge uppermost, with rows of ropes down the sides just as in your GW photo.
Many thanks Mike. Plenty of plumber's hemp left for a lifetime of wagons!
BTW, I found this photo from one of the GWR sheet shops. Not sure about the caption, though. "Hoisting?"
For the checkrails I only soldered the one side of the rail as there was no room to solder both sides like I did for the rails without check rails. When I get my backscene and control panel built I can do some testing of the track as at the moment I used some 00 gauge clockwork locos to test the track. :D