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Ian's Ramblings relating to building Modbury and items for it

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2mmFS 3D Modelling - GWR Outside Framed Goods Van

Having seen some of the great models that can be produced from 3D Printing, I have begun (for the second time) to produce the 3D model for a GWR Outside Framed Goods Van. These early vans were 15'6" long with a total body height of only 6'8". The earliest ones had wooden underframes, and they had a long life some ending up as Sand Vans.   I am using Google Sketch-Up to do the modelling, and so far have put together the main body, and outside frames. I am now in the process of adding the iro

Ian Smith

Ian Smith

2mmFS GWR Metro Tank (Part 2)

A little more progress with the Metro Tank, this time with the Boiler and Smokebox.   The Boiler itself is simply a length of 11/32" Round Brass Tube, cut slightly overlength (finished size 35.4mm long), and the ends sanded off so that they were perpendicular to the outside of the tube. This was done by carefully rubbing the end on a piece of emery, and every now and again checking against an engineers square on a flat piece of glass (tube standing on it's end and the square offered up to it,

Ian Smith

Ian Smith

2mmFS Boiler Fittings Without A Lathe

A little more progress with the Metro Tank. I have now made some of the boiler fittings (Dome and Safety Valve cover). Unfortunately, I do not possess or have access to a lathe so these have been turned up in an electric drill using needle files.   To produce the parts, I used an electric drill, a vice (big enough to hold the drill), various needle files, wet and dry emery paper, and a vernier caliper.   The material used is 1/4" round bar, chosen because the widest point on the Dome (the

Ian Smith

Ian Smith

2mmFS Further Thoughts On A Layout Plan

Following on from my previous blog entry, I have again ventured into the world on Templot (it becomes easier each time ).   This time I have taken on board some of my own thoughts and input from others. I have put the whole visible section on a 10'0" constant radius curve. I have also narrowed the gap between the running line and loop (i'm not sure about this change).   The revised plan can be seen in the photo's below (again with some stock on to give me a better idea of what the plan wo

Ian Smith

Ian Smith

2mmFS Thoughts on a Layout

Over recent days, I have been thinking about the type of layout that I eventually want to build. As I already have the beginings of a GWR BLT in P4, I wanted something a little different but still a GWR branch line theme (I have a fondness of tank and small tender engines), I also want something that could be built in a reasonably short space of time, and hopefully even exhibit. However, I did not want another BLT, so my thoughts have wandered towards a through station of some sort - I even co

Ian Smith

Ian Smith

2mmFS GWR Metro Tank (Part 1)

Work has begun in earnest on my GWR Metro Tank, I chose this prototype for a number of reasons : I had the wheels for a GWR 0-4-2 / 2-4-0 (originally i purchased the wheels from the 2mmSA in the late '80s for a Langley 14xx which never got off the ground) Metro Tanks have both sets of drivers within the side tanks (there are no awkward splashers to make and ensure they don't short out on the wheels) I have a love of GWR small tank engines I now have a roIling chassis built (this ca

Ian Smith

Ian Smith

2mmFS GearBox (for Open Cabbed GWR Metro Tank)

Work has begun in earnest on the GWR Small Metro Tank that I wanted to build, some of you may already have seen the little gearbox that I had built for the project in a reply I had posted in Missy's blog http://www.rmweb.co....-2mm-finescale/.   Well as the chassis was being built I decided that the gearbox already built was a little too large and would encroach into the cab space (the model I am attempting to make will be an open cabbed Metro Tank to suit my preferred modelling period of c190

Ian Smith

Ian Smith

2mm FS GWR V6 Iron Mink build

This entry is the result of my Christmas project... I still has one GWR Iron Mink kit that I purchased from the 2mm Scale Association several years ago. The kit comprises 2 identical sprues each having a floor, an end and a side.   The first step was to prepare the floor, the centre was established, then the axle centres established from that datum (each was lightly scribed into the plastic), I also drilled vent holes for the fumes of the solvent to escape. The V-Iron was bent up along with

Ian Smith

Ian Smith

2mm Scale GWR Wagons (Red)

My 4 plank open has now been painted, the colour I originally bought was just too orangey (Humbrol Satin 132) despite the colour on the tin lid, so a second coat was applied this time adding Humbrol Matt 70 to it in a ratio of about 3 x132 to 1 x 70 to obtain the "warm", "light", "dark" red that GWR wagons are reported to have been painted in the later years of the 19th Century.   Whilst I had the paint pots out I also applied a little weathering to the 2 Iron Mink that I had already completed

Ian Smith

Ian Smith

2mm Scale Iron Minks

Another entry from my Trefallion P4 blog moved to my 2mm Scale blog... 2mm Scale Iron Minks   07 December 2011 Posted by Ian Smith     After a bit of a ferret about in the loft, I found what I was looking for...   Many years ago I had a spell of modelling in 2mm Scale, the only wagons that were ever completed were a pair of GWR Iron Mink built from kits purchased from the 2mm Scale Association. The kit as produced was for a later type where the original iron doors were replaced with wo

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Ian Smith

2mm Scale GWR 4 Plank Open

I am going to try to move my 2mm ramblings from my original Trefallion blog (which is my P4 layout) to this new blog, firstly with my entry on a GWR 4 Plank Open wagon :   2mm Scale GWR O5 4 Plank Open   Sunday afternoon, Wifey out, what to do?   Well having located some of my old 2mm scale bits and bobs I decided to have a crack at putting together the 9'0" rigid underframe chassis that I had in my box of bits. The chassis had been purchased to go under a 4 plank open wagon body that I ha

Ian Smith

Ian Smith

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