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Welcome to my RM web BLOG, it's used like most to highlight recently modelling projects and photographs. The postings here tend to mirror my independent BLOG at http://nevardmedia.blogspot.co.uk/

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I'm alright Jack....

nevard_110413_brewhouseQ_IMG_9709_web, originally uploaded by nevardmedia.   Brewhouse Quay: This is what happens when the over ambitious new kid upsets the union shop steward - especially as they have a car, something that few of your working men at the time could afford to buy, suggesting some sucking up to the management or such.     The real reason for this post is that early today I bought out Addlestone Model's entire stock of Peco barrels. They had 2 packs.   These come moulded i

Chris Nevard

Chris Nevard

The Monday Management Tour

nevard_110404_brewhouseQ_IMG_9560_web, originally uploaded by nevardmedia.   Brewhouse Quay Project: The brewery management (Foster, Dent, Marriott & Jones Celebrated Ales) are captured there having their bi-monthly tour of inspection in their recently purchased ex-LSWR brake van that was found on the Isle of Wight. Well actually, they're in the brewery tap on the right so that's why they're not in shot.   The real reason for this snap is to show off the new aerial walkway and assoc

Chris Nevard

Chris Nevard

Bespoke Nameplates

nevard_110408_narrowplanet_DSC_1917_web, originally uploaded by nevardmedia.     Earlier today a bespoke 'RADSTOCK' Narrow Planet nameplate arrived for this Hornby J94 Austerity seen here posed on Brewhouse Quay. This loco has yet to be detailed up, so the plate is only tacked temporarily in place for this snap.   Find out more from here:www.narrowplanet.co.uk/   Thank you to the kind souls here on RM web who alerted me to this fabulous service        

Chris Nevard

Chris Nevard

Ivan Locksmith's Jowett Javelin

Influenced by Ivo Peters' fabulous photo of of his famous Bentley posed next to a down goods train at Binegar (or was it Chilcompton?); Ivan Locksmith didn't delay in creating a similar shot to Ivo on the day he part exchanged his elderly Austin Seven for a shiny Jowett Javelin. Here is the photo that was taken at Catcott Burtle with goods from Highbridge Wharf. Just a bit of fun!   Wants to see the colour version? http://nevardmedia5..../p68631542.html

Chris Nevard

Chris Nevard

Cooperage Services for Harrap, Farmer & Maddocks Devon Brewers

nevard_110406_brewhouseQ_IMG_9620_web, originally uploaded by nevardmedia.   With the weekend ahead, now's the time for a little 'Friday feeling' sillyness.....   Brewhouse Quay: Looking across the canal wharf sidings at the little ex-Midland Railway Johnson 1P 0-4-4 which has just opened up the regulator to blast over the wagon turntable.   In the brewery it was frowned at to run anything bigger than an 0-4-0 over these little turntables, so the unwritten rule was to open the regulator a

Chris Nevard

Chris Nevard

Scammell Tri-van

nevard_110909_scammell_IMG_1178_WEB, a photo by nevardmedia on Flickr. Few of us need an excuse to pick up yet another diecast road vehicle for the price of a pint (though this one is the price of 2 pints because it's made of more bits!).   So here we have a Scammell 'Mechanical Horse' aka 'Tri-van' (Oxford Diecast 76MH006 British Rail) sat posing in the cobbled yard at Brewhouse Quay. This one has been de-railwayised with the removal of 'British Railways' and toned down with Testors Dullcote

Chris Nevard

Chris Nevard

Midland Elegance but with the Dexterity of a Hobbit

nevard_110823_BQ_IMG_0960_WEB, a photo by nevardmedia on Flickr.   Part bull: 40564 was one of the very last of the elegant ex-Midland Class 2P 4-4-0 locomotives to run on the 'The Dorset', it being finally withdrawn in 1962. In latter years, it would be frequently used on the 11.30 'Beer Express' from the Marriott, Dent and Foster Brewery in Bath down to Bournemouth West. On a bright morning in 1960, the train is captured departing Brewhouse Quay for its holiday resort destination freshly loa

Chris Nevard

Chris Nevard

Count Down to Wycrail!

nevard_111016_catcott_IMG_1527_WEB, a photo by nevardmedia on Flickr.   The excellent Wycrail in High Wycombe is in just under 3 weeks on Saturday 5 November, and this year I've been invited to take Catcott Burtle along for the day.   'CB' is all ready to go, so there's no midnight oil to burn, which will make a nice break fom the norm, but I do need to finish repairing an ex-LSWR lattice signal post that one of the cats chewed the top off. I don't know why, white metal and brass hardly mak

Chris Nevard

Chris Nevard

Look, I Shrunk the Wife!

Click on the pics to enlarge to 1024 pixels...   Ok, now I've got your attention with my wife superimposed in unseasonal clothing onto the little bridge that crosses the remains of the Glastonbury Canal next to Catcott Crossing, the reason for this post is to highlight a little basic weathering on the rather splendid new Hornby ex-GWR Hawksworth Brake Compo. These rather stylish coaches were regularly used during the final couple of years of the former SDJR Highbridge Branch. And yes th

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Chris Nevard

Micro progress

111002_cornish_int_IMG_1427_WEB, a photo by nevardmedia on Flickr.   The little GWR/LSWR-Cornish-esque 2'10" x 12" micro continues to take shape. Not bad I guess seeing it was only a twinkle Sunday before last - but it is only dinky winky so no great challenge.   Yesterday you saw the GWR 'pagoda' and platform manifest, and the afternoon before saw a little track construction using C+L components. Note the lower level siding and catchpoint, something that's nearly always missed from sidings

Chris Nevard

Chris Nevard

Get outside, it's a lovely day...

nevard_110422_brewhouseQ_IMG_9812_web, originally uploaded by nevardmedia.   Before I take advantage of the nice weather outside (probably doing dull things like gardening which I hate; Astroturf and plastic shrubs would be ideal - actually full sized static grass would get my vote too), here's another quick snap of the overgrown rails on the wharf after a zap of the Grasmaster. The lightly laid (code 55 flatbottomed) section here being inlaid in ash and clinker between the cobbles, so af

Chris Nevard

Chris Nevard

Mr Grumpy's Friday Snap

nevard_110222_catcott-collett_DSC_1470_web, originally uploaded by nevardmedia.   Swindon's finest 3206 pauses at Catcott Burtle with the 2.20pm service from Highbridge to Evercreech Junction during the rear end of the summer of 1965. Note the brisk westerly wind catching the exhaust (which I admit to being Photoshoppery).   OK, enough of the old tosh, hopefully the grass is a good advert for static grass "ground foam is so 90's don't you know?". The reeds are not the right colour and

Chris Nevard

Chris Nevard

Wallpaper for Wednesday

In the late summer of 1964 Ivatt Class 2 tank No. 41248 slows for Catcott Burtle with the 2pm service from Evercreech Junction to Highbridge. Note the gleaming ex-works Hawksworth brake composite passenger coach and the Southern Railway bogie parcels van for cheese, cider and another perishables.   The coach is my most recent item of rolling stock, and it will of course be weathered in due course. I intend to add a yellow band above the first class section. A single Hawksworth coach and a

Chris Nevard

Chris Nevard

Hemp!

nevard_110103_catcott-reeds_IMG_8878_web, originally uploaded by nevardmedia.   When somebody mentions hemp, especially if they look a tad thin, speak rather slowly in a warbling manner, have their hair platted, wear colourful home knits as well as knitting their own wall paper, we tend to associated it with something smoked that will generate a mind altering experience. Yeah-man!   For most people who are not so much into ‘vegetable rights and peace’ as coined by Neil off the early 198

Chris Nevard

Chris Nevard

Sunday Night Snaps

With work looming for many tomorrow, here's a little cheer up snapped earlier today in the car park at Scaleforum! Brewhouse Quay, not you you can tell was balanced on the roof of my car, it not being officially part of the show. The lovely little loco, an Andrew Barclay 0-4-0 is owned by Captain Kernow - oh lucky chap! Click on the photos below to enlarge.....  

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Chris Nevard

Sweet Bridge

111008_cornish_int_IMG_1410_WEB, a photo by nevardmedia on Flickr.   A very kind Mr Sweet mailed me this rather nice bridge casting for the Cornish project last week. I'm sure you'll agree that it is a wonderful piece of work, with nice deep rendering which would be quite tricky to achieve by scratchbuilding.   When it arrived, I expected it to be resin or plaster, but much to my surprise it is fibreglass! The stone being moulded into the gel coat. The joy being that it is very tough and ver

Chris Nevard

Chris Nevard

Sabotaged & Defeated!

111112_polbrock_IMG_1894_WEB, a photo by nevardmedia on Flickr.   Polbrock - late summer 1971 and the contractors are slowly clearing the line from a railhead 4 miles to the west of here. By May 1972 the rails had finally gone for good. Bigger version of the above photo here.

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Chris Nevard

Something for the Weekend

111002_cornish_int_IMG_1420_WEB, a photo by nevardmedia on Flickr.   Cornish Interlude (working title) update   What better that to move the workbench outside when the weather is as good as it has been! No need to hoover up after either!   This weekend saw the repaint and weather of a Bachmann Scenecraft GWR 'Pagoda'. The weekend also saw the construction of a short platform from foam board, embossed plastic card and Das modelling clay. Note the faded BR Southern Region colours, this to di

Chris Nevard

Chris Nevard

An angle of BQ you won't normally see

nevard_110821_BQ_IMG_0923_WEB, a photo by nevardmedia on Flickr.   Here's an angle you won't normally be able to see unless you peer over the end of Brewhouse Quay behind the lighting rig. From this angle, the track layout can be observed to full effect including the wagon turntable which links to a siding that runs out right through the backscene to the other side to allow a little fun swapping wagons around.   Very shortly, the line in the centre foreground will be extended towards the pho

Chris Nevard

Chris Nevard

No Buffers

nevard_110422_brewhouseQ_IMG_9816_web, originally uploaded by nevardmedia.   Brewhouse Quay Update: Rather than end the sidings here with buffer stops, a gate suggesting the rest of the world and large sliding doors to another warehouse/workshop has made a more interesting 'end'. Hopefully the effect will suggest that this is only a tiny section of a much bigger brewery complex. The temporary lack of casks give the effect of a closed brewery - maybe Whitbreads have bought it out and shut the

Chris Nevard

Chris Nevard

The Afternoon Goods from Evercreech

Click on the video below (sorry, I have no idea how to embed with wysiwyg - how about a raw html edit option?) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sBLo6pNjgaw    With Combwich all ready for RAILEX, a last chance to knock up a quick video of Ex-Midland Railway 0-6-0 4F No. 44417 arriving at Combwich with the afternoon goods from Evercreech Junction. August 1961. After arrival, the engine runs around its train, then shunts the short rake of old wooden wagons into the goods yard. And for the

Chris Nevard

Chris Nevard

Get a high backscene to cover those kebab stains

nevard_110412_brewhouseQ_IMG_9686_web, originally uploaded by nevardmedia.   Brewhouse Quay: The stone on the Scenecraft Oak Hill Brewery buildings out of the box is very light and correct for such a building when new. But a 100 or so years on and the Bath stone will have darkened with algae and pollution; to address this, the stonework has been dry brushed with various Humbrol matt enamels and darker washes to help blend theme in with the areas of the scene. Since taking this snap

Chris Nevard

Chris Nevard

Thursday Pic - that 7F again....

Here's a spare shot of the new Bachmann SDJR 7F 2-8-0 left over from the other day, and whilst it wasn't taken specifically for the cab detail, it does demonstrate how nice the detail is from a normal viewing angle. I make no apologies for the car which is from a Sprinsgide white metal kit, it's simply there because I like it. The only enhancement is the puff of smoke, again because I like it. The crew are stood on the platfom behind the loco   Click to enlarge.   Version without the in

Chris Nevard

Chris Nevard

Natural Window Light

nevard_110123_combwich-53809_DSC_211127b_web, originally uploaded by nevardmedia.   At Combwich, a nicely buffed up 82005 prepares to take on coal next to the foreman's Morris Traveller. For most layout photographic commissions we have to use portable studio lighting to get the best out of layouts because most model railways are nowhere near a good source of natural light or are lit by domestic spotlights. This type of artificial lighting, whilst popular is totally unsuitable for photography

Chris Nevard

Chris Nevard

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