After much consideration I have decided not to continue posting details of my modelling and stuff on RMWeb so this will be the last post you will see from me here. If there is anyone out there in RMWeb world that has even a slight interest in my modelling and things then join me on my other blog here...
I havent decided what I am going to do with my blog on here but I am considering deleting my RMWeb account in the near
Just a little update, nothing really exciting to report this time but there are a couple of things worth mentioning...
1. Tank wagons...
This is the latest test build of my anchor mount tank wagon. I have tweaked the etches to make a 10ft wagon this time as its the one I actually need! This particular wagon has also got a 3D printed tank, printed in the classic FUD and with a very small amount of sanding came out really well. It looks like there has been a problem wi
Well July has been a bit productive on the layout. Its probably because all the long drawn out bits are done and its now down to the scenics really (well, apart from a few bits and bobs). I enjoy scenics and it can come together relatively quickly too, I have even added a few details...
This is an overall of the station forecourt area.Bits I have done include adding a field (of something) in the foreground, the station building now has some flowers around it, the stati
2 posts in as many weeks, this is unprecedented! I seem to be on a bit of a roll with the layout right now, I dont know why and it is a bit weird but I am not going to stop myself if its working. Weekends are good, they mean I have an opportunity to spend a little more time on things I enjoy doing and although the weather has been a pain I have still managed to get a few bits done...
While the station board is out it seemed to make sense and carry on working on i
Things havent stopped yet, I have made a bit more progress and have managed to get the second board ballasted now. Que a dodgy photo....
Also I have a question, hopefully you guys remember these?
I am not sure where I need to plant them, is there anyone that can help? I know I am bending the truth a little with the layout and period with the track plan, signals, and now the single line apparatus but I am thinking add them to the layout as disused but still
This weekend has seen a change in direction with my modelling and once again I have returned to my layout Highclere. Enthusiasm for this comes and goes just as quickly as the seasons (much to exhibition managers annoyance!) but progress is once again being made in the form of ballasting this time. Now that the point rodding is finished (remember that!?!) I am now looking towards more scenic work and the next thing on the list was the ballasting. Ok, so I have only done one board so fa
As if I need another project, I already have this...
...which I now have the bits to finish thanks to a shopping spree at Railex. I also have this...
....which I keep on adding brackets, rods, and cranks to. I now also have this...
...which is project number three on my workbench. I dont like multiple projects on the go at any one time but I have made an exception to the last one. Its been the 'holy grail' for me for a while now.
I feel its time for an update as its been a while. I haven't been upto much modelling really, the majority of my spare time has been taken up with trying to finish off my van as I made myself a new years resolution to finish it off this year.
Things haven't ground to a halt though, first bit of modelling in this entry goes to the King Arthur tender...
As in a previous post this has been virtually rebuilt from scratch, the initial intention was to tidy it up a little with
I think its time for an update. I havent got that much to talk about this time really apart from a little bit of work I have done on my Lord Nelson Ebay purchase. The initial intentions were to do a little bit of tweaking to it then repaint it into something a bit more appropriate to my modelling era then move onto the next thing. Of course me being me, it hasnt quite worked out like that...
This is what the underside of the tender originally looked like and I wasnt that
I though it would be appropriate that I updated my blog to being all you good folk up to date with what I have been upto recently. The modelling mojo has remained and things are gradually moving forward...
The main project recently has been the 14xx. It came about from a bit of desperation to build an engine and all my other 'current' projects floundering because of missing parts, incorrect drawings, etc. The chassis is one of Chris Higgs etched creations (I think it was
Its strange how things work out, the original plan was to use my current modelling mojo and build a couple of 22xx Collett engines but as my last post showed, it didnt go according to plan so I was left with having to remake the chassis and order some new coupling rods. So, I thought, I will turn my attention to my Q1 which has been looking a little worse for wear sitting in my stock box, I thought I could get this working once again (it has never worked 100%). This didnt work out as
Recently I have been building a couple of chassis for my two PECO collet bodies which have been hiding in my cupboard for a while now. As the 22xx engines were very common on the DNSR it seemed sensible to have at least a couple of them on Highclere. I started by drawing up a chassis in Autocad and producing a chassis from 0.5mm thick PCB to suit. The aim of the chassis was to go 'back to basics' and produce a couple of no frills chassis.
This where the problems started.
Im sitting here at my desk about this years St Albans show and how I had a really good time once again. This was my 5th year at the show and I still very much enjoy it. OK, so the venue may not the the best ever but to me the show has a quality and atmosphere about it that very few other shows seem to have. Once again it was a pleasure to be in the position to talk to lots of like minded people, many from RMWeb land about modelling tricks and techniques and it was an honour to be able
The holiday break hasnt been nothing but parties and stuff. I have managed to get a little done...
I managed to get a few wagons built, they still needs couplings, weathering, and some need glazing too..
Secondly this has been on my mind for a while and i seemed a good opportunity to scratch build one, no doubt when its finished it will find its way onto a wagon...
Finally some bits I have actually manged to get Shape
Squeezed between spells of Christmas Shopping this weekend I managed to finish off another one of those 'little jobs' which has been on my mind for a bit now. It started off like this...
And then turned into this...
And after this weekend it finished off looking like this...
As per usual, my stuff looks terrible when you look at it nice and close with a photo, but at normal distances it looks alright!
Well, there were times when I didnt think I would ever get this far but I can gladly report Highclere has reached another 'milestone' in its construction. The point rodding is now done...
It took roughly 14ft of rodding, 30 etched cranks, 700 etched stools, and 2 years (on and off) to get this far and I am glad its now done.
Ballasting next, once Christmas and New Year are out of the way...
Well my focus has been on the point rodding and the stuff seems endless! I dread to think how long I have spent on the stuff but I can report that its nearly comming to an end (I cant believe it!). There is a little bit left to do which I want to replace and then painting and sticking in place but I will be VERY glad when its all done.
Anyway, here are a few pictures of the recent work...
I hope I didnt scare anyone off at the recent Hig
The October storms have been felt already at Highclere as one of the pines sadly has suffered to the high winds...
Fortunately minimal damage occurred and no-one was injured as the tree was felled by the severe storm with gusts of wind estimated at around 70 m.p.h.
Other news include the receipt of some more lovely 3D printed bits fresh from Rabs excellent printer...
I cant wait to get my modelling tools around these bits! Thanks Rabs.
I seem to be on a bit of a roll at the moment. Yesterday was spent at the Didcot Show where I had a nice time talking to a few regulars as well as a few new people. Sadly though the modelling didnt quite go according to plan and I left the show actually having gone backwards, having less done than when I got there in the morning. Pride of place on my modelling desk though went to the Foden lorry...
I am really pleased with how this has turned out. OK, so
My modelling mojo has returned once again. I think its down to a combination of things, shows, steam railways, and quiet weekends have all helped. Using this new apparent enthusiasm I have once again turned my attention to the never ending point rodding for the layout. Its been something that has slowed progress on the layout to an almost standstill. Below is the next installment in the long running saga of Highcleres point rodding, some of you might have already seen some of th
Its been a while, I think its time for an update...
1. Single line token apparatus.
Its been on my mind for a while now that I would like to see some form of single line apparatus on Highclere and thanks to Andy plus a visit to Didcot I managed to get enough info to make some. Armed with this I made a start at the recent Oxford show and finished them off today, ready for planting on the layout at sometime.
Ok, so close up they look a little tatty but when you wil
This weekend I havent had musch time (or inclination!) to carry on with the point rodding so instead the short time I had spare I had a go at something else...
These have been on my mind for a while now and as usual, the only solution was to experiment!
I have been growing my own asparagus fern for a while now and today was my first harvest. It needed doing as some of it has started to die off. Armed with this crop and a packet of Tescos finest bamboo skewers I at
I have indulged myself a little over this weekend. I did plan to get some more point rodding completed but instead my test etches turned up in the post...
Part of this etch was a long waited for Anchor mount tank wagon chassis, its something that has been on my to do list for a while now as they seemed to be the mainstay of oil traffic along the DNSR from fawley in the south. Sadly there isnt anything in 2mm that fitted the bill so armed with a scale drawing (which
As the title says really I am really trying to get motivated on the layout once again. Its just been sat around untouched for nearly a year now but now one board is unpacked and sat on my kitchen table.
Stage 1 is to take some photos to remind myself why I am doing it...
It seems like an age since I have last posted and I am scared to check to see when the last post was!
I havent given up on things though. I was hoping to post some swanky piccies of all the many things I have finished but sadly not, so you will have to make do with these shockingly bad (taken on my phone) photos instead..
Elvis is alive!
Well, to be correct, Elvis now has wheels! It also has a working chassis (well it worked until I removed the temporary wires so