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Railway Series, P4, SCC and Pre-Grouping blog. Basically whatever I'm modelling at the time.

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Early Tidmouth / Vicarstown Engine Sheds 2

You'll notice the title changed from 1st entry slightly.  Going from the 1st RWS book I've often thought it to be Vicarstown but the maps say Tidmouth.  Anyway, forget that for now....   There has been more progress on the mini layout but saving that until I start 3D printing the shed. Currently I'm still drawing them. Design point: 1) - Illustrations never show vents but being realistic they would without doubt be there. I've put some in the center and also shorter versions

Knuckles

Knuckles

 

Vicarstown Engine Sheds

So, while I am busy 3D designing, 3D printing, building N gauge Norramby, and various other modelling projects on the desk my 4mm modelling itch has been getting unbearable. The loft layout although mostly planned still can't start due to more work that needs to be done, it's taking ages and I'm royally naffed off with it now.  Anyway, after seeing a few dioramas a couple of friends have been doing that don't take that much space up I decided to do one.   It'll offer potential for

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Knuckles

 

NWR #6 'Percy'

I finished Percy!   I will be making my own chassis for it as I want slightly bigger 14mm/ 3' 6" wheels (rather than 12mm / 3') and slower running so the Peckett W4 chassis it is mainly designed for I have just borrowed from my own Peckett W4, that's why I have not painted the wheels greener.  The #6 is a home made decal, not perfect but good enough.  I'm VERY happy!  Will get some faces sorted la

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Knuckles

 

Home Made Decals

https://mobile.twitter.com/KnucklesSCC/status/1138160188157046784   Not quite the quality I was hoping for but it'll do for now I guess.

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Knuckles

 

Norramby N buildings update (pics!)

Not done an update in ages on Norramby for a variety of reasons, one being the goods yard was holding 3D printed railway goods 148 times bigger than they should be but I digress.  Found some organisation now for those. The gutters and downpipes are a job I've been putting off as they are to be honest a bit of a bore for me to do but finally they are out the way.  The Kestrel down pipes were about 2mms fat in some areas,never seen a 1 foot fat down pipe before so a 0.7mm rod gives about the

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Knuckles

 

Dingham Couplers SUPER LOOP Bodge!

Video Description....   Baby write up:   Daddio ages ago gave me a fishing pellet thingummy, so I chemically blackened Dingham parts and bunged them in. A real boon it is.   Considering I'd need to solder them I got a fresh brass one from the etch.   Following David Thorp's modification I purposely went overboard and extended the length and width. It was a very quick nock up thus the rough uneven nature of it.   Middle partly removed, needs more filing but good enough for the t

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Knuckles

 

P4 Radius Tests - Practical Experiments

As the title suggests really.   I've been planning a few layouts for a while and the big dream layout I have not decided whether to do in 00 or P4.   Initially I scrapped the P4 idea for this particular layout because the 'minimum'curve radius of 48" wouldn't fit. However, after spending several hours here and there reading posts on here and elsewhere it seems you CAN get a pacific or 9F around a 24-30" curve with a lot of side play and gauge widening.   With that in mind I redesigned th

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Knuckles

 

Two 5700 Ducks Follow Up Video!

I made a blog here...   http://www.rmweb.co.uk/community/index.php?/blog/483/entry-21325-a-tale-of-two-ducks-5700-conversions-many-pics/   Well here is a video of it!  

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Knuckles

 

A Tale of Two Ducks! - 5700 Conversions (Many Pics!).

At last some actual modelling! Two Little Ducks; Twenty Two - Quack Quack! You remember my RWS Duck From 2007 right? Of course you do. It was kindly hosted on TRLOTTTE that I am relieved to finally realize has been saved by Ryan and his merry men! http://www.sodor-island.net/railwayseries/ http://www.sodor-island.net/railwayseries/modeller-gavin-duck.htm This was then rebuilt slightly when the chassis was modified and converted to P4 instead of 00. This is what it looked like All good

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Knuckles

 

Norramby Ballasting Success! (with pic's)

Track weathered with an almost black wash, was using my dirty enamel jar, then once dried a brown was dry brushed in between tracks and edges. It is a bit patchy and could do with more work here and there yet I don't want to over do things. Some areas need a bit extra ballast too.   Anyway, track cleaned and it still works!   This for me is a railway modelling mile stone.   No seriously, it is the first time (other than the P4 layout that used Normon Solomon ballasting method) I have eve

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Knuckles

 

Super Hyper Cheap RTR Coach Bargains - UNREAL!

Had a great day today with Steamer58 from SiF (I'm a member too) who is on his massive vacation from the USA.   Today we were at the GCR/Great Central Railway. Lovely day for it too.   Anyway, it's the first time we met up and the day was fun. Cheers mate.   Whilst we were there we ventured to the swapmeet. More like a car boot sale but I picked up some hyper bargains....and I mean hyper!   Ok, here are the two pictures. One as an overview and another close up.     The 3 N G

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Knuckles

 

RTR Locomotive Unboxing Video Whingy RANT!

This video is NOT intended to offend anyone despite me being a bit aggressive, just having a whine on what I'm am bored silly of seeing in nearly all unboxing videos....and having a bit of a playful poke at how the format is generally played out! The opinions in this video are my own and again the intent isn't to offend but rather express my preference on how I think it SHOULD be done.      

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Knuckles

 

Out N About Norramby Part 4 - Control Panel & Home Brew Switches!

You likely know SEEP solenoid point 'motors' can be tricky as the washer style switch can rub away and also in N gauge the alignment has to be extra critical to make the switch work.   Well, all WAS fine until they started to play up and no amount of re-adjusting would sort it...even though they were aligned correctly and WERE working.   So what was the solution?   Well, I didn't want to disturb the wiring and change anything and they would have to fit in the space available and also mecha

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