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  1. The model is produced using cutting-edge print technology, designed for volume production and currently available from only one facility in the UK. This enables a practically layer-free continuous print, up to a 100 times faster than conventional 3D printing. It does so using a photochemical process to project light through an oxygen-permeable window into a reservoir of UV-curable resin. This results in a material with excellent mechanical properties and capable of capturing fine detail.
  2. One of my rare layout photographs. I almost got the engine in focus. Any excuse for a bit of O4/8 action before handing back to the Pacifics.
  3. KNP

    Little Muddle

    A few quick snaps of 2534 taken on my iPhone.
  4. This is a designated railway day, as I forgot to get my name down for today's golf competition in time, and it is now full. I must make a start on redesigning the sequence, but some trains will run as well. Photos first. 61023 has reached journey's end, and is waiting for permission to take the stock down to Nene sidings. Then another of those "I wonder what happens if I plonk the camera down here?" shots. Not too bad, I think.
  5. Back to the Southern today. This time we are on the bridge just south of Polhill Tunnel on various dates in the late 70s. The weather was very dull on all but one of the visits. As I post these I've just realised that I have forgotten to check the destinations of the trains, any corrections are welcome. Polhill Tunnel Class 201 1006 Hastings to Charing Cross Nov 78 C4208.jpg Polhill Tunnel Class 415 5344 Sevenoaks to London - emergency service, line blocked north of Tonbridge March 79 C4355.jpg Polhill Tunnel Class 411 7209 Margate to Charing Cross Nov 79 C4872.jpg Polhill Tunnel Class 415 5159 Sevenoaks to Charing Cross Nov 79 C4871.jpg Polhill Tunnel Class 415 5181 down Nov 79 J6679.jpg David
  6. A prominent landmark in Kings Cross GY was the roundhouse, originally made for the Midland Railway. This was demolished in 1931, but it has always been in the plan to include it on the layout. It would sit behind the ‘elbow’ on York Way where there is quite an awkward patch of ground. There was never going to be enough room to model it ‘in the round’ and simply painting it onto the back scene would have been challenging. So I made a rough placeholder out of card, approximately painted to see if a silhouette structure would work. The effect was quite encouraging, but the colour saturation was too strong and the perspective would need to be worked out very carefully. A new card silhouette was made that was designed to be both semi-curved, but also painted to represent the cylinders, cones and frusta of this complicated building. Once painted it was fixed to a plywood former, giving a rather alarming shape when viewed from the wrong aspect. The painting is a bit impressionist in style but the shadowing is correct for our lighting. The ground will need to be made up around the sides of the building where the painted perspective kicks in. When viewed side on, the effect is quite distressing. From normal viewing distances the round house merges quite nicely into the haze. There will probably now be scope for representing Top Shed between the roundhouse and the saw tooth roofs of the St Pancras Goods Station, next to the NLR incline. Quite a fun days work. Tim
  7. Despite rumours of my disappearing hair... 1489. And single bolsters.
  8. Yes, for instance, I recall that I was forever coming across LNER vans in pictures of the GW in South Devon. Ah, a communiqué has been issued from Rails of Sheffield's secret hi-tech facility, hidden in a hollowed-out volcano, in Sheffield. However, in the meantime their pre-Grouping product development team are slowly trying to catch up with the latest technological advances ......
  9. Another day and another Hall. This time it's Hall class 4943 Marrington Hall on a short non corridor rake.
  10. KNP

    Little Muddle

    A couple more These last two posts where taken on an iPhone 7 which I have now acquired from my daughter.
  11. So.....just what if, the Bala Branch hadn't closed.....what if, the original plan to divert the line around Llyn Celyn had gone ahead.....what if the line had therefore been kept open for Nuclear Traffic to Trawsfynydd..... Do not worry, I've not gone mad!! I've just finished this Class 24 for a client. Apparently 24081 was the last in service and between 1979-1980 she was well turned out (hence I've given the body a real sheen!). I'm really pleased with how she has turned out, and.... she isn't far from home as she appears to have been allocated to North Wales during her latter years. If anyone has more info on her, I'd be very interested to hear more! I've never been really interested in diesels, but my goodness with DCC sound, this SWL has to be one of the finest RTR 4mm models I've had the privilege to work on.
  12. We’ve added a touch of Midland to CF in the form of the roundhouse, originally made for MR locos, and the St Pancras Goods Depot with it’s saw tooth roof, which used to be visible next to the North London incline, on the way into St P. Top Shed will be represented between these two structures, just need to work out how. There is more info on the CF thread in the RMWeb 2mm section. If anyone is interested, the layout will be running at the MRC’s Open Day next weekend on the 28th April. Tim
  13. AN ALL UK PRODUCED MODEL! At the opening of The York Model Railway Show this morning, Rails of Sheffield in partnership with Dapol have announced that they will produce an OO gauge model of the BR (ex-SE&CR) Diagram 1424 Box Van. This is the first product of a planned range of products of exclusive models. Rails is leading the way and innovating for model enthusiasts. These models have been researched, designed and produced solely in the UK. Manufactured using new cutting-edge technologies featuring: • A new, ultra high resolution, super strong aeronautical grade PU with a design life exceeding 25 years. • A build process using the very latest light technology and is infinitely flexible for making all variants. • Low volume production potential for niche, products previously not capable of being produced economically for RTR. Rails aim to fill the need for niche products, which simply would not justify a large production run. As they are produced in limited quantities, these vans are priced slightly higher than mass produced items, however, we feel the price reflects fantastic value for such distinctive models. The price for a single wagon is £27.99 As an introductory offer if you purchase two wagons you will receive a 5% discount. (Introductory offer is valid prior to release of product, is subject to availability and we reserve the right to withdraw, modify, discontinue the offer at any time without prior notice) Initially three liveries will be produced, with two running numbers in each livery. The following models are now available for pre-order; BR (ex-SE&CR) Diagram 1424 Box Van, No. S45374, Southern Railway brown with BR lettering BR (ex-SE&CR) Diagram 1424 Box Van, No. S45382, Southern Railway brown with BR lettering BR (ex-SE&CR) Diagram 1424 Box Van, No. S45358, BR freight stock grey BR (ex-SE&CR) Diagram 1424 Box Van, No. S45427, BR freight stock grey SR (ex-SE&CR) Diagram 1424 Box Van No. 45374, Southern Railway brown, 1936 livery SR (ex-SE&CR) Diagram 1424 Box Van No. 45455, Southern Railway brown, 1936 livery Characteristic in style of earlier covered wagons built by the South Eastern and South Eastern & Chatham Railways, these wagons were built to an increased length of 16 feet during the Wainwright era. Later designated Southern Railway diagram 1424, 110 were built between 1904 and 1908, several examples surviving to British Railways ownership, at least until 1956. The models produced by Rails reflect the later SR and BR condition of the vehicles. A tremendous amount of research and development has been put into this project to ensure accuracy and true replication has been achieved. The vans will be fitted with Alan Gibson finescale twin spoke wheels for further accuracy. Production is in the final stages with these models expected in stock in June 2019. Painted samples are on display this weekend on our stand at York. More information and updates on the projects progress will appear on Rails of Sheffield website. Due to the small production run these models are expected to sell out quickly and pre-ordering is highly recommended to avoid disappointment. For further details please see www.railsofsheffield.com
  14. I recently purchased 'new' on a certain auction site the latest R3677 Duchess of Hamilton ... an absolute beauty, except, mine wasn't ... As I'd already done what I shouldn't, and opened to check over, grease / oil if necessary - it certainly wasn't - if anything it was a little over-oiled - and had started fitting detil, the seller 'politely refused to accept a return - also related to my adding extra weight as I normally do ... It was after I had already performed some 'non-destructive' work I finally decided to do what I should have done right at the beginning, and test it. IT SHORTS OUT. I tried several details - plunger positions to pick-up contacts, blade positions, etc. ... - and NOTHING. Separately powered, the motor was fine. I mentioned this - initially a few times - to Hornby - who after some clarifications, sent a work order and instructed to send to them. I removed the pieces of Pb I had added - only held with 2-sided 3M tape, packaged up, and sent off to them. I received a call from them to confirm they had received it. I received a call from the repairs engineer who went through what I had done, and what they had done, and that he 100% agreed with my observations, had removed a little solder here, added a little insulation there, and that it's now perfect. It returned a couple of weeks later - perfect. THANK YOU Hornby. Just thought I'd share my experience with them. Al.
  15. Hello your job is cancelled tonight, network rail have asked can you work a pair of 37s through 2 very long tunnels over the Pennines with the job starting 5 mins from your house? erm, let me think! Crewe with 37025 on the rear 37116 leading then I went out to Stockport, changed ends, to chinley, changed ends again and back to hazel grove then changed ends again and over (and under) the Pennines to Sheffield and away to derby RTC to stable, weekend off now, back to the bescot tripper on Monday
  16. Coaches don’t have any instructions made because it does simply unclip from the chassis, as you were told by Hornby. I’m not sure what the issue is here?
  17. A similar view was captured by Sheldon Fopp, a Devon artist who was on holiday in the area. Rob.
  18. Ladmanlow Sidings, a bit of shunting. and a loco resting: Al.
  19. All planty things planted and watered. Weeds exterminated, back sore. At least I did everything I had planned to do. What do we have tonight? A lower level view of B1 61200. After which one B1 was replaced by another, 61023 on the morning Parliamentary from Doncaster. After my burst of activity I spent some time reclining gently, and had a good look at the Saturday formations for the Main Line. I'd already perused the ECML book, which looked interesting and not too hard to do, but this one is different. Several trains with nine or ten all door Gresleys, some with eight TSOs, either MK1 or Gresley, and even one with seven Thompson SKs. this all seems rather excessive, as well as very expensive, so the project may be quietly shelved.
  20. The last tricky job for this conversion was shortening the roof. This has a recess at each end that fits over the body ends. Trying to replicate this on the shortened end would be difficult, so instead I filed a chamfer on both the roof end and the body. On the roof I've ignored the guide holes and done my own thing with some round torpedo vents and a lamp top. It's the little details pieces that seem to take me the longest to make and fit, but here finally is the finished model. At the other end I've added handrails and steps. These partly hide the mess left by removing the moulded on pipes for the toilet compartment I removed when shortening it. Compare and contrast, little and large, older and newer.
  21. The works forecat has been supervising matters today. Bleat continues to make progress a la mollusc.
  22. KNP

    Little Muddle

    Since the demise of Dean Goods 2322 there has been a gap in the motive power fleet that serves Little Muddle. But no more, from Oxford Rail comes their Dean Goods 2534 and to prove it's not another one of my photo props here she is on her maiden run to Little Muddle. Other than a spray of Dullcote it is straight out of the box. I do have to say that I think I need to alter the shunting speed setting on the Zimo chip as she seems to be fair belting along the track. She is also the quietest and smoothest loco in my fleet, no doubt due to the brass flywheel!
  23. Sorry to do this to you Rob, and I really do appreciate your image, but you gave me an idea... Terence Cuneo, from a Norman Lockhart original: Al.
  24. And a few more pics to keep all you happy hunters happy. The 25 arrives with the empties for the Brewery, uncouples and runs forward. The 08 come in to remove the Brake Van and put it into the departure Road ready to make up the next departing Train. With the Brake Van in the departure siding, the 08 then collects the full Vans from the Brewery. And attaches them to the Brake Van.
  25. KNP

    Little Muddle

    And 2534 in the 'spray booth' for a couple of coats of Dullcote.... All very technical here you, know....no expense spared!
  26. Had to drill a hole in your trackbed after ballasting? Just leave the sawdust in the fourfoot. (Spillage from a biomass hopper)
  27. Thanks! Here’s ex-works No.802 Indomitable with steam to spare!
  28. Alister_G

    Little Muddle

    I had lit interiors and platform lighting for my Bakewell layout, which worked very well for photography: Definitely a welcome sight on a wet night! Al.
  29. Cheers Andy! I must admit I've never been really into diesels, but this Class 24 was a joy to work on.... As it happens, I do know that a Class 24 was used on the demolition train between Barmouth and Bala around 1967/68. I have some footage somewhere. With my client's full permission... I've had some fun today, as you can see!
  30. 3PO.3PO, come in 3PO... It's the ship that made the Kessel run in less than twelve parsecs
  31. Hi everyone! My new 009 stuff showed up! I got myself a Roco starter set containing a loco, track, and some bolser wagons, I also grabbed an extra couple of bolsters, since the NC&GLR is primarily a logging line The bolster wagons are great, and I am glad I got some extras: As I can't yet bring myself to clear the space that will be the layouts, so the track got setup on the living room floor, just like all those Christmas memories so many have! I then found myself a board to temporarily mount the track on so that my 009 stock can get a run: and with that I put some couplings back into my existing stock, and ran some decent length trains behind NC&GLR Number 1 Nutley: Now that they can run, I think I need to get some crew made up for the locos! Thanks for looking, hope you enjoyed, Gary
  32. 7 points
    Work has started on the fourth layout in the Farthing series. This will be named “The stables” and continues our meandering walk through the goods facilities at Farthing in the early 1900s. The layout is inspired by my interest in GWR stable blocks, including the larger variants of the standard design that began to appear in places like Slough and Park Royal around the turn of the last century. Slough, 1928. Source: Britain from Above. Embedding permitted. https://britainfromabove.org.uk/en/image/EPW021896 Park Royal, 1930. Source: Britain from Above. Embedding permitted. https://britainfromabove.org.uk/en/image/EPW033806 Searches on Britain from Above show that stable blocks tended to be located near the entrance to goods yards. This provides an excuse to incorporate another favourite scene of mine, namely the roadside views into Vastern Road yard in Reading – including those lovely trees in the foreground, as seen in the excellent GWRJ articles on Reading goods by Chris Turner and John Copsey (Nos 81 and 82). At this point you are probably expecting a large sprawling layout with an intricate trackplan - but, er, this is the trackplan: The layout will be a micro and follows what I call a “matchstick” design, i.e. a few very short tracks. Ridiculously small, I know, but I like the challenge of making such a seemingly dull trackplan scenically interesting, and working out a shunting puzzle for it. My goods depot layout (below) followed a similar concept, and has become my go-to option when I need a quick shunting fix after a long day at work. So I want another one! With the new layout, the idea is to use roadside trees, fencing and the goods yard entrance as foreground view blocks and “see-through” structures. The stable block will be the main event in the middle distance, while the trackbed behind it will be raised to a higher level. An Inglenook style shunting puzzle will be applied. That said, it would be nice for the locos to stretch their legs on occasion. So I've allowed for the option of a possible future modular approach, whereby some of the Farthing layouts could be joined up for occasional running sessions in our living room, e.g. as illustrated below. Whether that ever happens remains to be seen, I’m taking it step by step. As usual, the baseboard was made from 10 mm foamboard. This time I used actual Kappaboard, which is clearly a better quality than the imitation product I used before. The basic baseboard in place, braced inside with more foamboard. Neoprene foam will be used for noise reduction. I’m now at the mock-up phase, testing the scenic ideas. As some may remember, the stable block has already been built and is a model of the prototype at Park Royal. The one at Slough was almost identical but a little shorter. Incidentally, both of these prototypes had sidings crossing close by at an angle (hard to see in photos of Park Royal). The layout fits on my workbench but will have to be packed away frequently. The 66,5 x 48,5 cm baseboard is therefore designed to fit in an Ikea “Samla” bedroller, which can be stored under the bed - or stacked with other layouts in the attic. I’m aware that longer boxes exist, but they tend to be quite narrow and I like visual depth. The backscene and major structures will be stored separately. The Ikea version may not at first seem ideal as it has sloping indents at the ends. However these conveniently hold the baseboard in place whilst allowing room for fingers to be inserted. The bottom does have a slight curve at the middle – not a problem for me as my baseboard has legs at the corners, but it won't work for everyone. There remains the issue of the fiddle yard. I can’t use the normal one I have, as this will be a two-level layout (part of the fun). So I need a fiddle yard arrangement that allows me to move stock vertically as well as horisontally. The simplest option would be to move a fiddle stick back and forth by hand, but I'd like to stabilise the movement somehow. One option is a flexible arm of some sort. There’s a whole world of these, including holders for monitors, keyboards, tablets, smartphones, microphones and lighting. The challenge is to find something that is cheap, of reasonable quality and – importantly - does not require too much fiddling with alignment. Another option would be to do a sliding cassette arrangement with a slope. A few tests showed that, contrary to what I thought, the stock stays put on a light slope. Sides might help too!
  33. I am just about ready to throw my laptop out of the window today! I am trying to get my head around Autodesk Fusion 360 - a much more powerful piece of software than the SketchUp I've been using up until now, and much better suited to 3D printing. I just can't get it! It could be that I've been very tired lately, and my short-term memory is currently very poor, or possibly that I've just got so used to the way SketchUp works that anything new is strange and scary, but I'm just so frustrated right now. I'm convinced that even following the on-screen prompts I'm not getting things behaving how they shoul I have started out with what should be a very simple task - drawing a flat end of a carriage. So far I've been at it for an hour and a half and I've just managed to get the most basic shape down. {Edit: And then the program crashed without saving. Time to quit for tonight.}
  34. I'm back! and the 08 is taking the 3 Vans over to the Brewery Some of my guys are as lazy as Kevin's in Little Muddle.
  35. For those interested in the early condition appearance of these wagons, here is a picture, copyright National Railway Museum, reproduced in the Southern Wagons volume referred to earlier. Ignore the doors, these were experimental and applied to just 2 wagons.
  36. Not a lot going on over the BH weekend, the scrap will be tripped round to the unloading point on Tuesday morning whilst the HEA's will be attached to the Enterprise working to Margam and beyond. It's also been noted that EWS locos are starting to make more of an appearance, some say the splash of colour makes a nice change to the usual drab grey.
  37. It was only 1mm to high on the body sides but I couldn't live that error. It has only taken a couple of hours work to make new sides and ends but I think it does look better for replacing them.
  38. Another J70, 68223, has arrived at Upwell Drove. I've put an entry about how I did the weathering in the Weathering, Painting and Transfers section. A breeding pair? Rob, I really like the sky in Shedon's photograph. Alex
  39. Well gang its DCC Troll here again, I have only gone and got a 3 car Swindon Inter City unit running.....DMBS (intermediate) +TFKRB+ DMS (Intermediate). It was a bit reluctant to go round the bends so some modification to the hole the pick up bogie sits in, it were the pick up bogie that was coming off the rails. Which coach to build next?
  40. Hi Gibbo On forum like this there is very little sharing of modelling, and those of us do tend to be the ones who view what others are muttering about, hence it appears well received. I think Enterprising Mike is right people want instant gratification. The Big Warship is a classic example, it must have been about 5 or more years ago I said how I went about building my example and said to those waiting if you really want one you would make it yourself or ask/pay someone*. March this year they all had damp panties because their must have loco finally reached them, a few days short of it being announced eleven years before. Far longer that the class was in service. In the past I have been reported to the mods for showing my home made model when the RTR one is shi cra po rubbish. * I got no commissions.
  41. Indeed, and the M40 has created a huge scar in the landscape, as seen in the opening titles of 'The Vicar of Dibley'. What's the betting that many, if not all, of those moaning about the 'environmental catastrophe' that they believe is HS2 are quite happy to drive along the M40, and other new roads, that have blighted other people's neighbourhoods.
  42. ...just a gratuitous shot of the loco to keep the pot boiling. I'll be stripping it for paint as soon as I can get some OO track to test it, tomorrow hopefully. The pictures also demonstrate my problems with depth of field!
  43. A pre-grouping van, but no pre-grouping livery on offer? Even so, I have already placed a BR example in my Rails wish list.
  44. Just an hour in TOPS before going off to visit Mum, and so I thought a running session on here might be a nice relaxing way to pass the time. The Cl 20 collects the Mixed Goods for the main Yard. Then the 25 arrives with some empty Vans for the Brewery. And the Cl 128 departs the Parcels Bay. Well at least it all still works.
  45. And I think you have to say there is a limit to which manufacturers can interact directly . You asked the question twice and got reasonable answers . Do you want someone to go into a computer program, draw a mk4 coach and put arrows on it as to where you get body off, I think that would be unreasonable. Other options would be to ask on Hornby forum or on here. I’ve done it when I repainted my mk4s but I can’t remember how, but the fact I don’t recall suggests to me it was relatively easy. Have a go
  46. I hope you don't mind, Al. I had a tinker. Rob
  47. Joining the Colwick club, but in 7mm. Built by Allen Hammet combining a DMR B1 with a Gladiator 04, and weathered by me..
  48. Hi Tony This is my Hornby version of A3 60097 Humorist, this was converted from a standard Hornby A3 which had the correct boiler type for the period I was modelling and the correct tender as well. I was also very fortunate to obtain one of the last sets of the correct etched brass smoke deflectors they had at the time for Humorist from Jackson Evans. The smoke deflectors were made up for me by a friend and I then fitted them to the loco. Regards David
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