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    4mm scale scratchbuilding and kit manufacture for 19th century railways, mainly LB&SCR, SER, LCDR and London railways.

    Currently building an exhibition layout of Bricklayers Arms C.1844 in EM gauge.

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  1. Like making endless fences for the cattle dock….!
  2. Thanks Mikkel. There has been a bit of interest but as you say, jumping from RTR to kit building can be quite daunting for some folks. I think a simple wagon kit is a good place to start though. It’s a bit like running your first 5k, a great achievement and two years later you find yourself entering a marathon…!
  3. The LCDR and SER vans were very similar but the most noticeable difference is that the body either side of the door on the LCDR vans was divided into two panels, the SER into three panels.
  4. Not that these two will ever run at Bricklayers Arms but by request I dug out the old Woodham Wagon Works masters for a LSWR open wagon and made a new mould to produce the kit again. It went together very well and makes a lovely sturdy wagon. Not convinced about my choice of dark brown but I don't think the lighting helped. I'm in the process of reviving two GER open wagon kits as well, 1870 and 1883 versions, but more of that later. The LCDR van or 'covered goods wagon' to give it its proper title is from masters made by the skilled hand of Simon Turner. It went together very well as his masters always do and looks reasonably at home although both vehicles are somewhat 'modern image' for my tastes. I had an absolute nightmare when it came to painting this pair. Like a fool I decided to spray the etch primer when the weather was really cold back in April. The tiny particles of spray left the can, solidified, then deposited themselves like fine sand all over the kits. Both were shoved to the back of the cupboard in disappointment for a couple of months. i finally plucked up the courage to have a go at sanding down the LCDR van which resulted in a slightly better finish but I didn't bother with the LSWR wagon as you can see from the photos. It's particularly noticeable around the detailed areas like buffers etc as these are almost impossible to sand down due to the high risk of removing the detail altogether. I decided to hand letter them as well, I doubt transfers would take too well to a surface resembling course sandpaper. Hey-ho! Won't do that again...! Plenty more old masters to dig out and revive (eternal thanks to Burgundy for this) but it's a long slow process and a bit pricey if you consider the cost of the mould rubber these days. However, it keeps me busy and I suppose we should all have at least a few models that 'look ok from a distance'!
  5. Hi Ray, Thanks. I’ve used a bit of artistic licence with the stables as we don’t know what the original 1844 stables looked like. So I reproduced a range I have always been fond of at Camden. One of my other blogs shows the project more clearly. Chris
  6. Well, not being a massive footie fan I decided to amuse myself yesterday evening fitting the cattle yard office and back wall to the baseboard in front of the stables. This has created a more Dickensian alley feel to the forecourt which is what I had hoped would happen. There is still much to do in terms of fitting the cattle docks, weathering the surfaces, adding muck and the assorted figures and of course, cattle. There are a few final touches, the steps to the office are too clean and there needs to be a bit of blending between the muck and the setts, perhaps the odd shovel or broom etc, but I couldn't resist a quick photo to mark the occasion. The headline image gives a pigeon's eye view and the somewhat 'too clean' cattle yard can be seen at the top.
  7. That looks superb. If anything it could perhaps do with a bit of dirt and gunk between the base of the slab and the cobbles but it's such a minor point. Excellent modelling, looking forward to more pics.
  8. What no comments yet? This is superb modelling and deserves a bit more feedback surely? the weathering and level of detail is fantastic. You've really captured a period and atmosphere, I can hear those flanges squealing!
  9. Extraordinary work. Your creativity and problem solving abilities never cease to amaze me. Fantastic!
  10. Isn’t it weird how the most prosaic posts can be the most useful? Thanks for the research and advice Mikkel. I need to make some droppings for the stables at Bricklayers Arms and generally add some dirt so this blog is very handy.
  11. Fantastic progress. The assembled loco is looking great. The interesting thing about those wheels is that they have a prototypically fine rim and tyre, something that is lost on commercial wheels with chunky rims and tyres. I always feel even the best wheels can still be too chunky for 1840s locomotives.
  12. Fascinating stuff, thank you. I’ve just completed Brian’s two volumes which were absolutely superb. I can’t wait for vol.3. I’ve been modelling three Rennie locos for the standard (or narrow) gauge. It’s fascinating to see that they were not good locos until they built Mazeppa and Arab for the Broad Gauge. Since these were built to Gooch’s exacting standards they were good engines and interestingly Rennie’s subsequent locos for the standard gauge were also good. However, when you look at the drawings you can see why. They are all smaller copies of Mazeppa and Arab. I believe it was due to Gooch’s Fire-Fly design (and Stephenson’s Stars) that the Rennie brothers managed finally to produce a decent loco.
  13. This is superb work and absolutely fascinating. I wonder if you would be interested in printing further splashers? I could do with some of a slightly smaller radius for my Rennie locos and your solution is so good.
  14. Considering this is in 2mm, the standard of your work is breathtaking. I am in awe! A really interesting and impressive project, thanks for sharing it.
  15. Fantastic and absolutely fascinating as always. I’m going through a very similar process at the moment but my firebox/boiler/smokebox assemblies are resin cast from scratch built masters. These are for my Rennie locos, but Satellite was basically a standard gauge version of their Mazeppa and Arab built to Gooch’s patterns. Do you have Brian Arman’s two volumes on early BG locos? I’m reading them at the moment and have to say they’re superb.
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