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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. That’s a fine looking wagon and I think the speculative build based on research is perfectly acceptable. Nice work.
  2. Fantastic work Mikkel, highly entertaining and superbly modelled. Have you received the carriage shafts yet? I sent them last week.
  3. Your point about ‘giving the right impression’ is spot on. I think this wagon looks just right. A great job on a very interesting prototype. Well done.
  4. 5&9Models

    L&BR OCT etc.

    I carved them in styrene then cast them in white metal. Got loads of them now. Do you want any?
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    L&BR OCT etc.

    I was supplied the masters for this kit by Simon Turner but I believe the wagon was built by Alfred Kitching for the Midland Railway. It was described by Richard Davidson in the HMRS journal Vol.20, No.1, pp20-23, Jan-Mar 2009. However, to my shame my HMRS membership doesn’t go back that far so I can’t look it up, sorry. I’m also not convinced by the accuracy of the ‘sketches’ in Bob Essery’s book. It’s a good book but the drawings of the early stock don’t stand up to close inspection. I might make a scratch built model from them but not a kit.
  6. Why is it I always seem to build rolling stock in threes, does anyone else have this quirk? Firstly I completed my Norwich & Brandon Railway corn wagon kit. This one was from a lovely drawing in the HMRS collection of a frankly very rare beastie. An act of parliament authorising the construction of the N&BR was passed on 10th May 1844. The contractors were Grissell & Peto, consultant engineers Robert Stephenson and George Parker Bidder. Officially opened on 29th July 1845 the railway had already lost its title to the Norfolk Railway following a merger with the Yarmouth
  7. May I make a suggestion as one who has so often had too many interests, too many things I’d like to model and never enough time to do any of it properly. It can create a terrible state of anxiety not knowing where to start and then not being able to start, leading to further anxiety as time slips by and there’s still nothing to show for it! For the last few years I have found the most settling and mindful solution is to model a real location. It has really helped to focus my modelling since I’ve had to research a very specific era and site with all the buildings, track layout and rolling sto
  8. I note that from the same seller, for a mere £2.99 you can buy a figure of a girl being sick down a toilet !!! What is the world coming to?!
  9. Thanks Mike, that’s fascinating. It’s very reminiscent of W.B.Adams first locomotive designs a decade earlier. Both engines after the same result, steady running, low centre of gravity, balanced reciprocating masses etc. I’ve not seen that image before so it’s of great interest. As you rightly say, these things need to be modelled. I’ll add it to the list!
  10. Really interesting work. I can’t get used to seeing something so ‘narrow’ on your blog! I wonder if running a dehumidifier in your printing room would help keep the ambient moisture to a minimum? It might raise the temp a couple of degrees but presumably that could be compensated for at the print head? You’d be working in a nice dry atmosphere which the printer and filament might appreciate.
  11. Thanks. Indeed they are. It’s nickel silver strip soldered in a bunch at one end then gently soldered, bent, coaxed and soldered a bit more until I got to the other end....I never want to do it ever again!
  12. Really interesting question although we can be sure it wasn’t from DeHavilland. The thing about that period was that it was such a frenetic time of experimentation, many of these engineers would try anything, often to get around a problem that didn’t exist in the first place. A lot of Bodmer’s personal archive still exists with the family. I wonder if there’s anything in there that would explain his reason for making frames from laminated wood.
  13. Although traditional sandwich frames are plated either side, these were plated above and below so must have beee even more flexible. I find the use of laminated timber beams way ahead of its time. The sort of thing you expect in modern architecture.
  14. Indeed, the frames were laminated timber! Several layers of steamed and bent wood (I can’t remember the variety without looking it up) sandwiched between wrought iron plates top and bottom. Various bolts held it all together. It must have flexed an awful lot but perhaps that wasn’t necessarily a bad thing given the apparent ultra smooth running of the balanced engine.
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