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Pylon King

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  1. Quick photo shoot at Kernow Models Guildford today.
  2. 1:76 scale 132kV PL1 pylon with communications antennas.
  3. For lower voltage models (33-132kV) I would recommend using 1.6mm angle (outer) with 1.2mm angle (inner) for the tower corners , double bracing will make them far more stable as the plastic tends to expand/contract when bonded . The majority of cross bracing uses 1.6mm angles which are manufactured by Plastruct .
  4. The Science and Industry Museum Manchester website have a few CEB pylon design drawings from 1928 . They make excellent templates should you want to scratch build them . The finished models are in 1:76 scale and made from Plastruct/Evergreen Plastics.
  5. N gauge scratch built spotted at the Astolat open day 21st August..
  6. 1:76 scale 400kV National Grid maintenance team still hard at work.
  7. The Gaugemaster kit was originally produced by North American company Atlas and is indeed 1:87 scale . With prototypical British power grid infrastructure in 1:76 scale , modellers have generally had limited options . Severn Models and N-SCENIC produce brass/laser cut products which greatly reduce costs . Substations are more or less non existent with only Hornby and Bachmann focusing on 11kV and third rail structures while P&D Marsh have a 132kV substation , sadly only available in N . The most logical reason is down to production costs ,as substations tend to be rather complex structures , affordable injection tooling would be prohibitive.
  8. 1:76 scale 132kV ‘polons’ , very prolific on the British landscape but rarely featured in the modelling world.
  9. Great article covering constructing the Severn Model pylon kit back in March . I’ve scratch built quite a few 1:76 scale pylon models using the original CEGB/National Grid blueprints/drawings for accuracy, very time consuming but worth it , all are British designs .
  10. Another model , this 1:76 scale British sub was constructed back in the 1960’s .
  11. Took a photo featuring the sub at Basingstoke which is situated between the mainline and National Grid substation.
  12. Only Hornby (Scaledale 11kV) and Bachmann (Scenecraft SR 3rd rail) have produced dedicated British designs in 1:76 scale while the P&D Marsh (132kV) sub is available in N.
  13. No doubt there’s a degree of modelling license in this kit ,.
  14. Originally this was probably manufactured abroad under a different brand ,especially as Gaugemaster’s Fordhampton range also features a few ex Hornby kits too. In terms of off the shelf British prototypical substation models , very little appears to have been produced .
  15. There are a few dotted about in towns and cities as well as rural locations . On both the East and West coast mainlines they supply power directly from the National Grid to the overhead catenary . The accompanying photos illustrate their proximity to the railway network .
  16. With the introduction of Gaugemaster’s Fordhampton model this seemed an appropriate opportunity to start a dedicated topic to these structures which are largely overlooked but play a vital roll in energy conversion and supply . The great aspect is that they can be located just about anywhere , towns, cities , villages, industrial estates and rural settings , for over ninety years they have become part of the British landscape making them an idea addition to many layouts .
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