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    West Dorset from Dec 2013
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    1/72 Scale Aircraft Modelling.
    Railway Modelling.
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  1. An increasing problem for Hornby 9F Railroad Loco Drive models. The motor clamps are now decaying. I have R2880 Loco 92221 where the mounting around the flywheel jammed movement thro expansion. Then R2785 Evening Star 92220 where the motor mountings have warped enough to separate the motor from the drive. …… It freewheels quite well. On both the main footplate looks O.K at the moment I still have to check the tender from Evening Star, but as already listed the tender chassis for 92221 has locked one axle thro decay expansion. Geoff T
  2. Wish I lived closer (Sometimes) then I could get there. Geoff T.
  3. Thomas & Friends Visit Bride Bay ...... All loaded in the car ready for the off This one made for children to drive. Get a pint up for me in the Public Bar, they know me well !! I'll be across as soon as the freight's gone through. Dad-1
  4. Thanks Captain Kernow, we will have fun ! Dad-1
  5. Heard of K & M Trees ? Yes they were part of the Peco empire, but now an independent trader. They will be at Beaminster, A brave move to take on and develop further. We will welcome and give all the support we can. Geoff T.
  6. No other comments yet? One thing I forgot to mention is that following our clubs annual diorama competition to be held this coming Tuesday all the entries will be on display at Beaminster. I usually find myself in second place, and here is my 2019 offering. To keep rules simple we just insist on some railwayana content and within a maximum of 24 inches wide and 24 inches long. Any scale, or gauge accepted. This one being in 4 mm '00' and I can't even remember the exact size, around 12 inches by 16 inches ..... I think. Dad-1
  7. Oh well better put the other layouts on now :- Dorbury North - 'N' Bearston - 'N' Blunden - 'N' Sherwin's Yard - '0' Limington End - '00' Dysearth - '00' I did say 10+ and that's 11. In addition A Royal Train display, my plastic wagon kit building demo where I intend to let anyone who has never handled them before put down some HMRS pressfix decals. I have old spares here !! Which kit is this ? Is it the only source for a FM container ? Trade :- Rod Saunders John Quinlan Oh and I intend to get 3 Kg of local butcher Rawles bacon for bacon butties - All has to be eaten !! If I could attach the scent of bacon being cooked I would !! Dad-1
  8. I've always found that the help and support between model makers top most things in this soured modern world. I had a surprise package arrive at the start of the last week of November. A cyber friend that I've communicated with since 2008 sent me a kit from his collection as a present citing years of help and encouragement. Not only that, but he's North East and mostly Blue Diesels ..... shock even post privatization, sometimes !! Being GWR this would never fit his modelling eras. GWR, great that's my hunting ground. The kit was the Ratio ex Taff Vale Railway bogie bolster, kit No.562. This was an old kit, including Plastic Wheel Sets. Now if you've not made an old Ratio Kit there is a glitch, the kit was made for the longer than standard axles supplied. Yes, you can and should fit brass bearings, but even that leaves Very loose wheels, unless ...... Note how short the front Hornby set is The moulded holes were loose for Top-hat bearings so no need to drill out. To space out bearings it would be best to fit fine 2.0 mm washers under the ridge, but I didn't have any so used superglue on a pin head to help stick the bearings slightly out of their seating. Just make certain none gets on the axles !! The other wrinkle was the fitting of couplings. I didn't even try the enclosed parts wanting to use Peco PA34 mounting blocks with NEM pockets and Bachmann couplings. They can't be fitted without surgery much earlier in the build, but the simple wire loop works fine when used with wagons that have hooked couplings. Test running was fine and no problems, although one will have to take care on the alignment of couplings when reversing. Decalled and weathered it looks fine, runs well - Thanks Dave, a real gentleman Now I'm trying to find if any of these Taff Vale wagons lasted into early BR times ? Why, simply because I'd like to know !! It's my railway and I'll run what suits me. Dad-1
  9. Live somewhere near Dorset ? The ideal after Christmas day out, come to Beaminster on Saturday 11th January for our regular 'New Year' starter exhibition held at :- Beaminster Town Hall 8 Fleet Street Beaminster Dorset DT8 3EF Adults, £3; Children, over 5 £1, Babes free. Try to beat our youngest 'Thomas' driver of 1 year 10 months !! 10 + Layouts, Wagon Kit Building Demonstration, good refreshments, (Pay) Parking behind the venue, all that's needed for an enjoyable day. Wagon kit building demo by myself - some of my work can be seen in the RMW Blogs section Layouts :- Shillingsford - '00' sound West Bay - '00' Thomas & Friends Visit Bride Bay - '00' One for children to drive. Lambeth Walk - 'TT' Wykechester - '00' More to be listed later - Her who must be obeyed calls right NOW !! Dad-1
  10. Well I suppose you can always add a little touch here and there, but as far as this one goes it's reached the end. Today I brought in from the shed to add reeds along the back of my pond. The PVA still wet, but by tomorrow morning it'll be back in the shed until later in December when it'll be entered into the clubs annual diorama competition. A bit Photo heavy. Out of interest this 'picture' has cost me just over £5 for the bridge, everything else was laying around from previous projects, or even club member 'give aways' Time to think about 2020 Geoff T.
  11. Dad-1

    I Needed A Rest.

    Hi Westernviscount, The last part first as it's the easiest. Yes that is a Dapol BR Brake Van kit that is now fitted with a TrainTech movement activated tail lamp as well as all the grab rails removed and replaced with 0.5 mm brass wires. The roof vents were removed and replaced with white metal ones in the right place and cabin windows glazed. They can be bought so cheaply and while needing work to bring to modern standards I thoroughly enjoy the process !! Cambrian kits ...... Difficult as they are not for the novice, yet make up eventually into nice models. One of my first Mods is to cut off the brake hanging spigots, these are set for EM/P4 wheel spacing and will leave you with brakes dangling in the air miles from a wheel !! My fix is to find some plastic rod that just about fits a brakes moulded in hole, glue in with about a couple of mm sticking out. I then countersink into the solebar at the spigot location small holes (DON'T DRILL RIGHT THROUGH) that allow the rod extensions to locate into. Take great care when trying to put the headstocks, solebars and frame infill together, this can be a nightmare. I also found it best to stick one tip-rail fitting onto the body (The one with the small rollers you have to glue in). The second tip-rail I attach to the chassis. Ahh I remember now that I trimmed off some bolt heads where the tip-rails sit on the chassis - I got a better fit that way. These are certainly not a first kit job !!! Geoff T.
  12. Dad-1

    I Needed A Rest.

    Our Youngest Son is moving into a New house this weekend ...... Strange I shall be very busy ? To clear decks I moved a few 'almost' finished wagons to the loft layout for safe temp[orary storage. The two sidings have 22 wagons that I've made up since June or July. A surprising number are from original Airfix kits, a few from the Dapol versions, something like 13 of them. The Engineers train from Cambrian kits, as is the Borail, but that was made up a few years ago. With just a couple of Parkside, I've made many Parkside over previous years. All sitting on my "Two Short Planks" made 2008, a mere 12" wide long plank that in places has 6 lines, I was told it couldn't be done, but it did a few exhibitions around Milton Keynes area starting at the Train Collectors Club exhibition in 2009. Now retired to my loft !! Geoff T.
  13. Probably the last posting in this short Farmhouse diorama thread. Pond filled, a shepherd with a small flock of sheep and that old horse and cart coming up the track. There are still a few small jobs to do - reeds at the pond margin, and perhaps an odd bush. Taking photos with very small digi cameras in poor light, expect rubbish results. However I do like this one, notice the stroppy sheep looking the sheepdog in the eye !! Back to wagons now ? Dad-1
  14. Another couple of photos from last evening when I'd weathered the bridge. Almost finished now. Now to find a horse and cart, somewhere in the loft. Dad-1
  15. That last posting at the end of August saw me starting a few wagons. Since then I've made 4 Dapol 16 Ton minerals, 7 Dapol 'Esso' 35 Ton GLW tanks, 2 Cambrian 'Catfish' Hoppers, 3 Cambrian 'Mermaids' and tidied-up a few others. I just never got around to posting. Currently I'm having a rest from Wagons !! and working on my 2019 diorama scene. The initial inspiration came from my love of rural scenery and the Ratio occupational bridge ...... Placing bits out to try and visualize a complete picture on the scrap warped piece of ply. I had in mind one of those dirt roads that only get used by farmers, and dug out this old Hornby building. Because I try to make a 'new' diorama each year they have to be quick, with mostly stuff laying around with the resulting negligible cost. Foolishly I thought it needed water somewhere so at the last moment a pond was excavated ! Under the date stamp you'll see the VERY old trick of using coconut matting as growing corn. Youngsters will be surprised at how tall corn used to stand, the new short development something from the last 50 years ! Still a few jobs to do, but well on the way, my next postings should show it finished. This will be on show at the Bridport Clubs January Exhibition with any other entries into our 2019 diorama challenge. Dad-1
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