I've been making slow progress on the scenics over the last couple of weeks. I've covered all the polystyrene with a layer of Sculptamold and got what I hope will be a suitable base for static grassing in a future.
I'd not used this stuff until I was recommended it by one of my friends, having always used modrock or other plaster bandage type things in the past. I've been very impressed as it dries quickly, forms a strong layer even when applied quite thinly and is very
Short note - new toys in the mail.
I managed to catch the Rails of Sheffield flash-sale on the Heljan L&B Manning-Wardle 'Taw' in Southern lined green. I must say, beautiful model, but the relevant thread elsewhere gives me pause to running it. Shame, cost me enough. On the same order, I grabbed a couple of L&B bogie opens in Southern colors & markings.
From the depths of eBay, I won this monstrosity;
I regret my decision. Runs lik
The Steel Company of South Wales operated a fleet of Alco S1 engines from 1950 to the mid 1980s. The engines were based at the Port Talbot steel works and numbered 801 to 805. All five had been retired from service by 1985.
Engine number 802 was retired early to provide spare parts to keep the others running, but three of the engines made it into preservation: 801 (renumbered as 805 for a while), 803 and 804. The fate of 805 seems uncertain; most likely it was cut at Port Talbot in t
Having spent some time happily carving away at the polystyrene I was eventually satisfied with the basic form I had achieved.
As the nature of this experiment has become more formal I’ve given the diorama a name – Bian Bos which is my East Anglian attempt at Cornish for Small Dwelling. No doubt a competent Cornish linguist will/might correct me if any grammatical elements are wrong.
I need to test a fake water medium so I’ve included a culvert and a small brook at one end of the board. The sto
Well to try and keep my sanity while trying to line the 2 crimson Jubilees clogging up the workbench, I thought I would turn my attention to a couple of more mundane locomotives clogging up the bench.
A few months back I managed to get my hands on a Union Mills G2, but the poor was in a terrible BR livery, so the first thing I did was to remove all traces of this livery, as I thought it would be a easy task to re number and rebrand her as a decent LMS loco. Then my health kicked me
It has been a long time since posting, and as ever you wonder where time goes. However since the last post still being working on various things at a very slow rate!
However, earlier in the year, I picked up a Hornby Super detailed Class 56 in Colas Railfreight livery, which has been in the wars. There is some damage to the right hand side of the cab roof dome, smashed windscreen, buffer beam damage, which could suggest it’s been dropped. An outer sanding box is missing. It has also
Here’s an introduction to an idea for a follow up layout in 2mmFS. I had been debating whether to move into 7mm and progress further with my china clay layout however maybe there is one more 2mmFS layout in me before the eyes and patience give up
Partly inspired by the excellent Meanach in Model Rail recently, which has prior featured on here and been a favourite too, the lure of the Scottish period in BR Blue is too hard to resist. By staying with 2mmFS me
All things considered the modifications to the body were straightforward. It all comes apart easily and the plastic seems to work well. The list of things which need to be altered to make a Caledonian version are as follows;
Replace buffers with continental style ones. ( these are from shapeways)
Fit westinghouse pump, smokebox rhs.
Remove safety valve cover, fit ross pop valves.
Square off and slightly reduce chimney height.
Reposition and fit single whistle.
A quick update from Kyle’s appearance at the one day Steyning show last Sunday.
Whilst not actually a Model Railway Club, the Wielden Railway Group have a one day show each year attended by members layouts and those they choose to invite. Andrew Knights kindly invited me when we met at the Essex show last year. Seeing as how Steyning is only half an hour away from my folks, it seemed a good opportunity to visit them and throw the layout in the back of the car
As I needed to stay in the house to look after the children this evening, there was no chance to work on the layout. Instead I got on with the Manor chassis.
First it was modified to get it to fit the Mitchell body, before soldering up the frames using my Chassis^2 jig.
The Markits wheels were then test fitted, which brings me on to the first problem. At £36 set you would think that the wheels would actually fit on the axles, I am having more issues getting these on square tha
There's nothing like a photo to embarrass and that's hom I felt about the photo of the Siphon C in the last entry. It hadn't looked too bad until I applied the Pressfix transfers.
It's a good idea to use 3mm transfers, the 16inch GWR would then become 12 inches. as Mikkel pointed out, thye size is given in the Fox Transfers website and I think it was 5.3mm which equates to 16inches in 4mm.
I had another look at the Pressfix sheet and noticed that for wagons, i.e. in white
So, first off, I think after this entry, I'll switch to a workbench thread. The blogs here seem to get very little traffic, and I'm an attention whore. I do want commentary on what I can do better.
We had a short break in the weather, with reasonable temps, so I took to the cardboard box that qualifies as my spray booth.
The Heller/Airfix/Tasman de Havilland Dragon Rapide is almost finished. Two small detail paint jobs, window frames, and reattaching the struts sho
Just been to Cardiff for a client visit.
XC Plymouth to Bristol PW was its usual scruffy, short-formed disappointment (also grossly overcrowded past Taunton, XC being apparently oblivious or uncaring about Cheltenham Week). GWR produced a pleasing change of scene with a rather swish 800 class for the 45 minutes or so to Cardiff; the first time I recall travelling on one if these, and I was rather impressed.
Return journey started with a new-looking DMU from GWR, quite c
This winter has been fairly aimless as far as modelling is concerned. I thought though it might be good to try and finish one old project, the conversion of a K's Siphon F to a Siphon C. (By cutting and shutting.) This has been attempted before and I referred to an old Model Railway Constructor for information. This advocated putting the body on a Ratio 4 wheel coach underframe but as I already had the Mainly Trains running gear kit as well as the Dean Churhward brake fret I thought constructin
My wishes for a 'real' and 'prototypical' layout met with so many compromises in planning that eventually i ended up with a two level roundabout layout, which if laid out would represent a branch line terminus, through station, a small mpd, industry sidings and exchange sidings for a steel works. Trains can operate 'out and back' from the terminus due to a hidden reverse loop charged by a frog juicer.
Obviously i want a lot from approximately 6x3 feet of real estate. After a long bre
Following on from the fitting crews and fire irons to various locos it's back to some rather more fiddly modelling in the form of the injectors for my Ivatt Class 2 tank. These injectors have quite a distinctive shape and I am not aware of any commercial source of realistic representations of these items. To overcome this lack, I decided to try and represent the injectors and their mountings using multiple layers of custom etchings, produced to my sketches by Rumney Models. I use the word "fiddl
I'm running out of jobs to do on recent layouts, have virtually run out of space to anything new.
Even difficult to find storage for my last little demonstration and test piece.
Not quite desperation, but sitting in my garage after some 10 years is a small roundy-roundy that I call St Oval.
The name is simply what the original plan was a Set-track Oval. This has been in constant use since I first had
it fully live, simply because being a roundy-roundy I ca
Having bought 2 of the Hornby "Limited Edition" (cough) Royal 67's in EWS livery, the plan for a long time has been to renumber one as 67005 Queens Messenger. At first glance it would be easy by just sticking new plates onto the loco and changing the cab end numbers. This is actually the first time I've tried this on locos. Despite modifying and renumbering rolling stock etc, I'ev been reluctant to do it on more expensive locos.
On doing research the main problem was found - the EWS
Using a Hornby Class 66 Motor bogie to re-motor a Hornby Ringfield Class 56 - and exploring the concept for future upgrades.
The motor in my Lima Class 60 has seized and is in need of replacement, I have seen all of the topics about using CD/DVD Drive motors but I'd rather have a motor rated for 12v. Although, if the need ever arises to re-motor some of my other stock I may have to look further into this. I decided however to complete my Hornby 56 first as
Well not long before my 2.5 months in Hospital over the Christmas period (a good excuse for me not to buy any presents BAR HUMBUG) I managed to secure another bargain Jubilee. As usual this poor loco was in a terrible BR Green livery, I have no idea why the manufactures keep doing this, I mean they cannot be popular can they?
My plan was to repaint the poor Jube into a decent LMS livery, and jut before I could do this I ended up staying with the fantastic NHS, since I have been home
Not done an update in ages on Norramby for a variety of reasons, one being the goods yard was holding 3D printed railway goods 148 times bigger than they should be but I digress. Found some organisation now for those.
The gutters and downpipes are a job I've been putting off as they are to be honest a bit of a bore for me to do but finally they are out the way. The Kestrel down pipes were about 2mms fat in some areas,never seen a 1 foot fat down pipe before so a 0.7mm rod gives about the
With the Nailsea Show fast approaching, the first public outing of the NWR looms, so I've been giving a lot of thought to the display.
I've long wanted to make my own version of the NWR logo as described by Awdry, here's my current attempt.
"Per saltire azure and vert, Two gloves argent saltirewise
in fess a rose of Lancaster proper
1st Azure a wheel or winged of same
dexter vert a fleece argent, sinister vert a mattock argent hafted or
base azure herrings naiant argent
Hi Pete, there are a few books and loads of magazine articles on the line, I've slowly been collecting them ove the past decade or so ready to model Killin Junction . Most cover the steam era, or early green diesel period though.
Let me know if you a looking for something specific, I'd be happy to help.
Many thanks Argos - That’s really helpful - am struggling a bit with books and info relying on the net at the moment. Yes, I had found Ernie’s pic but the others also provide info on some of the train formations which is good...
Thanks Richard - can’t see my wife buying into that as a weekend away...
I have had no problems with real soil on my Up the Line layout, it has been down for six years now with no problems. One thing I would recomend though is giving it a blast in a very hot oven (when the wife is out!), to just neutralise any organic or living elements.
T-cut does work, but you have to have patience when using it. Rub gently and keep going until the printed detail is gone, some people use scalpel blades, but I would never do that unless you intend on repainting the model completely
The camping coach is available for hire, and is owned by the same person who had and restored Scotscalder station for some years and now runs the Dunrobin station museum. Looks an excellent place for a break..