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More New Toys - Opinions Requested!

More New Toys - Opinions Requested!

I am so very happy.   Hatton's has the Heljan-Olivia's Trains 27001 Ariadne listed as a bargain, just under 100 GBP.   Once I was through processing, I had it bought and shipped for $110.   Great deal!   I do need to figure out which coaches are appropriate for a Brunswick green 77, though.  Any opinions?   I was thinking maroon was the livery to grab?   I also ordered a second-hand Lynton & Barnstaple 4-wheel open.    Just adding to a small collection of narrow gauge.  

AlfaZagato

AlfaZagato

THE END IS NIGH!

THE END IS NIGH!

Getting close to done with these two cars.    Both projects are about at the same point.   Glass is in, tail-lights and turn signals picked out appropriately, detail parts are being added.   I did have to buy some new Clearfix, though.   My old jar gelled over.    Fresh bottle is much easier to work with.  I'll be happy to have these two done.    Both have been floating about my stash for over a decade.

AlfaZagato

AlfaZagato

Stour Valley Dream - Reversing a kit and making bushes

Stour Valley Dream - Reversing a kit and making bushes

As the next baseboard to work on contains the station platforms I started studying photographs and plans to work out the exact size the buildings on the platforms. This includes the main station building and also the timber build signalbox.   I'd already bought a Wills kit because it matches, or so I thought....     It turns out that the kit is for a building of the opposite hand to that on the platform at Clare and is not manufactured in a manner which allows you

Fen End Pit

Fen End Pit

 

And there it was, gone....

So I’m strolling along as a Project Engineer on directional drilling works. It’s a stroll in the park, I have everything I’m asked for at my fingertips and half the time, I work from home.    This leaves me time to look about me, and I’ve been out today on my 2013 Bonneville. My kids conspired to get me to buy this bike, and... I appreciate their thinking but is it REALLY a Bonneville? Nah, not reeeelly. It’s a pleasant bike and it has the name and the styling - but I owned a Bonnevill

rockershovel

rockershovel

Fourth bite: The Stables

Fourth bite: The Stables

Work has started on the fourth layout in the Farthing series. This will be named “The stables” and continues our meandering walk through the goods facilities at Farthing in the early 1900s.   The layout is inspired by my interest in GWR stable blocks, including the larger variants of the standard design that began to appear in places like Slough and Park Royal around the turn of the last century.    Slough, 1928. Source: Britain from Above. Embedding permitted. https://

Mikkel

Mikkel

Six Minerals and a Shark

Six Minerals and a Shark

After several sessions of kitbuilding i decided it was time to take the plunge and get out the old hairy sticks. After quite a bit of study i deduced that in the 1970's, mineral wagons were rusty, very rusty. So i set about gathering all my rust coloured paints and washes and proceeded to obliterate the carefully applied shades of grey. I tried to vary things as much as possible. The results are above.   The Shark gave me a welcome break from rust and also makes a companion for my lone

Neal B

Neal B

 

Building On My Gatorboard T-Trak Module

Wow, doesn't time fly?   Back in January I wrote my first post about how I built a light-weight and relatively cheap T-Trak module using Gatorboard. Since then almost three months have passed but in that time I've finally decided what to model and have actually made a start.   So what did I chose to build on my first module? After weeks of deliberation, trying to decide whether to create a river bridge scene, a US rail-served industrial building, a city scene

NScaleNotes

NScaleNotes

 

Anew venture...

Well, a long time has passed since I last blogged on this forum - and a lot of virtual water has passed under the virtual bridge - some of it quite rough1   The main disruption has (as is usual) age-related health issues.  First, I have developed (or rather ' am developing') 'Extemity Tremor' or shaking hands.  Annoyingly my left hand (the dominant one) is the worst affected.  Whilst it is not yet debilitating it IS time-wasting - particularly when soldering small objects.  Second, my

scanman

scanman

A Touch of Giles Indeed!

A Touch of Giles Indeed!

Simond had it spot on in his comment on my last post - I guess the glimps of a roller bearing was a clue. A very new departure here and a pretty steep learning curve but made much easier by some good advice from Giles and Pikey on the RC thread - if you have not already guessed the Foden is now Radio Controlled. Although a bit of an indulgence for the current layout, as in real life, the Foden will eventually be demobbed and will feature large in a new post war creation. There was a rather lengt

KH1

KH1

 

Before I went Pre-Grouping

I am very grateful for the appreciative comments on my recent posts and very pleased to know that some of my earlier posts are still considered to be a useful resource.  I confess that I am still finding it hard to adapt to the ‘new’ (well, fairly new) RMWeb format and don’t seem to dip into here as much as I used to do – it’s an age thing I suppose.   Progress with the 3D printer continues to be slow – two small grand-children do take up a fair bit of my energy resources and I have ma

MikeOxon

MikeOxon

 

Hello

So hello to you folks at RM Web. After lurking and reading others contributions, decided to add something myself. Currently working on ideas for a small layout, probably a branch terminus, on the South Australian/Victorian border. Time period is a bit hazy, anywhere in the last 30 years. Inspiration from YouTube and Flickr. First item of stock is a detailing and tidy-up of an old Life-Like GM F-series into a homage to the Commonwealth Railways/Australian National GM class. Yes I know i

D6150

D6150

Class 170, Lights & Sound (Part 1: Driving Vehicles)

Class 170, Lights & Sound (Part 1: Driving Vehicles)

The fitting of internal and external lighting to a Bachmann Class 170, the Express Models lighting kit has previously been fitted to this model.   Introduction   I have obtained a Legomanbiffo Class 170 sound decoder to add to my fleet, I am installing it into my CrossCountry class 170.  I also intend to fit saloon & cab lighting as well as bodyside indicator 'hazard' lights.  An Express Models lighting kit has already been fitted to this model, I probably did a write-up

JZjr

JZjr

 

Maryport 2019

Quite a long journey back from Cumbria last night so the blog posting had to wait until today. Some photos from our trip to Maryport - a general model show spread across two decent sized sports halls and with some very good layout content. It definitely deserved to be better attended than it was but we still had some very knowledgable punters come and talk to us.   Our train set   Whithorn - apparently Maryport (across the Solway Firth) is the backscene for this.

D869

D869

 

Bristol Barrow Road - Testing a part rebuilt double slip

I am continuing the debugging of the track. Following the test of the turnouts from the Up main line into the engine shed with the 3F - shown in the previous videos - testing with my Hornby Black 5 showed that all was not well with the double slip. The Black 5 had an annoying habit of mounting the crossing V at the coaler end of the slip. This double slip was the first 'complicated' piece of track I ever built and has only recently come into full operational use. If you look closely at the slip

barrowroad

barrowroad

 

GWR 0-6-0PT's at Stratford (LNER)

One thing I need to put to bed once and for all: on my site, www.brdatabase.info, two GWR 0-6-0PT's, nos 9700 & 9701 are listed as having been allocated to Stratford (ER/LNER) in the 1940's. This is a parsing error. Both of these engines, at the time of allocation, had an GER/LNER equivalent, and it is these engines that should be listed as allocated to Stratford. It's the kind of mistake anyone can make after having consumed an eclectic array of real ales!   As others have surmise

D1001

D1001

 

Uxbridge (Windsor Street)

Uxbridge (Windsor Street) is a fictional Station built by the GWR in the early 20th Century, based largely off the real Uxbridge (Vine Street) It consists of a two  platform station, both accommodating 4 coaches + Large Prairie or 6 coach DMU. Measuring 16' x 2' in 7mm. 

Metman1933

Metman1933

Stour Valley Dream - 3D printed 5-bar gate

Stour Valley Dream - 3D printed 5-bar gate

I wanted to make a 5-bar gate to go at the top of the track down to the disused loading dock. I drew up a 2D cutting plan and wondered about cutting it from .8mm ply and laminating multiple pieces together but in the end I thought I'd have a go at a 3D model and print on my Anycubic Photon. This was my first print using Anycubic's grey resin (the printer came with a translucent green).   Printed at .05mm layer height I printed four on the build plate at a time and the job took about 1

Fen End Pit

Fen End Pit

 

Personal Update

Dear friends - those of you who keep track of my blog may have noticed a few (un)subtle difference recently. The most obvious of these is a change of username and the second is the way I have started to sign my comments. The reason for this is a personal one but briefly I have suffered for most of my life with severe depression caused by gender dysphoria. After many years of suffering in silence I have (finally) decided to take action. As a small step I am changing all my online accounts to my n

SJS

SJS

 

The Long Drag to Garsdale – Tunnel Vision

My last post on the new format web page posting pictures caught me out slightly. The acrylic mounting and index plate has ensured good servo to point alignment Further progress has been made with 3.0 mm cork to raise the track for drainage detailing later on between the platforms. DCC track dropper wiring and point bonding to stock rails is being done to provide for future development because at this stage a DC operated layout will be my starting point. The track is now pinned ready for ballast,
Mucking about with track and ballast

Mucking about with track and ballast

I'd started the process of weathering my track in the last entry. I prefer to do this before laying ballast to avoid spoiling the ballast itself and to avoid a uniform colour across the entire trackwork. I start with a good coating of Halfords grey primer, my go-to for any painting project now. In the past I have applied paint direct to the track but it never quite adheres right and looks ugly.     Next up is a coat of Railmatch sleeper grime. I mask/cover any areas I wish t

JRamsden

JRamsden

March 2019 progress

March 2019 progress

I had a big modelling hiatus between January and March, caused by breaking an ankle and not being able to get up to the loft. I had the excitement of Ventnor West appearing in the Railway Modeller March issue, but had to pull out of the Stafford exhibition. Still, we are booked for November at Tolworth with Ventnor West and Merstone.    Meanwhile, I have been building rolling stock for both layouts, and an engine shed for Newport. Now I am able to get back in the loft I will be able to

ChrisG

ChrisG

 

Progress on the 8F and some Pre group wagons

I have made some progress with the *F, some details added (smokebox door handle, whistle etc) and have now painted and numbered it. Still a little work to do (glaze cab, fit rear steps etc).   I have also been workingh on some Pre group wagons, all Cambrian Models. The transfers for the Hanwood wagon are from Coast Line Models and the Cam Rys are from the Welsh Research Group. I commissioned the Lilleshall ones from Alan Jones at Coast Line models and they are now generally avaliable.

Norton961

Norton961

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