Our last meeting was project night. This was an opportunity for members to show off what they had been up to in between meetings.
Steve started off by showing us some pictures of his new cabin that will house his layout, Drighlington. The cabin is a wooden structure in his garden. It has been painted in authentic BR north eastern region colours (oriental blue and silver birch), and the exterior finished off with a tangerine totem sign over the door (although such a nameboard never existed at Drighlington).
Steve also brought along his class 101 dmu which had been detailed and modified, including Bill Bedford sprung bogies on the trailer and High Level Lo-riders on the power car, working double scissor Masokits corridor connectors and various other details.
Brian Talbot showed us the progress he's making with his Connoisseur J71 kit. He used a photograph, from Model Railways Illustrated magazine, of a J72 (very similar to a J71) to illustrate the angle iron 'beading' between cab and boiler that he is trying to model. Brian had fretted the strip to the profile of the boiler out of brass, but we discussed methods of bending/forming L profile section.
The chassis has been built compensated as per instructions. Sharman wheels and a High Level gearbox have been used. There was a brief discussion about the need for a torque reaction link, Brian's mentor, John Wall, regarding torque reaction as a fairy tale. Opinion was divided!Inside the cab. Brian has modelled the splashers from scratch using some scrap nickel silver.
Brian also showed us the LNER works plated that he had bought at a bring and buy. Made by Hobbytime Products (Kent Model Shop) and called "deep engraved loco name & number plates".
Murray Franklin showed us a recent kit he had purchased. This was a Mousa Models (Bill Bedford) kit for a North Staffordshire wagon. The body, sides, ends and floor, including all strapping had been moulded as one piece. Since Bill Bedford had used the 3D printing process to make the master for this kit, there was a discussion about 3D printing and the implications it has on our hobby. It seems many of our members were impressed by the 3D-printed model of an LNER Toad, as seen at Scaleforum on the Mousa Models stand, which included 3D-printed handrails.
Ian Clark introduced his latest architectural model which will be added to the expanding town scene on Rockingham. The Market Hall will be a rare example of kit-bashing on Rockingham; most of Ian's building are scratchbuilt. The model is based on a Kibri kit. Ian really rates the quality of these kits, although he only used parts out of the box to model the front of the Market Hall. The lettering is by Slaters. Ian told us that when he paints his models he firstly uses enamel and then applies acrylics on top. Another member said that enamels should be painted over acrylics because enamel mostly contracts. He based this theory on the fact that artists paint oils onto a canvas that has been primed with an acrylic base.The Market Hall by Ian Clark.
Dave Carter showed us a model of a L&Y dia.34 coach, or should that be carriage. The kit, as he had purchased it, was by Microrail, but now believed to be sold by David Geen. Designed by Attock, dia.34 was the most numerous carriage in Great Britain with over 800 built. Dave explained how the kit was built as individual components, roof, body and chassis, all held together with 10BA bolts. The bogies are not captive and we talked about how on the prototype this was often the case.
Dave had spoken with L&Y colour guru, Barry Luck, about what paint he should use, told to avoid the Precision L&Y paints and use Humbrol tan, with a bit of black and green, Precision LNWR plum and GN dark chocolate for the ends.Although of the correct wheelbase, Dave's L&Y all third sits on temporary bogies.
Keith Bradbury showed us a Parkside LMS fish van his granddaughter had built, this featured some rather neat Masokits brake gear. I believe this will be featured in the Snooze in the not too distant future. He also brought out some other examples of Masokits wagon underframes he's built. Unfortunately my shots were a bit out of focus, so no pictures.
My contribution to the evening was a Midland square panelled coach based on the Ratio kit. The moulded roof is yet to go in a warm oven to remedy the warping issue and the panelling needs a bit more attention to get smooth where I have removed grabrails. Eventually Bill Bedford 10ft sprung bogies will be fitted and I will use the supplementary secondary springing kit.
I also brought with me a Perivale Waggon kit for a one plank Gloucester open. Designed by Clive Croome (my modelling hero) these kits are highly detailed and even include the the wagon maker's name spelled out on the brake shoe, quite remarkable for the time (1982?).