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One of the most characteristic features of the Highland Railway’s locomotives for many years was the louvered chimney.  This was fitted to almost all of David Jones’ locomotives and although some lost them over their lives, most retained them until withdrawal.  Indeed this style of chi...
Source: highland miscellany | 20 Aug 2017
Finally back in the UK for the rest of the month, its time to crack on with the layout. Before getting started on a large batch of point blade installation on the down fiddleyard, there were a few outsanding loco projects to complete.  Today I recieved last weeks spares order from Peter's Spar...
Source: Stock for Brent 1947 GWR | 14 Aug 2017
A while back, in a previous post, I'd mentioned a long held desire to build a GWR Branch Line Terminus and that I might put my thoughts together in a blog posting. Not sure if this is the right time but consider this post as therapy to either cement my ideas or dispel them for good.In the past there...
Source: Grogley Junction | 13 Aug 2017
The original point levers on Fen End Pit were of the simple lever type. I made each one by hand out of plasticard, each one taking 20 individual parts to be cut, shaped and stuck together. The results looked pretty good.    However most of the preserved railways I've visited tend to have t...
Source: Fen End Pit's Blog | 9 Aug 2017
As part of the Missenden Railway Modellers summer retreat, I was lucky enough to be invited to see the Princes Risborough North Box, which is now in the custody of the Chinnor and Princes Risborough Railway Association. The box had lain derelict for many years, since its closure in 1991.  Somewhat...
Source: highland miscellany | 9 Aug 2017
I no longer affix roofs firmly to the body of my coaches as makes both the building and the painting much easier.  The downside of this is that there is the challenge of keeping the roof on tight without there being any visible joint between the two as this looks terrible.  The solution I now use ...
Source: highland miscellany | 7 Aug 2017
In the companion topic focusing on the construction of Brent, I recently touched upon the subject of the growing backlog of loco projects that is currently building up stored on one end of the fiddleyard. There are currently 8 locos in store on the layout, along with a couple of extras awaiting co...
Source: Stock for Brent 1947 GWR | 7 Aug 2017
So now to the details of the chassis build. This blog is essentially about putting a replacement etched chassis kit under an existing RTR body, but it's also about me finally realising a desire to get this long-standing loco running properly. I do like Perseverence chassis kits. They are p...
Source: Engine Wood | 5 Aug 2017
Background  Having completed my first new loco for several years, namely the 'Planet' diesel, which will form the 'modern image' motive power for the Vale of Radnor Light Railway and still not being in a position to build the baseboards for 'Bethesda Sidings', my thoughts have turned to providi...
Source: Engine Wood | 5 Aug 2017
Computer issue sorted out. Turned the overclock off. Must have been over heating. As a result here is Out N About part 18.  https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=EQzm0GwuBw8...
Source: Knuckles' RWS, P4 & SCC Blog | 2 Aug 2017
Now, I wonder if that heading will gather a few extra viewings………..? As I have mentioned before on this blog, every few months I catch up with a group of mates to have a joint modelling session.  The general gist of these is a combination of banter, a bit of modelling, more banter...
Source: highland miscellany | 31 Jul 2017
eBay sales have been going well, which has enabled me to fill in gaps of coaching stock requirements for my ambitious Grogley Junction. Oh, golf clubs have also been purchased.On the modelling front I've made a start on converting a couple of Class 08 shunters for Tredethy Wharf. These two will even...
Source: Grogley Junction | 29 Jul 2017
Having got to the stage where the loco was running more or less to my satisfaction, it was time to finish the work on the body, paint the loco and weather it.  Part of the cab floor area had to be removed to accommodate the High Level gearbox:   Even though this probably wasn't going to be...
Source: Engine Wood | 26 Jul 2017
Yes, well; in my attempts to exercise during my retirement I have been walking or cycling locally. Unfortunately I came off my bike last week and ended up in A&E and then admitted to the local excellent NHS facility for a week. I have broken my left knee and am in a splint for a few weeks. I hav...
Source: IanMacCormacModels | 25 Jul 2017
One thing I will say about the Roxey 'Planet' kit, is that is relatively easy to build, especially if you are happy to stick with the Tenshodo 'Spud' motor bogie option. Being whitemetal gives it the advantages of having some decent weight about it and also giving the builder the option to glue the ...
Source: Engine Wood | 24 Jul 2017
I’ve nearly finished of another batch of a dozen wagons. Some are repeats of types that have gone before, some are variations and some are typed I’ve not done before. Below are the repeats A LMS 5 plank open from the Cambrian kit.  2 shockvans and a 9 plank private open from Parkside k...
Source: P4NewStreet | 23 Jul 2017
Earlier in the year I made a start renumbering and rebranding a Hornby King to King Richard I, the conversion hit a bit of a blocker when fitting the DCC decoder (which wouldn't work). This evening I finally made a start on trying to get it operational, and have decided to share the fault finding p...
Source: Stock for Brent 1947 GWR | 23 Jul 2017
A few months ago I was criticised for preferring to use cellulose paint when I spray; the concern being that cellulose thinners are aggressive and will damage the air-brush. On the basis that I am of the view that “if it works for me” then I am going to carry on using it I am doing so. ...
Source: highland miscellany | 23 Jul 2017
With regard to this project, I wasn't planning on going into loads of detail about what this kit was like to build, as there are already two threads on RMWeb by others who have also done so. One is by Paul G ('5050') and the other by Gordon A ('Steamraiser'). Paul's thread can be found here - http:/...
Source: Engine Wood | 22 Jul 2017
A few years ago, I bought a whitemetal kit for a Hibberd 'Planet' 0-4-0 diesel, as produced by Roxey Mouldings. At the time, I intended to build it in P4, as (yet another) industrial loco to work into 'Callow Lane'.  The kit was originally intended to be used with a Tenshodo 'Spud' motor bogie,...
Source: Engine Wood | 22 Jul 2017
I cannot believe just how much filler is ending up on this model, but the boiler is finally getting close to completion. I have now identified from photos that the outer row of rivets on the smokebox should be flush, which is handy as some were damaged by the original boiler, the rest have now bee...
Source: Stock for Brent 1947 GWR | 21 Jul 2017
Every so often I get inspired after reading about somone else finishing a white metal kit to dig out this project, and have another look.  The build has now got to the stage of applying filler (lots of it) to rectify the deficiencies of the original castings. As a result this evening I have tak...
Source: Stock for Brent 1947 GWR | 18 Jul 2017
To make a change from printing corrugated iron I thought I'd have a go at printing some window frames and brick plinth. Fen End Pit's architectural consultant pointed out that glass panes in this kind of window would never have been square. I intended these to look like cast iron frames with a hinge...
Source: Fen End Pit's Blog | 17 Jul 2017
Can I suggest you settle down somewhere quiet with a glass of your preferred beverage before embarking on reading this blog entry... it's a bit of an epic... :-))While I have read a couple of books (British Railways Signalling, G.M. Kichenside & A. Williams and Pictorial Record of Southen Signal...
Source: Grogley Junction | 17 Jul 2017
Now that the loco has been fitted with new buffer beam numbers, GWR logos and yellow route indicators. It now just needs some etched plates (and more to the point I need enough locos to make a narrow planet order worth while)   I have two more black locos to do, my saint and hall. Attached...
Source: Stock for Brent 1947 GWR | 15 Jul 2017
Over the weekend I picked up a reasonable priced Bachmann 4500 (with decoder fitted) which arrived today. Unfortunately the TCS decoders as fitted in the cab, so has been chopped out and will be replaced with a smaller zimo chip (with the TCS decoder a good fit in the boiler of my 42xx)  The i...
Source: Stock for Brent 1947 GWR | 14 Jul 2017
When a magazine want images I usually take a load of new ones and send them over for selection. Invariably they don’t pick them all so here we find a selection of rejects! ...
Source: P4NewStreet | 13 Jul 2017
It is with great sadness that I advise that Richard Chown passed away last week. Richard was a prolific modeller, typically of the somewhat unusual prototype and always in 7mm/1ft scale.  Not for him a debate between BR blood & custard or blue grey, instead he modelled unusual and quirky protot...
Source: highland miscellany | 11 Jul 2017
Progress continues on the new engine shed for Fen End Pit. Lots of sheets of corrugated iron have been coming off the 3-D printer. I have printed a number of different sizes and shapes to save wastage from printing large sheets and cutting them down. The roof has a single large sheet printed which c...
Source: Fen End Pit's Blog | 9 Jul 2017
This update covers work carried out since my last entry. The lift out board has been tweaked to ensure it slots into the layout by the shed door. I have replaced the over catches with a more robust set to ensure the board locks firmly into position.    Black card strips have been laid in ...
Source: barrowroad's Blog | 9 Jul 2017
Well, after the Lincoln Show not a lot, that is on the modelling creation side anyway. What I have been up to is tackling the mess in the "Man Cave" after Tredethy Wharf was dumped after the show before we left for New Zealand. Then, on our return home while tidying the "Man Cave", I  also deci...
Source: Grogley Junction | 9 Jul 2017
Well I’ve reached the end of adding green stuff to the layout with the slim strip of it at the front. There’s only really the bridges, some more road vehicles and some industrial clutter still to do on the scenic side now.This is the view of the Stourbridge end. there are 2 metal over br...
Source: P4NewStreet | 8 Jul 2017
  Simple vid heads up....
Source: Knuckles' RWS, P4 & SCC Blog | 7 Jul 2017
Thanks to various comments on and offline the curvy roofed option won!  I drew up the timber frame in TurboCAD and cut it out in 6mm ply on the laser-cutter this lunchtime. The resulting structure is 'quite large'.    One of the reasons I opted for the curved roof was that I'd solved ...
Source: Fen End Pit's Blog | 1 Jul 2017
  Involves Photobucket.  I don't like uploading pictures manually to different forums as I usually paste them on a few so there is over 10 years on several forums of projects hidden to the world. Not paying $399 to resume as normal. A right pisser. :shock:  They updated there term...
Source: Knuckles' RWS, P4 & SCC Blog | 30 Jun 2017
On the original Fen End Pit the rotating screen was placed against the backscene by the fiddleyard. The motor was hidden in the fiddleyard and drove the screen via a couple of intermediate gears. In the revised layout this arrangement wasn't going to be possible and I'd puzzled over how to make the ...
Source: Fen End Pit's Blog | 26 Jun 2017
  This is to do with modelling and other things, a video for those of you who want to know me a bit more....
Source: Knuckles' RWS, P4 & SCC Blog | 26 Jun 2017
Health warning : it's not that interesting Glad I put the year in the blog updates... So, I have at least started the wiring of board 4. I do this with the board on end so I can see what I'm doing and more importantly, have access to the CD player to take away the monotony. Palatine droppers are sol...
Source: The Strawberry Line | 25 Jun 2017
Haven't really achieved much of late, more kind of working on bits and pieces when I've time. The brake van has been painted and lettered. I'll give it a little weathering before it enters service and must put the stove chimney on and find a suitable guard to stand on the veranda. The ECC wagon has ...
Source: Ullypug's tales from the tinking table | 25 Jun 2017
Progress continues on the works end of Fen End Pit and I've started thinking about the design of the two road shed. The size is fixed by the site, 330mm x 220mm and the height which needs about 9 scale feet. I want something suitably agricultural and given the Fens the construction material of choic...
Source: Fen End Pit's Blog | 25 Jun 2017
So with an envelope from Fox waiting for me as I got home from work yesterday, it was time to crack on and finish off the Modified Hall. The first job was to prepare the plates, as ever its a very tedious job removing the fairing from the bottom of the plate. This is made a little more difficul...
Source: Stock for Brent 1947 GWR | 22 Jun 2017
Over the last month I've managed to complete the track laying on the final board of the rebuilt Fen End Pit. This board is completely new and will feature a two-road engine shed as well as the unloading point, conveyor and rotating screen. Most of the point work and track has 3D printed track bases ...
Source: Fen End Pit's Blog | 21 Jun 2017
As it is still far too hot to go in the garage and work on Brent, I am getting on with finishing off the Modified Hall.  The first task tonight was to modify the front end of the chassis block in order to provide clearance for newly fitted step down in the front footplate. The Brassmasters ins...
Source: Stock for Brent 1947 GWR | 20 Jun 2017
Well done Eric!http://www.lbscr.org/Models/Journal/LBSCR-Modellers-Digest-5.pdf...
Source: IanMacCormacModels | 17 Jun 2017
Following the last delivery from the etchers, it was time to get on and do the first test builds.  First up was the dia 51 Full Brake.  This vehicle was one of the later coaches from the Highland Railway and was of similar design to the cove roof corridor coaches that have been available from Loch...
Source: highland miscellany | 16 Jun 2017
Following on from my pre work modelling session, this evening I have made another step forward on the modified hall. I have decided to go with the Bachmann tender, the Hornby one will return to the spares box for the moment (though I have seen reference to Maindy Hall running in late 47 with a haw...
Source: Stock for Brent 1947 GWR | 13 Jun 2017
A few years ago I was working on a fleet of grampuses (yes that is the plural before anyone asks) for New Street but the project stalled when I decided i wanted to etch new baskets, door bangers and steps for them. This has been on my to do list for a long time but things have changed in that time a...
Source: P4NewStreet | 13 Jun 2017
Brettel road now has its final front and backscenes added. More work to do on the fronts yet but its starting to look like a proper layout!Here is a view of the warehouse with the new backscene in the distance.   Ive decided to take some pictures of trains too. (sorry this post isn’t a bit m...
Source: P4NewStreet | 13 Jun 2017
This morning I was woken up at a ridiculously early hour by both children, having settled them down and got myself ready for work I glanced at the clock and realised there was still an hour until I needed to leave the house. Only one thing for it, crack on with the Modified Hall!  The fir...
Source: Stock for Brent 1947 GWR | 13 Jun 2017
A little more work on rebranding of my modified hall, as mentioned previously I have started redoing the boiler lining from bachmanns red to orange. In each case the transfers were pressed into place and the backing paper was removed with microsol (with the aim that it would soften the transfer ov...
Source: Stock for Brent 1947 GWR | 12 Jun 2017
Some time ago, I reported on fitting ceramic stay alive capacitors to my little class 02 shunter.   Subsequently I found out about the performance drop-off in ceramic capacitors near their rated voltage, and that means their performance for stay alive isn't as good as one might hope.&...
Source: Various and Random | 11 Jun 2017
Spitfire is now (finally) finished, I had real problems with the HMRS transfers not sticking. Eventually after a couple of failed attempts at using varnish to stick them down, I removed the problem transfers and replaced with a new set.  While I was at it I also got on with the final major job...
Source: Stock for Brent 1947 GWR | 4 Jun 2017
I've been asked if I should make only sides for the 4mm carriages and you can buy a Roxey carriage and just swap the sides for other kinds. What are your thoughts on this please?...
Source: IanMacCormacModels | 31 May 2017
Today I have been debating the benefits of lining coaches vs buying a bow pen and painting them on. Working from a photo of the prototype, it was determined that Kingsbridge Branch No 2 was in wartime brown in the late 40s (while No1 was in Hawksworth livery as has already been modelled). Once ...
Source: Stock for Brent 1947 GWR | 29 May 2017
The roof is now painted brown, but I forgot to spray the area black first so it is a lot lighter than I would like. Hopefully a bit of weathering is going to darken it sufficiently.  While I was at it, the bogies chassis and ends were resprayed in black. Just need to work out how I am going t...
Source: Stock for Brent 1947 GWR | 29 May 2017
The first two B7 'King' Turnouts have been installed this afternoon together with the first two metre lengths of K&L flexitrack [ have I had it in stock that long!!]. The track board joints are my usual 12BA brass cheese-head screws through ply sleepers. With the holes are drilled 1.2mm and screwed ...
Source: barrowroad's Blog | 27 May 2017
With the body pretty much finished, I was left with a choice between adding the bodyside fittings or building the roof.  Given I was working outside, the roof seemed the safer option! As mentioned in part 5, I purchased a new roof back at Wells to replace the original which was rather bowed. ...
Source: Stock for Brent 1947 GWR | 26 May 2017
This coach has been kicking around for a long time, having started the build a week after the birth of my first daughter in January 2014!I am determined to get this model finished before the end of May! The first job (completed last night) was to glaze the coach and then fit the seats. The lat...
Source: Stock for Brent 1947 GWR | 26 May 2017
HiI have been asked for 4mm versions of the Stroudley Diagram 18, 23 and 33. I have an order for one off the 18 and 23 and two off the 33. Would anyone else who wishes copies of these to be made available in 4mm please contact me and offer to spread the cost of the photo tooling. I personally do not...
Source: IanMacCormacModels | 25 May 2017
I spent the early part of this week visiting my friend Tim to get the extra bits of wood cut for Brettell Road. With Scaleforum looking at the end of September I needed to turn it from a plaything to something that could survive on the exhibition circuit. My list was as follows: 2 fiddleyards Casse...
Source: P4NewStreet | 25 May 2017
Some good weather this morning has resulted in a little more coach painting,  First up is another Railroad / Comet D95, rather a redundant coach to be honest (given that I now have 2 pairs of the new Hornby D95, and will likely add another pair when (if) Hornby do them in post war livery.) As s...
Source: Stock for Brent 1947 GWR | 21 May 2017
Doubting this post will interest many for a variety of reasons but I feel it deserves to be explained fully.  A few days ago I ripped the layout up.  P4 too hard for me? Giving up? Nope, neither. All is explained below.  I originally designed the layout to utilise the P&C already b...
Source: Knuckles' RWS, P4 & SCC Blog | 20 May 2017
Both the Dia 33, left and Dia 23, right.The Dia 23 is a 2nd class saloonThe Dia 33 is an early version with long windows between doors, there being only low seat backs between the compartments here represented by some plasticard.I'll see if I can get some better photos as these are from my phone and...
Source: IanMacCormacModels | 17 May 2017
Both C12 crossovers are now built, one for each end. Starting at the Lawrence Hill Junction end of the layout I have now extended the hand built track onto the first storage yard board to join up with the C12 crossover at that end. The first B7L turnout from the Up Main to the storage sidings is als...
Source: barrowroad's Blog | 17 May 2017
Just a note in case you're interested.I've started a thread in the Cameo Layout Challenge section of my entry, China House Quay.This is set in the Sutton Harbour area of Plymouth.More detail hereChina House Quay  Attached Thumbnails ...
Source: Ullypug's tales from the tinking table | 15 May 2017
The last actual building for Brettell road is now finished which means I can now give you a reasonable overview of how the layout will look. There is still more to do and more clutter to add yet. I want to add a couple of cranes to this scene too.  Here’s how the area looks at night. The cour...
Source: P4NewStreet | 15 May 2017
This is one of the carriages I have always liked the look of and wanted to make a model of. I have completed the trial etch as an early example with upper stepboard and lower footboard but it will also be possible to make it with a continuous upper stepboard if representing a later period.I hav...
Source: IanMacCormacModels | 15 May 2017
Back in one of my very first posts I explained the origins of the layout’s name; which has a lot more to it than might first appear (for any of you that have missed this post, follow the link back to discover the world of Glenmutchkin that Professor Aytoun created. I had been aware that others...
Source: highland miscellany | 14 May 2017
When Hornby announced that they were producing a J15 I was very happy. A favourite locomotive read-to-run and an excuse to get a second to go along side my kit build model Alan Gibson.    Initial inspection gave the impression of a nicely made model but the more I looked at it the more I f...
Source: Fen End Pit's Blog | 13 May 2017
Considering a cameo layout, based on the plateway that ran from Radstock to Midford, along the towpath of the Somerset Coal Canal. Gauge was 3'5 1/2". I'm envisaging a scene, based on the wharf at Wellow, including the tunnel portal. Built in about 1815, ran for about 56 years, the replacement S&D o...
Source: Tim V's Workbench Blog | 10 May 2017
After a little bit of a break from stock work while I focus on the layout, this evening I have been trying to finish off 5071.   As previously mentioned the tender shell purchased for use with 5071 was not in great shape paint wise, and was resprayed black for my Star. This left me with a BR ...
Source: Stock for Brent 1947 GWR | 5 May 2017
Now that the evenings are getting longer and the weather a little warmer, I actually have a chance to get the airbrush going. I've quite a few jobs in the queue. The PDSWJR brake van is ongoing (more details to follow in another blog) but the Collett goods had got to the point where painting could c...
Source: Ullypug's tales from the tinking table | 4 May 2017
Source: Knuckles' RWS, P4 & SCC Blog | 1 May 2017
Well I have been building test etches of a couple of Stroudley Carriages. The Dia 40 1st Brake with 4 wheels and an early saloon, the 6 wheeled Dia 18. These are the first Stroudley vehicles I have redrawn from 4 to 7mm and they are looking okay. I think I need to reposition the lower lamp irons ont...
Source: IanMacCormacModels | 26 Apr 2017
7mm Type 9C Bk 2nd, etches only with instructions, as above, (SERKits again for the castings) £55. £4 P&P extra....
Source: IanMacCormacModels | 25 Apr 2017
While on holiday in Cornwall over Easter I visited the bookshop of the Launceston Steam Railway and purchased a copy of the Robert Hudson Light Railway catalogue from 1915 as reprinted by the Narrow Gauge Railway Society. I decided I'd try to draw up and print a U skip more as a scenic feature than...
Source: Fen End Pit's Blog | 24 Apr 2017

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