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Couplings The subject of couplings tends to come up at most shows. Each have their own ideas whether manual or autocouplings are best. I’m firmly in the manual camp and within reason I like couplings to look like the thing they are supposed to represent. Yes I know the infamous ‘hand of ...
Source: P4NewStreet | 18 Oct 2017
30 Years Since the launch of Railfreight Sectors - see more at West Halton....
Source: Eastmoor | 18 Oct 2017
Since July, modelling time has been allocated to wiring the layout. The scenic section of the layout consists of boards numbered 1 to 9 and these are the ones I am focused on at present. This part of the layout is divided into a number of power zones - 1 and 2 the UP and DOWN main lines. Zone 5 the ...
Source: barrowroad's Blog | 16 Oct 2017
Well sort of! When I was a kid my mum and dad took me and my brother to Matlock for the day. I might have been one of those family away day rail tours BR did back then. I can’t remember why we were there but I do remember wandering down the platform waiting for the train home and finding a lit...
Source: P4NewStreet | 12 Oct 2017
As mentioned in the last post, I did get the bridges in place for Scaleforum but they weren’t as bedded in as I would have liked. Well now, they are! Going right to left for a change, these are the bridges over the canal.Closer view of the main branchline bridge. one of the 2 bridges for the s...
Source: P4NewStreet | 12 Oct 2017
I have been continuing with the wiring of Glenmutchkin, but have hit a snag; one that I should have been ready for – the wiring of the slip,  I had been aware that a diamond crossing was a challenge to wire and I was suckered into thinking that the switches on a slip could over come the chall...
Source: highland miscellany | 8 Oct 2017
After a rather disheartening afternoons work on Brent, I've switched to a spot of loco modelling to reinvigorate motivation.  So 4547 and 2921 are both now fitted with etched plates from Modelmasters, the Saint is really coming together now. It just needs a chimney and cabside step fitting t...
Source: Stock for Brent 1947 GWR | 8 Oct 2017
One of the things I wanted to replace as I rebuilt Fen End Pit was the original lighting rig. It was constructed out of 6mm MDF, used florescent tubes and had some rather questionable main power. The layout is a slightly different shape than before so reusing the rig would have involved a lot of rec...
Source: Fen End Pit's Blog | 7 Oct 2017
Brettell road seemed well received at Scaleforum and for a first show I was very pleased with how it went.  That’s not to say there isn’t a list of things that need looking at for the future though. One of the things I did before the show that I didn’t really have time to post abo...
Source: P4NewStreet | 7 Oct 2017
For various reasons I haven't really updated this site very much over the last year or too, but with a new project coming up we decided a blog to document it would be very worthwhile and provide a nice record of progress. So if you have chance please do pop by - West Halton SidingsIt's over on Wordp...
Source: Eastmoor | 2 Oct 2017
A little time in the paint shop this evening has seen the first coat of Rover Brooklands green on both the 5813 (P4 for Kites Croft) and 1004 for Brent.  The only slight issue with the car paint is that it is difficult to get into the corners, my logic now is to spray some into a cup and then b...
Source: Stock for Brent 1947 GWR | 1 Oct 2017
Not a lot more progress on any real modelling this week, motivation is rather lacking in the post holiday lull.  The other day I picked up a can of Rover Brooklands Green from Halfords, described in the RAF Kinloss list as being a good match for GWR green.  The first two items of stock hav...
Source: Stock for Brent 1947 GWR | 30 Sep 2017
Just to let you know I am at last able to sit at my computer and workbench properly again so expect some new photos shortly...
Source: IanMacCormacModels | 28 Sep 2017
Brettell Road went public at Scaleforum last weekend and to be honest I was very pleased with how it went for a first show. There is a (quite short) list of things to address as a result of experience and some of these will form updates on the Brettell Road workbench.  My thanks go to Simon, Phil a...
Source: P4NewStreet | 26 Sep 2017
As I'm now layoutless again I have decided to build a tiddler above my bed. Any input or ideas would be appreciated. So far thinking along these (railway) lines... I'm now thinking of doing a series of micro layouts to iron out ballseybodgycockupadoodoowz could you please provide ideas on the...
Source: Knuckles' RWS, P4 & SCC Blog | 26 Sep 2017
The interruption in fresh posts has been caused, in part, by a recent trip to Norway – a country with some particularly fine railways (why else would we go there – well actually there are a fairly good number of reasons!). The trains (or Togs in Norwegian) start almost immediately –...
Source: highland miscellany | 26 Sep 2017
That's right, starting a new project instead. got MANY THINGS right this time, a lot went right, learned a lot, BUT...  But...  BUT...  I am highly frustrated and so was forced to scrap it due to angry bear.  ...
Source: Knuckles' RWS, P4 & SCC Blog | 25 Sep 2017
Ever since it's release I have wanted to get a DJM/ Hattons 1400 class, the only problem being that while Newton Abbot had a number of them allocated, they were not used on the Kingsbridge. (At least I have not seen any evidence of use on the branch). Further more there were no mainline turns en ...
Source: Stock for Brent 1947 GWR | 23 Sep 2017
Whilst it is fair to say that one of the highlights of the weekend that OTCM have not mentioned - Oly's ashen face on Sunday and his continuing insistence that he is never drinking again - here is a quick report on the trip to Expo EM. The Model Railways of Oly Turner and Chris Matthews It...
Source: highland miscellany | 11 Sep 2017
Been a bit quiet around here recently as I’ve been busy on the run up to Scaleforum in 2 weeks time. A few weeks ago Phil kindly let me set up the layout at his house for a pre-show shakedown. I have to be honest it all went very well indeed with some great feedback and suggestions from the gu...
Source: P4NewStreet | 11 Sep 2017
When looking for a quartering problem, don't overlook the obvious.Faced with a pronounced stall on the very first test run after fitting the DCC chip and uniting the body and the chassis, do check that in putting the two together, you haven't squeezed the front steps on each side slightly togeth...
Source: Beer and Buckjumpers | 3 Sep 2017
Work on Cheddar is so slow at the moment. I seem to be doing quite a lot but for minimal signs of meaningful progress. With the wiring on board 4 finished, I've started on the control panel that will be attached to the back of the layout at this point. I'm using 2 lever frame kits from MSE; one is o...
Source: The Strawberry Line | 24 Aug 2017
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
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

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