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After a great deal of thought I've finally decided on a track plan for the fiddle yard - well the main bits anyway. There will be five storage sidings to the side of each of the up and down main running lines which will run through the middle of the sidings. The sixth track will be a run around loop...
Source: barrowroad's Blog | 28 Mar 2017
HiI have been building some of my stock for the last couple of weeks and drawing up the Craven 6wheel 1st type 12F, more a bit later on when I have a test etch. I sat down this afternoon, after a bit of time in the garden as it is also calls, to fit the buffers to the7mm scale 20D Craven Passen...
Source: IanMacCormacModels | 28 Mar 2017
It's been a while since I last worked on this coach, but now I have a new soldering iron progress can continue.  When I left off there were the following jobs remaining -interior -roof detail -hinges -corridor connections -drop lights   The hinges and drop lights should have been fine befo...
Source: Stock for Brent 1947 GWR | 27 Mar 2017
Well, that’s true of the top side, where nothing visible has happened of late but there is progress when you look underneath. I have spent more than a few hours soldering dropper wires on about half of the track that has so far been laid.  All is neatly colour coded (hopefully). Another deve...
Source: highland miscellany | 26 Mar 2017
When I first build the 10RB dragline back in 2000 the tracks were made by heating plasticard under the grill and using a simple press tool to form each of the track plates. The result didn't look too bad but 17 years of service they had got pretty worn out. The plasticard was only 20 thou so the pre...
Source: Fen End Pit's Blog | 25 Mar 2017
For a while I have been trying to source a Hornby Star to repaint in wartime black as 4025. Today a suitable model finally arrived, all be it the worst experience I have had buying off eBay (taking a long time to arrive, arriving damaged and not DCC fitted). But it was in budget for a DCC ready loc...
Source: Stock for Brent 1947 GWR | 25 Mar 2017
Just a quick update for today. I started to thin down the Replica tender side frames and didn't get very far before I realised it was going to take far too long and had no guarantee of success. Indeed I soon put the files down and resorted to a disc cutter in the mini drill. This only confirmed my ...
Source: Ullypug's tales from the tinking table | 23 Mar 2017
Another job that I have been putting off is the tanks for my Comet H26. The castings comet supply are rather poor, the centre casting is too long and the ends too wide.  Based on the photos in Russel there is a large gap between the two banks of 3 tanks, as the comet parts come they don't even ...
Source: Stock for Brent 1947 GWR | 21 Mar 2017
Having sat in the packet for the past week I have finally got on and installed the bell onto the front of King George V. The casting (from PDK) required a little minor tweaking to get the bell central in its bracket, before chopping off the feed with the dremmel. It was given a little polishing wi...
Source: Stock for Brent 1947 GWR | 21 Mar 2017
Having received my most attractive-looking 14XX from Hattons last week, I have finally got round to running it in, as per the instructions provided with the loco.  I have added lubrication to the two locations under the chassis keeper plate, and also to the coupling rod bearings, as per the ins...
Source: Engine Wood | 20 Mar 2017
A return to the Collett goods has seen the wheels on and quartered, the motor and gearbox fitted and the brake gear added. Test leads have been fitted to the motor and I'm pleased to say the wheels go round. Just the matter of pick ups to add now. The body had been trial fitted and all seems to be f...
Source: Ullypug's tales from the tinking table | 19 Mar 2017
Having now glued all the cosmetic half chairs onto this copper-clad point, I tested it with a few locos this afternoon, to ensure that I had cut the inner chairs down sufficiently to ensure that Bachmann etc. flanges wouldn't foul them.  Here is Peckett 'Plantagenet', which has RP25 wheels runn...
Source: Engine Wood | 19 Mar 2017
7mm Type 9C Bk 2nd, etches only with instructions, as above, (SERKits again for the castings) £55. £4 P&P extra....
Source: IanMacCormacModels | 19 Mar 2017
Recently attention has returned to the main warehouse with the top floor being finished off and the ceiling added. I decided on a sort of rest room that wasn’t lit. I quite liked the idea of light from deeper in the building coming through the internal windows and bouncing off the tables and ...
Source: P4NewStreet | 15 Mar 2017
It’s been running for a while now and many of you have already found it but for those who haven’t I have a Facebook page.  I’ll be posting much the same content as here but I hope the Facebook page can be used for people to ask questions too. It’s a bit difficult to ask them...
Source: P4NewStreet | 15 Mar 2017
Waiting for me in the post when arriving home from work today was a small packet from PDK, most of which is now put away for Monday evening modelling (when looking after the children for my wife's evening out means the only modelling is confined to the spare bedroom rather than the garage.). This sh...
Source: Stock for Brent 1947 GWR | 14 Mar 2017
I am happy with most of the etching I have been building and am at the stage where I can let people purchase them if they wish.Carriages so far. 4mm Type 20D Craven Passenger brake with birdcage and duckets full kit is ready at £54 incl P&P; I have 3 of these left. I can order more on an appr...
Source: IanMacCormacModels | 14 Mar 2017
OK, so things haven't progressed as far or as fast as I'd hoped. I blame the distractions of the Collett Goods and one or two other diversions. Still, a rare day off today after a weekend up North has allowed me a little time at the work bench. 4 months on from the last blog post and all that's happ...
Source: The Strawberry Line | 13 Mar 2017
Portchullin’s next outing will be this forthcoming weekend at the St Neot’s show: Come along and see some noisy diesels like this?  I rather hope to have a type 1 make an appearance over the weekend and any HR enthusiasts might wish to see a Barney put in an appearance (still in brass,...
Source: highland miscellany | 10 Mar 2017
So lets start with a buildings and a request,  When I posted the image of the pub at night I was asked for a picture of the area in the light so here it isThis also shows the water tower I was working on too, speaking of which…Remember the lower part of the Hornby water tower I was fiddling w...
Source: P4NewStreet | 6 Mar 2017
Further to my previous blog entry, I've now completed the construction of an A5 'right-hand' crossover in OO-SF for the new goods only shunting layout that I'm planning.  I was going to build another two A5 points for the entry to the yard, but most fortuitously found a tandem turnout that my g...
Source: Engine Wood | 6 Mar 2017
Last weekend was an excellent experience on a number of fronts.Firstly for the help I received from Gordon prior to the show and during. Also from a good friend, Nick, who travelled from near Ilkley just to play trains on the Saturday before nipping to Derby to visit his son. He enjoyed the show so ...
Source: Grogley Junction | 5 Mar 2017
£55 for the 7mm etch plus £4 P&P as at March 2017....
Source: IanMacCormacModels | 4 Mar 2017
Well I have made up a Type 20D Birdcage Ducket passenger brake and here are some photos of it with a Dapol Terrier and the 4mm version. I have yet to sort out any castings for the 7mm version. £70 for the 7mm etches, £54 for a full 4mm kit (includes the axlebox and buffer castings). £4 P&P ei...
Source: IanMacCormacModels | 2 Mar 2017
I have changed the layout of the etches when reducing them for 4mm and there are a few differences between these instructions and the ones before for 7mm. The pdf of the photos of the build of the 7mm carriages will help when building in 4mm as they are almost identical. Clicking on the following im...
Source: IanMacCormacModels | 2 Mar 2017
Here is a link to a PDF showing how I have built three of the 7mm Type 15 carriages. I shall be adding to this to show how to build other types as I build them myself. Updated 1st March 2017Click this for a link to the pdfUse the following words to help make more sense of the pdf abov...
Source: IanMacCormacModels | 2 Mar 2017
I applied Deluxe Materials Scenic Rust to the skip, this pack contains a bottle of very fine 'Rust powder' and a binder which feels like a very dilute PVA. These are mixed together and applied to the model. Once dried a 'Rust developer' is applied which makes the layer of material actually produce r...
Source: Fen End Pit's Blog | 28 Feb 2017
The top photo shows two Type 15B 2nd Class that can also be Type 15C 1st class by providing extra lamp tops, and a Type 15F 3rd class above these (which I had just started to build when realised I needed this photo so I have already cut out 5 droplights from the top right of the etch). The...
Source: IanMacCormacModels | 28 Feb 2017
As tonight is Oscar night and I am sure this phrase will make a few outings, I thought I could get in on the bandwagon……………….well, a more honest answer is that work has been rather too intense in the past few weeks for me to have done any modelling so I need an id...
Source: highland miscellany | 27 Feb 2017
With the chassis complete and test fitted thoughts turn to the footplate. Left hand side. One little point to mention, I mounted the valve gear rivet backwards on the coupling rods as the hollow appearance seemed to match prototype pictures better. I tend to carry forward things from one project to ...
Source: P4NewStreet | 26 Feb 2017
A little bit of cleaning up last night and I assembled the extended skip chassis. I need to add a tiny bit of filler at the joint between the original Binnie chassis and the extra parts but hardly any. I put a coat of Humbrol matt 113 on with a brush and this had the effect of really showing up the ...
Source: Fen End Pit's Blog | 25 Feb 2017
Yes, I did get my spelling right and mean braking not breaking.  The Binnie Engineering Hudson Tipper wagon is a staple of 16mm narrow gauge model railways. Understandably Fen End Pit has quite a few and one of them was converted many years ago to have brake standard to give a little variation....
Source: Fen End Pit's Blog | 23 Feb 2017
Sunday afternoon saw the "Three Amigos" put the layout through its paces. There were a few gremlins dispatched by my compatriots and a couple left over for me to sort during the week. It was a productive afternoon.Once I've sorted the final two gremlins the layout would seem to be almost ready for t...
Source: Grogley Junction | 20 Feb 2017
Well, I think, for the moment, the empty clay wagoms might be finished...In the future I might do a bit of extra weathering but they will definitely be OK for the Lincoln show next weekend....
Source: Grogley Junction | 19 Feb 2017
Being regularly away from home for work has stopped me progressing Tredethy Wharf as much as I would have liked. This has had a major effect in the preparation of the layout for next weekend's Lincoln show. I'm hoping that what I've been able to achieve will be enough to show the layout and the Scal...
Source: Grogley Junction | 18 Feb 2017
 ...and delivered a free carrier bag. With some content which will make very pleasurable reading.I may be quiet for some time...CheersFlymo ...
Source: Beer and Buckjumpers | 17 Feb 2017
Today I finally got to open the box of my new toy, a Wanhao Duplicator i3 plus. I've done a fair bit of 3D printing in Makespace and finally decided that with the length of most print jobs and the issues around shared machines I'd like my own. From opening the box to the first 'ok' print was about a...
Source: Fen End Pit's Blog | 17 Feb 2017
This is well worth a look - it certainly takes the idea of DCC sound to another level!There's more about the model in this thread. ...
Source: Eastmoor | 17 Feb 2017
A while ago I started work on a Lima 94xx tank I’ve had from my childhood. The idea was to match it to a high level pannier or Collett chassis as a quick project. However after speaking to Chris at High Level he decided that the 94xx wasn’t really like either and said he would be interes...
Source: P4NewStreet | 14 Feb 2017
Progress on the rebuild has been slow over the last week with not too much time for modelling. However I have still managed to put some string grass over the new sections of the layout. I've still got a lot to do to blend things together but it is coming together.    I decided to follow th...
Source: Fen End Pit's Blog | 11 Feb 2017
On a couple of forums people asked for more details on the Lowmac compensation shown last time so… This is the underside. It’s best to set everything up with normal bearings first so that the rise height is correct. Then a  simple case of adding a bit of scrap etch for the axle to rest...
Source: P4NewStreet | 8 Feb 2017
I've been making good progress with the Collett Goods chassis. The coupling rods were made up using my Avonside Chassis2 jig for the first time in anger. It's an impressive bit of kit. I've made up the High Level hornblocks and tags (normal for the rear two axles, space savers for the front axle to ...
Source: Ullypug's tales from the tinking table | 5 Feb 2017
Operation of the Kingsbridge branch requires 2 small prairies for passenger duties, one based in Kingsbridge and the other arriving during the day to cover the busy period in which a train runs in each direction at the same time. There is also a need for a third small prairie to run with the second...
Source: Stock for Brent 1947 GWR | 4 Feb 2017
I promised a number of people that I would be making sure that the layour had at least the main elements wired up over christmas, so that it could at last run.  But then it was a bit wet and cold so I did not fancy it out in the summerhouse so I applied rule no 1 – its my trainset! Instead, I...
Source: highland miscellany | 4 Feb 2017
Because hardly anyone on RMweb seems interested in these N gauge videos I have not bothered to post VLOGS 6,7 & 8, if you want them find them from proximity to another video on my YouTube channel.  Anyway, here is part 9...  https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=WRWUQOMTeHw...
Source: Knuckles' RWS, P4 & SCC Blog | 4 Feb 2017
carrying on with the renumbering, there are now 3 more locos ready for the layout (almost).  First up was 6000, finishing up from where I left off last night. The first job was to repaint the rest of the underframe to get rid of the remaining elements of the lining. While I had the paint out ...
Source: Stock for Brent 1947 GWR | 3 Feb 2017
Time for another King....  This one started as the shirtbutton liveried example in the bargain Bristolian pack I managed to acquire in Hawkins fire sale. It makes a much better starting point than the King James model I used for my other two Kings. Better yet this one actually has been wired ...
Source: Stock for Brent 1947 GWR | 3 Feb 2017
After my 7mm interlude (never again), I'm returning to 4mm and the next loco for Cheddar. True to my mantra, this is the oldest thing in the modelling cupboard, namely converting a 35 year old Replica Railways model of the 2251 Collett Goods to P4. The body is accurate according to the sources I hav...
Source: Ullypug's tales from the tinking table | 1 Feb 2017
A little more work on the toplight, the chassis has been thickened up with a laminate of 20thou plasticard which sits inside the bodyshell. The slaters headstock was glued in place along with comet buffers. The coach I am working from has L section trussing so this was added from some much shorte...
Source: Stock for Brent 1947 GWR | 31 Jan 2017
Well, as soon as I put the Type 15 etch photos up and showed the 2nd class test at the Brighton Circle AGM last October, I was asked to do them in 4mm.As soon as I put the photos of the built 4mm Craven Birdcage & Ducket brake van up on here, I was asked to consider scaling this up to 7mm!!!I ha...
Source: IanMacCormacModels | 28 Jan 2017
Just to prove I have been doing something relating to Tredethy Wharf during the last few weeks. I've posted a couple of pics below of the next batch of china clay wagons that are now ready for the paint shop.These five clay wagons are being built using the Ratio kit with modified axle boxes and brak...
Source: Grogley Junction | 26 Jan 2017
Over the past couple of weeks I have added a 2mm layer of adhesive foam to the remaining boards including the seven in the fiddle yard. My choice of a roll of 10m x 1mm 'Envoy Multi Adhesive Underlay' via Ebay has proved relatively easy to lay and economic at just shy of £18 for the roll. The adhes...
Source: barrowroad's Blog | 26 Jan 2017
First up a short video of the inside motion doing its thing. There’s still a bit of work to do on the Kirtley – add a crew and the weather sheet, some coal and the wet weather effect but its pretty much done. Below are a few pictures. I have been doing a few wagons as an aside to the...
Source: P4NewStreet | 25 Jan 2017
Peter Denny’s Buckingham branch was very much an operational layout; for many years Peter’s children – Stephen and Crispin – were his chief assistant operators.  However, as his children grew up they weren’t always available and Peter found himself operating short-hand...
Source: highland miscellany | 23 Jan 2017
As luck would have it my maintenance men at work finally got around to installing a pair of glass 'white-boards' which we'd ordered in September. This was perfect timing as each board was packed with some 1/2 inch expanded polystyrene ideal for my landscaping. The job of cutting out the pieces to ...
Source: Fen End Pit's Blog | 22 Jan 2017
Just been looking at photos of Lewes second station, the Reeves ones, and noticed that this photo shows only an upper, full length footboard and a lamp on the top of the birdcage. I am going to alter this build to look like that and so don't have to file holes in the Craven era lower footboard, just...
Source: IanMacCormacModels | 21 Jan 2017
These are now available for £54 to include UK P&P. I will bring some with me to the Windmill meeting in March.Photo of build without axlebox or buffer castings fitted.Clicking this will get you to a pdf of the build photos.https://1drv.ms/f/s!AlDt3ODPVz-70jXc-s60dwFJNNH3...
Source: IanMacCormacModels | 21 Jan 2017
My Kirtley project has reached the stage that its ready for primer. Buffers are from Lanarkshire models whilst the whistle and safety valves are from Markits. I’ve replaced the steps and cab roof with brass. Rear view. Some Kirtleys had a simple weather hood to protect the crew. It stretched f...
Source: P4NewStreet | 19 Jan 2017
Source: Eastmoor | 18 Jan 2017
As I've mentioned the revisions to Fen End Pit have meant the insertion of extra sections of baseboard between the original boards. Over the last week I've been adding camping mat and starting to lay some track.    The shed was actually the original view block block before the layout was o...
Source: Fen End Pit's Blog | 17 Jan 2017
Source: IanMacCormacModels | 17 Jan 2017
Finally managed to solve it.  So here is a vid of my forst SEEP point motor working and how I went about it.  ...
Source: Knuckles' RWS, P4 & SCC Blog | 13 Jan 2017
Hello, below is the 4th video entry. However I could really do with some help. I'm a bit of an electrical biff. I'm reading a load of books and am understanding bits but I have two hurdles. 1) I'm modifying Peco code 55 (and maybe some 80) points to be more reliable/DCC friendly/Ele...
Source: Knuckles' RWS, P4 & SCC Blog | 11 Jan 2017
Source: IanMacCormacModels | 8 Jan 2017
Following on from my previous update, for those who are or may be interested in N gauge, here are the links to the first 3 Video Log entries.        Hope you like them, as usual feel free to comment, good or bad....
Source: Knuckles' RWS, P4 & SCC Blog | 7 Jan 2017
During more nights away for work before Christmas and last evening while in rainy Stalybridge, I've been continuing to consider what comes after Tredethy Wharf. Though I was now fairly certain it had to be Grogley Junction there was still doubt it might be one huge step too far. Ullypug made some go...
Source: Grogley Junction | 4 Jan 2017
When I was still in my shorts, I used to peruse my father’s extensive collection of railway magazines for hours on end – the Railway Modeller, Model Railway News and the Model Railway Constructor.  I even marked in pen articles I particularly liked (not for long, the old man soon warned...
Source: highland miscellany | 3 Jan 2017
I took the opportunity of the Christmas break to undertake some pretty major works on Fen End Pit. An evening of laser cutting produced replacement frames for the two centre baseboards, these frames were assembled and then the original MDF frames from the original layout were removed with various de...
Source: Fen End Pit's Blog | 2 Jan 2017
Following on from the testing of the left-hand point that I put up on my blog a few weeks ago, I have in the meantime added cosmetic plastic chairs.  What I should really have done, is put spacers between the copper clad sleepers and the underside of the rail, which I have done before, but I di...
Source: Engine Wood | 2 Jan 2017
The missing toolboxes were added from a Southern Pride tender, with evergreen strip forming the plate under it. (As an aside the tender chassis currently under the white metal body will probably be reused with the unpainted 3500gl shell that I have in the spades box.  All that remains to be add...
Source: Stock for Brent 1947 GWR | 2 Jan 2017
6013  This morning I replaced the tender to loco socket on the Kings tender, using the part left over from my 28xx. This is a much older part, (black circuit board), and built to a far higher quality than Hornby are currently using.  After installing a Lenz Gold and connecting the loco to...
Source: Stock for Brent 1947 GWR | 2 Jan 2017
Another month has passed and only a small amount of progress has been made on Tredethy Wharf. My wife and I hosted this month's (December) Area Group meeting during which one member (Gordon) ran some locos on the layout that are being offered as motive power for the February show. This small runni...
Source: Grogley Junction | 1 Jan 2017
Apologies for what is a rather long post, with no photos to break things up. I want to briefly summarise the progress made in 2016, and more importantly outline the state of play of the current work in progress projects going into 2017. Ideally when I review this again this time next year, most of...
Source: Stock for Brent 1947 GWR | 31 Dec 2016
While I wait for my latest order of plates from Modelmaster, (this time covering King George V, Beenham Grange and of course Spitfire, once again taking advantage of their 22% off code.  So having received another Wellington as a Christmas present, it's time to start the renumbering.  The...
Source: Stock for Brent 1947 GWR | 31 Dec 2016
And that's that. Happy to say it's finished and ready to go off to the WCPR group. It's a funny thing but I really haven't enjoyed building this as much as I do 4mm! But what to do next? It should really be my Replica Collett goods as it's the oldest thing in the kit cupboard, but I was given a coup...
Source: Ullypug's tales from the tinking table | 29 Dec 2016
You may have seen a photo in the latest Modellers Digesthttp://lbscr.org/Models/Journal/LBSCR-Modellers-Digest-4.pdfthat I have a Dapol 7mm Terrier followed by some type 15 Craven carriages.I have wanted a couple of sets of these so have drawn and had etched various types which I am slowly building ...
Source: IanMacCormacModels | 29 Dec 2016
The other thing hat has been happening is I finally got the Craven birdcage and ducket brake checked and etched. I have yet to build another test of this but sometime soon.The other bits in 4mm are etches for LC&DR carriages for Simon. These will be available later in 2017 as soon as they have b...
Source: IanMacCormacModels | 29 Dec 2016
With the rebuild of Fen End Pit underway I need to build a couple more Hudson 'Jubilee' style points. In the past I've made the sleepers by heating plasticard and squashing it in a hand made press tool but in this day and age I thought I'd have a go at 3D printing. The original drawings I'd made in ...
Source: Fen End Pit's Blog | 29 Dec 2016
For my 100th post we ought to choose an interesting topic, so it is fortunate that I recently  wangled a return invite to visit Peter Denny’s Buckingham Great Central on a journey back home from the north east! I was accompanied on the visit by Peter Bond and although perhaps not initially ...
Source: highland miscellany | 28 Dec 2016
Summer at Gilberdyke - full version on Flickr...
Source: Eastmoor | 28 Dec 2016
Compliments of the season to one and all. I hope you had a good Christmas. I'm in that post Christmas pre New Year lull, when I'm generally full to the point of bursting and ready to slope off to the modelling bench after spending enough quality time with the relatives. Unfortunately my 7mm penance ...
Source: Ullypug's tales from the tinking table | 28 Dec 2016
What? N Guage?  Yup!  Don't worry, I'm not abandoning P4 or 00 as I have room for a few lyaouts, but going to add to it all. I want to try N as a tester to see if I like it and get on, if so will do bigger layouts in it probably.  So here is the first entry, a VLOG.    I hav...
Source: Knuckles' RWS, P4 & SCC Blog | 27 Dec 2016
I hope you have all had a good Christmas.   I thought I'd share a few photos of the trackwork added during a quiet hour on Christmas Eve.  Well nearly complete. All the track on Board 21 is now in position with just the sleeper staining - Jacobean Dark Oak - and the droppers - Palatine Mod...
Source: barrowroad's Blog | 26 Dec 2016
Escaping from the never ending list of Christmas tasks for a short while yesterday evening allowed more time to work on the A20  The headstocks have been soldered onto the chassis, again using scrap etch folded into an L to reinforce the centre. The holes have been opened up to match the casti...
Source: Stock for Brent 1947 GWR | 24 Dec 2016
I'd like to wish you all a merry Christmas!May the day bring you many train shaped gifts and hopefully all those annoying relations won't bother you too much!...
Source: Eastmoor | 24 Dec 2016
The Kirtley kit came with wheels (00 obviously) I think they might be Romford. The above picture shows a comparison with a scale wheel (Gibson) and highlights a problem with 00 gauge steam loco’s  While the diameter of the wheels match the oversized flanges mean that the splashers need to be ...
Source: P4NewStreet | 23 Dec 2016
This video is not SCC related just so you know. It is a bit about what I have been up to and my plans for future layout builds.    Major Update on future modelling plans. Not SCC related....
Source: Knuckles' RWS, P4 & SCC Blog | 23 Dec 2016
First up the wartime brown C77 all third, today I added the remaining transfers (the lining for the other side was a real pain as the transfer kept splitting, so I'm dreading the B Set with all those extra doors). Once it was finished I gave the coach a quick coat of Halfords satin varnish to seal ...
Source: Stock for Brent 1947 GWR | 22 Dec 2016
RHTT at Gilberdyke...
Source: Eastmoor | 21 Dec 2016
While the H26 sits in the queue awaiting painting (along with the Hornby conversions for H33 and an ex railroad D95) I have been getting on with the next coach in the todo pile, a Comet A20 Large window first.  This is intended primarily for my down Cornish Reveria Express set (noting that the ...
Source: Stock for Brent 1947 GWR | 21 Dec 2016
Over the past few weeks I have tried brush painting the roof of the brown sunshine stock third to see how it looks, in terms of time taken and overall finish it was not good enough to roll out on the rest of my coaches so the airbrush will need to be set up.  It is however now almost finished, ...
Source: Stock for Brent 1947 GWR | 19 Dec 2016
As I mentioned in my previous post the Oxford Rail Jubilee wagon is a pretty good rendition of the original but it does have a few small issues and is fundamentally the wrong colour!  Actually, these proved very simple to fix and the conversion to P4 was relatively painless; so within a couple of h...
Source: highland miscellany | 19 Dec 2016
Board 21 now has the majority of the track laid - just a couple of 60ft lengths to go. All the track is C&L ply sleepers with functional Exactoscale 4 bolt BR/LMS chairs. I've just received an order for a pack of 500 to complete this board. You will see in the photos lengths of black card which I us...
Source: barrowroad's Blog | 18 Dec 2016
I never planned for Brettell Road to be populated with anything other than tank engines but as with most things I have planned it’s all gone a bit wrong!  So… I present you the Brassmasters easychas for the Bachmann 4f, not that its going in one mind you. I found a picture of an interes...
Source: P4NewStreet | 16 Dec 2016
So tonight after a little more track work, it was on with the 2800. I am starting to think I need to only have DCC fitted locos in the garage as the non fitted stuff is proving too much of a distraction! Anyway, back on topic... As previously mentioned this model came via eBay from a trade...
Source: Stock for Brent 1947 GWR | 13 Dec 2016
The latest Modelmasters order arrived a couple of days ago, and I've finally got around to fitting them last night.  First the King, the Hornby etchings were removed from the model and prepared for the new plates by distressing the area under the printed name. The new plate was carefully cut aw...
Source: Stock for Brent 1947 GWR | 12 Dec 2016
I usually only blog about model railway stuff but I hope you'll excuse this little ramble because it does include some pictures of trains! After a significant number of years and now the kids are both big enough to look after themselves my good lady wife and I had our first foreign trip. The boss wa...
Source: Fen End Pit's Blog | 8 Dec 2016
A key requirement of modelling the post war scene is to have plenty of stock still wearing wartime liveries, a task that is progressing well on the loco front (with the Grange, 42xx and Austerity in black), but nothing on the coaches. So over the past couple of nights (with very little real model...
Source: Stock for Brent 1947 GWR | 7 Dec 2016
This evenings modelling session was mostly focused around getting some locos fitted with decoders, starting with the locos which I am usually using for testing the layout.   Having found a handful of Lenz Gold and 1025 decoders liberated from sold diesels, it was time to get to work.  Firs...
Source: Stock for Brent 1947 GWR | 5 Dec 2016
A while back I started a project to use the Hornby GWR Castles Tintagel and Wellington to convert to Berkeley and Nunney Castles.  Berkeley Castle has been covered previously, while Nunney Castle has sat waiting for me to work out how I would deal with the new design of nameplate Hornby have be...
Source: Stock for Brent 1947 GWR | 5 Dec 2016
As a break from layout building type stuff (wiring mostly), I decided to turf a kit out of the modelling cupboard that has been there for a while. It's the 'Steam and Things' kit for the Weston Clevedon and Portishead Rilway Drewry Railcar. I'm building it for the WCPR group, having done the Fordson...
Source: Ullypug's tales from the tinking table | 4 Dec 2016
I haven't posted on here for a little while, but things have been ticking over. The latest item to be finished is this, based on a Heljan Class 47It uses Alan Gibson wheels with new pick ups from 0,33mm handrail wire - the original pick up strips didn't line up with the tyres so were cut back and th...
Source: Eastmoor | 3 Dec 2016
I finally managed an hour of modelling late this evening after the baby finally went to sleep, (so much for making it to the Chipping Sodbury Club as planned...) Anyway, with the weather as cold as it is, I didnt fancy a trip to the garage which means it was not possible to do the remaining work on...
Source: Stock for Brent 1947 GWR | 30 Nov 2016
Bristol Barrow Road now has a full set of baseboards - 21 in total - to enable the layout to operate as a continuous circuit with Up and Down main lines and a 20ft plus fiddle yard. All the baseboard construction is the work of my friend Chris Yates who has made all the additional boards over the pa...
Source: barrowroad's Blog | 29 Nov 2016
We had a good meeting at DRAG last night (Devon Riviera Area Group of the Scalefour Society), but for some, there was a 'regression' to a circle of 'O' gauge on the floor!  Andrew H brought in a selection of recent 7mm RTR releases and a circuit of Peco track to run some of this stuff in, whils...
Source: Engine Wood | 29 Nov 2016

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