Ian also has a layout under construction.
Stanier brake van to Diagram 2036 from the Pocket Money Kits etch. The buffers are from Lanarkshire Model Supplies, type B013, the correct pattern for this type of van and beautifully cast in white metal. The springs and axleboxes are a 3D print from Modelu from my own CAD data.
Hunslet 50t 325hp diesel hydraulic from the Judith Edge kit with a rake of Hudson side tipping wagons from the RT Models kit. The Hunslet has a scratch built, compensated chassis and gearbox that keeps the drive line clear of the cab.
Hudson side tipper from the RT Models etched kit. A couple of tricky bits, and I’m sure the brake mechanism isn’t quite right, but makes up into a nice model. There’s a couple more spoil tippers to build. Pretty sure Bachmann won’t be releasing one of these!
OBA from the Cambrian kit. Only mods are the fitting of suspension from Exactoscale FASS system and the odd improvement to the underframe gubbins. Yes, the prototype was painted just like this with Railfreight red faded to a sicky pink and a half-baked attempt to repaint the top planks.
A view towards the stopblocks on a short section of siding I built last year. The stopblocks are made from scribed styrene and BH rail ends to a Midland Railway drawing reproduced in Midland Record. Track is C&L . The brick wall is Wills with coping bricks from plasticard. Foreground foliage is in the style of Norman and Welch, the bushes and trees in the background are 300mm/ft scale.
Standard BR brakevan built from the etched brass Pocket Money Kit. Built pretty much as suggested by the instructions. Runs on MJT compensated W-irons which fit neatly underneath without having to adjust the ride height (cunning design or pure luck, not sure which). Verandah corner posts are angle section rather than solid section due to the fold-up nature of the kit, but it is not obvious. Something which shows up horribly in the photo are the rather featureless axlebox castings supplied with the kit, which would be easy to improve upon with a few lumps of styrene. Good and cheap introduction to etched brass kits for somebody wishing to dip the proverbial toe in the flux.
Some progress on a Bradwell WD. The tender is fully sprung in the Bradwell fashion. I was sceptical about the merits of 'real' suspension but watching this tender glide along the track has made a convert of me. Electrical pick up is from tender one side and loco on the other. Wheels were shorted by wires on the back of loco drivers and by silver conductive paint on tender wheels. Works fine. Hooray, no ******g wipers! Gearbox on back axle of loco is Exactoscale WGD 36:1. Drive shaft is Ultrascale, but with joints reduced in diameter to fit in eyewateringly tight space beneath cab floor and above dragbox. Motor sits on a silicone rubber isolation mount and structure borne noise from the tender is minimal.
A closer look at the driveline in a Bradwell WD. My first attempt at a motor in tender configuration. As shown it worked reasonably well except at very slow speed. Tender chassis was revised to fit a larger Mashima 1828(?) with the biggest flywheel I can get on the back. The joint angle on the gearbox input was reduced from the modest angle you see in the photo to damn near straight by lengthening the gearbox reaction arm and taking a chunk out of the top of the dragbox. Works very well indeed now at all speeds, smooth and silent ( and therefore unprototypical !). So far the parts have gone together with uncanny accuracy, however Mr Bradwell doesn't get too specific about drive components so that's where the hard work is.