The society logo over a background of trackwork. For 4mm finescale railway modelling at its very best

Scaleforum 2019

High quality layouts showing varying periods of steam, diesel and electric railways.

Demonstrations and help desks to assist with your railway model making.

Over 30 traders to meet your finescale model making needs.

Saturday 28th September 2019: 10.30am to 5.30pm
Sunday 29th September 2019: 10.00am to 4.30pm

The Stoke Mandeville Stadium,
Stadium Approach,
Mandeville Road,
HP21 9PP.

Admission: £10 (members £8).
Valid both days. Admission free for partners and accompanied children.

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Show and Tell

The demonstrations and workshops at Scaleforum are an essential part of what the exhibition is all about and this year we have will have a special focus on aspects of track construction as well as the usual range of demonstrations.


Both workshops below must be pre-booked, please contact Terry Bendall at

Track construction workshops

Turnout construction workshops will take place on both days at Scaleforum and will be run by Phil Tattershall and Tony Wilkins. Two workshops will take place on each day, starting at 10.45 and 14.00 and will last for 1½ hours each. Phil will cover the production of switch blades and Tony will deal with the making of a common crossing. By the end of the workshop those taking part will be able to take away a complete common crossing and a complete switch blade and stock rail. There will be a nominal cost of £3.00 payable on the day for the cost of the materials used.

Turnout kit construction

A workshop covering the construction of an Exactoscale A5 turnout kit will take place on both days at Scaleforum and will be run by Tony Sullivan. One workshops will take place on each day, starting at 10.45 and lasting for two hours with the opportunity to return after a lunch break if required. By the end of the workshop those taking part will be able to take away a completed turnout kit. There will be a nominal cost of £8.00 payable on the day for the cost of the kit.


Getting started in P4

There are many hints and tips that can be gleaned by the beginner to P4 modelling from those who are more experienced and one such experienced person is Gavin Clark who will be pleased to advise those new to working to P4 standards, or even those who are contemplating such a move and want to know more about what is involved. Gavin’s table is an essential port of call for anyone who is starting out in P4.

Locomotive construction, suspension and continuous springy beams

Will Litchfield will be giving a demonstration of loco building from both cast and etched brass kits with a particular emphasis on the chassis, and practical suspension systems both compensation and continuous springy beams. The calculations needed to plan a CSB chassis (spring fulcrum point plots), or the likely weight distribution of a compensated chassis can be done if the loco wheels base is known.

Carriage construction

Keith Bradbury is an acknowledged expert in the art of carriage construction and will be showing the techniques he uses. Keith’s usual stating point is etched kits but he will be showing how the final result can be improved with the use of a range of easily available parts and bits from the scrap box.

Improving and detailing models

Experienced model makers Phil Eames and Jim Smith-Wright will be showing how models and kits of different types and ages can be improved. Phil will be featuring how ready to run models of air braked wagons can be improved by the addition of fine detailing parts, some of which are available through his Stenson Models range. Jim will be showing how some of the older models and kits can be upgraded and improved by the use of some simple techniques aided by detailing parts available from the trade.

Using a laser cutter to produce buildings

Back in April 2018 Ralph Robertson started a series on the Society’s web forum on the construction of Alpha Mill, a model of a traditional Lancashire cotton mill that would be used on Slattocks, the P4 layout being constructed by members of the Manchester Model Railway Society. In the intervening period Ralph has learnt how to use a computer to produce drawings and a laser cutter to produce the model. At Scaleforum the model itself, now substantially finished will be on display and Ralph will explain the techniques used in its construction.

Resistance soldering

David Brandreth will be demonstrating resistance soldering and soldering of small parts made from nickel silver, brass and white metal. The tools, materials and techniques needed will be covered and questions answered. There will be the opportunity for visitors to have a go as well as watch. If anyone has something of their own they would like to try resistance soldering on, then bring it along.

Painting and weathering using acrylic paints

Mike Cubberley and Mark Lambert will be showing how to paint and weather wagons using acrylic paints. These have the advantage of being easy to use and fast drying, enabling a good finish to be achieved quickly. Using techniques and materials borrowed from the world of military modelling Mike and Mark will show how prototype finishes can be achieved in model form.

Battery power and radio control options for model railways

Ted Scannell has been investigating the possibilities offered to use battery power for locomotives with radio control thereby doing away with a lot of wires under the layout. Ted will be showing what he has found and will be assisted by Nick Allport.