Wednesday, 15 February 2017

Tuesday, 7 February 2017

Art of Compromise

The Art of Compromise (now renamed  Y Fan) gets an occasional tinker. I'd detailed up a phonebox for the 009 project and somehow it didn't fit so it ended up here where it looks much better. This is the nearest I've ever had to a 'home layout' as it sits set up permanently along one wall and is the work of a few seconds to have running. The fact that almost everything on it you could buy from the PECO agency ranges could have something to do with it. Maybe this is the game for a while; gentle tinkering.

Saturday, 4 February 2017

His name was Trigger...

A couple of issues back RM gave away a single street trader's barrow. Logically this is a hand pulled item, but a little research threw up that 'lorries or trollies' that were horse drawn could be as little as 3' wide - this is a scale 5'.
I built the chassis parts as directed and put the canopy and supports to one side. A front board was added from a scrap of 30 thou plastic and a set of simple draw-gear made up from plastic strip. A small cast horse was obtained - this is probably Matchbox and probably closer to 3mm, but fits visually against the trolley, whereas the Slaters plastic horse looks huge. After all horses come in more than one size. A bit off paint and all done.

Wednesday, 1 February 2017

SRI No 10

I keep forgetting to plug this here. No 10 is out now with the usual spread of subjects: East German HO, Wantage Yard in 3mm, Kadee coupler fitting, more on battery controllers, track plans, etc, etc.
Contact me here or via the mag's page for subscription details.

Friday, 27 January 2017

Svanda at Lenham

Ex Swedish railcar runs under NSB ownership on Svanda
The weekend saw the first exhibition of the year with Svanda which hasn't been out much of late. This time to the SNCF Society's winter meeting. Norwegian layout at a French meeting? No I didn't get it either. Not that I woke up much before 2 o'clock anyway.
Svanda has built a reputation for 99% reliability and so it was here, mainly due to Nigel's unstinting tweeking beforehand and the quality of the locomotives - not my dubious tracklaying.
It's got one more show in the book, whether that will grow post it's appearance in Continental Modeller this month I don't know. We may have exhausted the South East shows now.

Tuesday, 24 January 2017


A little working up of the station end of the 009 layout with no name. Various bits of unrelated fencing and other bits of fluff.

Saturday, 21 January 2017

Golden spikes

I watched all of the presidential inauguration yesterday. Aside from any political views on this there was one phrase that I thought I heard '...we're going to build more... railroads.'
Really? Now? At this point in history? By Americans?

Friday, 18 November 2016

Wagon loads

I wouldn't say that it's a hate, but I don't like to see layouts full of empty wagons. I find it puzzling that many go to extreme lengths to super detail and weather using expensive bits of airbrush kit and then run the things with nothing inside. At the moment there are about ten wagons available for 'Y Fan' and about the same again in the kits box, most picked up at half or less price from rummage boxes. It was time to fill a few up.
This is a fairly standard Coopercraft five plank merchandise wagon and somewhere in the photo collection I've got a shot of rough sawn pit props stacked vertically in such a beast - can I find it? Can I hell. Anyway I can't remember ever seeing it done on a model before.  Simple enough, but not a fast job. a baseplate cut to the internal dimensions and over seventy toffee apple sticks of about 4mm square and 18mm long stuck on.
The fictional base to this is that the station is possibly a 1/4 mile up the line from the obligatory colliery. There is a facing siding into part of this so odd bits of traffic , mainly maintenance, come into Y Fan with the general goods to be dropped off on the way back. The result is that there are now two of these wagon loads to run.

Wednesday, 16 November 2016

Running in board

 Something short was required. Preferably not more than four letters to make it easier to shuffle bits of plastic around. Something that said Wales without explaining. Using the prefix Y is always a winner. It translates (according to my book on such things) as the peak. Saying it will cause confusion though. A VAN as in what is a Transit? And a long A sound. The lettering was from a set of Scandinavian shop signs, and the rest is bits of plastic sheet and strip. Valleys running in boards are not known for their ornamentation - something simple and concise is what's required.

Monday, 14 November 2016

The bend

 More signage. A Tiny Signs road bend sign was made up giving a splash of colour to the bridge: the card sign, a bit of rod and an etched triangle. The little boy looking over or through the bridge is a bit of a trade mark now with every layout this century having one if appropriate. Mind you from this angle he could be taking a piss.
And in the blue corner - the station building for the new 009 is now done. Nice and simple design for a nice and simple layout. Mostly Wills and a bit of scrap.