Sunday, 26 December 2010
The problem is, what do I do with it?
Thursday, 23 December 2010
The vehicles(?) are GWR Iron Minks (with wooden doors). The location is Machynlleth goods yard were they were used as buffer-stops. Note what looks like bridge rail under the bodies. The photo was lifted from the Clubs and Societies pages of an early 70s RM and credited to one Robert Fysh. I would think that the photo was fairly recent to the publication date judging by the lorry in the background. The caption states 'Note the drawhook for pulling stops back after successive shunts.' I assume the vans were a budget version of sliding buffer stops.
Thanks to those that responded.
Thursday, 16 December 2010
Wednesday, 8 December 2010
Monday, 6 December 2010
What I've tended to do is paint the whole lot with German Grey acrylic (or in this case Games Workshop Charadon Granite). This tones the shiny nickle-silver down and reduces the height visually. The above shows the before and after.
Note the hi-tech point control. DPDT switch and paper clip. It works and it's cheap. By the time the embankment is over and around it, it will vanish.
Sunday, 5 December 2010
The area is slightly bigger and the Link article is not mentioned, though the first para is sub-headed 'The art of the ordinary', and the family resemblance is clear. There were three plans presented; the last a round-the-room variation.
This does add a certain weight to Roy Link's original idea, but are any of them build-able? Fairford is not a typical station and the plans cram an eighth of a mile of goods yard into 3 feet in 4mm scale. And more importantly if you were to build a GWR branch terminus, are any of them a good place to start?
Saturday, 4 December 2010
In the meantime it's track painting - only another five feet to go...
Friday, 3 December 2010
The main problem is the lack of width in the goods yard - we questioned the ability of carts to be turned - and the fact that passenger trains, especially if they are autos only just enter the scene rather than travelling through it. Below is CP's sketch of these alterations keeping the same feel and overall dimensions: Flipped, entry from opposite end and yard now at front so to make it 'infinite'. We also questioned the relative size of the goods shed (This was to allow for the use of the Prototype Models kit) This has been reduced to something more in keeping. My suggestion would by something in the order of the New Radnor shed featured in the September RM.
And to compare with the original...
Thursday, 2 December 2010
It's nice to be able to tie a question up with an answer and I hope Bill doesn't mind me reproducing part of his mail here.
'The train you saw was of Torpedos carrying liquid iron from the blast
furnaces to the steel plant.
They hold about 300tonnes of iron and weigh in fully loaded at 500 tonnes.
It would have been pulled by a Hunslet loco with a crew of one, He has to
change all the points and drive the train, although it is radio controlled
We also have diesels by Janus and a pair of ex BR Class 20s
The other train is for works tours.'
Wednesday, 1 December 2010
The above is my Nemesis. Published in RM in October 1978 when I was 14.
The length sort of works: Link states in the text that a B-Set cannot be run-round... yes it can. Been there. But its very tight. The whole point of the plan is to use the platform road as a head-shunt for the goods yard to avoid off-board shunting. All well and good, but would it be better if the entry from the Fiddle Yard was to the left?
Tuesday, 30 November 2010
I'd never been near the place before, but there were three small items of interest. The first seen while negotiating a roundabout, was what I think may have been slag wagons (not going near any reference to Scunthorpe and slags thank you) under the control of what looked like General Electric Bo-Bos - one at each end. Sorry no photo. Three hundred yards on, a working saddle tank (pictured) and two BR brakes. Apparently this is a site tour and not working in the strictest sense. The third? Well I'll deal with that later.
Monday, 29 November 2010
What I didn't realise was that most of that area is Great Central territory. Probably due to a diet of the Reverend Denny I tend to think of the GCR as a home counties company not a fish carrier.
Thursday, 25 November 2010
Wednesday, 24 November 2010
Well, Nigel yelped a bit when I wrenched a few out with a pair of tweezers when he turned his back.
Does the job...
Monday, 22 November 2010
Sunday, 21 November 2010
Thursday, 18 November 2010
The scale has always bothered me; I've had a couple of stabs at it, but I can't quite make it work. I'm always very inspired by a gentleman from Crowborough who can, and who is unwavering in sticking to a theme. Perhaps this is where I'm going wrong.
Tuesday, 16 November 2010
What is very positive about this photo is that it give a lot of basic Rhiw elements: single platform, rationalised track and an odd operating pattern that I could almost replicate. What a lot of these photos show is that semaphores were still the order of the day in the area as can be seen. The boxes were new, as the 'charming' example here (school pre-fab classroom that's been left in a gro-bag) and electric operation. Note the ground(?) signal in the bracket and another one on the 'main-line' in front of the DMU. Also the cast speed limit sign rather than the circular road type.
Some trains were 'through', some terminating. In order for this arangement to work the return working reversed into the siding as shown and waited for the through service to pass.
Can anyone identify the square object below the DMU? I can't for the life of me work out what it is.
The negative aspect to all these photos is that they show a very leafy back drop which is not what I'd planned.
There is another photo of this station on the Rhiw page with a Class121 in shot.
Monday, 15 November 2010
A simple massaging of these dates and captions gives my full (modeller's) licence to include a green liveried/totem-ed Class 03 in a South Wales industrial setting.
Thursday, 11 November 2010
Tuesday, 9 November 2010
When I was resident in Devon a few years ago I popped into Buffers in Axminster; a better than average model shop with a slight lean toward G and large scale in general. They run an ad in RM which has featured James May in recent runs. However the ad in this month's mag caused a splutter. In ANY other periodical the exposure of an amount of cleavage would not warrant a second glance; and indeed is to be encouraged. But the inclusion of same in dear old conservative RM for some reason jars slightly. I wonder what Sidney Pritchard would make of it, and even more so CJF who blanched at the term SM32 as it had 'sexual connotations'. For what it's worth I think this is a good move. But what next? A section near the rear where 'Junior Modeller' used to be containing grubby Polaroids titled 'Retailer of the Month'?
Sunday, 7 November 2010
Anyway FY complete excepting the two switches for the isolating sections on the RH roads. (Haven't found the switches yet) I may also fit a panic on/off to the feed to the rest-of-the-world roads on the left so that I can kill the whole lot of required.
Now to fit backscenes to the main boards.
Friday, 5 November 2010
There have been conversations about various scenic details that may or may not be needed. The problem therein is when did these items appear historically. We are only talking 25 years ago and yet these details are blurred. I'll list below.
* Wheelie bins - when did they reach common usage to the point of being dumped everywhere?
* Self -service ticket machines - the 'permit-to-travel' variety.
* air con units strapped to the side of retail units. They weren't there when I was a child, but they are there now. When was the introduction period?
Answers on a postcard. Or leave a comment/email me with your concise answers.
p.s. I recommend sliding over to Phil Parker's blog (to your right) to see the video of Rod Stewart being outed as a modeller on an American chat show - we've all been there in that squirm moment.
Thursday, 4 November 2010
As can been seen the previously reported kick-back siding has been discounted. Instead two simple ladder yards installed. What did look like miles of spacious track length shrinks to nothing once almost two feet of sprinter unit is placed on it. The mean length is 26" on the back yard leaving only a couple of inches before the crossover mark is reached. This is quite a head turn problem: jumping from stock lengths of 1.5" in 009 to 23". All the automatic 'eye' guess-work goes out of the window. Hence that even though quite simple in track plan, Rhiw needs just short of 11' to work.
Tuesday, 2 November 2010
Not only are drawings of coach No1 scarce, the information surrounding is vague. Boyd, normally very detailed, is quite general:
‘Spooner required... (1864) one first class and two third class... Bodies were 9ft.3in. over sides (and 10ft over bowed ends)long, 6ft. 3in. wide and where roofed(?), 6ft.6 in. from rail... the floor was only 8 in. above the rail...1st class bodies had two windows per side, flanking a central door... single back-to-back seat.’ Boyd F.R. vol 2
This fits the plates 11R and 12R. The earlier in 1887 show the coach open sided, the later from 1932 with the mesh added. But at no point in the text are the corresponding numbers mentioned.
With that information, vague though it is, it should be possible to sketch out a build drawing.
Sunday, 31 October 2010
Apart from a tea and a pound spent on a pair of dividers (S/H British Thompson [Houston?]) no cash left my wallet. Is there less to buy? Or despite the high standard is there a stagnation period just around the corner for narrow gauge modelling?
Friday, 29 October 2010
The left hand side is obvious - the right will have a line coming in from the bottom of the photo with a dead-end kick-back into the dead space in the centre. Just enough to hold a loco, brake vans or possibly a rake of three VDAs. The l/h side represents the 'rest-of-the-world', the right the industrial park with the feed shippers and the scrap transfer site.
It did occur to me yesterday the the operation won't be a million miles from CP's Paradise Mining Company (at Expong tomorrow) with the added bonus of passenger traffic.
All this is very much a leap in the dark. I'm still not sure what the end result will look like and if it will all work as a whole. I'm leaning quite heavily on other's knowledge and loads of research, and I'm still not sure if it's right.
Tuesday, 26 October 2010
Monday, 25 October 2010
This allowed a kindly old gentleman to shout 'I'm free!' and have the entire line to himself on his rail adapted mobility scooter.
Sunday, 24 October 2010
Wednesday, 20 October 2010
* A scratch-built item of Prototype rolling stock.
* Any scale/gauge combination
* Commercial parts are acceptable (wheels, castings etc.) up to a maximum 20% of the whole.
* A drawing from which the model is built must accompany the entry (or a photo if that is the root).
* Not a kit-bash nor use of kit or RTR parts.
This gives a fair amount of scope and five months in which to do it.
Well what are you waiting for?
Monday, 18 October 2010
Sunday saw a little work being done on Unnycoombe. A proportion of the groundcover had left the scene and needed to be re-laid, the steps to be fitted, and the ballast touched in just to stop the nagging. Plus Nigel brought in the work so far done on re-building the shunt/starter signal.
Friday, 8 October 2010
Wednesday, 29 September 2010
I find that as the majority of modellers are office dwellers and have never done any manual work, that logic goes out of the window - yards that you couldn't turn a Smart car in let, alone a horse and cart, and sheds dumped miles from their logical usage point, just because Wills make one and you've built it. Things have to have human reason in order to look convincing. Which is why I've just strained my eyes for a couple of hours...
Monday, 27 September 2010
Discussed more S gauge issues with Trevor Nunn, bought some plastic strip, chatted to Stig, Steve Driscoll and Richard, then went to work.
Scaleforum: done for the year.
Thursday, 23 September 2010
Then, on Sunday these sprung out at me:
A packet of 20, £2.50, unmarked, multiples of the above. The girls are a little '70s, but OK for my mid-'80s period. The plastic is brittle and they will need repainting. However other than that... perfect. the mobile toting girl can be adapted and the over-thick walking stick replaced. What I did like was that the males are in hoodies... not a lot of those in Airfix sets.
On another note: I see that all the photos that I transfered from the other blog, i.e. all the prototype photos have vanished. What do I do about this?
Wednesday, 22 September 2010
Tuesday, 21 September 2010
not sure which. Lining them up was a nightmare. they are very brittle and ping everywhere and as soon as a touch of solvent is added they float around. No swearing natch. It's a 1 penny piece not 2.
Monday, 20 September 2010
I didn't take the piss too much...
Sunday, 19 September 2010
Saturday, 18 September 2010
Take one Peco 10' brake chassis, 50p's worth of plastic some bog-roll and a cotton bud... and...
Roof is 20 thou with toilet paper canvas and a couple of mil of cotton bud.