Wednesday, 28 April 2010


I have a couple of the original articles from this series, but gradually the whole lot is appearing here. Dated, but more inspirational than 90% of what's out there now.
Real Modelling.

Industrious 2

I noticed that Mr Rushby's short shunter had no handrails. I pondered this for a bit. The kit does include some (plastic) but now the rear balcony is no longer there they don't visually work. I tried to think where you would want to pull yourself up from, and decided that low on the door up to the handle would be about right. Wire, drilled and superglue.

The cut-down floor. 57mm long.

Monday, 26 April 2010

Industrious 1

Llynfordd needs at least one private industrial shunter. An 03 will do, but the draw of different things is too much, so work has started on a conversion from a Knightwing kit; the one much beloved of the 009 mob (which is why I had it). So combined with a Tenshodo spud that I had in stock from an abandoned project which slips my mind, makes it a cost-free new game.
Taking a little inspiration from Niel Rushby's article in RM (Dec 08) the 'chassis frame' is narrowed to 30mm and shortened to an o/a length of about 56 mill. This isn't going to be an exact copy of Niel's piece for quite a few reasons.
The problem with mounting a spud is that it's not flat-topped, in fact there are three steps between the lower section and the screw. The first is 2mm, so two thicknesses of 40 thou. The rest is obvious from the photos.

Friday, 23 April 2010


After looking a many photos I had an afternoon of van weathering. The consensus is that most post 70s air-braked vans are paint-faded and dusty. the fade is a tricky one putting faded paint on as a base colour is one thing, but fading paint that is already there? I just went with the brake dust and grime. No German grey this time which is unusual for me, just a bit of brick red and earth (Humbrol acrylics).

Saturday, 17 April 2010


Further to the post a little down the page, an old mate sent me these today. Taken last Thursday at Lymington. So it's still possible to ride on slam-door stock until at least May this year.
Photos: Simon Hargraves.

Garn trees

Garn and my firewood pile.
Don't forget the prototype ramblings with self and Simon Hargraves photos. Link in sidebar.

Wednesday, 14 April 2010


It occurred to me that Garn has two shows this year and I really should tidy a few things up. It has been recounted earlier that the whole thing was thrown together in odd circumstances, originally being front operated, but then for some reason not. The set up is a pick up and go lash-up to sit on a standard trestle table. The FY is a case in point; built in a hour out of scrap bits of MDF from under the spare bed, measuring just 2'6"x 6" in plan with some redundant Peco points.
It has been taken out back to front, so I thought it best to reverse this by moving the back wall to the audience side. The thing with FYs is how much to leave on show. I tend to go for fairly open for ease of access with enough going on around the perimeter to avoid the stock falling off. To this end there will be an end-board added to the left of this shot.

Tuesday, 13 April 2010


The last train of the day departs Unnycoombe.

Sunday, 11 April 2010

To go or to stay?

There's a fine line between going to an exhibition to say hello and to view stuff, or staying in and doing something. Yesterday I chose the later and spent the afternoon weathering two VDAs.
We are modellers not entertainers.

Saturday, 10 April 2010

News in brief

There have been two lengthy planning sessions. Really to see if the Llynford plan is fesible and if the operation will be enough. The answer is yes; not a timetable (with times) as per Unnycoombe, but a sequence. A few minutes with the full-size plan and some stock gave 25-odd moves which should be enough for at least half an hours running, this being about right to change operators around.

A Bachmann Class 37 has been purchased. Err.. it's a bit better than the old Tri-ang model isn't it...

Friday, 2 April 2010

Wood End

I decided at one point to try a few different light experiments with Wood End. This is obviously a little dark but shows the now defunct original corner section and the very shy petrol station. This from a Wills greenhouse kit and some very old Superquick paper.
The loco is the 'not a Meridian kit'. The power plant is a Bachmann 6w diesel which is a bit too long so the only original kit parts are the two bonnet halves and the cab front and the fittings, the rest is plastic.
Coach is a cut-down Parkside Dundas VoR bogie.

Thursday, 1 April 2010


There appears to be a small rush of pug bashes around at the moment. I'll just add to that.
A few years ago i built a small layout in OO called Froxington. It's history was short being an ill-conceived development from another layout and was ultimately binned at the local tip causing some consternation amongst it's fans. The stock was built from odds and ends by yours truly and Nigel Hill with very much of an 009 mindset. The above is a loose-roofed pug-bash of Nigel's after an article in a late fifties MRN. Skirted and powered by a 28mmm Tenshodo spud it ran with a nonchalant air despite having a large amount of weight.
The coach is a standard Hornby product lowered in the body by about 4mm and mounted on a 12' Parkside chassis.
The layout was described in the August 2007 RM.