Tuesday, 27 December 2011
Then after that there is a line of exhibitions ending with Portmadog in May. After that it goes quiet, but in the meantime there is Nigel's Svanda to get on with and the rude-not-to 7mm ng project. So despite have little income there is plenty to do.
Monday, 26 December 2011
Tuesday, 20 December 2011
Monday, 19 December 2011
I might get this finished by the New Year.
Wednesday, 7 December 2011
Tuesday, 6 December 2011
Craig Tiley monthly dropped onto the mat yesterday and with it my FREE kit for a Metcalfe signal box. I'm not great fan of Metcalfe kits - they don't have the feel of the old Biltezi and Superquicks and the method of folding the corners with a cut on the outside screams card kit at me.
The accompanying article by young Craig... ... ... did get me thinking. I need an 'Eastern Region' box (is it Great Northern influenced?) like I need rickets, but would it be possible to take it one step further? Craig uses the Peco line bits, but stops short of detailing the inside and adding window woodwork... but then why not scratch build? A competition idea for Peco?
Monday, 5 December 2011
Bumped into long-term 3mm modeller Peter Bossom in Eastbourne today and stopped for a long chat in Boots. Well it's not everyday you can stand next to a rack of condoms and discuss two-stage gearboxes is it?
Sunday, 4 December 2011
The reason for going was a) to have a look and b) to buy a couple of bits for the Rude-not-to project - things I can't easily make like milk churns, a hexagonal post box and a bag of underscale Slaters seated figures for the inside of the coaches (cheap and closer to 5.5, but OK in the dark - a bit like the first Mrs F.).
It has just been suggested that I don't give cake reviews like PP, but a sort of Times restaurant mark.
Rivermead Lesure Centre: food 7
rucksack percentage 65%
Mick Thornton's Expong photos here. Garn from No 83, but loads of good stuff in there.
Friday, 2 December 2011
The stir thing seems to split. The two gentlemen at Warley said stir. The two below say not. Iain Rice says not. On the tin it says 'SHAKE THEN STIR WELL' in red caps. So I'm glad to announce that this is the new Marmite - some do, some don't. CF confused.
Other stuff: doing my best to measure (from angled photos) and draw to 3.5mm the derelict boat house for 'Svanda'. This is the next job - probably start today. A mix of card plastic and matches me thinks; the matches to set light to it when it goes wrong of course.
Wednesday, 30 November 2011
So is it an MRJ thing or is it skill; and I should stay in the little boys playground? Or do all these great finishers know something I don't - that the old enamel is the superior product and the acrylic is for those who can't really paint anyway?
Then there is the stirring thing; to stir, or not to stir?
Tuesday, 29 November 2011
Sunday, 27 November 2011
Saturday, 26 November 2011
This seems outrageous on the face of it, but then what are they worth? The answer is of course, what someone will pay for it. There is a paralel with painting. Take Lowry for example. Laughed at during his lifetime as worthless - worth millions now. The list would be endless. Are we the same? Is it art? Is a pile of ply, card and plastic worth anything at all? And are we taking the piss putting anything more than £100 down as insurance value at exhibitions, as what would the rebuild costs really be?
Over to one of the pro's?
Thursday, 24 November 2011
60thou sheet,60x125 strip,40x20 strip, microrod.
Tuesday, 22 November 2011
Anyway. Nigel's Norwegian epic starts to take shape with a burst of work wiring up points and putting in a basic roadway and some scenic formers. Note the backscene is not bent.. it's the parallax on the camera. Note Mr. Hill's tidy wiring idea from redundant comb-binding UHU'd to the baseboard. Neat eh?
The long term prospects for the layout are in the balance. As I've said here before , it wasn't designed as an exhibition animal and has a failing or three. I've thought about making it a through station, but it would be more trouble than it's worth. This would mean sawing down the end and either adding 6mm of rail, or ripping out the headshunt and re-laying. Another option is to use it as intended and make it the first section of a round the room plan. Thirdly add another metre long section with a 'junction' for the quarry for exhibition purposes, but that would screw -up using exhibition tables as a base as you never yet two the same height. Fourthly I could just do the shows that are in the book, flog it and let some other tortured soul play with it.
Don't all rush at once...
Sunday, 20 November 2011
Warley leaves me cold. I spent the whole day there, from 9.30 till a few minutes to six, and while I wasn't bored exactly, there is just so much to see that I didn't feel I had the time to look at anything properly.
Points of the day were: a chat with Phil Parker - there with his 3mm, Tim's Portskerra, a 4mm Broad gauge layout that I was quite taken with, Dewsbury, Mannin Middle which didn't grab me when it was in RM, but did yesterday and about three or four others. That's the problem. I can't remember.There is just too much of it.
Yesterday was only my second visit and both times I have spent a little while with the demo stands. Last time was with the guy that built the road vehicles for Dunwich whose name suddenly escapes me, and yesterday with Geoff Taylor (link to your right) discussing his mix of card and plastic in building construction and Ian Rathbone on lining which always scares the hell out of me.
So what I picked out of the day was the modellers, not the models.
And my thanks to the Banbury fish and chip shop who gave the three of us a FREE meal on the way back to Sussex. Sometimes it pays to be cheeky.
Friday, 18 November 2011
p.s. found this earlier. Very BBC. For the fan of a certain late Cornish clergyman.
Thursday, 17 November 2011
Wednesday, 16 November 2011
Further to the above and the comment from Phil, I've had extensive email information from CP and Ian Roberts on the subject including the fact that it's applicable to stuff running on 16.5mm track. Further raking about on this can be found here:
So it seems it will be very possible to do. But enough of this idle speculation, it's back to the 0-16.5 wagonry, but first.... I have to hang the washing out.
Tuesday, 15 November 2011
Young Jack suggests that is a displacement lubricator 'I am 98% sure,' and has me to the following illustrations to back this up. The following is a scrap from a GA drawing showing a link from the regulator in the cab to a lubricator mounted on the chimney. Steam is forced in, where it condenses to water, forcing oil, which now floats on top, to run down a pipe to the cylinder. The reasons for the chimney mounting are purely gravity linked. Further details of Mr. Ramsbottom and his injector can be found here:
I am rather embarrassed in that like so many long-term modellers, there is so much I don't know about the workings of what I represent in miniature.
Monday, 14 November 2011
This is the 009 modellers equivalent of the pot of gold. Now with the slightly longer, but otherwise similar Fleischmann 040 I have the basis for two more locos for Garn.
Sunday, 13 November 2011
Saturday, 12 November 2011
Friday, 11 November 2011
Now all the closure rails: Cut an over-length piece and estimate where the bend will be. Notch the 'foot' of the rail (for FB) and tweek until the angles match. Then crank the 'lead-in'. The above is just laid in line before fixing. When happy trim to length - in this case between the 3rd and 4th sleepers, and add half a PECO fishplate. Make sure that you can join another rail to it, and touch with a tiny bit of solder. Repeat with the curved one. It will be noted that something more finescale would probably use Bullhead rail which is more whippy and doesn't need a fishplate hinge. With the bendy rail added, it should look something like the above. Two things to note: One, I'm running Triang wheelsets through this so the flangeway is quite generous. And two, the dashed arrow pointing to where the rails will be cut to isolate. This means that the 'frog' assembly at Side A will be dead and the rest will be live to the respective stock rail once the gapping is done.
Thursday, 10 November 2011
A PECO small radius point was borrowed and marked out on paper. The paper then glued in the corners only to a flat piece of wood. Sleepers cut and laid with a tiny drop of UHU at 3' (21mm) centres. Two bits of rail were put together for the nose. Basically you file a flat on the inside edge of the straight rail (5mm) taking the 'foot' back a little further and the same with the splice rail, only angled to a point. Lay them on the plan at the angle required (here 1:4) and solder together.
Quick word on soldering: CLEAN everything! Polish the bottom of the rail and the copper sleepers. And use flux. I still use paste flux applied with a cocktail stick. Tin the sleepers with a light coat of solder, and fix to sleepers in position. Wipe the flux off and clean up with a file.
CLEAN rail and sleepers. Tin sleepers and lay in position straight,square and in gauge with the pre-laid nose rail. Quick wipe of flux and solder on the outside. Wipe as before.
Wednesday, 9 November 2011
Tuesday, 8 November 2011
Sunday, 6 November 2011
Friday, 4 November 2011
Now back to 15th century heretic burnings...
Thursday, 3 November 2011
I've always had a soft spot for Rustons. These two photos taken some twenty years apart, but in a similar locale. The first, last week at the Blaenavon and Pontypool Railway which has a stunning array of industrials decaying in the rain. The second I think, is Maerdy in the 80's. 48DS and 88DS respectivly. It will be noted that the cabs can be fitted either way around...
Wednesday, 2 November 2011
Tuesday, 1 November 2011
Modelling is full of failures; most of which never see the light of day. Another is the Knightwing diesel bash that was destined for Llynfordd, doomed as soon as the decision was made to use ramp uncouplers as the Tenshodo drive unit is too low to clear them. Sticking things together can be a fraught business that causes no end of wailing and screaming. Building endless one-offs is the pleasure and the pain of what we do and as Plato said, in every modelling life, a little bent plasticard must fall.
Monday, 31 October 2011
Sunday, 30 October 2011
A bit of double-headed fun with Miles and Susan during the ExpoNG set-up which makes the layout seem longer than 1metre.
An interesting day with a lot of high points and a couple of annoying ones. Garn seemed to be surrounded with cameras for most of the day and judging by this and the comments, went down well.
My thanks to all concerned in setting the show up. A grand day.
Check out Tom's blog for more photos including one of yours truly chatting to Albert Einstein...http://hlrco.wordpress.com/blog/
Friday, 28 October 2011
The layout has been a bit of a curates egg since its inception. The name comes from the word uttered by Eliza Doolittle as she sits on the kerb replying to Henry Higgins' claims to turn her into a shop girl. 'Garn!' Thus it follows several layouts with a twisted link to My Fair Lady, Wood End included. When asked if it's based in Wales I've always said no, placing it near the Snailbeach in Shropshire. Wood End and Brookside were spotted on an OS map of Shrewsbury long after the layout had been sold, and yet Garn resolutely and repeatedly pops up in Wales - the above near Blaenavon. Maybe I should move it.
For students of Welsh, garn means 'cairn'. So the above sign translates to 'cairn the plot' or 'cairn the acre'.
Thursday, 27 October 2011
Wednesday, 26 October 2011
Sunday, 23 October 2011
Even with the roof replaced with brass, it did wheelies. So there is as much weight up the front as possible including half of Mrs. F's jewelery.
There is still much to do before Expong.
Friday, 21 October 2011
The pleasure would be in the gradual build of the layout and the (scratchbuilt?) stock. Operation would be limited, but not if you apply American carload principle and use a card or dice system of loads to available stock. If the rather politically incorrect zoo was changed to some sort of small industry (fish?) then this would work very well for a one-man den layout. Any scale from 7mm to 16mm would work in the space.