Tuesday, 27 December 2011

Looking Ahead

Now that all the Christmas frivolity is behind us, it's time to open the diary to see what's in store for 2012 and what I have to do in the immediate future. Well on the work front it all looks a little sad, but the first half of the year is full of modelling appointments. The first being to drag Rhiw (Llynfordd) down to Devon for one of the in-house photographers to point a camera at it for future publication. This means that what I should be doing for the first week of 2012 is tidying up a few small jobs on it like adding an extra lever on the ground frame, and possibly purchasing a pack of the Ratio relay boxes, since now that they are available, it seems churlish not to put a pair where they undoubtedly would be in real life.

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

South London store

I'm looking around for some uncomplicated background buildings for the forthcoming 7mm project(s) and noticed this in one of the salubrious parts of South London on the way to work this week. I'm guessing that it was part of a builders yard or similar. My first thought was a stable, but the remaining plinths are in the wrong places and either too big or too small. What caught my eye was the RSJ and pulley to access the first floor door which would indicate the need to get heavy or bulky items upstairs. There is no evidence of a chimney either so a store seems favourite.

Tuesday, 20 December 2011

An o-16.5 brake

After a gargantuan effort I managed to get the BV all but finished yesterday. Nothing much to add to what has already been said other than in a nutshell it's a Tri-ang shorty brake van chassis some 60thou sheet and various sizes of Evergreen and Slaters strip. Some bog paper,a biro refill, some 1mm brass rod and a pin.

Monday, 19 December 2011


With virtually no spare time at the moment due to driving into London daily to watch transvestites hurl insults at each other, the modelling has stopped. Though I did manage an hour to stick some top quality bog paper to the roof of the brake van and fashion some steps from 60thou sheet.
I might get this finished by the New Year.

Wednesday, 7 December 2011

More boxes

7mm brake taking a bit more shape and roof now on. There are three rolls of Asda bog roll in stock which is quilted and thus totally unsuitable for the roof. In the time I have available in the next few weeks it'll probably be footboards first.

Tuesday, 6 December 2011

Cardboard Boxes

I think this may have been here before, but I couldn't find it. A Schoma diesel built in 1995 from card and plastic from a drawing in Narrow Lines and published as a build article a while later. In true PDH fashion I need the chassis for something else, so as the Schoma hasn't been used for over a decade it is seen as a suitable donor. This then could be it's final portrait.

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


After slopping a coat of earth brown all over the brake van body it was time for a little glazing. The closed end was simple enough; just a few quick cuts and a drop or two of superglue. The open end needed something more... flush. After a few trials of solvent to see if the acetate(?) would be attacked a happy half hour was spent grinding a piece of shirt packing to exactly the right size and dribbling some plas-weld into the joint. So far so good.

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 Gay Joes

To Reading yesterday to the Gauge O Trade Show. Yes, it is just that, not a layout in sight. On the way in I was stuck how much money was being spent - boxes of locos coming out the door. This isn't your 60 quid Bachmann OO, but hundreds of pounds of kit. Plus people carrying large bags of Parkside wagon kits. When I say bags I mean shopping bags not a woosey carrier. Something with £150 worth of wagons in it. These boys know how to spend. Recession? What recession?
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
queue 2
rucksack percentage 65%

Mick Thornton's Expong photos here. Garn from No 83, but loads of good stuff in there.

Friday, 2 December 2011

More paint and other stuff.

There's been more work on the everlasting brake van, basically getting the second side done and the handrails, then painting the inside to kill the white in Humbrol 31 enamel which by its age and the colour makes me suspect it was bought to aide the Luftwaffe. This was partly a trial in conjunction with the post below. Result: dried paint, revived with a little thinners and stirred - impossible to use otherwise. And I had to open the windows as after a while the smell gets to me, even worse than solvent which I'm quite happy to bathe in - it being cheaper to get than asses milk here in Sussex.
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.