And talking of which: this lifted from Facebk. Whilst most people's day at the office is polite and full of social rules, being humped by an American-Philippino Tina Turner lookalike is all in a Mondays work for your humble modeller.
Wednesday, 30 April 2014
Tuesday, 29 April 2014
Why do I like it? Well it's delightfully naff, but the finescale ethic comes through (note the hand-built track). It's not naff in that it is well made and is effective in it's simplicity.
Also note that I have all the bits to build one of my own already in stock.
Monday, 28 April 2014
I really wasn't planning on another 009 layout, but that's the way it turned out and the expected 7mm narrow gauge got shifted back a peg. This means two things: 1. I'm back on track with the 5 year plan, and 2. certain people might start talking to me again.
Anyway... The above is the usual hi-tech approach and is the beginnings of a small wagon based on the slightly lower Southwold Railway round end varieties with a couple of alterations, i.e. the slightly opened out wheelbase of the Tri-ang chassis, and wood stanchions on the end replacing the prototype's angle iron. In searching around for inspiration I note that David Taylor had taken a similar route for his examples on Charmouth.
For the real thing aim at 30 secs into the following bit of film that I found on the line.
Saturday, 26 April 2014
Friday, 25 April 2014
A drop into the Nene Valley Railway yesterday for a spot of lunch and a look around on the way to Gainsborough. The cafe is open every day, so as a far superior alternative to Peterborough services it's worth a look. Head chef (Charlotte I think) was most obliging and supplied an off the menu breakfast at 2.00 in the afternoon. Full marks for walk-in customer service.
Lots of stuff to look at, and more on one thing later, as for the below; can you spot the difference on these Wagon-Lit coaches?
Wednesday, 23 April 2014
Thanks to Peter Bossom who emailed yesterday and identified the cream shed on the previous post as an LBSCR Road Shed. We are now on a point of my personal memory; has it always been at Isfield, or has it been put there by the preservationists? My feeling is that it is original. Anyone confirm?
PS. yes it is.
Tuesday, 22 April 2014
For the record it's just Wills sheet, Slaters brick, square tubing, the roof off the Ratio hut, and their windows slightly altered, plastic strip and a bit of biro tube. All designed in best Rice tradition around the maximum length of a sheet of Wills plastic, that being the roof at 131.5mm long.
Monday, 21 April 2014
A small but mixed variety of stock including this Belgian Cockerill 0-4-0 VB which caught my eye and a royal saloon which is on sale at £65k; which if you wanted a neat house conversion and have 100' of spare land is a snip.
Sunday, 20 April 2014
The photo is in the main street at Orford and as can be seen the rather nice row of cottages are built to 3mm scale, while the 4mm Mrs F. (at 5'2"" in flat shoes) towers above the door frame. The question is: if you built these to scale, would they subsequently look wrong and underscale? Would it therefore be better to add a little licence and up the sizing a little?
Thursday, 17 April 2014
I was aware that there is a right and a wrong way to build a brace and ledge door, and although there is a difference of opinion to which way the diagonals should run, the majority run down to the hinges. Above my bodge with Wills sheet and 30 thou, below a store now used as a garage for a nice Austin in Orford a couple of weeks back.
Monday, 14 April 2014
I'm always baffled by how different people's modelling workspaces are and being a tidy sort of chap how cluttered they become. I work on a computer desk that I bought from Argos many moons ago for the sum of £19. It's white so I can see the bits, as are the walls around it to reflect as much light as possible. The day job requires me to sit in black gloom a lot of the time with bright light shining straight at me, which in any other circumstances would be called 'the interrogation', so I want to get away from that as fast as possible. I also try to only have what I'm working on at that time on the bench; at least in the central part. So with the current engine shed build only the world-famous scrapbox, the back wall, solvent, square, knife, brush and the work itself.
Sunday, 13 April 2014
Saturday, 12 April 2014
The above was taken in Yarmouth on the recent jaunt. Unremarkable really, but that is my point - it isn't. It's a fairly ordinary dockside pub on the South Quay, obviously art-deco and dated at the top '1938'. Design wise it shows all the characteristics of it's build period and at the time would have stood out as a building of modernity. So where's the problem? The problem is that there's nobody in there. This means that in the current climate it is likely (if it's not listed) that within a few years it will be closed, demolished and the area re-developed. Which would be a real shame. The problem for us a modellers is that every time this happens we lose another bit of background architecture that can be modelled and used as an inspirational period scene set. What we should be doing is at least recording all this stuff for the day that it isn't here any more.
Or is it just me who gives a shit?
Wednesday, 9 April 2014
The below came in via email. The lumps are apparently track circuit insulation saving devices, but I'm reminded of the matchstick and Class 08 compensation experiments in an early MRJ.
Monday, 7 April 2014
This nearly beat me. Not because the kit is bad, although there are glitches as mentioned earlier, but because the final bits are just so bloody small that I couldn't keep them in the right place while waving a hot iron around. So all the basic bits on and pictured pre-primer spray. If I had a proper job the likely remedy would be to buy a resistance soldering set up, but that's unlikely to happen. If I wanted it perfect I'd just shell out for the new PECO version... no I wouldn't.
While at NGS I perused Parkside's stand and looked at their plastic version. It looks smaller. Is it under-scale? Or is this over-scale? This cranks out at about the same width as a W&L van, Parkside's wouldn't. Anyway all quite fun and reduces Nigel's kit mountain a little.
Other than that family stuff and a rather yawn-worthy evening fighting over sandwiches and dressing room space with Russell Watson today means I'll be glad when Monday morning turns up... hang on... it is Monday morning, 'Time for bed', said Zebadee. *boing*
Saturday, 5 April 2014
Worth half an hour's walk around if you're passing.
Friday, 4 April 2014
We stayed just outside Southwold which was new to both of us..... quiet. Tranquil. In rail terms it could possibly be a hotbed of activity, but isn't. There is a re-build/preservation group which have a small shop (above) which was shut all the time we were there. Reading between the lines it seems that the rebuilders have plans, but the local authorities don't really want it to happen. The beauty of the place is that it is not full of trippers, Mc Donalds and arcades, maybe they fear that a 'train ride' would open the flood gates and change the tone of the place. I tend to agree with that.