Friday 26 February 2016

Froxington stock

The Froxington stock has returned from Wiltshire. It hasn't improved with age, but I did dump a couple of items on the AoC to see how they looked.

Wednesday 24 February 2016

No 68

I've come across this a couple of times recently. It's Egypt, 2'6" gauge (logical) but is listed as Manning Wardle which is unlikely. I do like the feel of the photo with the pith helmets and the chap carrying the dead mouse on a stick under order, 'Simpkins. Move that mouse!'

The canvas cab sheet is a possible dodge as would be a canvas cover over the running gear to allow for all sorts of motive power. Who's not thinking Tri-ang Polly when looking at this?

Sunday 21 February 2016

Brighton goods shed

And on to another goods shed. This one could take a little longer. Based on one just up from here at Cooksbridge it's a small LBSCR structure and although the records quote that it's a 'standard shed', there ain't too many of them around and not too many built in the first place. In fact I've struggled to find period photos.
Anyway. One side wall done and the bottom half of one end all in the now expected Wills sheet. It's a bit material heavy with the overlaid (or in fact underlaid) inset sections. It is of course part of the next epic publication and will find a physical home on Mr. Hill's planned home layout.

Thursday 11 February 2016

Buckingham Great Central - and information

I wonder if I might have reached information overload. It took me two hours to find a drawing for a mate two days ago - it was in one of the files. Do I need a system (but how?) or do I just keep too much information in the first place?

On another point I noted that in the above The good Rev got much more operation in not much wider that the Art of Compromise in his Linslade, both 6' long.

Tuesday 9 February 2016

On your back

Art of compromise model railway
The target is to get all this board done by the end of the month. This should be no problem, but there's other thing to do as well so I'm picking at it a bit.
Ballast next.

Saturday 6 February 2016

Merit OO figures

Merit OO gauge figures

While looking for something else (how many times do we do this) I found three or four Merit figures in a tobacco tin. They're a bit of a weird shape and a mile away from some of the quality cast and 3D current products - however...

Being that this is really a 70's/early 80's plan and again with Miles Bevan whispering in my ear I thought a little cameo group at the back of the layout sans-flag and bases might be fun. After all I can't really see where else I would use them.

Friday 5 February 2016

Art of Compromise shed

Wills goods shed
This is the last of the buildings on the bench. pretty much a straight kit build of a Wills yard store. There are a couple of obvious tweeks: The quite spindly base has been replaced by some Wills brick sheet, one of the doors cut and half opened and some extra timber work added. This replaces the suggested Prototype Models goods shed on the Art of Compromise plan.

Wednesday 3 February 2016

Southern Railway signal cabin

Southern Railway signal cabin

Well it took a bit longer than I expected. Drainpipe, glazing and step are now done and the SR signal hut is now complete. Moral: it takes just as long to build a small box as it does a big one. Just the goods shed to do for this section. I might not be over the hump yet, but at least I can see the top.