Saturday, April 30, 2011
There is obviously some compromises, I could have made the doors and windows from scratch but that would have added a few more hours to its construction.
The photos show the front elevation, the canopy has to be fitted to the platform side in the top picture.
Well, another long weekend, taking my granddaughter to the show at Woodgreen today. There will be miniature steam engines as well as Trains, hopefully it will stay dry.
Looking forward to seeing the murals on the walls of the inside of the hall. These depict life in days gone by and actually include the names of those depicted. I am always fascinated by these, I exhibited there some years ago with my daughters Tri-ang TT layout and have been a fan of this venue ever since.
It is unfortunate that it is a three day show, commitments won't allow me 3 days out.Hopefully a chang next time when I hope to have some live steam pictures.
Friday, April 29, 2011
Originally built as a continuous run, it was compromised by curved points-something which couldn't be altered due to the space available. I will only build layouts which fit the railway room, the back of my Focus Estate, andis easily managed for movement.
The layout is 7ft long by 4ft 4ins and will be in a U shape, terminus to fiddle yard. Again a South Devon location as I don't want to have to build more stock.
I have a kit by Heljan of Teignmouth Station which will be the main building-it scales at exact 3mm not the OO/Ho as described. The only thing missing is the fiddle yard which cannot be added with 'Hennock' in place.
The only thing is the name-two are possibles, Canonteign or Teignford. The latter is favourite as I have insufficient letters to make the former on its running in board.
Thursday, April 28, 2011
The Bedford that was obtained at the same time is ,unfortunately the wrong scale, nearly 4mm in fact so it is unsuitable and therefore may be sold.
The next addition is a fence along the line of trees to the new low relief building. These will be Peco'N' gauge ones-with the centre stay not fitted.
Friday, April 22, 2011
So, the old farmhouse,on the right, has been rebuilt to something more suitable.See the new one on the left.
The original was a quick build to complete the farm buildings and ,to be honest, went wrong. The windows were too large and making them with paper labels didn't work.
So the old one was removed, measured and the replacement was marked out on mounting card, cut out and covered with the old Builderplus 'N' gauge brickpaper. Windows have been salvaged from an old card kit that happened to be the right size. The porch was fabricated from bits in the odd's box, gutters and down pipes are plastic strip.Chimney pot's, one with a cowl are from the 3mm Society range.
Next is to place in position and secure, most of it will be behind a tree but I know it's there.
Add to this the resoldering of one rail at the baseboard join, replacement fence on the down platform and I think it was a fruitful day. Happy Easter to all.
Wednesday, April 20, 2011
This august publication is the lifeline of the society.
Included in this quarters tome are articles by various members including-
Ambleside Junction, a large tailchaser in 13.5mm gauge.
A Shocvan conversion.
Further revelations on Resin Casting.
Adaptation of a Tri-ang footbridge .
Mods to the Mica kit.
Plus pics of award winning locos and rolling stock.
All in all yet another balanced edition and worth the sub's alone.
Tuesday, April 19, 2011
This is a well thought out 3mm layout just 5ft long on one board.The pic shows his 2-6-2T Prairie alongside the dairy attached to a couple of 6 wheel milk tankers.
Nigel use's Spratt & Winkle couplings with carefully concealed magnets. However we have found that some small ceramic magnets do the job just as well. These, used in multiples of four operate the couplings through the 9mm baseboard and mean that uncoupling can be carried out anywhere on the layout, not in fixed positions which can catch you out if using longer wheelbase stock.
The weekend was most enjoyable and an excellent exhibition also. The pint of Hopping Hare on the way home in glorious Dorset evening sunshine finished it off just right!
Friday, April 15, 2011
This is a small sample and I hope you, like me am impressed.
By the way, tomorrow see's me at Wimborne Model Railway Exhibition. I am helping Nigel Cullimore exhibit his delightful 3mm layout, St Leven. Please come and say hello.