Hennock was inspired by my eldest daughter whilst sat on the platform of Staverton Station in Devon.
In an effort to get away from Ready to Run I chose 3mm scale to model this layout having previously exhibited a large Tri-ang TT layout. I hope the ramblings that all to frequently appear will be of use to you no matter what scale!
The track diagram shows a simple passing station with a couple of sidings. All track is PECO Hom-12mm gauge with turnouts operated by the wire in tube method. Control is provided by Gaugemaster HH with feedback.
Locos are mostly whitemetal kits running on etched chassis powered by Mashima 9/16 motors with Branchlines 40:1 gearboxes. Wheels are Markits with the latest 3mm Society products being introduced.
Coaches consist of Society 'B' Sets and coaches from etches by Worsley Works, Brynkits and 3SMR. A vast range of wagons are from the 3mm Society list with Finney and Smith providing the China Clay , Gunpowder and a few etched kits.
Hennock has appeared in Railway Modeller and Model Rail.
Please visit the links to the left - 3mm is the Premier Scale for modellers-


General view of Layout.The facia has since been varnished.

The Degree Inn

The Degree Inn
In recognition of my eldest Daughter's achievement. She is also the one who gave me the push to build the layout.

14XX and Autocoach

14XX and Autocoach
Shows Station building-based on Staverton.

Hennock Track Plan

Hennock Track Plan

Sunday, August 28, 2011

Finney & Smith GWR/BR AA6 Permanent Way Brake Van.

Measure the width of the hole spacing.
 Sometimes you struggle with something and after what seems forever you come up with a solution.
My Eureka moment came whilst I was trying to form and fit the numerous handrails needed to fit to this van.
After drilling out the handrail holes with a .35mm drill and then opening out slightly with a smoothing broach there is the problem of bending the wire to fit the holes to the correct length. What I came up with is to use a pair of springbow calipers which have been lurking in the tool box for ages.
Find the corresponding size on the jig.
Open the points till they just fit the holes and then find the relevent spacing in Bill Bedfords handrail jig. Why this never dawned on me before is unbelievable-so simple yet the simple things are usually the most obscure.
Then its a matter of pushing into the holes, adding some flux and running the soldering iron around them with a small amount of solder.
The bottom picture, again cruelly enlarged shows that these are possibly the best result I have had with handrails- although to be fair the rest have all been on plastic kits but I suppose the same idea could be applied.
Just the other side to do and the body is just about ready for the roof and wheels to be fitted.

Handrails fitted into place and soldered.

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