Wednesday, January 17, 2018

Warehouse Wednesday: Brick and stone

Brick and stone building

Mystery building time. All I know about this is that I took the photo while on the Ecclesbourne Railway.

The design also seems a bit of a mystery. Why brick AND stone? Was the original building stone and the brick is a development? Surely that would be almost as expensive as knocking it down and starting again? It's certainly a very neat join.

That said, the results are very attractive and this would make a nice model. Perhaps a prototype for that day when you run out of brick or stone Plastikard and the shops are shut, but you have some spare sheets of another finish...

Tuesday, January 16, 2018

Bonnet detailing

Fun time - the body goes together well enough so I get to move on to the detailing stage. Plastic rivets are supplied - these being Cambrian Models. Spotted in place using Revell Contacta glue, followed by a generous wash of liquid solvent, they work very well. I decided that the long panels deserved 6 rather than 4 lumps, it looks better even if the maintenance crews need to do more spannering.

No handles are supplied but a length of 2mm diameter brass wire was pulled out, bent and cut to length. Forced into pre-drilled holes, I had to use more solvent to fix as I was working at the model railway club and forgot to take any superglue. It seems to have worked.

The "cab" is more generous than I expected for the driver. I need to do some research to see what controls are required.

Monday, January 15, 2018

Getting the right angles

I've probably mentioned these before, but some of the most useful tools I own are these cast iron angles bought from Squires tools.

Assembling the Dotti kit body parts, it's important to keep them at right angles and using these lumps of metal as supports holds things in place as well as keeping in the right place. An added refinement would be to use some magnets to hold the plastic against the angle, but the speed the glue dries, this isn't really necessary.

Incidentally, for joining these parts, I'm using Precision Paints Superweld, partly because it was handy on the shelf but also 'cos it works really well. I like the sped at which a model can go together this way.

Sunday, January 14, 2018

Scoutrail 2018


The first show of the year within sensible driving distance for me is Scoutrail at Kidlington. I've exhibited there many years ago and used to be a regular visitor. Circumstances have prevented me visiting for a few years but I've made up for that this year.

Over time, the show has morphed into a large scale event with relatively few smaller scale layouts. That's good news for me with my new hat on and I certainly enjoyed looking at some live steam locos trundling around. This Regner vertical boiler model particularly caught my attention as it ran exceptionally well and looked great.


Going small, how about a layout in a coffee table? I've not seen one of these for a while and as long as you love N gauge, it just shows how much action can be delivered in a small space and one that could find a home in your living room at that!

N gauge layout in a coffee table

In 4mm scale, urban MPD, Byway, caught my eye. A small layout with excellent colouring and enough detail to fill the scene but not so much it looked cluttered.

Urban water tower

My favourite was Frampton on Severn, making its exhibition debut. Proper OO with Peco track, the modelling is lovely and it's very much the sort of thing that many modellers could aspire to. The sort of model I like as if you are new to the hobby but aspire to higher standards, it's within your reach.


My point is that OO doesn't have to mean ready to plonk buildings - you can do lots of work yourself with kits and scratch building to make your model very much your own.

More photos on Flickr.