Wednesday, March 29, 2017

Warehouse Wednesday: Advertising hoardings

Advertising hoardings

When I built the hoarding backs for Flockburgh, I had the devil's own job finding out what these things looked like. Eventually, I made a best guess based on some Edward Beal books and the results look passable. 

Time moved on and modern hoardings don't involve so much woodwork. This can be seen on the left with one that has lost it's front. It should look like the one on the right. 

I hope this helps somebody one day.

Tuesday, March 28, 2017

Boxhill Station


The final fling for my N gauge layout in a box was to be Ally Pally. Here, the new owners would pick it up and take it home. 

Winning the model involved inventing a name and the most popular was "Boxhill". The layout is in a box and includes a sizable hill so that sounds perfect to me. 

All I had to do was add the nameboards and for that I got in touch with Justin at ScaleModelScenery. A couple of days later, I received an envelope containing the parts for 3 boards. 

The parts are quickly released from the card with a knife and then the layers built up to make the nameboards. Even aligning the letters is easy (ish - this is N gauge so they are tiny) thanks to the name being etched into the middle layer.  

Painting involves stroking the letter surfaces with a brush. I could paint before assembly but decided against this. That might have been a mistake but in my defence, I was in a hurry. The results look better than the top photo suggests thanks to less than ideal lighting. Honest.

Hopefully, the new owners are very happy with their layout. Thanks to Bachmann and Gaugemaster for supplying materials and all the encouragement from people at TINGS last year when I was building it.

Monday, March 27, 2017

Repair the old lorry

Lorry without wheel

Checking Owen's Bridge over before it's trip to Ally Pally, I found the lorry had become detached from the board and was rattling around inside the box. 

Most of the model was intact, but a mudguard had come lose and the corresponding wheel was missing. 

Without the vehicle, the figures looked out of place so it needed to go back. Based on a WD Models kit, finding a replacement wasn't going to be easy so I needed to improvise. Either the kit needed repair or a new vehicle had to be found. 

The number of WW1 era lorries in my stock is nil, so I came up with a plan to jack the missing axle end up. Searching the web convinced me that a scissor jack would be wrong so a length of round rod with a square foot and long handle seemed right. 

The missing wheel is replaced by a hub as thought it's been taken away. No idea how right this is but it looks better then an axle stub. 

To stop this happening again, the rear wheels have been drilled for wires which are firmly anchored into the baseboard, something I should have done in the first place!

Sunday, March 26, 2017

Larger Scale show 2017


Second show of the weekend, this time just around the corner from me and for those interested on O gauge and above. 

To be honest, this is an event you go to because of the trade rather than the layouts. Portable projects tend to be less popular in garden scales and this year wasn't a vintage event in this regard.

Double Fairlie

That's not to say there is anything wrong with the individual models you see, it's just that the emphasis is very much at the front of the train. This means loads of beautiful live steam locomotives to drool over. In fact it's the smell of methylated spirits that hits you when walking in the door. 

Tradewiese, it's not bad. Were money no object, I could have left with a Garratt from Brandbright at £3500 and also IP Engineering's new basic train which can be yours, loco and 3 wagons in laser cut kit form, for £110. Lovely looking model too. As it was my dad found some figures for a model boat he is working on so that worked well.

No cakes for lunch, but a nice fish and chips so no complains there.