Saturday, April 13, 2024

Saturday Film Club: Weather an N gauge wagon

Another BRMTV video released to the wider population, this time weathering an N gauge wagon.

Friday, April 12, 2024

Painty feet


My imagination has let me down for a post today, so have a picture of my painty feet after another session slapping trade emulsion on the walls and ceiling of our clubrooms. I've graduated from white paint to magnolia!

Thursday, April 11, 2024

An American theme to May's issue of Garden Rail

Garden Rail May 2024

A 100-year-old model railway? The Fairplex Garden Railroad was established in Los Angeles in 1924 as part of a model boat display. Now it is home to over 10,000 feet of G gauge track, and some stunning scenery, operated by a trained team of volunteers.

On the workbench, we have:

  • Building a trestle bridge
  • Anglicising Bachmann's “Big Hauler”
  • 3D printing an Irish railcar
  • Making a DHR van
  • Painting people
  • Scratchbuilding GVT coaches

Plus, all the latest Product News for the garden railway enthusiast.

Wednesday, April 10, 2024

Holdy foldy


There's an odd pair of half-etched lines on the inside of the splashers. They confused me, and the instructions didn't really help much. Eventually, I worked out that the brass in the middle is at 45 degrees to the flat top, with the rest poking downward. Not seen this before, but as I've said before, this is an unusual design. 

Forming these also foxed me for a while. It looks a bit like a job for some thin pliers, until I realised that my Hold'n'Fold was within reach. It has a tongue that is ideal to hold them while bending. 

This is a useful tool, when it's useful. Most of the time I'm fine with some flat bladed, square ended pliers. They are less of a faff to use than the H&F where you have to position the part, screw the tongues down, and then do the bending. I mean, I've seen people using these things when demonstrating at shows, and think they use them all the time because they have spent the not incosiderable sum to buy the thing in the first place. 

But, it IS a useful too. Perhaps the other benefit is that it slows you down and allows thinking time, which will lead to better modelling. Apparenlty. Or maybe it's just a badge that says, "I am a SERIOUS modeller"...

Tuesday, April 09, 2024

Ivor's footplate

Yes, I've finally returned to the Ivor the Engine build, or at least managed to find an evening to devote to it. 

We're moving on to the body, I want to have some of it assembled to check the drive unit will fit inside, before putting the motor/gearbox into the chassis. 

This all starts by bending up the footplate. It's interesting to see how the designer has had to cope with this somewhat unconventional design. At this stage, it's all a bit floppy, apart from the buffer beam, which makes up into a nice box. Soldering with my 45W iron is going well, no need to resort to the gas iron yet.I think the amount of brass will demand this fairly soon though.