Tuesday, July 23, 2019

Not an ideal maiden voyage

Look closely at these two photos taken 2 minutes apart.

You might think they look like a pretty boat sailing on the water at our boat club, and you would be right.

The sharp-eyed will notice that the model appears to be sitting slightly lower in the water in the second shot. I was not sharp-eyed on the day.

Fortunately, by the time the model had made it halfway around the lake, even I realised something was wrong and pointed the model at the bank. It made it, but then sank.

Running around the pond I reached the boat which had lodged on a ledge, I'm glad I left the handle in place, and I was able to haul it out. Popping the deck off, I emptied out the water and took the model back to the bench for further drying.

Back home, the good news is that the electric seems to have survived. I just need to work out what's gone wrong.

For what it's worth, the advantage of brightly colour models is you can spot them underwater.

Monday, July 22, 2019

2 by 2, they went for a sail

Loading the ark with figures proved to be interesting. I tried a few different arrangements but ended up with something very close to the first version. I wanted to keep the pairs of animals together, but there's not actually much deck space. As it is, the giraffes had to look over each other than the front legs of the elephants aren't on the ground.

Sticking them down was essential. I had considered fixing wood in their legs and screwing them down, but eventually simply glued them in place with UHU on some feet and clear silicone sealant on others. I might go for solvent eventually, but like the idea of being able to remove them if I decide, I don't like things later. UHU/silicone can be peeled away, or at least I hope it can.

After this, a quick trip around the pool was called for. All seemed well...

Sunday, July 21, 2019

Warley MRC open day 2019


Sunday morning - an industrial estate on the outskirts of Birmingham - model railway journalism is full of glamour!

Andy York and I had taken a trip over to the club behind the biggest model railway show in the UK every year for the day they throw open their doors to the public. The are railways, cake and most importantly, a competition for YouTuber's to build tiny dioramas in 5 hours.

This went really well, with some amazing models built from scratch. You can see the results in our film:

Saturday, July 20, 2019

Saturday Film Club: Landing on the moon

50 years ago, as my parents watched from a Scottish village where the milk was delivered by horse and cart*, man landed on the moon. This video takes you through the descent and landing with all the radio communications and plenty of explanation as to what is going on. I'm a bit of a space nerd, so it's fascinating. 

*this continued for at least another 8 years.  

Friday, July 19, 2019

Sewage, scenics and an interview in BRM

Lots of stuff from me in the latest BRM. I kick off with a photo session at South Bierly Sewage Works.

I spotted this layout at Lancing show a couple of years ago and was really taken with it. OK, we have an odd-ball subject in an unusual gauge (O14) but it's very much my sort of model. Highly detailed, different and small. OK, it's not OO, but I hope the readers can enjoy a trip off the beaten track occasionally.

Next, I've been to see Finescale Model World, purveyors of some very interesting tools. Steve and I had a very enjoyable chat for about 4 hours talking about model making, not just railway modelling either!

As well as being a tool and scenic material supplier, he also builds models on commission and has a really well-sorted workbench. Far tidier than mine and with a Microflame torch that I covet, even if it's well out of reach financially for someone who isn't soldering professionally. One of those tools that save its cost if you are charging by the hour though.

My big project this month is a complete, albeit tiny, layout.

The latest Billy Bookcase model is the 009 layout and starting with the baseboards I built a couple of months ago, I've completed the project apart from wiring and fiddle yard. It's a really pretty model and I'm very pleased with the way it looks. There's a real variety of products used too. 

Finally, on the DVD, it's time to take a look at electrostatic grass. 

Regular viewers will know we've been here before, but it's one of those subjects that is so fundamental to our hobby now that it's worth a re-visit every so often. This time, the demonstration centres on the new Woodland Scenics system which includes some really excellent colours that deserve plenty of attention from those looking for quality greenery. 

Thursday, July 18, 2019

Bekonscot in Garden Rail

A treat for me in issue 300 of Garden Rail - a visit to Bekonscot which included the chance to wander around behind the scenes. I won't lie, I had a great day out. It's a facinating place and chatting to the guys who maintain and develop it was amazing. There was definite job envy going on there.

Envy of a different sort comes with a review of the RoundhoueDouble Fairlie. A fantastic model, which the reviewer (not me) didn't want to give back.

Much more my sort of thing is the article on building battery locomotive chassis, which includes proper data in graph and table form. "Electric mice" are a popular branch of the large scale hobby and it's nice to be able to provide some details for those thinking of having a go at building one. 

Wednesday, July 17, 2019

Warehouse Wednesday: Scruffy building with big doors

It's not just me who has collected photos of ugly buildings. This one is from the collection of the late Peter Barnfield, artist extraordinaire.

What a fantastic building. Ugly corrugated walls, big sliding doors, a dodgy balcony and some rubbish. Peter used to collect these sort of images to inspire some of his paintings.

I spotted this at the Peter Barnfield - a railway retrospective, taking place at the WSR for just over a week. If you get the chance, pay a visit. And look through the little box of photos. 

Tuesday, July 16, 2019

Time to put on weight

All wired up and ready to sail, the ark just needs a bit of weight to level it up. The heavy battery in one end brings the hull down a bit, but uneavenly. What the model needs is a spell in the sink and some extra lead.

Those moulded lines on the hull are very handy as a quide. Add to that a spriti level to make sure things are equal all round and the job only takes a few minutes.

At 1.2kg, this boat isn't going to have a problem in the wind, or when the fast boats make waves!

Monday, July 15, 2019

Surprise unobtainables

Things I'm surprised I couldn't buy at Cosford, from the wide array of RC parts suppliers.

A battery holder for a jelly cell. 

OK, the flyboys don't use heady lead-acid batteries, but I was able to buy the lump itself easily enough. I suppose not being able to buy something to hold it in the hull isn't that much of a problem since a few bits of Plastikard and some glue will work.

A servo holder. 

This IS a surprise. A simple vac-formed box to hold a servo, or something in laser-cut plywood out to be found on many stands, but apart from one plywood device to hold the servo against a wall, nothing.

With servos being fundamental to all forms of radio control, I really thought there wouldn't be any need to make something myself. It's not that I'm lazy, it's just that it's a bit of a faff as these things are a bit of a funny shape. You need a box which a wire can point out of the side of.

I'm sure someone is going to point me at a supplier. I'll be the one placing an order for several as there are many more servos in my future.

Sunday, July 14, 2019

Cosford Large Aircraft 2019 - Rain stops plane


The weather forecast promised cloudy skies. The previous weekends and even days running up to the event predicted sunshine and sun-hats. 

As it was, by lunchtime, the rain was coming down and sensibly, the aircraft were covered up.  

The only silver lining was that the outside swapmeet stand was also a see of tarpaulins, preventing me being tempted by the rare and well-priced model boat kit if it hadn't sold as we headed back to the car. 

Before this though, there had been some superb flying with amazing aerobatics and aircraft you simply can't see full-size anymore. 

Saturday, July 13, 2019

Saturday Film Club: Sailor buoy by Tri-ang

Something special for you this week - another Phil's unboxing. This time a vintage sailing game from Tri-ang. 

It's brilliant fun and I've checked, no-one knows where the moulds are so Hornby won't be re-releasing it!

Friday, July 12, 2019

Pound stretchers loco jacks

Does anyone remember GEM "Pound Stretchers"?

Packs of whitemetal details that cost, a pound. There were all sorts of things available and I coveted them for my model railway. Even in those days, these were just about within my financial reach.

Needless to say, I now pick these up whenever I see them. By the 1990s, the packs were well over £2 a go, but still very useful.

 I'm pretty sure that I've used the Pigeon baskets on Hellingly, you can see them in this crop of a Chris Nevard photo from a scary long time ago.

Thursday, July 11, 2019

Test piece

Some people think that those of us who do things in print are modelling gods who get everything right first time. Sadly, they are wrong, it's just that there often isn't space on the page to show all the earlier attempts.

No problem here on the blog. Here is something I tried out for a project you'll soon see. I'd ballasted 009 track with some Woodland Scenics grey ballast, and felt it looked a bit plain.

Wondering what I could do to improve matters, I decided that working on the layout itself was a bad idea, at least until I could be sure of the results.

Solution - make up a short test piece. Stick a bit of track to some foam, spray it brown and then ballast. Just like the stuff on the model.

Then I messed around with dry-brushing and powders to see how they looked.

Horray for test pieces!

Wednesday, July 10, 2019

Warehouse Wednesday: OLE without the wires

OLE Fitting 1

Heading into the office, I've been gradually watching overhead electrification taking place near Stamford. One striking feature is the posts being up, but with the arms (I'm sure there is a technical term for these) pointing along the track. 

 I kept meaning to take a photo, there is a handy layby to pull in to, but realised that the time had come on a damp day a couple of weeks ago. This is silly, because I'd passed there a week earlier in the sunshine...

Anyway, I've never seen this scene before and it might make an interesting modelling challenge for someone. At least you can leave out the complicated bits and those tricky wires!

OLE Fitting 2

Tuesday, July 09, 2019

Foam motor support

With the driveline fitted in the hull using lashings of epoxy glue (Hint: Hwen using the Poundland stuff, buy fresh tubes) the motor was going to have to sit at a funny angle due to the whopper prop fitted on the end of it.

I contemplated making a plastic support but decided to try something new. With several lumps of grey styrofoam kicking around, why not use this? 

Chopping this to size worked well. I kept shaving bit away until the motor would fit with everything in-line. Half an hour's work and I had something that worked.

Thoe motor is fitted with UHU POR adhesive - a foam-safe clear glue. I wasn't sure about this, but it seems to have fixed the foam to the hull and motor strongly enough that when power is applied, nothing falls apart or even looks like it might. I wonder if the foam even provides some cushioning effects to keep things quiet?

Anyway, with things dry, I lashed up 6V worth of batteries and tried it in the pool. 

Monday, July 08, 2019

Short driveline

The ark needs a short driveline. From the back of the motor to the tip of the propeller is 18cm.

You can't buy a prop shaft that short - 6cm long - so I used a piper cutter to trim it. One of the plastic bearings was eased out of the end and then pummeled back into the new short length, not an easy job as these things are fitted tightly.

The shaft had to be cut down too. Tricky as while one end is threaded for the prop, the other isn't and I didn't have a coupling connector suitable for a plain shaft. Oddly, my 4BA die wasn't a good fit on the thread, I'm sure it should be, and I couldn't find a holder even if I wanted to use it.

In the end, I opened out a threaded connector with a cutting broach until the shaft could be friction fitted with a bit of percussive persuasion.

It all seems to work, I just need to fit the lot in the boat.  

Sunday, July 07, 2019

Classic cars on show at Leamington


A rare, railway-free weekend, allowed me time to nip along to the first Leamington Spa classic car show. It was a well-attended event, helped by the excellent weather. 

Saturday, July 06, 2019

Saturday Film Club: Building a mini-maglev

Another unboxing video, but this time with some actual construction going on.

Friday, July 05, 2019

Ash Products Double Decker Bus kit

This is how kits used to be. Proper modelling.

All the parts are made from wood. I assume the sides are die-cut as the opening are very neat. That's quite an investment in tooling. You need high-quality plywood too, none of the rubbish balsa found in Keil-Kraft kits.

Seats and details are also made of wood. Again, I have to wonder at the effort the kitmaker has gone to producing these, even though they are fairly crude.

The instruction sheet is massive and includes a plan. I wonder how many of these models were ever made up. Personally, this is in the "to do" kit pile as I don't think it is that rare and while the model won't match the latest diecast or plastic models, but it has a charm of its own.

Thursday, July 04, 2019

Loco crew for a Bachmann Baldwin

Chris Ford recently exploded on to Facebook with a complaint that he was struggling to find suitable figures for his 009 Bachmann Baldwin. It seems that the cab is a little on the low side, and that the first choice, a set of BRM people, were more than a bit tall. Worse, other figures also seemed a bit of a squeeze.

Now, Chris is a top chap. Excellent modeller and in possession of several top quality jackets, rather more "dandy highwayman" than my more sober tweed, but he doesn't own either a complete set of MRJ's or a complete set of MREmags from the era when I was the editor.

If he had, he'd know of the specially made Bantam figures from Ken Clark. These multi-part models are designed to be a bit shorter than most for use in old loco cabs with lower rooflines. People weren't as tall back then.

Facing the Bachmann Baldwin issue myself, I dug through my figure box and found a packet I'd bought at the time. Assembly, then a quick slosh of paint and they are a perfect fit in the loco.

Wednesday, July 03, 2019

Warehouse Wednesday: A vicarage straight out of Ahern

Beaconsfield vicarage

Spotted on a recent trip to Bekonscot Model Village, this vicarage belongs to St Theresa's church. Assuming it was built at the same time as the church, it dates from 1926. 

When I saw it, my first thought was that it would fit perfectly in a book by Ahern or Beal. It's just got that look that they portrayed. Fortunately, the design hasn't been messed with either, it retains that early commuter belt chic. 

The size definitely dates from the era when clergymen enjoyed enough space for a decent sized model railway room. 

If you want to build a model, I feel brick paper is the medium. Don't know why, it just seems right. 


Tuesday, July 02, 2019

Can I cram it all in?

As with any model boat, work starts on the Ark by taking a perfectly watertight hull, and making holes in it.

The rudder is easy enough - drill a hole, ream it out, screw the rudder tube in place. For a change, I haven't needed to mess with the length of this as the hull is so thick at this point it more then covers the plain section of the tube.

Fitting the prop tube is a little tougher. I've elected to use a 60mm plastic propeller for a few reasons:
  • It's bright red and matches the hull (sort of)
  • I had it to hand
  • I like the cartoony idea of an oversize prop under this boat
The practical upshot is that the shaft has to be inclined quite steeply.

I don't see this as an issue. The short hull means little space for a motor but fitting it at an angle will help. OK, the drive won't be as efficient, but this is a pootling around boat so who cares?

One challenge will be shortening the shaft. 6 inch is the shortest one available and I reckon I need half that. Time to get the tube cutter out!

Monday, July 01, 2019

A dig through the stores

I want to get cracking on the Ark, so rather than place orders for components, I've had a dig through the Parker stash of bits.

I now have a speed control, motor, prop, propshaft, servo and rudder. There's a receiver in my new (OK, bought for Christmas and not used yet) radio set. A battery will be nabbed from the drawer, I'm not having jelly cells posted 'cos they weight a ton.

Some of this stuff was bought for other projects and will need to be replaced, but not for the moment. It doesn't do to hang on to some bits anyway, the world moves on and they never find a use. Anyone need a 26meg receiver? Not anymore.

One of the advantages of being in a hobby for a while is you build up component stocks. I remember when first working in 3mm scale model railways, it was a nightmare as every project required a buying session before I could get stuck in. Definitely a disincentive to trying something new. 

Thanks to all those who clicked on the ads, they don't pay a lot, but I've pretty much covered the speed control already!

Sunday, June 30, 2019

Creative quotes

Last weekend, I attended the Writing West Midlands conference with my novelist's hat on. While there, a few quotes were chucked around which resonated with me and my drive to get people making things:

“Nobody will stop you from creating. Do it tonight. Do it tomorrow. That is the way to make your soul grow – whether there is a market for it or not! The kick of creation is the act of creating, not anything that happens afterward. I would tell all of you watching this screen: Before you go to bed, write a four line poem. Make it as good as you can. Don’t show it to anybody. Put it where nobody will find it. And you will discover that you have your reward.” Kurt Vonnegut

"It is only in being creative that the individual discovers the self" DW Winnicott 

This might all sound like pretentious bollox, but I really believe that it's important for people to create something. It doesn't have to be a model railway, or a great novel. It doesn't have to be what the art establishment considers "art".

Simply sticking a plastic kit, or even a Lego model, together is relaxing and satisfying - if you let it be.

Those who want to respond, "Not when rivet counters on forums tell you it's wrong", well, that's your problem. If you want to let someone else tell you what to do, or at least legitimise you not doing anything then I feel sorry for you but can't fix that.

Build models and be dammed. You made it, tell them to go away*.

*Phrase altered to pass through swearing filters.

Saturday, June 29, 2019

Saturday Film Club: Making Transistor Radios in 1955

A few weeks ago, we looked at building televisions in Coventry and because of this, the YouTube algorithms think I might be interested in making pocket radios in America.

 They aren't wrong. This short film show the very earliest days of "tranny" radios, with miniature components that we'd consider laughably large now. At the time, they were cutting edge, and a lot easier to look after than valves.

Watching the dip soldering is fun, but just after this, a huge iron is wielded and the join fed with what appears to be a huge amount of solder. I assume this wasn't just for the camera, although I wonder about some of the clothes which look a bit Sunday smart to me.

Friday, June 28, 2019

Unboxing the Ark

You asked for it:

I'll get the parts required ordered in then start work on this project. If you want to help, please click on the advert on the right-hand side of this page. It doesn't cost you anything, but gives me a bit of cash to offset the parts required for this project.

Well, I'm sure it wasn't my idea!

Thursday, June 27, 2019

Bad paint day

I need a couple of 009 coaches for a photo. Buying RTR isn't cheap - I can have 3 kits for the price of one coach. No problem, the Dundas kits go together well enough, I just have to paint them.

Thinking a nice 2-tone livery would look good, but with the spray booth out of action, I decided to achieve a neat line, I'd dig out the bow-pen and draw a paint "dam" along the body.

After a little bit of tinkering with the consistancy of the Humbrol paint, this seemed to work well. I need more practice with the bow-pen, but the line was far better than I could achieve with a brush.

Once the lines were on, I filled the rest using a brush and the effect wasn't too bad. Good enough for my purposes anyway. The only trouble is, the matt paint looked a bit flat. Reds need a bit of gloss to bring them alive.

Even I won't brush varnish, but a rattle can of Humbrol satin was to hand and I shot this over the body.

 The plain ends were perfect. On the sides though, the paint turned into a crackle finish - disaster!

My guess is that I'd given the ends a very light waft, but the sides got more varnish. Maybe they weren't fully dry, maybe the model making gods weren't smiling on me. Whatever, it was a trip to the Supastrip bath for these...

Wednesday, June 26, 2019

Warehouse Wednesday: Classic garages


I'm not sure why these were in the corner of a field, but I'm glad they were as it made photography easier. A pair of classic modular pre-fab domestic garages. 

Wooden doors, asbestos roofs and most importantly, the sunburst pattern on the front, you could see these in suburbia all over the country. On Sundays, the family Ford or Rover would be sat out the front being washed. The rest of the time, it sat in among a collection of tobacco tins full of screws, a bottle of oil and of course, the lawn mower. 

I'm surprised that these have never appeared as a kit. The modular construction would seem to lend them flexibility along with their geographical anonymity. Massive sales would seem to be assured. 

Era? I'm thinking 1930s onwards, but can anyone be more precise? 

Tuesday, June 25, 2019

Wagons for the Toy Train part 2

Oho and train

Three wagons, a loco and caboose. Very pretty. 

I know "pretty" isn't supposed to be in the vocabulary of a "serious" railway modeller, but outside, I quite like it. Colourful trains running through a colourful garden setting works for me. 

The HLW wagons fit nicely with the plasticy Oho and caboose from LGB's "Toy Train" range. I think a longer train is called for. There is a flatbed in the collection, but I've lost the axles for this in storage, but when the order I placed for replacements turns up, I'll finish it off. 

Toy Trains have one big advantage in the garden. They make great track testers. If Oho, or his brother Otto, fall off due to stray ballast or track in need of fettling, they seem to survive. I'd rather risk then than a pricey Accucraft Isle of Man loco!

Monday, June 24, 2019

Wagons for the Toy Train part 1

At first sight, this might look like the result of me catching up with posters on RMweb after I've had a bad week, but no, it's some outdoor spraying fun.

Some time ago, I decided that our LGB "Toy Train" trains needed extending. You can do this by buying the proper wagons, but I fancied something shorter weaving along the line so picked up Hartland Locomotive Works kits for 4-wheel opens. These than sat in a box until I resolved to clear up some old projects.

I want these to look like they fit the colourful Toy Train stock and that means work starts with a spray of white primer followed by Humbrol bright red. The paint covers well and dries nice and shiny.

Once hard, I picked out the axleboxes and works plate.

I'm very pleased with this - dry-brushing with white worked perfectly with no touch-ups required.

Sunday, June 23, 2019

GCR 2019


Come to the show and buy the station!

Well, you could if you headed to the GCR show last weekend. Bachmann released a 4mm scale version of Quorn station on the day - the model being both available for purchase on the day AND suitable for vegetarians (Boom, Tish).

Sadly, I had to lug photo gear with me so drove and parked in the muddy field. Thankfully, the stewards did a sterling job at moving the plastic driveway around to the muddiest, high traffic areas and ensuring that we all got out at the end of the day. Driving meant no time to visit Loughborough station for the garden railway exhibits and excellent second-hand stalls. Still, I don't need any more projects...

The show was very enjoyable, at least it appeared to be. I was working, shooting video for future BRM DVDs, so I didn't get the chance to really look.  Perhaps if I had, I'd have spotted the "seconds" Dapol B4 tanks for 50 quid that a mate of mine bagged. Grrr. 

Saturday, June 22, 2019

Saturday Film Club: GT3

Gas Turbine 3 is a fascinating locomotive. Built by English Electric and using a steam locomotive template, it must have been obvious before it took to the rails that this was never going to be a success, but they built it anyway. 

Seeing footage, even silent stuff, is fascinating. It's a loco I like the look of, and will one day build as I bought the kit years ago. Maybe if I had a suitable layout, I'd get cracking...

Friday, June 21, 2019

Cleaning brass with brown sauce

There's a box of "stuff" at our boat club that members can help themselves to for free, or at least a tiny donation to club funds. It's mostly full of electrical bits and kit leftovers, but a few weeks ago, this little spring balance was sat on top.

I thought it looked a bit sad, so decided to bring it home for some TLC and to try something I'd read about years ago.

Having brushed a bit of dirt from the metalwork, I doused it in brown sauce and sealed the lot in a plastic bag.

The next day, I took it out and washed the sauce away. As hoped, the tarnishing was pretty much gone and after a little buffing with some Brasso, the balance looked brilliant.

 As I don't actually need a spring balance, it was returned to the pot from where I hope it has found a good home.

Thursday, June 20, 2019

Box van, oil depot and point motor fitting in BRM

I don't do many N gauge projects for BRM, but this July I've built an oil terminal in the scale. It's based on a plastic kit, but with a few modifications along the way. Some of the work is a little fiddly, but basically, if you can build an Airfix Spitfire, you'll be OK with this.

 Under the OO Billy Bookcase layout, I've fitted some point motors and since there are 4 points, and I had 4 different motors to hand, it seemed sensible to use one of each. To be fair, 3 of the 4 are very similar to each other. The fourth, from Hattons, is reminiscent of the classic H&M motor beloved of older modellers.

Possibly the most exciting piece I've written is based on an interview with Rails about their new 3D printed box van. This could make a significant change to the way we see short-run projects carried out. I've not been massively impressed by a lot of 3D printing in the past, but this really looks and feels like an injection moulded model, but it's a million miles from the sort of domestic set-up most people use for printing.

Finally, on the DVD I'm weathering a wagon in response to a reader request at a show. I know we've been here before, but hopefully each time I've found a few more angles to explore on the subject. There's certainly materials used we've not filmed before.

July 2019 BRM on RMweb.

Wednesday, June 19, 2019

Warehouse Wednesday - Amercian Diner

50s American Diner

I find buildings forWarehouse Wednesday by chance most of the time. There's always a camera in my rucksack and if pushed, my phone will do an OK job. On the way to DEMU a few weeks ago, I spotted this place in a village called Church Gresley. Heading back, I pulled in to take some a photo. 

What we have is a real American diner - all stainless steel outside and a long counter inside, just like you see in the movies. 

Apparently, the place was built in the 1950s to replace a wooden structure. It stayed open as Murphy's Diner until there were a couple of shooting incidents, and one of the customer's heads was found in the freezer. If you've ever worked with the public, this sort of thing won't entirely surprise you.  

From there, it was shipped over by Aston Martin as a customer care centre and then sold to be restored as a restaurant, which it now is. 

Having taken pictures, I decided to give it a go - the John Wayne burger is excellent, the soda a perfect accompaniment and the chocolate milkshake too thick to suck up the straw. Staff wear 1950s clothes and the decor is just as you'd hope. If I hadn't been full, I'd have tried the pancakes. Maybe next time.

So, even if you are modelling the UK, you can put a "diner" on your layout. Personally, I've always fancied building one from an old railroad coach. 

Tuesday, June 18, 2019

Garden Rail July 2019

Issue 299 of Garden Rail has appeared and in it, I've been a bit brave.

Finding myself with a really interesting and well-writen article on 3D printing Victorian Gauge 1 rolling stock, I bit the bullet and gave it the 7 pages required to print without significant editing. Normally we don't go above 5 pages, but I hope this has enough general appeal for all readers. It's certainly covered the "3D printing rolling stock" breif for a few months.

Our layout feature did suffer some cuts, but hopefully good ones. The Bayfields Light Railway makes use of Filcris plastic wood for the track beds, but I've asked the author to turn the step-by-step construction into a seperate piece. We give the basics this time, but I feel it deserves two so we can have plenty of nice layout shots.

I've even been making things - building a Slater's skip wagon as a review. It's a simple to build kit, but produces a very fine model. There is a growing interest in more detailed large scale railway items, so it's a pleasure to be able to showcase some of this.

Monday, June 17, 2019

Finished oil bowser

16mm scale oil bowser

Job done - a nice simple kit that looks nice and wouldn't tax even the newbie-est of builders. 

I fancy that the oil drum will be changed regularly, so it's not as dirty as the rest of the wagon. It also adds a nice bit of colour to the model. 

The hose is supplied - a fat wire with solid enough core that you can bend it and it stays bent so it can droop properly. 

The only change I made to the model is replacing the little plastic hooks on the end with nails so the coupling chain won't fall off. I've also filled any gaps under the chassis rails with lead shot and superglue to give a bit more weight to the model.

Anyway, another addition to the 32mm gauge rolling stock consist. One day I must build a railway for them!