Saturday, July 13, 2024

Saturday Film Club: Wires and the Very Difficult World of Special Effects Models and Puppet Heroes

Working with puppets and miniature effects can be difficult... very difficult! Here the crew from AP Films reveal the behind the scenes stories of the bloopers and outtakes that plagued their productions while Gerry Anderson recalls the effort put into getting Supercar to fly. The real story of how they 'Filmed in Supermarionation'

Friday, July 12, 2024

Pubs and pump houses in BRM


Take one Hornby TT:120 pub, straight from the box, and detail it to prove that ready-to-plonk buildings can be personalised with just a little imagination, and some modelling skill, especially scratchbuilding wheelie bins!

If you prefer kit-building, this month's 4-step project is an ugly, but useful, pump house. 

My camera has been out again, and pointed at: 

Cefn bryn Carreg in 009. 

Cefn bryn Carreg

Llandafal in OO. 

Riddle to Old Town in N. 
Riddle to Old Town
On BRMTV, I'm demonstraiting the use of sponges for railway modellers. 

All of this in the August 2024 issue of BRM magazine.

Thursday, July 11, 2024

Feldbahn railways in Garden Rail magazine


Garden Rail magazine August 2024

Can you have a garden railway if you don't have a garden? Werner Hänsch lives in a Dresden apartment, and his fascinating line is built around a balcony using German field railway rolling stock, perfect for the space-starved modeller.

On the workbench this month:

  • Building a round Toll House
  • Laying track flush with a concrete path
  • Building a Talyllyn Railway viaduct
  • Turning an LGB 'Toy Train' loco into a realistic Kerr Stuart
  • Recomissioning a Gauge 3 steam engine
  • Build a simple locomotive cradle

Plus all the latest Product News for the large-scale modeller.

Wednesday, July 10, 2024

Warehouse Wednesday: Crusty garage

Crusty garage

I don't care what my satnav says, this is not the Evesham rowing club, where I was due to see author Mike Gayle giving a talk. 

It's actually the back of a disused garage, and I love the crumbling doors, and general state of disrepair. Very modelable. 

It turns out the rowing club is further down the road, I did make it in time!

Tuesday, July 09, 2024

The Wardrobe on wheels is finished


The HGLW kit for a Wittenberg Schafer loco is complete, and I've really enjoyed building it. As you'll see, I have picked an ugly livery for this less than beautiful loco - all the brightly coloured versions I've seen look a bit too VW campervan to me. This is an industrial machine after all. 

A full build will appear in September's issue of Garden Rail, out on on the 8th August.