A daily updated blog typed by someone with painty hands, oil under his fingernails and the smell of solder in his nostrils who likes making all sort of models and miniatures. And fixing things.
Friday, July 31, 2020
Book Review: The Crowsnest Chronicles by Roy C Link
Thursday, July 30, 2020
Gaugemaster wheel cleaner
Wednesday, July 29, 2020
Waterborne Wednesday: Juan
Tuesday, July 28, 2020
Monday, July 27, 2020
Santa Tank complete
Sunday, July 26, 2020
Virtual show thoughts
Saturday, July 25, 2020
Saturday Film Club: Fix your Crocodile
Friday, July 24, 2020
Thursday, July 23, 2020
Building the Santa Tank
Wednesday, July 22, 2020
Waterborne Wednesday - Sea Guardian
Tuesday, July 21, 2020
Santa Tank kit
Monday, July 20, 2020
Sunday, July 19, 2020
Etch brass face mask
Saturday, July 18, 2020
Saturday Film Club: Düsseldorf Flughafen SkyTrain
Friday, July 17, 2020
Coal wagons and Isle of Man action in the August BRM
Thursday, July 16, 2020
Garden Rail - August 2020
We start with a trip to the Treweek Siding built by Sean Cullen. This isn't a posh railway, far from it. Sean has used some unusual materials to give his model the feel of a less glamorous Welsh narrow gauge railway struggling to keep going and it looks great.
Practically, we feature a stunning viaduct made from building materials and Plastikard. The result could grace any garden. Staying with buildings, how about a water tower based on a sweetcorn can? Or an amazing kit-built Gauge 3 signal box that Brunel would be proud of.
If your lineside needs road vehicles, Dave Skertchly provides plans and instructions for a 1920s delivery van that can be made out of plywood.
Of course, we all love a steam engine and Goeff Loynes takes a look at Accucraft's "Dolgoch".
All this plus the latest product news and vibrant letters page.
Wednesday, July 15, 2020
Waterborne Wednesday: Isle of Wight hovercraft
Tuesday, July 14, 2020
Superstructure part 1
Monday, July 13, 2020
Sailing, not sinking
Sunday, July 12, 2020
I just want to get on a train
After weeks of work on the virtual show, I'm faced with the first weekend for a long while where I don't need to get some work done.
I can do anything I like.
Except one of my favourite things - sitting on a train watching the world go by.
I haven't actually been on a train for almost four months, probably the longest period ever, and I'm really missing it.
Yes, I get that I'd need to wear a face covering and hand sanitise like crazy. There would be no eating cake and having a (non-alcoholic) drink of course, but at least I could read a book.
But no. Travel on public transport is basically banned and will be for the foreseeable future.
I snuck on to a bus this week. We all wore masks and sat nicely distanced from each other. The bus companies are making some move to get some sort of normal established.
Train companies, on the other hand, are still being draconian. They night be running more services, but stations are still plastered with signs telling you not to get on board. If you want to go anywhere, go by car, or bike or walk.
The message is that train travel is dirty and dangerous.
If I were a cynical person, I might wonder if in a few months time, a government that isn't well disposed towards public transport (actions speaking louder than words) will be making noises about subsidising services that no-one is using. Then, since the economy will be very broken, withdraw all funding. After all, why subsidise a service that no-one is using? It's a difficult argument to make.
I think the bus guys have wised up to this, hence the efforts to get passengers on board whilst keeping everyone safe. Train operators, presumably haven't twigged.
Saturday, July 11, 2020
Saturday Film Club: Tamiya Honda City Turbo build
Friday, July 10, 2020
Thursday, July 09, 2020
Lockdown Project - Tea caddy repair
Wednesday, July 08, 2020
Waterborne Wednesday: Coracles
I'm not a fan of canoes. The idea that you sit, trapped, in a narrow boat that is so easy to roll that performing an "Eskimo roll" is part of the "fun" doesn't appeal to me at all.
Much as I like boat, I think I should be on top, the boat underneath and the water below us. Reverse that order and things have gone wrong.
A coracle though - not sure. They should be nice and stable. Moving and steering with a single oar looks like a challenge, but practise should make perfect.
I like the idea of making one quite a lot though. Mind you, a radio control model coracle would be a challenge!
Tuesday, July 07, 2020
Stopping the water
Monday, July 06, 2020
Out on the pool (just)
Sunday, July 05, 2020
I luv playing trains
Saturday, July 04, 2020
App controlled Hong Kong tram
Friday, July 03, 2020
World of Railways Virtual Exhibition
Thursday, July 02, 2020
Wednesday, July 01, 2020
Waterborne Wednesday: Falmouth Industry
"Falmouth Industry" (ex-Ulster Industry, and Humber Industry) is a Humber barge, built in 1961, with a gross tonnage of 257t and 420dwt. The vessel’s long history included a period when it traded across the Irish Sea from Liverpool. At some time in its history, the barge was cut in two and extended to install a freshwater tank in the new mid section.