Saturday, 22 June 2019

Lots of wires

We've been mental busy at work this last couple of weeks so the layout has been quite neglected but I needed some modelling therapy one evening so I continued my drive to either sell or build some of the kits in the drawer of shame. Several years ago, Barry of W^D Models gave me a couple of kits to build and I duly filed them away as I had no place to put them on the layout. A Crossley Staff Car was one of them and this week I've made it up. It is a cast resin kit which is not something I've had much experience of but it went together very simply once the parts were cleaned up. It has provided a sumptuous motor car for Lord and Lady Stoner to get about the island on. Painting next.

Whilst looking for something else I stumble upon the IoSR brass band and choir who like to tour the island in their very own carriages. They are cut down Dundas FR open coaches and I've never really run them on a layout, having built them as a bit of fun but with a little fettling of the bogies they made a trip to Underhill to entertain a train load of tourists.

I did spend a day off with the soldering iron etc. The result of which is that Rock Beach now has it's buildings and street lights illuminated. It isn't a complete job as it still needs tidying up and adding to the control panel for that end of the layout but it does mean I can play trains in the dark.

The next three pictures show the results above baseboard level. The cottage in the foreground glows rather too much as it hasn't been lined with black card like the other illuminated buildings. The drinking fountain roof has a similar problem but is easily solved.

I also had a quick go at getting the inspection saloon going with some success but it is still a bit all or nothing in the speed control department.

...and this surprised me when I opened the brown envelope. Two magazine front pages in one month. Thanks to Andrew and to Chris. 

Tuesday, 4 June 2019

Lucy in 3d wirh Fleischmann

After all the excitement of the Bala show I've settled down to more ordinary modelling things. The 3D print which is designed for the Fleischmann 7000 chassis came to the front of my 'to do' list and the first job was to offer the two parts up to each other. They were a good fit but the body rode a little too high for my tastes and I could see that by removing a small amount of the printed footplate under the boiler it would drop down by the required amount.

As printed

As modified
As printed

As modified
I cut and filed away some printed material which is relatively simple but did lead to me snapping the print in a couple of places, fortunately the printed material easily glues back together with superglue. It also sticks very nicely to my fingers, but that is another story.

With added whitemetal parts

Next jobs were to add as much weight as possible to balance out the motor which has a large rear overhang. I stuffed some redundant whitemetal castings and some liquid gravity into the smokebox and sidetanks and the loco now balances nicely. Brass handrails and a smokebox door dart finished the job.
Here it is painted, I'm planning on adding some lining and it still needs the body fixing to the chassis but having tested it on the layout I now have another smooth running and useful loco.
The June edition of Narrow Gauge World has a four page article about converting Underhill into the garage layout. Regular blogistas won't learn anything new as I've detailed the work covered in the article on my blog posts over the last year or so. Nice to be on the front cover though. (Head swells a little more.)

Finally a small matter of detail; it had been pointed out that the foot crossing to the lighthouse and Rock Beach Halt could do with a 'beware of the trains' sign. I had a look on Evilbay and found some rather nice laser etched wood ones which I duly purchased and installed in various hazardous locations. It wouldn't do for the citizens of Stoner to be accidentally run over for the lack of a notice.

Tuesday, 28 May 2019

Bala model railway show

This weekend I've been exhibiting Castell Coed, The Cheese Factory and Arnold Lane Wharf at the Bala Model Railway Show which is part of the Transport Show and Lake Railway gala. I also had my work hat on so was also in charge of a small sales and publicity stand. The show takes place over three days because the transport show is on Sunday and Monday, for some reason the organisers feel that the model show also needs to be on on the Saturday. This makes for a very long show and also thins out the crowds (?) rather a lot so you spend an awful lot of time waiting to see a punter. We are well looked after and it was a good show with some very good layouts and mine.
Our little set up from the front
And my view from behind Arnold Lane

Castell Coed has not come home with me as I sold it on to a good home. It had fulfilled its purpose and I had nowhere to store it properly at home; sorry to see it go and glad to see the back of it in equal measures. I hope its new owner enjoys it, I know he has plans to make the siding at the front into a passing loop and it was also pointed out that there is no pedestrian access to the station, so that may change too.

It behaved itself very well on its last outing anyway.


Last train leaving...

...and coming back
The cheese factory train trundled round and round quite contentedly until the chassis overheated and melted into a blob of expensive grey plastic and metal. It had been a KATO Portram bogie; now it is not. Hey ho.

No loco
Arnold Lane Wharf behaved impeccably as usual and kept me occupied most of the time.

During time when time was passing slowly I was experimenting with Snapchat to see if I am still a young person. (I'm not) One feature appears to be making people look quite unusual. This is Martin who's little winter layout was the star of the show for me. He is slightly mad in that railway modeller way but not as mad as this picture makes him look, it made me laugh.

Friday, 24 May 2019

It's a signal

This week has been about details, for the most part. Details and playing trains.

The inspection saloon and its loco came out and proved beyond doubt that it doesn't run, a project to repair it beckons.

The two Baldwins both at Underhill, an unusual occurrence.

The starter signal has had a ladder and platform added making it look more 4mm scale than 2.

I found the home signal and installed that too, neither are wired in but I also suspect that neither of them works properly either.

I repainted the Oxford diecast 2cv from a coke branded model to look like the one I used to own. I called it Deidre because of the number plate (can't remember it now), My then girlfriend called it Dreary.

Several small things have happened at Rock Beach. Firstly I made a style out of rail and microstrip so that the lighthouse keepers can get to the halt and more importantly the pub.

The other work has been tarting up the warehouse building which came from the original Underhill board. I'm glad to have reused it as it is a scratch built one.

Mostly small tweaks and 'testing'.
Just as I was tying a small parcel arrived from Shapeways. Contained within is a print for a small Kerr Stuart type loco to fit on a Fleischmann 7000 chassis. I saw Boghopper of the NGRM Forum had one in the process of completion and was inspired to give it a go. I have a chassis waiting for it somewhere, so nothing to loose.