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Announcement. Chassis Jig

I have been banging on about an announcement for a little while now.  Well, today is the day, i won't make you wait any longer. so ...

Chassis Jig

It would appear that the Chassis jig has gone well. I would like to thank all of you who bought one and hope it gives you many happy hours of fun. Thought i should let you know that there are only Two left.
Let me know if you are interested i may produce a few more.
I have added a Paypal button to my blog so you can buy direct. Please Note! This is for UK orders Only.
Please contact me for orders outside the UK

Monday, 24 July 2017

Exton Quay The beginnings.

Exton Quay

Not sure on the name yet but we have made a start on the new project.
I wanted a smaller version of Pine Road, basically, a layout that's easier to transport and take to exhibition, something to run the stock that is used on Pine Road.
Most of the stock is kit built and some of it gained a lot of attention at past exhibition.
As one is getting older now (quiet at the back please), something that was more manageable was the main objective. Pine Road was never designed as an exhibition layout but one caught the bug, didn't one.
Pine Road has not been broken up but has become a permanent fixture in the spare room.
to the new project.

Exton Quay, Baseboard

Exton Quay Control panel

Baseboard, yes, that will be the other end.

With the help of Martin at 
we built the baseboard, measuring 5' 5" X 2' 2" with built in control panel, the only thing to bolt on at exhibitions is the fiddle yard.
As regards to legs, i have bought Two of those adjustable trestles you see at B&Q recommended to me from a good fellow modeller.
99p cheaper than Screwfix (at the time of writing this) Bare in mind that you do need Two, there is only one in the box DoH!
Track laying begins
We had already worked out a plan, Five points gives you a bay platform, run round loop and Two sidings. I'm not one of those people that will cram track in everywhere.
As another fellow modeller once said to me, remember the number one rule, 
Keep it simple stupid
The good old method of copper clad construction is for me.
Station Throat

Layout general view

The story so far! 

Tuesday, 11 July 2017

Brockenhurst Exhibition

I had to share this with you all, as it contains Parkstone.

Again, i would like to thank the guys at NFRMS
for putting on a cracking show.
I would like to put One fact right tho
I bought my first home where the goods shed use to be but no longer live there.
Ok, bit picky.
Some good Photos there    

Monday, 10 July 2017

Mixed Traffic July 2017 and Chassis Jig.

The Mixed Traffic 208
July 2017
The 3mm Society Magazine
This came through the door  at the weekend.
It lists the Annual meeting 2017 awards.
Articles include
The way ahead developments on new gearing,
Stone Point,
From the Archives,
Southern model at the AGM (just up my street)
Painting People,
A Third Three Millimetre Tram,
Dockyard Shunter for Portsea.
Fitting Commode handles to etch coach sides.
What's New,
and Blastpipe

Mixed Traffic 208 July 2017
The Blastpipe section caught my eye as there is a letter published about "Pine Road Models" Chassis Jig (ie: me)
I was chuffed to see that the letter, and i quote; "is one of the better ones that i have seen. Shame then that it uses pointed axles"
This question came up a few times when i was developing the idea but i couldn't decide what the diameter of the pin should be on the ends of the axle pins.
Pine Road Models Chassis Jig
Click below for more 
A couple of others have approached me on this subject, so, always willing to please, 
I have taken this feedback onboard. 
I am in the process of turning up some axles pins. 
They will have a 2mm long x 1mm diameter pin on each end of the axles.
The reason for deciding on a 1mm diameter is, this is the size of a Romford Crankpin.
Obviously the shorter the length of the pin at 2mm, this reduces the risk of accidentally bending the pin, or the pin breaking off or going out of true during the turning process and is plenty long enough to locate a connecting rod on.
You will be able to choose weather you require taper axle pins or turned axle pins.
Extra pins will be available separately (price to be announced)
The pins would then also come in handy for sweating the two halves of a coupling rod together.

So, the jig has Three uses in one.
Handy for building chassis,
Handy for sweating coupling rods together,
Handy for setting up and running in your motor/gearbox (as i found out while building one of Highlevels gearboxes)
All for £79.95+P&P or (£75.00 at shows) 
Not long now.
 Don't forget Westfest at 
Verwood Memorial hall 
September 23rd 20177.


Thursday, 6 July 2017


Photography has always been a second love of mine,
although some of you may think differently after the quality of some of the photo's on this blog.

Usually i't a case of "quick, i must take a photo of that for the blog" and grab the phone and use that.
Pure laziness, i know but the thought of getting the big camera out, i don't normally have the time.

So, one has treated one self big time and bought this.   

Canon G7x MarkII
After lots of reading reviews, scratching ones head, thinking, god , what to buy. I had decided on the Sony RX100, that's it, that's the one
A trip to Castle Cameras proved fruitful, more so for them than me in one way
 The staff were extremely helpful. I told them what i wanted it for and the features that i needed.
That's the Sony crossed of the list then
As i already have a Canon and know basically how it it works, lets stick with what we know.
Not that this is going to be one of those big reviews of the Canon, there are enough of those on the Interweb as it is but i have to say it's impressive.
It's a dam good package.

It has.
Bulb- good for low light and light painting.
AV priority- for getting a good depth of field.
A completely manual setting
Manual focusing- a big plus for me
Good in low light.
flip up rear screen.
20 million pixels.
It will shoot in RAW+Jpeg
it will even do time laps photography .
There's an APP (as there is for most things these days) Handy for taking photo's without touching the camera.

I had a bit of a play.
These were taken in a low light room with the curtains drawn as the layout faces the window and causes all sorts of problem.
Taken on Bulb for 5 seconds
ISO 400
Could this be the replacement for the G12
Click on pics for a larger view

Pine Road SR van

Smallbrook studios Road van

Pine Road goods yard

Kernows 02
From now on, all future pics will be taken using the Canon G7x Not bad for a first attempt.
when i have gotten my head around how things work,
Things can.............................

Tuesday, 27 June 2017

Barge Boats

This new layout i am planning will have some sort of dock.
I am thinking more of a river dock as opposed to a big harbour type thing.
After looking at lots of photos of Barges (Bargy, Bargie)
I obtained one of Anyscale Models barge's
well, you actually get Two.
I set to work to see what sort of mess i could make of it.
This is what you start with.
Now, you have to bare in mind that i know as much about boats as i know about what goes on inside a woman's head. 
I think i will just let the photo's do the talking.
If you want to know what is what or how i did this then lots of comments and i will tell 
Anyscale Models

As i find bits and bobs i will add more detail but for now i think she looks ok

No launch date has yet been decided upon.

Tuesday, 20 June 2017

The old boiler

Mum,There's no hot water.
Oh, the boilers gone again
Ok, you'll just have to smell today, i will get someone out later to fix it.

I bought a few items from Anyscale models, he does lots of fascinating bits, really for the Wargaming community but lots for railway related items.
They are available 

Over the next few weeks i shall be posting about his models and what i have done with them.
Please note: i have no relation to him or his models, i just think they are great items to add detail to any layout.

First up then, is the boiler.
This is what you get x2.

Just to give you an idea of its size.

I added a couple of pipes and a flue, made from brass tube.
Anyscale models

Anyscale boiler
 A coat of paint and some weathering powders, this is the end result.
I originally painted the whole thing a rust colour and then the old method using hairspray then paint the silver on top, when dry, gently rub the silver away with white spirit and a cotton bud. 
The pipes were added after.
I think it looks the dogs.
It will have a coat of matt varnish but the paint was still tacky when i took these photos. 

Saturday, 17 June 2017

Pin point bearings and couplings.

Pinpoint bearings.
A great idea, free running wagons they roll along quite happily when you want to pull Twenty plus wagon trains.
Not sure if anyone else has had this issue, i've not found anywhere else where it has been discussed.
here is my issue.
Running twenty plus wagon trains is not for me, Parkstone is basically a shunting layout. I find Wagons are just that bit to free running for my needs, not coupling up, just pushing the wagon along without the hook going over the bar, or wagons being pulled on their own should you be using permanent magnets laid between the rails, you know, you get that rocking movement as the hook finds the centre pull of the magnet.
As i am only pulling 5-7 wagons at a time i have come up with a solution.
Yes, i bloody have you know.

All you need is some OOO gauge (0.16mm) steel spring wire. It's generally used for Harpsichords, you can find it on good old eBay.
Drill 0.2mm hole in base of wagon under centre of axle.
Sorry about this but you may have to remove your axle.
 Cut a length of  the said wire just a touch longer than from the floor to your wonderful running axle.
 Add a spot of Cyno glue to end of wire and push into hole.
 Pop your wheel set back in and you will feel a small amount of resistance just enough to hold your wagon put.
I have only done one axle per wagon as this is more than enough resistance.
Which brings me onto my second issue.
Well, not really an issue more of a blessing.
I think the guys at Bachmann should be congratulated on the design of there wagons.
Has anyone else noticed this ? the underside of their wagons is perfectly designed for the fitting of Spratt 'n' Winkle couplings. They even give you a guide as to were to locate them.

Spratt n Winkle couplings
 I'm guessing that this is a pure fluke ( would like to know otherwise) but well done Bachmann for inventing the "Fluke"