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When i left school back then i was lucky enough to enroll on an engineering apprenticeship. I think this lead me in good stead. I was always one of those children that pulled things apart but actually put them back together again. My first engine given to me at the age of Seven, a Triang Princess Elizabeth. The rest as they say is History. Later in life i got back in to Model Railways and started building Pine Road. This could lead anywhere so i hope you enjoy my Blog.

Monday, 27 December 2021

New Road an update.

Thinking it's time for an update on New Road.
I shall be quick.
A couple of street lights of the old gas type.
platform lights from 70s vintage.
Control panel installed properly.
Signal box and some ground works have been completed.
I forgot to cut the arches where the baseboard join is. Will be disguised with a tv Ariel pole.

Monday, 29 November 2021

New Road, a canopy

The Canopy on New Road had to match the station building, something Art-deco then.
Looking through various books to get an idea. I found one with a reverse ridge with a gully down the middle.
5 uprights were needed to support the roof. Making 1 was fine but trying to make 5 all the same was beyond me, lots of curves and angles.
A friend of mine suggested contacting York Modelmaking, this was duly done.
I was asked to produce a drawing for Julie to use.
About 2 weeks later they arrived in the post. Made from white acrylic, I'm a happy bunny.
Thank you Julie at York Model Making.

Monday, 18 October 2021

Kernow/EFE Adams 02 window surrounds

Looking at Kernow's Adams 02, it was mentioned that the side window surrounds of the cab was in fact wrong. Kernow had painted the frame white, thinking this didn't look quite right.....
..... One delved a bit deeper.
Looking at some photos in the vast array of books I have obtained over the years on Southern loco's, this should be black.
Originally it's actually a brass band running around the inside of the apperature.
Southern days they all look to be painted black.
With a pot of Humbrol satin black and a very small paint brush I set about overpainting it.
Half an hour later, we have this.
Far better.
There newer model, No 182 is correct. An easy fix.

Sunday, 10 October 2021

Ph Designs Buffer stops

Buffer stops! What else is out there other than your normal Peco or Hornby types.
Searching around I found these from PH Designs.
used all over BR and finding a good few photos of them in use on the Southern, spot on then.
The ones ordered were ph4bs1, the old fashioned way, a cheque or bank transfer. Bare with him, he's a busy guy.
Bare in mind that what you actually get are just the etch plates, there are templates to help you file out the rails. These are designed for code 75.
The easiest way to do these is to make yourself a jig. Consisting of nothing more than a piece of wood and some pins.
It helps keep all the sides the same. It should come out like this.
I made another jig for the crossmember.
The Southern seem to do something slightly different in there being only 1 crossmember with two shorter lengths of rail on each side.
I atctched them to some track as a stand alone unit. Obviously you will have to insulate them when adding to your sidings.
Thinking they look rather good after painting. Most seem to be painted white, although I found a couple with added wooden blocks with a red painted like across the middle.
Good soldering skills will be required and a fair bit of patients.

Monday, 27 September 2021

Need new motors?

Searching around on the net the other night, I came across a site that may be of interest to you.
Not being able to find Mashima motors any longer I thought I would share.
They also have a eBay shop.

Tidy containers.

The state of my glue draw, its a mess. Little pots of falling everywhere, which was the one I've allready opened and which is the new one.
I needed to sort this out.
You can buy modules for this but me being me, I'm a modelist so I made them.
All you need is some 2mm card and some paint to your taste.
There, isn't that better.

Needed some fine dirt

Needed some fine dirt to use between the tracks.
I was out walking the dog and as it's been rather dry of late, noticed some rather fine dirt down the lane.
Using a doggie poop bag, I duly picked some up.
Its going to need a bit of a sieve through.
Duly sieved this is what I got.
Put in the oven on 180° for half an hour just to make sure anything alive isn't any longer.
Place in a jar, mark it 'Dirt' can be consumed at your leisure.