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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"

Tuesday, 6 June 2017

Roxey Mouldings LSWR 48ft stock

This is another project i have been working on.
I said yesterday that i hadn't posted much lately, now you know why.

A little while ago i had a trip to the expoEM spring exhibition at Bracknell, spent a small fortune and came back with Two Roxey Mouldings carriage kits.
The first one i have started to build is the (4C18) LSWR 48ft Tri-composite brake Lav

Roxey Mouldings 4C18 LSWR 48ft Tri-composite

This is the first time i have built one of their carriage kits and i have to say, they go together very well.
After some burnt fingers (somethings never change) a consultation with the bible (LSWR Carriages Volume one 1838-1900) by the man himself Mr G.R Weddell Page 167, you are pretty much sorted. There are differences so watch your time scale.

I'm not quite sure what i am going to do with the interior yet but had the forethought of measuring up, and cutting out the interior walls from Plastkard. I have seen this method done before but for the life of me, i have know idea where or whom it came from.

The main body all soldered up. Door knobs, drop lights, door handles and door vents fitted, tumbledome formed and ends attached.
Some might say, paint before adding door knobs/handles. I would prefer to solder everything up first. It's a bit of a pain, i know, but "Maskol" is a wonderful product.
Roxey Mouldings 4C18 LSWR 48ft Tri-Composite
 Sat on its bogies
Roxey Mouldings 4C18 LSWR 48ft Tri-Composite
 The door jam gap (you know what i mean) i scored in with a scriber it's not represented on the etch. I'm not quite sure how this is going to look after its painted.
Roxey Mouldings 4C18 LSWR 48ft Tri-Composite
 Fitting those Sprat 'n' Winkle proved problematic, on these carriages the bogies are virtually on the end of the carriage.
Doesn't give you a lot of room.
Sprat 'n' winkle couplings
Some modification took place
Roxey Mouldings 4C18 LSWR 48ft Tri-Composite
 I had to drop the front cross member of the bogie to allow enough movement for the balance weight. On the track its not to noticeable.
At least on the pair of carriages only One coupling hook is needed, happy days.
Roxey Mouldings 4C18 LSWR 48ft Tri-Composite
  A few more jobs to do and then crack on with the second one.

Monday, 5 June 2017

Bachmann 03 couplings

It's been awhile since i posted anything.
This generally means i have been busy and have had my teeth into some project or other.
Well, i have.
After a very good weekend at Brockenhurst Exhibition, there is only really one thing with the operation of Parkstone that i am not to happy about, and that is couplings. That age old problem that has plagued many an otherwise cracking layout.
The thought of changing every coupling to some other system has put me off.
What to do, what system? do i really need to to ?
i do.
The plunge has been taken to change everything to "Sprat and winkles" and electromagnets 
I was trying to get away with one hook at one end of each wagon but as Parkstone is really a shunting layout this creates a problem. Most loco's on Parkstone are of the RTR type, and as we all know, fitting S&W to RTR loco's is not easy if at all possible.

Picking the Bachmann 03 out of its box, can it be done ?
As this is one of the main shunting loco's on the layout i thought it would be a good one to start with.
Extremely fiddly but it can be done. Now i know how to do this, some of the others shouldn't be to bad to do.
The peckett could be an issue, "eek"

Bachmann 03
 The Bachmann 03 with the coupling fitted. If you are going to have a go at this yourselves you need to be aware that the buffer beam is cast alloy.
Bachmann 03 Sprat & Winkle couplings
 The photo below will show how i did it, as they say a photo paints a thousand words. As a brief description, i drill Two holes up into the buffer beam for the hinge of the coupling, the balance plate was cut off as the chassis is in the way, a wire loop was soldered on BUT don't solder the hinge part. I resoldered the balance plate to the wire loop, because the plate is now shorter i had to solder a piece of brass tube filled with solder to the back end of the plate to add weight.
I will add a piece of plasticard to fill in the buffer beam. It may look better than before.   
Bachmann 03 underside
   A quick paint and job done.
Next one to see if it can be done is a Class 33! we will see.

Wednesday, 31 May 2017

New Forest model railway Society Exhibition

I would just like to thank the organiser of 
the New Forest Model Railway Society
for putting on a great exhibition over the Bank Holiday weekend.
Crackin bacon rolls,
Great lunch
Thanks for all the visitors who attended and the great comments and stories about Parkstone Goods.
Thanks to Gramps and Nigel for helping me out.
One other thing,
show ended 16.30
layout packed and in the car ready to go at 16.41


Saturday, 20 May 2017

Adams B4 The Movie

Hi all.
Just thought i would post a short video of the Adams B4.
Sorry, its a bit shaky but with camera in one hand and controller in the other, i'm not one for multitasking.

I don't often do this sort of thing but am so impressed with the way she runs, i had to share.
Some people may say, it's an improvement on some of the music videos you have shared lately.
Filmed on "Pine Road"
You will see also, the 02 from Kernow which managed to make it from the fiddle yard into the station and one of Hornby's M7s which i have had for years and still runs well 

well enjoy 

Saturday, 13 May 2017

B4 lining

Goods classes were black with green lining, although Bradley states that after a few months service the line was virtually invisible.
After May 1935 this green line was omitted from the B4s and G6 classes.
As you can imagine, nothing is ever easy in the world of modelling.
The B4 should really have a green line.
I had a go.
Well, its not perfect but at least i had a go.

Adams B4 Lining

Adams B4 Lining

Adams B4
 Over the boiler was a bit of a pain
Adams B4
Generally i am pleased and she is loosening up now and runs really well.

Another Adams
Due to some comments on a previous post will this go down any better, come on, this is good cheeky little tune.
I was 6 in "69" what the hell did i know about anything.

Sing along now, you know you want to! 


Sunday, 7 May 2017

The Final Frontier.

After various attempts she is finally done.
The biggest problem was getting clearance for wheels. crossheads, conrods, pistons behind those front steps.
I was determined, i have only ever seen two B4's running at exhibitions and neither of them had the front steps fitted.
Have also discovered that from May 1935, Southern goods engines, although black had green lining, mmm, think about that one. this was omitted from this date on B4's and G6's (courtesy Bradley, Adams classes page 7) 
Less of the chat and on to the photos.
South Eastern Finecast B4

Adams B4

Kitbuilt B4

B4 Southern 94
Fitted with Romford wheels, the balance weights are made from 10 thou Plasticard and a High Level 120-1 gearbox mated to a 1420 Mashima motor. She runs at a very realistic slow speed.
Just the windows to fit and trim the rear crank pins.

What next, thinking about a G6.
I am looking forward to next weekend where hopefully will be able to pick one up.
It's going to be an expensive day out.
where will i be, well

I heard this on the radio earlier,
Oh my god, how long ago,,, heck
Cheeky little tune

Friday, 5 May 2017

The Adams B4

An Adams B4.
Apart from transfers and a coat of varnish
we have made it.
Southeastern Finecast kit built Adams B4

Adams B4

Adams B4

Monday, 1 May 2017

Even more on the B4

Yes, some more on the B4.
Yesterday, i said there was a bit missing, remember.
Pay attention now because this is how i have solved the problem.
Below is the bit that's missing.

So, i made a couple

There not perfect but, oh, so small. 
 Amazing what you can do with some 1mm brass tube, some wire, 4 brass dressmaking pins and burnt fingers.
Please don't ask why i have dressmaking pins but they have lots of uses and are very good for valve gear linkages and crossheads.
She has been painted,
but i will save that for tomorrow.
What colour is she? you know i didn't want to paint her black.
That's it, nearly done, but,
...Oh, go on then...
you can listen to this one
Happy Days

Sunday, 30 April 2017

More on the Adams B4

It's a wet drizzly day so i managed to do a bit more on the B4.
She;s a fiddly little bugger but were getting there.
Here she is parked outside Pine Road signal box
Adams B4
 A side on view

The front end, bearing in mind that this is an old kit it's gone together fairly well.
I don't like to use cast buffers but i can't find anyone that do an LSWR pattern sprung buffer of this type.

The next Two photos show that there is not a lot of room for the valve gear behind the front steps. Not one to be beaten, i cut the steps down and made a small brass bracket just enough to move them out a touch. 
Brass bracket
 Yeah! no room there at all
B4 Valve gear
 There a bit missing, it's not in the kit.
Something missing
 It's this bit. 
Not entirely sure what this is for or where to get one from other than ringing Southeastern Finecast

A few jobs to go and then a good clean up ready for paint.
Do i really have to paint her black!


Off for a cup of tea, the back is beginning to ache. 
It's an age thing, don't you know.