Friday, 14 August 2009


A few weeks ago I had the pleasure of attending the Camrail show in Bradford-on-Avon whilst demonstrating 3mm modelling alongside my brother who was showing his 7mm scratchbuilding exploits. One of the layouts on view was the N gauge rendition of Ashburton by John Birkett-Smith. The quality of modelling and sheer artistry on this layout demand detailed study.

Tuesday, 11 August 2009


On Sunday I visited the annual Wells show and as always it was a great exhibition with superb layouts and good trade support. Amongst the layouts was a model of that old favourite amongst GW branch termini, Hemyock. Chris Lamacraft's EM portrayal of this bucolic byway is simply stunning.

Pannier progress

Quite a bit of progress has been made on the 57XX pannier previously mentioned on here. This shot of the completed chassis was taken back in June. Halfords matt black spray paint was used.

After fitting the motor, gearbox and wheels I tried it for size with the completed running plate assembly and after a small amount of filing it all fits perfectly. My standard choice is for a Mashima 9/16 and Branchlines RSL gearbox. The coupling rods are secured at this trial stage by plastic sheathing from layout wire. They will eventually be soldered on with Romford crankpin washers at a later stage.

Here the cab assembly, bunker and tank castings are put together loose just for a trial fit.