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3mm Society AGM- Market Harborough 

Saturday saw the 52nd AGM of the Society being held at the Methodist Church. Very well attended by around 80 members, I was a happy bunny. Refreshments provided by the church ladies were most welcome. I would like to thank those members and traders who attended and the church for making us welcome.

The standard of entries in the modelling competition was high too, these are the photos;

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Agood day had by all

Salisbury meet

Very enjoyable day spent in Winterbourne Gunner at the 3mm Society meet. Good to meet so many members and of course Mr P. A small but select gathering with a few layouts to boot, here are the pictures.

Boxing Clever

Just had to post pictures of the signal box built for me by Andrew Barnes.


A great piece of modelling. The box is based on the one at Norden (yes I know it is L&SWR) but similar boxes could be found all over the Southern in days of the semophore.

Have already identified a spot on the layout for it and just waiting a signalman from Modelu to complete the picture. 

My grateful thanks to Andrew for this masterpiece in miniature.

Slow Terrier, slow

Been awhile since I have posted on the progress of the Terrier.

Well progress is a lot slower than I would of liked. The body still needs a lot of work. As for the chassis, it runs direct from the power leads to the motor but pick up off the wheels does not seem to happen so will have to work at that one.

Still have till September to complete her for running on Wimblehurst Road. Here are the pics.

Colonel Stephens Pickering Railcar

My latest acquisition for Wimblehurst Road is a 3D printed 3mm scale body for a Pickering Railcar used by the Colonel on the Kent & East Sussex railway.

Originally drawn for 2mm scale by Alan of Etched Pixels he very kindly agreed to produce a 3mm version and uploaded it to the Shapeways website where I duly ordered and paid.

I must say the service from Shapeways is exceptional and arrived within 48 hours of being ordered. The moulding is of good quality, see pics below

Have not yet figured how to motorise it and there will be a fair bit of work to do but looks promising. The prototype had 3’1″ wheels which equates to 9mm in 3mm scale and the Society do some driving wheels which I hope will be okay more so for the gearbox too otherwise might have to use 9mm wagon wheels.

Here are some drawings courtesy of the Colonel Stephens Society of which I am a member.

The Blue one

Never seen a blue Triang TT Brush AIA before.

Last Saturday I did and a model of beauty to behold.

Wimblehurst Road – Engines, engines everywhere and not one to run!

The joy of 3mm modelling is that if you do anything it takes time not like popping into your local model shop and buying the latest product from Bachman/Hornby and putting it on the track and run it (if that is your bag then good for you it’s your railway at the end of the day).

You may recall that I had the Terrier chassis running prior to adding pickups. Well added the pickups but just cannot get them to make contact, the wire I have is not springy enough so back to the drawing board.

However all is not lost on the chassis front as I have been making a chassis for an LB&SC E2, the body of which I picked up cheap at the 3mm secondhand stall at W Byfleet.

The chassis works prior to pick ups but have used a Linton kits motor with a Branchlines 39:1 midline gear box which with the supposed shortage of motors from Japan seems the way to go.

Here are the pics



The body needs a repaint and the front buffer beam is missing but apart from that hopefully good to go.

Wimblehurst Road has been invited to Uckfield in October along with an appearance at Beckenham too so a lot needs doing namely ironing the teething troubles from Croydon, adding lighting and backscene and building more stock, a busy 9 months ahead.

New Chassis Jig

At the Weymouth Show at the weekend I bumped into the Dorset collective of 3mm members. One of their number Colin Lockyer (4mm modeller – Pine Road) has produced a chassis jig, not only for use in 3mm but 4mm scale too. An impressive bit of kit, of which details can be found on Colin’s blog 

https://cpineroad.blogspot.co.uk/2016/10/announcement.html?m=1

Better start saving.

Weymouth Show

I had the privilege of being invited to operate 50 Shades of Grey at Weymouth Show. You may recall that I helped operate the layout at St Albans in January when did actually snow! My how time flys.


Amongst other layouts at the show were Chris Challis “Cheddar ”


Then there was Gas Cupboards “Wisteria Collop” and essay in 009


Local area layouts featured, firstly Wimborne 


And Blandford


And bang up to date “Didcot A”


And last but not least an Emmett style layout “Scratchy Bottom”


A good show as always one hopefully I can get to next year.

Checking the line

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