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Wimblehurst Road – progress (with a small p!)

To hot outside to hot in but slightly cooler so time for modelling.

As promised progress on the Pickering 


Think I have worked out how to motorise it.

Terrier

Body complete all bar addition of Westinghouse pump – 3smr one I brought was too big for a wee tankie. Still not cracked the chassis though but think I might have found a way.


Signal + box

Added the Dapol signal which that nice Mr Stephens purchased off the Great Western as they had a couple going spare! The box in the background was built for me by Andrew Barnes (thank you Andrew) and a very nice model it is too.


Wits in a name?

How does the West Sussex Light Railway grab you Mr P.

That’s all for now, till next time happy modelling.

Pickering Railcar 

Started on the chassis and motor for the Pickering Railcar and hope to post pictures soon.

Railex – Aylesbury 

Myself and the good Mr P went to Railex on Sunday. Not a bad show but a few of the layouts I had seen before elsewhere. This was the last showing of Pempoul by Gordon Gravett which is a lovely layout cannot wait to see his new one.

As I said many I had seen before so here are some that I hadn’t

Tollersbury Quay

Brilliant layout with the tide using real water going in and out


Sidmouth

A lovely LSWR branch terminus


William Smiths Wharf

Exquisite modelling by Jerry Clifford of Tucking Mill fame


Trowland

Trevor Nunes essay in M&GN modelling


Heybridge Wharf

Well couldn’t leave 3mm scale out could I! Mike Corp East Anglia branch which I had the privilege to operate – beautiful and to my mind best layout but then I am biased!


Lastly thanks to Mr P for being chauffeur after my sons stag night meant I was fragile on Sunday morning 😵

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.

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