Another very informative meeting, this time on the pros and cons of chassis building.
I gave the sorry tale of my Terrier chassis – determined to get it to work!
Tony Briddon brought along his competition winning Duchess which runs as good as it looks.
We also had a SE&CR O running (13.5 but able to go round the 14.2 test track).
Andrew Barnes brought along some of his lovely coaches
And for good measure a scratchbuilt SE&CR class C 0-6-0 which did quite a few circuits!
There was an example of an 0-6-0 chassis
And then Group discussion
All finished off with a couple of pints in the Parcel Yard – a good end to the day 😊
Been awhile since I posted a thing on the layout.
Unfortunately had to pull out of the Pevensey Show as life has conspired against me namely lost of job and family illness.
However I have taken the opportunity to relay some of the track and also the point to the long siding which packed up.
As an inherited layout so to speak I have no idea of what wire goes where so also requiring the layout and replacing the Hoffman point motors with Cobalt ones.
Both at Uckfield and Beckenham found that operating from the front was not practical as you always need 3 people to operate so also building a central control panel to operate from behind.
Also considering replacing the 2 end boards – they are odd sizes, very heavy and a pig to transport, so 2 x 2’x1′ boards might be the order of the day instead. Might increase the width to 1’6″ so there is room for stock storage should I go down the traverser root?
Yesterday I spent a very enjoyable day at the Stratton Leisure Centre in Swindon meeting my fellow 3mm modellers.
Being secretary this is my task for the year in organising the event. I’m pleased to say that everybody who should of turned up did and we had quite a few entries for the modelling competition.
95 members in total attended the event and with the sports hall to play with there was plenty of room.
In addition 4 layouts plus one in progress were brought along, so we will focus on these first
Nick Salzman brought along Lananta his new layout and I must say it is most impressive
Croydon MRS came along with Hemlock – looking good and operated by my good friends Mr P and Mike Davey.
Nigel Cullimore brought his BR blue period layout North Ealing which I marvel out how some much is crammed into such a compact space.
Next we have Richard Popes Chipping Compton, very Titfield Thunderbolt!
Mike Corps Heybridge Wharf – no words needed
As you have seen 3mm layouts can match anything in the major scales – long may it continue!
Now the competition- a lot of entries this year – all winners in my opinion 👍
And we have coaches
Maybe the odd building or too
Oh and I guess those modern image things (well 1950’s/60s)
All winners as I said – especially Paul Hopkins who came away with a glut of certificates.
Part of 3mm history Clive Thompson former proprietor of 3SMR handed out the trophies and certificates (that’s him on the right) – thanks Clive.
As I said the sports hall is big (there are 95 people there guv honest)
Finally I would like to dedicate this post to Mr Geoff Gay for his kind words about my blog and for winning in the competition
Well done Geoff
Pevensey Show in July so starting to work on the layout now it’s warmer.
Relaid the track in the station area and replace the knackered point. Just got to rewire and ballast.
Primed the rear fascia and ends today, ready for an application of Rustin’s Black to match the rest.
As the sun is out have been spraying some stock. The push pull coach and the Southern PMV.
Is purchasing a 3D body, cheque book modelling? That is the question. Gavin Rose very kindly reduced his 4mm LBSCR E2 to 3mm to produce this fine body. Add a pair of 3SMR chassis sides and coupling rods, 14.2 chassis spaces, Andy Shillito motor, Branchline gears, Society wheels and no I would not say it is. The body is a means to an end.
Need to level the body but pretty pleased with the result.
Yesterday’s meet at Keen House covered resin casting with our very own Andrew Shillito demonstrating how to cast in resin with moulds he had brought with him. Wim Harthoorn provided the talk and gave example of the resin stuff he has produced for his Thailand 🇹🇭 railway which is 3mm scale on 9mm track and dcc to boot.
All in all a very enjoyable afternoon rounded off by a couple of pints 🍺 in the Parcel Yard at Kings X.
Photos above: members gathered round Andrew looking at him demo and then coaches produced by member Andrew Barnes (utility van and Crimson & Cream coaches produced by using resin method – plasticard formers and the Isle of Wight stock produced with layered plasticard using a method pioneered by Bernard Holland sometime ago)
Pictures above: Thai diesel produced using resin casting.
Slow but steady progress on the Stock front.
One SR 12t van finished today (to paint the chassis & roof? – answers on a post)
The other ongoing project is a 3D printed SE&CR push pull driving trailer as used on the Westerham branch (one half of a 2 car set). Initial green coat put on, floor from plasticised and coach bogies from MJT (yes we do them in 3mm scale). A lot to do yet, fortunately managed to pick up a copy of the Mike King SR Pull – Push Stock book which gives details of the interior and some decent photos.
That’s all for now.
Over the Christmas period I have been trial fitting Sprat and Winkle coupling to some of my wagons.
Reflecting after the Beckenham show, not only was their a need for track laying in some parts but also a more reliable coupling system was found wanting.
The B&Bs are very sensetive to lumps and bumps in the track and for the crack handed like me difficult to put together. Yes their advantage is that they are unobtrusive but need to be finely adjusted.
So thought I would give the Sprat and Winkles a go. Until they are track tested I will not make a final decision – better get on with relaying the track then!
Happy New Year.