3mm Society, Railway, Terriers A1 & A1x, Wimblehurst Road

Pevensey Show

Well survived the show. Unfortunately the layout suffered from the heat and the track shifted causing the board joints to move. I also had to Jerry rig the wiring as had no power.

On the positive side a few notes to self for the future

  • Make a note of your wiring
  • Develop a non electrical solution for point control
  • Improve layout wiring
  • Do not use recycled wiring
  • Test your stock
  • Unify couplings
  • Despite the heat it was an enjoyable exhibition and I would like to thank Mr P and Mike for their company and help on the day – onwards & forwards.
  • Here are some pics

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    Addison Road

    Phil Hutchings Layout, Addison Road was the invited guest layout to EM Expo at Bracknell last weekend.

    Not only 3mm scale, 14.2 gauge but unique in featuring London Transport underground stock of various types along with the Metropolitan electric locos and Steam locos used by the underground.

    In addition there is an abandoned railway and and extensive station building in LT Art Deco style along with trolly buses and other buses from the time.

    Worked to an extensive timetable, the layout includes both branch and mainline. A fair bit of concentration is required to operate the layout but enjoyable nevertheless and I got a ply on the Sunday!

    Here are the photos.

    Phils Layout has recently featured in Hornby magazine.

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    Westfest 2019

    Saturday saw a run down to Winterborne Earls, nr Salisbury to visit 3mm Westfest organised by local member Vic Freemantle.

    Always a popular event and judging by the full car park pretty busy too.

    The Society shop and Seconhand were their plying their trade along with 3smr and members with delights to offer, not forgetting Peter White with the Society finescale wheels.

    Now not only were there goods to be had but also a number of layouts on display.

    Mike Corps Heybridge Wharf

    Peter Bossom – Watlington (Sussex)

    Nick Salzman – Lananta has been entered into the Cameo layout competition due to be judge in May so good luck Nick!

    South Downs & Solent Modular

    Jerry Clifford of Bath Green Park fame was also there with one of his 2mm modules

    As usual the food was excellent and went down well. Thanks go to Vic Freemantle for organising the day.

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    Bolstered by the Brighton

    Even in 3mm scale we have our own 3D printers – George Mitcheson has produced a number of 3D printed wagons and one that took my fancy was the London, Brighton and South Coast Rly Bolster wagon (the Brighton called then Batten wagons).

    The wagon comes as a one piece moulding incorporating the body and sole bars.

    W-irons, castings and brake gear and wheels supplied from the 3mm Society with chain from branchlines and d loops from brass wire.

    An evenings work produced the wagon and it will soon be in the paint shop to be completed in Southern Railway livery.

    Details and drawing for the wagon can be found in “An Illustrated History of Southern Wagons – Volume 2 LBSCR & minor companies published by OPC.

    Paint shop

    Sprayed the wagon with Matt black primer and then used acrylics for the body.

    The planking was coloured using Lifecolouts white wood set along with Tamiya Deck Tan acrylic paint. First time I have used life colour.

    Next step will be to add couplings and transfers.

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    Beckenham Show 2018

    Had the great honour of operating Trevor Nunns S gauge layout Trowland owning to Mr P being otherwise engaged. Lovely layout to operate. Surprising the number of people who thought it was either P4 or O and were quite surprised at it being S. Here are the photos

    I did manage a quick flit round the rest of the show.

    Arun Quay

    The Wallers Haven Light Railway

    The Wealden Cement Company (3mm)

    Medway Quay

    Broadlands

    All in all a most enjoyable day.

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    Wimblehurst Road Update

    Not a lot to show over the summer. The layout is in the process of being rewired. Had to redo the river as the material I used had shrunk with the heat so tried Yacht varnish but that has a mind of its own.

    So concentrated on adding scenic items such as Modelu figures.

    Here are 2 examples

    Still a lot to do before July next year, dare say the time will fly by.

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    3mm London Area Group

    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 😊