Exhibiting Wimblehurst Road at the Pevensey Exhibition on Saturday.
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.
Mike Corp won the Mike Cook Memorial trophy 🏆 at the recent York exhibition with Heybridge Wharf.
(Photo courtesy June 2019 Railway Modeller)
Well done, Mike!
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.
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.
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.
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.
The Wallers Haven Light Railway
The Wealden Cement Company (3mm)
All in all a most enjoyable day.
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.
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?