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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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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 😊

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Wimblehurst Road

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?

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3mm Society AGM

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 👍

Locos

And we have coaches

Plus wagons

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

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Cheque book ?

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.