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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.

Bullied for a fiver

At Weymouth the weekend picked up this model of a Bullied Pacific for a £5. Unfortunately no makers name, but looks near enough to 3mm scale/1:100 – what do you think?

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 😊

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?

Wimblehurst Road update

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.

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.

Stock progress

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.

What coupling

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.

Give us a P…….

Had the opportunity to do some modelling being another year older and all that.

Started Andy Shillitos Linton Kits SECR P class in 3mm.

The kit is well thought out with tabs for locating the etch. I did find the tanks were handed and that I had 2 left hands instead of 1 left & 1 right but was able to overcome that. Had to do the boiler in 2 halves more my modelling skills than the kit design.

The castings are 3D printed rather than the usual white metal or lost wax so that should be interesting.

Here are a couple of pictures

Just valances buffet bean and course roof to add. As for the chassis I have a motor that should fit with my usual branch line gear box with Alan Gibson wheels to complete, just got to work out the pickups couplings and livery. Considering painting as below

(Photo from Project 27 blog)

This was the livery used by the SECR in WW1 reportedly for goods engines.

What of the Terrier you might ask? The chassis is a runner but the pick ups need sorting and I have found the roof which did a runner. So within touching distance.

The Pickering needs more weight and I am going to use the motor for the P for now until I workout how to weight it.

That’s all for now.

R

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