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3mm Winner at York Show

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!

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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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3mm AGM

Yesterday saw the culmination of a busy couple of weeks in preparing for the 3mm AGM at the Stratton Leisure Centre in Swindon. An early start from Weymouth meant arrival at the centre for about 8am. Setting out the hall took a bit of doing but much to my relief we managed to fit everything in. As it was our 50th year the theme was 50:1
Basically anything with 50 in it so we had a combination of layouts plus models and diorama. One of my favourites was Nick Salzman’s 50 Shades of Grey

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A very imaginative piece.

Close by was Heybridge wharf by Mike Corp

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Another Mike this time Mr Davey brought along a layout depicting a halt on the Culm Valley line

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At this juncture I would like to express my thanks for me being able to borrow the cables from Croydon MRS to power the layouts.

There were also non powered items on display one being Phil Hutchings diaroma

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Another fine piece was Suttons Bridge by Stephen Moor

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Nigel Cullimore brought along North Ealing

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Geoff Gay also brought along a fine example of a small shunting yard

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Martin Gentle brought along Chesterton Lane halt a fine example of his late dad, Peters model which use to be part of a shed layout

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The above were all worthy examples of what can be achieved in 3mm scale – more examples later on.

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Martins Road – slow progress

Today did the first run with a loco or 2 on Martins Road. Connected the controller – nothing out came the meter – silly fellow hadn’t connected one of the wires! That done – the tram ran up and down (I know it’s LNER, southern stock not built yet) onto the sector table switch to the loop, nothing. Again I got the meter out and found I had not wired the feed in so had to jerry rig something quickly. Once I did that the loop worked off the table. Well that’s half the layout test, now to finish off the other half – still cannot decide whether to fit point motors (I have 2 Seeps acquired 2nd hand) or do wire in tube?

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After the test, I marked out the platform edge using my 14.2 converted Triang A1A as a guide too big for the layout but the bogies are a good judge for the gap needed. I also laid a tempoary piece of track to see if I can fit the goods shed road in.

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Progress very slow but at least I can run a loco up and down!

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One step forward two steps back

Wednesday is usually my day off work so took the opportunity to do some more (or so I thought) to Martins Road.

On taking the boards apart, I found that the platform road track had misaligned so had to take it up and relay it which took most of the morning as I had to cut new rail and thread sleepers.

However I managed to do it and so back to where I was a couple of weeks ago!

Nevemind, the postman brought some cheer in the form of the Colonel Stephens society mag – always a good read, even more so when I saw that Tower Models are taking orders for the Dapol O gauge Terrier expected at the end of September for £169 post free.

Definitely decided to collect some O gauge for a rainy day.

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Martins Road Progress

I was asked early in the design process of Martins Road how I was going to work the Bembridge table as it I have named it. Well the answer came in the shape of Wizard Models crank set which combined with brass rod has enabled me to operate the table. Works on the push/pull principle see below

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So the table is now fixed to the board, now how to work out how to disguise it.

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Martins Road – progress

Attending the 3mm AGM over the weekend gave the incentive to crack on with Martins Road. So this morning saw the securing of the foamboard sub base to the ply. The foamboard was secured with UHU spray adhesive and then  weighted down with a few bottles of real ale.

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Once secure the bridge foundations were cut out and the bridge tried for size.

The bridge is removable as it still needs a lot of work. Have to trim the rail on the goods siding and then put the boards together and do the station area.

BTW ale will be drunk in due course!