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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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Orpington MRC Show

Mr P and I visited the show in Pratt’s Bottom.

Nice to see a busy show. Nice layouts on display though too much N gauge for our liking and alas no 3mm. Even OO layouts were conspicuous by their absence.

However filling in a survey gave you a free cup of tea, always welcome!

Theobalds Yard 7mm scale

Ambleton Vale – N gauge

TV or two – N/HO

Llanwrst – 009

Upper & Lower Crofton – G Scale

Oakland’s – N gauge

After vacating the show, swift pint in the Bulls Head – pint of Landlord for me and Brains SA for Mr. P

Very enjoyable 😊

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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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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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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.