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Wimblehurst Road – progress (with a small p!)

To hot outside to hot in but slightly cooler so time for modelling.

As promised progress on the Pickering 


Think I have worked out how to motorise it.

Terrier

Body complete all bar addition of Westinghouse pump – 3smr one I brought was too big for a wee tankie. Still not cracked the chassis though but think I might have found a way.


Signal + box

Added the Dapol signal which that nice Mr Stephens purchased off the Great Western as they had a couple going spare! The box in the background was built for me by Andrew Barnes (thank you Andrew) and a very nice model it is too.


Wits in a name?

How does the West Sussex Light Railway grab you Mr P.

That’s all for now, till next time happy modelling.

Boxing Clever

Just had to post pictures of the signal box built for me by Andrew Barnes.


A great piece of modelling. The box is based on the one at Norden (yes I know it is L&SWR) but similar boxes could be found all over the Southern in days of the semophore.

Have already identified a spot on the layout for it and just waiting a signalman from Modelu to complete the picture. 

My grateful thanks to Andrew for this masterpiece in miniature.

Slow Terrier, slow

Been awhile since I have posted on the progress of the Terrier.

Well progress is a lot slower than I would of liked. The body still needs a lot of work. As for the chassis, it runs direct from the power leads to the motor but pick up off the wheels does not seem to happen so will have to work at that one.

Still have till September to complete her for running on Wimblehurst Road. Here are the pics.

Colonel Stephens Pickering Railcar

My latest acquisition for Wimblehurst Road is a 3D printed 3mm scale body for a Pickering Railcar used by the Colonel on the Kent & East Sussex railway.

Originally drawn for 2mm scale by Alan of Etched Pixels he very kindly agreed to produce a 3mm version and uploaded it to the Shapeways website where I duly ordered and paid.

I must say the service from Shapeways is exceptional and arrived within 48 hours of being ordered. The moulding is of good quality, see pics below

Have not yet figured how to motorise it and there will be a fair bit of work to do but looks promising. The prototype had 3’1″ wheels which equates to 9mm in 3mm scale and the Society do some driving wheels which I hope will be okay more so for the gearbox too otherwise might have to use 9mm wagon wheels.

Here are some drawings courtesy of the Colonel Stephens Society of which I am a member.

Wimblehurst Road – day 2

One man band today. Things that worked yesterday didn’t today but I coped and looking back enjoyed the weekend and a big thank you to my fellow 3mm modellers who lent me stock and helped operate.

A potential 3 shows might be in the offering for 2017 so watch this space. Here are some photos.

Waiting

Trees for Wimblehurst Road

I need trees and quite a few of them. For non generic types I have used sea moss (it’s amazing what you can find on You Tube!).

Here’s what I do

  • Select the most tree looking sea foam
  • Spray sea foam tree with Model Mates Oil Brown weathering spray
  • Then mix up suitable tree colours using static grass
  • Using non scented hairspray spray sea foam liberally
  • Using static grass mix sprinkle onto tree and shake surplus off. Alternatively fill old ice cream tub with your desired mix and dip and role.
  • Apply more hairspray and again sprinkle grass mix covering any bare patches (or dip and role)
  • Give another coat of hairspray to seal the sea foam tree
  • Done

A cheap and easy method of making trees. Here are the pics


Steve

Wimblehurst Road progress

Progress has been slow but I am pleased to say that one of the fiddle yards has now been wired up and tested.

In the meantime I ordered some of the 3D printed figures from Modelu (yes you can order them in 3mm) and spent this afternoon painting them. I use acrylics which are much better than enamels because you are guaranteed a Matt finish and the brushes just wash off in water (don’t use tap water because it can leave a residue).

Here are the results

   
 The Guard will be going in the SR brakevan and I might put a Lense  in the lamp using clear pva.

I have ordered some more figures as painting them is very addictive! Being a Col.Stephens light railway you don’t want too many so have ordered a signalman with tablet and a shunter standing with his pole. I will also look at investing in some of their loco crew.

You may have wondered what has happened to the Terrier, well on chassis rebuild no.2 just cannot get it to run right. I have just brought a Poppy Woodtech loco box so once that is built I will have another go.

Watch this space.

Station start

Through the good offices of our Chairman Wim I have purchased an etch of Bodiam station building which will be for Wimblehurst Road.

Construction has started as Wim wanted me to do the test build to see how practical producing an etched building in 3mm scale is.

Looking forward to the challenge and will provide updates as I go along.

The first stage is to mount the window frames on the outside and doors. I am treating my approach to the kit as if it were made of card construction and adding things whilst in the flat so to speak.

I have used superglue for the frames and doors. I could of soldered but knowing my luck it would have gone everywhere other than where needed and ruin the fine corrugated detail.


This is the roadside elevation hence the R. & the rest of the etch

 I realised that I had not shown the finished article so here it is.

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No going back now

Just received my invite to exhibit Wimblehurst (Wimhurst) Road at Croydon in October next year – wish me luck.

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