Archive for September, 2013

Pendon power

Posted on September 29, 2013. Filed under: Project progress |

I’ve long been a fan of Pendon’s achievements, and am a loyal Friend. No surprise then that I should attend Gordon and Maggie Gravett’s Masterclass: Modelling Trees at Pendon yesterday. And it certainly lived up to expectations.

Trees 1 130929       Emergent Culrain Elm tree

There’s a fineness in the techniques that Gordon and Maggie use that can produce model trees well up to Pendon standard. They are not quick to make, but this tree is well on the way to becoming Kyle of Sutherland’s first Elm behind the Up platform. With Maggie’s help, I even rescued an earlier tree and hedge cameo from the scrap heap. And that should soon find its way to the hedgerow alongside the road to Carbisdale Castle.

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August progress

Posted on September 1, 2013. Filed under: Monthly progress |

From new layout wiring to new coaching stock, this last month has moved Kyle of Sutherland forward. But it’s easy to get bogged down in detail. Take coach brakes, for instance.

Coaches 7 Comet LMS 2 130901       Unnecessary widgets?

In just over a week since coming back from Missenden I’ve very nearly finished building the two LMS coaches. The fly in the ointment was not getting some of the details right first time. You’d think I would be able to read a diagram by now, but I managed to get the sliding bracket in its cradle and the pivoting bracket on the cross truss at the wrong end of the brake coach. The irony is that I never intended to link them up, I just happened to have the parts left over from building the LMS D1720 BCK. There was several weeks scratch building in all the joints, couplings and linkages for D1720. That’s more than two complete coaches’ worth of non-deviant kit assembly.

I’m now running out of (allocated) time, but hope to quickly complete and prime the two coaches ready for painting later at the Autumn Railway Modellers Weekend at Missenden in October. And then it’s back to baseboards.

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