Archive for May, 2014

Watching paint dry

Posted on May 20, 2014. Filed under: Project progress |

In between painting platforms and working on the colour of the chinchilla dust surfaces, I found a spot of scratch building passed the drying time on nicely.

54458 Scratch 2 140520       Dunalastair IV 54458

54458 has long since given up its Jamieson body for a slowly evolving nickel silver re-build. There’s a long way to go, but I’m hoping it’s now starting to capture the character of the prototype.

That is, apart from the early Jamieson chimney, which needs replacing with an LMS cast iron chimney?

Postscript: 54458 was posed to compare with J. Robertson’s photograph of 54452 alongside Haymarket shed in 1955, which I found on

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April progress

Posted on May 1, 2014. Filed under: Monthly progress |

This was the month I wanted to finish all the non-scenic work on the baseboards. Such as being able to box them up for protection during transport and making the control panels (but not the controllers and transformers) an integral part of the baseboards.

And making these gadgets.

Controller Pockets 140324       Pictroller “pockets”

The Pictroller DIN plugs are vulnerable to damage at exhibition. The pockets grip the Pictrollers close to the DINs for protection, and flip up onto the baseboard tops out of the way of the packaging panels for transport.

But then after Easter man flu struck. During my house-bound, non-garage, recovery, I took a big interest in a back-burner loco project, Toynbee Hall. I’ve now prepared the drawings to make a GWR No 1 boiler using information from Guy Williams’ book “The 4mm Engine”. The rationale for this deviation was I would need some practice with my new GW Models roller before making a boiler for a second Black Five.

While still avoiding the garage, I carried out a thorough coach audit, and particularly of their bogies. I also made the bogies for the last of the six coaches in progress. I have fourteen coaches in various stages of completion, including nine etched coaches with bogies from three different kit suppliers. There are seven varieties of suspension systems in those nine sets of bogies, including the one just assembled for Sc6730M. One of these days I’m going to try out some of Bill Bedford’s bogies, and that will make eight.

And right at the end of the month it was back to the garage. I just had time to tidy up the wiring under the scenic boards with cable ties and clips (to prevent loops of wire hanging down and snagging while transporting) and check that the newly packaged scenic boards would fit in the car.

KoS Mk 2 28 140330       A tight squeeze

At long last, now I can transport Kyle of Sutherland to local club showings, I’ll fasten down the platforms and get on with making the scenic contours.

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