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1 May 2017

May 2017 – Talyllyn coach 4

2017-04-30T16:41:28+00:00 May 1st, 2017|Model of the Month|2 Comments

By Graham Speechley Talyllyn coach No. 4 was built from a "Perfect World" kit during winter 2016/17. Basically the kit comprises the ends, lower sides, bottom, roof, and several bags of precision cut hardwood sticks, all carefully numbered. Waterproof PVA was used throughout, except for fixing the glazing where liquid poly glue was used. [...]

1 Jan 2017

January 2017- GWR Pagoda corrugated iron shelter

2017-01-01T12:27:44+00:00 January 1st, 2017|Model of the Month|14 Comments

By Martin Leaver Having a particular interest in the Colonel Stephens railways, it became essential to find a way of producing corrugated iron in our scale, as his buildings were made of little else. I now produce it in large quantities, made from aluminium beer cans, for myself and other modellers. I started corrugating about [...]

1 Dec 2016

December 2016 – Modifying “Wilberforce”

2016-12-08T09:45:31+00:00 December 1st, 2016|Model of the Month|1 Comment

By Richard Huss “Wilberforce” was the first – and so far the only – steam loco purchased new for the Elmdon Heath Light Railway, where it works alongside a Wrightscale “Wren”, and the rather fantastical vertical-boilered tram loco I described in December 2015. It’s an example of the well-known “Millie” class: popular, reliable, docile – [...]

1 Nov 2016

November 2016 – Two Harecroft wagons

2016-11-19T09:04:51+00:00 November 1st, 2016|Model of the Month|Comments Off on November 2016 – Two Harecroft wagons

By Brian Dominic Harecroft is one of the new suppliers of kits at the less expensive end of the market – as laser cutters and 3D printers have come down in price, it’s become possible to produce kits almost in a home workshop environment. This particular enterprise is run by Matt Nunn, who has been [...]

1 Oct 2016

October 2016 – The Talargoch Tramway coal barge

2016-10-12T13:53:34+00:00 October 1st, 2016|Model of the Month|Comments Off on October 2016 – The Talargoch Tramway coal barge

by Nick Godfrey I had already built a dock - albeit with concrete painted water - and a canal barge from scratch. But a new extension and dock have since been built, with real water. What was needed now was a barge that would float. The first, scratchbuilt barge, carrying general goods, seen at [...]

1 Sep 2016

September 2016 – A Norwegian “Billy”

2016-10-12T13:53:37+00:00 September 1st, 2016|Model of the Month|Comments Off on September 2016 – A Norwegian “Billy”

By Frans van Cuilenborg I just finished my Billy built with the 4 kits from Roundhouse. All in all it is a kit not so difficult a kit and I will recommend it both to newcomers (as I was) and more advanced builders, because it is a very nice loco and it behaves very well. [...]

1 Aug 2016

August 2016 – A Steam Crane Wagon

2016-10-12T13:53:37+00:00 August 1st, 2016|Model of the Month|Comments Off on August 2016 – A Steam Crane Wagon

By Mike Barton The basis for this model started when I purchased some second-hand Accucraft rolling stock. This had been converted to run on 32mm gauge, which suited my line, but the 45mm wheelsets for the rolling stock also came with it. Many of the members of my local area group have 45mm gauge lines [...]