Model of the Month

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5 Feb 2021

February 2021 – Smallbrook Studio “Sprite”

2021-02-03T20:50:57+00:00February 5th, 2021|Model of the Month|Comments Off on February 2021 – Smallbrook Studio “Sprite”

By Ian Maunders Here is the result of my lockdown project; it's a Smallbrook Studio "Sprite", with a few modifications, including moving the cylinders out a few millimetres to increase the clearance for running on 45mm track. I made up some basic steps to hide the piston rods, as they protrude from the front of [...]

1 Aug 2020

August 2020 – Lochaber narrow gauge end tipper wagon

2020-08-01T09:10:49+01:00August 1st, 2020|Model of the Month|Comments Off on August 2020 – Lochaber narrow gauge end tipper wagon

By Andrew Mawer The prototype was used on the British Aluminium Company’s Upper Works Railway, serving the intakes for the water pipeline supplying water to the hydroelectric scheme which powered the Fort William aluminium works. The wagon chassis dated from ~1929 and was one of a number supplied by W G Bagnall at this time. [...]

1 Jul 2020

July 2020 – G.H. Wood

2020-07-01T19:06:41+01:00July 1st, 2020|Model of the Month|Comments Off on July 2020 – G.H. Wood

By Robert Gillespie I am a descendent of George Henry Wood – a Director of the Isle of Man Railway from 1875; he is my great-great-grandfather. An engine, built in 1905, was named after him, and it seems likely that he was the inspiration for the "Fat Controller" in the Railway Series books – once [...]

5 Jun 2020

June 2020 – Ape Rail Scooter Mk. 2

2020-06-05T16:48:01+01:00June 5th, 2020|Model of the Month|1 Comment

By Simon Fletcher It’s said that imitation is the sincerest form of flattery.  For those of you that read Model of the Month regularly, you’ll appreciate that there is often some form of inspiration contained in other contributors’ articles.  In this case I have to credit/blame David Jackson for putting the thought in my head [...]

1 May 2020

May 2020 – Crane Tank

2020-04-29T15:36:45+01:00May 1st, 2020|Model of the Month|Comments Off on May 2020 – Crane Tank

By Tony Skraga I am a relative newcomer to the 16mm scale world.  Since dismantling my ’00’-gauge layout 40 years ago (it had almost a scale mile of track!), most of my modelling time has been spent building boats.  When ill-health forced a rethink of my regular handling and launching of often heavy boats, I [...]

1 Apr 2020

April 2020 – Power / Control Car

2020-04-01T11:11:13+01:00April 1st, 2020|Model of the Month|1 Comment

R/C & range extender for (very) small locos By Simon Fletcher I’d recently completed an IP Engineering Lister RT that had been languishing part-finished in the garage for some years.  It had done its shakedown running and all worked just fine, but I noticed you need fast and dexterous fingers to stop it.  And on [...]

1 Feb 2020

February 2020: Log trucks

2020-01-31T14:00:05+00:00February 1st, 2020|Model of the Month|Comments Off on February 2020: Log trucks

By Brian Barrow The construction of these trucks came about almost by accident. I was at my daughter's house just as a delivery of logs arrived for her wood burner stove. In among the larger logs were some smaller ones just the correct scale for 16mm. The decision was made to recycle as much as [...]

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