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We love to showcase our members’ work and models in the Model of the Month section. If you have a model (not only locomotives) that you would like to write about for a future month then please contact us at webmaster@16mm.org.uk.

1 Apr 2016

April 2016 – Building an Alco 2-6-2T in styrene

2016-10-26T21:33:33+00:00 April 1st, 2016|Model of the Month|Comments Off on April 2016 – Building an Alco 2-6-2T in styrene

By Leslie Tindall I’ve always like narrow gauge and this engine caught my attention when I rode behind it on the Froissy-Cappy-Dompierre line in France (the engine has since moved on from this location). 100 were built in the USA in 1917 for the British Army in France. I had seen the plans for this [...]

1 Mar 2016

March 2016 – The ‘Hornet’, a scratch built shunter

2016-10-12T13:53:38+00:00 March 1st, 2016|Model of the Month|Comments Off on March 2016 – The ‘Hornet’, a scratch built shunter

By John Stephen   In early 2015 I was looking for something simple to build as practice for the skills needed to attempt a bigger project I had in mind. Searching the internet I came across a German narrow gauge loco that looked interesting; it had a simple body shape plus a jack shaft,cranks and [...]

1 Feb 2016

February 2016 – LVLR Garratt No. 4

2016-10-12T13:53:40+00:00 February 1st, 2016|Model of the Month|Comments Off on February 2016 – LVLR Garratt No. 4

Described by Jason Morgan With all the excitement of Roundhouse’s Darjeeling “D” class Garratt going around recently; I thought I’d share with you a story about one of my father’s first scratch built locomotives: The Morgan Locomotive Company Number 4. To fully appreciate what a remarkable locomotive this is, we’d have to go back to [...]

1 Jan 2016

January 2016 – North Claire Railway railbus project

2016-10-12T13:53:40+00:00 January 1st, 2016|Model of the Month|Comments Off on January 2016 – North Claire Railway railbus project

By Paul Humphries The fiction Long serving members may remember the original NCR collaboration with the neighbouring Coquet Valley Railway to build a single car 4 wheel railbus (Photo 1). Each company produced a vehicle to the same design that could couple and run in multiple across both companies metals. When the CVR ceased operations some [...]

1 Dec 2015

December 2015 – A vertical-boilered tram loco

2016-10-12T13:53:40+00:00 December 1st, 2015|Model of the Month|Comments Off on December 2015 – A vertical-boilered tram loco

Described by Richard Huss Lurking in my loco cupboard is this rather unusual vertical boilered, tram-style locomotive. It isn’t actually part of my own fleet, but has been kindly placed on loan to my Elmdon Heath Light Railway by the owners, who do not have a garden railway of their own at present. Pausing [...]

1 Nov 2015

November 2015 – SLR No. 85, Take Two

2016-10-26T21:27:07+00:00 November 1st, 2015|Model of the Month|Comments Off on November 2015 – SLR No. 85, Take Two

By Alan Regan My Merlin W&LLR #14 (SLR #85) appeared as Model of the Month in September 2009. I put the loco on the Heritage stand at the National Garden Railway Show in Peterborough 2014, along with a description of what I planned next. The changes described below were completed later that year, but it [...]

1 Oct 2015

October 2015 – A Swift Sixteen Bogie Brake Coach

2016-10-12T13:53:43+00:00 October 1st, 2015|Model of the Month|Comments Off on October 2015 – A Swift Sixteen Bogie Brake Coach

By Simon Hill The completed coach. Being relatively new to 16mm modelling, and needing some coaches for my new Roundhouse “Karen”, the Swift Sixteen range of coaches caught my eye. Being of no particular prototype fitted my requirements, and with a total cost of £80 complete, certainly good value. I've worked in resin quite a [...]

1 Sep 2015

September 2015 – Two cheap wagons

2016-10-12T13:53:43+00:00 September 1st, 2015|Model of the Month|Comments Off on September 2015 – Two cheap wagons

By Brian Dominic The varnished Jurassic wagon. When you get into cheap ‘n cheerful modelling, you tend to look very carefully at the cheaper rolling stock kits: you wouldn’t really want to have a wagon in a rake that’s cost more than the loco! You sometimes have to look very carefully and wander down some [...]

1 Aug 2015

August 2015 – W&L Banwy Bridge

2016-05-27T15:56:36+00:00 August 1st, 2015|Model of the Month|Comments Off on August 2015 – W&L Banwy Bridge

By Michael Leckenby Caradoc of the NHLR posing on the completed 'Banwy Bridge'. Clearly some toning down of the timber and metalwork is required. “I’d like a deck plate girder bridge but can you make it an approximation of the W&L Banwy Bridge?” That’s how it started. The vast majority of the bridges I build [...]

1 Jun 2015

June 2015 – Welsh Highland Railway SAR Ballast Wagon Scratch build

2016-10-12T13:53:43+00:00 June 1st, 2015|Model of the Month|Comments Off on June 2015 – Welsh Highland Railway SAR Ballast Wagon Scratch build

By TAC Foley Although the WHR has at least five, maybe more of these ex-SAR ballast wagons in service, as yet there is no mass-produced 16mm scale model, although the teeny scales seem to be well-catered-for. Lacking anything at all in our scale, I decided to scratch-build my own version of the composite riveted/welded wagon [...]