Saturday, January 20, 2018

Saturday Film Club: Savannahlander



The Savannahlander is an Australian tourist train that takes its passengers out into the bush. Rolling stock is fantastic looking 1960s railcars with more than a hint of Buster Crabbe Flash Gordon about them.

Because this is for tourists, there has a be a safety briefing and it's entertainingly Australian, especially right at the end...

Obviously you can't see much of the train in the safety video, so here's it running.


Friday, January 19, 2018

Britfix balsa glue


Brought in with an old wooden boat kit recently, this tube of glue takes me right back to my first modelling days.

I can't remember how old I was, possibly 5 or 6, when my Dad presented me with a carrier bag full of balsa wood offcuts, a knife and some glue. Britfix glue to be precise. For that bag of bits, an entire modelling career was born.

This glue is still in mint condition. I've not opened the tube, but it's still squishy so I bet it would work.

How many others remember this range? As I recall, there was also a plastic cement with a yellow ended tube, but I can't be sure. When did Britfix disappear?

Thursday, January 18, 2018

February Garden Rail and EiM

Garden Rail is looking back tot he snowy weather just before Christmas to see how those whose layouts are affected by great big dollops of the white stuff deal with it.

Being a magazine covering a wide range of scale and gauges can be challenging. How small is too small? Martin R Wicks explains to readers how the O gauge world has changed - and I had great fun categorising this as "Smaller scales" - which to most of the readership it is. What a different world from BRM where many people aspire to O but don't have space!

There's plenty of building too including Si Harris showing how to make plastic sheet look like wood. It's one of those cross-scale techniques that I'm keen to include. After all, there needs to be something for everyone and there is a lot to appreciate in every branch of the garden hobby.

Engineering in Miniature is all about bringing new blood into the hobby. People are always moaning that the hobby is full of old folks - although to be fair, this recently happened as the person saying it swung an arm pointing at a room about half full of families with kids, so I guess sometimes it's what you want to believe.

Anyway, the National Traction Engine Club founded The Steam Apprentice Club years ago to help solve this problem and we report on their latest project - a 4in traction engine.

Solomon Johnson, Northern Association of Model Engineers Junior Engineer of the year 2016 writes the young engineers column and Dave Rowe, a name many railway modellers will remember from the 1970s and 80s, shows us how to build a simple automata to plant the seed of "making" into the grandchildren.

Talking of new blood, this also sees my last issue of EiM. 6 months of editing both magazines at the same time has been more than a challenge so I'm handing over the chair to Andrew Charman. No rest for me though, I've several new BRM projects on the horizon, more on these later in the year.

Wednesday, January 17, 2018

Warehouse Wednesday: Brick and stone

Brick and stone building

Mystery building time. All I know about this is that I took the photo while on the Ecclesbourne Railway.

The design also seems a bit of a mystery. Why brick AND stone? Was the original building stone and the brick is a development? Surely that would be almost as expensive as knocking it down and starting again? It's certainly a very neat join.

That said, the results are very attractive and this would make a nice model. Perhaps a prototype for that day when you run out of brick or stone Plastikard and the shops are shut, but you have some spare sheets of another finish...