Monday, October 23, 2017

When I am King...

video

All ready to run locomotives will have their quartering set very slightly out so they lump along the track as badly as most chassis I build the first time the power is turned on.

They will NOT be allowed to run as sweetly as this 65 quid Hornby loco straight from the box.

Grrrrrr.

Sunday, October 22, 2017

The National Festival of Railway Modelling 2017

Carrot and walnut cake

Another busy weekend at Peterborough this year. You saw some of my efforts yesterday, but there was much more filming, some done on proper big cameras! BRM readers will be finding this on your DVDs in coming months, assuming Chris Meads has forgiven us for showing the state of his control panel anyway...

Now, as I was showing the Cake Box diorama stuff, there had been threats of much cake coming my way. As it was, there was some coffee and walnut from Mr Mead (he bakes as well as builds models) and a morsel from the organisers - the 10th birthday cake having to streatch a long way. Those were Friday, Saturday saw Mrs Snowdon send in, via her husband, excellent carrot and walnut. Sunday, nothing. Boo.

1970s yard

Never mind, there were excellent layouts and trade but I saw very little of them - I was there to WORK!


Saturday, October 21, 2017

Saturday Film Club: I build a 16mm scale train



Last weekend, I built an IP Engineering train set, and filmed some of the work for your edification and entertainment.

Friday, October 20, 2017

EiM and Garden Rail - November 2017

A first for Engineering in Miniature this month - an article sourced from RMweb. When Gary posted photos of his MSWJR loco on the forum, I spotted it and cajoled him into giving me more details, it's a fascinating project.

There's also a fantastic Land Rover kit build that is within the grasp of anyone who is competent at DIY. Buy the pre-cut wood kit and there's little more than drilling and bolting required. The two guys who built the model on the page are somewhat over-qualified for the job but really enjoyed the work anyway, hopefully, the grandchildren who get to drive it will be just as happy!

Garden Rail has an unusual industrial line on the cover this month. Being a fan of odd-looking little locos, it was a natural when I spotted the photos. Staying with the unusual theme, there's a station based on the Taj Mahal, not something you'll find in most British magazines!

Finally, I've been doing some investigative journalism by getting hold of track used in the forthcoming Channel 4 series "The Biggest Little Railway in the World" and taking a look at what you need to traverse 73 miles of Scotland. Although the series isn't on air yet, hopefully, this will still be interesting. I just need to work out what to do with several metres of the stuff...