This Summer has seen us start the arduous process of realising our Chairman’s scheme to re-organise our clubroom. With a predominance of large layouts – almost all of which will be moving to optimise walkways. It’s a bit like 3D chess and the full scheme may not be realised until the Autumn. The opening gambit has been to erect the ‘Plywood Origami’ AKA Heyno Junction in an area just vacated by Yeovil Town.
Our venerable layout Gasworks has been invited to the West Camel Show on Friday 30th December, and we look forward to meeting at least some of you there. Gasworks was of course the work of the late great Bob Alderman, and so was St. Martin’s Wharf, so I’m very happy to report that this rather special layout has recently been donated to the club.
Dominic had some ballast samples from Geoscenics to try out on the “Photo Plank” ready for Coombe Town. He is also working on a Parkside coal wagon cameo for the other side of the plank. Also shown are a number of Modelu figures painted ready to hit the layout.
If the S15 and the N Class weren’t already so useful and therefore intensively utilised by the Southern, I’m sure that both classes would have appeared on the S&D. Shown on his Nethercreech (S&D) layout, this is the nearly finished S15 that David S has built from a Gladiator kit (with a little bit of help). Smokebox plate, backhead, coal and weathering required to finish it off. It is powered by a very lively Maxon motor and ABC gearbox.
Pete C is working on a Parkside LMS Brake Van and a Bedford MOD lorry from a JB kit:
Dave H is busy converting Hobson’s Brewery to DCC operation ready for GuildEx, and has started on a model of Rocket which will become a prize for modelling innovation for the Gauge 0 Guild.
At the start of the summer, in an unplanned development, Steve fitted a tapered brass boiler to the Q in place of the plastic 4F parallel boiler. The taper is very slight, but it is visible and hopefully worth the extra aggro. A start was then made on the cocks for the sand pipes. In the photo is the Q sporting tapered boiler, with in front, demountable brake gear, sandboxes and one of the phosphor bronze sandpipes with teeny sandcock. This is the old Crownline Q Class conversion kit for the Airfix 4F, but the instructions were discarded long ago in pursuit of something that is a bit more of a challenge to build.
The cheap Mitsumi motor with a modified 40:1 Branchlines gearbox is fitted, and it’s ready for what should be a sprightly test run on South Junction. The build for the Q was paused by a nasty bout of sciatica leaving the builder unable to sit at the workbench for much of the period. Luckily(?), suitably prone, this gave him plenty of CAD time, so he transfered to working up the interior of the signal box for Verwood.
This is the frame at Verwood pretty much as it would look to receive a train from Fordingbridge. Levers 1-10 have LSWR style plates, and ‘new’ Lever 11 an early SR oval plate. Also shown are the LSWR style locking labels.
In contrast this is a 3D render of the much longer frame at West Moors, still to Stevens pattern, but shown here as manufactured by Evans O’Donnell & Co. This frame had some shortened handles and the later SR Oval Plates. Both frames are built from a parameter file, so it is relatively easy to cater for other Stevens London style frames.
Next up is the Instrument Shelf based on photos of Verwood. This therefore has instruments for a passing loop with bell at one end and gong at the other, plus an extra bell possibly for the ground frame hut or shunter. Next to it is my interpretation of a Tyer’s No.6 Electric Tablet Instrument. Verwood should have had two of these, but the West Moors instrument was in a part of the box that wasn’t photographed so I’ve assumed that this was logically at the West Moors end of the frame mirroring the Fordingbridge instrument at the other end. The poles that the shelf was mounted on will be replaced by holes for wires in the final print.
Below is the rear corner of the box with stove and corner cupboard, and next to it the front of the box with lever, shelf and tablet instruments. The box also now has a 3D printed floor with the tread plate built in and holes for the shelf. It has to be said that in 4mm this stuff is almost impossibly tiny! The cupboard has since acquired a sloping writing desk, with open register and writing instrument.
At the rear of the box was a grey painted signal cabinet with the batteries for the switching out mechanism installed as an economy measure.
And that is quite enough for what should be a quiet modelling season. New members are always welcome and an introductory visit to our club room can easily be arranged from the contact page via our Secretary.