Sunday, 6 August 2017

Boot ~ The Owd Ratty in 009

Boot ~ The Owd Ratty in 009

For a while I've been thinking it's about time I built a layout for my growing collection of locos and stock. The idea I'm currently favoring for a layout is a fictionalised version of the orignal terminus for the Ravenglass & Eskdale railway, Boot. The original railway was built to 3 foot gauge but for my idea the railway would have been built to 2 foot gauge, and would not have closed and been re-gauged to 15inch. The layout would be set from around the 1920's on wards, with the mines at Boot proving far more successful then they did in reality.

The site of the now overgrown platform and trackbed at Boot. The course of the line from Boot is now a footpath which stretches all the way down the branch to Beckfoot station, on the present day 15inch Ratty.
A fantastic model of Boot on display in the Museum at Ravenglass. Hopefully I can do this model justice! 
The model also shows the incline up to the mines at Boot. Due to the limited space I have, I won't be modelling the incline.

The buildings from the above model as they stand today.

Small sections of 3 foot track have been placed at points along the branch. And one of the old bridges has been rebuilt with 3 foot gauge track in it's deck. 

A model of Devon, one of two 0-6-0 Manning Wardles built for the line. The model is on display in the fantastic museum at Ravenglass. I had originally planned to make a scaled down version of one of these for the layout. But for my own fictional version of History I have decided that Fletcher Jennings built the lines two loco's. For these I will be using a Gem Dolgoch kit on an 0-6-0 chassis. I may add large side tanks to make it look a bit more like Devon, but at present I'm not sure.

As for coaching stock, I will most likely be using Talyllyn 4 wheel coaches as I think they'd suit the era and feel of the layout. But I suspect some kit bashing and scratch building will be needed at some point!

More on this as time and money allow.

Thursday, 22 December 2016

009 Armstrong Whitworth Diesel.

Sometime last week I posted about an Armstrong Whitworth inspired diesel....well I quickly became unhappy with that model as I did not feel that I'd captured the loco of an AW loco well enough. I thought this might be part of the problem of turning a standard gauge loco into an narrow gauge one. But given that this is a relatively smaller standard gauge diesel I figured I'd give it another go.
Thankfully today I found some drawings of the loco I was trying to recreate and after several hours work I now have a model which I feel closely resembles the standard gauge engine I was trying to recreate in narrow gauge form! 

 Like the previous model I've fitted skirts so that I can use the Kato 103 chassis, I'm happy with that compromise as my layout will feature a road side tramway. But if there is demand for an un-skirted version and indeed one that is more open inside to allow for other chassis then I will happily provide one....just let me know in the comments below!

Saturday, 17 December 2016

New models!

 Thought it time I showed of my newest 3D models. I'm not really a fan of the computer generated renders Shapeways uses, I'm selling model trains not Glacier mints!!.

First up we have an Armstrong Whitworth style diesel, this is designed to take the Kato 103 chassis and can be purchased from here. The above image is how I intend to paint my model when I get around to it!

Next up we have an Andrew Barclay 0-4-0 designed to fit a Fleischmann 7000 0-4-0T 'Maffei' chassis. It can be found here.

And finally (for now)  two version of  a Kerr Stuart diesel, again designed for the Kato 103. The grey can be found here.

The above more fictionalized and industrial version of my Kerr Stuart diesel can be found here.

I've had a lot of fun designing these and I hope they are of interest to some!

Tuesday, 8 November 2016

Trying out 3D printing....

Thought I'd share something I've been working on recently. Over the past few weeks I've been teaching myself 3D design/drawing with the aim of designing my own models, while this is a personal project I thought I'd offer them forsale in case they interested others. So far I'm really enjoying things and I have plans for other models both freelance and based on real world prototypes.

To start with I designed a narrow gauge version of the Y3 Sentinel, simply because I have a soft spot for Sentinels and I wanted one!. The attached picture shows a slightly earlier variant than the one forsale. Because of this there are some very slight detail differences. It is designed to take the Kato 103 chassis.

My next model is a tram skirt designed to again fit over the Kato 103 chassis. Along with a lot of people I enjoy building steam that's my reasoning behind that one!

And here is my attempt and using that base. I took the majority of the parts from a Five79 Campletown "Chevailer", but had to scratch build parts for a new cab as the parts from the kit didn't quite fit but I found that to be part of the fun.

For those interested the models and any future ones can be purchased from my Shapeways store here:

My next few models will be designed to fit over the Fleischmann 7000 0-4-0 chassis.

Thanks for looking :)

Sunday, 7 August 2016

Repainted Peco L&B 009 coaches

Thought I'd share a few snaps of a pair of repainted Lynton & Barnstaple coaches in 009

Sunday, 31 July 2016

2016 Threlkeld steam gala

Hi everyone,

Had a very enjoyably trip to Threlkeld for there annual steam gala. It certainly inspired me to think about a layout again! Anyway here's a few pictures from the day, there's more on my website here. so if you have a spare few minutes have a look!

Hudswell Clarke 0-6-0 "Alpha"

Kerr Stuart "Joffre" No.3014 and Hudswell Clarke "Bronllwyd".

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