Sunday, 23 November 2014

What did we see at the NEC ?

This weekend involved a visit to the Warley Railway Exhibition at the  NEC, Birmingham. One of  the interests for me was to see what I could establish  of benefit to Lynton modellers .
The first stand to greet you almost immediately is the PECO stand and here in their presentation display case was the new proposed, ready to run model of a L&B bogie open wagon. This seems to be 3-D printed using the very sharp 3-D printing system offered. By using the clear type of process this results in a much better definition. In fact 3-D printing is quite the new technology and one we can use more with reliable results now. Here is a picture of the proposed model in 3-D printed mock up 
Next stop was the Hejan stand and here I was able to view the progress on the proposed L&B Manning Wardle locomotives. The planned release date is later in 2015 and with a proposed price of £189.00 this looks very attractive.The locomotive might be DCC ready and I was given the metal components to hold. They were quite heavy which should give the model very good adhesion and pulling capability. If you enlarge the image below you can see all the component parts and the proposed models on offer. 
Bachmann's  model of Woody Bay station on the L&B was also on display and here she is. The real Woody Bay station shop will soon have these for sale , 
At RT models I enquired with the owner Robert about progress on making the outside frame conversion for adapting the Graham Farish 08 outside frame 2 mm scale chassis for use in upgrading the use of Minitix chassis in white metal models offered by Chivers ( Lew) and the Rodney Stenning models. Robert reported progress was slow but the frame etches are now complete. The aim of this is so that I can upgrade models of the above I already have to be correct outside frame models..more on this soon....

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