Sunday, 18 October 2015

New front door

Today I've been making doors. Not exactly riveting stuff but I think they look much better than my previous cardboard attempts on my original engine shed. I'm trying to improve my modelling all the time with each new project. This door alone took me 2 hours of plastic scribing. I used wills Tongue and groove boarding for the basic shape. However the Wills sheets only have this on one side. For the inside face of the door I used a scribing tool to create the impression of the boarding. Evergreen strip was used for the interior frame strengthening. Details are made from platicard offcuts left over from making the window sills of the engine shed. In the final picture I have simply posed the door in place .

Saturday, 17 October 2015

Heljans first picture of Manning Wardle

Yesterday Heljan produced some pictures of their forthcoming new release. It's their first venture into narrow gauge and will be of the Lynton Manning Wardle. With their approval I'm granted permission to share the first pictures of the model in development. The locomotive is shown running round what appears to be 12 inch curves and not in a full paint finish. The finished model is expected mid 2016 according to Heljan .
Here she is,

Saturday, 3 October 2015

Mind the gap !

Progress continues at Lynton with the rebuilding of the engine shed. The concrete base has been poured into situ and all seems level. Concerns were raised by an inspector of works from a nearby railway that from his experience the loading gauge of the locomotive Lyn might seriously challenge the construction. So Eric and Ernie were enlisted to prepare Lyn in steam and carefully bring Lyn up to the construction . All seems well , and given the opportunity for some overtime pay Eric and Ernie went home to their box happy.