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A DEAN GOODS IN GAUGE 1

A DEAN GOODS IN GAUGE 1

Having made a couple of locomotives from an assortment of bought in and scratch built components (mainly from ‘Plastikard’) they have proved to be reasonably successful. I should state the obvious at this stage they are battery powered, radio controlled and have the luxury of sound which, in my opinion, does cross the divide between live steam and electric propulsion. It does however add to the overall cost.

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AN ARM1G IN PLASTIC

AN ARM1G IN PLASTIC

Moving from ‘0’ Gauge to Gauge 1 gave me the opportunity to join the ranks of the many ‘live steam’ enthusiasts, and having completed two Barrett kits, and a third well on the way, my mind turned to making a radio controlled, battery powered locomotive. I admit to not having a clue how radio control, or indeed anything to do with electronics, operate. Wiring a 3 pin plug is about the extent of my knowledge! Added to this I don’t have a workshop to produce any scratch built models.

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Cardiff Canton

Cardiff Canton

This was my first proper modelling project in 7mm scale.  I was invited to bring a layout to a local model show & only had 6 months to do it.

I’ve always heard people say you need a lot of space to model in 7mm. I wanted to prove you could effectively take a real location and model it in a small space or the Hollywood Approach IE take reality and bend it to suit your needs.

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Under The Bench – Part II

Under The Bench – Part II

PAINTING & COMPLETION

Progress constructing the Barrett kits for the Midland 2P and GW Grange had progressed well and it was time to consider painting the models.

Recently, with tears in his eyes, a friend of mine showed me the twisted remains of an ‘0’ Gauge Milk Wagon.  The plastic kit had been beautifully made, and the primer sprayed on.  The top coat had been applied and was not compatible with the primer coat resulting in a poor paint finish.  Undeterred he attempted to remove the offending coat with paint stripper.  It removed the paint but attacked the plastic with disastrous results.  It literally melted before his very eyes!

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ALSRM at Reading Review

ALSRM at Reading Review

The Association of Larger Scale Railway Modellers held their Annual show at the Rivermead Centre in Reading last Saturday. It was a must see show for the followers of the larger scales, with a splendid array of layouts, more than seventy traders present and a good selection of societies and demonstrations. The show was split over three halls, one for layouts, one for traders and a smaller one for demonstrators and society stands (Bring and Buy). Continue reading

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