Friday, 26 April 2013
It's all quite interesting at the moment: I've sold my house - which brings a whole other set of problems - I'm quite enjoying working for a change and there is a contract on the table to sign for a new project which may or may not lightly feature here. All in all, lots to think about.
Wednesday, 24 April 2013
Tuesday, 23 April 2013
Now it needs somewhere to run. Tim.....?
Saturday, 20 April 2013
Thursday, 18 April 2013
I get guilty. What I should be doing is finishing the Stroudley coach which is now on the home straight. So onto glazing. The kit comes with some 2mm-ish bendy perspex coated with peel-off stuff on both sides. Measuring the inside of a box with a foot long ruler is not easy, but with a little guessing I got one bit shaped to fit with a tongue to slot into the bulkhead gap (below).
Monday, 15 April 2013
Continuing the occassional series on modelling books of the past.
The above was mentioned in one of the comments a couple of weeks back, and by coincidence a copy was pressed into my hand the same week.There's no publication date, but the price and the hand of CJF in the production would point to the mid-sixties and I assume was within the brief of the 'Shows you how' pamphlets produced by PECO.
It's a bit on the light side and PDH seems more interested in the fact that you should find your own way of doing things. Plus points are the inclusion of his 2mm Gleish Valley Railway on a 3x2' board and the classic Hancock artwork and cartoons.
PS: I'm grateful to CP for expanding the research further and emailing me with the suggested publication date of 1953/4 (working from RM adverts) and extra to that, that it would seem that there were two editions, this being the first. The second, as I guessed, added 'Shows you How' to the lower title. So was this the first of that long running series of pamphlets?
Sunday, 14 April 2013
|Dutch Sprinter unit|
|In order to avoid being handed English menus, an experiment was carried out: short jacket and scarf for Mrs F. and pointy beard for self. Worked perfectly. We were adressed as locals from then on.|
|Quite a few night photographs were taken. Some better than others. Trams at speed.|
|Few cars, but trams and bikes - the utopia we shoule all aspire to?|
Friday, 12 April 2013
Saturday, 6 April 2013
And now, some music....
Friday, 5 April 2013
Thursday, 4 April 2013
Wednesday, 3 April 2013
I don't often recomend things outside of the blogs main subject, but this was delightful. a very human portait of a very talented man. Go watch.........
So far it's been fairly straight forward. I've built chassis in 4mm before, but these have been chuck the frames together, sort motor, fit wheels , off we go. This is different. This time we are into injun country (whistle theme from spaghetti western...). This time there are cylinders, and wavy outside cranks to play with. In other words, this is where I'm going to mess up.
First I had to play the 'file the bearings' game again to get them down to the thickness of the cranks and solder them in flat. The smart money said do this on the fret. (above)
Tuesday, 2 April 2013
Monday, 1 April 2013
The kit comes with a small Mashima motor and a Branchlines SL mount. However the big bearings are again present, and I can't stress enough how little room there is to play with between the frames, so once again they had to be reduced. This time though I soldered them in first and saved my fingertips by having the mount to hang onto. The mount was drilled to take the motor screws, then folded and the LRM axle used to square up. It looks narrow here, but it's a smidge over 6mm wide and the back to back for 009/09 is about 7.5mm so when those figures are put together you soon see how tight it all is. Finally solder was run down the folds to firm-up.