Happy Christmas 2018

It’s that time of year again! This one seems to have flown past!

So just a quick line to wish you readers a very happy Christmas, and to take a moment or two to think about those whom are by themselves or away from friends and family.

Have a good one!

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The Christmas Show Manchester 2018

If you’ve got time tomorrow, this years Manchester Show is really worth making the effort. If you like Minories, and BR Blue, Alan Whitehouse’s Hallam Town in 2FS will float your boat,

Geoff Kent’s sublime Black Lion Crossing features EM Gauge and BR steam.

For OO Andy Jones’s Tarring Neville showcases an unusual and highly effective peninsula design, with superb detail touches and buildings, real ‘presentation’ food for thought.

For O gauge Gordon and Maggie Gravett’s Aran Quay oozes atmosphere

And for me one of the best P4 layouts I’ve seen, Pwllheli from Jonathan Buckie. This sort of attention to detail in a contemporary era layout isn’t common, combined with a recognisable location and brilliant colour balance, Pwllheli is worth searching out!

Manchester 2018 very much in the exhibition Premier League, if you can go, just do it!

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Throwback Thursday, (Illuminating Shelfie2)

These images are about two years old, I find that surprising because sometimes time seems to stand still with a layout, despite progress being made. Shelfie2 has had a bit of a Byzantine journey, ranging from a North Wales DMU based through station, to Southern electric, Great Central DMU, and land at its final destination, a drift mine loading point off the Whittle colliery branch in Northumberland. Even then that’s not likely to be the end of the tale, part of its design is that it can be used as a module, and there’s still that Forest of Dean system I have on the bucket list. Severn & Dean

For me it’s interesting to look back and see how once I’d settled the final design, how close I got and am getting to my ‘minds eye’ picture of how it should look.

If this looks all a bit ‘Friday afternoon’ it is! Why is there a ski glove sticking out of the layout? Not only is it part of my super new winter range, but it also covers a G clamp, and forms eye and scratch protection. Handling bright lights means stuff sometimes goes unexpectedly into shadow and is easy to miss!, be safe out there kids…

This is the backscene mocked up from wallpaper lining paper, but set in the core framework for the lighting. I can now get a really good feeling about how it’ll look and what it’s like to operate for real. Before it goes out anywhere I’ll know the pro’s and cons of what I’ve built, and if fitting it as a module into the Severn and Dean project is viable. So far, so good!

Full Lighting

Without Rear Downwash Lighting

This is the effect Albion Yard used, the blue in Albion’s backdrop bounced cool tones back into the layout. This time I’m using 4000k LED battens, rather than Albion’s traditional fluorescent tubes. The idea here will be to try an overcast sky, heralding an imminent rain shower. So the skies tonal value will be emphasised towards cool greys. I need to play around a bit more with the colours as I want a diffused distant tree covered hill line, which will require opposing warm brown tones for this time of year.

Backlit Downwash Lighting

I’ve also changed a few trees and one foreground building has gone. Just these simple light tests can tell me if something is ‘wrong’ on the scenic side. The additional tree diffusers (from Albion Yard), indicates the rear downwash lighting will minimise shadows falling onto the backscene which is really pleasing. Neither LED lighting batten has a dimmer fitted, this is something I’ll look at to play around with intensity. I already think the rear batten needs to be higher, reducing intensity and increasing the spread. Next step is the pure white background, this lining paper is an off white, in effect giving a cream/yellow cast on the reflected light, (see image four) . Then it’s take a few more forward steps from there, hopefully that’s next week!

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More thoughts from Warley 2018

Well, back from Warley, and back from this mornings equine lawnmower entrapment scheme, here’s a few more images from the 2018 Warley show.

Oxfords OO N7 decorated samples, the announcement was covered earlier here Toy Fair . The appearance looks very well captured and the test models have worked hard hauling large trains without problems including incline work.

BR Mk3 coaches were also shown, these being early livery samples of the ScotRail and Stobart schemes. Not being my thing the blue waist band stands out as too lurid, but as noted, they are samples.

Over on Heljan’s stand the first 3D print of the GWR railcar nose was displayed as well as the review examples for the 43xx GWR moguls.

Returning to Peco’s stand two very interesting items for me for future projects, firstly the GWR ARP signal box to be released by Ratio, and the first new 4mm release by Peco Parkside the steel 13t BR hopper wagon.

The EM Gauge society stand also had the EP of the Peco produced B6 left and right hand ready to use points.

I understand these will be supplied as electro frog only, rather than the Unifrog design that is becoming the default standard for Peco’s new, and revised point and crossing work. It’ll be interesting to see if these attract new converts into the gauge, sensibly they are exclusive to the society, and will give a clear head start to track building. A good friend noted today that this is only a part of the battle, arguably the more challenging bit is the chassis building and conversion of some RTR chassis.

Kernow’s OO PRA China clay wagons looked good in decorated samples. I expect these attractive and useful short wagons will be popular within the D&E fraternity.

Next door to Kernow on the DJ Models stand the 3D EP print of the crowd funded GWR King was in evidence.

Tottering back across the hall to Dapol EP of one of the O Gauge BR Mk1’s was on show looking to me very promising.

The whole appearance of the coach captures how a Mk1 should look, the sit on the bogies and end/side body profile being more effective than Heljan’s previous releases, and Daersted’s far more basic appearance.

The Dapol 4mm GWR bracket signal was shown, the actuation for the outer arm being a lever action fixed to the outside of the bracket structure.

There’s sound logic to using that method, for simplicity and ease of production assembly, however for me it puts an X in the no thanks box. I feel they’ll do well in the general market, currently they have no real competition and if they prove reliable we’ll see them on everything from GWR BLT’s to Kings Cross!

As with Heljan covering the GWR Railcar (further post to come) Dapol’s 4mm early EP test for their parcels variant was in the showcase. Hopefully the motor which is visible in their passenger model will be more effectively hidden with this one. Certainly an encouraging start though.

I didn’t get much opportunity to see around the show being busy assisting the Modelu team, However there were some good deals to be had which included Dapol O gauge Panniers and their class 121 BR railcars.

The pannier is a potential first step into O gauge. Leaving it a bit late on the Sunday meant I got the last one, seen above, rather than a BR livery example so there’s a repaint ‘opportunity’ for me at the very least.

The 121 will sit in the stock of Shelfie3, a DMU based layout in the planning. Seen here on test on Shelfie2, it runs very well straight outa da box. Don’t fret, there’s no box opening vid coming at you.. Internal lighting does rather highlight the seats, which look like they’re floating in custard, that’ll be one of the first changes I make!

Overall an interesting show, neither Hornby, Oxford Rail or Bachmann had new product announcements, but will be making them in the new year. Accurascale made headlines as they uncovered their Deltic in 4mm scale, and RevolutioN dropped a cheeky little N gauge 56xx and their 4mm scale MMA/JNA contemporary box wagons into the market. Across the trade there seemed to be a pretty optimistic feeling to this show, it seemed busier than the previous two years have been.

I get the distinct feeling the hobby has a future!

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Warley 2018 Rapido images

Firstly apologies for lack of narrative with this post, getting a few minutes around the show to grab images is challenging at times! Still here’s the Canuck stuff, and it looks to Rapido’s high standard

The Tempo, I have no need whatsoever for one of these, but in the flesh, difficult not to flash the cash for one!

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Warley images number 1 Peco

Peco’s new OO crossings as 3D EP prints. Latest news is in tooling, anticipated first quarter 2019.

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Lights, Camera, Action..

This week I’ve been scratching my head quite a bit. Shelfie2 is reaching the final assembly stage. I’ve decided to go ‘hands free’ operation and have spent a good bit of time getting Dingham couplings to work, which I’ll write about in the next couple of weeks.

Having got the coupling issue resolved that gives me further opportunities in the scenic display. If we don’t need the hand of god getting in the way, or me or the team blundering around in front of the train set, then I can potentially do more scenic stuff front of house. So I’m now getting the lighting rig together with a bit of a yippee moment earlier today. The display is view and operate from the front, and like Shelfie1 a wraparound backscene. I’ve changed to LED strip lighting of 4000k and you can see the first trials here.

One thing I need to hide is the shadows thrown on the backdrop by the foreground trees, this was tested and a single downlight batten will run almost full length at the rear, to try this I rigged up lining paper along the rear of the layout.

This gives a really good feeling on the final appearance for minimal cost. Albion Yard and Shelfie1 used a photo print backscene with an image kindly supplied by Chris Nevard Albion Yard Backscene . This time I’m looking at painting my own. Again Chris Nevard has provided interesting thoughts and ideas for the technique Fountain Colliery and initial testing has been promising. My happy moment today has been discovering a potential backscene material of 1mm thick sign printers foamboard. I’ve tried the 2mm thick version and flooded it with paint both acrylic and enamel, so far it’s taken it with no detriment. It’s not going to be cheap, but I’ll get (I hope), a rigid 10ft section that I can paint and form into the wrap round backscene I want. The backscene will be very simple, just faint hill outlines in the distance that can be seen through the layout trees.

This the test piece, Halfords acrylic sprays, primer white, grey, Matt black, and Ford Tuscan Beige for a bit of warmth, and to add some finescale hair shirt tweediness to it, (so essential).

It’s a simple but very effective backscene that doesn’t overpower the foreground, so that’s the next stage.

Another issue is shadow from the lights themselves and so far this appears minimal.

This shows the effect with the man cave lights on and just the rear downlighting rigged.

This is with downlighting only, when the front bar goes in it’ll be lower and forward of the scenic edge, giving full foreground light and filling the rear corners. The presentation again like Albion Yard and Shelfie1 will be enclosed letterbox style. Track height from floor is about 55 inches, with the Dinghams, I may just take it a little higher. So the next couple of weeks should see Shelfie2 complete, then I’ve got the next one to tick off the bucket list!

Still it’s Warley this weekend, I’m sure I won’t come back with any new ideas, lol as the kids say!

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