After planning a scenic treatment for the Julian Andrews brickworks plan that didn't incorporate a running line hidden in a building, I decided to try a version that was closer to the original in that respect. This plan also moved the trees towards the background and potentially does away with the backscene on the left hand side of the board.
Sunday, 28 February 2021
Friday, 26 February 2021
Drawing inspiration from the old 'Misterton Fen Tramway' sketches and the more recent pizza exercises I have now sketched a few ideas for my project based on the plan of Julian Andrews brickworks layout. These initial ideas have dropped the line running through a building approach of the original.
The first sketch uses a round tank on stilts very much like the one in the old sketches. The arrangement on he left hand side incorporates a workshop containing some machine tools that I have in my possession. The building would be based architecturally on the one part of the MFT that got completed - the workshop. I sold this on, due to space constraints, so it would be good to recreate it in some way.
Friday, 19 February 2021
There used to be a pizzeria locally who's trademark was square pizza. I suppose it is better box space utilisation if nothing else...
Curious I took the estate scene pizza and translated it to the same 13 x 19" board size as my 009 scene 'Old Quarry Line', retaining the 5" radius curves of the pizza but adding in a straight on each side allowing a short siding to be incorporated.
Wednesday, 17 February 2021
During the early construction of the Christmas pizza a friend asked if the mounds were going to be sand dunes or snow, which must have struck a chord... A more recent pair of pizza sketches depict the familiar territory of a passenger-carrying seaside miniature railway, but a more run down, lower key setup than that depicted on 'Shifting Sands'.
Sunday, 14 February 2021
Following on from the theme of my previous post 'My Oh-Nine', another iteration of that thinking was seen late in 2020. I've always liked the outline of SMR no.3, a 4w diesel that has had many rebuilds over the years (seen here midway through the last one), but a loco that has a little too much overhang on the curves on the proposed layout. There is about 5mm of length beyond the ends of the Kato chassis at each end.
Frustrated by a couple of frustrations in the Alan Keef project, I deduced that I needed a shorter version, and rebuilding to shorten it perhaps wasn't an option. So one Sunday back in November I started work on a new locomotive...
This draws influence from no.3 but with a few changes to make it a little different. There is perhaps also a little influence from the MG Models 'Classic' locomotive, but as they both perhaps have similar DNA that isn't a surprise.
Whilst it has got a little further since the last photo, progress stalled in December and it hasn't troubled the workbench since...The
Saturday, 30 January 2021
O9 wagons have been something of a theme during January. As hinted previously, there were already a couple of wagons in the paint shop before the latest builds were completed, a flat and a 'Tops' wagon.
Thursday, 14 January 2021
The three new wagons seen in my last post have now received a coat of primer, doing it's usual wonder of making everything look a lot better. It also allows us to look at the wagons in more detail.
Firstly this is hopefully the final incarnation of the (ex) Shifting Sands 1-plank wagon. You may recall that this 6ft Black Dog Mining chassis gained a 2-plank 'Tops' body not many months ago with the original load transferred... we'll pretend that didn't happen... that body is heading back to it's original chassis and the load will go in another of the more miniature railway outline wagons in the fleet. The chassis was stripped of old paint and this new body uses one of the floors from the planned batch of wagons and one plank recovered from intended sides and ends.
They'll now join the queue for the paint shop (there are already be a couple of wagons in there to complete first).