More Laser Cut Building and Kit Bashing

Still working on more laser cut items. Kit bashed a large water tower into something half the size. Finished off all the back walling and integrated the buffer stops. I also made the decision to discard the Plastic built tank engine shed and started to plan the replacement, more on that on the next post – but I will say it utilises the balance of the water tower and one left over wall arches – I love kit bashing!

By the way – the layout will be called ………… Mission Road

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This illustrates an original ‘double’ built kit off another layout. The single is the one I bashed from a ‘double’ kit.

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Laser -Cut Buildings and walls.

Well, for me it’s a week since I was advised to distance myself from all social occasions. During this time I have been very busy making buildings and walls for another O Gauge Layout. It certainly is not new as I started it some three years ago, but went onto the back burner whilst doing other things.

It is basically a 6′ x 2′ DC Steam Engine Shed. I am trying to make it as generic as possible so that various Regions and eras can be run, including an Industrial option. I estimate it will hold about 15 Tank engine, slightly less if a tender engine or two is used.

I will keep you all up to date as progress is made. I need to come up with a name to cover the project.

Engine Shed

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Bothy

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Platelayers Hut

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Coaling Stage

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Boundary Walls (3 so far)

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O Gauge Painting and Weathering

These models were all made or purchased by Graham – I have just painted and weathered them.

Heljan 03 – Light body weathering – Medium Chassis weathering.

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British Fuels PFA and Container

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A second CDA from a Skytrex Kit

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The original CDA and the latest one side by side

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Ferry Wagon – very dirty – but with bodyside signs cleaned

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1960’s Coal Hopper – Parkside (Peco) Kit

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SM32 Loco and Wagons

Over the last few days I have been painting and weathering stock for Graham – all were made by him and I just finished them off.

Stock for a potential new layout – possibly a sand and gravel option.

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This Loco has been painted and weathered without the chassis due to wheel issues.

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Wagons

These are a selection of hoppers, flat and bolster wagons – all short wheelbase.

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And finally —- the 4000 yards Hospital Wagon is now weathered.

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This was a very complicated project, but I am happy with the result – I hope Graham is!

Morlock Heath at March Ex 2020

We attended the March Model Railway Exhibition yesterday (14/3) and considering the current situation with the virus, it was very well attended.

We were next to Great Eastern Models so a good day was had with plenty of banter and at the end of the Show – a purchase.

It was also nice to see some old friends, especially my old mate Les Williams – great to see him after such a long time – Les still has three of my layouts.

As we were not really sure about further Exhibitions this year, we decided to run stock that we had more or less finished and that had not run on the layout before. Shaun brought along a small rake of Sealion Bogie ballast wagons – although only semi finished they looked great. The real stars of the stock, in my opinion was a pair of standard snowploughs that Shaun had recently made. Graham also took along some great stock that had not been run on the layout before – thanks both.

Below are some photos of our day taken by Shaun and my wife – again, thanks both.

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4000 yards at N & S N G Ex.

Our first Exhibition of 2020 was at the Norfolk & Suffolk Narrow Gauge Exhibition at Beccles. This turned out to be an excellent Exhibition with record attendance and a very high class of layouts.

Although I am not particularly a Narrow Gauge Fan – this Exhibition certainly got our group thinking and at our debrief at ‘Maccie D’s’ on the way home – there was a lot of enthusiasm to build another group narrow gauge layout.

We took our latest wagon to the Exhibition although not quite finished and weathered – the Hospital Wagon got some very good comments. Below are some excellent photos taken by Shaun. Group photo by my wife – thanks both.

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