Making Tree armatures

At the Bressingham Narrow Gauge Exhibition I noticed that a trader was selling a jig to make tree armatures. The trader Norfolk Heath Works was selling a kit that included the jig, reel of wire and a jar of latex. I duly purchased a kit and the next day out came the jig to ‘have a go’. The jig is graduated in feet for the height of the tree from ground level, this covers N Gauge, OO Gauge and O Gauge. The kit costs £15.

You simply wind the wire around the steel pegs until you have done enough for your chosen height, remove from the jig and the cut the tops of the loops. It is then a case of twisting the wire into the trunk and branches. when satisfied keep coating with latex until you are happy with the thickness and shape. Even after coating with latex the armature is fully bendable.

Below are some photo’s of my first attempts of various types and sizes of armatures. I will post further when foliage is added.

IMG_8939

IMG_8940

IMG_8941

IMG_8942

IMG_8943

IMG_8992

Two quick jobs for Colin

Here we have a Tram Loco rebranded from LNER to Early BR – After removing the LNER logo’s and re-spraying the sole bar and buffer beams, I added the new BR logo’s and the buffer beam numbers. I then blended the original paintwork and weathering to make the changes less obvious.

 

IMG_8985

IMG_8986

IMG_8988

The next job was the straightforward weathering of a Minerva wagon. This was the first wagon of this type I have weathered and very impressive it is,  very well made and very accurate. This wagon will be running on Colin’s layout at Quorn this weekend.

IMG_8990

IMG_8989

IMG_8991

 

Morlock Heath at Ely Ex.-Loco’s and Wagons

On May 18th we attended the Ely Exhibition – a great show. My thanks go to Shaun and John for supplying the Loco’s and some Stock and to my wife for the Photo’s. The previous post highlights the Road Vehicles and Plant – these ones are the wagons and Loco’s.

IMG_8741

IMG_8742

IMG_8746

IMG_8747

IMG_8748

IMG_8750

IMG_8752

IMG_8754

Bacon Rolls before the Show!!!!

IMG_8734

IMG_8757

IMG_8756

Our thoughts were with Graham who was at home nursing three broken ribs after a Fence Panel attached him after a storm.

 

 

Morlock Heath at Ely Ex. – Plant and Van

On Saturday 18th May we attended the Ely MRC Exhibition with Morlock Heath. This has to be one of the best Exhibitions in the area, the quality of the layouts and traders was excellent. My wife took lots of photo’s of Morlock during the day, here are the ones with Road vehicles and Plant, the Loco’s and Wagons will follow.

IMG_8724

IMG_8725

IMG_8727

IMG_8739

IMG_8743

IMG_8744

 

 

 

Dark Lane – Steam DCC Sound in O Gauge.

Welcome to my first post on Dark Lane, my latest project. Dark Lane is a small Steam Engine Shed and Stabling Point, in my mind it is for four or five DCC sound fitted Loco’s together with up to six or seven relevant wagons. The whole concept is based on Tank Engines of a small to medium size. Various locations are planned, but the first will be London Transport Panniers and wagons. When testing for space available it was seen that up to ten Panniers could be on the layout at any time, but I have to say this will not happen due to cost.

You will notice from the below photographs that Dark Lane is a pointless layout, I really needed to keep the scenic area at its maximum and any points would dramatically cut down stabling space available.

The Baseboard appeared on this site after I made it, so reference to this will give the how and why it was made.  Basically the main scenic board is by Grainge and Hodder Laser Cut and the bolt on fiddle yard is the standard pattern Norfolk and Suffolk 009 Model, again Laser Cut. I had my doubts whether I could adapt it to O Gauge – but I managed it – see the photo’s below.

The Scenic section is 4′ and the fiddle yard is 18″. I am doing this to help me decide whether my half finished 17′ long station layout stays DC or moves to DCC sound.

IMG_8477

IMG_8478

IMG_8479

IMG_8483

IMG_8482

IMG_8480

IMG_8484

IMG_8485

IMG_8486

IMG_8487

IMG_8488

IMG_8489

IMG_8490

IMG_8491

IMG_8492