Saturday, June 17, 2017

No 5, what a corker!

Wednesday, May 31, 2017

Or Just The Sides for 4mm?

I've been asked if I should make only sides for the 4mm carriages and you can buy a Roxey carriage and just swap the sides for other kinds. What are your thoughts on this please?

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Crowdfunding for 4mm versions??

I have been asked for 4mm versions of the Stroudley Diagram 18, 23 and 33. I have an order for one off the 18 and 23 and two off the 33. Would anyone else who wishes copies of these to be made available in 4mm please contact me and offer to spread the cost of the photo tooling. I personally do not want 4mm versions of these so will only redraw and make these available if there is enough interest and funding. The approx. costs of the tooling for one sheet with Dia 23 and 18 on and another sheet with two copies of Dia 33 are in the region of £100 for the two with about £25 per sheet for the brass. If 4 people came forward and shared the phototooling it would be about £75 each and you would get 4 carriage etches for that money. If 3 people - £83 each, if 5 people - £70 each.
Please let me know by the end of June 2017 (or after the next Digest/Modelling Notes and Circular, whichever is the later) and I will move this to fruition.
Many thanks, Ian

Wednesday, May 17, 2017

33 and 23 make? Well Stroudley 4 wheelers actually!

Both the Dia 33, left and Dia 23, right.

The Dia 23 is a 2nd class saloon

The Dia 33 is an early version with long windows between doors, there being only low seat backs between the compartments here represented by some plasticard.

I'll see if I can get some better photos as these are from my phone and rather poor!

Saturday, May 13, 2017

Craven 6 wheeler Type 12F

This is one of the carriages I have always liked the look of and wanted to make a model of. I have completed the trial etch as an early example with upper stepboard and lower footboard but it will also be possible to make it with a continuous upper stepboard if representing a later period.
I haven't quite got the underframe correct on this test but I think it looks nice anyway and will make a couple of changes and then it will be ready.

The roof is only balanced on and I have made four plasticard compartment dividers and just placed them inside for the photo. I will get on with masters for the axleboxes and buffers now.
Whilst building this I discovered that the drawing I was looking at was incorrect as it showed a lower footboard support in the position where the middle axlebox would be - is this archeological re-enactment? The safety chains look better when another carriage is joined in a train, especially from a side view. See this view of a part completed Dia 33 that I am just building next.

Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Stroudley Carriages

Well I have been building test etches of a couple of Stroudley Carriages. The Dia 40 1st Brake with 4 wheels and an early saloon, the 6 wheeled Dia 18. These are the first Stroudley vehicles I have redrawn from 4 to 7mm and they are looking okay. I think I need to reposition the lower lamp irons onto the bufferbeams though. These are both Westinghouse braked but I included the wooden brake blocks that the early Brake 3rds carried and so the underframe will work for that as well.

So, I need to make the roofs fit a bit better and then I am working on some casting masters so I should be able to sell complete kits in a few months time.
I have a Craven Type 9A to test build next and then I must get the Craven Type 12F 6 wheeler finished and send off for a test of that also.
Having competed the builds of the two Stroudley vehicles, I am happy with the underframes especially, so will be able to draw any other diagram I need so I will get on with some of those also.
Cheers, Ian

Tuesday, March 28, 2017

Bufferbeam holes for buffers

I have been building some of my stock for the last couple of weeks and drawing up the Craven 6wheel 1st type 12F, more a bit later on when I have a test etch. I sat down this afternoon, after a bit of time in the garden as it is also calls, to fit the buffers to the7mm scale 20D Craven Passenger Brake Van. I etched the holes at 2.5mm and I am trying to fit some NMRS C007 Midland Std round head buffers to it as they look correct from photos. The shanks on these are 4mm diameter. So please check the diameters of buffers before starting to solder up anything, in any set of etches, and open them up whilst flat on the bench as it is considerably easier than if the whole thing is already made up! I used a rat tale file turned counterclockwise in the holes followed by a tapered reamer to get close, then finished off by filing properly with the rat tail file again. It would have been so much easier to drill them out whilst still a flat etch!
I have sent for a test etch, in 7mm, of the Craven type 9A, Stroudley Dia 18 6wheel saloon and Dia 40 4wheel one compartment 1st brake. I will post some photos when I have these and any other bits of things as I make progress, or not! etc.
Cheers, didn't March go quick!!!!
Ian in a sunny Blackpool