Monday, October 07, 2019

Craven Goods castings

This photo shows the castings that I have finally got printed on the resin printer, ready for the Craven Slaughter Goods model.
This shows for the Loco: 
Chimney - original
Chimney - Stroudley style
Safety Valve - original style
Safety Valve - boxed in style
Springs - early
Springs - late
Clack Valves
Smokebox side lubricator - small
Smokebox side lubricator - long
Safety Valve Spring columns
Smokebox Door
Smokebox door dart
Cylinder Cover Plate/frames
Sandboxes on footplate
Pipework unions after clack valves
Injector pipework 4 way union ashpan side
Outside Cranks
Smokebox unit
Firebox unit
Buffer beam
Reversing lever/unit
Smokebox damper control
Boiler level sight glass
and for the tender:

Springs - early
Springs - late
Wooden brake blocks
Brake handle
Water filler
Tank Top Tool boxes
Sandbox lids
Rear buffer beam
Front buffer/damper
Underfoorplate water connector
Tender front toolboxes
Tender rear toolbox
It has taken me far longer to draw all these and then get them printed on the 3D printer with a resolution of 0.002mm so I may not have a finished demonstration model at the AGM.
Cheers Ian

Sunday, April 21, 2019

3d printing while looking at a stream!

Just looking at Gary building one of Linnys kits at
Excellent quality and able to interact through text 'chats'. So here are some pics of the bits I was UV curing whilst listening!

Some bevel gears for Type 15 brake vans in G3 and 7mm but have some in 4mm but very small!
The other is 4mm bungs for oil lamps - trying a print at 0.002mm resolution to see if the handles would come out in 4mm scale! Only just! The wheel insert is for Mike Waldron as he is doing something that needs a 4' split spoke wheel centre. Slowly getting the hang of the 3D software!
And here is a photo of some other bits - door vents, Craven carriage bits, Pullman bogie sides in 4 and 7mm. Lots more going on, really enjoying the 3d work!

Sunday, March 31, 2019

The next development

Well some of you may have read on RMWeb or Western Thunder about modellers using the latest type of resin based 3D printers. I was reading Mike Trice's posts
and saw he had bought one from Amazon recently and he was having great results from the start. I idly flicked over to Amazon and they were having a sale that day, £90 off list price! Too much temptation! I have been thinking about this as I have tried making the castings in various materials over the years and have a whole load of etches that need castings to get things complete. This is the answer.
I also found I could download Fusion 360 for free - a 3D CAD programme and so I did and found some excellent, simple to follow tutorials from Warwick University aimed at school age students and did them and then started to see what I could draw for the LB&SCR modelling.
So, a loco I started about ten years ago was the Slaughter version of the Craven Standard Goods. A lovely looking beast. I didn't realise the complexity of outside frames etc and all the twiddly bits of Cravens engines. I had some etching completed and soldered some of it together, it wasn't far out but the outside frames slot for the axleboxes was too large and I had no castings! Well, I have now and am redrawing the etches to be able to complete a mixed media kit. I had great trouble with the appearance of the loco springs from layers of etching and the firebox curves back and front were made from about six layers of etch soldered together and filed up. Not any more as I have managed to draw all these and a great deal more in the 3D CAD and then print them. The last bit for the loco body has just come out the printer and so I will start on the tender and other parts next.
I have been drawing the parts in both 4 and 7mm scale and will continue to do so. Things will appear of EBModels website when ready to sell but I will try and keep this blog going to show you developments as they occur.
I am pleased that my general doom and gloom after last Novembers burglary has been got rid of through a combination of friends chatting and this new toy! I intend to try and get a whole load sorted over the next few months so stay tuned!
7mm parts at front and left, 4mm parts at right rear. At last the springs will be in one piece and not from loads of etch layers. I am very pleased and want to get other bits sorted now and then get some things finished, aiming for October AGM of Brighton Circle to have kits ready.
Cheers Ian

Sunday, November 11, 2018

Signal Parts for EB Models

We have managed to get virtually all the signal parts etched once more. Just a couple of bits still unable to find of the previous owners. I will probably draw those up again.
There follows a list of all the parts we do have, with prices and pictures of the etches following, although the software to create this doesn't allow me to put the pictures in the correct order!:

E.B. Models Signal Parts Price List Current Price New Price
Gantry Platform £6.00 £3.00
2 Doll Bracket Lewes £5.00 £3.00
Signal Arm Actuating Unit £5.00 £2.00
Large Bracket Lewes £6.00 £3.50
Cranks Small £3.00 £2.00
Post Mounted Rotating Lamp Bracket £4.00 £1.00
Cranks Large £5.00 £3.00
Tandem Slot Spacer £4.00 £2.00
Double Slot Boxes classic style £6.00 £3.00
Ringed Arms £5.00 £3.00
Double Slot Boxes Lewes Style £6.00 £3.00
Return Balance Levers  £5.00 £3.00
Large Brackets Norwood £6.00 £3.00
2 Doll Brackets Norwood £5.00 £3.00
Ground Signal Frets £12.00 £8.00
Single Slot Box Lewes Style £5.00 £3.00
Single Slot Box Classic Style £5.00 £3.00
Hockey Stick Arms Home £5.00 £5.00
Hockey Stick Arms Distant £5.00 £5.00
Plain Arms Home £5.00 £5.00
Plain Arms Distant £5.00 £5.00
Signal Posts 15' £6.00 £6.00
Signal Posts 20' £6.00 £6.00
Signal Posts 25' £6.00 £6.00
Signal Posts 30' £6.00 £6.00
Signal Posts 35' £6.00 £6.00
Signal Posts 40' £6.00 £6.00
Signal Posts 45' £6.00 £6.00
Bouncer mechanism                      ? £2.00
Gantry Platform

2 Doll Bracket Lewes style
Single Slot Box Lewes Style
2 Doll Bracket Norwood style
Ground Signal Frets
Single Slot Box Classic Style
Plain Arms Distant
Plain Arms Home
Hockey Stick Arms Distant
Hockey Stick Arms Home
Signal Posts 45'
Signal Posts 35'

Signal Actuating Unit
Large Bracket Lewes style
Tandem Slot Spacer
Large Bracket Norwood Style
Large Bracket Lewes Style
Post Mounted Rotating Lamp Bracket
Bouncer Mechanism
Cranks Small
Cranks Large
Double Slot Box Classic Style
Double Slot Box Lewes Style
Ringed Arms
Return Balance Levers

Monday, November 05, 2018

A November 2018 Update part 2

At the recent Brighton Circle AGM, Nicholas Pryor brought along his made up examples of the 4mm Type 15 Craven carriages and the Type 20D Brake Van built by Ian Willets and painted by Dave Studley. I was really please with how these have turned out and it has spurred me on to try and get a train of 7mm examples finished for the Windmill meeting next March.
All of these are still available - £30 each for the etches only of the type 15 carriages - I have a few separates. £130 for a set of 5 as below. The other types of 3rd brake that can be built from the etches are the 15I and 15H. The Type 20D brake van with the birdcage and ducket is also still available as a complete kit for £55.
15B First
15C 2nd
15F 3rd
15G Coupe 3rd Luggage Brake
15J 4 compt 3rd Brake
Type 20D Brake

I also had the next 7mm carriage etches with me. They are the Stroudley 6 wheel Dia 18 1st Saloon, the 4 wheel Dia 23 2nd Saloon, the 4 wheel Dia 33 Early 3rd with long lights, the 4 wheel Dia 34 Early Brake 3rd with the long lights, the 4 wheel Dia 30 Early 1st, the 4 wheel Dia 32 Early 2nd and the 6 wheel Early 1st. These are all on sprung underframes the same as the 4mm versions with the centre coupling as an option. Etches only at present. They will be released as full kits with castings early in the new year. Also the Dia 51 Meat Van test etch has been assembled -  a couple of minor changes needed to that before the production etch is ready. Photo of Dapol Terrier with the test.
The 4mm numberplates have been restocked and I also now have all the Terriers plates in 7mm. £3 a set for 4mm and £4.50 a set in 7mm, I will put photos up as soon as a replacement camera turns up. Well a new phone has so this will have to do for now. 7mm scale showing.
As you can see, I am making models of not just Terriers!

Okay, that is it until I get the Pullman being test built again with a camera to record progress. Hopefully not too long!

Sunday, November 04, 2018

An Update November 2018 - part 1

Hi All, some long overdue updates over the next couple of days:

I have been very busy on all kinds of railway related matters as well as satisfying the E.B.Models orders. It has taken quite a time to get everything for that range organised in a manner which means we can see the realistic costs of each item, the good news is that, at present, all prices are remaining the same as before, some of the signalling parts are even being reduced a bit.
So, I shall try and organise this into sections and see where we are for each.

This is a low resolution phone image to give you an idea about what is on the now available 4mm scale sheet. It has been professionally printed in Tasmania by Wessex Transfers, is of the waterslide type with very little, if any, excess carrier film. Reports from those using these are excellent. £20 which includes postage. Cheques made payable to Ian MacCormac to the address on the E.B.Models website (see front page link by clicking on ianmaccormacmodels name at top), paypal or bank transfer details obtainable by email to

The 7mm scale sheet is also still available for £25 inclusive of postage. Image on E.B. Models website already.

I am currently drawing lining and lettering for Stroudley Passenger livery transfers in 4mm and 7mm. I shall make these available sometime in 2019. 
The photo shows a low resolution version of 7mm letters at top, 4mm letter at bottom with 7mm lining to the right. I have been using the outlines generated from the etching artwork to ensure I get correct sizes for panels etc. Centre right, to the right of the bufferbeam panel, with all it's colours, is the D tank front splasher using an Albion kit for the size. Below it is for Richmond using E.B.Models as also is the cab side and splasher in yellow. These will again be printed in Tasmania by Wessex as they need white. More when I have something finalised to show in a few months.


At the recent Brighton Circle AGM, I had managed to get several new 4mm complete kits ready for sale. Namely:
Stroudley 6 wheel 1st Coupe to Dia 38; 
Stroudley 6 wheel 1st Saloon to Dia 18;

 Stroudley 4 wheel 2nd Saloon to Dia 23;

 Stroudley 4 wheel Early 1st to Dia 30, 

Stroudley 4 wheel Early Composite to Dia 31; 

Stroudley 4 wheel Early 2nd to Dia 32; 

Stroudley 4 wheel Early 3rd to Dia 33; 

Stroudley 4 wheel Early 3rd Brake to Dia 34; 

Stroudley/Biilinton 4 wheel Early Meat Van to Dia 51/225.

All the above have sprung underframes, using Bill Bedford's guitar wire springing method. The Early 4 wheelers come with a common underframe etch which allows for close coupling or normal buffers; Westinghouse iron brakes or none, the 3rd brake has wooden brake blocks and rigging associated with it or iron Westinghouse brakes. The 3rds have the long lights.

This is very close to release. It is the early (1875) version, Plan 45, with the open end veranda that ran either singly or in pairs, having buffers at each end. 6'6" or 8' bogies are included so Mars, Jupiter, Alexandra and Albert Edward will be able to be built, these lasting in this state until approx. 1901. There has been a slight set back in that I suffered a burglary recently that has resulted in the production etch I was assembling for instructions being stood on and the casting masters I was working on likewise. I will be starting again on both soon and still hope to have these ready by the Windmill meeting date of the Brighton Circle in March 2019.
The 1881 Pullman Limited will also be able to be modelled as I have completed the etch drawings for Maud and Louise, which ran with Alexandra and Albert Edward, from 5th December 1881. This was the first electrically lit train having banks of Faure accumulators in the brake areas of the two end cars. The four cars were centre coupled and I will provide modification parts for this.
The plan is to then design the etches for the narrow vestibule cars and the early Pullman Pup as well as some others types.
I have to await a replacement camera before I can restart these, soon I hope!
Right, enough for now, more in part 2.
The Dia 54 CCT is also available for £32.