Tag Archives: Risborough and District MRC

Practice makes P4rfect

30 Jun

Risborough & District MRC are currently building a new P4 layout based on Aylesbury.

I have recently started building up freight stock with the aim of running it on the layout. Today was my first chance to try them out.

I now have a better understanding of the perils of P4 but with steady examination and rectification, we were able to fine tune both track and rolling stock so by the end of the session, the train ran multiple circuits without incident. We treated each failure in turn, an out of gauge switch blade, out of level or aligned joints, wobbly wheels etc.

The rolling stock is a mix of Bachmann, Accurascale & Oxford Rail RTR wagons fitted with Gibson or Wizard P4 wheel and Smiths couplings. A bit of weathering and jobs sorted. Traction is a Heljan class 35 Hymek fitted with Ultrascale wheels.

The perils, by the way, are the minuscule flange depth requiring a degree of luck for stationary stock to not fall off and the need then for track to be defect / imperfection free. The next step is I need to check and adjust the weight of the wagons, the Accurascale HUOs being particularly lightweight.

So an interesting and rewarding day. The layout will be on show next week at the free to attend, Festirail open doors show.

Wide Boy Barclay

9 Jun

Today was modelling Saturday in Princes Risborough si the perfect opportunity to strip the new Hattons Barclay 0-4-0 down to fully assess the surgery needed for conversion to EM

The chassis units drops out in one piece, a bit tight / stiff initially but removed with out damage.

I had pulled the wheel out previously so knew that was easy but that the cast running plate wouldn’t accommodate the wider wheels.

I took the decision to attack the inner face of the running plate with a grinding disk and sanding drum. Black and Decker modelling at its finest! The running plate has small recesses for the 00 wheels so it was simple to make these bigger. A few trial fits proved I had done enough.

Next was the cylinders and valve gear / motion. Taking the same approach used in the Hornby Peckett. I removed the cylinders and cut & shut them with an insert of 1.5mm plastic strip. The hanger bracket for the motion was similarly moved out and joint reinforced. Reassembly proved the clearance before power was reapplied.

All in all, a good morning work. I need to finish running the chassis I now then fitting a coupling bar. I will also need DCC sound at some stage but nothing yet released by Digitrains / Paul Chetter.

Railex Aylesbury 2018

25 May

It’s May Bank holiday so it’s time for Railex Aylesbury presented by Risborough and District MRC.

Railex Poster

This year the show has been invaded by northerners with three EM layouts from Rochdale MRG (other northerners are also exhibiting rather nice layouts too).

Harkness

North Ballachulish

Hebble Vale

Time for a brake

19 Mar

No, not another modelling holiday nor a Kit-Kat but completing a task on my RT Models Hudson Tipper rake. 

The eagle eyed visitors to our previous exhibitions will have noticed the rake were not fitted with brakes or levers of any description. Such was the rush to get them built and my decision that the brake gear was best added after painting, that this final task went unfinished.
As we approach a season of bigger shows, with the BRM festival of London Modelling this month and then Railex Aylesbury in May, I found the impetus necessary to revisit the wagons and finish them off.
The main brake gear is a fold up etch that threads into the chassis to which is then added the linkage rod and brake lever. For the headstocks, there is a fold up etch for the hanger by which you can pin down the lever (I’ve no idea what’s called, as you tell!!).


So a big hole under the wagons is now filled despite me missing out a few bits but with paint and weathering added, it seems to look good to my eye.

Modelling Saturday

9 Aug

Risborough and District MRC hold a Saturday modelling session every month. Combined with the regular Friday night meeting, this give an opportunity to work on bigger projects & achieve lots more on the layouts.

This month, I was lucky to be allowed to take Kirkmellington along to carry out some more involved work ready for our appearance at Expo EM North in September.

We have now installed the remaining colliery buildings and head stocks, miners cottages and completed installation of the main back scenes using our panoramic stitched pictures. We have also set up the extension board ready for the final car park, cobbles and winding house to be fixed down, well so long as I buy some cobbles anyway.

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Wheeltapper competition

23 Mar

Friday 22nd March was the Wheeltapper night at the Risborough And District MRC. Wheeltapper night is a chance to show off your models and listen to a talk. The competition covers all angles of the hobby, steam, diesel, coaches, wagons, non railway and scenery \ structures. Having only just joined the club in 2012, this was my first opportunity to enter some of my models.

The evenings talk is by a prominent modeller and this year its was Bob Alderman, from Missenden Railway Modellers  who gave a talk on the A1 Steam loco trust, builders & owners of A1 pacific 60163 Tornado. Bob Alderman also judged the competition entries.

I was somewhat amazed to win the best non railway item – THE ROBBIE ROBINSON AWARD for my Detailed & repainted Corgi RB19 crawler craneImage

The unexpecetd was then further compounded when my 24/1 converion won the overall ‘Wheeltapper’ trophy. In good old Rochdale tradition, as the winner, a round was bought for the rest of the club!

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