Thursday, 23 April 2009

MRJ 190

I got my copy of Model Railway Journal 190 yesterday. Getting the new MRJ is something to which I always look forward! It does, however, seem to reach East Yorkshire a few days after it reaches the rest of the country! Anyway, my reason for highlighting this particular issue is a wonderful and inspirational article by Mick Moore on building a pair of LMS Crab 2-6-0s. What seems like a simple kit build on the face of it is, in fact, much, much more than that. Taking pieces from various sources and adding in a huge degree of craftsmanship has produced results for which most of us can only hope. He wrote a similar article on building an 8F using a DJH kit as a basis in a previous edition of MRJ.

One website has criticised the modelling press for featuring articles on 'building white metal kits' as they believe that people don't build kits anymore. I think fewer people build kits for certain types now - unless you want the ultimate WD 2-8-0, a Bachmann model makes more sense than DJH in 00 anyway, leaving the beautiful Dave Bradwell version for those who must have the 'ultimate'! Many locos are still not available in ready to run form so being able to see how someone approaches the whole kit building process may inspire people attempt their own. An average modeller may not get to Mick Moore's standard, but his article can provide a multitude of hints, tips and advice.

Monday, 13 April 2009

York 2009

My dad and I went to the York show today - first weekend off in about six weeks! It wasn't a bad show but there seemed to be nothing for those interested in things post 1970, aside from traders with suitable products. Aside form this annual issue it was pretty good, although I do wonder how somethings get in at what is supposed to be a premium show which traditionally hosts what is best in the hobby. That said, the various scale and gauge combinations are well represented by numerous specialist societies which is very reassuring to see.

I was very impressed by some of the new items on Bachmann's stand; the new Class 24 (and hopefully 25s to follow?) is almost enough to get me messing about with two mill' finescale again! Though I'm trying to work out if it suffers from the same window errors/issues as its larger siblings.

I had a thoroughly enjoyable day and rather than bore you about all I saw the following few photos should give you a good idea! Please be gentle, all were taken handheld in the available light!


Wednesday, 8 April 2009

Scalefour North 2009

The weekend in Wakefield was rather good! Sadly I missed a rather large chunk of it due to having to get back to Hessle Road Junction to assist with the tamping works there - the junction looks much better now though! Just hoping it didn't annoy my fellow area group members too much. (Five weeks without a day off now - I'm very much looking forward to Easter!) It was the usual delightful, relaxed atmosphere that I have come to expect from the show. This, along with the high standard of modelling, is what makes it an unmissable show. It was nice to see old friends and meet a lot of new people, with whom my only previous contact had been electronic - always nice to a face to a name/RMweb thread/blog!

The East Yorkshire Area Group of the Scalefour Society were in attendance with part of Botanic Gardens with our demonstration. I was so pleased with how well the project was received. It was very encouraging!

It was nice to meet Ian from Grogley Junction. His plans are looking rather good - delving in P4 for the first, his blog provides a very good and readable dairy of his progress. The blog shows some real thought and care behind what he is doing.

Tim Lewis brought his ongoing J25 and it was rather fun comparing his and mine on BG! His is a BR example so both locos have completely different details. The drive in his is a large Mashima motor in the tender driving a High Level gearbox - much more advanced than my arrangement! It was nice to meet Tim, a fellow modeller with good North Eastern tastes! Have a look at his thread on RMweb, some very nice modelling on there.

Bramblewick was a real highlight - the atmosphere is just wonderful. It shouts 'North Yorkshire Coast' and the colouring is spot on. But then its creator, Tom Harland, is a artist by trade so you would expect it to be! Everything just works though - it's also good to see a pre-group layout which has weathered stock and dispelling the myth that the everything was always spotless.

I was cheeky enough to ask if I could pose my P1 to photograph it on Bramblewick - Tom was kind enough to let me do so! It was probably the poorest item on the layout but I was rather pleased with the results!

Friday, 3 April 2009

Scalefour North

Just a quick reminder of this weekend. The East Yorkshire Area Group will at Scalefour North this weekend presenting and we will be presenting a demonstration of 'Modelling a Prototype Location'.

We will have one of the boards from Botanic Gardens with us along with a selection of rolling stock and buildings. We will also show you some of the sources of information that have been used during the project. Hopefully this will give you an idea of what is involved to accurately model a prototype location.

If you have never been to the show before, it is worth the trip regardless of whether or not you model in P4. It has a lovely, relaxed atmosphere and is a real showcase with some wonderful modelling on show.

Scalefour North is at Wakefield College in Thornes Park, Wakefield. The map below shows Thornes Park and if you click on it it'll take you through to Google maps.