Not all of our members can get to the club for every meeting so here we keep everyone, current as well as prospective members, abreast of what's happening at the club - if you'd like to join in the chaos there's a list of contacts on our Contacts page.
Currently the clubrooms are locked up due to the COVID19 pandemic, however we continue meet on-line and are also working on a series of cameo layouts to keep us amused during our incarceration - see the Coronalayout page.
TAFKATYS is having fun building a TVR Class K in Scaleseven from a Dragon kit
The second week of isolation and we've heard that our clubrooms have been padlocked up. Nevertheless work goes on as we see below.
TAFKATYS has been emptying his 'shelf of shame' and is leaping ahead with ex-GER 2-4-0 and a six-wheel coach while the club's wizard doing fabulous work on Chaffinch.
Wagonman has been productive as ever:.
As promised last week the O2 (above) has had its chassis painted and been re-assembled - all now complete except for some light weathering in due course - and he must do some of those SR type headcode discs...
Large Mink van and GWR horsebox both now ready for painting - horsebox handrails only temporarily positioned in photo -they will be properly fixed later......
Also another Forest of Dean P.O. wagon ready for final completion of painting..
Finally from Wagonman, the Ivatt 2MT's body waits patiently for its chassis to return!
New member Luke - welcome Luke - shared with us these images. They are based on LSWR stations on the North Cornwall and Okehampton/Plymouth line. Luke used Wills coarse stone sheets, which seem to match the stonework pretty closely.
We have suspended club meetings while world comes to grips with COVID19, but nevertheless work continues as we all slave away in our own private garrets and we'll make updates to keep our reader abreast of what we're up to.
Wagonman is first up:
Working clockwise we have an ex-LMS 3F tank or Jinty 47422 which is finished apart from trimming crankpins and weathering.
Next an ex-LSWR O2 Class 0-4-4T, which Wagonan is about to dismantle in order to varnish the body and paint its chassis
An finally we have a recently-competed LBSCR Goods Break Van
Having a virtual club night on Friday we of course needed appropriate refreshment.
Away from the clubroom Steve N (the artist formerly known as YTS) has been busy painting locos (although we question his choice of thinners) Mr Chairman has taken advantage of his isolation to progress with the modification of his Minerva Kerr Stuart to ex-ADR No. 666 and our own Wizard progressed with the cab of Chaffinch.
Plenty of activity at the club - perhaps in the absence of other attractions like soccer of rugby - but few pictures. This hut TYS produced a few weeks ago for Frecclesham, Mr Chairman painted and weathered it and on Friday night (after this photo was taken) LBH planted it.
And Wagonman has been making good progress on his GWR Mink and Horsebox
There was some discussion on Friday night on the advantages vs disadvantages of spray-painting buffers and headstocks - the quality of a air brush finish vs the faff of masking the loco and preparing the airbrush.
The outcome was that XTS (as he may be called for the last time) sprayed the headstocks on his new P class - with this impressive result.
Busy at the club on Tuesday but inclement weather and flooding kept numbers down to three on Friday. Nevertheless we made progress and here we have a couple of examples.
Left we see Dave's pig sty, rabbit hutch and other facilities installed in the cottage garden while on the right we see point rodding laid (bottom) an ready to lay (top).
Quite a busy week at the club this week with an unusual ten coming through the door on Tuesday
Bernie returned with a pile of lengths of prepared sections of point rodding and stools having done his planning last week.
LBH has decided that he wants to run his Manning Wardle Class battery-powered radio-contolled (BRRC). There is no room in the firebox/boiler but there is limited space in the bunker for a relatively modest battery with just a little gentle modification (hacking with a scalpel) which hopefully shouldn't be too obtrusive once a crew has been installed.
Left Paul S and TYS have been working on improving the method of holding up the backscene on Freccleshan. The principle will be to trap the backscene between the repurposed steel rules and magnets.
Right Wagonman is building D&S kit for a GWR horsebox to Scaleseven standards.
Bernie made the journey along the M4 to start preparing the point rodding on ABB - and of course to know where the rodding is required you need to know the signalling arrangements. To this end he prepared this signalling diagram - which includes a trailing crossover which is 'off-scene' on the model itself but we shall have to install the rodding to it.
Mike E and Martin have been progressing with the 'thirties semis, with guttering, kidney bean poles (it's October so the beans themselves are long gone) and a garage.
On Tuesday TYS brought a just finished Y6 (showing just a little bit of its Battery-powered radio-controlled (BPRC) gubbinary and his E4 showing a bit more of its BPRS innards.
Mike E has fabricated this garden roller in P4 for the gardens of the 'thirties semis on ABB. Seen here alongside a penny.
And, (right) we've decided to refresh the paint work on ABB with a new pot of paint closely matching our original mix, named "Newport Improved Layout Grey". Paul S says it rollers on better than brushing it.
Wagonman is still doing what Wagonman does.
Until now the platform on ABB has only had a temporary surface, simply painted and in too-dark-a shade-of-grey to boot (see above, left)
We have been experimenting with a couple of possible finishes. We have a fine grit of unknown origin at the club, which we tried in two ways, left above sprinkling it onto PVA and, right onto a grey undercoat. The latter looks the better and can be darkened later.
On the left we have two views of a 3D-printed smokebox door for a B&MR 2-4-0T, first after fettling with a file (thanks Fred) and secondly after painting with primer, filing back and re-priming. This achieved a perfectly acceptable finish for a well-used loco.
We ended the evening just after 11pm with a toast celebrating our European friends.
Well, the graded coal (see 20th Ult.) has been put to use in the new coal cells on ABB. Our chosen season is Autumn 1954 so we suppose that the local merchants will have stocked up on cheap summer coal for sale over the winter.
Benny has been working on a test piece for the actuation system for the turnouts on Little Mill. On the left we see a servo motor driving a crank by means of a push rod
This transmits the motion via an axle through the baseboard to another (this time model) crank which drives a Masokits stretcher bar on the turnout
Here we have a work-in-progess from Stephen Bell. A 16mm/ft bogie tank wagon ingeniously incorporating a variety of up-cycled components.
Come back in a few weeks to see what it turns in to (no pressure Stephen)
Above we have two views of our Wizard's other WIP, a Bulldog called Chaffinch (or was it a Chaffinch called Bulldog? I'm easily confused)
More views of ABB showing coal cells (with the sub-base for the coal, which is yet to be applied) and fencing following weathering.
Wagonman (left) has reverted to type and whiled away an hour or so on an etched brass GWR Mink in O gauge
Benny ponders the profusion of cabling and components underneath ABB with the intent of getting the electromagnets for Dinghams on that layout operational.
And Mr Chairman and LBH's endeavours on the coal cells and fencing are starting to bear fruit.
A new year but some old projects feature here.
The Jinty kit has been in Al's possession for decades but having now started it, progress is much more rapid.
The wagons have featured before but now run on Scaleseven wheels. They should be joined by another two sometime in this decade.