Monday, 18 September 2017

An Industrial Narrow Gauge Adventure - test #12 - the clutter

My plan is to produce a small 'shelf layout' - basically just a short section of working track with a diorama style background. The layout is going to be an industrial or chemical works with an 18 inch narrow gauge railway running through.

I knew that I would require some suitable items of 'clutter'. Barrels, oil drums etc.

Image Two - Shows the barrel master alongside Fred  (a 1:27.7 scale scratch built miniature).

While doing my research I came across this German language book that details a chemical works in Darmstadter, Germany. The book is full of images - many available on the Internet that show the sort of clutter I was looking for.

The book is available to purchase via e-bay, see this link for details.

Image Five - I  produced five masters. A demijohn (a glass bottle wrapped in straw), a large chemical bottle (used by ICI), a large barrel, an oil drum and a smaller barrel. These have been cast in resin by Rob Alderman of Hysterical Games and will be available to purchase very soon.

I have been searching the Internet for more items of clutter and most can be scavenged from existing ranges - for example Sideline Scenics from Pepper 7 or scratch built.

I will post more details once I have some actual examples painted up but if you are interested in buying sets of these or the earlier 1:27.7 scale figure, please contact me at;

More posts relating to this project can be found by searching the Narrow Gauge Label to the right.


Friday, 15 September 2017

An Industrial Narrow Gauge Adventure - test #11 - the seated driver and Fred

Following hot on the heels of my last post - The Green Engine, see this post for details, here are the last two figures or characters for my 1:27.7 (11mm = 1 foot) narrow gauge project- the seated engine driver and Fred alongside the standing driver that was featured in this post.

The seated driver is pretty much universal and should work with any 1:27.7 scale, 'scratch-built' engine (even motor car). He was actually converted from a seated female figure and the standing male (see earlier posts for how I cut-up and converted these plastic figures). Fred was inspired by Fred Dibnah dressed in his iconic denim work clothes and flat cap. If you look closely you can see his waistcoat and fob chain for his pocket watch!

Image Two - Shows the same three figures, Fred, Standing Driver and Seated Driver alongside the 1:27.7 scale rule.

Rob Alderman of Hysterical Games has cast all six figures in grey resin and they will be available to buy in the next couple of days. The cost will be £10.00 per set with free postage to the UK (Europe and the Rest of the World postage charges have yet to be confirmed). Should you be interested in purchasing a set of either or both, please contact me at;

Image Three - The two sets of 1:27.7 scale figures;
Set One - Tom, Dick and Harry (shown on the right) and Set Two - Charlie, Finley and Fred (shown on the left). Details of how they were converted can be found by using the Narrow Gauge Label to the right. You can also 'click' on any of the images for a better view.

Please note that these is a third set of barrels and oil drums due very soon. I will post details as soon as I have a sample.


Thursday, 14 September 2017

Von Mohnblume Line - part five

I have undercoated the ten Pug's with 'rattle-can' spray paint both black and dark brown. I find that mixing the two paints gives a better or warmer basecolour on which to start painting.


Wednesday, 13 September 2017

An Industrial Narrow Gauge Adventure - test #10 Painting The Green Diesel

I spray painted the completed model (see earlier post) with 'Makes Paint Stick' a Humbrol product designed for undercoating plastic garden furniture, then basecoated the whole model with Halfords grey primer (the one designed for plastic).

Image Three - The painting was done with brush painted acrylics and acrylics applied with a broken sponge (the sort used to package model soldiers).

Then lots of washes, again acrylic washes, some bought - others home-made.

Image Four - The model was spray painted with satin varnish before I added some rust and earth pigment powders.

Image Five - I then used a graphite pencil (a 4B pencil) to add some metallic effects. Detail painting was done with a Rosemary & Co No 2 Sable/Synthetic brush.

Images Six, Seven and Eight - The finished 'critter' on the section of modified Peco 'crazy track'. Looking back on the original image and inspiration see this post, I think I could have gone even further with the weathering!

I will now need to sculpt a sitting driver figure - more on this in a later post.


Tuesday, 12 September 2017

An Industrial Narrow Gauge Adventure - test #9 - The Green Diesel

Narrow Gauge Diesel Engine no. 2 - The Green Engine. Built to the scale of 1:27.7 (or 11mm = 1 foot) and running on 16.5mm Peco 'crazy track' which represents an 18 inch gauge industrial narrow gauge railway.

Image Two - The model is based on this industrial diesel 'critter' which I found on Pinterest. I know very little about the engine, but more images can be found on the Industrial Narrow Gauge Railway site here.

Image Three - I sketched up some working plans from the image on the INGR site using the 1:27.7 scale driver as reference.

Image Four - More detailed plans were drawn up on squared paper.

Image Five - The model was constructed from various thicknesses of plastic card and some sheet aluminium. The scale gauge shown has been detailed in this post.

Image Six - A lot of the detailing was guessed at, as I had very little facts about this little engine.

Image Seven - The aluminium sheet was cut with a pair of scissors and bent around a couple of knitting needles.

Image Eight - The exhaust pipe was cobbled together by using a metal spear (a wargame figure spear) as the part that comes out of the bonnet, a section of knitting needle (which has been wrapped in sticky-back plastic to 'beef it up a little) and a section of sprue.

Image Nine - The engine driver alongside the model showing just how small this engine is.

Image Ten - The model show on the section of narrow gauge track. The black buffers were cut from a Gnomy toy and glued in place with superglue, a section of paperclip was used as reinforcement.

Image Eleven - I added fine sand over superglue to the chassis top and the side of the bonnet - as the initial INGR image shows a dark and grainy finish on these areas.

Image Twelve - as above.

Image Thirteen - The model runs on a Tenshodo 'Spud'. This particular spud had been stuffed into a 'spares' drawer for over ten years (maybe even 15 years) as it had a broken top and was not a very good runner. I cleaned up the wheels and the pick-ups and after some delicate repairs, I got it running again. The spud is NOT glued in place, I used plastic card to 'wedge' the spud front and back which seems to work fine.

Spud's need a lot of weight for them to work properly. I filled the bonnet with small scraps of cut up lead soldiers and fixed these in place with superglue. The chassis was further weighted with pieces of lead as can be seen in the image below.

I can report that The Green Engine runs perfectly.

Image Fourteen - The model displayed on the section of narrow gauge track and alongside the first engine driver, shown for scale.

The Green Engine is 60mm long (82mm over buffers), 38mm wide and 60mm tall (to top of the exhaust).

In part two I will give details of how the model was painted and weathered.


Monday, 11 September 2017

Von Mohnblume Line - part four

The bases have been further detailed or textured by adding sieved stones and sand over uPVA glue.

Image Two - The command group of drummer, standard bearer, officer and sergeant. Note the added cuff buttons sculpted from Milliput.


Sunday, 10 September 2017

An Industrial Narrow Gauge Adventure - 5.5mm and 7/8th narrow gauge modelling

While conducting research on both 18 inch narrow gauge railways and obtaining information and inspiration for my planned narrow gauge shelf layout or 'micro layout' I have come across a number of interesting sites and pieces of information that I will be using as part of this long-term project.

Firstly, my chosen scale of 1:27.7 or 11mm = 1 foot is exactly twice as big as the recognised narrow gauge scale of 5.5mm = 1 foot for details see this link. It is almost exactly half as big as another modelling scale - 7/8th = 1 foot and for details of this combination see this link. 7/8th is just over 22mm = 1 foot.

I also spotted this 1/25th scale narrow gauge layout running on 16.5mm track on this site. see Castle Works Shed. Which reinforces my belief that the 11mm = 1 foot option is a goer as well as giving me the push to produce a 'tuning fork' layout (a simple layout with just one turnout or switch) for more information see this link.

Then earlier this week I found a video link/interview that talked to Carl Arendt the founder of a railway modelling group that concentrates on Micro Layouts. For details see this You Tube link.

So the plans are firming up. A 1:27.7th scale narrow gauge layout with scratch built terrain and scenery as well as modified or scratch built engines and rolling stock running on 16.5mm Peco 'crazy track', all compounded into a micro layout about 4 feet square.

If only there were eight days in a week or 25 hours to a day!

Stay tuned for future updates.