Sunday, 22 October 2017

An Industrial Narrow Gauge Adventure - the layout part five

At long last, the track has been laid and wired.

I have used PECO 'Crazy Track' that is intended for O-16.5, one length was bought from Tennents Trains in Halesowen, the other was spare from an earlier layout. The single Y turnout came from the same earlier layout.

I have removed a number of sleepers and re-spaced them to be about 50% wider than originally modelled. The turnout was left as standard, although one of the metal connectors proved to be a right pain to fit and I ended up using a big flat file to smooth the running edge.

The turnout lever was taken from a Wren turnout that I bought second-hand. I had wanted it workable, but the throw from of the Wren turnout was too short for the PECO one and so it is purely decorative. The mechanism is operated by the upright nail (to the front) which I will model as a turnout sign.

I wanted the track to be partially buried and have used DAS modelling clay to build up the groundwork to be almost level with the top of the PECO sleepers.

I should note that the track has NOT been pinned, I have glued the track in place with PVA glue and added plastic connectors to each end of the track (I don't want the scratch-built' engines to accidentally run off the ends).

The track has been laid onto 1mm thick light grey mounting card that I had spare.

Hopefully, more to come soon.


Thursday, 19 October 2017

Blog View count

In May 2010 I added a Blog view counter to Dampf's Modelling Page. The count to date is now over 990,000 page views and with daily views in the hundreds, I would expect the number to increase to one million before the end of the year.

I'm racking my brain to think of a suitable competition or prize draw and will be posting details soon.

Thank you for the support.


Wednesday, 18 October 2017

Dido, Queen of Carthage at The Swan

Last night Sue and I went with Holly to The Swan, Stratford-upon-Avon to see Dido, Queen of Carthage by Christopher Marlow.

This was the first time I had seen this play, in fact I knew nothing about it until I started reading the synopsis prior to visiting the performance. For details of this ground-breaking performance see this link.

Once again a breathtaking performance and a play that really made you think about power, migration and being homeless. In the question and answer forum after the play had finished it was pointed out how Africa at this time was a true Matriarchal society, with female heroines and leaders (Dido), while the Roman Empire (that followed) was Masculine. We also had an insight into the life and works of Marlow, an Elizabethan character that raises more questions than answers.

The best word I can use to describe the performance was intense! Another great night out, but I have to admit to liking and being more moved by the earlier Much ado about Nothing at the Globe, London that Sue and I saw earlier this month.


Monday, 16 October 2017

An Industrial Narrow Gauge Adventure - the layout part four

I have started to wire the layout and added a RELCO unit which I had spare from an earlier project. The RELCO is fitted with a cut-off switch which will be accessible from the rear of the layout.

In addition, I have added a strip of wood and some more 3mm thick plastic card to the top of the back scene as I felt it was a little too short.

So far most of the construction and parts have come from discounted kitchen doors, spare equipment (from an earlier layout) and my spares box. The cost so far has been minimal.

Construction has been a little slower than I would have liked, but at least it is moving forward.


Friday, 13 October 2017

IPMS Scale Model World, Telford - just one month to go

There is less than a month to go to the IPMS Scale Model World - the world's greatest scale model show. For full details of this huge model show, see this link.

The show takes place at the International Centre, Telford on Saturday 11th and Sunday 12th of November.

My plan is to be there on Sunday 12th November (as I find that the Sunday is a little bit quieter and I can get Sundays off work easier than Saturday).

I have visited this show on a regular basis, missing only one or two in the last twelve years. I find that the quality of the exhibits to be top notch and if you can get in to see the competition area then expect to be 'blown away' by the skills on show. In addition this is the ideal opportunity to get that elusive model, rare paint or new fangled modelling tool because I can guarantee it will be there somewhere!

Hopefully, I'll see you there.


Wednesday, 11 October 2017

1:27.7 Resin Casts for 18 inch gauge Industrial Narrow Gauge Railway

I have now picked up the first batch or resin casts from Rob Alderman of Hysterical Games. The miniatures are sculpted to the scale of 1:27.7 or 11mm = 1 foot and are intended for an industrial narrow gauge railway running on 18 inch gauge track (16.5mm 0-16,5 Peco Crazy Track). They could also be used for 3 foot gauge running on 32mm track.

Image Two - Tom, Dick and Harry

Image Three - Charlie, Finley and Fred

Image Four - The Clutter Items, a medium wooden barrel, an oil drum, a large wooden barrel, a crockery bottle (as used by ICI) and a demijohn.

Each pack is now available to buy at £10.00 per pack (free postage to the UK. Overseas postage to be confirmed). Please contact me at to order or for more information.

Thank you.


Tuesday, 10 October 2017

An Industrial Narrow Gauge Adventure - the layout part three

The canal walls have been clad with some resin slabs that I had spare from building masters for Grand Manner. The slabs were cut into sections and glued in place with two-part epoxy. The kerb stone topping or edging stones were constructed from 5mm thick laminate flooring underlay which although soft and easily damaged, can be strengthened by painting with a uPVA, filler mix.

The edges were detailed with more Milliput, then I painted all the stonework with a uPVA glue, filler and fine sand mix to give it greater texture.

On a visit to the canal basin in Droitwich town centre, I took these images of the canal walls and thought that the waste water or overflow gate and wooden strakes were worth modelling on my diorama/layout.

The overflow gate was constructed from plastic card and the wooden buffers were modelled from strips of balsawood detailed with plastic card and plastic rod bolts.

For more details and images of my Industrial Narrow Gauge Adventure please use the Narrow Gauge label to the right.