February 2019 Meeting

We met at Barsham Village Hall on 2nd February on a crisp winters day where about eleven members attended.  There was quite a lot of activity on the day, 2 layouts, lots of modelling being done, test running, videos, and tea and cake.  After lunch we had a discussion and made some final arrangements for our Exhibition on 2nd March.  Going around the hall, here are some photos from the event.

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Alan has advanced his 7mm shunting layout by building a baseboard and lighting pelmet.  This is the street scene where the track will be set in cobbles.  The layout will be about 5ft 6ins long with one turnout.  

This is a mock-up of Alans layout where the sheds above can be seen on the right.  On the left will be the head shunt, with a fishermans hut.  Wagons can be exchanged behind the sheds.

Martin brought along an unusual Lego layout.  He has been trying to get the designs of small industrial diesels built in the medium to replicate a narrow gauge line.

Martin was also working on a scratch built 2mm General Electric loco running on a Kato 11-107 bogie chassis.  It has two purposes, one for a 2mm scale micro layout, and also a ride-on miniature loco on a Gn15 layout.

Graham brought his 009 "Shortwaite Hill" layout to test run.  He is building a cluster of village buildings for the upper right hand corner of the layout, some of which can be seen at the top of the photo. 

Minitrains Bagnall "Hazel" can be seen with a few goods wagons at Stonegate station.

Graham also brought his 2019 challenge entry, a refreshment van with detailed interior, using a repainted 1960's Matchbox toys Commer van, also pictured at Stonegate.

Bill, ever creative, was making 1:16 scale grass tufts out of sisal string for his "Little Ease" shunting layout.  Some of it is pictured here along with other models he has.  A weathered garden fence was also being attended to, even making "knots" in the timber with cut-off cocktail sticks.

Chris was adding details to two 09 scale scratch built vans which are superbly made.

Stuart was experimenting with a Fiskars paper craft machine to make corrugated roofs out of thin foil for his 1:24 Gn15 layout.

Another item he found was some dimpled wallpaper in a DIY super store ideal for creating cobbles, and he was experimenting with applying the colours.

Richard has been adding details and modifying the fiddle yard on "Thurtey" (009 scale).

Here, a Barclay modified Minitrains Boehler is turning on the quayside triangle.

Parked at the end of the stone quay on "Thurtey" is a newly constructed Narrow Planet Motorail 65/85hp diesel loco.

Ray was planning and cutting a new roof for a small resin station building that he bought second hand recently.