Model Railways

Amazing inspiration from RailEx

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I have been to RailEx in Aylesbury three times now and the show goes from strength to strength. This time saw a couple of stalwart 2mm modellers on show – Mark Fielder and Jerry Clifford. Jerry’s Bath Queen Square is a real beauty and his Midland Railway et al locomotives really are quite impressive. Mar Fielders 2mm pizza is also spectacular as his is An Clár.

2mm Society Super Meet Tutbury 

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I didn’t take nearly enough pictures at this event, 2mm at its finest so many great discussions that the day flew past. Laurie Adams mechanical and electronic work on the moving tractor was really super to see in action. I really failed to capture how good an event this was through chatting to many many people and learning an awful lot.

St Pancras Barlow Roof Progress

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Earlier in this blog you will have seen the etches I had prototyped in China, lets say the first experience didn’t go well, after finding another manufacturer I got lucky and now have the whole of the roof etches, there is some fettling to do but this is my first attempt at putting together the end that fits to the back of the hotel.

I am very pleased, this is my first attempt at model soldering and metalwork. The trouble is there are a huge number of components here and the structure acts as a massive heatsink but I am certainly pleased with the results.

Modelling insanity in Hamburg, Germany

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One cannot imagine the scale of this modelopolis, it literally has a full scale airport operating at its heart which reportedly cost almost as much as a real one. An incredibly fun trip with lots of lovely things to do in Hamburg – very recommended and worthwhile.

More from the National Archives 

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Here are just a few snapshots of the 200 documents I went through at the National Archives today. You can see the original plan for the roof struts, which looked completely different once constructed, you can also see here the plan for the famous  ‘grand staircase’ as well as some other amendments to the plan.

A first visit to the National Archives 

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The National Archives in Kew has long been on my list to visit whilst on my quest to discover as much as I can about St Pancras. On the initial visit to collect my pass I found this lithograph hand painted and addressed to Sir Gilbert Scott to his home address – what an amazing find on trip 1!

In China etching and 3d printing St Pancras

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I’m in China (more on that in another post) whilst I have been here I really wanted to find a photo etcher and visit some 3d printing factories.

Well I did just that and here are some samples from St Pancras Roof which are 10 thou brass with some nice detail and some sample 3d prints of St Pancras windows, I’m really happy with the result.