Thursday, 22 December 2016

009 Armstrong Whitworth Diesel.

Sometime last week I posted about an Armstrong Whitworth inspired diesel....well I quickly became unhappy with that model as I did not feel that I'd captured the loco of an AW loco well enough. I thought this might be part of the problem of turning a standard gauge loco into an narrow gauge one. But given that this is a relatively smaller standard gauge diesel I figured I'd give it another go.
Thankfully today I found some drawings of the loco I was trying to recreate and after several hours work I now have a model which I feel closely resembles the standard gauge engine I was trying to recreate in narrow gauge form! 

 Like the previous model I've fitted skirts so that I can use the Kato 103 chassis, I'm happy with that compromise as my layout will feature a road side tramway. But if there is demand for an un-skirted version and indeed one that is more open inside to allow for other chassis then I will happily provide one....just let me know in the comments below!

Saturday, 17 December 2016

New models!

 Thought it time I showed of my newest 3D models. I'm not really a fan of the computer generated renders Shapeways uses, I'm selling model trains not Glacier mints!!.

First up we have an Armstrong Whitworth style diesel, this is designed to take the Kato 103 chassis and can be purchased from here. The above image is how I intend to paint my model when I get around to it!

Next up we have an Andrew Barclay 0-4-0 designed to fit a Fleischmann 7000 0-4-0T 'Maffei' chassis. It can be found here.


And finally (for now)  two version of  a Kerr Stuart diesel, again designed for the Kato 103. The grey can be found here.

The above more fictionalized and industrial version of my Kerr Stuart diesel can be found here.


I've had a lot of fun designing these and I hope they are of interest to some!

Sunday, 20 November 2016



Tuesday, 8 November 2016

Trying out 3D printing....

Thought I'd share something I've been working on recently. Over the past few weeks I've been teaching myself 3D design/drawing with the aim of designing my own models, while this is a personal project I thought I'd offer them forsale in case they interested others. So far I'm really enjoying things and I have plans for other models both freelance and based on real world prototypes.

To start with I designed a narrow gauge version of the Y3 Sentinel, simply because I have a soft spot for Sentinels and I wanted one!. The attached picture shows a slightly earlier variant than the one forsale. Because of this there are some very slight detail differences. It is designed to take the Kato 103 chassis.



My next model is a tram skirt designed to again fit over the Kato 103 chassis. Along with a lot of people I enjoy building steam trams...so that's my reasoning behind that one!

And here is my attempt and using that base. I took the majority of the parts from a Five79 Campletown "Chevailer", but had to scratch build parts for a new cab as the parts from the kit didn't quite fit but I found that to be part of the fun.


For those interested the models and any future ones can be purchased from my Shapeways store here: https://www.shapeways.com/shops/md-models?sort=newest

My next few models will be designed to fit over the Fleischmann 7000 0-4-0 chassis.

Thanks for looking :)

Sunday, 7 August 2016

Repainted Peco L&B 009 coaches

Thought I'd share a few snaps of a pair of repainted Lynton & Barnstaple coaches in 009





Sunday, 31 July 2016

2016 Threlkeld steam gala


Hi everyone,

Had a very enjoyably trip to Threlkeld for there annual steam gala. It certainly inspired me to think about a layout again! Anyway here's a few pictures from the day, there's more on my website here. so if you have a spare few minutes have a look!



Hudswell Clarke 0-6-0 "Alpha"

Kerr Stuart "Joffre" No.3014 and Hudswell Clarke "Bronllwyd".


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Friday, 22 July 2016

Lambton Hetton And Joicey Colliery Remembered

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What started off as a personal project to walk and photograph the remains of the Lambton Hetton & Joicey colliery railway, my local industrial railway. Over time this project evolved into a book so that I could share my findings and the history of the system with a wider audience. The book explores the remains of the various routes from the coalfields of county Durham to the staithes on the River Wear whilst also looking at remaining locomotives and rolling stock and where to find them.
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