Monday 16 September 2013

Model Railway Journal 225

The front cover of this issue of MRJ has now been landing on the doormats of subscribers and the shelves of newsagents for around a week now.

I'm feeling very quietly pleased with it, as I am the Guest Editor :-)
I was asked to put a copy together around six months ago, and had a very enjoyable time deciding what to include, and then discussing the articles with the various authors.  There was a certain thrill as the material started to arrive, and I could start putting together the issue.
I hope that the final result is a magazine that inspires with the quality of the modelling within it, yet shows that it is all very practical and achievable by any modeller that has a degree of patience and care.  I won't use the phrases "Average Modeller" or "Achievable Excellence" as I believe that they are already taken elsewhere!
Finally, my deep thanks to all of those friends that accepted my invitation to contribute to MRJ 225.  There was only one article that missed the copy deadline that I set, and that was the one that I wrote myself.  Typical!

Monday 9 September 2013

New Hornby product for P4 modellers...

Well, I can see a use for this. It was part of my wedding anniversary present on Saturday



Sunday 1 September 2013

Another addition to the toolbox...

Whilst I remember! This has been a most invaluable tool to use today:

It's a small (8cm in length) LED torch. We picked up a couple of these in a pound shop in Douglas on the Isle of Man during this year's TT. In case we needed to find our way back from the pub...

Earlier today, I was trying to re-thread the CSB wires through the appropriate mounts and bearings in the middle of the Y14 chassis with not much success. Future note to self - don't put a frame spacer directly above a hornblock as you won't be able to see the tiny hole in the bearing when you've put the wheels in place.

As all modellers know, good light is the key to accuracy and quality work. Despite it being daylight, and having two spotlights mounted on my workbench, I just couldn't see what the end of the CSB wire was doing. Then I remembered this torch in my desk drawer.

By putting the chassis upside down in its cradle, I could hold the torch in one hand and using tweezers in the other, I guided the wire through its hole first time. After the previous frustrations, that was a result!

Not expensive, easy to obtain, and well worth it for those tricky jobs. I recommend to the audienceit as a crafty tool to have available ...

So I must remember this dodge for the next time that I need it. Or design my chassis a little better. Ho hum...


Yesterday's progress...

Brakes and wheels on the tender, and brakes on the locomotive:



I've also remembered why I left off the tender toolbox- it's so that I can paint and line (!) it separately, rather than in situ. That's a remarkable amount of forward thinking for me...