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The View From The Fo'c'sle I don't know why but whenever I try to come up with a title for a post about my ship model I always find myself falling for cliches and jaunty sea language, well it's probably only jaunty sea language to anyone who's sea going experience is limited to a trip across Sydney Harbour on the Manly Ferry such as yours truly.

Bunglow, dock and a layout refurb in BRM August is the scenic special issue of BRM and in the past this has seen me build a detailed diorama in 7mm scale. This year is no exception, with the subject being a prefab bungalow. Despite being built to a deadline, I always enjoy doing these.

Another Wordless Wednesday…… Again because I cannot put the words I would like to use on a public blog! This was the scene that confronted me over the weekend when I was trying to fettle the layout for operation - a good number of broken chairs and detached solder joints. All this resulting in some fairly severe gauge narrowing!

Murray River Bridge layout progress and other things, plus Auscision 830 class with sound test. Installation of NEC control wiring, and DCC Concepts Cobalt SS point motors. Are grain operations the industrial shunting layouts of today?

Quick look at Wombat models 30T Hi all Just got my hands on one of these new Wombat models 30T classes I have not had time time run it yet but I will soonlooking at it not too bad but when you remember it was only $350.00 it makes it even better.

Warehouse Wednesday: Tin hut This week, I return to my love of corrugated iron with this cracking hut spotted at the Moseley Railway Trust. A simple enough building, the doors and windows are boarded up and painted to match the walls, as so many scruffy huts seemed to be.

First run since overhaul This morning I couldn't resist a bit of a 'coffee break' steam up. These days I work from home so this is easily possible, the only danger…

In print Twice in print this month, a 'Plan of the Month' in Railway Modeller and an article in Garden Rail… The plan is based on Parkend and…

Making her my own… When I bought my new live steam engine I always intended on making a few changes to better suit my own line, back story and preferences……

Visiting another garden line… A few weeks ago I was lucky to be invited to visit John Wenlock's garden railway. John is member number 3 of the 16mm society a…

First steam on the Dyfrdwy Tramway… After the excitement of bringing my first steam engine home, and then running it on a friend's line, I was waiting on some sundries to get…

Full Circle I must pop in again to check on it. Cheers Peter. Sent from my iPad.

Doorbells And Sleigh Bells Our model of Merddin Emrys was the first of three Backwoods Double Fairlies built by Himself…. Recently there have been comments that there are not enough pictures of our collection of rolling stock on this blog. Broadcaster, writer and railway modeller.

The perfect tool to dry-brush brickwork I've decided that the Harper's Yard brickwork should be painted rather than pencil-crayoned. I'll probably use some of the Robert's mortar stuff too, but the key is - no brickpaper. I want all the finishes to match up and for me that means taking control.

Trackwwork wars, Part 2 In previous posts, I have commented in several cases about the issues and challenges of maintaining trackwork on an older layout like mine, the earliest of which posts was about a track realignment problem. There were also a couple of posts about developing a technique to remedy sags in track, some of which have developed on my layout over time.

It's been a while! Its been a while since even looking at this blog, even longer since updating! Nothing much has changed though. I am still just plodding along building the occasional sound project, have started a David Peterson 12 Class kit and am dabbling in anything that takes my interest really.

Back to the yard Regular readers might remember that last month I started building a Petite Properties "Harper's Yard" kit. I got as far as sticking some Plastikard on the front, and then it all went quiet. I had carried out a bit more work - the openings were all lined with plastic and I'd got as far as trying the windows.

Baseboard backache be gone! Work under your layout in comfort with this handy aid Car mechanics and model railways don't usually make great bedfellows but here's one garage accessory you might want to consider. If you're like me, you spend a lot of time crawling around under your layout bent at odd angles fitting and fixing wiring, motors and electrics you'll often suffer painful, uncomfortable, backache.

Light up with Magnets - How to easily and flexibly illuminate your buildings A simple technique for wiring your buildings for lighting while still allowing them to be easily moved and worked on. Many railway modellers have lighting in their buildings, and all have the same problem of passing power from the baseboard to the building.

Crisp Apple Strudels Broadcaster, writer and railway modeller. Best known for the 009 Festiniog Railway layout 'Dduallt' which I built with my father David in the early 1990's and which is still making appearances on the exhibition circuit.

Smallspace 2018 It's 40 years since the superb BBC sci-fi drama Blakes 7 debuted on our TV screens and a very young Phil sat and watched some dystopian telly, missing the sub-lot completely and just enjoying the special effects and spaceships. It was grittier than Dr Who but I didn't care.

Saturday film club: Accucraft open day 2018 A couple of weeks ago, I headed over to Wales for Accucraft UK's open day. Once the bargains had gone people spent the time runing trains on the test track - and I filmed some of them. There's a good variety of scales from G to 7/8th and some really interesting stock.

Solar Shed Power - how to harness the power of mother nature for convenient and efficient power Here's how to harness mother nature. Many of us use our sheds and garages for our layouts, workshop and modelling area. But what to do about a power supply? If the garage or shed is next to the house, it's a simple job to carry a supply over to it but if the house is some distance away this can become tricky.

The “rookie test” I was recently reminded of something that I had first done years ago, when I and my layout lived in Pittsburgh, PA, and sometimes visiting operators would bring equipment to include in an operating session.

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