Category Archives: 16mm

Rebuilding the Shay (part 7) – setting things on fire

If you have been following my previous posts, you will know that the boiler and gas tank are both sound. A friend from my local model engineering society encouraged me to try lighting the loco to see if it will … Continue reading

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Rebuilding the Shay (part 6) – fiddly bits

In my previous post, I described getting the boiler and gas tank tested, and promised to start putting the loco together. This has proved to be quite fiddly. The first fiddly bit relates to the bolts in the bottom of … Continue reading

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Slate wagon kit roundup

A quick look at the slate wagons kits available in 16mm/ft at the moment (Autumn 2021)… ‘uss_Raven74656’ on ebay – £8 – https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/194296426551 3D printed model of the steel slate wagon The Lineside hut – £9 – https://www.thelinesidehut.co.uk/quarry-slate-wagons.html Laser cut … Continue reading

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Wooden loco

This is the result of my attempt to “3D print in plywood” – converting the 3D printer file to 2D, printing it onto paper and gluing it onto plywood. It’s not meant to be glamorous – it’s a first attempt. … Continue reading

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3D printing on a 2D printer

One of the great things about having a 3D printer is the vast online library of things that one can print. Sites such as thingiverse contain everything you never knew you needed – from an airbrush stand to Lego bricks … Continue reading

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How to fail at painting something to look like steel.

The short version: don’t use car touch-up paints for large flat areas. I bought a wagon for my garden railway a few years ago. I thought it was an oil wagon but it turns out to be a model of … Continue reading

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Running on air

I am building a steam locomotive from a kit. Last week, I tried steaming up for the first time, and it was a very exciting success. The instructions discuss correcting the timing, and then running in. To do the timing, … Continue reading

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First run of my loco

I am building a live steam loco. It’s a kit from Roundhouse Engineering, and it’s relatively straightforward to build. Last weekend I lit the burner for the first time, raised steam and tested to see if it would run. The … Continue reading

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Starlock Washers

Long ago, I promised myself that I would build a steam loco. Progress is slow, but it is steadily progressing. The loco I am building is a kit from Roundhouse Engineering, and it has nice clear instructions. By the end … Continue reading

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Model Railway scales

Left to Right: 16mm/ft (1:19) Baguley-Drewry Diesel loco (Accucraft) O Gauge (1:32) Ruston (Triang Big-train) OO Gauge (1:76.2) Duchess of Sutherland N Gauge (1:148) 0-6-0 Steam loco (Fleischmann ?) more detail here: https://www.wis.co.uk/andy/16mm/scale-and-gauge.html

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