Loco no 11

Loco no 11

Sunday, 28 August 2016

Main Building at Banke's Bakelite Finished

After a long construction period the contractor (me) has finally finished work on the main building at the 1:35 scale bakelite factory in Nystrup. Not because it's been difficult or boring, but because I work on several models simultanously.
The main building at Banke's Bakelite is now finished. My next task is to glue it solidly to the module and blend it into the surrounding ground work.
While waiting for decals for my Opel Blitz bus, I took the opportunity to work on the factory. The main parts of the model are laser cut from MDF and card board by a friend of mine. Interior and roof was cut from foam board in 4 and 6 mm. thickness. Some of the work has been the subject of an earlier blog post.

Previously I had fitted light to the ground floor rooms and I did the same to the single first floor room. I then painted the interior walls on the first floor light grey and made a removable floor. That allows me access to the ground floor lights if they should need any attention in the future.
Installing light above the first floor in the factory building.
Testing if everything works. The difference in light levels is caused by the temporary lack of a rear wall on the upper floor. I'm glad to see that there are no 'light leaks' in the building (not counting the missing rear wall, of course).

I built the roof from two sandwiched layers of foam board covered with self adhesive surgical tape. The tape is my preferred method of modelling tar paper. The tape is slightly 'furry' and when painted keeps a nicely textured surface.
Foam board roof with wooden edging fitted to the building.

Surgical tape covering the roof. Pencil marks helped me to position the strips of tape with a minimum of regularity.

After having painted the building I cut a rear wall to enable the model to be closed up and hold the removable interior in place. The rear wall is only kept in place by its tight fit and is easily removed to allow the interior to slide out of the building. Wires from the lights are led under the module surface inside the building. The wires are arranged to allow the lights to be switched on and off in all three rooms independently.
A view across Nystrup Gravel's track towards Banke's Bakelite. Now work on getting the building fit into the surrounding ground work can begin
A full view of the factory module. Despite the work involved in the factory building it is only a back ground feature. Although with a module width of only 40 cm. the term 'back ground' is open to debate.
Building the model has taught me that buildings in 1:35 scale are quite large. I have only built a small segment of the prototype building and even then the model has tested my work area's size. Any future building just a little larger will have to built on the work bench in the shed, where I usually work on lawn mower, bikes and other 1:1 scale real world items.

Tuesday, 16 August 2016

Old Movie Clip From Nystrup

During my vacation I visted a nice, old couple with family ties to Nystrup. They had photos to show and stories to tell. Much to my surprise they also showed me a short length of 35 mm. film with interesting scenes from Nystrup and the country side around the town. Most of the scenes were actually shots of trains on the gravel line.

The film was said to be shot in 1945 and 1946. The above shot must be taken in late September at the earliest as it shows Billard loco no. 23. The loco and its sister engine only arrived a few days before 23 September as described by a period news paper. 

Even if the scenes are short I'm looking forward to show more in the future. Surely the old colour film is a fantastic find!

Friday, 5 August 2016

Where do you keep your modules?

...is a question sometimes popping up when I talk to other railway modellers. Finding room for a model railway is a challenge for many modellers - me too. There is so much you and your family like to use the available space for. Most of it (let's face it) more important than a model railway. For storage my modules are simply placed on IKEA shelves of the Ivar-type. Being 80 cm. long my modules fits exactly on the shelves (no wonder, as that's why the modues are 80 cm. wide). The modules are placed along one of the the walls of the room where I have my work table. Some of my railway books are stored on the shelves not taken up by the four modules.

The combined modelling room and library also works as a quiet study .

I can't run trains on the modules when they are placed in the book shelves. For running purposes I erect the modules in our living room or more often in a garden shed of ours. While set ups in the living room are naturally very brief, Nystrup Gravel can have its quiet existence in the shed without too many comments from the family. As the shed is uninsulated and unheated it is only during the warmer months I can set up the modules for any considerable length of time. It is not a big issue for me, as I enjoy building models much more than running trains.
A humble shed in the garden houses the gravel line during running set ups.

Modules being erected in the shed. The railway has to compete with a variety of other items for space. You'll probably know all about that.
With marked module legs it took no time getting the modules assembled, wires were quickly connevted and trains were running after no more than 15 minutes of work.

Wednesday, 27 July 2016

Varnish Water

Although the Danish summer so far has been nice and warm, the little stream running under Nystrup Gravel's 600 mm. line has been filling with water during July. Not a lot, but enough to give the impression of a trickling stream during summer.

A view along Little Stream from south.

Having for too long considered what commercially available product to use for water in my little stream, I have finally taken the plunge. Having read of all kinds of trouble with several brands of model water and having witnessed other modellers' challenges I decided to simply use gloss varnish. I had a few small containers with left over Vallejo gloss varnish that I could use up on the project. 
The bridge over Little Stream seen from the north. The waste outlet on the right is from Banke's Bakelite. Water from the factory is let out untreated, which now and then cause a lot of dead fish down stream.

I brushed on 8 rather thick layers of varnish over the gravel bed. As the varnish wasn't quite clear anymore (I think the varnish discolours over the years if not used) the dried 'water' took on a rather pleasing, slightly muddy look. I managed to apply 2-3 layers in an evening, leaving sufficient time for the varnish to dry before the next layer was applied. Originally I had intended the water to be somewhat deeper. Now I like the look of the almost dried out stream and besides, with thin layers of varnish deep water isn't really possible.
Vallejo gloss varnish just brushed on has a whitish foggy look. It dries clear and gloss after a while.

Friday, 22 July 2016

Models Making History

On my visit to Deutsches Technikmuseum in Berlin I admired a lot of the museum's models. While all of a very high quality and extreme craftsmanship the ones that caught my attention the most were those showing the use of technology in context and not merely a free standing model of a single machine.

Model of a sleeper impregnating works 1930. Built by a Polish modeller for the Railway Museum in Warsaw.
The model of the sleeper impregnation works in the image above was ordered by the Railway Museum in Warsaw. When Poland was occupied by Germany in 1939 the museum was closed and the model taken to Germany in 1940. The model was exhibited in the then Verkehrs- und Baumuseum and later in the war damaged by allied bombing. Restored it now not only illustrates sleeper impregnation but also how museum exhibits moves around as history change.

Model illustrating the building of the Hindenburg dam connecting main land Germany with the island of Sylt. Model built primarily from paper and cardboard.

Close up of the skip train. The wheels of the skips appear to be metal.

Works plate on the model showing it to be made by the Stegemann Brothers in Berlin.
The model is now as much a museum item as it is an illustration. Probably built around the time when the Hindenburg dam was opened (1927) it has survived the test of time, the Second World War, hard financial times and changes in museum priorities. It is also a sign of how good choices of materials in modelling combined with careful safekeeping will help a model survive. Today paper models from the Stegemann Brothers are handled the same way as original museum items are. Recently one of their models of an Egyptian pyramid was restored by a professional conservationist. I wonder if any of my models will survive as long as these two did?

An advert in the magazine 'Der Baumeister' April 1924 for Stegemann Brothers' paper model company. By sheer coincidence the Stegemann Brothers had their office at L├╝tzowstrasse - Nystrup Gravel had their's on L├╝tzowsvej.

Tuesday, 12 July 2016

Bussing Around

As a result of some quiet vacation modelling my Opel bus is progressing well. The floor was finished with the use of Evergreen profiles and a little piece of plastic card embossed as tread plate. I glued the bonnet, front mud guards and the front part of the cabin to the chassis and floor. There were a few issues with the fit, but I managed to get everything lined up reasonable well. I've read that the real challenge begins with sides and roof...
Ready for primer. Until now a pleasant build despite some flash on some of the parts.

I couldn't resist taping roof and rear panel together to get an idea of the size of the bus. It is a large vehicle in 1:35 scale.
I had a big task with the many seats as each had four attachment points to be cleaned up. I primed them with 'Corax White' from Citadel while Vallejo Air provided the covering colour of mahogany. The floor is also painted with Vallejo Air: 'US Air Force Dark Grey'. Both seats and floor still needs weathering.
Test fitting the seats. It turned out I could have saved the work on two seats. They are surplus to requirement but will be kept in the spares box for future use.
A major task ahead of me is now planning how to prime, paint and fit the sides of the cabin and have the roof removable. To fit a few passengers at a later time the roof will have to remain at least temporarily detachable. A smaller task is detailing the dash board and driver's seat. I also have to get started on designing the decals and considering the colours of the bus. Maybe dark orange and green with a silver roof?

Visiting Deutsches Technikmuseum, Berlin

While on vacation with the family in Berlin I managed to throw in a visit to the German museum of technology. Germany is well known as a producer of industrial products and the museum reflects that. There are sections for aircraft, space, cars, railways, shipping to name a few. Unfortunately the historical brewery was closed during my visit. I didn't visit all parts of the museum with the same intensity, but spent quite some time in the railway, photography and aircraft sections. A full day is easily spent enjoying the museum.

Almost idyllic atmosphere outside one of the two large loco sheds containing most of the railway collections.
The museum is placed in several buildings on the area of a closed Berlin railway station. Some of the buildings are original railway buildings (two loco sheds and an impressingly long goods shed) as well as new buildings. I liked that the exhibits in the loco sheds were not restored to a shiny finish. Most of the locos and wagons looked well used reflecting their age and helping to tell their history. In the car section everything was sparkling shiny making that exhibition more sterile, in my view at least. 

A German Brigade wagon from the military 600 mm. railways. This one is fitted with a tarpaulin cover.
It is almost self evident that a German technical museum should display one of the well known Brigadeloks and this museum indeed has one. Here a somewhat rebuilt example by the Polish State Railways PKP Tx 203 (Borsig 10380/1919).
Besides all the 1:1 objects the museum relies on a large number of models to give the visitor an idea of how technology was used and to show a wider variety of items than would be possible in full scale. All the models are to a very high quality and certainly of museum quality. Some of them are indeed museum items with a fascinating history themselves. More on that in a later post.

750 mm loco on standard gauge wagon and 600 mm loco on its own track. The 750 mm. loco is HF 2822, a KDL 11 type loco built by Franco Belge in 1944. The 600 mm. loco is a Henschel 'Riesa' (28514/1949)
Among other historical sites in Berlin I also visited the Commonwealth War Graves on Heerstrasse. I thought it fitting to pay my respect to some of the young men that helped fight Nationalsocialism and ensure a democratic Europe. Thank you.