Tuesday, 30 June 2015

More info on KML 5 gas generator loco

While going through a box with an assortment of brochures picked up from visits to narrow gauge railway museums, I found this from Feldbahnmuseum Oekoven on their preserved KML 5 with gas generator. Basically the little flyer tells all you the basic facts about the loco - in case you read German, that is!

My own model of a KML 5 in 1:35 scale is a good representation of the prototype and I would recommend anyone to try the 3D printed model - it is an interesting prototype and well designed. All I added was a Bullant motor bogie, some small details and paint.

Sunday, 21 June 2015

Placing Buildings

After having worked out the basic design and general placement of the buildings, walls and fences on module 4, I had to figure out how close to the track I could place them. As Nystrup Gravel is a very normal industrial railway, there is no such thing as an authorized construction profile that regulate minimum distance from track to buildings or other objects. I do however want all my locos and rolling stock to be able to pass safely through the industrial district, so I did some testing during this week. The results (and some figuring out what equipment Nystrup Gravel might acquire in the future) showed that a minimum distance of 4 cm. from track centre was sufficient. Allowing for 1 cm. of extra clearance on each side of the track I decided not to place any object closer to the track centre than 5 cm. I also considered that there has to be room for my hand when cleaning rails.

Nystrup Gravel's speeder is tested for fit between buildings on module 4. The building of Bankes Bakelit needs to be heightened a bit. Good thing to have a card board mock up to work on.
Two strips of plywood acts as a guide for the brick wall. I will add a wooden fence where the masking tape is placed.
Part of my rail profile collection in action, holding down the plywood strips while the glue sets.
The foam board wall test fitted between the strips. My plaster castings of brick wall segments have been glued to the foam board with PVA-glue. On the wall's other side I fitted Tamiya's brick wall paper. Most people will never see that side of the wall so I guess a rudimentary presentation of bricks will do. I'm looking forward to see the speeder race past the brick wall.
Not only my 1:35 scale model of an industrial railway have a somewhat relaxed relationship to a construction profile. On the Danish beet railways the transfer of a steam locomotive from one line to another led to the loco simply being put out of use. On its first test run it turned out to be too large to pass under a viaduct. It seems as if the the beet railways at least once acquired a loco without checking the construction profile. A report from a test run in 1920 of a brand new steam loco led to the conclusion that one particular house near the track could only be passed by the loco if no one in the house fancied to open the windows!  Distances from the new loco to other buildings also seem much smaller than comfortable. No attempt seems to have been made to set up signs to warn drivers.

Monday, 15 June 2015

Summer puts a hold on modelling

Summer (combined with a lorry model that is fighting every effort I make at constructing a barely acceptable model) has put a short halt to my modelling activities. Lots of garden and house chores is being performed, though. I have been lucky enough to spend a few days on railway work in 1:1 scale. I have taken part in the running of passenger trains and the usual manual labour to keep the track in good order. Fortunately I really enjoy working with real narrow gauge railways and I pick up a lot of inspiration every time I volunteer on HVB. Just check out the film below - who wouldn't want to recreate such a nice train in model?

Modelling will be taken up again soon. No doubt the Danish weather will swiftly change and provide plenty of time for indoor activities. Plans for defeating the uncooperative lorry model have been drawn up and a supply of brick wall segments cast in plaster awaits being combined into a wall for my factory module. My summer vacation is also in sight and will as usual contain some modelling - more on that later.

The loco shunting skips in the film above is Deutz 10204 from 1931. Originally equipped with a petroleum engine it is now fitted with a Ruston & Hornsby diesel engine. As the British engine runs in the opposite direction of the original you have to put the loco in reverse to go forward. Be sure to think twice before you take off! Here the driver carefully position skips in the shed at Brandhoj station - the 700 mm. main line can be seen to the left.

Friday, 5 June 2015

Constitution Day and Shrubbery

Today was Constitution Day in Denmark. Each year we celebrate how democracy was introduced in Denmark in 1849. This year we also celebrate the centennial of women's right to vote. The day is a day off at the university where I work and the nice summer weather took me out on the porch to do a little modelling.

In an effort to spice up my bridge module with a bit more undergrowth I took advantage of some commercially made bushes.They are from Polak Model from the Czech Republic. I thought the banks of the stream needed more growth. I test planted some of the bushes and will continue to plant more along the stream.

My bushes are willow green and will add a touch of light to the banks of the stream.
The bushes right out of the package. They are fitted to a thick piece of felt with static grass and a little flock.
Planting bushes on the porch in Danish summer weather. A glass of French rosé adds to the pleasure.
While I like to do a lot of things from scratch, it is great to be able to take advantage of well made bushes right out of the box. It surely adds speed to my landscaping efforts.

Sunday, 24 May 2015

Track Building

With cork underlay glued in place only too little spare time and a lack of rail spikes have prevented me from getting some track down on my new module. This week saw the post man deliver a little pack with rail spikes from KBscale and with some time to spare this weekend, I got half the track down in no time.

I took advantage of prototype practice when designing the connections of the track panels. The point where two panels met was in real life a weak point and a solid wooden sleeper placed underneath could help bring stability to the track. Dummy fish plates will be glued in place later.

Most of the track on the module are steel sleepered panels from James Coldicott. I decided to make the first half length of track with wooden sleepers and Peco code 100 rail as on the neighbouring module. The transition between code 100 and the code 83 rail used in the panels was made up with a wooden sleeper fitted with brass shims to bring the code 83 rail in height with the Peco profiles. The rail ends were soldered together. The track panels are connected in pretty much the same way. A wooden sleeper under the rail ends, a slice of thin brass under both rail ends, add heat and solder and I have what I hope will be a solid connection.

Nystrup Gravel is now a little longer! Where the Coldicott track panel needed to be bent, I removed the resin 'web' under the rail profiles.  I have dared to portray the track a bit more crooked than I have before. Testing will show whether I over did it. No ballasting before I know if the track works!

Sunday, 17 May 2015

Unfocused Progress

Spring is developing in full here in Denmark and contributes to outdoor activities in the garden and on the 1:1 railway. I'm still making progress on my modelling, anyway. Unfocused it is, though,

This weekend I have been making good progress on the double cab Ford. The cargo bed is now assembled and the chassis painted. The finishing of the cab is somewhat slowed down by my ambition of fitting a three man crew to the lorry. The figures are basically done now and only needs some painting, but I haven't found out how to fit them in their seats and bring upper and lower cab parts together around them.
I'm still working on the cab. On the outside the surface is almost sanded smooth and ready for the fitting of details. The interior is painted and the dash board fitted with decals. Now I'm wondering how to fit the figures I have built.
After my December move I'm not short of boxes to sort. I'm still finding interesting stuff I had forgotten I had. Sunday morning was spent drinking coffee in my little greenhouse while reading the article 'Kotanga' from Continental Modeller from June 1991 about a 9 mm scale industrial railway model. The newest book in my library underlined the long history of modelling narrow gauge railways.

Inspirational reading - and relaxing. The Continental Modeller article is one of a few 'harvested' from my old collection of Railway Modeller and Continental Modeller. Only those selected articles are now filed - the rest of the magazines were disposed of.

Sunday, 3 May 2015

Working on Module

With most of the planning for the new module done work has now begun. I have been adapting the end profile to make it fit the bridge module. Nothing major - just five minutes with the power saw, some insulation foam, knife and plaster. After a test fit I went over the profile again and added a little more filler where needed.

I have also glued down the cork underlay. At each module end I fitted two brass screws. When laying track I solder the rail ends to the screws, thus making sure the rail ends are properly fixed and won't come off too easily in case of an accident. Next step is to lay the James Coldicott steel sleepered track panels. 

Gluing down cork. Weights from a variety of sources - a slice of 60 kg/m rail. three steel balls from a wagon turntable ball race and a bucket of gravel for ballasting. Spring has arrived in Denmark and I can work outside again!
I am also currently trying to cast brick wall segments from plaster in a silicone mould from Diorama Debris. I hope to use the plaster segments for the brick wall that separates Bankes Bakelit from Nystrup Gravel's track.

Silicone moulds for bricks and brick wall.