308 results found for 'buildings'

  • Scratchbuilding a Modern Bracket Signal

    Tony Sissons

    Issue 171 (2006)



    When it comes to building working colour-light signals in 4mm scale, Tony Sissons is in a class of his own.

    Tags: scratchbuilding

  • Scratchbuilding Model Wagons

    Chris Crofts

    Issue 14 (1987)



    In the third part of his widely acclaimed series, Chris Crofts, having discussed the anatomy of common private owner wagons at length, gets down to modelling them in 4mm. Here he describes his own perfectionist methods for building and painting bodywork.

    Tags: paints / painting, private owner, scratchbuilding, wagons

  • Scratchbuilding No. 202

    Guy Williams

    Issue 10 (1986)



    Guy Williams, Pendon's CME, needs no introduction. His crusade to produce a stud of 4mm locomotives as near to dead scale as possible dates from the late 1940s, when most modellers were content with three-rail 00. His drive, fired by Roye England's critical appreciation, has inspired and maintained Pendon's quest for locomotive perfection and, as a by-product, the now-famous book 'Locomotive Construction in 4mm scale' (Ian Allan). This article, however, is Guy's first published chronology of the building of an individual engine. There is something about a Guy Williams locomotive, something which sets it apart and, with such near to scale components, their sheer delicacy so often makes them appear as if they were really shrunken prototypes. However, beyond this, perhaps his greatest achievement is his ability to capture the very soul of the engine concerned, an ability he has passed on to his fellow modellers and proteges Tony Reynalds, Andrew Field and Paul Morgan (who now keep him very much on his toes!). This really is an artist at work, and here he describes how he built No. 202.

    Scratchbuilt GWR '517' class 0-4-2T no. 202.

    Tags: GWR / Great Western Railway, pre-grouping, scratchbuilding, steam locomotives

  • Scratchbuilt signalbox in brass and styrene sheet

    Tony Sissons

    Issue 158 (2005)



    Tony Sissons has adopted some unconventional methods for the buildings on his P4 layout, Charlotte Road.

    Tags: buildings, scratchbuilding, signal boxes

  • Setting up a portable kit-building workshop

    Rod Neep

    Issue 5 (1986)


    An essential pre-requisite for any modeller is space in which to work. Whilst the area required for kit-building need only be small, we often find ourselves in direct conflict with the requirements of a certain other member of the family! Very often the space happens to be the kitchen table, or some other obtrusive situation, and an intolerable state of affairs can soon arise. When Rod Neep began kit-building the circumstances soon developed where just about every meal was taken on a tray, while watching television, and the surface of the kitchen table remained unseen for weeks on end. Obviously something had to be done and the following is Rod's solutions.

    Instructions for building a set of simple, portable units for holding tools, as well as a list of 'essential' tools for the kit builder.

    Tags: tools

  • Sheeted Open in Resin

    Gerry Beale

    Issue 87 (1996)



    Building a 7mm model of a GWR O11 where the tarpaulin - usually so tricky to represent - has been beautifully moulded in resin.

    Tags: GWR / Great Western Railway, kits, wagons

  • Slate Roofing

    Bob Alderman

    Issue 131 (2001)


    A general overview of slate roof construction by Bob Alderman.

    Tags: buildings

  • Small Prairie

    Brian Williams

    Compendium 3 (1997)



    Brian Williams choses a Malcolm Mitchell kit of the GWR 45XX as a first exercise in etched kit building.

    Tags: GWR / Great Western Railway, kits, steam locomotives

  • Small Suppliers Forum

    Issue 17 (1987)


    Faulkner's Engraving Services - engraved layout plaques. Brian Robinson - kits and bits. John K. Flack - tools and materials. Chris Leigh - diesel body parts in 4mm. Mike Bryant - 'Chassis Building in the Smaller Scales' book. Tammerlaine - 4mm locomotive fittings. Underhill - Peckett 0-4-ST kit.

    Tags: Small Suppliers Forum

  • Small Suppliers Forum

    Issue 25 (1988)


    Connoisseur Models - 4mm pointwork. M&L kits - move to Nucast. Cherry Scale Models - drawings, lining pen and paints. Clays Railway Circle - 2mm LNER/BR wagon kits. Mike Bryant components - move to Precursor Models. The Engine Shed - Bilteezi card kits. Island of Northumberland - LSWR 20T brake kit. Cotswold Models - Humbrol No 133 availability. Ratio - 2mm plastic building kits. Branchlines - new etched brass kits.

    Tags: Small Suppliers Forum