This page will ultimately carry data sheets, locomotive and rolling stock drawings, plus other material which I hope you may find useful.
You can also download a copy of my Terms and Conditions as a .PDF file from here.
LSWR and SR colour swatches
The HMRS have over the years published a series of Livery Registers, and I recently aquired one for the LSWR and SR. There was no swatch sheet inside, so I've put together one of my own. There are three paint sample cards - downloadable as 5 x 7 inch photo print .jpgs.
Imperial to Metric Thread Conversions
For those times when you can't find a supplier of Imperial fastners of the size you want.... The charts cover the most common smaller sizes that railway modellers will encounter, to wit British Association (BA), British Standard Whitworth form (BS) and British Standard Whitworth Fine (BSF). To round out the picture, I've done one for the Model Engineering (ME) thread and the nearest metric equivalents. Note that these charts also provide tapping and clearance drill sizes.
Imperial to Metric ready-reckoner
Here's a couple of pages covering Imperial measurements from 1/64th up to one inch in 32nds, 16ths, and on up, including 0.001s, and their metrical equivalents to two places of decimels. Saves all that faffing about with a calculator (or slide rule....remember them?). Print 'em out on white card, stick on the workshop wall or slip into a clear plastic sleeve.
A time-saver when working to old engineering drawings on modern machinery. Supplied as a .PDF file.
Modeller's ScaleConverter - v.09
Intended as an aid to both planning a model and in working out scale dimensions, this MS Excel spreadsheet covers most of the popular model railway and military modelling scales. Included are ratios for Gauge 3/LGB 1:22.5. It will convert from feet and inches as well as metric....though not simultaneously, I'm afraid!
This latest version is stripped down in width so as to display on smartphones with MS Pocket Excel or later equivalents. Clicking on the link will open up the Converter in Excel or your equivalent spreadsheet program - unless you select the 'save file' option.
To use, enter either metric - in mm - or feet and inches, or just inches at the top (but not both types of unit at once!) then scroll down to the row corresponding to your chosen scale, and read off the 'actual' dimension on the model in the leftmost column.