Model railway locomotive and rolling stock construction in gauges 4mm / 00 and 3.5mm /. HO, plus 7mm, 1/4 inch and 1/45 scale Gauge O. Work also undertaken in Gauge 1 10mm and 3/8 inch scales. Special expertise in the narrower gauges and in outside frame prototypes.

This page carries details in .PDF form of some of my more recent customer commissions. Apart from giving a better idea of just how work actually goes into my locomotives, please feel free to borrow from any of the techniques and tricks that I have described in these 'Build Notes'. Just click on the image for the write-up. Some of these models are also featured in the Locomotive Gallery pages.

Valve Gear Rebuild of 7mm Scale Lynton and Barnstaple 2-6-2 Manning-Wardle

Lynton and Barnstaple 2-6-2
An example of the Alan Gibson produced kit for these engines assembled to run on the correct scale width 14mm gauge track, and which came in for attention to its Joy valve gear. There's also a clip of it running after the remedial work on YouTube HERE

Lynton and Barnstaple 2-4-2 'Lyn' in OO9

Lyn OO9 ready for paint
A build from the Backwoods Miniatures range, and which is unlikely to be repeated, now that Heljan have announced 'their' RTR version. Prototype was built by Baldwin in the USA during the 'Great Locomotive Famine', just after the turn of the century when all British locomotive builders were fully booked with orders for overseas.

Armortek Ordnance 25pdr field gun in 1/6th scale

Armortek 25 pdr in 1/6th scale
And now for something completely different...more model engineering than modelling, but an interesting diversion nonetheless, if only on account of the sheer size of the thing. 2 inches to the foot scale in fact.

Not exactly a bolt-together build, the gun elevating mechanism in particular requiring a lot of work to operate smoothly, the breech also needing a considerable amount of fettling and the addition of a retaining detent to hold the falling block in both the open and closed positions.

ROD WW1 Corrugated Iron Roof 'Couverts'

WW1 UK-built Couvert vans
Part of a series built from the French kit maker AMF87's range. The two here starting out as Nord versions, but have had new roofs and altered details to make them representative of some of the 24,000 wagons built in the UK for service on the Western front.

NS 4-6-4 finished as ROD 6

ROD 6 erstwhile NS 4-6-4
Another Railway Operating Division commission, based upon the kit from DJH Modelloco, in 3.5mm / ft. These engines passed to the Nord after WW1 and some survived long enough to run under SNCF ownership.

WW1 'Pershing' Consolidation

WW1 Pershing 2-8-0
Assembled from a DJH Modelloco HO scale kit. Modifed to represent a locomotive of the first unsuperheated batch, as built for the British army. Not as straightforward a conversion as it looks....

N.S.W.G.R. D52 Class

D52 2-8-0 in HO scale
Australian development of the unsuperheated 2-8-0 D50 series locomotives. It is essentially the AR Kits / DJH postwar condition kit to HO scale, but backdated to the engines' original appearance during their service with the British Railway Operating Division in France during WW1. In 1919 they were offered back to the N.S.W.G.R, but were not accepted - not ureasonably in the circumstances - due to 'wear and tear'. These war surplus D52s however eventually found their way to Belgium, where they ended their days hauling coal trains.

A Chimney Fit For A (Malcolm Mitchell) 'King'...

GW 'King' class chimney
For those of you who always wondered how to get the perfect fit of chimney, dome, sandbox or safety-valve cover onto a model locomotive boiler ..... read on. This Build Note covers the fly-cutting method, and I make no apologies by admitting that I merely trod in the same footsteps of past-masters Guy Williams and F. J. Roche.

Britrail 'Black 5' - from OO to EM

EM Gauge ex-LMS Black 5
16.5mm into 18mm does go - but only just. Along the way all the valve gear of one side dropped off, and the model ended up with a completely new arrangement of its brake shoe rodding. If I was asked do to do something like this again, it would only be if you crossed my palm with (real) silver. And then some. And no, don't even THINK about it in P4....