Chronicling the development of my Cambrian and Narrow Gauge 4mm scale model railway

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Continuing the pavilion construction…

Construction is straightforward and it’s worth clamping everything as it sets to get rid of any gaps. Black straight lines don’t look real in any setting. 

Note in the view above I have used some scrap card to glue the infills to the door windows in place so my doors are bereft of windows. I generally do something like this on every kit somewhere to make sure mine isn’t “factory default”. 

The cotton wool buds are used to clear any glue out of the window frames or any other unwanted areas. It’s always worth doing that while the glue is wet, and remember to wipe the glue from the cotton bud before using it a second time. 

Often with Metcalfe kits, you need to run the glue on two edges on different components to stick them together. Only being blessed with two hands, here’s my top tip of using two bulldog clips to form handy legs to hold the first piece upright while I run the glue into the second piece. 

This picture demonstrates I need to get the felt tip pen out again and tidy up those corners. 

Next up I need to think what to do about that very obvious interior and also print out a scoreboard better than the one with the kit (they supply 4 clocks with different times, but only one scoreboard). 

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I mentioned the other day in my post on flashing, that is try and dig out some pictures of what I meant. 

Instead I thought I’d build a Metcalfe kit and show you how I do it. 

The kit in question is the Pavilion – a Midi kit. I saw it when it came out and decided I must have it even though at present there are no plans for a cricket pitch on Penlowry, so it’s a bit of a wrong ‘un. 

The picture at the top shows you pretty much everything I use. A slightly blunt scalpel, bulldog clips and pegs, felt tip pens, cotton wool buds, a file, and copydex. Metcalfe suggest UHU but I’ve used copydex for card kits for years and it does the job. It also is incredibly easy to remove from everything model related apart from the jeans you’re wearing. For many years when I was growing up I had one of those life size card kits of an osprey hanging from my ceiling, and when it finally got binned it was still rock solid (when I was 28 and my parents were moving house- my bedroom had been left intact despite me moving out 10 years previously). 

The file is used to clean the corners of the windows which tend to get left with a “pip” from the scoring process. 

I use the felt tip pens to colour round the edges of the windows and the external corners of the building. Nothing I know (apart from some strange grasses in Australia) is the colour of cardboard apart from cardboard. I use orange and brown for wooden buildings and a graphite pencil to simulate mortar with brick and stone buildings. Next I’ll start the construction. 

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I think in model railways you need to make a choice on what you spend your money on. Somethings are worth it and some really aren’t. 

Today I knocked up a short track on which to run in locos using a rolling road. I have the DCC concepts one and it really is worth the money. Easy to use, well made, worth every penny. 

I used it today to run in the replacement chassis I got for the 43xx Mogul. 

For lubricating it and attaching it to the body, I put it in a cradle. You can buy proper cradles for locos but I really don’t see the point. I use a sponge that cost 50p from a local supermarket with a slot cut into it with a scalpel. Even the cheap one from Peco costs in the region of eight quid. 

It must be pretty a pretty awesome type of sponge to be 16 times the price of mine. 

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That can’t be real


if you saw this on a model railway you would naturally assume that either the modeller was bone idle or had run out of weathering paint. 

They do say truth is stranger than fiction and so’s the case here. This is a comparison of platform roads 8 and 9 in Leeds. 9, like most of the through roads at Leeds are primarily used by DMUs and show the evidence. 8 tends to be one of the 2 platforms reserved for the London service which is invariably (but not always) the electric Class 91 and Mk4s. The result is quite striking and would make an interesting talking point on a model.