Text and pictures by Graham 'Muz'.
I model the period approximately 1946 to 1949, whilst I have no actual layout in progress at the moment I have plans afoot for two. The first is Hawkhurst in Kent, the ex-Colonel Stephens branch line from Paddock Wood. I already have a couple of the buildings made for this layout and they can also be seen below. The second is Lydford junction to the west of Dartmoor on the main line to Plymouth. Any information, photographs or advice on either location would be appreciated.
I also use copious amounts of modellers license to allow me to model some of my other favourites. The models shown below are those where I have modified proprietary R-T-R models, built from kits or scratch built. As can be seen I like my models to have an in service weathered look.
|Q1 Class 0-6-0 NºC21, Little Engines kit|
|Finished a whole three weeks before Hornby announced the release of their R-T-R version. Complete with (non working) motion modelled between the frames. The Portescap motor combined with the weight of the white metal body enables this to pull just about anything!|
|H15 Class 4-6-0 Nº473 modified from Hornby N15|
|The body has all moulded handrails and pipes removed and replaced with wire etc. The cab roof has been replaced a Urie type. The chassis is fitted with a Portescap motor (with the cast block milled out to accommodate it), Romford wheels, cylinders from a Hornby Duchess, and valve gear from a Hornby Black 5. The tender is a Urie style 5000 gallon Crownline kit.|
|M7 Class 0-4-4 Nº481 modified Triang-Hornby|
|Early Triang-Hornby M7 with Romford wheels and Crownline detailing kit added. All moulded handrails and pipes replaced. Still fitted with Hornby X03 motor but runs well.|
All photographs are copyright Graham R 'Muz' Muspratt
Buildings: First | 2nd
This page was created 14 January 2004