October.. It's been a while....

Posted by Matt Wickham on October 26, 2013 at 6:35 PM

I haven’t written a blog for a little while and there are a few reasons as to why.

The layout has now been completed and is fully restored to working order, so taking advantage in August of what dry weather we have had meant a lot of running to catch up on so quite a few locos have been out on the layout so I hope in the not to distant future towards the end of this year I will get a few videos together.


3D printing – Not joke I have printed something!

Project Met’s


As most who read this blog, which I am sure there are… a few, will know I have been attempting to replace the old mocked up Metropolitan coaches made from Ratio kits, for a while these have been ok problem is your standards over time go up… and then they start to look out of place.

So designing my own Metropolitan Chesham set in 3D to take advantage of this new technology was a major challenge, and a step in to the unknown of 3D modelling something I have not done in 8 years since school.

After 8 months, or struggles and problems, and a lot of help from Tawe TMD on Facebook, We are now making major strides to having a set of coaches.

The first prints arrived in July, a chassis made in a Nylon material (WSF) a bogie made in Frosted Detail, and a body shell made in the same material. This gave me a chance to look and see, and inspect the first one and get an idea of improvements and changes. The print did have an issue on one side and one end, which Shapeways say was their fault so are re-printing it.

I have made several modifications, including indentations for hand rails, the bar across the window, and for a door handle.

I have removed the seating from the coach and strengthened up the rear end of the brake due to some warping and bowing in the bottom of the body. The partitions in the coach / internal walls have been modified so if a person wishes too they can add lighting.




More 3D modelling and printing:

I have also started a project B, with more knowledge about 3D printing and design I decided to put what I learn in to another project which I announced in August, which will be GN Saloon, I have built up a body which needs a bit of adjusting as well as a chassis, it has been designed to take Hornby Greasley bogies. More news and progress once the Mets have been completed.



Bachmann Announcements in August.

31st August 2013, Bachmann members day at the Bluebell railway.

I personally knew of an announcement but still wasn’t clear what, as they had measured quite a few locos there. But on the members day, Bachmann announced they will be producing an Ex LBSC, Br, H2 Atlantic model. So a first an Atlantic in RTR… great news! Price is still un-announced, but reckoned to be around £100 – 110, due out 2015 / 2016.

There are 2 models at this moment in time to pre-order:


31-920 H2 Class Atlantic 4-4-2 No. 2426 ‘St. Alban’s Head’ in Southern Railway olive green livery

31-921 H2 Class Atlantic 4-4-2 No. 32424 ‘Beachy Head’ in BR black livery with early emblem.


Model Rail Mag’s USA Tanks… another announcement.

During the Bachmann’s members day at the Bluebell it was announced the production of the USA Tanks has been taken over by Bachmann. It is believed taking in to account their status on facebook, it has been done to keep to time and not to delay it any further.

Either way I am sure who ever made It Bachmann or Dapol it still would have been great.


“Model Rail is now working with Bachmann Europe to design and produce our exclusive 'OO' gauge SR USA Tank. Revised delivery schedules will be announced as the project proceeds, but all other details, such as numbers/liveries etc stay the same. All pre-orders remain unaffected too. We'll bring you more updates on the model as it develops. Pre-orders for all four 'Batch 1' models are very strong, especially so for the two BR models and advance ordering is recommended even at this early stage. Further versions will be added in due course, covering all major livery variations across military, industrial, BR and preservation eras. Look out in Model Rail for updates over the coming months and thanks for your patience and enthusiasm”


Steam on the Met .. running out of Steam?

Last Sunday I went out to watch Steam on the Met, sadly again disappointed, this time Met 1 and L150 both failed, only leaving the Pannier 9466 left, I only stayed around for 2 hours only going as far as Rickmansworth, quite a disappointing trip out… I have taken some photos and videos, which will be put up on FlickR and Youtube.

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Severn Valley Gala

 I attended the autumn gala at the Severn Valley at the end of September a great show lots to see, some great locos that were in steam, you can see it all on my video of the event.

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TAD Rail, Scalefour / Scale forum, Wycrail 2013.

I have attended a couple of Exhibitions since the time I last posted, with another local one coming up.

Scale Forum, put on by Scalefour group, which includes P4, EM ect... was a good show some excellent layouts there, price was a bit step for the show but some good traders there to stock up on kits, and various parts and paint!

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TAD rail, put on by Tring and district model railway club, in early October this was a good exhibition last year, so decided to go again this year, sadly it wasn't as good as last year, seemed as though there wasn't enough layouts and the space wasn't well used, and more layouts could of been there.... the entrance fee of £6 didn't help its cause, meaning the attendance was quite poor... such a shame.

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Wyrail, 2nd November 2013

 As most are aware, I am a member of the High Wycombe and District Model Railway Society, and its coming up to the Club's exhibition. With 31 Layouts, and an entrance fee of £5... a lot better value, with also Hornby in attendance.

Details are:

The 2013 WYCRAIL exhibition is on Saturday 2nd November at:


HP12 4UD


Tickets Adult: £ 5.00
Child: £ 3.50
Family: £ 11.00
(2x Adults + 2x Children)


Find more details on layouts attending and trade on their Exhibition Website:


New Stock!

I have received the Hornby Maunsell open 3rd coach, which wasn't expected till Jan 2014, but looks like a small batch have landed in the UK, with mine coming from ebay for £30.
Sadly no images of the coach as of yet, but here's a review video on the coach:

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New loco's

Bachmann Dukedog
Well soon, in the next month or two, the Dukedog from Bachmann will arrive, having sold off a kit bash version I had a few years ago since I heard this was on the cards, it's been a long wait, but soon it will be here. Very much looking forward to it, being the only GWR loco which I will own.
Due November - December / Jan, I expect it may appear at Warley exhibition at the end of November.

New E4
 I have purchased another LBSC E4 kit from a friend of mind, needs quite a bit of work but it's progressing well, having rebuilt the chassis, and now working on the body, putting additional details on the body. The Kit I believe is the old Weald kit, with an upgraded compensated chassis, which needed work on re-aligning the axle boxes.
But hopefully soon, pictures will be posted up.
The livery will be the BR livery it carried prior to the SR livery it currently wears. B473 (Birch Grove) can be found in the loco shed, pending some copper welding due to a boiler issue.

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