23 January 2018: Simpson Village Hall

We welcomed two new members. Chris Abbott is building an 009 layout in his narrow boat, and the baseboard is next to his bed! John Szmigielski brought a completed Peco GVR whitemetal loco finished with Narrow Planet plates and Fox transfers, a Five79 Skylark with homemade tram skirts, and a bogie coach scratch built from two shortened Ratio GWR carriage sides. All are finished in attractive ‘wine red’.

Brian Key had a Chivers VOR loco on a Minitrix chassis that he’s converting to outside frames. John Shawe has made some brass cranks and Brian will create dummy frames from thin plasticard. Nigel Bartram was building a Dundas L&B four wheel open wagon and showing a Society RNAD brake van he’s fitted with ‘top hat’ brass axle bushes to improve the running. Malcolm Harrison showed three locos, a Dundas Penrhyn ‘Linda’ kit from ebay he is marrying to an Ibertren chassis from Society Sales, a Narrow planet Bagnall kit that is almost ready for painting, and a Heljan ‘Exe’ from which he’s removed the ‘cow catchers’ as he prefers the look of the loco without them. Eugene Thomas purchased a partly completed layout, Brancaster Staithe, from Des Trollip. The track is laid, the landscape structure is in place and Eugene has the fun of completing the scenery. David Gander came with a completed Backwoods ‘Russell’ he brought from Society Sales, a Jelly Models ‘Draisina’, and boxes of injection moulded parts for the new Society wagon kits. Apparently, he’s looking for volunteers to package them. Everyone took a step backwards at that point. John Rees was mass producing Greenwich couplings for use with future projects, including the new Society steel bodied wagons. We’d better get the kits packaged!
We welcome modellers in all scales and gauges. Des was converting a 1:24 Ferguson tractor kit into a loco tractor, Chris Krupa was building a highly detailed Russian MiniArt 1:35 bus kit, and Stephen Clulow was thinking of painting 7mm scale figures.


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