Malcolm Harrison’s latest loco – a 3D printed body heavily modified so as to use a Fleischmann 0-4-0 chassis rather than a Kato tram chassis (Phto: Andy Holt)
Our February meeting was a modelling session at the Reading Rooms, Great Gransden. We were able to congratulate two of our members in particular: Malcolm Harrison’s layout “Achalraj” had featured in Continental Modeller for March 2019, and Bob Menzies won the 009 Society railcar challenge (as announced in the March 009 News). Bob also had with him a “sister” railcar, a works vehicle built with the remaining parts of the Ashover kits used for the challenge.
John Shawe had a Heljan 2-6-2 with new pony trucks and smaller wheels, which ran impeccably. We gather the next step will be to convert it to 8mm gauge. Malcolm brought a pair of Oxford IOMR tanks, rebuilt with 009 chassis, that he found on e-Bay. Chris Krupa’s Russian bus kit is edging towards completion, but he also had a rake of Corris brake vans, illustrating all the different variations that have been made to this vehicle over the years. John Szmigielski and Brian Key were constructing buildings from Metclafe and Wills, while Tony Clarke and David Gander had a selection of wagon kits. My T gauge outfit and HO radio-controlled VW were available for a closer look. Thanks to Sylvia for the now-traditional chocolate cake.