News 2022

21st March 2022

      After a 3 month delay I finally got round to redeveloping this website in WordPress – hope you like the new version.
The delay was largely due to finishing some model designs so I could complete the etch designs – now completed & sent to the etchers.
The new models are (all 1:32 scale):-
      SECR H class – a complete redesign to the latest standards and components, also modelled in 3D for the exploded drawing instructions.
      LSWR M7
      GWR AEC Railcar Numbers 5 – 12 Diagrams W & X (Flying Bananas)
      LMS PI suburban coach set for the 3F
See the relevant pages on this website for more details

I will be taking my usual stand to the G1MRA 75th in October with my Inglenook Sidings style shunting layout attached to it (see here for details). This will enable customers (and others) to have a go at steam powered G1 shunting. I will supply a variety of locos (but you may bring & use your own) and wagons.
I will as usual be alone on my stand so I could do with some volunteers to assist in running the layout and I would like to go looking round the show at some point.
If you would like to assist please email me.

22nd March 2022

LSWR T3 page added – inital announcement.
The SR Q1 will also be available in 1/32 – I now have enough orders to justify this version.

14th April 2022

A bad dose of flu (NOT Covid) has forced a couple of weeks of design work – not fit enough to handle machine tools! The obvious target was the 1/32 scale Q1 as most of the design work was done – just rescale. Well not quite that easy as I have upgraded the boiler to a larger diameter version of the one I use on the T9, dual-fuel burner (gas or spirit), ditto fuel tank, added all the R/C bits, generally improved the design and added suspension. 3-point compensated for the loco, sprung centre axle on the tender. The etch design is now complete. I just need to build the 3D version in Solidworks – partly to prove it all fits together, partly to provide the exploded drawings for the instructions. Just hope the delay will not cause problems putting prototypes together for the G1MRA exhibition in October.

19th April 2022

New free services added – see here for details

17th May 2022

Some bad news for me personally – I need a cataract (or two) fixed fairly urgently.
Latest eye test today (16/5/22) has revealed this need. Optician booked me into a hospital on 1/6/22 (very quick) for further checks.
Examination there will reveal what really needs doing. Assuming the worst it may be possible to have the first cataract fixed a couple of weeks later then the second 2 weeks after that. Full recovery time 6 weeks, at which point I can have my eyes re-tested and get new spectacles a couple of weeks later.
This may put a serious crimp in my ability to put stuff together this year and stop me from even getting to the G1MRA exhibition in October.
As a one-man business this is likely to have a major impact on my prototype development for the October show and maybe even affect my ability to drive there.
Hopefully I should be able to do some work with one eye covered whilst waiting for the second eye to be done.
Not sure how good my vision will be at that point without spectacles to match the new lenses. Ultimately this should be good for me as I should be able to see better.
I hope this will not have too big an effect on my making kits for customers.
My apologies in advance to any customers who are affected by this unexpected development.
On top of that my wife and I should have been going on a one week walking holiday on Wednesday to Florence & Tuscany, but it has just been cancelled due to
the tour manager falling ill with no available replacement! This is the third year in succession this holiday been cancelled – the previous 2 due to Covid. It appears to be jinxed!

15th June 2022

First some good news – my first cataract operation is on 15th July with the second to follow within 4 weeks. hopefully this will have little impact on my ability to put models together.
More importantly (for customers) the trial etches for the SECR H (1/32) & LSWR M7 locos, the GWR railcar and the LMS carriages have arrived.

Now for the bad news – the cost of etching has risen by between 9 & 14%. I will absorb this and maintain my current prices for kits and ready to run locos and carriages. Unfotunately I will have to revise the costs for etch only supply with tank locos going up about £13 and tender locos by £20.
Should any further price shocks arrive I may be forced to review this again – Sorry.

I am obviously going to be very busy between now and the exhibition in October.

23rd June 2022

I now have a date for my second cataract operation on 19th August. That gives just 6 weeks to recover, get my eyes tested and new glasses so I can drive to the October exhibition – getting a bit tight.
The good news for the LMS 3F customers is that production is under way and I hope to be able to deliver the kits at the exhibition, or maybe even sooner – need to improve my cashflow!