Narrow Gauge


A Recent Charity Shop Find - what should I do?

I recently picked up this beautifully illustrated, soft-bound book at a local charity store for just £1.00. My intention was to use the coloured images as enamel signs on my 1:27.7 scale, narrow gauge railway layout but after doing some research I'm now wondering if I should keep the book intact.BackgroundRegular readers will know that I have been working on a narrow gauge railway layout - a shelf layout featuring scratch-built buildings and structures constructed to the rather unusual scale of 1:27.7 or 11mm = 1 foot. For more information check out this label.The mathsNormal HO-OO model railway track has a gauge (the distance between the tracks) of 16.5mm. Divide this by 18 inches (a recognised although rare gauge for industrial and military railways) and you get 11mm to the foot or 1:27.7 scale. In this scale (11mm to the foot) a normal height man would be between 63mm and 65mm tall. Not a common scale - hence all the scratch building.Enamel signs for decorationThe book has many colour (and some black

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Painting Rust Tutorial

As promised, today I will show how I paint rust effects on plastic. Step OneI chose a couple of plain plastic pieces. The white plastic bracket is from a small paint pot tester rack that I picked up from a scrap resources centre in Worceter for free. While the yellow/grey roller is a spare part from a label printer that had just been replaced and was going to be thrown away.Step TwoBoth pieces have been cleaned up and in the case of the white moulding, I have added a couple of plastic tube brackets or hole extensions which were glued in place with superglue.I have roughed up the plastic with some sanding sticks prior to applying paint.Step ThreeI produced this colour chart to show the main colours used. They are;1 - Charred Brown 72.045 Vallejo Game Color2 - 50/50 mix Charred Brown/ Orange Fire3 - Orange Fire 72.008 (Note - I usually use Hot Orange 72.009 but on this occasion I had run out)4 - Rusty Patina a textured craft paint that I have been experimenting with. I find that the texturing is a little t

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An Industrial Narrow Gauge Adventure - Adding Clutter part twenty-seven

Regular followers of this Blog will know that I have been working on an industrial narrow gauge railway layout built to 1:27.7 scale or 11mm = 1 foot. The choice of such an unusual scale has meant that much if not all items needed for the layout have had to be heavily modified and/or converted from existing models, completely 'scratch built' or sculpted by me.In a series of clutter themed posts which are planned to run throughout August I will demonstrate what materials I have used to model such items and how I have painted these various pieces of 'clutter' which will at some stage be added to the finished layout.The strangely shaped oil can to the rear right was copied from a similar can seen at the Bewdley Town Museum earlier this year. I was not able to get close enough to measure it, so I have estimated the size and I think I may have made it a little too big. It was made by gluing layers of 3mm thick plastic card together and wrapping with aluminium foil. The handle was more foil and the spout was a shor

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An Industrial Narrow Gauge Adventure - Adding Clutter part twenty-six

Regular followers of this Blog will know that I have been working on an industrial narrow gauge railway layout built to 1:27.7 scale or 11mm = 1 foot. The choice of such an unusual scale has meant that much if not all items needed for the layout have had to be heavily modified and/or converted from existing models, completely 'scratch built' or sculpted by me.In a series of clutter themed posts which are planned to run throughout August I will demonstrate what materials I have used to model such items and how I have painted these various pieces of 'clutter' which will at some stage be added to the finished layout.The two gas bottles above may look like the ones from the 1/35th scale Italeri Field Set, but they are in fact scratch-built using large plastic knitting needles that I 'turned' on a Black and Decker hand drill using pretty rudimentary tools. The caps and dials were scrounged from the Italeri set and glued in place with superglue. Painting followed my usual basecoat of acrylic paints then blending wi

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An Industrail Narrow Gauge Adventure - Adding Clutter part twenty-five

Regular followers of this Blog will know that I have been working on an industrial narrow gauge railway layout built to 1:27.7 scale or 11mm = 1 foot. The choice of such an unusual scale has meant that much if not all items needed for the layout have had to be heavily modified and/or converted from existing models, completely 'scratch built' or sculpted by me.In a series of clutter themed posts which are planned to run throughout August I will demonstrate what materials I have used to model such items and how I have painted these various pieces of 'clutter' which will at some stage be added to the finished layout.Another post of bits and pieces. From left to right they are; scaffold pole bases. I had seen these at a local building site and thought that they were worth modelling. They are used as bases for the scaffold and are simple metal plates with an upright pole or spike that fits into the bottom of the poles. They were made from plastic card and plastic rod. The thinner poles/tubes are plastic tubing, wh

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An Industrial Narrow Gauge Adventure - Adding Clutter part twenty-four

Regular followers of this Blog will know that I have been working on an industrial narrow gauge railway layout built to 1:27.7 scale or 11mm = 1 foot. The choice of such an unusual scale has meant that much if not all items needed for the layout have had to be heavily modified and/or converted from existing models, completely 'scratch built' or sculpted by me.In a series of clutter themed posts which are planned to run throughout August I will demonstrate what materials I have used to model such items and how I have painted these various pieces of 'clutter' which will at some stage be added to the finished layout.Seven metal petrol cans. These 2 gallon petrol/oil cans were inspired by a second-hand SHELL petrol can I saw at The Severn Valley Railway, the Bewdley station last month. At the time I didn't have a ruler or tape measure with me and was trying to scale the cans with a piece of scrap paper and taking images with my camera. A volunteer asked what I was doing and when I told him, he very kindly found m

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An Industrial Narrow Gauge Adventure - Adding Clutter part twenty-three

Regular followers of this Blog will know that I have been working on an industrial narrow gauge railway layout built to 1:27.7 scale or 11mm = 1 foot. The choice of such an unusual scale has meant that much if not all items needed for the layout have had to be heavily modified and/or converted from existing models, completely 'scratch built' or sculpted by me.In a series of clutter themed posts which are planned to run throughout August I will demonstrate what materials I have used to model such items and how I have painted these various pieces of 'clutter' which will at some stage be added to the finished layout.Today's update shows even more bits of clutter for the 1:27.7 scale layout. The larger, cut-down oil drum was scratch-built from an aluminium food tray, the smaller drum and green bucket were from the 1/35th scale Italeri Field Set while the metal poles are various plastic rod and strips, either shop bought or scrap plastic from the spares box. In all cases the painting was brush painted or sponged-o

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An Industrial Narrow Gauge Adventure - Adding Clutter part twenty-two

Regular followers of this Blog will know that I have been working on an industrial narrow gauge railway layout built to 1:27.7 scale or 11mm = 1 foot. The choice of such an unusual scale has meant that much if not all items needed for the layout have had to be heavily modified and/or converted from existing models, completely 'scratch built' or sculpted by me.In a series of clutter themed posts which are planned to run throughout August I will demonstrate what materials I have used to model such items and how I have painted these various pieces of 'clutter' which will at some stage be added to the finished layout.These three items were modelled from a simple 99p toy tractor picked up in PoundLand. The bucket is a simple re-paint, while the wheel and tire have been modified with holes drilled in the hub and the tyre cut back to show that it is a flat. The rectangular panel is made from plastic card, but the hub is from the tractor's front wheel and glued in place with superglue.All three have been painted with

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An Industrial Narrow Gauge Adventure - Adding Clutter part twenty-one

Regular followers of this Blog will know that I have been working on an industrial narrow gauge railway layout built to 1:27.7 scale or 11mm = 1 foot. The choice of such an unusual scale has meant that much if not all items needed for the layout have had to be heavily modified and/or converted from existing models, completely 'scratch built' or sculpted by me.In a series of clutter themed posts which are planned to run throughout August I will demonstrate what materials I have used to model such items and how I have painted these various pieces of 'clutter' which will at some stage be added to the finished layout.The two oil drums are scratch built pieces made from aluminium food trays as described in this earlier post. These were my first attempts at impressing and rolling the foil and as such are experiments that although look OK are a little out of scale or too tall. The blue oil drum was made using the same techniques as the green and yellow oil drum but is taller and not so wide. The rusted exa

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An Industrial Narrow Gauge Adventure - Adding Clutter part twenty

Regular followers of this Blog will know that I have been working on an industrial narrow gauge railway layout built to 1:27.7 scale or 11mm = 1 foot. The choice of such an unusual scale has meant that much if not all items needed for the layout have had to be heavily modified and/or converted from existing models, completely 'scratch built' or sculpted by me.In a series of clutter themed posts which are planned to run throughout August I will demonstrate what materials I have used to model such items and how I have painted these various pieces of 'clutter' which will at some stage be added to the finished layout.The larger piece of exhaust was made from various pieces of plastic tubing, some pen barrels and straws. The metal banding and mounts were either sticky-back plastic and/or strips of aluminium. The demijohn is a modified resin casting detailed with new Green Stuff handles while the rest of the bits are scrap plastic found in my bits box or scrounged from work.Painting was done with the same technique

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An Industrial Narrow Gauge Adventure - Adding Clutter part nineteen

Regular followers of this Blog will know that I have been working on an industrial narrow gauge railway layout built to 1:27.7 scale or 11mm = 1 foot. The choice of such an unusual scale has meant that much if not all items needed for the layout have had to be heavily modified and/or converted from existing models, completely 'scratch built' or sculpted by me.In a series of clutter themed posts which are planned to run throughout August I will demonstrate what materials I have used to model such items and how I have painted these various pieces of 'clutter' which will at some stage be added to the finished layout.Another post showing bits and pieces.Back Row;A scratch-built gas container made from some spare plastic tubes, detailed with sticky-back plastic and some plastic rod. A plastic bucket from the Italeri 1:35th scale Field Set, and a  galvanised metal bucket made from rolled-up aluminium tin foil (a tin food tray). The final piece  is a section of retail dispenser, used for holding small pots

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An Industrial Narrow Gauge Adventure - Adding Clutter part eighteen

Regular followers of this Blog will know that I have been working on an industrial narrow gauge railway layout built to 1:27.7 scale or 11mm = 1 foot. The choice of such an unusual scale has meant that much if not all items needed for the layout have had to be heavily modified and/or converted from existing models, completely 'scratch built' or sculpted by me.In a series of clutter themed posts which are planned to run throughout August I will demonstrate what materials I have used to model such items and how I have painted these various pieces of 'clutter' which will at some stage be added to the finished layout.More rusty bits. A selection of rusty clutter made from items from my spares box.Starting on the left, we have a couple of pieces of pen and pencil barrels, glued together, next is a length of plastic tubing and then another section of plain pen barrel. The flat sheet is just plastic card and the three pipe lengths to the right are from a cheep £1.00 play-house toy. They are door pillars from the por

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An Industrial Narrow Gauge Adventure - Adding Clutter part seventeen

Regular followers of this Blog will know that I have been working on an industrial narrow gauge railway layout built to 1:27.7 scale or 11mm = 1 foot. The choice of such an unusual scale has meant that much if not all items needed for the layout have had to be heavily modified and/or converted from existing models, completely 'scratch built' or sculpted by me.In a series of clutter themed posts which are planned to run throughout August I will demonstrate what materials I have used to model such items and how I have painted these various pieces of 'clutter' which will at some stage be added to the finished layout.This latest update shows a wide range of different bits. The glass Demijohns are two that I sculpted and then had cast in resin. They have been painted with acrylic paints and the glass area has then been varnished with KLEAR, two or three coats to get the high gloss effect. The labels on the nearest one are just pieces of paper glued in place with PVA glue. The white enamelled earthenware pot is ano

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An Industrial Narrow Gauge Adventure - Adding Clutter part sixteen

Regular followers of this Blog will know that I have been working on an industrial narrow gauge railway layout built to 1:27.7 scale or 11mm = 1 foot. The choice of such an unusual scale has meant that much if not all items needed for the layout have had to be heavily modified and/or converted from existing models, completely 'scratch built' or sculpted by me.In a series of clutter themed posts which are planned to run throughout August I will demonstrate what materials I have used to model such items and how I have painted these various pieces of 'clutter' which will at some stage be added to the finished layout.A pair of 55 Gallon oil drums.The rust coloured oil drum is a yellow plastic toy that I picked up from a charity shop bin in Alcester, Warwickshire. It was only a couple of pence, but at 30mm tall and having a diameter of 20mm was an almost perfect 1:27.7 scale oil drum. I have no idea who made it or what it was originally intended for but as you can see it works perfectly with the 11mm = 1 foot work

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