News

Gazette Advert August 02 2018

The August issue of the Gazette has our full page advert incorrectly printed.

Here is the copy proof we sent them, just in case you think we are doing brown coaches!!!




SECR D class July 31 2018

work has started on the sample model at SMT.

Cab footplate

Boiler being added 

Basic tender body being formed

Some of the lost wax brass patterns


Dean Goods sample July 29 2018

pictures on Bucks Hill


Dean Goods July 26 2018

Progress continues at our builder SMT with most of the frame parts, both loco and tender now painted.

loco bodies and tender bodies are in the paint shop.

loco bodies cleaned and ready for painting

 

packed for the paint shop.

various painted components from wheels to tender frames and all the small parts such as brake pull rods etc.


BR 9F update July 13 2018

Just finished my visit to Primote. It was great to work one on one with the staff to check over the detailing and clear up information for the paint shop.

The ladies going over painting details. Our sample models are still used to clear up any detail errors etc even at this late stage. Even with the 3D Primote drawings use, models are still hand soldered in brass. So a sample helps both them and us to find any potential issues.

Here I am using a 2D print out of the GOD to check that the piping is correct on this production  Tyne dock 9F. Bit of a plumbers nightmare!

 

Different production versions painted ready for the lettering and numbering. I can then check all is ok so they can complete the rest of the models.

Here we have all the loco bodies ready for paint and trays of painted loco frames, tender frames, cylinders etc


Update July 10 2018

I am now in Korea to inspect progress on all projects.

I will post more photos later this week.

here are some views of the Dean Goods production sample.

 


GWR Coaches July 04 2018

The GWR coaches are now available. Reservation holders have been emailed to arrange shipping.


Weathered GWR 517 June 21 2018

A version 4, GWR 517 weathered by Martyn Welch for customers.

we have 3 of these remaining.


Dean Goods June 15 2018

Progress continues on the Dean Goods, the tenders are now at the paint shop and the loco frames are painted. Assembly of the loco bodies is well underway 

sample at SMT. (the green is lighter due to the fluorescent lights) 

crank axles and motion. Cranks are CNC machined not castings.

tender wheels ready to be pressed onto the axles

painted frames

loco body boilers and footplates ready for assembly

cabs under construction

footplates

 

 


Weathered GWR 517 models June 12 2018

Outside and inside framed customers models weathered by Martyn Welch

Click here for his website


Dean Goods June 11 2018

Production sample just awaiting plates.


Dean Goods June 07 2018

The painted production sample will be completed and shipped to us next week.

The second interim payment invoices (production sample stage) will be sent out next week.

S4 Boiler model being assembled

 

 


GWR Coaches June 04 2018

The GWR coaches are ready to ship to us from our builder.

After inspection we will be in touch to organise shipping to the customers.

now that they are complete the cost will increase this month. Reservation holders will always get a cheaper price as they support the projects.


GWR Coaches May 24 2018

The coaches are now finished. They will be shipped to us at the start of June. After checking we will ship them out.

final invoices are be prepared now. Shipping as always is free in the U.K. and we use DHL.


Update May 23 2018

The office is closed until 7th of June as I attend 0 Scale West in Santa Clara for our SP GS-4 project.

progress continues on the 9F project. Here a Tyne Dock version under construction  

 


Dean Goods Update May 20 2018

Progress continues on the Dean Goods production sample and main production

 


BR 9F update May 14 2018

Progress continues on the 9F's at Primote


Dean Goods and GWR Coach update May 13 2018

Work continues on the Dean Goods project to deliver August-September 2018.

S2 Boiler/smokebox assemblies

Cab floor assemblies

Smokebox assemblies

Cab assmblies for S2-S4 & B4 boilers

GWR E53/4 & C17 coaches

We are now at finally assembly stage with only LED lights and glazing to be fitted.

Inspection and shipping is next month. Final invoices for reserved models go out this month and the price increase takes place after that for non reserved models.


BR 9F & Dean Goods update April 27 2018

Progress continues!

When we started the GWR 517 with the company we had been with from the start we did not realise it would take three builders to make this project! As HK went under we moved the 517 to another builder, who soon showed they could not make the project to the required standard. At that time the staff at HK were finishing the coach sets. We ended up paying the staff and suppliers directly to get the coaches finished. Thankfully Mr Song agreed to set up business with us and the HK staff followed him. Now he and his staff are producing the best models to a realistic schedule and are bang on time with the Dean goods. We have our work cut out trying to keep up with them!

Mr Lo of Primote and his team continue to work hard and put up with my endless demands...

Malcolm Mitchell and I have almost finished our correction comments for the GWR Castle sample. Once the model has been corrected we will hand it over to John Edwards and Bob Meanley and let them scrutinise it. Then Cliff and Bryan will deal with the DCC sound and running. After that its the big task of correcting all the versions ready for full production.

Its often a long hard road to get these models made and we really do appreciate the kind comments and support from our customers. It makes the job worth the effort.

Thanks to everyone that helps out. Now back to sorting out the research for the Southern Pacific GS-4!

Lee

BR 9F.

Various types of 9F frames. These are all different

 

Dean Goods

Dean Goods loco wheel centres

no clues....

Loco footplates

Cab floors

B4 fireboxes back from the press shop

S2, S4 and B4 boilers


Dean Goods update April 24 2018

Further progress at SMT on the Dean Goods project. The production sample is well under way now.

It will be an S4 boiler in the 1900 livery. Period 1

Boilers under construction for the S2 & S4 versions

Smokeboxes and other parts for the boiler assemblies 

Boiler units for the B4 versions

footplates

water pickup domes for the tenders

brake gear assemblies

production sample under construction

coal rail tender for the production sample under construction


BR 9F update April 23 2018

Primote continue to make good progress for us.

Did you know that after being badly let down by our original builder (HK train) the project was started from scratch again by Primote? They allowed me to add more detail and in the end we have a total of 30 versions! So much for BR standard classes....

boiler/smokebox units

boilers

cab units

cab/firebox units

modern art sculpture or 9F footplates?


Update Dean Goods April 18 2018

Progress continues on the Dean Goods at SMT

S4 Boiler production sample under construction

loco frames under construction 

loco frames

footplates

cylinder blocks

rolled boilers

frame detail parts, such as the ashpans

tender well tanks

 


Weathered GWR 517 April 08 2018

Beautiful work on one of our 517 models by Martyn Welch

photos by Martyn Welch


Update Dean Goods April 04 2018

Progress continues with the Dean Goods. Now work has begun on the loco frames at SMT.

 

2500G & 3000G tenders under construction

tender side frames

tender well tanks

 

loco frames

CNC machined gearbox frames. Specially designed for each project.