Wordless Wednesday


Paint me a picture

Usually as a modeller when doing research we tend to look at books, photos and if we’re lucky enough some actual 1:1 scale items up close. While researching things for South Heighton cement works I was reminded of some paintings of another cement works up the Ouse Valley.

Eric Ravilious was an English painter, designer, book illustrator and wood engraver. He was born in London in 1903 and studied at Eastbourne School of Art and the Royal College of Art. His early work is mainly of the countryside in the South East with the odd urban london scene. He later went on to do designs for Wedgwood and became an official war artist during World War II. Unfortunately he was killed in 1942 when the RAF sea rescue plane he was aboard crashed near Iceland.
He used to stay at Furlongs near Lewes and painted lots of local scenes, one of those being the cement works at Rodmell. (Also know as Asham or Beddingham works)

Paintings and modelling are both forms of creative expression and I don’t see why you can’t using paintings as reference material. Paintings may not be as accurate as a photo or scale drawing but they can give you ideas. Its down to these paintings thats some Narrow Gauge will be present on South Heighton and a small 009 layout that I have starting drawing up some plans for.
I’m sure there are a fair few paintings and models based on the same subject matter. Modeller and artist Troels Kirk has taken things a step further by painting a couple of pictures of his models.  Here is the painting and Here is the model.


Little and Large

No not Syd and Eddie. I have been working on another two Rustons that are at different ends of the size spectrum in 4mm scale! A Judith Edge Ruston & Hornsby 165DS 0-4-0 DM and a Brian Madge Ruston LB

The Judith Edge kit is intended to build one of the two locos bought by BR in 1956 but you can adapted the kit to do one of the industrial versions and this is what I have done. The Ruston 165’s came in three different varieties. A DS (Mechanical), DE (Electric) and DH (Hydraulic). The later locos had a different cab front but you can build any of the earlier versions from the kit. The main external differences are the jackshaft arrangement, front grill, handrail positions and exhaust position. Some also had different bonnet doors which would mean making your own to add to the kit.
Having decided I wanted to do one of the 165DS’ with the longer coupling rod to the jackshaft from the front axel, I searched for some suitable pictures. Flickr came to the rescue and I settled on basing mine on this loco that was at Thurrock.

The kit goes together well and is pretty straight forward. I fitted the loco with a High Level  Loadhauler+ gearbox and a cheap ebay motor which works well. Clearance for the different jackshaft is tight so I moved the steps out a small amount and reduced the with of the treadplates. You wouldn’t need to do this if building the kit as one of the BR ones. It just needs the lamps and builder plates fitting plus a good coat of weathering now.20180124_210616

So from something large to something small… The Ruston LB is intended for use on South Heighton cement works (when I build it). The kit comes with etches for the body and details, a small chassis block, motor and pulleys.20180117_113411 Its quite fiddly being so small but goes together really well. The motor supplied extends into the cab and i’m working on a way to hide this. You can also fit a smaller motor so you can add more detail and a driver which I might do if I do another one. It doesn’t take long to build and is now waiting on some weathering plus fitting of a hook for Greenwich couplings.

20180124_211709 And I thought the 48DS was small!

Into the new


First off a very late Happy New Year to all the readers of this blog.
This year with see Herstmonceux and Tarring Neville out only a few times. Unfortunately I have had to withdraw Herstmonceux from Trainwest in April so the layouts first outing will be Railex in May. I’m really looking forward to this as I was born in Aylesbury and grew up going to the show so its a bit of a homecoming for me.  Then both layouts are out towards the end of the year with a trip to Brighton for Herstmonceux and Manchester for Tarring Neville.

As I was working on getting Tarring Neville finished last year I had some ideas about extending it. When I first started Tarring Neville it was more about using it to test out ideas than build an exhibition layout. As things progressed so too did the ideas. One being to add the cement works that were a stones throw away at South Heighton.newhaven1902_pic

It was a fairly large cement works and had a rail link to the Seaford branch. It closed in 1924 though so my plan is to reduce its size a little and make out that it stayed open longer. The idea is to make South Heighton a stand alone layout but also able to be joined to Tarring Neville to make a larger layout. I’m undecided if South Heighton will end up being viewed from all sides like Tarring Neville at the minute and I will go through the ideas and planning more in another post.

Some narrow gauge will certainly feature on South Heighton. The above being a 3D print from Shapeways which is on a Tsugawa Yokou TU-KOPPEL chassis. I’m going to change the chimney and add a cab plus some other details. I have a few skip wagons already but can see I will want quite a few more! and I hope to add a small Ruston LB diesel and a O&K RL1c diesel to the NG loco fleet.