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I have decided that the NEWS page was too cumbersom in it's current format to continue and so I have changed to a BLOG format and here it is!


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Thank you - Michael Rayner

By m1ker, Dec 31 2017 07:22PM

Here is to wishing all my customers and friends a very happy , healthy and prosperous New Year for 2018 and thank you for your custom and friendship in the past twelve months.

I am not making any world shaking resolutions other than to try and add a few more blogs to this site in the coming year, which hopefully folk will find of interest.

With very best wishes Michael R.

By m1ker, Oct 25 2017 06:26PM

Earlier this summer I needed to make a fresh mould for the two 4mm LBSCR 5 plank open waggons that I offer. On close inspection of the master I realised that and I misquote Peter Sellars here 'time had passed it by and so should I'. So I returned once more to my modelling bench and here is the result.

The new chassis are cast in a tough load bearing resin, that needs no axle bushes for a free running, long life; a little fine lead shot is now added to the resin before vacuuming for a little more weight and the brake levers and brake rods and shoes are separate castings. The body is in our new and stronger white resin, which is a joy to work. As usual the kit is complete with wheel sets and couplings and good clear illustrated instructions, infact all you need except for glue, paint and transfers to make the model.

Have fun Mike R.

By m1ker, Apr 20 2017 08:48AM

Some of you are probably aware that I master and make kits in 4mm scale of Irish railways for Leslie Mcallister of Provincial Wagons. My latest kit for him is the rather odd looking CIE 'Double Beet' wagon, the kit is a development of the Bulleid corrugated open wagon that I mastered last year.

The original steel Bulleid open wagon chassis, which was unusual in itself with diagonal sole bars, rotted out fairly quickly but the bodies made from hot dipped galvanise lasted so the CIE stuck two of the old bodies on top of each other and put them onto redundant 20ft container chassis to produce high capacity wagons for carting sugar beet from the fields to the factory.

The model has required a lot of work to get it into production but I am happy to report that it is now well underway and will be on sale this weekend (22nd &23rd April) at the Bangor Show in Northern Ireland; along with a Skeleton Container Chassis Kit from the same wagon.

In the meantime, to anyone who has wondered why my normally prompt supply of orders has not been quite up to the mark, please accept my apologies but you now know and I hope that you understand.


By m1ker, Nov 14 2016 07:24PM

Yesterday I added a coach/waggon chassis to the website to run behind Super Nellie, this will give customers something to build on to run with the loco, as soon as the 'Festival' style coach body is finished - and I am working on it - it will be available. I am sure that it won't take a huge amount of imagination to come up with alsorts of bodies for the chassis; I have in mind a four poster bed and a testor bed for starters.

The chassis has my own wheels which have a profile similar to the Bachmann 'G' scale Thomas range diecast wheels, the wheels are cast in a black, tough, high impact resin impregnated with iron powder and the 4mm dia. axles run in ball races set into each axle box; all this is included in the kit.

One problem that the bearings have caused is that the chassis will not stay put on the slightest incline, so an effective releaseable brake has been designed and comes as standard.

The wheels and axles will also be available as a separate item and it is intended to offer a Gauge 3 axle option as well.

By m1ker, Sep 2 2016 04:34PM

Super Nellie's instructions are now written and the first orders are away and so , here is another photo of the finished loco.

The coach/waggon chassis should be available in the next few weeks to be followed on, quite quickly, by the Festival Coach body.

My lay figure driver, who I have named Driver Firebrand, very much needed a tall Emett like cap, so I have mastered one and I am including one in every Super Nellie kit that is sold; as usual it is in vacuum cast resin but it is hollow and consiquently very light. I also plan and so far have succeeded including a suitable feather, courtesy of our local wood pigeons.

Driver Firebrand recently saw a screening of Jean Renoir's film Le Bete Humain and was very impressed with the Cheminots on the Nord and their goggles and managed to find a second hand war surplus pair which he has worn ever since. Time has now turned full cycle and he is presently regarded as being a Steam Punk. I am afraid that if you also want a pair for your driver, you will have to source them yourself.

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