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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!

 

You are most welcome to make comments and constructive criticisms but anything that is deemed offensive will be removed.

 

Thank you - Michael Rayner

By m1ker, Aug 5 2016 06:44PM

As many of you are probably aware, I master and manufacture Leslie MacAlister of Provincial Wagon's Northern Irish resin cast wagon kits and I have now been doing this for quite some years. Last year I produced a kit for the unique Bulleid corrugated open waggons of the CIE, the reason being that the wagons wandered all over the Irish railway system and were a common sight in the North.


Similarly the 12 ton vans built on the same 'diagonally' braced chassis also travelled all over the two systems.


I have now mastered and got these vans into production and they will very soon be with Leslie and on sale. The models are built to scale but are fitted with 00 gauge chassis, hence the title but if you are one of the few 21mm gauge modellers out there, adding your own axle boxes and wheel sets is pretty straight forward, as it is for all of my Irish kits.


Please don't try and buy these kits from me as I make them exclusivly for Provincial Wagons, where they may be purchased. A fitted version is to follow.

By m1ker, Jul 23 2016 08:10PM

In the last couple of days I have been thumbing through my copy of 'Early Morning Milk Train' and I have now realised how very effective the Emett Station Railings kit is and makes up into railings that are so typically Emett. What a stroke of luck to find a supplier of these pins! Here is another picture of them.

By m1ker, Dec 6 2015 01:09PM

At the suggestion of John Church of Oxford, who is building an Emett layout for Fawley Hill. I have developed his idea of using a 'Nellie' front buffer beam as the main component of a buffer stop. Here it is and it is now available. I hope that you think, like I did, that John's idea was well worth copying. MR

By m1ker, Oct 27 2015 03:23PM

Due to the chrisis that has occurred at Hornby Hobbies from poor managment over a fairly long period of time and their moving and having distribution handled by an outside company; the model railway spares department has altered beyond recognition.


One of the casualties that has occurred is the ceasing of the supply of the basic Hornby 0-4-0 chassis on anything like a regular basis, both inside and outside (Smokey Joe) chassis. Another casualty has been Ian at East Kent Models 'chucking the sponge in' after struggling to do business with the reorganised supply chain and giving up.


Smallbrook Studio has never been large enough to even attempt to do business with Hornby and as all that we wanted was spare chassis, we would never have been welcomed, so we turned to the next best and probably better thing and sought our supplies from East Kent Models, who have supplied us with all of our needs for the last decade as best as they were able when dealing with the main supplier and importer.


With Ian's ceasing to trade and the lack of supply of chassis as spares, we are now forced to go onto the open market and buy complete locomotives at the best price that we can find for the continued supply of the chassis to sell with our kits. We need to do this, mainly for our customers in other parts of the world who are otherwise unable to easily source them but this also goes for many UK customers who might be unable to pop around to their local model railway shop or exhibition because it does not exist.


The result of all of this preamble is that YES we will continue to supply the Hornby basic 0-4-0 chassis but at a far higher price than they have been to date. We will not be offended if you can and do buy chassis elsewhere, many customers already do this but we will be here to supply if all else fails.


A second rersult of this situation is that we can competitively make our own chassis and we are in the process of mastering it, this will have scale Narrow Gauge wheels and will fit as a direct replacement for the Hornby chassis, three versions are initially planned, an outside cylinder, an inside cylinder and a 'spud' version, the latter fitted with 14mm coach wheels. All will have a quality 12v 3 pole motor with both axles driven via worm drive.


MR

By m1ker, Aug 30 2015 02:24PM

Those that follow facebook will have seen that I now offer a smoke box door to replace the face on the loco. To be honest there is not a lot else that can be done - I assume that suitable GNR/LNER loco lamps are already available from other suppliers and that any back head detail is either makeable with bits of plastic and bent wire or again could be adapted from existing parts avilable. That only leaves the paddle box splasher sides, in this scale resin is not suitable so a couple of brass etches would, most likely, fit the bill. I can get these done if there is sufficient interest by copying my 'G' scale sides.


So let me know if you are in the market for these splasher sides. Thanks.

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