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Thank you - Michael Rayner

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.

By m1ker, Aug 21 2016 06:39PM

Quite some while ago Francis Stapleton ordered some bits from me and sent me a picture of the result.. I have now finally found the time to offer his creation as a kit, except that the work involved in getting Super Nellie into production has delayed me writing the instructions.

I spite of all this I thought that you would like to see a preview of the finished model and so here it is.

For a long while Francis has been a fan of small layouts with very tight curves and if you have the same interests, then using my Sand Hutton chassis as a basis for waggons is very handy with their very short wheel base and I also offer the chassis as a separate kit.

By m1ker, Aug 11 2016 05:33PM

I only realised a few days ago that I had not added this accessory kit for 'G' scale and particularly my Emett kits to my web site. it is now up and running on my PRODUCTS page - my apologies but my excuse is that I have been busy mastering more kits, which have yet to appear and had moved on!

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.

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