Sunday, 26 April 2015

Dipping In & Out

Whilst I won't deny that building a job lot of one type of model can get a little tedious it can be eased by breaking it down into small jobs.

So over the last couple of days I've managed to make a decent amount of progress on the eight flat wagons I'm building without having to spent long stretches of time at the workbench.

So I've managed to get all the brake gear fitted grabbing the odd half hour here and there.

This has broken the back of the task and with most of the bogies already made the biggest task remaining is to fit the brake hand wheels and spray paint them.

Lurking in the wings, of course, are the 30 spare bogies that I will need to assemble to complete the order.

I can promise you I'll be back to some more interesting modelling soon so bear with me just for a little longer.

Friday, 24 April 2015

Bearing Up

I've got a commercial job on the go at the moment which I'm fitting around the house building.

A regular client has requested a job lot of DZ wagon chassis and has also bulk ordered spare bogies, so last night was spent soldering up a dozen of them until I ran out of bearings.

As you can see from the picture I've already cast and fitted together the bodies - or perhaps I should say the floors - and I've already prepared a stockpile of the cast bogie sides

Tonight's task is to summon up the strength of character to begin cleaning up two dozen of them.

I won' try to pretend it's not mind-numbingly repetitive.

Wednesday, 22 April 2015

Himself's Hieroglyphics

I've been treated to a visit by Himself and, as usual, he has brought goodies.

This time, however, it's going to require a little, erm, interpretation...

Somewhere in there are the vital statistics of the new-fangled FR Observation Carr 150 which he jotted down on a scrap of paper for me on an undercover mission to the inner sanctum of Boston Lodge Works.

For those not familiar with this carriage here's a shot of it under construction a couple of months ago - it has advanced considerably since then.

As you can see it is a rather unusual vehicle and I'm going to need all the information I can muster when I come to attempt to make a model of it.

I'm still hopeful that I may be able to obtain copy of the official drawings from one of my moles in Meirionydd,  but if that's not possible - and I've already come across examples of back-of-a-fag-packet construction in recent years - then these measurements will at least allow me to make a stab at it.

That's all for the future, however. Right how there are houses to be built...

Monday, 20 April 2015


I've had house number 23 returned to me and you can see at a glance how chopping down the foundations to fit it on the layout for the show at Crawley has ruined my carefully engineered connection with number 22.

The remedy, of course, is to chop a similar amount off the bottom of number 22 but it will have to be done with care to ensure that the garage wall on the house on the left fits snugly beneath the overhang on 23 as it did previously.

A view from the back - which is the side the public doesn't see at exhibitions, shows that number 23 has acquired a patio now.

I think what I will do is finish the roof work on number 22 to bring it to the same point as the first house before I add the guttering detail to both of them at the same time.

Saturday, 18 April 2015

Slating Again

It's been a busy couple of weeks what with a holiday and other domestic distractions but I have managed to get a little more done on number 22.

I have begun cutting and trial fitting some of the slate roof sections.

On a structure like this one some of these pieces are an awkward shape and they also have to be cut to fit around the dormer windows which is an added complication.

The garage also hides a little secret which is unlikely to be noticed when the house is in position attached to its neighbour - there is a small, thin section of pitched roof at the rear.

So far I've only got the front done.

The rear will be cut from one single piece and will have to have a dormer window and the chimney added. T

That's the next task.

Thursday, 16 April 2015

5 Years Later

The Bron Hebog blog is celebrating its half decade and what better way than by showing off a few of the snaps we took of the layout during the exhibition at Crawley at the weekend.

It was only a couple of days ago that I realised the anniversary was approaching and I wouldn't have guessed it was five years already - time really does fly.

It's been very rewarding to see the blog getting thousands of page views every month so thank you very much for coming by here and taking a look at what we're up to, it makes the effort worthwhile.

If you've not already done so you can also follow us on Twitter @BronHebog and like our Bron Hebog Facebook page.

I've never managed to keep any other kind of diary going before so I will admit to a sense of achievement at having the discipline to post here at least every other day.

At times I will admit that the tail has been wagging the dog, as they say, and I've been compelled to get some modelling done to ensure that I have something to write about, while on many other occasions I've been on the phone nagging Himself to sent me some snaps and demanding to know what he's been up to.

I wasn't able to make it to Crawley but I'm told the crew had a very enjoyable weekend.

The show saw a couple of debuts on Bron Hebog including a first run for the latest WHR saloon 2046.

And the latest house in Oberon Wood, number 23 took its place as a work-in-progress.

The next outing will be in September when we take Bron Hebog 'home' to the Welsh Highland Railway. You can find all the details on our Exhibition Diary page.

Tuesday, 14 April 2015

Gardners' World

Another little job that's been completed is landscaping around the first of the houses we built for the Oberon Wood scene.

As you can see the landscape gardeners have been at work..

At the front of the houses the very obtrusive tree has appeared.

I suppose it must have seemed a good idea when it was planted......