Saturday, February 23, 2019

Saturday, September 01, 2018

Modular Layout

Following a new route; "Modular" Model Railway Layout building with a slightly different approach - watch this space... Planning stage.

The main module to be enclosed in a wooden box 
with removable plexiglass top and front panels, 
a photo realistic backdrop and neutral white 
LED lighting...

The control diagram.

Monday, August 20, 2018

Thursday, September 21, 2017

You can achieve a lot with a wee bit of imagination and ordinary American Ash tree bark from the nature store. 
The "rocky ridge" in the centre of the picture is actually a piece of tree bark!

A rocky ridge.

Added some vegetation.

Tuesday, February 21, 2017

My Miniature Maritzburg "Steam" Engine - Model 'A' kit.
(Kits are available from the "Pietermaritzburg Model Engineering Society" - search them on Facebook)


Controlling the speed of my finished Maritzburg Engine Model A kit - February 23, 2017 

Test fitting of custom made
brass parts.

Test fitting of custom made
brass parts.

Test fitting of custom made
brass parts.

A custom built cylinder -
mild steel and brass stock.

Polished the brass cylinder 
outer ring.

Shaped and polished the 
brass cylinder end-cap.

A Customized Cylinder with a
Brass Sleeve, Mild Steel Piston
and Adjustable Brass Connecting
Rod Assembly.

Holes were precision drilled 
and tapped.
Test fitting the various parts.

A great product for gluing
metals - be careful though
and plan well in advance.

Wynn’s Nut Lock & Stud Lock are solvent free products that cure in the absence of air and in the presence of metal ions. Applications include studs, nuts, screws and any threaded fasteners. The adhesive prevents loosening caused by vibration, mechanical and thermal shock. Resistant to petrol, diesel, transmission fluid, anti freeze, and other chemicals. Wynn’s Nut Lock and Stud Lock also inhibit fretting corrosion and prevent seizure and galling. Nut Lock is a medium strength bond which requires 20Nm torque to loosen. Stud Lock has high bond strength for more permanent locking and requires 36Nm torque to loosen.

The finished model - I love the
look of bare metal - Sprayed 

all the parts separately with 
Tamiya Clear Flat varnish.

Monday, January 23, 2017

Experimenting with "Faded Billboards / Signboards". Evenly faded - white washed with thinned white acrylic and light tan matte paints - it dulls the bright glossy look.

Washed with white acrylic matte.

Washed with white acrylic matte, left
to dry over night and then washed
with light tan acrylic matte.

Comparing the signboards.

Sunday, January 01, 2017

Stained parking area - Bokomo yard

Tan and Earth Brown acrylic washes ...

... with the odd oil and diesel spill.

Weathered "Stormwater Runoff 
Permeable Interlocking Concrete Paving"
"The paint colour wash technique" 
was achieved using 
Revell Earth Brown Acrylic Matte.

Wednesday, November 23, 2016

Neglected Palm Trees at the Bokomo entrance.
My very first attempt to create a realistic looking Palm Tree - 1:87th scale.

Test fitting the almost finished palm tree.

A photograph of my 1:87th scale
palm tree against the sky.
(Only 7 cm tall.)

A photograph of my 1:87th scale
palm tree outside in natural sunlight.

How I made this Palm Tree:

Finished and fitted two palm trees.

An example of how palm
trees may differ in shape 

and size - sunset.

An example of how palm
trees may differ 
in shape 
and size - down town