7 1/4″ round two

Guys

We had an informal get together in Wellesbourne last Sunday. I was attending in a private capacity, set up a paint table and had all day on the brushes.

Here are the end results of the Battery loco and two small wagons for the revived 7 1/4″ 1: 12 project.

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Si

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7 1/4″Gauge

We recently attended the Exeter show, and took the opportunity, on the way down, to visit Pecorama, and particularly the Beer Heights Light Railway.

I have not visited for 20 years or so, and was really impressed with how it has grown and matured, along with the surrounding gardens.

We were there on the last day of the season, the locos, stock and grounds were immaculate, truly a credit to those tasked with their care.

BH4BH1

I am very taken with Otter, there are not many locos that can carry off a Peacock blue livery with such aplomb.

BH3BH2

All this has rekindled my interests in 7 1/4 gauge, in particular modelling it in 1:12ths scale, using 16.5mm as a track gauge.

Steph’ Hicking, Rob Bennett and I were kicking this about some years (!) back, as shown on this Lounge thread :-

http://www.7-8ths.info/index.php?topic=16682729.0

I can’t believe this was 6 years ago, but hey, it does not do to rush these things.

As I have mentioned previously, I am looking to explore new areas of interest for ModelEarth, and I am minded to have a look at this. The combination of readily available mechs, means locos can be relatively inexpensive, and the physical size of rolling stock means it can be equally affordable.

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I am only to aware that “full size” larger scale narrow gauge can get prohibitively expensive, but with a ready supply of second hand OO stock, this could provide a way to get into it, and still be able to access all the details, figures etc that are available.

I intend to rework my centre cab electric onto a better chassis, and sort out some goods stock, by way of an experiment. I am taking a lot of inspiration from Chris Stockdale’s minimal Facebook group, with the idea of the stock is there to do a real job of work. Check it out here :-

https://www.facebook.com/groups/MinimalGaugeRailways/?fref=ts

I would appreciate any thoughts on this, is it something that has appeal, or just one of my wierder lines of thought?

 

Si

Teddy B

Guys.

Exciting developments, we are please to announce that we have reached an agreement with Short Staff of Australia to offer their figures. The range has been sculpted by Chris Johnston, and is designed to compliment Rob Bennett’s 7/8ths Busy Bodies figures.

Manufactured in the U.K. by us, using the latest pressure casting technology, and supplied unpainted, our first release is Teddy Boston. This two-piece figure, the head is separate, would be ideally suited to crew the new Accucraft Bagnall.

Probably our last significant release for the year is a 55 gallon oil drum carrier, supplied unpainted, this will be available as :-

A single barrel priced at £10.00,

A pair of Barrels with the carrier at £20.00,

Supplied with the Budget flat it was designed for £34.00.

 

We have the last show of the season, at Exeter on 28.10.17 we will as always endeavour to have a good selection of our products, but if there is anything that you particularly want please let us know in advance and we will do our best to accommodate.

We have been reviewing our range of products, and will be retiring our Welsh range both inside and outside framed from 01.11.17

In addition we will be streamlining our range of locos. From November we will be offering just the American cabbed Davenport, and the Penrhyn petrol loco along with Tyke.

All the other variants will discontinued as complete locos, and will not form part of our main range, for the time being,

Various elements will be available as separate components from the Something for the Weekend catalogue, dependant on stock and mould life.

 

Si

 

Penrhyn Petrol Loco

Our latest loco release is a representation of the home brewed petrol locos built by the Penrhyn quarry workshops from car components. This is not a faithful copy of a specific loco but combines aspects from all of the available images of the fleet.

At its heart is a 7/8ths re-gaugeable Essel chassis, and includes the power pack and Chuffed2Bits radio control system. The rest of the loco is fabricated from a combination of resin styrene, whitemetal and brass, and is offered in ready to run in grey primer for £600.00, a custom paintjob will be a further £150.00.

The images here show the prototype model, the production version includes a seat cushion, and a draped jacket, to provide a human touch, there will be a roof option, along with a driver figure.

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As many of you will know we have been unable to obtain stock of the white metal tools that we used to offer. We have been remastering the range as time allows, the latest offerings shown here are a selection of hand tools, from left to right, oilcan 1, oilcan 2, Stillson, track spanner, pinch bar and a concrete tickler. These are priced at £1.50 each or 7 for £10.00

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The range of larger tools has been increased with a spike hammer, Paddy shovel and a pick, all priced at £2.50

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Next up a 55-gallon oil drum, this is solid cast from the side in resin, and so features detailed top and bottom faces. We do not yet have a firm price, but should be around £10.00

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Finally an image showing the full range of fuel containers that we offer.

Back row, 2-gallon flimsy, 5gallon oil drum, 55-gallon oil drum, jerry can.

Front row oilcan 1, oilcan 2, 2Gallon oil pourer, 2gallon oil drum

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Si

 

It has been a while

I have been most remiss in failing to update this blog, in my defence ModelEarth has been quite busy !

Since the last post we have had a fair amount of new product released.

First off the latest release in our budget rolling stock range, a set of bolsters. These feature Talisman brass for the ears and retaining rings, along with the usual plug and glue axleboxes, and pop rivet coupling pins, priced at £38.00 for the pair.

 

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Next up a driver for the recently released Accucraft Decauville, we have decided to not limit the production run on this one, and as a result he is priced at £18.50 in an attempt to generate more sales, we will see if this approach is a success.

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I will addthe rest of our new releases on the next update

Si

 

 

New Catalogues

New Catalogues

I have just finished revising our three main catalogues, here they are, available for download, in both .doc and PDF format.

These supersede all previous editions.

I am still working on the accessories and details catalogue, but will put that up as soon as I can.

Si

ModelEarth 2017 Locomotive Catalogue

ModelEarth 2017 Rolling Stock Catalogue

ModelEarth 2017 Figures

ModelEarth 2017 Locomotive Catalogue

ModelEarth 2017 Rolling Stock Catalogue

ModelEarth 2017 Figures

 

 

Davenport

Another commission recently completed is this Davenport loco with passenger and coach.

The Davenport is built on one of Essels excellent 7/8ths chassis, with the cab and body from our resin castings.

It has a full Chuffed 2 Bits radio and sound system shoehorned in, with a big motor sitting in the bonnet, no easy task!

The driver is a demob Bob paint is the usual mix of acrylics and oil washes. The exhaust is finished with Mig powders over an acrylic base, set up with fixative.

The coach is one of our budget range fitted with Slater’s wheelsets, the female passenger is from our Penrhyn Payday set.

Finally a couple of studio shots of the latest additions to the budget range a Box van At £30.00 and a Guards van, less glazing at £32.00 both complete with Binnie wheelsets. We are preparing a detail pack for the Guards van with grab handles, lamp irons and a lamp, price will be in the region of £12.00

I am really pleased with how the castings have turned out, I am building two Guards van for myself with various mods and upgrades, as time allows. I will put the results up on the blog when completed.

 

Si