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1 February 2014

January 2014 Wealden Area Meeting

By nigelashton

The first chance to catch up after Christmas saw Dave making up etch bogies, Nigel making some door handles and Richard working on his computer. David showed some delicate etched kits although pictures of these have already appeared on the London Group blog.

The test track was out mainly to run Nigel’s locos, but Gareth’s C class was given a couple of circuits.

Gareth had completed two locos since we last met, while Nigel had been concentrating on rolling stock including Toplight coaches, private owner wagons and some GWR owned wagons. With the Aldershot exhibition in October as goal, more of the 1930′s items will be needed to run that period.

Gareth showed the internals of the green C class which uses a Farish 4F chassis and tender block along with a  Nigel Lawton motor driving the loco wheels through the drive shaft. The black O class uses a modified Dapol Terrier as a tender drive unit and a fabricated loco frame.

Nigel had used the Robo cutter to produce coach internals and showed the card with the cut outs before trimming to size and shaping to fit. The resultant interior is all card and very light weight. Various other wagon kits had been completed and were shunted round the track by the Pannier tank. This now boasts skid pick ups in line with the front steps so they are more difficult to spot. This was prompted by seeing Richard Wilson’s version running extremely slowly at the November meeting at the MRC.

Bob and Peter also turned up to join in the conversations which inlcuded R Parker vehicles and BR standard locos.
Next meeting is the 4th Saturday in February at the usual Uckfield location.

3 August 2013

July 2013 Meeting

By Richard Benn

Here are a few pictures taken at our recent meeting



Nigel turns wheels for a DMU whilst Gareth admires a new purchase from The Hobby Box.

Guy hard at work assembling DG couplings

Guy, Alan & David

David working on his layout in a a box file.

Dave's SR van, modified to reduce it to scale width

Dave's SR wagons. The three link couplings are functional.


I'm pleased with the static grass but I haven't quite got the join between it and the short grass correct. I'm hoping the post and wire fencing will help. I'm currently working on the buildings...

My scenic test track. Still have to add reeds along the banks of the sewer, plus bushes and trees etc.

21 July 2013

Expo Manors and Progress on Llangerisech

By nigelashton

The last few weeks saw the Wealden group forego our usual meeting in Uckfield and instead we attended the 2mm Expo at Wallingford. While Richard, Gareth, Dave and Guy enjoyed the layouts on show and chatted, I headed straight to Highclere to offer some extra stock to run and found myself runing the layout for a while. David, Alan and Bob also arrived at various points so we nearly had a full house.

With the Manor running nicely around Highclere, Pixie arrived with a large rake of coal wagons, so we proceded to do an ad hoc tribute to Pendon and ran the Manor extremely slowly with the huge train behind it. Julia took some video of this, but I haven’t seen it myself. The photo of my Manor shows it running with the Worsely works toplights. Unfortunately the lighting seems to have confused the camera, so apologies for the odd hue.

Once away from the layout, I visited my best customer for Manor replacement chassis (he had theree!), Andy Carlson on St Ruth. I took a few photos of the black Manor on that layout and it was great to see that the chassis was working well when built by someone else. It kind of makes the development effort even more rewarding.

Back home the weather has meant that the occasional retreats indoors to keep cool have been quite productive. The turntable on Llangerisech has been painted, had the well wall treated with brick paper and the whole thing installed. For some odd reason it changes the look of that corner more than I was expecting, but certainly for the better when compared to the filled in version we’ve used when exhibiting in 1970′s diesel mode.

Finally, a coal stage as per the one at Penmaenpool has been built and installed, so a couple of photos have been taken which I hope shows off the shed area to good effect. Next job is the water tower.

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