Sunday, 1 January 2012

Dutch Scale Seven Group report nr. 12

We had a busy time the last 4 months of the year 2011 which is why we didn’t have a report in the last S7 Newsletter.

But now there is time to write down all the progress and special things we did.
At two modelling shows we did set up the Scale Seven promotion stand. In October at the Dutch Nul weekend in Zutphen for two days where we had a lot of talk with serious 0 gauge modellers but they are still afraid to take a step forward to the Scale Seven standards. But we enjoyed the show and had a good time. This meeting is the only meeting for the Dutch 0 scale modellers. The second show where we set up our stand was the 0 weekend in Belgium. The Belgium 0 forum organized this small 0 Gauge show and we promoted the Scale Seven standards there on a Saturday. But the same as in the Netherlands the Belgium modellers stay where they are with the NEM or Finescale standards. But the promotion board we got from the UK Scale Seven group was an eye catcher at the shows. When everything goes well Ton will show his Scale Seven layout “Tripton at  Sea” at the Dutch Rail 2012 show in February.

Our modelling is going forward with small steps. Ton is hard at work with his GWR 517 Class engine and his GWR 0-6-0 Pannier.

GWR 0-6-0 Pannier detailed cab.
   And Cor did some work at the inside motion of the GWR Pannier tank Ton built.
Inside motion GWR Pannier.

And Arnold made progress with his GWR 'Paco' Horsebox diag. N8. This model is almost finished so Arnold can start with a new project to build. 

GWR 'Paco' Horsebox diag. N8.

Nice details at the doors.
 Cor’s work at the Cowan Sheldon crane is almost finished. At Cor ‘s house the Scale Seven railway is making a lot of progress and the project is still on schedule. At the end of 2011 the first part of the woodwork and wiring is finished and we started to build the tracks. All the tracks must be hand laid. We produce our own sleepers of real wood.

Three stages of track building.

Cowan Sheldon Crane.
The railway is build as a home layout  so we can’t  set up the railway at shows or exhibitions. We made a heavy wooden base with 18mm surface MDF boards as a basis for a strong and steady layout. Under the layout surface we mounted the standard DCC wiring  and in the front the Lenz LA152 connector units.  For the railway bed we used 3,5 mm hardwood multilayer and on the bed we glued the wooden sleepers.

As a prototype we used the Minehead station during the 1900 – 1910 period. A perfect guide to get information about  this station is the beautiful book “The Minehead Branch 1848-1971” .
And certainly we have a lot to do and still some unfinished kits in the drawer but we can’t resist the fine kits offered by the traders. Arnold bought the beautiful MOK Armstrong kit, Cor and Ton bought some kits to build wagons such as Iron Minks, Toads, Scorpion etc. We like modelling with brass so we only bought brass kits.

Till next,