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0-gauge models and projects

Within the last couple of years Dave and I have become involved in a bit of 0-gauge modelling which started off fairly innocently, but has seen us becoming progressively more 'serious' modellers in the 'Senior Scale'. We're back on Southern territory though; the main project is set on the southern end of the MSWJR in the period 1948-1951 and Dave's got a test track and is now planning an exhibition layout. There are a lot of interesting models on their way!

This is also the reason that the website has taken a bit of a back seat over the last year or two, but we've been cracking on with the modelling and now have much to report. This area of the 'site is expected to grow rapidly as we now have models completed and nearing completion, some findings about DCC sound, several now-proven methods for setting up chassis and a host of stuff relating to carriage building.

It has been great fun so far and there is some fantastic stuff to come as we start to exploit what we've learnt so far. Others seem to have appreciated some of the work we've done as I got pulled into the Gauge 0 Guild Technical Committee in the Autumn of 2010. This gives me great pride and something I hope to be able to live up to. Not being one for pretention, you'll note that the irreverant style continues...

LBSCR, SR, BR(S), E4-class 0-6-2t

LBSCR, SR, BR(S), E4-class 0-6-2t
It's really rather galling to see that Dave completed his first loco so much quicker than I did. Irritating too, to report that this was no 'rush job', but a well-researched and beautifully made model. Needless to say, he's relishing being back on home territory with an LBSCR loco...

SECR, SR, BR(S), L-class 4-4-0

SECR, SR, BR(S) L-class 4-4-0
One of my favourite locos, in 0-gauge. I've started with the tender (modified from a David Andrews kit), the loco will have to be scratchbuilt...

Split axles pick-up in 0-gauge

Slater's wheelset made up with split axle.
It very quickly became a bit of a no-brainer for us to use split axles. The advantages of low-friction pick up is pretty obvious and applies equally to driving and trailing wheels. What's far more subtle is the reliability of this approach, it's truly 'fit and forget' which is pretty useful when the layout is about 80miles from my home! The tricky stuff is associated with obtaining the necessary insulation; remembering that 'split axle' doesn't necessarily mean 'split frame'. Oh, and you don't need a lathe or any complicated jigs either...

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