Follow-up on New Releases

Again this week’s post will be a short one.  Although I was at the Bournemouth N Trak Convention over the weekend I have a sprained wrist, having clumsily falling over in the snow, so things are moving a bit slower than intended.  But I’m hopeful that I’ll make a full recovery soon and then I’ll be back to modeling and 3D printing as normal.

Due to my wrist I didn’t take any photos this year at the N Trak Convention but there was one item that I wanted to share with you.  A few weeks ago I showed you the N Scale Architect’s new kit for a Pennsylvania Railroad’s F22 flat car set and Navel gun load.

Well, it made an appearance and did several laps of the Black Diamond’s layout behind a UP S2.

I will have more on this kit soon and will share a link once it is available on the N Scale Architects website. (These photos were kindly shared by the N Scale Architect.)

Although I won’t be there myself if you are in the Abingdon area of the UK this coming weekend you can see my club’s US N Scale layout, Solent Summit, at the Abingdon Model Railway exhibition.  A link to the exhibition can be found here.

Next week I’m planning on showing you some progress on the UP Rotary Snow Plow project.

New Axles for a Bachmann HO 4-8-4 Northern – Part 2

Last week I shared with you my designs for a set of replacement Bachmann HO 4-8-4 axles as shown below.

The locomotive was tested and ran smoothly with new axles fitted: the set of four axles are available in my Shapeways shop here.

One thing which I wasn’t sure of last week was one of the original axles has a square center section rather than circular as the other two.  I have since been informed by a fellow modeller that the orignal version of this locomotive also had smoke but the smoke unit had a section which was driven from this square axle to create the puff effect.  As the model was improved this feature was removed but the square axle was never updated.

This coming weekend, 9th to 11th March 2018, is the N Trak convention in Bournemouth, England and again it’s at The Trouville Hotel.  You can read a bit more about last year’s convention here and the 2014 convention here.  I’ll be there over the weekend if you are in the area and want to come by and say hello.