March 19, 2010
The latest stocks of Woodland Scenics have arrived at Nairnshire Modelling Supplies and work has now started on listing them on the Nairnshire Modelling Supplies web site. That’s a lot of photography to get through as there are about 45 new product lines to add; bringing the total number of product lines to over 650. With the continued (and very much appreciated) support we are enjoying from a growing customer base, we will add to the Woodland Scenics range if support for that area is forthcoming! Also added to the range are the Hob e Lube products including ‘moly’ grease and gear lube.
It’s all part of our mission to provide those products which are increasingly hard to buy at local model shops; stocking the invaluable materials that the ‘box shifters’ simply do not. In recent months, we have grown the Kadee range, expanded the Phoenix Paints we can supply and have now added some of the US outline HO scale trucks and wheels from the Kadee range after requests from US-outline modellers. If US outline modellers continue to approach us, we will expand what we stock and will also look at other things which are otherwise hard to find. Currently, negotiations with various suppliers are in progress to add new things from abroad to the range and also our third NMS transfer sheet is nearly at proofing stage too. It all adds up to an interesting time here and we will get as much on-line as we can!
New email address:
Following problems with the old email address, we have a new one for Nairnshire Modelling Supplies: firstname.lastname@example.org
March 11, 2010
Traction Magazine has a new editor, Richard Wilson, and I think it shows too. I was particularly interested in this issue anyway, partly due to the cracking cover shot by my train chasing companion, fellow Southern Electric modellers and friend, Graeme Elgar, and because I have a couple of modelling features in it too. The magazine’s designer, Ryan Housden, has done a great job of overhauling the magazine’s dated look without loosing its character and there seems to be more effort into using better quality photography, although much material regarded as historically importance now was not seen as such when taken in the 1970s on cheap film, so we are left with that legacy. Ryan does a great job of taking poor quality but important prints and converting them into half way decent scans.
As far as the modeller is concerned, Traction has to be a great historical resource; I find myself dipping into it from time to time because not every photographer can be everywhere and there’s stuff I missed in the 1980s when I first picked up a camera and tried taking pictures of trains for the first time during my university days in London, and during the 1990s when something called work just got in the way. Today, we take digital photography for granted and I make the mistake of comparing my first grainy efforts on mono film with the results from high specification Nikon and Canon DSLRs I see people take to the lineside today. I realise the results on 1980s film was as good as we were going to get with the SLRs of the time and we should be relieved to have taken pictures when we did.
Today, I suspect we shall see the modern equivalent of the cheap print film images of the 1970s and 1980s: Low resolution digital images taken on compact cameras with tiny lenses. Yes, you can get thousands of images on a CF card when taking low res JPEGs; but remember, the shots of today will become the magazine content for Traction in 20 years’ time. So shoot big, and photograph everything, because I wish I had done the same 20 years’ ago!
As for Traction, with Richard Wilson in charge and Ryan working his design magic (he typesets some of my books too), I think Traction is worth a fresh look.
March 7, 2010
Colas Rail Class 47s are popular with modellers and that point was highlighted by one of those work bench co-incidences. I acquired ViTrains Class 47 for a detail and weathering project, the first time I have tackled a simple (minimalist) makeover of this model. My choice was , 47 739 ‘Robin of Templecombe; although I could have chosen one of the limited edition packs representing two of the other Colas Rail Class 47s. Whilst working on this model, my friend Matt Wassell, of Norwood Park layout fame was contemplating the same project, unbeknown to me. He is located in Ashford, I am in Nairn, hundreds of miles apart.
Anyway, here’s my attempt at making something of what is a very good model despite the variously awkward detailing parts and a somewhat plasticity appearance from the box. This link here goes to Matt’s site which shows his Colas Rail 47s under development, starting with 47 749. Both project are based on retaining the original livery, yet both models will look quite different based on the different materials and techniques used. I attempted to use as many of the supplied parts as possible whilst Matt has hybridised his model with parts from Heljan Class 47s and sprung buffers by Markits.Apart from the bogie detailing parts which eventually gave up the fight to stay separate from the model thanks to Zap Poly glue; the ViTrains Class 47 is pretty straightforward to work on, the body is easy to remove from the chassis and everything went back together again with ease. Perhaps I should look more closely at this model…