Barry’s been in touch with his model railway power station scratch build:
As an avid reader of your e-mails, I thought it was about time I added some material.
I have a high detailed sub station with transmission towers but nothing to feed it power, so I decided to build a power station, and what more iconic than the Battersea power station.
Couldn’t find any suitable kits, so I decided to scratch build one.
I got hold of a set of the original plans and proceeded to scale them.
After wasting a couple of days building the towers, I realised they they were way too flimsy even with reinforcing, so second attempt I used stiffer brick card and machined timber formers for the top of the towers to save all the cutting.
Then I started of the laborious task for marking the windows and cutting them out.
Then it came to glazing them all with some nice windows I managed to scam off Metcalfe Models. Dressing the top of the towers and gluing the front and rear walls to the towers. Then came to side walls completing the main building.
For the smoke stacks I used a suitable wooded dowel and tightly would and glued regular reflex paper.
I then found a suitable striped cement pattern on the web and printed that and glued onto the paper tube. Next I had to figure out how to make the conical bases for the chimneys. I tried making the out of stiff card, but a dismal failure, I really needed a lathe, so I went and bought one! I had all my old lathe tools from my engineering days, so turning them was easy.
Next was the final assembly and all went well. You can see all the progress photos in the photos along with the final finished model. It just needs some weathering on some of the edges.
It’s a large model, but pretty well to scale, and 400mm wide and over 400mm deep.
Just waiting on a couple of Heng Long smoke generators to connect to tubes going up the chimneys.
Enjoy the photos.
A huge thanks to Barry – can’t wait to see the weatherd version!
It’s wonderful seeing what you all get up to and how you overcome the issues of your layouts.
Scratch building to solve a problem comes up a lot – and I’m really pleased to share some brand new ‘print out scenery’ with you.
And to launch them, I’m having a silly sale (just for a few days).
It’s unoriginally called ‘Scratch build kit 2’, but look what you can build with it:
Here’s an example of the backdrops you can build.
And have a look at the town houses:
And there’s different brickwork prints too:
But perhaps the best thing about Scratch build kit 2, is that Scratch build kit 1 comes completely free with it.
So you can use the brick prints from that and make lots more:
Best of all, I thought it was about time a did another silly sale to help keep the site going.
So the new Scratch build kit 2 is just $9.
And don’t forget, you get Scratch build kit 1 completely free too.
The good new doesn’t stop there though.
I thought the best way for people to start tinkering with trains and layouts is to bundle the Scratch build kits with the Beginner’s Guide.
So this means you get Scratch build kits 1 & 2, the Beginner’s Guide and all the free bonuses that come with the Beginner’s Guide – all for just $9.
Of course I’m biased but it really is a proper silly sale. Ridiculous value.
I know many of you have the Beginner’s Gude and you are only buying it for the prints – and that’s absolutely fine.
So, for a few days only, you get Scratch build kits 1 & 2, the Beginner’s Guide and all the free bonuses that come with the Beginner’s Guide – all for just $9.
Here’s what you can build with scratch build kit 1 (which comes free with Scratch build kit 2 – and all for just $9)
The whole lot is just $9.
And as I say, I know some of you have the Beginner’s Guide already are only buying it for the prints – that’s absolutely fine.
Hopefully you’ll agree it’s a smashing deal – and if it gets a few more of you into making models and laying track it’s all been worth out.
Please don’t hang about though – it’s only for a few days then it’s all back to normal.
PS Here’s John with another video on how to make these buildings: