Ice Cream, Jelly and Trains in Sussex, 16 August 2014
Sep 5, 2014Public
Photo: 001 Lots of well known narrow gauge modelling faces to be seen in this view across the hall during the early afternoon. (I know it is after lunch as Martin Collins’ plate is empty! ) .
Photo: 002 Richard Preece who is well known amongst 7mm scale NG modellers showed his other side this time and brought along a bare baseboard which he spend the day building a 14.2mm gauge 3mm scale layout onto it. Here is a very nice (albeit st-*+^=d ga*”ge) LSWR train. At least it wasn’t a Hornby RTR or Thomas set……! ( switch on smiley ) .
Photo: 003 Peter Bossom also brought along some 3mm scale models, this time a completed layout, again in 14.2mm gauge. This is the Sub Wealdon Gypsum Company .
Photo: 004 Another standard gauge layout (HO continental I think) arrived after I had done my first lap of the hall with the camera and by the time I started the second lap, there were too many people in front of it for me to attempt photos, so apologies for omitting one of the layouts present, but here is another one of Peter Bossom’s attractive 3mm scale Sub Wealdon Gypsum Company .
Photo: 005 Onto the narrow gauge items! Steve Bagley put on a display of some very attractive 0-16.5 stock for his Ruritanian State Railway .
Photo: 006 A very atmospheric and distinctly Eastern European 0-6-0 tender loco from Steve Bagley’s 0-16.5 Ruritanian State Railway .
Photo: 007 Ian Roberts is well known in the south for his splendid scratch built large scale minimum gauge models and for this occasion he brought along a new layout, titled “The Last Push, August 1918”, showing a 1:35 scale maintenance and casualty clearing location served by a 16.5mm gauge War Dept light railway .
Photo: 008 A mixed scene on Ian Roberts’ WW1 layout as casualties arrive from the front line, to be handed over to the motor ambulance for transportation to a field hospital in the rear. Meanwhile some soldiers are getting ammunition boxes ready to be taken back to the front by the same train .
Photo: 009 Ian Roberts told me that he had to extensively research uniforms and insignia worn by British soldiers during this phase of the war in order to be as accurate as possible. This machine gun crew manning the point defence position are from the Putney Rifles, one of the many regiments raised for the war duration as Kitchener’s Pals Battalions .
Photo: 010 Moving on to more peaceful places we come to Port Sapple Marine, one of Chris Krupa’s celebrated micro-layouts. Chris does not have his own means of private transport and brought this little layout all the way from Cambridge, travelling on two trains and in Richard Glover’s car in order to make sure he got to the party, which in my book is a huge and deserved compliment to the organising team! .
Photo: 011 I’ve included this description of Chris Krupa’s Port Sapple Marine for those that are able to put a magnifying glass up against their computer screens as it provides a very interesting article in its own right about the back-story and how Chris made the little layout .
Photo: 012 The first of 3 photos which will show the whole of Port Sapple Marine. Starting on the left of the layout we find some huts, a tiny landing pier and a scratchbuilt pair of motor boats .
Photo: 013 In the centre section of the layout are some more boats and the start of the ephemera that one would find at a small boat yard. Both the diesel locos in this photo are ex-RNAD Hunslets that are 3D print bodies from Chris Ward mounted on Kato tram chassis .
Photo: 014 And at the right hand end of the baseboard we come to the main building of the local boat builders that gives the layout its name – Port Sapple Marine .
Photo: 015 Another view of Chris Krupa’s Port Sapple Marine. A triumph of the “less is more” school of modelling and a true piece of 3 dimensional artistry .
Photo: 016 Trevor Giddings also demonstrated the art of micro layout building but with a different approach with his Marshall & Hastings Works, served by a Busch Hof scale(6.5mm gauge) railway .
Photo: 017 Trevor Giddings’ tiny Hof train passes the entrance to Marshall & Hastings Works .
Photo: 018 Another view of Trevor Giddings’ very attractive little Marshall & Hastings Works layout in 6.5mm gauge, featuring stock by Busch .
Photo: 019 Trevor’s party piece is to set the Busch loco running around the circuit and then turn the whole layout upside down .
Photo: 020 Just to prove it isn’t a trick, the loco has moved on a bit since the previous photo – it’s all done by magnets apparently .
Photo: 021 Michael and young master Campbell brought Michael’s 0-14 Thakeham Tiles that he built for the David Brewer Challenge at ExpoNG in 2013 .
Photo: 022 Thakeham Tiles, Michael Campbell’s very realistically presented industrial scene in 7mm scale, 14mm gauge .
Photo: 023 The trains on Thakeham tiles are loaded off stage at one end of the triangular scene and then travel to another off-scene bay at the other end where they are unloaded. It sounds quite boring but in reality it is a very fascinating little scene to stand and enjoy watching .
Photo: 024 Even tiny layouts that are well made have scenes that are easy to miss. I have photographed Thakeham Tiles either 3 or 4 times since its first outing in October 2013 at ExpoNG and this was the first time I had noticed this little cameo scene underneath the railway bridge .