Thursday, 27 December 2018

Wednesday, 28 November 2018

Found in the cupboard

Sometimes, when clearing up, it is strange to find yet another item after you were sure that everything had gone.

This was inside a box that was destined for recycling..............last seen fussing about on Pottendorf, ironically, its first (and last) expo.

Oh well, off to eBay.


Monday, 26 November 2018

Wagons for Pottendorf

These rather mundane wagons from Rivarossi and Roco are nothing special just a little weathering however they are rather a good models and stand well against similar wagons from Brawa at almost twice the cost.
These are the type of models that should be on every goods train and in every yard but they won't be because they aren't made by Brawa or ESU and they are only mundane, brown wagons. 
The Roco post wagon with its early Ep3 lettering is another example of superb models that are overlooked.
It's a shame but that is how it is and why most German layouts are so awful.

Saturday, 17 November 2018

Roco Multimaus upgrade

Many years ago, I started* with a Roco Multimaus system but I wanted to use the Lenz LA152 as a neat way of plugging in the handheld. Except it doesn't work because Roco and Lenz use different cables and Err 13 is the result.


The picture below is the solution, just two wires and nothing else is needed, it was so long ago that I forgot that I had published this handy modification.

*Still using the same system 

Sunday, 4 November 2018

Pottendorf - end of the line - SOLD

Rail-Ex Taunton - The End - SOLD 

Taunton Rail-Ex was the last outing for Pottendorf, with a forthcoming knee + hip replacement, my exhibiting career is at an end consequently it was sold thus ending my ownership. It has been featured in Continental Modeller and exhibited at Dortmund Intermodellbau plus it picked up a couple of awards for 'Most Realistic Layout' and 'Best Small Layout.

A few last images

The blog will continue to chronicle the building of my last project Beaminster Road and the existing German content will remain as an archive.

Wednesday, 31 October 2018

Adjustable cassette interface for Pottendorf

For the first two exhibitions, the cassette storage system did not work at all, the cause was the use of aluminium as the cassette tracks.  Replacement with brass has solved the problem.

When the cassette interface was replaced the opportunity was taken to replace the two tiny fixed screws with an adjustable machine screw, it allows both vertical and lateral adjustment.

The mechanism is hidden from the viewing public by a suitably positioned tree.

Tuesday, 30 October 2018

Farm wokshop

A couple or more months ago, I built a Busch farm workshop but it seemed out of place for Oberfranken. Brick and timber-framed buildings are uncommon especially for farm buildings but a layer of render and beaver tail tiled roof would help.

The kit was given a layer of instant Polyfilla stained with dilute Raw Sienna acrylic and a new roof of Auhagen tiles.

 and the barn has received the same treatment

as has the pig-sty, just 30 x 20mm

All typical of  1950s Oberfranken

Monday, 29 October 2018

Antioch farm

The next major build is underway - Antioch farm for Grafenwalde

This time from Müllers Bruchboden and other manufacturers.

The company is based in Nürnberg and reasonably close to the supposed location of Pottendorf, therefore their subjects should be appropriate for use. The farmhouse and barn are similar to many in Franken and will fit nicely with the other buildings. 

The farm buildings are almost completed and the next step is to create a farmyard

Thursday, 25 October 2018

Farm buildings

The venerable Wills barn has been around for many years, it is a bit small but it does has potential.

The stonework is inappropriate for Oberfranken but a light render of instant Polyfilla seems to work. Once dry, the render was flattened with abrasive paper.

The render has been finished, the roof is on and the colour of the timber has changed. It just needs a little more weathering but it looks like a barn in Oberfranken. 


Müllers Bruchbuden make some really neat vernacular buildings for anyone interested in modelling Franconia and I make no apologies for returning to Martin's products, they are excellent.

This simple kit of a fachwerk barn is rather appropriate for the diorama as it originates from the Wiesenttal near Forcheim.

The barn really needs extra pieces to support the roof panels and the corners, extra foamboard profiles were cut and glued into place with two-part epoxy. The elastic band and wooden sections apply even pressure whilst the glue sets for at least 24hrs.

The roof in place  - the Milky Bar barn

And nicely painted

Sunday, 21 October 2018

Linside industry

A rail connected kalkwerke is a useful excuse for rail traffic, there are several along the line through Velden, just north-east of Nurnberg and this is Rupprechtstegen.

Better known as Vollmer 5725

 And this was the loader at Ludwigsstadt, Oberfranken

But this was Stromberg, Hunsrück.



Wednesday, 17 October 2018

Lineside weeds

Railways are a micro community, often bringing rural flora and fauna into urban environments. two of the most common plants common to railways are shown below.

Tragopogon pratensis, Jack go to bed or Meadow Salisify, the plant is distributed across Europe, commonly growing in fields (hence its name) and on tracksides. The local name derives from its habit of the flower head closing before noon, it is found in Germany from NRW to Austria as well as the south of England.  

It can grow to over a metre in height and is a prolific weed, the milky sap can be dried and used as chewing gum.

The other endemic weed often associated with railways is Chamerion angustifolium, Rose Bay Willowherb. Its tendency to quickly colonise open areas with little competition, such as sites of railway and forest fires, makes it a clear example of a pioneer species. Plants grow and flower as long as there is open space and plenty of light, it is found throughout  Germany as well as the south of England.  

Tuesday, 16 October 2018

Small goods shed

The kit originated over forty years ago with Pola, it was kept in the Faller starter range as 190698 Gueterschuppen and is based on the shed at Krimml, Osterreich.

It has been used it in one form or another on previous layouts, now another is being built but it will incorporate a few changes. In both versions, the side extension has been cut off and the extension door will be reduced in height.

The building is made by gluing one corner at a time and it really needs to be held whilst the glue sets.

The blue line helps to keep the walls square to each other and the glue bottle stops the structure from warping. 

Both sheds were finished with DecoArt craft and Humbrol #78 cockpit green acrylics, finally dusted with a mix of white/black poster paint powder.

The advertising posters can be found elsewhere on this blog, just click Posters