First up was Chris M., who has been pushing on with his Fowler 4F chassis build after the advice on gearboxes from Nigel and Jim at the last meeting. Everything now runs fairly smoothly and he can now turn his attention to finishing the model.
Jim showed us his build of the late John Boyle's etched kit for a Caley 45' coach. Starting with the bogies, he took us through construction of the underframe (with 14BA studs soldered in as bogie pivots) and the gradual build up of sides, ends, the roof (which he remade in hard 4 thou brass shim), buffers and other fittings, and finally ready for the paintshop. The pictures tell their own story. Full details are on Jim's RMWeb write-up.
He also showed us the latest changes to Dunallander after the experience of exhibiting at Aberdeen last autumn. In order to ease the radius of the curve at the end of the layout, while still fitting in the limits of the Roy's shed, the goods yard has been narrowed by six inches and a couple of sidings removed. The reminder have been straightened and are now more accurate for Dunblane, on which it is based. Here are "before" and "after" shots:
The layout has also been altered from a continuous-run with a traverser to an end-to-end with individual fiddle yards - the operating team feels this will work better at shows.
Alisdair showed us the further progress he's made with the track maintenance train of the Bo'ness and Kinneil Railway, where he is (or was, before the lockdown) allowed to work off his excess energy as a platelayer once a week. The basis for the coach is a Masterclass Mark 1 BSK, with B4 bogies from an old Association etch. The Weltrol is scratch-built I think. The detail of the load includes chairs and baseplates. There is rivet detail on the fastening ring plates.
Finally James showed off the button gauge he'd turned up in the lathe ... for P4!