Monday, 22 February 2021

Dunallander Update 22/02/21

I am sure I speak for all when I say let us hope that there is finally light at the end of this long tunnel and we will once again be able to put on our favourite backpack, comb our greying locks (apologies to our younger members) and head for an exhibition and resume our group activities.
Meanwhile up in the GAG, Mike is taking some much earned rest from making his excellent buildings to carry out some work on his own ' Shunting Puzzle Layout' of Portsoy. The following photo is of Mike's completed Victoria Hall just awaiting weathering.

Tony is currently in the process of producing more Black Fives than Bachmann and the following is a photo of the various boilers, with domeless at the bottom, then 44709 and 44765 with the later boiler, then Perth's 44997 with an extra hole that needs filling, and finally five more of that type. The prototype is 44997, and that one has the handrail holes drilled as well. Tony is also converting a Jinty and doing some wheels for three 4F's to round off quite an impressive display.

Wednesday, 20 January 2021

Dunallander Update 20/01/2021

Well Mike has been busy again and here are the latest images of Victoria Hall, now with the roof on.

Monday, 18 January 2021

Dunallander Update

Happy New Year to you all, and hopefully this year will see us all being able to return to something approaching normality in both our family lives and in modelling groups. Obviously we at GAG are still unable to meet up but Mike has been working away on another amazing building for Dunallander. Here are the first images of Victoria Hall which I'm sure you will agree look splendid.

Stay safe.

Wednesday, 22 July 2020

Dunallander Update

As restrictions still prevent us all from our meetings, some of the group continue with Zoom meetings every fortnight. On the modelling front, Roy continues with work on the boards, Tony has been working on some stock and Mike with the buildings. I have now became an expert at gaining weight. Jim Watt from the Forth and Clyde group has been working away on the canopies for Dunallander and has just sent through some photographs of what I can only describe as some really excellent modelling. A big thank you must also go to Alisdair from the Forth and Clyde group for supplying the glazing. Stay safe.

Monday, 18 May 2020

Dunallander Update

Since our last posting, Tony has set up fortnightly group zoom meetings (Azuma for LNER fans) and Roy has again been busy working on Dunallander. The following are photographs and a description of the work Roy has carried out.

The main work which was the restructuring of Dunallander's north boards, which was done to reduce the width of the viaduct board to match that of the main station board after removal of the two superfluous sidings.

This is the north end of the viaduct board, with the main line coming off the viaduct at the bottom left. The reduction  in baseboard width took place at the top of the photo. The baseboard joint edge to the right of the photo has been repositioned to meet the new top edge, with the 'river bed' realigned accordingly.

The following photo shows how the main line, which previously curved directly round to the storage area, now turns to the left initially, allowing the radius of the curve to be increased.

The following photo shows how by increasing the main line curve radius required the layout to be lengthened at this end (with a matching reduction at the other end). Roy also needed to build a temporary support for the centre point of the track curves to assist in drawing them. (This had been removed by the time the photo was taken.

The following photo shows how the curves to the storage area pass in front of one of the doors to the shed. Previously there was a removable section to avoid the need for visitors to duck under the baseboard. Roy decided to replace this with a drop down section hinged at one end.

This work has now been completed with the board continuing into the storage area and following shows the section hinged down.

The following shows the extensions from the storage board with brass dowels which locate with apertures on the hinged section.

Saturday, 4 April 2020

Although our meetings are cancelled due to the current situation, Roy has been working away on his own making some changes to the sidings on Dunallander. Originally there were 6 sidings which were straight and parallel. They have now been reduced to an authentic 4 sidings following the reduction in the baseboard width.  The new outermost siding needed to be re-laid and Roy has also lifted and realigned the siding to its left to introduce the curve which is apparent on the OS map.

 The following is as originally laid.

The following is the new layout of the goods sidings

We also welcome two new members Paul and Scott to our group. Hopefully it will not be too long before we can all get together.

Stay safe.

Wednesday, 26 June 2019

Following on from the last couple of articles by Tony Heywood in the 2mm Newsletter we have also decided to start a blog to show the 2mm community the progress we are making. One of  main reasons for creating the blog is that once we are ready to exhibit, unfortunately, because of logistics we will only be able to exhibit the layout in Scotland. As mentioned by Tony the layout is the late Neil Ballantine's  Dunallander, but is essentially Dunblane . The buildings are being built by our resident architect, Mike Rasmussen and following a photographic trip by Mike and Roy Bremner to Dunblane, Mike has made great progress on these and hopefully Mike will be submitting an article on his excellent buildings to the 2mm Magazine. We are not alone in this project and have had some great help from the Forth and Clyde Group as seen by Jim Watt's superb model of the Dunblane footbridge which is shown below and was recently in the 2mm Magazine. The real footbridge is now preserved at the Bridge of Dun on the Brechin Railway.  We would also like to extend our thanks to Aberdeen Model Railway Club for all their help and allowing us to exhibit Dunallander as a 'Work in Progress' layout on the 26th & 27th October this year. The following photographs are of the buildings Mike is currently working on, some of which even have interior detail.