Work in Progress

Detailing new projects and progress pictures and information.

Talyllyn Railway 'Douglas'

A model railway project to scale of 1:15 to recreate a detailed model of the Welsh narrow gauge railway's 0-4-0 well tank originally built by Andrew Barclay in Kilmarnock, Scotland.

The model utilizes an LGB 'G' Scale chassis originally from a 'Stainz' locomotive. The wheelbase is correct to the prototype but a few liberties are being taken with the chassis in order to accomodate the different valve gear configuration and electrical pickup 'skate'

Much of the construction is laser cut acrylic following drawing on Coreldraw with hand made detailing added, boiler detailing is turned in 'Tooling Board'. 

The scale of 1:15 reflects the Talyllyn Railway track gauge of 2' 3".

The prototype locomotive seen here in the 1960's. This is the period modelled. Photograph courtesy of Andrew Dyke

Douglas in primer, At this stage            ( June 2017) 

Injectors and some pipework still to complete.

Cab interior and boiler backhead following primer.

Construction Log

Chassis and footplate.

Cab front almost complete

Cab front primered.

Chassis nearing completion, primer coat.

Boiler blank test fitting.

Cab interior under construction

Cab back assembly and roof framing underway

Cab interior in primer. Pipework, Water gauges and regulator to complete.


Test assembly

Smokebox door detailing completed and sandbox fitted.

Close up of Sandbox and linkages

Cab steps and steam pipework added.

Steam pipes pre- lagging

DOUGLAS Completed!

Talyllyn Railway Coaches 9 & 10

To accompany the 1:15 scale Talyllyn 'Douglas' model, two coaches are under construction based on the railway's standard type coaches. No's 9 & 10 with be in full TR livery of brown with red paneling.

Following a visit to the Talyllyn where coaches No 9 and 10 were measured and photographed - this set of drawings were prepared on Coreldraw. From these master drawings various elements of the coaches were cut out by laser cutter with etched detail showing the position of the beading.

the beading was added using 1/2 round 2mm styrene strip supplied by Evergreen Plastics. 

The following series of photographs show the stages of construction including laminating the 2mm thick outer and inner sides with a 1mm clear acylic section sandwiched in between to provide the glazing.

With all of the sides and ends laminated the body of the carriage is assembled - the final beaded panels were left un-detailed to allow for cleaning up the joints between the sides and ends.

The windows are then masked over with Tamiya masking tape to allow for spraying later.

The coach bodies and underframes are sprayed in primer, following which the interiors are assembled.

The roof construction consists of a 1mm acrylic layer with roof planking detail etched into the surface. This is taped in position over the roof supports, then fixed with solvent through the pre cut access holes. The final roof surface is achieved using 1mm HIP styrene sections, pre-curled and fixed with solvent.

Once cleaned up and sanded smooth, gutters are applied to the carriage sides and rain strips applied.

Aardvark 1

A project which started out as a concept by Simon Atkinson for a proposed Graphic novel & TV proposal called MMAG 2  for the US company Videotopia in the early 2000's. The Spacecraft was designed with future merchandising in mind, in particular that the entire 'Hero' spacecraft was a modular design that could be produced as a toy. Simon designed all the elements of the ship - at that time called the Valance.

This design was very much influenced by the work of Century 21 designer Derek Meddings who's iconic designs for THUNDERBIRDS, STINGRAY, UFO and FIREBALL XL5 were so influential.

After a lengthy period the design has now been refurbished and the front section of the ship, renamed the Ardvark 1 is now under construction by Simon.

Check back as the progress pictures are added.

Original concept for the Aardvark 1. This is the intended configuration of the 1:20 scale model detailed in the following photographs. Landing gear down and doorway open with steps extended. It is not intended to feature any figures on the model.

Side Elevation showing shortened version without side door.

A vac-form master produced from Tooling Board (Chemi - Wood) The top and bottom of the hull are the same basic shape so two formings have been made in 2mm thick HIP Styrene sheet.

The two halves have been trimmed and roughly assembled to check the fit.

The top cockpit canopy outline has been drawn onto the upper hull.

The top and bottom hull sections cut away for the side window areas. Note the temporary support piece in position to space the sections apart accurately.

The side door is marked out and the front observation window - originally intended to be central.

Upper cockpit in position - a separate vac-forming with framing cut out and let into a cut-out in the upper hull.

Note the repositioned front window.

Sections cut-out from side door opening will be reused at a later stage to form the open upper hatch, the lower section will form the entrance steps.

A card test bulkhead has been laser cut and fitted temporarily.

More laser cut card test pieces, this time to check the accuracy of the artwork to ensure the side window framing and main hull structure fits the vac-formed hull sections.

Laser cut layers for the side frames. 1 and 2mm cast acrylic sheet are used for a sharp crisp finish. Location hols which will ultimately become the seat fixings are used to ensure an accurate alignment of the various layers.

Parts are pre-sanded then glued with Dichloromehane solvent.

Test fitting assembled side frames and main bulkhead sections.

Side frame - sprayed with primer test fitted inside the hull and viewed her from the opposite side. The cutout in the lower section will feature a level section of floor to house the forward seat.

The brackets to the left will support the pilot seat which is cantilevered outwards from the side frame into the side blister.

The cabin floor is fitted. This is a lamination of two sections of 1mm acrylic with a .5mm top layer with laser cut detail.

These sections were assembled over a former to ensure the correct curvature.

The cutout to the right will be filled by a level floor section.

The cabin interior - sub assembly.

The Cabin viewed from the interior.

Forward seating position platform completed and assembled.

Progress as of 6th February 2015 - vac-form master and styrene formings for the four engine pods - later intake cutouts completed.
Test fit of engine pods - next stage is to develop master to create engine intake section to transition between hull shape and twin intakes.
Process for producing the Engine Pod intake sections - A Tooling Board and acrylic vac form master is used to create the intake housing in two parts. This is then fitted into the main engine pod fairing. Excess styrene is trimmed back then a hole cut into the main hull and the unit test fitted. One down - three to go!

Construction of three remaining Engine Intakes

Test fit of all four engine pods. Doorway sections cut from outer shell in place   - these will feature detail structure at a later stage.

Laser cut rear bulkhead detailing including main rear airlock bulkhead.

Airlock completed and attached to rear bulkhead along with engine mounts. 

Additional surface detailing to airlock section.

Engine Bell master - Tooling board and styrene detailing.

Engine cowlings are fitted to the rear bulkhead.

Four completed and fitted cowlings.

Test fitting resin cast engine bells.

Engine sections prior to fitting Engine Bell bases.

First coat of primer over the completed rear end of the spacecraft. Engine Bell bases fitted.

Primered rear section with engine bells test fitted.

Side airlock and steps almost completed.

To Be Continued.........!!

'Merddin Emrys at Boston Lodge'

The first in a series of 'wide screen' illustrations featuring various aspects of the narrow gauge and miniature steam railway scene. This drawing features the Ffestiniog Railway's double Fairlie locomotive hauling the vintage Train enroute to Porthmadog pictured on the curve at the railway's workshops at Boston Lodge.

These drawings will ultimately be reproduced as prints

Initial line work underway with vintage train stock behind the locomotive.

Close up of locomotive detail - 'Merddin Emrys' is the main feature with 'David Lloyd George' featured outside the locomotive shed. Must remember to add the lamp to the front bracket!

Detail added to carriage No 19 - these have very elaborate panelling which is a challenge to reproduce at this perspective angle.

Organised chaos! Oodles of reference material which is never detailed enough!!


Pencil drawing of Penrhyn Quarry narrow gauge locomotive for the Old Kiln Light Railway, where the locomotive is currently undergoing restoration.
Progress as of 5th February 2015.

10th Feb 2015

Smokebox progress

Smokebox complete, Buffer beam underway.

Saddle tank completed - between frame details drawn in.

Shading between frames.

Latest progress.

Cab completed -Underframe details underway.

Completed drawing.