Association of


Railway Modellers

Monthly Meetings Summaries.


Each month one of the members writes up a few words about the meeting. This, along with photos will appear here.

This page was added in September 2022. Reports from older meetings can be found HERE.

Report of the display of Make a Buildings Challenge.


Paul Bowen.

A 16mm to the foot model of Lynton loco shed from the Lynton and Barnstaple Railway. Paul got the drawings from ‘Lynton and Barnstaple Measured and Drawn’. It is made from wood covered with ply and then a rubble stone plastic sheet for the walls, corrugated plastic roof and dolls house windows.


Ray Graham.

An 0 gauge Hornby tinplate signal box.


Graham Betts.

A wood yard in 4mm comprising a workshop, sawmill and wood store. This fits in a spare corner of his layout. He used Wills plastic sheet, MDF covered with DAS clay and scribed for the stone and tiles. He used a toothed metal scraper to profile the roof.


Ian Perrin.

2 superb buildings in 4mm scale made from cereal packet card using ‘Pendon’ building methods. They are part of his 2 linked layouts. He used kiln dried sand for the roughcast finish and carpet underlay for ground cover.


Andy Butler.

A wooden shed associated with the train shed at Liverpool Street station. This is the result of “362 days of research and 3 days of making”. He thinks it would have been a pre-fabricated building in 4 sections, creosoted wood, made from Ginsters pasty card. With his artist’s eye, he made sure the creosote was darker where the sunlight had not been able to bleach it. Paper strips were used for roofing felt.


Dave Angell.

A Ratio goods shed. The result of 4 years making! He experimented with acrylic paint on the building including weathering, though there is still green moss to add. The roof is removable to show the interior detail.


Chris Cox.

Coventry engine shed and pump house from c.1840. Chris used acrylic sheet from the builders merchants covered with embossed Slaters plastikard. He painted it all with Humbrol 121 for the mortar then dry brushed shades of brick. Chris paints the shadows darker. It has tiny working lamps and a chimney turned on the lathe. He uses glass cover slips for glazing, glued in etched brass frames with 5 minute epoxy.


Howard Mainwaring.

An 0 gauge engine shed. This is made with a thin plywood shell with plastikard on the outside. The tiles are thin strips with cuts. Inside are cupboards, a bench and lighting from a dolls house supplier. Decorative ridge tiles are made from plastic sheet carved and drilled.



Nick Coppin.

A 7mm scale resin Southern Railway platelayers hut from a kit (Invertrain?) and an old coach body used as a store. That is from part of a brass D&S Great Eastern coach kit, modelled on one at Tollesbury in Essex.


Dave Gotliffe.

Llangollen Station in N gauge. This is part of a cameo layout and is made from 4mm scale dressed stone, plastikard and microstrip. The chimneys and canopy are still to build. The glazing is slotted into place, so no glue to worry about!


Ian Payne.

A 4mm model of Crewe Bank signal box at Shrewsbury; the first ‘box Ian worked in as a signalman. It was built between trains using Howard Scenics card with white sticky labels for glazing bars.


Mike Bennett.

N gauge weighbridge hut from a Severn Models etched brass kit. He regretted using grey primer as the window frames had to be repainted white.


Andrew Vaughan.

Westonhock control point, March 1918. A first world war bunker in 16mm scale. This was based on two locations in the trenches and comprised a plastikard carcase covered in a pile of sandbags. There were various pieces of rail offcuts and other wartime detritus. The sandbags were from kits, the soil made from DAS, the ground cover tealeaves followed by four days of drybrushing!


Trevor Oakley.

A low relief building taken from his MPD cameo he showed at last year’s mini exhibition. He had fitted new signs including Morris Oils and made it into a diorama with some nice spear-topped fencing. The building has a wood frame with Metcalfe brick paper and Wills corrugated sheet.


Vernon Larcombe.

Stirchley (and Dawley) station building in 2mm scale from the LNWR Coalport branch line. An exquisite piece of plastic modelling which turned out to be just a trial piece! The finished version will have etched brass windows to Vernon’s design; the practice model has Langley windows. The chimneys had over 40 separate components including hand carved chimney pots! He said it had been a good learning exercise.


It was a very impressive display of models covering a wide range of styles, scales and prototypes. Next year’s Challenge involves figures. More to follow…………


Nick Coppin.