The Club builds and operates layouts in a variety of scales.

Restoring Rydes Vale – a pioneering 2mmFS layout

“Rydes Vale” was one of the earliest 2mm finescale layouts. Constructed in the early 1960s by Mr H H Grove and his son Bert, the Groves created a new set of track and rail standards which were instrumental in giving a faultless performance at our exhibition in Central Hall, Wesminster, London, for three years. This …read more.

Feb 13, 2021

Brutal Warehouse modifications on Copenhagen Fields

The representation of the KX Goods Yard has featured some magnificent (and large) warehouses, based on some of the buildings at KX, that Mike laser cut and made to produce a critical structural mass.  In fact, the warehouse had already been shortened at the front by a bay, before our MRJ photoshoot last February. The problem is that these …read more.

Jan 2, 2021

York Road – Permanent Way takes shape

As Young Timothy has been valiantly polishing lumps of coal dust for his latest green painted shunter,  I have made a start on the crossover formation for the tunnels to the North of York Road station. The running rails for one of the turnouts are now in place, and I will start putting chair plates …read more.

Dec 30, 2020

Done Any Modelling Lately?

MRC President Tim Watson takes a look back at 2020 2020 didn’t start like any other in the Watson household. We had almost completed a four month  massive rebuild of the back of the house to make it wheelchair-friendly for Cecily: family Christmas dinner was achieved with some ingenuity laced with dust, but it took …read more.

Dec 29, 2020

“Valour” in 2mm

After a long stay away, Valour has now gone through Ian Rathbone’s paint shop with final re-assembly and a bit of weathering in St Albans.  Ian has made an outstanding job of the lining.  It will be good to see the engine in service at the head of a 1923 Pullman train on CF, but will need …read more.

Dec 24, 2020

Bedding In – York Road (and York paving) – Part 8

We’re now beginning to see the light at the end of the tunnel for the upper works of the YR tube station. The ‘plaza’ has now been paved using printed paving paper – in this picture update.    

Nov 28, 2020

York Road – Detailing the interior (Pt 7)

York Road tube station is now nearing completion of the internal details.  This has certainly made it a far bigger job than originally intended! The use of modern technologies continues, with 3D printed sanitary ware – specially designed in Australia (by a 2mm SA member) printed in Croydon by Justin and fitted in St Albans. …read more.

Nov 21, 2020

York Road – from 3D to building (Part 6)

Richard Wilson and I spent a productive day trying out the alignment of the York Road plan against the relevant baseboard and station building. This has been almost completely re-made internally towards the back to ensure that the lift shafts and lobbies are in exactly the correct position to line up with the plan at …read more.

Nov 15, 2020

York Road – 3D design for a “basement” (Pt 5)

That clever Mr Wilson has been playing with a virtual model of the York Road tube station as it relates to Copenhagen Fields.  The olive green back board being CF- don’t worry the tube boards will not be painted Lincoln green! The rusty coloured tubes are not Mid-West grain silos, but are the lift and …read more.

Nov 7, 2020

York Road – digging down (Pt 4)

If you’re new to this thread, please use the tags below to find the previous instalments of this project. Quite a bit of detailing, such as the staff room and more accurate rendition of the lift lobbies have been added to the rear sections of the York Road tube station. The scenic end of the …read more.

Oct 31, 2020

York Road – Comparing the model against the mock up and the original

This update starts off with some great images from the LT Museum archive, provided to us by Doug Rose. This next sequence shows the original mock and the model nearing completion from various angles   And this is a view the public will get. Dried up algae-containing puddles have been added to the roof. A …read more.

Oct 24, 2020

A Pagoda for Great Shefford

The latest to emerge from the South East Cornwall workshop  ( which has been quite productive since summer ended and it has been raining for the last month ) is this 2mm scale “pagoda” for Richard Wilson’s Great Shefford project in 2mm scale. It has home-made corrugated aluminium sheeting over a plasticard shell. The roof …read more.

Jul 11, 2020

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