Welcome to my Web site. My name is Raymond (NB: NOT Ray!), and I hope you find it interesting, useful, thought provoking, contentious even. I am a retired psychometric analyst, who now spends much time modelling, gardening and doing a bit for the Guild, among other things. (However, if you would like to know more about psychometrics, go to Success Dynamic's home page.)
I have been a modeller, of one description or another, for as long as I can remember and got back into serious railway modelling in about 1994, deciding then to move up to 0 Gauge from EM. The physical size and mass of the models is more satisfying plus the fact that one can - indeed must - put greater levels of detail into each individual model.
You will see that I am a dyed in wool fan of the Grub, Water & Relief but that does not stop me building all sorts of other stuff too. Most of what I build I review and you can find those reviews on the relevant pages on the navigation bar above.
In addition to the Guild, I am also a member of the Epsom & Ewell MRC, Great Western Study Group, The Great Western Society and the East Sussex 0 Gauge Group. I originally dabbled in radio control but found it too limiting for the type of small tank engines I wanted mainly to run. The control gear required quite a lot of space as well as overhead in terms of battery power.
So, then I tried infrared and found it better in that there was less control gear required and a much lower overhead of power requirement. The GWR 517 class 0-4-2 I used for the experiment would run for about four hours on one charge. Now though, I have decided to go for DCC using the ZTC equipment but this is still at an early stage of implementation.
My preference is for 31.5mm gauge track using a mixture of Exactoscale and C&L components (now all amalgamated under the C&L banner). This, to get soldered construction for the crossing Vees, check rails and switches, while the rest is glued to wooden timbering. Back to Top
Unfortunately Bernard Weller died before he could produce the necessary jigs in 31.5mm gauge for me and the new owners refused to produce them, concentrating on S4 & S7, but that may now change with the move to C&L taking on the Exactoscale range. However, there is no possibility that I will be tempted to go S7, much as I admire the efforts of S7 adherents, too much would need to be converted at this late stage.
The intention is to operate turnouts and signals using point motors with cosmetic C&L point rodding components linked to a multi lever, manual frame, which one day hopefully may be mechanically interlocked. It is one inch to the foot from Scale Signal Supply and has been partially built and reviewed here.
My preference is for etched brass and nickel silver and so far, most of my output has been in those mediums. However, some prototypes are not available in brass so other kits get built from time to time or scratch built for me in Plastikard. I will however, go to great lengths to avoid white metal - filthy stuff in my view.
Something I am moving into slowly (See GWR 28' PLV Diagram V5, GWR Dreadnought Diagram E77 Compo and GWR Parcel Van W1) and have a few other projects that require a great deal of scratch building. The addition (in 2009) of a milling machine to the workshop will help promote scratch building and the results will appear under 'Current Work' on the navigation bars above and below. And now for a bit of showing off, these pictures are of my workshop/office.