Welcome to TiNY's Modelling Site

I have always been fascinated in building things and my main interests are working ships, such as tugs, coasters and off shore supply vessels as well as trains from the 1960's, both steam and early diesels.  I am an active member of the Model Ship Society, the Model Tug Forum and the Model Warship Forum.

Model Ships

Moonlight - Coaster

I started building Radio Controlled model ships many years ago as a boy. By the time I was twenty one I had become an accomplished model builder gaining a silver medal and the H.V. Evans Trophy for Research at the 61st Model Engineer Exhibition for my model of SS. Moonlight in 1992.

The construction of the model became an article in issue 87 March 1994 of the Model Shipwrights Journal detailing the research and building techniques used. To read more about this click here

TID 164 - Steam Tug

Since building the Moonlight I have been working on another vessel, but this time I wanted to build a steam powered model.  In 2002 I purchased a Puffin II Steam engine and Horizontal Boiler kit from Cheddar Models along with a 1:24 Scale TID Tug fibre glass hull from Kingston Mouldings.

I did some searching on the internet and found out that there were some TID Tugs still surviving and choose to model the one based at Chatham Docks, No. 164.  To see the construction of this model click here

Najade - Motor Yacht

A departure from my usual models of working vessels but I thought it would be nice to build a boat that my partner Mo would like to sail.  After trawling the internet she decided she liked the luxury yachts seen at Monaco and St. Tropez, so the Robbe Najade semi scale kit fitted the bill.

The semi kit is supplied with numerous moulded ABS plastic parts, motor, prop shaft, rudder kit and all of the ships fittings.  The only other things required are a radio transmitter, receiver, batteries and speed control.  To follow the construction of this model click here

Moonlight Restoration

After sitting on the shelf for over twenty years follow the restoration of this award wining model.

To read more about this restoration project click here

VIC 32 Steam Lighter

After spending a few days aboard the vessel sailing around the Western Isles of Scotland during my summer break in August 2012 I have decided to build a model of this little ship.

The 'VIC 32' was built by Dunston's of Thorne, Yorkshire in November 1943.  To see the construction of this model click here

Model Trains

N Gauge

Now onto my other interest, model railways.  What started off as an idea to build a coffee table layout turned out to be a little bigger.  The original plan was to build an N Gauge layout in a coffee table of about 70cm square but it turned into a 200cm x 80cm railway in my spare room.  My design consists of two main line loops, a branch line that climbs to an upper level and a goods yard with turntable.

The mainline has a two platform station for the express trains whilst the branch line station on the hill has a single platform with small station building.

The locos are a combination of Minitrix and Graham Farish (Now part of Bachmann Europe) from the period of the last days of steam under British Rail with a few of the new diesel mixed in.  The Minitrix trains date back to the 1980's but still run as well now as the day they were first bought by my Dad.  This just shows the quality of these trains from the German manufacturer.

The layout buildings mainly consists of Ratio and Peco kits with some ready made buildings from the Graham Farish Scenic range such has the main station building and manor house.

G Scale in the Garden

During a trip to the wonderful North Yorkshire Moors Railway we stopped at Grosmont station to have a look around and discovered a railway model shop specialising in G Scale garden railways.  Whilst browsing Mo discovered a box set of the famous American Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad which she fell in love with instantly.  The set was purchased and now I had to design a small railway for the garden.  The box set consisted of a 4-6-0 steam locomotive (with operating headlight, smoke, and speed-synchronized sound), coal tender, box car, bobber caboose, 5'4" x 4' 3" oval of track (14 pieces), power pack and speed controller, illustrated "Bach Man" instruction manual, and DVD format video instructions.

"After founding the town of Durango, Colorado in 1880, the Denver & Rio Grande Railway began construction of a rail line the following year that connected their new community to nearby Silverton. Designed primarily to haul gold and silver from the San Juan Mountains, it is estimated that more than $300 million in precious metals have travelled the line throughout its history."

Coming soon the design and build of the D&SNG railroad.