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Cape town Toy Fairs

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Cape Town Toy Fairs

 

 

I have exhibited my SM32 layout at several Cape Town Toy Fairs. The exhibit height is at eye level for most young children, and I am most rewarded by the sparkles in their eyes and expressions of wonder.

Live Steam Layout

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Live Steam Layout

 

 

My Campbell & Lynwood Live Steam layout is all home built and I started working on the Green Saddle Tank Hunslet as far back as 1974. It has given faithful service on both indoor and outdoor railways.

Since then I have built several more of my own designs adding more sophistication. The Campbell & Lynwood lines have been a labor of love and I have spent very many hours of dedicated work in this scale of locomotives. There is an inherent problem with steam engines of this size; they will never run at reasonable paced speeds and one either ends up with it racing at full steam or chugging at a crawling rate. I realised after some frustrating failures that the answer lay in ‘gearing’. I set about designing my own compact double acting oscillating cylinder unit with suitable reduction gearing to give enough power at slow speeds. This gearing system is trouble free and always gives a wonderful display of steam.

Mamod Steam Boat

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Mamod Steam Boat

 

 

I built this Steam boat some years ago and it has given my grandchildren great pleasure. I call it a “Bowmod” because it is a steam launch named after ‘Mamod’ and ‘Bowman’. This is a modified second hand Mamod engine which I fitted it into a plywood hull. It runs extremely well 🙂

Loosely based on Bowman Steam Launches

Loosely based on Bowman Steam Launches

Music Boxes

Musical boxes

Music Boxes

 

 

The ornate and delicate orchestra music box was made using a few hand tools in 1964; it was made as a gift for my wife on her 21st birthday. The automaton whistling bird was a difficult project; it has a sophisticated self built music box. The other music boxes have commercially made music box movements, but the figurines are self made.

Inspired by a dream, I made this as a gift for my wife's 21st birthday.

Inspired by a dream, I made this as a gift for my wife’s 21st birthday.

Handmade original design

Handmade original design

Characters Made with a candle mould process. Design inspired by a 78rpm record cover.

Characters Made with a candle mold process. Design inspired by a 78rpm record cover.

Inspired by Walt Disney's  'Babes in Toyland' film.

Inspired by Walt Disney’s ‘Babes in Toyland’ film.

Music boxes