Chris Leach - In my teens, I built all the Airfix Royal Navy ships and amassed quite a collection. Then I discovered model railways, specifically narrow gauge railways. Along with a friend, Paul Fletcher, we built a 15 foot long exhibition layout and attended shows with it all over the south of England. Sadly Paul passed away 3 years ago and the layout is now in storage.

I have always have had an interest in military models and I have managed to combine railway and military together. In addition, there is a small interest in boats and sometimes the occasional submarine. Hopefully over time you will some of my models on these pages!
Bren Carrier
Bren Carrier, Tamiya, 1/35th scale

The Universal Bren Carrier was a small lightly armoured vehicle that could go nearly everywhere on the battlefield. This model was built fron a Tamiya kit and comes with lots of accessories, such as rifles, ammo boxes, water cans, etc.
Bren Carrier
K5(E) Leopold
28cm K5(E) 'Leopold' German Railroad Gun. Trumpeter, 1/35th scale.

This is my model of one of the German army's most numourous railguns, with over 25 built. A range of 40km, four of these (parked on the north coast of France) bombarded shipping in the English Channel and ports on the South coast of England. Two are preserved, one in France and one in the USA. This is the Trumpeter kit with over 1,200 part, a large number of photoetched bits and a 44 page instruction sheet. Decals are supplied for "Leopold", one of the two guns that bombarded Anzio beach.
K5(E) Leopold
Vosper MTB
Vosper MTB 74 with crew, Tamiya, 1//35th scale.
Vosper MTB
"Biber" U-Boat
"Biber" U-Boat, Tamiya 1/35th scale.
"Biber" U-Boat
Searchlight
German Searchlight, AFV Club, 1/35th scale.
Searchlight
UXB Robot
UXB Robot, AFV Club, 1/3th scale.
UXB Robot
Roman Legionary
Roman Legionary, MiniArt, 1/16th scale

A Roman Legionary from the 2nd century built from a Miniart kit in 1/16 scale. I wanted to try my hand at painting a figure using artists acrylic paints. As you can see I think I have achieved it! Getting the skin tone is very tricky to get right. It was only after studying many photos on the interweb from a variety of interesting sources, that I achieved the right effect.
Roman Legionary
German Kanonen und Flakwagen
German Kanonen und Flakwagen. Trumpeter 1/35 scale.
German Kanonen und Flakwagen
Panzerspahwagen
Schwerer Panzerspahwagen (Infanteriewagen). Dragon 1/35th scale.
Panzerspahwagen
Panzerjagerwagen
German Panzerjagerwagen. Trumpeter 1/35th scale
Panzerjagerwagen
WR 360 C12 Locomotive
German WR 360 C12 Locomotive. Trumpeter 1/35th scale.
WR 360 C12 Locomotive
Aerosan
Soviet Armoured Aerosan RF-8/GAZ-98. Trumpeter, 1/35th scale.
Aerosan
British Railways Class 60
British Railways Class 60 - 60024. RJH Kit, 1:43 Scale 0 Gauge.

Hand painted and waterslide transfers. Sound unit fitted.

This kit comes as a 'flat pack'! All the brass components have to be shaped. Thankfully there are very good instructions to aid with the building of this kit. Two motors, one per bogie, drive the axles, which are connected via a delrin drive system. Included in the instructions are loads of photographs and line drawings to help putting the model together.

At a depot open day(Crewe, back in the 1980's!) I visited the cab of a 60 and got loose with a camera.

A friend lent me a 100 Watt soldering gun to allow me to solder the major parts together. All the other bits are held together with epoxy adhesive. Under the 'bonnet' there is a representation of the engine, underneath there is a battery box for the sound unit.
British Railways Class 60
British Railways Class 37
British Railways Class 37. RJH Kit, 1:43 Scale 0 Gauge.

Hand painted and waterslide transfers. Sound unit fitted.

This was an interesting and challenging kit to assemble, as the body and fuel tanks start flat! Thankfully there are plenty of bulkheads all along the length to aid constuction. All the brass bits are soldered, and the smaller bits are fixed with epoxy. The body and chassis was hand painted and then weathered with aid of an airbrush. Drive is with two motors and delrin system.
British Railways Class 37
Hinton Manor 7819
Great Western Railway 4-6-0 Manor Class - Hinton Manor 7819. Springside Kit, 1:43 Scale 0 Gauge.

Hand painted and Methfix transfers. This kit has a parts count of over 1500 bits consisting of both white metal and brass components. The whole kit has been assembled using two part epoxy adhesive, and a tiny amount of CA glue. There is full inside valve gear, a complete brake rig, water scoop detail and a highly detailed cab. I was lucky enough to be able to photograph a Manor at Didcot to get details of the cab, without the tender, for my model.

The full sized Hinton Manor lives on the Severn Valley Railway, and is currently being restored. The coal in the model's tender is from a lump I borrowed from the loco!

The kit took over a 1000 hours to construct (and a fair bit of cursing!). Unfortunately the original motor, supplied with the kit, was not powerful enough and had to be replaced. I fitted a larger and more powerful motor/gearbox. This meant milling the frames to fit the motor. The loco has pulled heavy ten coaches around Guildford's club test track!
Hinton Manor 7819
Challenger
Challenger tank, Trumpeter, 1/35th scale.

Built just after the first Gulf war, this kit proved to a bit of a challenge! Several of the parts refused to fit, so I had to modify them.
Challenger
Cromwell
Cromwell tank, Tamiya, 1/35th scale.

A very satisfying kit to build with no problems.
Cromwell
LCAC
LCAC, Trumpeter, 1/144 scale.

A lot of parts, including photo-etch. By the way, a LCAC is the American term for hovercraft. It stands for Landing Craft Air Cushion.
LCAC
Unknown
It was built so long ago, I've forgotten the details!
Unknown
Unknown
It was built so long ago, I've forgotten the details!
Unknown
Angelina
It was built so long ago, I've forgotten the details!
Angelina
Lacey Green Windmill
Lacey Green Windmill, 0 Scale 1:43.5, Scratch built.

After a visit to a preserved railway near Quainton in Buckinghamshire, I happened to be near this windmill. Lacey Green village is a few miles from High Wycombe and consists of a few houses, a pub and its famous windmill.

A few photos were taken and then counting the bricks at the base helped me to scale the model. The main frames are of 6mm plywood. The windows and doors are fabricated from 2mm marine ply. Using Wills embossed plastic (used for model railways), the whole of the outside of the body, cap and base was clad. The sails are made from hard wood, with cotton fabric.

A very enjoyable project to undertake, although the cutting dozens of pieces of plastic caused headaches! Each piece of plastic was a different shape and each edge was also chamfered.
Lacey Green Windmill
Glyn Valley Tramway
Glyn Valley Tramway Locomotive 'DENNIS' 0-4-2, Peco kit and second class carriage, scratchbuilt. Both models in 1:43 scale.

The Glyn Valley Tramway ran between Chirk, Shropshire and Glyn Ceiriog, Wales for a distance of 8 3/4 miles. It was a narrow gauge railway built to the unusual gauge of 2ft 4 1/2in. Passengers were carried on 6 1/2 miles of the line using three attractive locos built by Beyer Peacock of Manchester. Later on a fourth loco was purchased from the Baldwin Locomotive Works, Philadelphia, USA.

The locomotive kit is fairly easy to put together. I used two part epoxy adhesive as I cannot solder whitemetal. The chassis is an ex-Mainline 0-6-0 pannier tank. Because of the skirts around the loco, it is impossible to tell that wheel arrangement is incorrect! I have added further details, such as - crew, full cab interior and all the control rods on top of the tanks. The livery is based on the one appied in 1900ish!

Using drawings obtained from a book about the GVT, I constructed this carriage. I used modellers marine plywood for the body. The roof is plasticard, as are parts of the chassis. The interior seats have ends made from ply, while the slats are paper strips (dozens of them!). The interior was stained and varnished, while the exterior is painted in the 1900 livery.
Glyn Valley Tramway
Narrow Gauge Stub Point
Narrow Gauge Stub Point (2ft gauge), 16mm/foot Scale.

Scratchbuilt

After a friend at my model railway club had been struggling with a commercially made point, I decided to have a go at making one (what a fool!). This model is not based on a conventional type. It is based on a type of point used on railways with double flanged wheelsets. This means that both the rails had to slide across to change direction. Also, at the same time, the 'frog' swivels to match the sliding rails. Don't worry, I spent many hours trying to work it out.

The model is made from styrene sections, including the rails. I used photos on the interweb as guidance. Eventually the point will be placed on a suitable piece of board and ballasted.

It does not matter about the rails being plastic as the loco (coming soon!) is battery powered!
Narrow Gauge Stub Point
M1A4
M1A4 Semi automatic rifle 1/3

OOB build of the Trumpeter kit
M1A4
Queen's Guard
British Grenadier Queen's Guard 1/16 scale

Model by ICM
Queen's Guard
Thunder Spirit
Thunder Spirit 1/24 scale

Model by Masterbox
Thunder Spirit