2017 Registration form

Below is a link to the registration form for the 2017 convention, the format is the same as in 2015 were it was an editable PDF. The form can be filled out through a PDF reader and then saved and emailed to the e-mail on the form or printed off and posted to the listed address.

At this stage we still have one final release of information on what will be on during the forum, this should be announced in the coming days.

2017 BMF registration form

More information on the 2017 forum

Following on from the first posting about what will be happening at the 2017 forum, here is some more information about what’s on; the registration form shall be released in the next couple of days followed by the third and final release of whats on.

 

TALK:  Storage and staging of trains – James Dalton

Trains move passengers and freight from one place to another.  A layout represents just part of that journey with trains having to enter and leave the scene.  An important aspect of layout planning is deciding how this is best done.  James will discuss the various options available for storing and staging trains along with their pros and cons.

DEMONSTRATION:  Modelling the terrain and landforms – Andrew Campbell

Andrew will show how realistic landforms can be carved from extruded foam sheets.  He will also show how to apply a basic ground cover to the foam in readiness for more detailed scenery.

DEMONSTRATION:  Detailing scenery – Geoff Burns

Geoff will use his layout ‘Splitters Swamp Creek’ as a stage to explain his scenery techniques and also how he has used LEDs mounted on a light weight pelmet to illuminate the scene.

DEMONSTRATION:  Researching the prototype – Bill Phippen representing the ARHS Railway Resource Centre will be able to access the ARHS photo archive and intranet on the day.  He’ll describe what information is available from the resource centre and how to get it.

LAYOUT:  Splitters Swamp Creek – Geoff Burns

‘Splitters Swamp Creek’ is an exhibition layout of a fictional NSW branchline.  Those who have seen the layout at exhibitions in and around Brisbane and northern NSW have seen the level of detail progressively increase over time.  This is an opportunity for Sydneysiders to see this fine layout.

LAYOUT:  Peak Hill – Kieran Ryan

Keiran will have two modules of ‘Peak Hill’ at the forum.  These modules will feature a grain shed and a bulk depot.  In addition showing how he built the modules, Keiran will also explain how he adapted the track plan so he could fit in these large structures.

TRADER:  AndIan Models

TRADER: Ray Pilgrim’s Signal Branch

TRADER: ARHS Bookshop – A limited supply of relevant books will be available.

First update on the 2017 forum

Update on the 2017 forum

As previously advised, the theme for this year’s forum is ‘Building a layout’. As we have been organising the program it has become clear that all aspects of layout construction can’t be covered in one year. It’s therefore likely that this will be the first of a number of conventions that follow this theme.

Building a layout starts with research, planning and design, however we are mindful that many forum attendees will already have layouts. While the program for the 2017 forum will cover the basics, including aspects of planning and layout construction, it will also include activities relevant to those who already have layouts.

The forum will follow a similar format to previous years, being a mix of talks and demonstrations with plenty of opportunity to pick the brains of other modellers. Again, the contribution of an item to the modelling display is a mandatory condition of attendance. The model display has always been a basis for modellers to share their work and ideas with other attendees.

Over the next few weeks we will progressively release details of the talks, demonstrations, layouts and traders and other activities at this year’s event.

TALK: Infrastructure for an era – Stephen Ottaway

The first talk will cover how railway infrastructure evolved over time and the advantage of having stations, goods sheds, stockyards, cranes, loading banks and other infrastructure consistent with the era in which the railway was built. This consistency is the basis for a realistic and authentic layout.

DEMONSTRATION: Track construction ballasting and weathering – Ian Millard

Ian will be demonstrating the use of splined roadbed and laying track using Central Valley Ties (sleepers). Central Valley Ties are relatively new and offer significant advantages over traditional flex track. He will also demonstrate how he ballasts and weathers the track.

DEMONSTRATION: Drones as a modelling tool – Ian Phemister

Ian will have two drones on display and can discuss their operation and the possibilities they offer for researching the prototype be that a location or rollingstock.

LAYOUT: Ebor – Stephen & Andrew Ottaway

Consistent with the theme of building a layout Stephen and Andrew will debut EBOR, an exhibition layout which is currently under construction. The layout is based on a fictional station on the proposed line from Guyra to Dorrigo. It is built on plywood baseboards and roadbed which incorporate some innovative design features. Hand laid track and points (including operating catchpoints) have been used while the landforms and scenery are still under construction. The intent is to show attendees how the layout is constructed prior to completing it for the 2019 forum.

TRADER: Kieran Ryan Models

TRADER: Mechanical Branch

More information will follow soon. Feel free to share this with others you think may be interested.

Branchline Modellers Forum 2017

The 2017 Branchline Modellers Forum will be held on the weekend of 26th – 27th August. Once again it will be held in Coffs Harbour at Bishop Druitt College.

The 2017 forum’s theme will be ‘Building a layout‘. Talented and experienced modellers will provide the usual mix of talks and demonstrations which will focus on how to plan, build and scenic a NSW layout. The extensive model display is a regular feature of the forum and there will be an opportunity to buy things from some small, specialist suppliers whose products are not readily available. At least one NSW layout that has not been seen before will also make an appearance.

In truth, all of this really only provides an excuse for like-minded modellers to get together to have a great weekend.

We are still in the process of arranging the details but keep an eye out for future updates.

Registration form and notes

Hi All,

Finally we have the forum registration form and the registration notes which contain the information for the activities held over the weekend ready to go.

You can access them though the links below, The registration form is a PDF which is editable so there is no need to print it out and then scan when completed just save it when completed and email it back to us.

BMF registration form

BMF registration notes

Its shaping up to be a great weekend and hope to see most of you there!

BMF 2015 program – Part 2

The final part of the program for the convention,

If you found the program for the forum sufficiently enticing and want to lodge an expression of interest in attending, please send an email to branchline@rocketmail.com . This will ensure you are emailed a registration form as soon as it is available.

Demonstrations

Ian Black – Closing the gap between corridor connections on passenger cars

Geoff Burns – Modelling trees

Brendan Canning – Soldering – featuring assembly of brass signal kits

Tom Rogers – Concrete structures – prototype and modelling

Keiran Ryan – 3D printing in action

Ian Millard – Modelling track and building realistic and reliable points

Aaron Denning – Weathering with acrylic pastel powders and isopropyl alcohol

Traders

Andian Models

Keiran Ryan Models

Stephen Johnson Models

Casula Hobbies

AR Kits