About Pottendorf

Pottendorf was inspired by the Bayerische Lokalbahn, a network of small branchlines which once comprised of half of the route mileage in Bayern. The available space is rather small for 1:45 but the prototype was a not a railway built on the grand scale, most stations are merely a curved loop and a siding which is easy to replicate even in O gauge.

Friday, 17 February 2017

Typical Bavarian train

A real Bayerische lokalbahn train - originally made by SCE Modellbau, at least 30 years old and rebuilt in 2016.


The models were collected over five years from a variety of sources, with help from Dieter, Richard, Mike and Neil, my thanks to everyone.

A nice companion to the new items from Lenz though the coaches are not the same.

Thursday, 26 January 2017

Farm - a simple barn

 A simple barn is an essential feature of the countryside in Oberfranken and  Müllers Bruchbuden offers a rather nice resin kit although it might be just as easy to scrachbuild using  plywood and wood section sourced from a good model shop.

 Examples of this style of barn are to be found throughout the region though a visit to the countryside museum at Bad Windsheim is well worth the effort.

Construction of the kit seems to be straightforward however care is needed to remove the mould residue and excess flash from the components using a sanding block and P80 grade paper.

The design is basic and extra bracing is needed to ensure both strength and that the roof section will bond to the walls. Both UHU clear and a two-part expoxy was used in the construction, the resin kit is relatively weak until it is bonded to another layer. The wood sections and foamboard will provide a greater area for the large roof section to bond.


It should be noted that the roof sections have to be carefully orientated, check the direction of the pantile profile and mark the section to indicate the top.

A light dusting of Halford's plastic primer, another coat in the morning.

Whilst the terracotta pantile roof defines the location, this is painted with a mix of white and raw sienna artist's acrylic.  Painting and weathering is a mixture of diluted Lifecolour Frame Dirt painted with a 12mm flat sable and then dusted with a light grey mix of powder paint.  The corrugated iron roof was painted with a dry flat brush and raw sienna artist's acrylic paint.

Sunday, 15 January 2017


Almost sixty years ago, this was Veilbronn, a small halt on the Wiesenttalbahn in Oberfranken.

Whilst this is Pottendorf in 2017.