Pinehill & Watersmede Railway

MrJigStones

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Hello from the lineside of The Pinehill & Watersmede Railway.

 

 

To anyone new to the hobby of 16mm/SM32 and G scale garden railways, 'JigStones' might not be a familiar model building product, and so for them I hope the information included here might offer a little enlightenment.

 

 

The video demonstrations here may help if you are thinking of casting your own kits of modelling parts and making your own weatherproof structures using JigStone building blocks made from collections of silicone rubber moulds, which might typically include station buildings, goods sheds, loco sheds, houses and cottages, and so on. Using the JigStones method structures grow in just the form you want them to, so it's a great deal closer to the way structures are built in the real world, rather than pre-designed kits. Most modelers have their own imagination to build on, and the versatility of unending component integration, with literally endless possibilities, was the reason in my designing the JigStones system. It's a method introduced purely for individualists.

 

Thoroughly weatherproof stone effect models are the main end result of the JigStones way of doing things, though there are brick effect options as well. The self-cast cement components can be combined to realise either very neat examples of building structures, or even the 'down at heel' look, as shown below. Having a home-based manufacturing facility for the very simple yet highly effective building blocks, all cast by your fair hand from your own custom collated kit of long lasting silicone rubber moulds means that years of enjoyable modelwork can be achieved.


Hi. I'm Pete Chandler, a graphic designer and once member of the Guild Of Master Craftsmen  (but now happily retired), who felt that a comprehensive 16mil and 'G' scale model building method might be useful within our hobby, for creating station buildings, goods and loco sheds, in fact most kinds of miniature accommodation, in a thoroughly weatherproof and productively self sufficient way. That was some years ago, when I was referred to as 'Mr JigStones'. 


A couple of years ago I finally got around to presenting a series of Youtube video demos, and I've included them at this website...they may be of use to newcomers to JigStones, the self-cast block system from rubber moulds, for our garden railway scales of 1:19 and 1:22.5. It's available in the UK solely through the stockist 'back2bay6'.

 

Honing down a geometry of basic model wall and architectural detail components into a kit which is as simplified as possible, but potentially limitless in application, seemed to tick the boxes at a time when other options for weatherproof individualistic modelmaking were sparse. Possibilities change with ensuing years of course, and materials are now abundant for scratch building, with advances always being pioneered with new ideas. It's pleasing to see that JigStones is still among the choices available. Some current resin building kit producers are even using JigStones modules as tooling for pattern making - I should be flattered! - so the system's universal appeal is quite apparent. 

 

In fact the familiar JigStones 'look' has been present in many forms of buildings covering almost everything from platforms to castles - even in one known case part of the Great Wall Of China! For just over twenty years now it has continued to be useful to those who enjoy creating their own unique structures...however bizarre. But if the idea of following some simple plans appeals more, then the good news is that I have begun to include some at this website. Nothing too massive, just useful structures to get the JigStones newcomer going plus an occasional longer project some might want to have a go at. Ironically I'm not using JigStones all the time here myself. My use of the system has more or less been completed now. But it is a modelmaking tool which can be handed around the various friendship circles within our hobby. The more moulds you can access through sharing, the much, much, quicker will be the results.

 

As to my own use, the system has been handy for making railway related buildings and structures for my own 16mm:1ft world. Accommodating a full blown model village isn't really my thing, but may be something you want to blend in with your railway. How little or how much JigStonery a person is likely to achieve typically depends upon how many moulds can be mustered...i.e. begged, borrowed, or even purchased! The more moulds for block casting a modeller can lay his or her hands on, the more satisfying will be the experience. But some great items have been created by users over the years simply through a steady routine of casting from a few moulds and building in unhurried stages. 


Not everyone has the luxury of enough spare time though, and an alternative might be to consider resin kits or ready-to-use models, or build items from scratch using complete wall sections. The idea of precast block building appeals to me though as I don't have to think too much about any measurements...the geometry of the system determines much of this...one fan in America has referred to it as 'Lego for adults', and I'll certainly go along with that.


Reference links to some excellent examples of JigStones modelmaking by David Turner

Thanks for visiting.

 

If I am able to help in any advisory way not covered in the demos, my email is:

chandler536@btinternet.com

An instant response to a query might not always be possible, so please sit tight until I can deal with it. Please also note that I have no business connection these days with JigStones. Any enquiries relating to the product's availability, etc, must be addressed to the manufacturer, A & A Bretzler, or, for UK distribution, their UK dealer Back2bay6; USA distribution, their dealer Train-LI-USA.

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