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 Posted: Sun Sep 4th, 2016 08:37 pm
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I'd like to think we could pool our ideas, links, thoughts and information about this late master of card and paper here...

I wonder if we could build all of his buildings between us?

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JH Ahern a Portrate Photograph


Pendon Links to John Ahern Material

Model Railway Journal - Biography from MRJ 1994

Miniature Building Construction   - Book - Amazon 

Miniature Landscape Modelling - Book - Amazon

Miniature Locomotive Construction - Book - Amazon


Drawings advertised in the rear of Miniature Building Construction available here   No longer Available







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Harbour Office   - Chubber

Timber Framed Cottage  -   Terry

Warehouse  - Chubber

Cottages  - Chubber

Lighthouse - Terry

Station Building - Terry

A North Wales Warehouse - Chubber

A Village General Shop - Terry

A Barn in Card - Terry

A Simple Goods Depot - terry


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yes I am a dreamer too, would be good though,,
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We could give it a bit of thought...
Long winter months coming up, Doug back in Blighty...

Any suggestions?

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Sounds like a brilliant idea. I suppose we (older types) have all tried one of his designs in our early days. Mine was the little wooden station, unfortunately no longer in existence. I suppose I could have another go.
On the subject of Ahern's designs, any idea if anyone sells those listed in the back of his book? I can't track them down.

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albert weatherspoon wrote: Sounds like a brilliant idea. I suppose we (older types) have all tried one of his designs in our early days. Mine was the little wooden station, unfortunately no longer in existence. I suppose I could have another go.
On the subject of Ahern's designs, any idea if anyone sells those listed in the back of his book? I can't track them down.


You could try Pendon where the Madder Valley Railway is housed.

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Re the little station building, look here

http://www.steamway.dircon.co.uk/Lavender.html

I'm pretty certain that's the one he based his drawing on.

Additionally, look here

http://www.myhobbystore.co.uk/product/17239/warehouse

I entered into correspondence with them, and asked from whence they derived to copyright, as I was, at the time, in touch with Ahern's family, and they knew nothing of them. I received no response to my further correspondence.
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Very interesting Doug, but is that the actual drawing from his book or just a close copy ? I know the book did provide a warehouse drawing but I've lost my copy so can't compare.

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Chubber wrote: Re the little station building, look here

http://www.steamway.dircon.co.uk/Lavender.html

I'm pretty certain that's the one he based his drawing on.

Additionally, look here

http://www.myhobbystore.co.uk/product/17239/warehouse

I entered into correspondence with them, and asked from whence they derived to copyright, as I was, at the time, in touch with Ahern's family, and they knew nothing of them. I received no response to my further correspondence.
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 Thank you Doug, all I need now is a source for the plans (not, I think, Ahern's) that were listed in the old Skinley catalogues. I have a couple for future use.

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I have managed to collect most of the drawings by John Ahern with the exception of 1) the small station or halt; (2) timber built water mill; (3) modern brick and tile villa.  They no longer appear to be available commercially, so unless someone has them tucked away in their loft, they are probably lost forever.

Terry

Update on cottage - small chimney has been fitted.  Just need to apply flashing around both chimneys.  Picture to follow soon.

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allan downes wrote:
Very interesting Doug, but is that the actual drawing from his book or just a close copy ? I know the book did provide a warehouse drawing but I've lost my copy so can't compare.

Allan


That's not the drawing from the back of the book, but he was adept at altering real buildings to make them more interesting, like his play on the Harbour Office.


Additionally see this link for details of more drawings http://www.myhobbystore.co.uk/browser/154/railway-lineside-feature

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Finally for now as SWMBO wants me for summat...

http://tbmod.com/rm/Madder%20Valley%20MRJ%201994%20dec.pdf



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I always find MRJ too technical for me (my fault, it's a brilliant magazine) but this is one of the few copies I bought and kept, along with one about Iliffe-Stokes models.

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Hullo, back again, rosemary bush tied up.

The article above by David Kitchener deserves to be treated with a little caution,for example, he asserts that the 'Harbour Office' at Poole is based on the Customs House. Having visited the location, I am content to belive it was based on the 'Harbour Office', a nearby building, and oft mis-attributed.

See

http://www.pooleharbourguide.co.uk/images/restaurants/custom-house-01.jpg


as opposed to

http://www.pooleharbourguide.co.uk/images/poole-quay-photos/poole-quay-36.jpg

The Old Customs House, the Harbour Office clearly alongside. The very awkward windows added by JA added considerably to my efforts to produce a model that matches his drawings to the best of my abilities, see

http://yourmodelrailway.net/view_topic.php?id=6851&forum_id=14&highlight=harbour+office+dooferdog

Only by rubbing a scalpel blade down to half-thickness could I manage to cut out the upper window frames in silk-finish photo-paper before dampening them and splitting them into half thickness to be stuck to the perspex [CD Case] with MEK.

Poop-poop!



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Chubber wrote: Finally for now as SWMBO wants me for summat...

http://tbmod.com/rm/Madder%20Valley%20MRJ%201994%20dec.pdf

'Summat' in my experience could mean anything from washing the dishes to retiling the roof.

Very dodgy word is 'summat'

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I keep meaning to have a go at some of the buildings, is the book still available, if so whats it called?



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http://www.abebooks.co.uk/book-search/title/miniature-building-construction/author/ahern/

There you go!

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Is the warehouse drawing based on the building at Porthmadoc harbour?

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I like the idea of reproducing every building in the book.  What a fantastic group project?

My contribution so far is the lighthouse on page 145 and I am currently building the timber-framed cottage on page 149, just above the harbour office which I know Doug has completed.

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Remember, J Ahern was fine landscape and locomotive modeller, and his books 'Miniature Landscape Modelling' and 'Miniature Locomotive Construction' deserve a place on any modellers bookshelf...

https://www.amazon.co.uk/Miniature-Landscape-Modelling-John-Ahern/dp/0853441049

https://www.amazon.co.uk/s/ref=nb_sb_noss/254-5724167-8765917?url=search-alias%3Dstripbooks&field-keywords=miniature+locomotive+construction+ahern

I have added these [and all links to date] to post No.1 for convenience and hope to continue to do so when ne stuff appears in this thread.

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Pendon museum have a pdf index of Ahern's writings, and a click on an article header brings up the original item. it is at
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