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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?

Doug [the Dreamer]


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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







Buildings in threads on Y.M.R.

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.

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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'

Allan

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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.

Doug

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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
http://www.pendonmuseum.com/jahern/
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Thanks Albert, link added to post No.1

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That.s really handy Albert .  Thanks.:thumbs

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Thanks Albert, useful link.  I see that the four articles dated 1943 entitled 'Miniature Building Construction' appear to be the forerunner of the book published in 1950.  Some of the drawings are as used in the book.

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I spotted this building at the Woking show today.  Clearly another fan of John Ahearn...



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Arrived today from Myhobby Store, and filed away for future use; Village Shop, Country Inn,Village Filling Station and Small Country Station.

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col.stephens wrote: I spotted this building at the Woking show today.  Clearly another fan of John Ahearn...



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Luffley, with knobs on! The adjacent warehouse has a familiar look about it, too...

Doug

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The pictures below are those found at the rear of JAs Miniature Building Construction [M.B.C.] and were once available as blue prints from Percival Marshall.  Thanks to Terry for prompting me to post them, not all of them are shown in each edition of M.B.C.

Copyright CV Russell and E Fells. Reproduced with their kind permissions.

Copyright CV Russell and E Fells. Reproduced with their kind permissions.




Copyright CV Russell and E Fells. Reproduced with their kind permissions.


Copyright CV Russell and E Fells. Reproduced with their kind permissions.

Copyright CV Russell and E Fells. Reproduced with their kind permissions.

Copyright CV Russell and E Fells. Reproduced with their kind permissions.

Copyright CV Russell and E Fells. Reproduced with their kind permissions.


Please note the the family of J.A. indicated that they were not copyright holders of the blueprints for the models made from these sketches. So, even if we find original/copies we would be unable to publish them here. I have written to Hobbycraft requesting details of the holders, to no avail.

I have permission to reproduce text and diagrams from M.B.C. 'for the advancement of railway modelling' and not for any commercial purpose.

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Finally got around to ordering a copy of MBC, so hopefully it arrives before Xmas so I can have a go at building something over the holiday.

Although I have started on my version of the cottages using the information and pictures in Dougs build of them.

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You can build any of those structures from those sketches. Use the norm of front doors being 6-6 x 2-6 and, if necessary, count bricks. Anything rather than buy something from a company called MyHobbyStore. God that makes me shudder and John Ahern would revolve in his grave at the very idea. Percival Marshall, even M.A.P., was nice, but the latest iteration is just vulgar.

I've made models i different scales from the sketches in the book since I was about 13 without problems.

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Try this, it should be a link to JA's articles, but at 200Mb takes a little while to download.

Let me know if it works for you, it is amazing reading, from building a model of Winchester engine shed to modelling an OO scale duck...

tbmod.com/rm/Madder%20Valley%20John%20Ahearn%20articles.pdf

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Just downloading it now Doug.  It looks very interesting. Thanks for posting the link.


Any idea who compiled all of these articles?


Regards,


Terry

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I'm ashamed to say I don't know. I used to think that it was a 'duff' link, but this evening tried again, got called away and when I came back....voila! I think Sky have tweaked my speeds as a result of complaining and threatening to go to Virgin when they wanted to double my monthly subscription, as they have just installed cable in our road.

It is amongst loads of stuff I kept over 2 years of Googling to find JA's great nephew years ago, to seek permission to reproduce the contents of 'Architectural Modelling' for YMR.

Doug

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How did you download that link Terry ?

Google can't find it ........................ :???:

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Just got there - copied from "Madder%20 Valley", ignoring the first bit of the link.  :thumbs

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Just copy this below and paste it in your browser title bar hit enter and the pdf download will begin

well worth downloading

tbmod.com/rm/Madder%20Valley%20John%20Ahearn%20articles.pdf



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That didn't work for me Brian - until I dropped the  "tbmod.com/rm/"   bit of the link.  Then it worked.   Strange things these computers - maybe it's because I'm in France .................. :mutley

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Now having tried some old stored links with more success they have led me to this...Bert's Garage in 'N' scale!

https://30squaresofontario.blogspot.com/2018/12/john-earl-and-bert.html

Doug

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My take on the cottages from MBC

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