York MRS 30th March – 1st April

March 30, 2013

York MRS 30th March – 1st April

Heljan 47 Bound for Roy Jackson's 'Retford' in EM

Heljan 47 Bound for Roy Jackson’s ‘Retford’ in EM

This weekend we are attending the York Model Railway Show for the first time as a trader, so drop by and say hello. The pictures today show an EM gauge Class 47 that has had a makeover and is part of the fleet of locomotives that runs on Roy Jackson’s ‘Retford’ layout. Previously we have shown the Laserglaze kits and Extreme Etchings fitted to Bachmann and ViTrains models, the base locomotive here is the Heljan model, so you can see how the appearance is markedly improved with the addition of the glazing and fan and grill sets. We’ve also added the Brush Works plates from our range. This depicts an early series locomotive and reference images were provided showing the locomotive working southbound through Retford in the early 1960’s. (Double click the images to get a bigger image)


All the components are available from our stand at York to carry out this, and similar conversions, so come and see what we have to offer.
See you there!

Alexandra Palace 23rd & 24th March

March 23, 2013

This weekend we’re at Alley Palley, drop in and see us before the thaw …

Stand 155

14th March 2013

March 14, 2013

Today we’ve updated our exhibition diary for 2013.

We still have a few final confirmations to make, our full list of proposed shows is on the Shawplan website at http://www.shawplan.com

This weekend, we are at the Nottingham show which is at a new venue this year http://www.nottinghamhtm

Drop by and say hello, we look forward to seeing you there!


9th February Doncaster Show

February 9, 2013

We’re going to sack the blog writer! A late update to let you know we’re at the Doncaster show today and tomorrow, Doncaster Exhibition Centre, DN2 6BB, Stand 71!


In the meantime heres a gratuitous picture of a Bachmann 08 wearing a set of our laser cut windows! EEFG0801 Hornby Class 08/09 Price Code G. The current listing of our laser products is here,


Lokk forward to seeing you,

26th January 2013 (Pontefract Cancellation)

January 26, 2013


With this picture we should probably be wishing you all a happy christmas! This was taken last night and the snow continued through to the early hours of the morning. Despite being up early and clearing out to our road it was clear that the main roads nearby were also snowbound and it would be very difficult and potentially hazardous to try to get to the show. Unfortunately this meant we missed our second show this year, last weekend we were booked for the Leamington show and this weekend we were anticipating being at Pontefract. Not so much a case of lightening striking twice, but snow!

Clearly this is a big disappointment for us, as well as show organisers and those of you whom were hoping to come and see us, and we apologise for any inconvenience caused. Our next show is at Stafford on the weekend of the 2nd/3rd February, and the blog exhibition diary page will be updated soon. In the meantime, there is a listing currently available on http://shawplan.com/index.htm

We will update you soon on products in development, and thank you for your understanding during this period of particularly bad weather.

Wakefield December 1st/2nd 2012

November 30, 2012


This weekend we are at Wakefield and its the last show of the year. Last weekend at Warley it was great to meet so many of our customers both old and new, and we thoroughly enjoyed ourselves. The recent updates have featured some of our recent laserglaze releases and for a chnage today we’re showing a test fitting of the Class 47 fan and grill set from our extreme etchings range, to a Heljan 4mm scale model.

Come and drop by at Wakefield, we’re stand 18 and look forward to seeing you!

Thornes Park Athletics Stadium, WF2 8TY

Warley 2012 Show Releases

November 22, 2012

We are pleased this week to announce a number of new products in the Laserglaze range. This batch of releases includes windows for some of the very popular classes and vehicles we’ve frequently received requests for. Pictured above is the venerable Airfix GWR Autocoach, now produced by Hornby which with a few evenings work can still be made to look really good with our latest Laserglaze pack and the excellent detailing pack from Dart Castings (http://www.dartcastings.co.uk/dart/DK1.php)

Bachmann 2EPB


This set covers the popular Class 416 EMU, each pack contains sufficient windows for one coach. Just arrived and shortly to go into tooling is the Class 419 MLV, further updates will be announced here.

Hornby 25/0


The ever popular Hornby class 25/0 is now included in the Laserglaze range. Whilst the body moulding is very much a heritage model, the difference adding this flush glazing and one of our extreme etchings roof fan grill sets makes is well worth the effort.

Bachmann 25/0 and 25/3


Two sets of glazing are released this weekend for the Bachmann class 25 models. The 25/0 body and cab are covered by catalogue number EEFG2501, and the later body style 25/3 is catalogue number EEFG2502.

Airfix/Hornby GWR Autocoach


Replica BR MK1 Suburban

EELG4020 REPLICA BR MK1 Suburban

New Locomotive Glazing Kits
EEFG2001 Bachmann Class 20 (Shallow Cab Side Window) Price Code K
EEFG2002 Bachmann Class 20 (Deep Cab Side Window) Price Code K
EEFG2501 Bachmann Class 25/0 Price Code K
EEFG2502 Bachmann Class 25/3 Price Code K
EEFG2503 Hornby Class 25/0 Price Code K
EEFG5701 Bachmann Class 57/0 & 57/3 Price Code K

New Coaching Stock Glazing Kits
EELG4020 Replica BR MK1 Suburban Price Code K
EELG4021 Hornby GWR/WR Autocoach Price Code L
EELG4022 Bachmann 2EPB Class 416 Price Code K (per vehicle)

Nameplate News
4mm scale GBRF 66/7’s are in production with stock availability and release targetted for the Warley show 25th November. Ask on the stand (D34) for availability.

Due to attending the Warley show we’ll be closed from Friday 24th November to Tuesday 27th inclusive. We look forward to seeing many of you this weekend, come and see us on the stand D34.

See you there

Warley 2012 Update I

November 20, 2012

Just a taster of our new releases for the Warley Show this weekend. Later this week we’ll have a few more images of new products which are in final test fitting.

They include some popular and often requested prototypes for example, Bachmann’s Class 20 Large and Small side cab window variants.

Come and see us at Warley, Stand D34 see you there!

Warley Preparations

November 16, 2012

16th November 2012

This year has been very busy with various projects, and we are currently very busy with the preparations for the Warley show at the NEC. This is our latest laserglaze product in the final stages of tooling for the 4mm scale Bachmann 2EPB class 416. There are similarities between this unit and the MLV class 419, and we hope to be able to produce the MLV hot on the tail of the 2EPB.

In the next few days we will anounce another laserglaze product for one of the most requested coaches from the heritage era. This coach too is under final tooling checks and we hope to have both in stock at Warley. Check back in the next few days for more news.

Mid Summer Update August 2012

August 2, 2012

One of the things we frequently get asked on the stand and in correspondance, is how do I fit the glazing? The easiest way to describe this is to show you, so this is a quick technique and tip posting on fitting our glazing to a 4mm scale class 47. We will also add a few more hints and tips on how to use our nameplates and etched components to this blog later this year. This will help you get the best out of our products and your models. The glazing technique shown here is the standard one we use at Shawplan, and we’ve found it works across all the scales and window types we produce.

Old style glazing

Since we started producing the glazing we have changed the way we cut the transparency fret. If you’ve bought one of our earlier releases they are on a sprue in a similar fashion to a traditional Airfix kit, and you can see in the following images we’ve used an older fret.

Glazing sheet (current style)

The current windows are supplied as a push out window, see the image of the BR MK1 suburban fret above. There is no difference to the size or shape of the components, but this is a more effective production method, and all future releases are anticipated to be in this style. The laser is set to cut the material so that all you need to do is gently flex the material whilst applying gentle pressure on the window you want and they will drop out. One thing we have found is that window aperatures on models can vary significantly. This is not generally noticeable but when laser cutting it makes a huge difference. If on a fret we indicate a window for a specific aperature or window, please make sure you use the correct one. An easy way to ensure this is to use non permanent OHP pens to mark the window. Even factory paint thickness can have an effect, so often there is a need to just sand the window or aperature to get the flush fit. 1500 wet and dry grade paper is a good starting point to remove very small amounts of material from either the body or the window. For fixing the windows you can use a variety of adhesive materials. We find Deluxe Materials Glue ‘n’ Glaze works particularly well and is very easy to use with the micro applicator supplied, very thin gloss varnish also works well, using capilary action to run the varnish around the aperature before drying and setting. PVA or ‘Canopy’ glue can also be used with just a very small amount applied in a corner or around the perimeter of a window. We have been told superglue works but there is the potential of paint damage by chemical reaction ‘blooming’ on some manufacturers finishes, so we would advise particular care if trying that technique.

ViTrains Cl 47 as supplied

This is typical of many diesel and steam locomotives today, take note of any particular pieces that may be light conduits from LED’s before removal.

Remove cab insert

With this model we supply cab and body window glazing, so remove the black inserts for the roof fans, and then the cab interior. Some interiors are glued in so be prepared to cut away glued areas.

Remove all original glazing

On this model gentle inward pressure on the glazing made it fall inwards makeing removal easy. Be prepared as glue amounts vary from model to model within manufacturers ranges. This is true of rolling stock as well as locomotives.

Paint cab window aperatures

Ready for glazing

Once the windows are removed, touch in any areas with the body surround color, this makes a noticeable improvement where there is a thick body side.

Test fit of glazing

Test fit each glazing piece, if possible slide the transparency in as flat as you can this helps it sit better, and any fit problems are easier to see.

Test fitting shows slightly oversize for this window.

If the aperature is too small the glazing will sit ‘proud’ of the aperature. In this instance we used wet and dry to take a few thou from the door pillar and base of the glazing transparency. It’s usually obvious which to work on, the body or the glazing transparency and once you’ve done one or two it’ll become intuitive which is the easier component to work on.

Fitting completed to check seating of glazing.

Fitted windows labelled with non-permanent OHP marker pen

Each glazing panel will be custom fitted to your model, there are two options on fitting. You can fit them as you go fixing them and then moving on to the neext panel after they have set. This particular model has more work to be done to it, so using the OHP pen each panel is marked as is the corresponding window on the model. This means they can be stored safely and fixed after the rest of the conversion work has been completed.

Finished effect.

This is the finished effect, the last touch is to run a black marker pen or paint around the edge of the window glazing, this kills any refraction of light through the edge. The difference can be seen comparing the door(treated), and cab side window. The door window edge has dissapeared, but there’s still a slight refraction on the cab side glazing.

This weekend, 4th August we are at STORMex, Cheltenham, and on the 18th and 19th we’re attending Midland Railex at Ripley. See the Show Diary page for full details. At the end of the month we are closed from 24th August to 3rd September, and we look forward to seeing you soon in August or during the Autumn season. Full details of shows we are attending are in the diary section.

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