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Oxford/Golden Valley Janus repaint

Posted by Ruston , 22 May 2018 - - - - - - · 198 views

The livery is that of the fleet of Yorkshire Engine Co. Janus diesels at the UES Aldwarke works in the mid 1980s to around 2000 and it will be finished with running number 32 from that fleet. 
All that remains to be done is the application of the running number on the cabsides and possibly a British Steel logo too.


Keyser Kits Hudswell Clarke Pt. IV

Posted by Ruston , 27 March 2018 - - - - - - · 427 views

The carrier for the crown wheel is done. The wheel is fixed to the carrier by 2-part epoxy glue and the carrier has been drilled and tapped to take a 14BA grub screw, with a flat milled on the axle.The set up has been tested by sticking the two wires onto a controller and it is amazingly smooth.

I have also started to assemble the cylinders, slidebars etc.


Keyser Kits Hudswell Clarke Pt.III

Posted by Ruston , 24 March 2018 - - - - - - · 314 views

The main frames are ready for the Fitting Shop.

The kit frames are crude, to say the least. The front area of the kit frames consisted of two pieces of cast whitemetal with slots to take the cylinders; a quite ridiculous design, especially when the rest has been made from milled brass. My replacement version is full-length, of course, and has locating h...


Keyser Kits Hudswell Clarke Pt.II

Posted by Ruston , 17 March 2018 - * * * * * · 351 views

I have done a little more on the bodywork - handrail added but I have used proper brass knobs and .45mm brass wire rather than the oversize plastic knobs and coil of steel wire provided. As predicted, the pipework was destroyed in attempting to remove it from the shrink-wrap, so I have made my own from copper wire, bits of brass tubing and an etched brass...


Keyser Kits Hudswell Clarke

Posted by Ruston , 14 March 2018 - * * * * * · 364 views

I've had this one since December last year when I took in part-exchange for a draughtsman's drawing board that I obtained for a bargain price. I had ideas of producing drawings for making patterns for profile-milling but, as it turned out, the board was rather large and the stand was solid cast iron and almost killed me getting it into the back of the van...


Ruston 48DS - Gauge 3 commission

Posted by Ruston , 14 March 2018 - - - - - - · 238 views

I have buil models of the Ruston & Hornsby 48DS type in 2mm,4mm, 7mm, Gauge One and now Gauge 3. This is my first build of anything in this scale and it's hard work. The nickel silver sheet that the frames and brake components are made from is so thick and hard that I have had to abandon the usual methods of removing parts from the frets and resort to...


Tractor/loader conversion

Posted by Ruston , 09 March 2018 - - - - - - · 240 views

I have been asked to build a tractor/loader, as per the one I built for Royd Hall. After having the base tractor since the GOG Telford show, last year, I have finally got my finger out and finished it. The whole job was to weather the tractor and to construct and fit and weather the loader. 
Instead of the cast iron (turned brass) wheel ballast weigh...


In a time when dinosaurs walked the earth...

Posted by Ruston , 01 March 2018 - - - - - - · 498 views

At least it looks like it could be from that far back. It's certainly ancient and it's difficult to believe that modellers had to put up with this sort of thing in the dim and distant. This Great Eastern Neilson saddletank was given to me earlier this week. There is also a complete unbuilt kit which, if anything, is even worse. The frames on the unbu...


N.E.R.Dia, S1 Ironstone wagon in Gauge One (1/32 scale)

Posted by Ruston , 12 February 2018 - - - - - - · 368 views

I have just finished this build for the same chap that I built the Ruston 48DS for.

The kit is sold under the Mercian name but seems to have been created by Old Originals. It's not a difficult build but would have been easier if an exploded diagram was provided in addition to pages of written instructions.


Yorkshire Engine Company Class I - ex-works

Posted by Ruston , 06 February 2018 - - - - - - · 400 views

Basic painting, crew figures added, real Yorkshire coal in the bunker and tested up and down and through points. Now ready for delivery.


Yorkshire Engine Company Type I

Posted by Ruston , 22 January 2018 - * * * * * · 396 views

A comission build in OO gauge. CSP (ex-Agenoria) kit. 
The majority of this class of engine were built for various branches of United Steel and were copies of a Robert Stephenson & Hawthorns design with small alterations, such as the smokebox, that tell the Yorkshire versions from the RSH versions. 
It was supplied with a Mashima 10/20, whi...


Messing about with decal paper

Posted by Ruston , 21 November 2017 - - - - - - · 326 views

The Black Hawthorn, the Manning Wardle and the next couple of personal projects in the pipeline are intended to go on my yet-to-be-built late Victorian/Edwardian light railway/ mineral railway. One difficulty with fictitious industrial locations set in the times of private owner wagons is that your fictitious company can't really use RTR wagons in the liv...


4mm Black Hawthorn Pt. 3

Posted by Ruston , 17 November 2017 - * * * * * · 368 views

I have jumped forward massively and have finished it. 5050 pressed the wheels on for me on Wednesday (thanks, Paul). I was going to post a photo of the chassis but flat batteries on my camera, and RMweb being down on Wedneday meant that I didn't and just got on with it. 
I have finished it with minmal weathering - just some metalcote and a bit of rus...


4mm Black Hawthorn Pt. 2

Posted by Ruston , 08 November 2017 - * * * * * · 407 views

The cab is now on, as are all fittings, pipes and castings plus the home-made block buffers. Getting sufficient weight into something this small is always a challenge and so far only the smokebox and bunkers have been filled with lead. To enable more weight to be added in the boiler space I am swapping the provided 10/24 motor for a 10/20.


4mm Black Hawthorn

Posted by Ruston , 06 November 2017 - - - - - - · 398 views

One of my own projects, for my next layout. It is the High Level kit of a Black Hawthorn 0-4-0ST. I got the bulk of the bodywork done, yesterday, but that's always the easy part, isn't it?

This kit is based on Wellington (former Holwell No.3 ) I am going to fit disc wheels, as on Bauxite No.2 , in the NRM. Although Bauxite appears to be a slightly...


Gauge One 48DS

Posted by Ruston , 06 November 2017 - - - - - - · 301 views

Another comission build. This is the first time I have ever built anything in Gauge One and it's quite an eye-opener. The inner chassis is made of very thick nickel silver that completely defeated my soldering iron and I had to use the RSU. In fact I ended up soldering everything with that. The kit is from Old Originals, whom I had never heard of bef...


Slag ladles finished

Posted by Ruston , 31 August 2017 - * * * * * · 506 views

The RT Models slag ladles that I posted in the entry before last are now finished. 
They were sprayed with etch primer before being given an all-over coat of Tamiya Hull Red. Before this was fully dry, weathering powders were brushed on in "old rust" and "track brown" colours. After that they were sprayed with Tamiya clear flat varnish and left...


Barclay Finished

Posted by Ruston , 02 August 2017 - * * * * * · 438 views

The 14-inch Barclay is finished and ready for delivery to it's owner.



Posted by Ruston , 27 July 2017 - * * * * * · 440 views

I have been working on these, on and off, for a couple of weeks. They are RT Models 4mm scale slag ladles, which may eventually see use on my (yet to be started) cameo layout. 
The kits are whitemetal and brass and have been put together by a mixture of soldering, epoxy and superglue. They can be made to tip as per prototype and I did...


Back to 7mm

Posted by Ruston , 17 July 2017 - * * * * * · 446 views

It's been a while since I built a 7mm loco and after building several 4mm locos recently everything now seems huge in comparison. Here is a photo of the progress I have made on the 14-inch Barclay that I am building as a comission and was shown in the "Caledonia Works" blog entry.. It is a Mercian kit and despite having problems with Mercian kits in...

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