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GCR Class 18 Converted, Part V

Posted by James Harrison , 13 February 2018 - - - - - - · 127 views

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Finished! Now I think that is quite a respectable result, from what was a toy.


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GCR Class 18 Converted, Part IV

Posted by James Harrison , 08 February 2018 - * * * * * · 114 views

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And we're about ready for some paint.... 
There have been a couple of interesting challenges with this one. Firstly the safety valves, which barely protrude above the saddletank. The way I solved this was to take the original safety valves and cut them right down, then I used s...


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GCR Class 18 Converted, Part III

Posted by James Harrison , 04 February 2018 - - - - - - · 85 views

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Progress on the little saddletank. This week I have been fabricating some new 'cheeks', I suppose you could call them, running down from the saddle tank to the running plate. I can't model the boiler as such as the motor and chassis get in the way. Speaking of the chassis, the orig...


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GCR Class 18 Converted, Part II

Posted by James Harrison , 28 January 2018 - - - - - - · 122 views

Well, for the last fortnight I've been working on rather a nice WWI biplane but now that that is finished there is no reason why the little shunting loco can't make a reappearance on the bench.  
So; The prototype.  
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The starting point.  
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GCR Class 18 Converted, Part I

Posted by James Harrison , 14 January 2018 - - - - - - · 369 views

Onwards, now, to a new project, and I've chosen to model a Class 18 converted. 
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Photograph from the RCTS LNER locos books.  
These are quite interesting engines which started life as 0-6-0 tender locos in the 1880s and were converted to tank engines in the early 1900s....


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The Last Ashbury Carriage- Part III

Posted by James Harrison , 14 January 2018 - - - - - - · 74 views

Since last time, I have added the transfers, I have finished the paintwork, I have added footboards.  
This one, then, is now finished. Would I build any more? No, probably not like this.  
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The Last Ashbury Carriage- Part III

Posted by James Harrison , 14 January 2018 - - - - - - · 45 views

Since last time, I have added the transfers, I have finished the paintwork, I have added footboards.  
This one, then, is now finished. Would I build any more? No, probably not like this.  
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The Last Ashbury Carriage- Part II

Posted by James Harrison , 10 January 2018 - - - - - - · 77 views

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Well, I've fitted the roof, I've added the glazing and the seating and introduced the body to the underframes.  
With the exception of the transfers and the varnish, this one is (just about) finished.


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The Last Ashbury Carriage- Part I

Posted by James Harrison , 06 January 2018 - * * * * * · 372 views

Ending 2017 and beginning 2018 as I mean to go on, clearing some more of my longer-waiting projects, I've started on the last of the four cardboard ex-Metropolitan Ashbury carriage kitsI started last Summer. 
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Carriage underframes; having started with the simple open box structure...


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The 2018 Build Programme

Posted by James Harrison , 16 December 2017 - - - - - - · 195 views

I said last year that 2017 would concentrate more on trying to clear my to-do list than taking on new projects.  
To a degree I have succeeded in that; at the same time I seem to have failed woefully.  
I did very well at paring down my stock of unbuilt wagons, but unfortunately as quickly as I was building them I was buying more. To my recolle...


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Cattle Wagons, Part IV

Posted by James Harrison , 09 December 2017 - - - - - - · 78 views

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Well, that's one down! 
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I think I have reason to be quite pleased with that. Now for the other five or six. Once I've built that dreadnought of course.


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Cattle Wagons, Part III

Posted by James Harrison , 05 December 2017 - * * * * * · 168 views

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Nearly finished. I'm now thinking about how to weather it, specifically how to realistically model the limewash.  
I went back to my test piece.  
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I tried tipex; it doesn't look right. There's something decidedly off and unsavou...


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Cattle Wagons, Part II

Posted by James Harrison , 28 November 2017 - * * * * * · 140 views

Well, I finished the body panels after using a lot of plastic strip (half a packet's worth!- I'll need to order some more of that if I'm doing six or seven of these), and then I was in a position to build the bodywork, or some of it.  
I remember the first of these wagons which I built many years ago I had issues with making sure everything was squar...


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Cattle Wagons, Part I

Posted by James Harrison , 22 November 2017 - - - - - - · 208 views

For the last few months I have been looking for a specialised freight train to model. I have, in the past, built a bogie fish van or two and had another gifted to me, so you might be thinking a fish train would answer the bill, but my understanding is that fish trains usually ran to 30 or more vehicles, just a little too long for my tastes and storage....


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An overdue update- Part II

Posted by James Harrison , 18 November 2017 - * * * * * · 111 views

As I said last time, my current modelling activities are generally of a variety that don't, taken individually, merit blog posts. Taken as a group though I think they do.  
Last time I said I had finished a cardboard kit for an ex-Metropolitan carriage and was working on a pair of Parkside LNER fish vans.  
Those vans are now finished and I hav...


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An overdue update

Posted by James Harrison , 09 November 2017 - - - - - - · 190 views

It's been a month since I last posted in my blog..... things have been getting done but nothing really worth talking about.  
I've built the third of a set of four cardboard kits for Metropolitan Ashbury carriages. This one is the all-first. Truth be told it fought me all the way and I'm not entirely satisfied with it. It looks okay from a distanc...


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Some Covered Vans- Part II

Posted by James Harrison , 09 October 2017 - - - - - - · 153 views

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Three covered vans finished, painted, transferred up and varnished. Two to go.  
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Please Mr. Bachmann, what do you say?


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Some Covered Vans- Part II

Posted by James Harrison , 09 October 2017 - - - - - - · 99 views

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Three covered vans finished, painted, transferred up and varnished. Two to go.  
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Please Mr. Bachmann, what do you say?


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GCR Edwardian Mainline Stock- Part IX

Posted by James Harrison , 03 October 2017 - - - - - - · 219 views

Last carriage completed; mission accomplished. No more carriages for a little while! 
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Some Covered Vans- I

Posted by James Harrison , 01 October 2017 - - - - - - · 213 views

Over the last few years I have accrued a short rake of the Bachmann LNER covered vans.... three of the fish type and two ventilated. When I received Peter Tatlow's GN/ GC/ GE wagons book as a gift last Christmas, it occured to me how much the LNER design takes after the GCR pattern, what with the vertical side panelling and the slide doors. Granted, wit...






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