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GCR Edwardian Mainline Stock- Part VIII

Posted by James Harrison , 23 September 2017 - - - - - - · 104 views

Suddenly there were three of them! 
I have completed an all first and a brake composite.  
The all third is structurally complete and just needs final painting, transfers and varnish.  
Moving on to the second brake composite... 


GCR Edwardian Mainline Stock- Part VII

Posted by James Harrison , 10 September 2017 - - - - - - · 157 views

Right, sitrep.  
The first of the rake, a six-compartment all-first, is finished. My usual varnishing/ sealing method of diluted PVA seems to have gone on a little blotchy; second coat needed to finish I think- though it shows worse in photographs than it does in the f...


GCR Edwardian Mainline Stock- Part VI

Posted by James Harrison , 05 September 2017 - - - - - - · 137 views

Last time I discussed how progress on all three of these carriages was slowing down to almost a snails pace, mostly because of the tedious nature of some of the work and trying to get it over and done with for three carriages in one go really wasn't working out for me. So to see at least a little meaningful progress I decided to take the most advanced of...


GCR Edwardian Mainline Stock- Part V

Posted by James Harrison , 02 September 2017 - - - - - - · 215 views

Hmmm, trying to turn out a rake of carriages as a batch build really isn't turning out too well. Great, for the early part of the build- I got the basics of three new carriages done in one night!- but now that I'm coming to do more of the detailed and intricate work, well, it means that there's three times as much of it to do. Given that a lot of it now...


GCR Edwardian Mainline Stock- Part IV

Posted by James Harrison , 24 August 2017 - - - - - - · 177 views

Into teak! 
Well, starting to. This is just the undercoat.  
Aah, yes, that's better.  
Two carriages are now in the latter condition just leaving the one in the state shown in the first picture.  
Perhaps the mos...


GCR Edwardian Mainline Stock- Part III

Posted by James Harrison , 17 August 2017 - - - - - - · 153 views

I've been crawling along with a couple of carriages. One of the upsides of doing three models in one go is that you you get three models in the time it takes to do one, or so the theory goes. One of the downsides is that every process in fact takes three times as long.... you gain, you lose.... 
Anyway, the task for the last few days has been to re...


GCR Edwardian Mainline Stock- Part II

Posted by James Harrison , 12 August 2017 - - - - - - · 177 views

Picking up the three ex-Triang Caley coaches again; last time I had cut down the bodies to achieve lookalike versions of GCR 1905 mainline carriages.  
I then started to look at the carriage ends; I would have to sand down all of the detail and then rebuild. The ends of the GCR carriages being panelled, and the Caley coaches re-using Mk.I ends....


GCR class D, Part VII

Posted by James Harrison , 08 August 2017 - - - - - - · 170 views

Though what a cruel pair of enlargements.


GCR class D, Part VI

Posted by James Harrison , 06 August 2017 - - - - - - · 120 views

A sheet of HMRS LNWR lining transfers arrived a few days ago so Friday evening and yesterday I spent a happy couple of hours lining the bunker, tanks and boiler.  
I still have the splashers and the cabsides to do but it is eventually going to be a very neat little engine. Looking at period photographs of thes...


GCR Edwardian Mainline Stock- Part I

Posted by James Harrison , 02 August 2017 - * * * * * · 188 views

Progress with the loco has reached the lining out stage. The easiest way to line it, I reckon, is to start with some LNWR/ BR mixed traffic lining (grey with an inner red line) and then touch in the yellow outer line afterward.  To which end I have ordered some appropriate lining transfers. Whilst waiting for them I succumbed to itchy fingers and...


GCR class D, Part V

Posted by James Harrison , 30 July 2017 - - - - - - · 124 views

http://i.imgur.com/sfUuskC.jpg?1  http://i.imgur.com/eAzKHD6.jpg?1  http://i.imgur.com/06nRRS6.jpg?1  http://i.imgur.com/z7VqaC1.jpg?1  A couple of coats of matt black. I've started switching over to Tamiya acrylics, and although it is early days I'm not yet entirely sold on them. I'm going to smooth down and fill the body, then give...


GCR class D, Part IV

Posted by James Harrison , 27 July 2017 - - - - - - · 122 views

I'm about at the point where I can start thinking about the paint job. Handrails and coal rails were fitted this evening, which just leaves a little bit of work around the smokebox saddle.  
Now then, livery details.... 
These engines being maintained at Tuxford I'm aware they were kept in LD&EC-style lining up to 1923 (noted in Robinson Lo...


GCR class D, Part III

Posted by James Harrison , 25 July 2017 - - - - - - · 156 views

Well, things have moved on. Just a little. 
Let's start with the most obvious additions.  
The chimney and dome are Alan Gibson brass castings intended for the J11 'Pom Pom' kit, I believe the four-pillar safety valves are from the...


GCR class D, Part II

Posted by James Harrison , 16 July 2017 - * * * * * · 140 views

With the side tanks sorted out (except for the front panels), I started working back along the model. The D class was around 9'' longer in the bunker than was the Barry Railway L, so I cut away the moulded rear bufferbeam preparatory to extending the valances. That done, I used some 0.5mm plastic sheet to create new bunker sides.  


GCR class D, Part I

Posted by James Harrison , 15 July 2017 - - - - - - · 201 views

Long ago I bought a resin kit for a large Welsh tank engine with intentions of turning into a Metropolitan loco. Well, that hasn't happened but it is being hacked into something else.  http://i.imgur.com/aVGfefh.jpg?1  An 0-6-4 mineral engine of the Lancashire, Derbyshire & East Coast Railway. Interesting railway, that. In the middle 189...


Last of the PO wagons- and continuing with the Ratio 4-wheelers

Posted by James Harrison , 06 July 2017 - - - - - - · 154 views

Well, that's the last of the PO wagons done at least. For now, that is.  
And before bits of it started off on vision quests to dark and unknown corners of the various bookcases my to-do pile lives on, I got on with GCR-ising a Ratio GWR brake third. New roof vents, new wheels, new couplings, new solebars- a...


Some wagons, Part II

Posted by James Harrison , 01 July 2017 - - - - - - · 173 views

Another of my stash of wagon kits finished.  
This time it's a Cambrian Kits pre-grouping wagon, finished as usual with POWsides lettering. This is the last of 7 or 8 Cambrian pre-grouping open wagons I bought a few years ago. Next up are going to be a pair of POWsides/ Slaters opens.


Photobucket (or, I will NOT be brow-beaten)

Posted by James Harrison , 30 June 2017 - * * * * * · 300 views

Difficult post to make, this.  
Turns out Photobucket have put a lock down on 3rd party hosting- and until rather recently all of my photos were hosted on Photobucket. Basically, if you have a free Photobucket account, you can't link back to any photos you put on it. You can continue to use Photobucket for 3rd party hosting.... for an eyewatering...


Some wagons

Posted by James Harrison , 28 June 2017 - - - - - - · 154 views

I'm taking a break for a little while from my carriage building... and have turned my attention on the (smaller) pile of unbuilt wagons I have to hand.  
First up are a pair of unpainted Dapol 9' wheelbase wagons, which were a quick little project. Some paint and transfers- and job done, except for the couplings.  


Cardboard Ashbury Stock, Part VII

Posted by James Harrison , 26 June 2017 - - - - - - · 183 views

The second of the card kits is finished.  http://i.imgur.com/pLXpbbS.jpg?1  http://i.imgur.com/XFK1qZ1.jpg?1  Whether because of the heatwave whilst it was being built, complacency on my part or a combination of the two, I had a few issues building this one. The body tried to warp, the roof didn't fit quite so neatly and the carriage side...

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