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Cattle Wagons, Part I

Posted by James Harrison , 22 November 2017 - - - - - - · 115 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 - * * * * * · 93 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 - - - - - - · 169 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 - - - - - - · 142 views

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Three covered vans finished, painted, transferred up and varnished. Two to go.  
https://i.imgur.com/rvPpQdm.jpg?1  
Please Mr. Bachmann, what do you say?


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Some Covered Vans- Part II

Posted by James Harrison , 09 October 2017 - - - - - - · 93 views

https://i.imgur.com/N6mGIDB.jpg?1  
Three covered vans finished, painted, transferred up and varnished. Two to go.  
https://i.imgur.com/rvPpQdm.jpg?1  
Please Mr. Bachmann, what do you say?


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GCR Edwardian Mainline Stock- Part IX

Posted by James Harrison , 03 October 2017 - - - - - - · 194 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 - - - - - - · 198 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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GCR Edwardian Mainline Stock- Part VIII

Posted by James Harrison , 23 September 2017 - - - - - - · 155 views

Suddenly there were three of them! 
I have completed an all first and a brake composite.  
https://i.imgur.com/9bRHTAM.jpg?1  
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The all third is structurally complete and just needs final painting, transfers and varnish.  
Moving on to the second brake composite... 
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GCR Edwardian Mainline Stock- Part VII

Posted by James Harrison , 10 September 2017 - - - - - - · 175 views

Right, sitrep.  
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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...


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GCR Edwardian Mainline Stock- Part VI

Posted by James Harrison , 05 September 2017 - - - - - - · 152 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...


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GCR Edwardian Mainline Stock- Part V

Posted by James Harrison , 02 September 2017 - - - - - - · 238 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...


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GCR Edwardian Mainline Stock- Part IV

Posted by James Harrison , 24 August 2017 - - - - - - · 189 views

Into teak! 
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Well, starting to. This is just the undercoat.  
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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.  
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Perhaps the mos...


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GCR Edwardian Mainline Stock- Part III

Posted by James Harrison , 17 August 2017 - - - - - - · 161 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...


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GCR Edwardian Mainline Stock- Part II

Posted by James Harrison , 12 August 2017 - - - - - - · 190 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....


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GCR class D, Part VII

Posted by James Harrison , 08 August 2017 - - - - - - · 182 views

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Finished!  
Though what a cruel pair of enlargements.


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GCR class D, Part VI

Posted by James Harrison , 06 August 2017 - - - - - - · 122 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.  
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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...


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GCR Edwardian Mainline Stock- Part I

Posted by James Harrison , 02 August 2017 - * * * * * · 227 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...


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GCR class D, Part V

Posted by James Harrison , 30 July 2017 - - - - - - · 130 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...


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GCR class D, Part IV

Posted by James Harrison , 27 July 2017 - - - - - - · 126 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...


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GCR class D, Part III

Posted by James Harrison , 25 July 2017 - - - - - - · 162 views

Well, things have moved on. Just a little. 
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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...






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