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Pannier Capers. Part 3

Posted by 46444 , 31 July 2017 - * * * * * · 460 views

Been a while since I posted on the Teign Valley Project Blog. Whilst sorting out my stock boxes this evening I came across 9717 which is a detailed Bachmann 8750 with RT sanding rods. It's shown here in the company of a modified Bachmann 64xx to represent Newton's 7427. 
The Teign Valley Granite wagons are courtesy of PoWSides and the AA13 To...


3717 City of Truro

Posted by 46444 , 04 October 2016 - * * * * * · 702 views

Here's my take on 3717 City of Truro. I've always been a fan of the prototype as well as the Bachmann model and have fancied a model of it towards the end of it's career. A photo on the excellent Warwickshire Railway website shows 3717 in 1930 at Snow Hill waiting to pilot a train spurred me on and with the release by Bachmann of 3708 Kilarney the seed wa...


Newton Abbot's Finest......7427. Finished conversion of Bachmann 64xx to 74xx

Posted by 46444 , 20 September 2016 - * * * * * · 1,454 views

Eventually I've got round to posting an update on some of my completed projects. Earlier in the year I set about converting my Bachmann 64xx to Newton Abbot's 74xx for use on the Teign Valley project. Here is the completed model from the fireman's side. Numberplate from Modelmaster. Crew from the Airfix/Dapol set. Fireman's shovel from a DJ Models fire ir...


Caution Toads Crossing

Posted by 46444 , 22 April 2016 - - - - - - · 468 views

Well I've finished a number of the Bachmann/Airfix mated Toads I've been working on. Here's 56541 which represents an AA15 Diagram allocated to Taunton. 
As a comparison of the chassis here's a shot of the standard AA19/20 Bachmann model next to the Airfix chassis equiped AA15. The 'J' Springs show up nicely in comparison: 
As I...


Hall in the detail. Progress on 5993 Kirby Hall

Posted by 46444 , 28 March 2016 - - - - - - · 574 views

Some progress on my model of 5993 Kirby Hall. Here's a photo of the loco ready for lining with all the detailing complete: 
I've painted in the back head detail in the cab as well as replacing the lamp irons with staples. Cylinder drain cocks were made from small handrail knobs and scrap brass 0.45 handrail wire. 
The screw rever...


'Hall' in good time.....

Posted by 46444 , 20 March 2016 - - - - - - · 457 views

A bit more progress on the Hall over the past week. 
Managed to airbrush the Precision post-war GWR green last weekend which went on nicely. 
I then hand painted the cab roof, smoke box and tender coal space etc with Valejo black acrylic which covered nicely as ever: 
The copper cap to the chimney, safety valve cover and spl...


Toad Hall.....An update

Posted by 46444 , 13 March 2016 - - - - - - · 672 views

Bit of an eclectic mix in this entry with a number projects on the go at present. 
The Hornby Railroad Harry Potter 'Olton Hall' is well known as a good conversion project and was documented by Chris Leigh recently in Model Rail. I've two of these and the first one is to become '5993 Kirby Hall' named after a residence near Corby in Northamptonshire....


Two Toads...

Posted by 46444 , 26 February 2016 - * * * * * · 420 views

Work has commenced on detailing a number of Bachmann GWR Toad brake vans as I mentioned in my previous entry. These are not meant be exact replicas but representations. 
Some of them will be finished in late GWR livery as Newton Abbot variants suitable for working on the Teign Valley line. Others will be finished in unfitted grey livery as brakes tha...


A question of Toads. The GWR Variety...

Posted by 46444 , 13 February 2016 - - - - - - · 351 views

I'm in the process of detailing a number of Bachmann GWR Toad brake vans. Two of them will be numbered as Newton Abbot's Diagram AA13 vans. There's a bit of modellers licence here but the Bachmann van based on an AA20 I believe is not far off an AA13. Major discrepancies include metal sheeting on the guard's accommodation and the lack off J leaf springs....


Table Manor's....... Or 7802 Bradley Manor's rebuild is complete!

Posted by 46444 , 09 November 2015 - * * * * * · 657 views

Over the weekend I had a chance to crack on with working on 7802. He she is completed and I'm really pleased with the finished result:

The main focus of attention has been in the cab area where I made new flush glazing from an Oxford Diecast clear plastic box. The cab interior received the cut down David Geen screw reverser and scratch built ATC bell....


It's all at your Co-op....Post war private owner coal wagons.

Posted by 46444 , 03 November 2015 - * * * * * · 777 views

At the weekend I picked up one of the newly released Oxford private owner wagons in the livery of Weymouth Co-op. I'm not going into the the pro's and con's of this wagon which can be found elsewhere on this site.

All I will say is I'm impressed with the build of it wagon and how easily it breaks down into it's component parts. For example if you remove...


Rock Hard....Part 1: Teign Valley Granite wagon kit builds from PoW Sides Kits

Posted by 46444 , 28 October 2015 - * * * * * · 607 views

I've started to build 2 of the kits I recently received from PoW Sides . For those not familiar with the make up of the kits they come ready painted and lettered requiring wheels, bearing and couplings of choice. The kits are from either Parkside or as in this case Slaters. The wagon transfers are available separately and are rub on ones.

These are finis...


In a Manor of speaking.....

Posted by 46444 , 21 October 2015 - * * * * * · 409 views

With the weather being good here yesterday I was able to fire up the airbrush in the workshop so work on the Manor has progressed nicely.

One thing I did want to make sure was I got the chimney on straight because originally when I fitted it there was a distinct 'wonk' on! In order to combat this I used a 4.5mm HSS drill bit and turned it with my fingers...


Manors make'th.......Manors

Posted by 46444 , 19 October 2015 - - - - - - · 329 views

This morning the replacement chassis I purchased from eBay arrived in the form of an unboxed 7811 Dunley Manor. I believe this model was only available in the Cambrian Coast set and other than a broken shaft to the vacuum pump was immaculate. Lucky I will be able to replace this with the one from 7802. Otherwise it would have been a case of soldering up a...


To the Manor Born...Resurrection of an old friend..

Posted by 46444 , 13 October 2015 - * * * * * · 586 views
Manor, 78xx, GWR and 1 more...
Recently I've looked at reworking my model of 7802 Bradley Manor. It's been sat in a box having developed the dreaded uneven running associated with these split frame locos.

Having acquired a more recently made working chassis the project can begin. I've never been happy with the finish on this loco. The Bachmann GWR green doesn't look right and I spraye...


Phoebe and Teign. Industrial locos for my Teign Valley Project

Posted by 46444 , 28 October 2013 - * * * * * · 1,000 views

Sometimes partners go together quite well. There's been Cagney and Lacey and Morse and Lewis for example.

Now we have Phoebe and Teign who will be the industrial motive power on my Teign Valley project. Phoebe will also migrate to the East Midlands for work on Juniper Hill when required also.

I've discussed the build of Phoebe in other entries but she w...


Mr Fawkes receives a delivery. (Parkside Z2 Gunpowder Van build and a few other bits)

Posted by 46444 , 11 August 2013 - * * * * * · 1,611 views

Recently I've been building a few wagon kits up including these two Parkside GWR 10T gunpowder vans which represent the diagram Z2 wagons built between 1913-1926.  From 1934 they were fitted with Morton brake gear and became diagram Z3 wagons which I would imagine would be a simple conversion.  I've already built one of these kits and finished it as a BR...


LMS post war wagons

Posted by 46444 , 08 August 2013 - * * * * * · 1,117 views

I've started working on a few wagons for my proposed Teign Valley project.  These two LMS wagons were ones I had to hand and have tried to represent them in a post war condition.

First up is an unpainted D1927 medium goods wagon that I've just found out having applied the numbers last night was in fact a D2101 built in 1945 and rated at 13T. This is a st...


When Fowler met Collett. Steamy goings on in the Teign Valley

Posted by 46444 , 09 July 2013 - * * * * * · 1,816 views

Recently Oxford Diecast introduced a range of traction engines in their OO gauge range of vehicles. The Fowler steam roller called 'Lord Jellicoe' caught my eye. I thought it would make a nice change on my proposed Teign Valley quarry based layout set in the late 1940's.

Here we see John Luscombe of 'Luscombe Contractors Kingsteignton' making his way up...


Pannier Capers-Part 3

Posted by 46444 , 30 May 2013 - * * * * * · 870 views

Bit an update on the progress of my model of Newton Abbot's 9717.

Following on from a discussion in the last entry regarding the position of the sandbox filler lids on the Bachmann Pannier here's the real thing on the South Devon Railway's L92.

As we can see on the prototype the lids are actually in line with the front of the smokebox as opposed to...



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