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GER M15/M15R/G69, LNER/BR Class F4/5/6: Part 2e

Posted by EHertsGER , 10 September 2016 - * * * * * · 428 views

Once again a perfunctory entry due to 'life, etc' but at least I can claim that all the forward boiler 'gubbins' is done, with the obvious exception of the handrail and lamp bracket at the top of the smokebox.   The smokebox door in the kit is the early GER 'dished' pattern, while I am modelling 106 as she appeared in 1927 with the post 1913/191...


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GER M15/M15R/G69, LNER/BR Class F4/5/6: Part 2d

Posted by EHertsGER , 24 August 2016 - * * * * * · 337 views

My apologies for taking so long to continue this; life keeps getting in the way. All I have to offer today is some pictures updating the construction so far, starting with the chassis, which is all but assembled and sitting nicely on both lateral and vertical springing:


It does show some handling wear to the first coat of paint, but we'll come to that...


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GER M15/M15R/G69, LNER/BR Class F4/5/6: Part 2b

Posted by EHertsGER , 03 August 2016 - - - - - - · 375 views

With not much happening over the last few days I will try to be brief. I had originally planned to fit out the cab before moving forward, but I felt that getting the lines, boxes and circles working together to look like the outline shape of an F5 would contribute more. Building a beatifully fitted cab inside an anomaly seemed a waste of time. So, on...


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GER M15/M15R/G69, LNER/BR Class F4/5/6: Part 2a

Posted by EHertsGER , 29 July 2016 - - - - - - · 307 views

So, having put together the basic chassis and body, time has come to unite them to make sure they are 'as one'. However, in doing so, those of you with a Gibson kit on your bench at this point will notice the huge void inside the cab - alas, the kit has no provision for much more than a rudimentary floor. Having its origins in the days of 'motor in the ca...


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GER M15/M15R/G69, LNER/BR Class F4/5/6: Part IB

Posted by EHertsGER , 23 July 2016 - - - - - - · 344 views

So, we have got to the point where we can pause awhile and admire our handiwork. Below is the chassis in more or less complete order; mainframes, wheels and so on. Onwards from the last entry was the addition of the cosmetic sideframe overlays that hide a multitude of slots and tabs as well as add an additional dimension in terms of bolt heads and so on,...


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GER M15/M15R/G69, LNER/BR Class F4/5/6: Part Ia

Posted by EHertsGER , 22 July 2016 - - - - - - · 300 views

So, moving on we come to the chassis in more less its first stage of completion. In the photos that follow you may be able to see the two 'ponial' trucks - essentially 'pony trucks' pretending to be radial trucks. This has been achieved by making sure the pony truck assembly takes advantage of the whole CSB beam that runs the length of the chassis (the w...


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GER M15/M15R/G69, LNER/BR Class F4/5/6: Part I

Posted by EHertsGER , 16 July 2016 - - - - - - · 356 views

Under the locomotive will be the chassis I have commissioned to save me the bother of cutting six identical frame sets and so on... So, back from the etchers via Justin Hewitt who did most of the hard work, came these; 
 Which, after about five minutes of clipping from the fret and four bend later, becom this, an 'instant' fold-up P4 chass...


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The GER M15/M15R/G69, LNER/BR Class F4/5/6 project

Posted by EHertsGER , 16 July 2016 - - - - - - · 288 views

This is a project intended to begin the process of adding at least half a dozen of these 'F' series locomotives to my roster for the Buntingford Branch. The basis of the models is the Gibson kit which has been around for a while. Falcon Brassworks list on on their site as unavailable, but it my be again soon. Who knows? I also understand NuCast is working...


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All mouth and trousers part the third...

Posted by EHertsGER , 16 July 2016 - - - - - - · 269 views
J15, LNER, BR
Well, here we all are again...seemingly still stuck in the land of J15s... 
At least this one: 
 
Actually got finished and works perfectly. The others? In my haste to build them, I seem to have missed out on a number of small, but crucial details (the tender sides on 65460 are slightly different to others I have seen and to the Gibson kit...


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Well, I think I got it pretty close - and some other pics

Posted by EHertsGER , 12 June 2015 - * * * * * · 384 views
Class 31, brush type 2, hornby 31 and 3 more...
Well, I think I got it pretty close - and some other pics On from mere theory and some general muck I have tried to get somewhere close to 5510 in the above (or is it 'previous') entry.





I hope it 'makes the grade' as it has been a long time coming (and I plan another??), taking me away from Widford type things. Oh, well, it was fun! Just need to do a few bits and bobs - white on the cab handrails, windo...


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The finished - so far - Brush type 2 in pre-TOPS blue

Posted by EHertsGER , 06 June 2015 - - - - - - · 358 views

So here it is, awaiting dirt, windows and wipers...



After much fretting over the exhausts...



There, that's better...


...and after I 'chucked the muck' at it...



Though at this stage we have just a basic coat of filth. Prototype photos show all kinds of shades and colours around the whole locomotive. The underframes particularly have the us...


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Underneath her skirts - a LIMBY Skinhead shows off...

Posted by EHertsGER , 23 April 2015 - - - - - - · 508 views

As an adjunct to my post on the subject of Brush Type 2/Class 31s I thought I would add some notes on how I 'butchered' the LIMA chassis to support the Hornby motor and bogies etc so here we go...

First off the LIMA chassis has to be stripped of all its gubbins - though keep it; I have heard that a 'double-motored' LIMA 31 is a beast to behold - I may ye...


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Brush Type 2/Class 31s, as 'any fule kno...'

Posted by EHertsGER , 22 April 2015 - - - - - - · 530 views

...never travelled over the Buntingford Branch (come on, please show me I am wrong...anybody??) but did ply their trade on the Hertford Branch. Thus it is no surprise that I saw the issues with the Hornby 31 as a chance to make some old LIMA 31s more presentable. After a little sweat and a few lower deck expressions, the first has emerged, though not yet...


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All mouth and trousers, part the second...

Posted by EHertsGER , 18 July 2014 - * * * * * · 607 views
GER, LNER, J15, PALVAN and 1 more...
Otherwise, just to prove I'm not sitting on my thumbs, here's a selection of those that have made it some way off the bench so far...



An 'almost there' Alan Gibson J15 set to look,as it was running in early 1962 (aha! spot the deliberate mistake...). Not much to report beyond it being a straightforward, if rather dated, kit to build - but until Hornby...


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Whys and wherefores...

Posted by EHertsGER , 04 March 2014 - - - - - - · 259 views

So, setting the scene, so to speak, I have embarked upon the grand scheme of building a model of Widford station in P4. So far, so good. However, current accommodation (apartment in Manhattan) simply does not have the space to actually lay it out as a baseboard, so I am directing my attention to building the rolling stock and motive power before I commit...


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What have we got so far?

Posted by EHertsGER , 04 March 2014 - - - - - - · 395 views
class 15, class 16, lima DMU and 1 more...
OK, easy stuff first - where does one find motive power typical of the GER, or rather, specific to the 'Bunt' in RTR form? Aha! if only Hornby produced a locomotive like the J15...but alas, the Alan Gibson kits will have to be the source on which to rely. But wait! No! Come late 2014 we are promised RTR J15s in LNER and BR forms, so we are saved. Instant...


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Introduction and explaining why I am doing this

Posted by EHertsGER , 04 March 2014 - - - - - - · 374 views
GER, LNER, Buntingford, 4mm scale and 3 more...
Introduction and explaining why I am doing this By way of introducing this blog, my aim is to post occasional comments and observations on the process I am undertaking towards completing a model of Widford Station on the Buntingford branch of the GER/LNER/BR as it was between the years 1900 and 1964. This content will be aimed primarily at my efforts and, with a fair wind, successes in building 4mm sca...