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Demonstrating again!

Posted by drduncan , 07 July 2018 - - - - - - · 101 views
Standard gauge, broad gauge and 2 more...
I’ll be demonstrating wagon conversions and construction at the South Hants Area Group ‘Workshop wise’ on Saturday 14 July, Fort Widley, near Portsmouth. See https://www.shmrc.or...-South-2018.pdf for more details.


Workshop news

Posted by drduncan , 22 December 2017 - * * * * * · 315 views

Well merry Xmas to you all! It’s been quiet, but modelling has taken place. Two commissions have made their way off the Work bench recently. A Bachman 3F that was a saga, mostly due to problems with the wheels being loose on the axles. Nuff said. The D16 went well after I managed to solve the problem of getting the gear wheel to stay put on...


Demonstrating again!

Posted by drduncan , 29 May 2017 - - - - - - · 148 views

For those who have been following my now rather sporadic workbench blog I will be demonstrating wagon bashing at the Great Western Study Group's Member's Day on Saturday 3 June. Despite the 'Member's Day' bit, the event is open to all comers, although the AGM at the very end of the day is members only. Besides me (if that isn't enough of an attracti...


The locomotive shop - 2811 part 6

Posted by drduncan , 27 January 2017 - - - - - - · 235 views

I'm up to part 6! Oh now depressing... 
Anyway, having had a good moan about 2811's chassis (not at all a) kit, I thought some photos were in order. I also have sorted out the over long slide bars so everything now seems to turn as it should by hand. 
You can see in the image below the amount that has had to be trimmed. 
The dread...


The locomotive shop - 4321

Posted by drduncan , 27 January 2017 - - - - - - · 280 views
GWR, pregrouping, 4mm scale, 43xx and 2 more...
Right, 4321 was supposed to be a quicky. But... 
The BR black body was repainted proper green, and made ready for lining. A replacement tender (with the correct unstrengthened underframe obtained - it was a Hornby 3500 gallon spare, the type used on their 28xx or a Star) was obtained. 
The Perseverance chassis went together without any problem,...


The locomotive shop - 2811 again.

Posted by drduncan , 25 January 2017 - - - - - - · 146 views
GWR, EM gauge, pregrouping and 2 more...
While I confess time has been limited, I have also made some significant progress with 2811. 
Assiduous followers of this blog will remember that this has not been a happy tale to date. I now have a rolling chassis - well almost. The slide bars are too long and as a result the connecting rod strikes them jamming everything up nicely. This should be c...


The locomotive shop - more tales of contract work

Posted by drduncan , 25 January 2017 - * * * * * · 211 views

Its been a while, but I've not been too idle.... 
Commissions have been keeping me busy (or as busy as a 2+ son and a 10 month old daughter allow) with P4 dominating over EM for the last few months (but I'm due to pick up a loco for converting to EM at the weekend. 
The Bachmann Hall was straightforward, although huge amounts of filling was need...


The Locomotive Shop - a survey of progress to date

Posted by drduncan , 14 September 2016 - - - - - - · 326 views

This is a preemptive blog post.  Gareth, who delights in pointing out my errors, omissions and oversights (for the good of my soul and development, naturally), is - I am convinced - at this very moment penning a massive missive asking oh so sweetly, but with hidden barbs of reproach, what has happened to the the locos mentioned in previous blog post...


The Locomotive workshop - a tale of contract work

Posted by drduncan , 14 September 2016 - * * * * * · 430 views
em gauge, P4, RTR conversions
It all started innocently enough - a gentle enquiry from a fellow club member about whether I'd be interested in converting RTR stuff to EM - not for him, naturally, but he'd had an approach from a third party and was it something I'd consider? Oh and I'd get paid for it too... Well as an EM modeller, I'd done a few RTR re-wheeling jobs including a G...


More from the wagon and carriage works.

Posted by drduncan , 07 September 2016 - * * * * * · 543 views

Well its been a while, but I've not been that idle - stop sniggering Gareth.  
ExpoEM went well - I think. I had a good few people drop by for a chat and the lecture seemed to be well received and promoted a fair amount of questions and discussion. Suffice to say that the 3 Mink conversions I was doing didn't get finished during the course of the 2...


New outputs from the wagon and carriage works, demonstrating at EXPO EM and god help me giving a lecture too...

Posted by drduncan , 11 May 2016 - - - - - - · 479 views

Its been a while since I posted - not that I have been idle. Gareth, following his move back to the USA, has now been supplanted by Ray Hodson as the person voted by me as most likely to be blamed, although in the spirit of fairness and because we live in an inclusive world I do not intend to let Gareth's retreat across the Atlantic to get in the way of...


The Wagon and Carriage shop - dirty wagons

Posted by drduncan , 29 August 2015 - * * * * * · 576 views
GWR, Wagons, Liveries, Weathering and 4 more...
In a well ordered and just society I would be able to blame Gareth. The fact that I can't is annoying me somewhat and I think that deep down he (Gareth, whose default fault assuages so many wrongs and set backs) is avoiding any blame just to vex me. But I suppose then he is to blame for something...


On that happy note on to the dirty wagons tha...


The Wagon and Carriage shop: red wagons

Posted by drduncan , 24 August 2015 - * * * * * · 743 views

I blame Gareth.

It all started with an innocent remark that I thought just betrayed our Yankee friend's touching ignorance of real railways: 'Aren't you going to paint your pre-1904 wagons red?

'Of course not,' I replied brimming with confidence 'Red was only in use until the mid 1890s so I don't need to.'

'Are you sure? I thought the Great Western Wa...


The Locomotive shop - Dean Goods 2525 (nee 2322) part 3

Posted by drduncan , 12 July 2015 - - - - - - · 705 views
EM gauge, GWR, Pre-grouping and 7 more...
Quite a while has passed since the last blog entry - I've been busy, but as the project progresses so the law of diminishing returns sets in: the closer you get to finishing, the longer it takes to see meaningful progress as details and testing take time, without the obvious leaps forward in progress that can be made early on!

The observant will also not...


The Locomotive shop - Dean Goods 2322 part 2

Posted by drduncan , 23 November 2014 - - - - - - · 631 views
EM gauge, GWR, pre-grouping and 3 more...
While continuing to work on the loco and tender chassis I have started compling the list of modifications that will have to be made to the body for it to represent 2322. As a reult I have been diggin around for information on the Dean Goods. The first point to note is that there were two different widths of footplate. Before 2450 they were narrow, after 2...


The Locomotive shop - Dean Goods 2322 part 1

Posted by drduncan , in RTR conversions/modifications, Locomotives, Chassis construction 19 November 2014 - * * * * * · 1,725 views
4mm scale, EMgauge and 7 more...
While I have been mulling over the horror story that has been 2811's progress (or lack of it) since the early summer - as detailed in The Locomotive shop- 28xx no 2811 - I have been making slow but steady progress with 2301 class or Dean Goods class no 2322. The loco is based on the familiar Mainline/Hornby model - a bit long in the tooth, but capable of...


The locomotive shop - 28xx no 2811 part 4

Posted by drduncan , 17 November 2014 - - - - - - · 300 views
EM gauge, GWR, Pre grouping and 2 more...
It has been quite a while since my last post, and even longer since my last update on 2811's progress - aside from some sulphurous mutterings in other posts which just may have indicated I was vexed and discontented.

The causes of this winter (well autumn) of discontent were various:
First, there was the tender issue expounded on at length in my last blo...


GWR tenders and all that

Posted by drduncan , 17 August 2014 - * * * * * · 2,620 views
GWR, Locomotives, pregrouping and 7 more...
Thanks to the conversion of my Hornby long coned boiler 28xx into a representation of 2811 in 1912-1914 condition (2811 is currently still in disgrace but may soon be upgraded to an utter pig of a job in the next couple of weeks if things go reasonably well), I have become interested in GWR tenders used in the Edwardian period - God help us. The start was...


The locomotive shop - Armstrong Standard Goods no 788 part 2

Posted by drduncan , 31 July 2014 - - - - - - · 396 views
GWR, EM gauge, 4mm scale and 2 more...
After the last entry about 788, I was ready to test fit the wheels and coupling rods to check that everything ran freely. (2811 is currently my chief problem child and I'll post about this when there is something positive to say.) I used a GW wheel press and quartering jig and was expecting this stage to be a complete doddle. Unfortuantely, the reverse wa...


The wagon and carriage shop - West Country China Clay Co wagons

Posted by drduncan , 29 June 2014 - - - - - - · 582 views
china clay, cornwall, 4mm scale and 2 more...
The Empire Mills project's next phase is, as I may have blamed Gareth for in the past, back-dating the china clay dries to the Edwardian period, which means it needs a new set of china clay wagons. I managed to find an interesting picture of what appeared to be a line of china clay wagons which had peaked ends and a solid roof - rather like salt wagons. G...

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