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Sound Fitting Hornby Patriots

Posted by cooley_boy , 17 November 2017 - - - - - - · 71 views
Patriot, Sound, modify, wcml and 3 more...
Next thing on the books is to put sound and lights onto my two Patriot 4-6-0 class locomotives.

I have Hornby 45528 - R.E.M.E. and 45531 - Sir Frederick Harrison which I will also rename to 45521 - Rhyl and 45532 - Illustrious respectively.

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West Coast Railway Company Carriages TSO

Posted by cooley_boy , 09 November 2017 - - - - - - · 129 views
WCRC, West Coast Mainline and 4 more...
Getting around to some more painting and this time working on the painting of the Hornby Mk1 TSOs.

Just getting the roofs painted.

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And now after the final coat

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West Coast Railway Company Coaches .....

Posted by cooley_boy , 11 October 2017 - - - - - - · 357 views
WCRC, mk1, coaches, modern image and 4 more...
As per usual life will through unexpected things in your way what has meant progress on some of the modelling project has slowed down. However, The carriages are getting there with the first 2 more or let done and another 2 just needed the detail to be painted on the bogies. 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
I am now working on...


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West Coast Railway Company Coaches .....Mk2 / Mk1 Pullman

Posted by cooley_boy , 05 September 2017 - - - - - - · 141 views
WCRC, repaints, mk2, mk1, pullman and 2 more...

The paint job on the Mk2 and Pullman Mk1 came out nicely.

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Spare Computer Tower, I see a new Spray Booth....

Posted by cooley_boy , 04 September 2017 - - - - - - · 212 views
Spray Booth, Weathering, Painting and 5 more...
On a side note I updated the tower case for my computer and this left me with a spare tower with no real use. Then I had a thought, which is dangerous I'll admit, about converting the tower for a new use. Up to date I have been doing all my weathering outside as I didn't have a way of venting the fumes outside from indoors. I didn't have the space or cash...


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West Coast Railway Company Coaches .....

Posted by cooley_boy , 01 September 2017 - - - - - - · 354 views
WCRC, West Coast, Excursion and 4 more...
Have now got the first 4 Coach sides decaled. Next step is to paint the coach ends and roofs where necessary before placing the sides back on the chassis. 
 
 
 



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Adding Working EOTs - End of Train Devices

Posted by cooley_boy , 01 September 2017 - - - - - - · 306 views
EOT, FRED, end of train and 7 more...
So I have been Adding some of the EOT lamps from DCCconcetps onto some of my wagons. These fit onto the wagons pretty easily coming with spring pick-ups, wire, lamps, flashing device and a reed switch with magnets in case you wanted have a automatic switch on the layout that turns the lamp on and off. I see no need for the reed switch as in real life the...


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West Coast Railway Company Coaches

Posted by cooley_boy , 28 August 2017 - - - - - - · 279 views
WCRC, west coast, modern image and 4 more...
So this weekend I had a slight opening weather-wise and as such took the opportunity to paint the coaches I have set aside for my WCRC excursion train. It took a bit to get the color right but I think I got pretty close. This week I will be starting to apply all the decals which I go from Railtec.

These have all...


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KFA Continued...the fiddly bits

Posted by cooley_boy , 25 August 2017 - - - - - - · 178 views
KFA, modern image, west coast and 4 more...
Having painted the Handrails it was just a case of fixing them onto the bulkheads.

Now the next step is weathering which will hopefully happen this weekend.

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KFA Continued...the fiddly bits

Posted by cooley_boy , 24 August 2017 - - - - - - · 334 views

Well now comes the "fun" stuff with making the finer details like the handrails that sit on the side of the bulkhead. Time to put on a good series and get the tweezers out. I found some .25mm nickel silver wire which is just about the right size for handrails in my reckoning. After making 30 of these with 2 spare I will paint them white tonight and fix th...


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KFA Continued

Posted by cooley_boy , 23 August 2017 - - - - - - · 272 views
kfa, timber, scratch building and 5 more...
Well now every wagon has had the bulkheads fixed on and the vertical struts fixed down. Next step will be weathering all of them which will hopefully be something that can be done this weekend as the weather is looking good for it. 
 



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KFA Continued

Posted by cooley_boy , 22 August 2017 - - - - - - · 174 views
KFA, timber, colas, west coast and 3 more...
Next step:
Remove the factory up rights and take the wooden decks off the wagons and replace with 0.5 thick styrene sheet and spray the tops with a red brown paint to give a base coat of rusty brown for when we get to the weathering stage which will blend it all together.

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KFA Continued

Posted by cooley_boy , 21 August 2017 - - - - - - · 352 views

Having now cleaned all the bulkheads it was time to create all the verticals of which I need 210 of them and with each having 11 parts to them that ends up being 2310 components to make!!!!.
Its a good thing I made a whole bunch of these earlier.    Now that everything has been made it is time to paint it all... 



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KFA Continued

Posted by cooley_boy , 17 August 2017 - - - - - - · 290 views
KFA, timber, scratch building and 4 more...
So it has been a long time since I have been doing much with my projects as life in its usual way as gone off on a tangent. Lately though I have finally had a chance to get into my scratch building projects again. 
Now I have been getting back into this project to make 15 KFA log carriers converted from cargowaggens. I have had the ends 3D printed an...


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Steel Load .... American Style.....

Posted by cooley_boy , 20 January 2015 - * * * * * · 333 views
American, HO, Loads, Steel, Plate and 3 more...
Steel Load .... American Style..... I saw this load and it looked like a simple thing to recreate.

The load is made using 0.2mm Thick Styrene sheet cut into strips 26mm wide and cut to varying lengths depending on the prototype.
These are then sprayed a gun metal grey and then using a nice reddy brown paint the rusting is made. The trick is to put the paint on the brush then wipe it all o...


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Doing a Bit of dry brushing...

Posted by cooley_boy , 20 January 2015 - - - - - - · 245 views
Dry brushing, weathering, HO and 5 more...
Its been awhile since I have done any dry brushing as part of the weathering on my wagons. The skill is know what colors will work best, in what sequence they should go and experimentation is also key I find.
I have a few timber topped flat cars and so using the dry brushing method seemed the best as I have more control over where the paint goes than whe...


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Rail, Rail Everywhere.......

Posted by cooley_boy , 29 December 2014 - - - - - - · 413 views

Had some spare lengths of rail and time and so I did this....




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How about making some Pipe Loads?

Posted by cooley_boy , 29 December 2014 - - - - - - · 314 views

One of the many loads seen on American rails pipes are easier to model than it may seem but as with all things it just needs a bit of time. I have made one form in the photo but I am about to make some other variants. If any one is interested I will take photos as I make them for those who would like to recreate it. Just let me know.


Also practiced ma...


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Making KFA Log Carriers

Posted by cooley_boy , 02 November 2014 - - - - - - · 288 views
KFA, Timber, Scratch building and 4 more...
So as promised here is my work so far on scratch building my KFA units from Heljan cargowaggons.
I have made all the uprights for one car and modified the top of the cargowaggon getting rid of the timber layer and replacing it with a smooth sheet of 0.5mm styrene that has been sprayed rusty brown to simulate the steel plate surface that seems to have repl...





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