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SE Finecast 517

Posted by JDaniels , 17 December 2017 - - - - - - · 404 views

I've come to a dead halt with the construction of this kit. The chassis commendably includes three different types of brake shoes, two types of brake pull rods and three types of guard irons. All you need to do is find a good photo of your chosen prototype and work from there. It wasn't until I looked more closely at the kit and prototype photos did I rea...


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GWR 517 0-4-2T

Posted by JDaniels , 18 November 2017 - * * * * * · 320 views

To add to my recent blogs on the subject, attached (I hope) are photos of my 517 0-4-2T, 559. 
This was built many years ago and has a Portescap motor with the MJT gearbox conversion. 
 



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GWR 517 0-4-2T

Posted by JDaniels , 16 November 2017 - - - - - - · 200 views
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The Finecast kit arrived this morning, impressive when you consider I only phoned yesterday. 
The kit has the 15ft overall wheelbase (7ft 4in + 7ft 8in) with provision for both inside and outside bearing trailing wheels. One disdavantage is that the kit only comes with the later extended bunker although I may have one of the earlier bunkers that hope...


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GWR 517 0-4-2T

Posted by JDaniels , 14 November 2017 - - - - - - · 250 views
GWR loco
I'm thinking of constructing another 517 0-4-2T to work alongside the M &L kit I already have. I was contemplating the Malcolm Mitchell kit but really wanted something that would not take as long to construct and I'm also a little put off by comments that on some of these kits the boiler has to be rolled. I've since read reports that SE Finecast are s...


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Current collectors

Posted by JDaniels , 15 April 2017 - - - - - - · 81 views

When it comes to the running qualities of our locomotives, I've long thought that the weak point are the current collectors, the way in which the current is picked up from the tyres. We have very good motors and gearboxes and with compensated, and now CSB suspension systems there is no longer any problem in ensuring all wheels are in contact with the trac...


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A Siphon H for a change

Posted by JDaniels , 10 April 2017 - - - - - - · 246 views
gwr, em gauge
A Siphon H for a change I have been modelling on a semi-serious basis now since the early 1970's and in my collection of rolling stock are items that I have no recollection of buying or detailing. Some of these have absolutely no place at Blagdon so occupy a separate box to the other stock which is relevant to the Wrington Vale. That box currently hold two Airfix auto coaches, b...


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Yet more on those GWR 4 wheel coaches.

Posted by JDaniels , 17 March 2017 - * * * * * · 447 views
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Yet more on those GWR 4 wheel coaches. Thankfully the three coaches constructed from a mixture of mainly Trains, Shire Scenes and Ratio parts are now completed and boxed ready to be handed over to the painter at Expo EM. I'm still not sure whether the quality of my work justifies the considerable expense of having them professionally painted. However this has left me with three spare Rati...


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GWR 4 wheel coaches - nearly there! (and a bit of Broad Gauge)

Posted by JDaniels , 09 February 2017 - * * * * * · 375 views

Having assembled the two brakes, I turned, with some trepidation, to the composite. This uses the Ratio sides and I was concerned that as these were thicker than the etched brass the problems with clearances might be more acute. Also as they were plastic I couldn't be so carefree with the soldering iron and I was concerned that gluing might not give as go...


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More on those GWR 4 wheel coaches

Posted by JDaniels , 29 January 2017 - - - - - - · 247 views
GWR, EM gauge
More on those GWR 4 wheel coaches I was going to write something this evening but the rain has driven me out of the garden. Hopefully I have more success with railway modelling than I do with growing clematis! 
The second brake coach is now almost finished and ready (just about) for painting. A photo is attached. As with the first coach, glazing and handrails will be fitted after pai...


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GWR 4 wheel coaches - further photos

Posted by JDaniels , 05 January 2017 - * * * * * · 243 views
GWR, em
GWR 4 wheel coaches - further photos I haven't yet worked out how to attach a photo to a reply so in response to Mikkel's comment I attach a photo of the inside of the first almost completed coach. 
Unfortunately my camera and lens is better at landscapes than close ups but I hope this shows how I tackled the fitting of the body to the chassis. The folded tabs on the ends are no good as...


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Mainly Trains 4 wheel chassis

Posted by JDaniels , 20 December 2016 - * * * * * · 404 views
gwr, em gauge
Just thought I'd share progress on the GWR 4 wheel coaches. These utilise the Mainly Trains chassis, Shire Scenes sides for the brake thirds and Ratio sides for the composite. 
I'll start off by saying this is probably the most difficult modelling exercise I've ever done. Nothing wrong with the chassis or the sides, it's when you mix the two together...


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Mainly Trains 4 wheel chassis

Posted by JDaniels , 22 November 2016 - - - - - - · 380 views
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Just returned to modelling after a pleasant trip to New York. Interesting times over there! 
In my last entry I mentioned how construction of the Mainly Trains 4 wheel GWR coach chassis was proceeding well. I spoke too soon. 
I had completed the chassis and coach ends but the problems started when I tried offering the Ratio coach sides to the ch...


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Mainly Trains GWR 4 wheel chassis and thoughts on O gauge

Posted by JDaniels , 22 October 2016 - - - - - - · 297 views
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Mainly Trains GWR 4 wheel chassis and thoughts on O gauge I bought three of the Mainly Trains 4 wheel coach kits along with the Ratio composite kit and two sets of Shirescenes sides. The intention is to have a superdetailed three coach set. 
I've completed the three chassis and I have to say they went together reasonably well. If anyone does purchse them I'd make one recommendation. Do not glue the solebar...


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Yet more wagon matters and a Siphon C

Posted by JDaniels , 10 September 2016 - - - - - - · 445 views
gwr, wagons, brake gear
It's been a long time since I last updated my blog. Weather has been too good to sit at my workbench. 
I think I mentioned that I acquired a Coopercraft 04 open wagon kit at a railway fair at Horsted Keynes. I've now constructed this but comparison with photos of the prototype does underline the shortcomings of the brake gear. These wagons were fitte...


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Musings on the forthcoming modelling season

Posted by JDaniels , 23 July 2016 - - - - - - · 159 views
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As readers may know from my earlier blogs, I treat modelling as very much a winter or at least dark evening hobby. As the days are getting shorter, (yes really) I am thinking less of gardening, holidays and walking and more about modelling. 
I have completed a couple of the POW sides private owner wagons. I was conscious that on a prototype based in...


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Yet more wagon matters

Posted by JDaniels , 02 March 2016 - - - - - - · 130 views
GWR, Wagon, Red livery
For those of us modelling the early days of the GWR, I've just found out that Coast Line Models do an etch of GWR wagon plates along with the numbers for the Ratio Iron Mink (V6). Most importantly they also do the cast solebar plates that carried the carrying capacity and tare so I can take off all those sloping Pressfix transfers. 
The website is we...


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More wagon matters

Posted by JDaniels , 22 February 2016 - - - - - - · 340 views
GWR, EM, wagons
I haven't spent much time modelling as I have set myself a number of jobs to do around the house, too many my wife says. I have though had another look at a David Geen kit I have that is rather wobbly on the track. The kit is for the outside framed van and whilst the detail is excellent I found having separate axleguards for each wheel did cause some prob...


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Those red wagons and some general thoughts on goods traffic

Posted by JDaniels , 31 January 2016 - * * * * * · 434 views
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Red wagons.

Well I've now painted my first red GWR wagon. Having looked at those in Mikkel's excellent blog and taking advice from MikeOxon I've mixed red oxide and vermillion (well actually the closest Humbrol equivalents) which has produced a colour that fits the "light red" description given in contemporary sources. The only currently available kit t...


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The final part of the steam railmotor saga

Posted by JDaniels , 26 December 2015 - - - - - - · 312 views
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Christmas Day and having watched SCD I had the greater pleasure of seeing the steam railmotor work under its' own power. There have been times though when the chassis nearly ended up in the bin.

Following on from my last entry, having done the basic chassis it was time to set up the motor and gearbox. Unusually the High Level gearbox was not as smooth as...


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Progress on the steam railmotor chassis.

Posted by JDaniels , 04 December 2015 - - - - - - · 329 views
GWR, railmotor
Since my last entry I have made more progress but it's painfully slow. I did have a good photo of a railmotor chassis which looks to be taken outside Swindon works. I had been using this as a basis for the model but now I'm not so sure whether this is the right thing to do. The GWS railmotor was built from plans so must be correct and there are many photo...






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