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A Dunalastair 1 part 6

Posted by Dave John , 12 January 2019 - * * * * * · 315 views

I made up most of the tender body and then spent a while getting things level. Set the buffer heights and shim the compensation beams so the footplates are lined through. Then place the loco and tender on the tightest curve I have ( about 48 inch radius ) and that gives me the minimum length for the tender - loco drawbar. The Caley coaches tender kit in...


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A Dunalastair 1 part 5

Posted by Dave John , 04 January 2019 - * * * * * · 356 views

I have got on fairly well with some free time over new year. The last difficult bit of the body was getting the roof soldered on neatly and adding the cab handrails. The spectacles were giving me a bit of grief, and awkward thing to form in brass. So I stopped and thought about it. 10 minutes later I had enough to do a fleet of engines thanks to the silho...


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A Dunalastair 1 part 4

Posted by Dave John , 30 December 2018 - * * * * * · 286 views

Getting the boiler and footplate fitted together was a time consuming task. Try, file a bit, try again, file a bit more. When in place I could make the spectacle plate and get the whole thing looking a bit like a D1.

So here it is actually sitting on the track. Also seems to pass the push along through points and curves without the wheels fouling the...


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A Dunalastair 1 part 3

Posted by Dave John , 23 December 2018 - - - - - - · 301 views
EM, caledonian, dunalastair
Boiler next. Hmm. I had a look at the DJH one and decided to give it a bash. Well, quite a few bashes. Removed the alignment tags which didn’t align, got it in a jig of scrap wood bits and whacked a lot of lowmelt solder at the gaps. I then filled all the bits that needed filling with lowmelt and attacked the whole thing with a variety of knives, sanders...


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A Dunalastair 1 part 2

Posted by Dave John , 16 December 2018 - * * * * * · 325 views

Having got a rolling chassis I turned my attention to the footplate. The one from the kit was unusable so a brass plate cut out and the valance added.

Next part, splashers. The DJH Dunalastair 1 is a kit for OO. With EM you need about 23 mm to clear the wheel fronts, the cast wm ones were much too thick to be any use. That also made the cab too wide....


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A Dunalastair 1 part 1

Posted by Dave John , 08 December 2018 - * * * * * · 392 views

A very long time ago I bought a second hand Dunalastair 1 DJH kit . Well, it was 18 quid a go complete with a set of Jackson/Romford wheels and an XO4 motor? Plus some other bits. There was even a spare tender in there which ended up behind 583.

So why had someone sold it? Well to put it politely the castings were horrible. Looked like they just had...


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A backscene in place

Posted by Dave John , 23 November 2018 - * * * * * · 489 views

Well there we are, a backscene in place. I’m not completely happy with it but it is just pictures stuck to cardboard and I can look to improvements over time. Taking a break from it and thinking about it while standing back from it all and running some trains is more likely to inspire me to better things than flogging on with it at the moment.

The mirr...


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tasks that grow...

Posted by Dave John , 09 November 2018 - * * * * * · 481 views

This started with me trying to do a backscene. Well, I almost have but it has led to other things. To get the backscene onto the backing boards I have to divide and move the layout about to get at them. Not all that difficult since it was designed to be moveable. While it’s out I might as well pave the street between the station wall and the backscene sin...


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At the back, but is it a scene ?

Posted by Dave John , 26 October 2018 - * * * * * · 521 views

Bit by bit I am getting on with with the backscene. I think I have set myself a difficult task, trying to get a feel of depth and perspective in 2d. If I was a skilled artist it might be easier just to paint it, but I am not so the only thing I can do is the collage of photos method.

I have played around with the panorama tools in Affinity. They work w...


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I could just buy a backscene... but...

Posted by Dave John , 14 October 2018 - - - - - - · 453 views

I could just buy a backscene. Lots of companies offer them but the thing is none of them say “west end of Glasgow”. Or for that matter any real part of Edwardian Glasgow. Anyway where is the fun in just buying stuff?

So I have an idea in my head, long rows of traditional tenements interspersed with some industrial buildings. Maybe some older houses tu...


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Water, water everywhere.......

Posted by Dave John , 29 September 2018 - * * * * * · 609 views

Odd how you sometimes think you are going to tackle some part of layout building and then you end up spending a few weeks doing something totally different. I had been thinking about backscenes, but somehow I just fancied doing something a bit scenic. Generally scenery isn’t my strength but I keep seeing so may layouts on here with wonderful rural scenes...


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Stand up all you little people............

Posted by Dave John , 14 September 2018 - * * * * * · 507 views

It's ok, I haven’t suddenly decided to start a revolution, tempting though the idea is. I am of course referring to the figures for the layout. These are a mix, mostly from Andy Stadden with some from Prieser and a few older ones in places they can only be glimpsed at. The men are the problem. Most of the Edwardian ladies have wide skirts and so stand up...


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Urban Coal part 2

Posted by Dave John , 28 August 2018 - * * * * * · 645 views
Caledonian railway, em, coal yard
It has taken a while but I now feel that the overall scene is looking a bit more like a busy urban coal yard. Details and carts are from langley or dart, most figures are Andy Staddens. Anyway, pictures speak louder than words so I’ll shut up.  
 
 
 
Something missing though……. Oh yes, the stock. So just for fun.  
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Urban coal , part 1

Posted by Dave John , 12 August 2018 - * * * * * · 719 views

I have been thinking about urban coal. Victorian cities consumed huge amounts of coal and of course Glasgow was no exception. Statistics for the quantities mined and moved are available, but staggering though they are do not actually make me think about coal. So instead I started to look at chimneys. I live in a normal west end two bedroom tenement flat w...


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CR D63 brake in service

Posted by Dave John , 04 August 2018 - * * * * * · 494 views

There we are, the D63 in service after its 30 year refurbishment.

I’m not sure that I’m completely happy with it but perhaps we are all getting a bit harsh on ourselves since close up photography shows up all sorts of things that are just invisible from normal viewing distances. You never know, one of the rtr manufacturers might bring out a very nice...


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A dearth of brake vans

Posted by Dave John , 29 July 2018 - * * * * * · 504 views

Kelvinbank has two brake vans, and really it could do with a couple more. This one has been sitting in store for a long time. It is a CR D63 20 Ton six wheeler. I built it in 1988 from a DJH kit ( no, really they used to do some wagon kits ) and it is very much a child of its time, compounded by the fact that I didn’t have access to the prototype inform...


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A stair in place...... at last.

Posted by Dave John , 20 July 2018 - * * * * * · 584 views

I was getting a bit worried. Sooner or later someone with a valid ticket and a train to catch was going to try and jump out of the station building and land with a bit of a splat on the platform.

It has taken a bit of time but thats the stairs in a fairly completed state. Might need a bit of adjustment where it meets the station and platform buildings...


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Looking a bit more like a stair now.

Posted by Dave John , 09 July 2018 - * * * * * · 568 views

Having got the sides to a shape I am happy with progress has been reasonable. Being stuck in the house for a day waiting for a parcel to turn up has a silver lining. Anyway its about ready for some paintwork and then a roof . Fiddliest bit was the gutters, I think these would have been cast ogee section rather than half round and I’m going to have to fit...


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Some staircase sides.

Posted by Dave John , 03 July 2018 - * * * * * · 516 views

This is one of those things that I thought might be straightforward, but which tripped me up a bit. This is the third go at making the sides up for the stairs from the station building to the platform. The first two attempts somehow didn't have the right proportions and I wasn't happy with the angles somehow.  I don't have any sort of drawing to work...


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A refurbished CR Diagram 3 wagon.

Posted by Dave John , 10 June 2018 - * * * * * · 705 views

This is another CR Diagram 3 wagon. I made it way back in 1988 from a John Boyle etch, and although I was reasonably good at working with etched brass I didn’t have access to all the drawings and photos that are now available. The result was a decent body, but rather wrong from the solebars down. It got displaced by newer stock, but I thought I’d dig it o...






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