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Raiding the Gloat Box

Posted by 2mm Andy , 17 July 2011 - * * * * * · 961 views

A package containing two mermaids was waiting for me when I got back from work last Thursday. In case you're wondering how the postman got two mythological creatures through the letterbox, I should point out that these were 2mm finescale kits for the GWR/BR 'mermaid' ballast hopper wagon. The photo below shows what you get for your money - a...


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Inspiration

Posted by 2mm Andy , 04 July 2011 - * * * * * · 681 views

Eeek! Nearly 3 months have passed since the last blog update, and I don't have a lot of modelling to show for all that time! A few projects have been rumbling along slowly - a Chivers tube wagon has made it through the paint shop and transfers have been added (I'm hoping I can sort out that rather obvious carrier film on the transfers). Some...


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Busy with Bogies

Posted by 2mm Andy , 25 April 2011 - * * * * * · 939 views

I've not updated the blog for a while, mainly because there hasn't been much progress to report (the weather has been too nice for modelling!)

The bits for the 02 arrived from the 2mm shop last week. Unfortunately swapping the spur gear hasn't improved the running much, and following a comment on an earlier blog entry, I checked the stub...


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Practice Makes Perfect (Hopefully!)

Posted by 2mm Andy , 29 March 2011 - * * * - - · 808 views

Well, the last couple of weeks have thrown up a few problems.

The 02 is currently on the 'naughty step' pending the arrival of some replacement bits from the 2mm loco shop. Having checked the mesh of the gears earlier and not found any problems, I was fairly confident that adding the wheels would be fairly straightforward - how wrong can you...


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Detailing Diddy Diesels

Posted by 2mm Andy , 13 March 2011 - - - - - - · 744 views

I've made a bit of progress on the '02', although it doesn't look vastly different from the last set of photos I took!



The bonnet and cab roof have been soldered in place (which has the advantage of making the body much stronger) and a start made on adding all the little details.

Buffers (from Nick...


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You too can have a body like this....

Posted by 2mm Andy , 27 February 2011 - * * * * * · 1,107 views

(or the sweet smell of success singed fingernails!)

Pete asked last time about progress on the body of the shunter. At that time I had only cut a few parts from the etch and formed things like the cab steps and the funny little boxes in front of the cab. I wasn't sure how much I could assemble without needing to check the fit of the motor...


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A 2mm Workhorse

Posted by 2mm Andy , 22 February 2011 - - - - - - · 1,511 views

or "yet another part-complete loco!"

At the excellent 2mm Golden Jubilee Expo in Oxford last July, I bought one of the Worsley Works etches for an 02 shunter. Of course, I then put the packet in the cupboard and forgot about it while I got on with some other modelling. The real things look like this:



Anyway,...


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Splodge, Zap, Sizzle

Posted by 2mm Andy , 27 December 2010 - * * * * * · 992 views

Over the Christmas hols I have had an opportunity to 'play' with a resistance soldering unit. Up until now all my 2mm scale etched kits have been assembled using my trusty 25w Antex iron and Carr's solder paste, and while it give good results, I do seem to spend a lot of time scraping solder off places where it shouldn't be, despite the...


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A Brief Recap....

Posted by 2mm Andy , 05 December 2010 - - - - - - · 598 views

Evening all!

It seems like a very long time ago that I posted details of a little 2FS layout, designed as a shunting plank, but also intended to give me experience of using the newly introduced Easitrac components. After my last post featuring the layout here in early August, I wired-up some of the track, and the part-complete layout appeared on the...


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Midland Meanderings

Posted by 2mm Andy , 13 September 2010 - * * * * * · 1,177 views

The weekend began at an ungodly hour on Saturday morning - I was helping on the 2mm Scale Association stand at the International N Gauge Show, and it meant getting up early in time to set up the stand before the show opened. This is the first time I've been to this exhibition, and it was well worth the 2.5 hour journey from York. I took the shunting...






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