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15A's not so finest.....Hornby Crosti 9F

Posted by 46444 , 22 January 2018 - * * * * * · 484 views

A good friend of mine asked me to remove the factory weathering of his Hornby Railroad Crosti 9F. Having been a fireman at Wellingborough he actually worked on the prototypes and was none to complementary about them. Poor steaming and terrible visibility were mentioned. He also told the story of the Crosti 9F's being stored at the back of the shed and can...


Christopher Biggins, Barry Wiggins, Bradley Wiggins or is it a Whimsey? Berry Wiggins Tank Wagons in OO

Posted by 46444 , 15 November 2017 - * * * * * · 445 views

The purchase of a copy of Last Days of Steam in Gloucestershire in the early 1990's bought about two things. One an enduring interest in the railways of the Royal Forest of Dean and secondly an introduction to the photographs of Ben Ashworth who captured the essence of the railways of the Forest on film. 


1950's Darlington Delights

Posted by 46444 , 16 October 2017 - * * * * * · 552 views

The railways around Cleveland and Darlington hold a certain fascination and here are two 1950's Darlington 51A allocated locos. 
Firstly 46472 which started life as a cheap unused LMS version from eBay. The factory printed lettering was removed from the tender/cab sides with the aid of enamel thinners and gently rubbing with a cotton bud. 


Crimson...No Cream..

Posted by 46444 , 12 October 2017 - - - - - - · 589 views

Hornby excelled themselves when they introduced the Gresley/Thompson surburban coaches. I've a number of these and have just recently finished weathering a Gresley brake and composite as well as a Thompson brake. 
I used the T-Cut method of applying the cutting paste then wiping off with cotton buds gently buffing to a sheen....


Cambridge Blues....A trio of J15's from 31A.

Posted by 46444 , 17 July 2017 - * * * * * · 709 views

Hornby's J15 is a superb model and in my eyes captures the feel of the prototype nicely. Yes there are a few errors but it has filled an important void in my fleet.
Sadly Hornby over produced these new models resulting in bargains to be had for less than £70 in some instances from the usual sources.   These three represent J15's found working on...


Hock & Dough....A brace from Wellingborough 15A

Posted by 46444 , 04 July 2017 - - - - - - · 599 views

Those readers from Northamptonshire may be familiar with the traditional dish of Hock & Dough. I remember having it cooked by my Nan as a child. 
Here's the recipe: 
Quite a tasty and filling meal for not a lot really....Now Hock & Dough is associated with Wellingborough. Even Welli...


Oxford Rail Weathered 7 Plank ex-Private Owner Wagons

Posted by 46444 , 01 January 2017 - * * * * * · 1,233 views

I'm a real fan of the Oxford Rail 7 Plank RCH wagon. I realise it's not perfect but it is has a number of merits including price. 
I've a few of these including a couple I've weathered for my 1947 Teign Valley project. Some of them where bought with a view to repainting them into scruffy 1950's/1960's BR ex-private owner wagons. Paul Marshall Potter...


Wally's Trolley...A detailed Wallace Arnold Bedford OB Coach

Posted by 46444 , 31 December 2016 - - - - - - · 466 views

A good friend gave me this OOC Bedford OB in Wallace Arnold livery for Christmas. I believe it was part of the Great British Bus Collection from Atlas Editions. 
It's a lovely model and with the West Yorkshire connections and the destination screen set to Scarborough it is very appropriate and will be used on a future layout. Because of this I thoug...


Ivatt Interlude...A Darlington built 2-6-0 example..

Posted by 46444 , 29 December 2016 - - - - - - · 663 views

Good evening... 
Well progress on Ivatt based projects continues. 
Recently I've been lucky enough to pick up a few mint used Ivatt's in LMS livery around the £35-40 mark off off a well known auction site . I've three on the work bench at present which will become Kettering and Darlington lined examples respectively and Cambridge's 46466 which i...


Ivatt Interlude.... Detailing the revised Bachmann Ivatt 2-6-2

Posted by 46444 , 27 November 2016 - * * * * * · 598 views

Bachmann recently gave us a revised model of their Ivatt 2-6-2 tank with a new DCC ready chassis. Other than the dome on the body no further changes were made sadly. A good friend bought one to put the new chassis under an old body I'd previously renumbered. I thought I could add a few enhancements to the spare new body by adding a new chimney and a few o...


Western National Plaxton Beaver

Posted by 46444 , 19 August 2015 - - - - - - · 712 views
Beaver, Western National, 1990s and 1 more...
And now for something completely different....

When I went to Plymouth in the early 1990's to study believe it or not one of the things I can always remember are the Western National and Plymouth Citybus buses. Coming from the land of United Counties the mix of colours and different designs always stood out. Even after a night on the Barbican down at a c...


Manors Maketh Man......

Posted by 46444 , 29 July 2015 - - - - - - · 399 views

As some of you may know (gwrrob in particular) I'm a real fan of the GWR 78xx Manor Class and often request a photo of 7804 at work on ANTB.

Several years ago I had a go at detailing two of these Bachmann models which date back to [s]prehistoric times Mainline days. In fairness Bachmann did give them one of their new split chassis back in the 1990's but...


Vehicles for Diddington

Posted by 46444 , 21 May 2015 - * * * * * · 833 views

Recently I was asked by Alex (Wiggoforgold) of Diddington fame to finish off the a number of vehicle projects he had in his to do list.

This lovely Bedford CA van is by a company called CMC (?Cheltenham Model Centre) and moulded by a company in Bodmin.

I sprayed this with Halfords white primer before preshading the body panels with Valejo German gr...


Coming in from the cold! Otherwise know as 'O' Gauge figure painting

Posted by 46444 , 09 November 2014 - - - - - - · 505 views

Well it's been a while since I posted on here,

Real life has certainly had a profound effect on my modelling escapades of late.

However, in between things a good friend of mine has taken up 7mm modelling. As a gesture of kindness I thought I'd paint a few Monty's 7mm figures for him.

Here's the finished result:



LNER/BR B17/6 61633 Kimbolton Castle

Posted by 46444 , 29 October 2013 - - - - - - · 1,578 views

I'm not normally an Eastern Region modeller although a few classes do stand out.  The big Pacifics don't interest me as such and it's the more humble classes like a J15 that appeal to me more.  One class that I've always thought had really graceful lines was Gresley's LNER B17 with a short GE tender.

Earlier on in the year I brought a BR version and I re...


Manning-Wardle 'H' Class. Part 3 of a Pug Bash

Posted by 46444 , 31 August 2013 - * * * * * · 1,850 views

Over the past few days I've managed to get the component parts together and we're now at this stage.

I painted the inside of the cab before assembly with a Revell green acrylic applying washes and dry brushes to finish.  This was masked off with tissue paper when I sprayed the loco.

As you can see various bits of wire have been used for detailing...


YMR BR MK1 SK. A quick project.

Posted by 46444 , 30 August 2013 - * * * * * · 2,760 views

Yesterday I managed to pick up two of these Your Model Railway £3.99 MK1 SK coaches from ASDA in Rushden for a friend of mine. He asked if I'd put numbers on them and weather them for him too.

Thanks to David I was able to source a suitable number for an Eastern Region example. Here's the link to David's in depth posting on the SK number series:



Manning Wardle 'H' Class. Part 2 of a Pug bash.

Posted by 46444 , 23 August 2013 - * * * * * · 1,339 views

Managed to do a few more bits on the 'H' Class over the past few days including fitting the cut section of tubing under the saddle tank to represent the boiler. Thank's to Ruston's measurements of his Ixion 7mm version I was able to work out a rough figure for the depth between the bottom of the saddle tank and the running plate. The photos below show the...


Manning Wardle 'H' Class. Or a Pug Bash. Part 1

Posted by 46444 , 21 August 2013 - - - - - - · 1,735 views

Last year in the August edition of Hornby Magazine Phil Parker converted an Hornby Lancashire and Yorkshire 'Pug' into a resemblance of a Manning Wardle 'H' Class. I thought this would be a nice little conversion to undertake that I could use on my layout Juniper Hill based on a Northamptonshire ironstone line. It could also be used on my proposed Teign V...


Hornby BR Southern Region BY. A few tweaks.

Posted by 46444 , 14 August 2013 - - - - - - · 881 views

A while back I was given one of those excellent Hornby Southern Railway BY's in olive green and decided to repaint it into BR (SR) green.  Paul Bartlett's excellent site came up trumps with this photo:


The thing I liked about this photo of 'S764S' is didn't appear to have the full data panel on...

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