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Finescaling a Hall - Part 2

Posted by D869 , in steam 20 February 2015 - - - - - - · 929 views

A quick update on this project.

The chassis is now pretty much done barring a few odds and ends like couplings and attention is now turning to the superstructure.

Again there is not much to say about the chassis build - it went together as per Nigel's comprehensive instructions... although I do prefer to get things running and tested at the earliest pos...


Finescaling a Hall

Posted by D869 , in steam 28 January 2015 - * * * * * · 1,055 views

I've been struggling for a while to think up a catchy title for this one. It was originally intended as a Christmas project which would obviously have been 'Deck the Halls' but I didn't actually get around to starting that soon so the moment was lost.

For old times sake, I waited until the loft was again at sub zero temperatures before testing the Hall o...


Let it... oh it has!

Posted by D869 , in out and about 27 December 2014 - - - - - - · 828 views

Unusually we managed to find some real snow on our post Christmas steamy day trip to the GCR at Loughborough today. It's surprising how different conditions can be just 40 miles from home.

The GCR also provides a welcoming refreshment room with a real fire. The all day breakfast went down very well too.

We go to the GCR quite regularly. Somehow we...


Let it... well, you know

Posted by D869 , in south yard 22 December 2014 - * * * * * · 988 views

A light dusting of snow has fallen on the Plymouth area this morning. The coal men have turned up for work but retreated into the office to keep warm and get a brew going while they wait for the trip freight. Meanwhile D6309 has turned up with a couple of 16 tonners which it is positioning for unloading so they'll need to be venturing out again but it loo...


The Little House on The... (Part 2)

Posted by D869 , in steam 05 December 2014 - - - - - - · 1,207 views

... but he hasn't done anything at all!

Well looks can be deceiving. Actually quite a lot of work has happened on the 45xx over the past week or so but the overall appearance is not hugely changed. Let me put it another way... here is how it looked a couple of days ago...

When I stopped work on this project I really wasn't happy with the way it wa...


A Non-Runner

Posted by D869 , in class 35, locos 19 November 2014 - - - - - - · 1,093 views

Oh dear!

It looks like my Hymek won't be appearing at Warley.

The Hymek developed an issue a few months back with one of its wormwheels skipping on the worm. I think it had been happening for a while before I figured the problem out. The upshot is that the wormwheel teeth have been rounded off making the problem worse. I'd temporarily solved it prior to...


Octel 1957 Chlorine Tank - Part 4

Posted by D869 , in wagons 11 October 2014 - * * * * * · 1,323 views

After a somewhat late night yesterday evening getting them finally assembled, the two chlorine tanks are now finished.

Here are a couple of photos.

Overall I am really pleased with the way these have turned out. They have taken a lot of effort to build, mainly in the initial etch design and the painting and final assembly stages because they are su...


Octel 1957 Chlorine Tank - Part 3

Posted by D869 , in wagons 03 October 2014 - - - - - - · 740 views

Another quick update on the progress with this build.

As you might have seen in my holiday post, a second tank wagon seems to have sprung into being, the idea being that it's not much more effort to paint two of these than it is to paint one... well, that's the theory anyway.

Rather than yet another progress photo of a wagon slightly less incomplete tha...


Logging On In Somerset

Posted by D869 , in out and about 22 September 2014 - - - - - - · 811 views

Having a little early autumn interlude in Somerset now that number 3 child has departed the nest. Usual recipe... cottage, log burner, kits, books, local ales, walking, cycling, the odd visit to the local steam railway... 'oh, I didn't realise it was that close, fancy that eh?'.

Also trying to see if I can do a blog post from the tablet, so anything migh...


Octel 1957 Chlorine Tank - Part 2

Posted by D869 , in wagons 12 September 2014 - * * * * * · 1,006 views

A quick progress update on the Chlorine tank. The end stanchions have now been persuaded to go together and have been attached to the chassis, as has the brakegear.

This of course also means that I can now try the tank in place along with some of the timber packing that goes underneath the tank and at the ends. The tank still needs a good clean out to ge...


Octel 1957 Chlorine Tank

Posted by D869 , in wagons 31 August 2014 - * * * * * · 907 views

So far so good with building the first of the wagons from my recent etch - a 1957 vintage Hurst Nelson Chlorine tank.

I was impatient to try out the experimental version so that's what I'm building. So far it is going together as intended and the centre section of the solebars has achieved the skinny look that I was hoping to get when viewed from the top...


Let's Get Physical Part 3

Posted by D869 , in wagons 21 August 2014 - - - - - - · 806 views

Stretching the same title a little further, some new metalwork arrived with the postie today...

The main items on here are a couple of chassis for Associated Octel 1957 vintage chlorine tanks. The two etches are different from each other because I want to try two different ways to put a tank wagon chassis together. One is (I hope) conservative and ste...


Let's Get Physical Part 2

Posted by D869 , in wagons 18 June 2014 - * * * * * · 1,142 views

...and then there were two!

The second bromine tank has now made it through the ordeal of the paint shop. Now I have a model of the tank that started my interest in Associated Octel, complete with its no nonsense lettering and skull on the tank end... and a further use of virtual modelling to make something real.

Painting and prep... this time I used...


Let's Get Physical

Posted by D869 , in wagons 09 June 2014 - * * * * * · 1,012 views

No I am not about to enter a phase as an Olivia Newton John fan.

What has been going on hereabouts is quite a lot of time spent staring at a computer screen doing what might be called Virtual Modelling. The intention is that this work will (one day) be turned into actual vehicles but there is still some way to go before then.

Having recently finished a...


Excuses Excuses

Posted by D869 , in out and about 20 April 2014 - * * * * * · 879 views

Modelling chez moi has been on temporary hold for the past week or so due to a trip to see MinerChris in his new abode in Sudbury (not Suffolk!).

We did manage to get out and about on several occasions and caught a few of the local activities. I'm no expert on these matters so I'm sure that others will know more than me.

This is the view from Chris's...


Mass Breakout from the Paint Shop

Posted by D869 , in wagons, locos, coaches, class 47, class 35 06 April 2014 - * * * * * · 1,505 views

There have been one or two models that have had an extended stay in the paint shop over the winter. Since we have the Epsom and Ewell show coming up later this month, I have knuckled down and managed to get everything out of their various paint boxes and back together into something resembling models. There are still a few finishing touches to do here and...


Slightly Less Duff

Posted by D869 , in class 47 31 March 2014 - - - - - - · 949 views

Owners of Farish class 47s circa 2008-2010 will probably have read lots of words on RMWeb about the shortcomings of some batches of this loco. I am the proud (ahem) owner of one of those models - D1764 in two tone green with full yellow ends. This loco has been on the St Ruth roster since the 2010 Expo in Oxford and has, shall we say, never been a favouri...


The Little House on The...

Posted by D869 , in steam, coaches 23 March 2014 - - - - - - · 1,338 views

More steamy goings on from my workbench. Now that I'm not frantically trying to make South Yard look less unfinished I've got back to some of the other items that have been in progress for a while. The main build effort amongst these is the David Eveleigh chassis for the Dapol 45xx. The various bits of this have been liberated from their paint shop boxes...


Nottingham 2014

Posted by D869 , in south yard, out and about 15 March 2014 - * * * * * · 1,387 views

A few photos from South Yard's day out at Nottingham. A good day out was had by all and it was nice to catch up with some 2mm friends for the day.

The layout worked well all day and I got lots of nice comments.

The new backscene being cut out from its surrounding card. In the end I went back to watercolour because I'm too new to Acrylic and things jus...


A Sense of Place

Posted by D869 , in south yard 06 March 2014 - * * * * * · 942 views

... or maybe plaice!

It's been bugging me for a while that South Yard has a rather dull backscene. It's also a bit low now that the new lighting rig is in position so I've been thinking about doing something about it.

Now South Yard is a real place in Plymouth (or rather Devonport, Stoke Damerel or 'Dock' depending on how old fashioned you want to be)....


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