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

Posted by D869 , in steam 05 December 2014 - - - - - - · 1,113 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 - - - - - - · 1,010 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 - * * * * * · 1,156 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 - - - - - - · 683 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 - - - - - - · 753 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 - * * * * * · 881 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 - * * * * * · 826 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 - - - - - - · 737 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 - * * * * * · 1,043 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 - * * * * * · 931 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 - * * * * * · 822 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 - * * * * * · 1,372 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 - - - - - - · 817 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 - - - - - - · 1,200 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 - * * * * * · 1,286 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 - * * * * * · 863 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)....


Time for a Tidy Up

Posted by D869 , in south yard 26 February 2014 - - - - - - · 745 views

Those of you on the 2mm_notices mailing list will have seen Edward Sissling's request for micro layouts to appear on the (bigger) Association stand at the Nottingham show next month. I've volunteered South Yard to attend on the Saturday (15th March)... since I pretty much always go to the Nottingham show anyway.

...all of which means that I need to do a...


More New Things

Posted by D869 , in steam, south yard, locos, coaches, class 52, wagons 29 November 2013 - * * * * * · 1,567 views

There hasn’t been a huge amount recently that has really justified a blog posting on its own but there has been plenty going on so here is a potted summary of recent developments and the covoluted paths by which they progressed through the works.

Another Stephen Harris tank is now ready for the paint shop. This one is a class ‘A’ tank. I went for one of...


Pure Class (B)

Posted by D869 , in wagons 10 October 2013 - * * * * * · 1,011 views

Some prototypes are just too much for we mere mortals to resist, even if we can’t completely justify them…

This is a Stephen Harris 35T GLW class ‘B’ tank that I’ve been working on (very slowly) over the summer. My original plan was to build three class ‘A’s and one class ‘B’. I thought I’d do the class ‘B’ first as a one-off.

While there is plenty o...



Posted by D869 , in locos, class 35 08 October 2013 - * * * * * · 1,025 views

There hasn't been a great deal to report here recently. It's not that I haven't been doing anything, just that a good deal of it has been kit assembly or repeat builds.

There is one job that I did started shortly after the 2mm Expo that I thought would benefit from a few words here. We were a bit more relaxed at the Expo with mixing and matching locos to...


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