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Made in Italy

Posted by D869 , in wagons, out and about 22 July 2013 - * * * * * · 874 views

Just back from my summer hols during which we spent a couple of weeks in Italy.

As relaxation was definitely on the agenda I thought it reasonable to take along a few modelling bits just in case the opportunity presented itself. Most days were spent playing with the traffic on the Italian autostradas to tick off the usual Tuscan destinations but I manage...


Handle with Care

Posted by D869 , in wagons 21 June 2013 - * * * * * · 873 views

Fresh off the workbench (as usual, that means almost but not quite finished!) in time for ExpoFest.

These two probably don't quite sit well together... geographically they both carried loads to or from the Hayle Wharf branch but the Esso tanks appear in late 1950s photos and the Bromine tanks around 1970.

The 14T class A tank is a 2mm Association kit wi...


A Prototypical Prototype

Posted by D869 , in coaches 07 June 2013 - * * * * * · 951 views

The latest of the coaches that made it to Railex but weren't quite finished is now done… barring the usual few bits waiting for some crud coloured paint.

To recap for those just joining the story, this is a Fleetline kit bought in the 1980s which has languished in my gloat box ever since. The kit has been assembled mostly 'as intended' except for discard...


A West Country Hero - Part 3

Posted by D869 , in locos, class 42/3 03 June 2013 - * * * * * · 808 views

A West Country Hero - Part 3 With a little less time pressure, I thought I'd take the time to write a catch-up installment of the account of Grenville's build.

We left things with the windscreen frames and most of the front end ironwork fitted but with a remaining question mark over the access panels on the cab sides.
To finish off the ends, the lower lamp brackets were sliced off a...


A West Country Hero - Part 2

Posted by D869 , in class 42/3, locos 24 May 2013 - * * * * * · 1,054 views

Not quite 'finished', but at least back in one piece (at the last minute) in a presentable state for Railex.

On the whole it's far from perfect (and very shiny just now) but I am very pleased with the result.

I'll say more later. For now, here are a couple of slightly iffy photos (dull and rainy day light available today)

Off to load up St Ruth f...


Taking a Proper Engine to London

Posted by D869 , in out and about 11 May 2013 - * * * * * · 1,381 views

Taking a Proper Engine to London In a scandalous misuse of the limited time remaining before Railex, Jackie and I took the Cheltenham Flyer from Tyseley to Paddington and Back with 'Castle' class 'Earl of Mount Edgcumbe'.

The run was superb - a storming ascent of Sapperton and some fast running in both directions on the main line. 40 minutes early into Paddington and then an hour early...


50% More Sleep...

Posted by D869 , in coaches 04 May 2013 - * * * * * · 902 views

50% More Sleep... ...ing cars

The Met Camm SLC is the first of the four coaches built during the cold season to escape from the paint shop and take its place between its two friends.

The build is almost identical to the other two. There are a few minor improvements because I now know more about the real things (and have of course now found mistakes on the other two). I a...


A West Country Hero

Posted by D869 , in locos, class 42/3 04 April 2013 - * * * * * · 1,270 views

I thought it was about time we had another Hydraulic on this blog, so here goes...

St Ruth is set in 1965 so by rights it should be overwhelmingly populated with Warships. No problem there, we have Cockade, Hermes, Druid and Zest of various ages, plus Cossack too of course. The snag is that in 1965 they should really be green. Maroon is a bit of a stretc...


Repeat After Me

Posted by D869 , in coaches 02 April 2013 - * * * * * · 939 views

I haven't had much to say on here for a few weeks, not because I haven't been modelling but rather because it has been one of those periods where I'm doing stuff that is not particularly new, so there isn't a huge amount to say. In particular, I've been trying to trim my gloat box a little in anticipation of some re-stocking when some new kits arrive from...


More Coal

Posted by D869 , in wagons 12 February 2013 - * * * * * · 761 views

Some further experiments based on the 'ask the audience' responses from last time with those mineral wagons.First the 'house coal' sized stuff.The outer two have heaps added using Das clay to look something like the grab loaded wagons visible in photos of Kingswear (which were probably destined for Torquay gasworks, but never mind). The coal is stuck on u...


Coal... or maybe 50 Shades of Black

Posted by D869 , in wagons 08 February 2013 - * * * * * · 892 views

Fancying a break from slaving over a hot soldering iron I thought I’d have a go at a job that I’ve been failing to ‘get around to’ for a long time – making some loads for my mineral wagons.Naturally I thought this would be easy, but maybe I was wrong.The first bit is very straightforward - cut some rectangles of black card to fit inside the wagons and glu...


To The Manor Born - Part 2

Posted by D869 , in locos, steam 30 January 2013 - * * * * * · 834 views

A quick update on the Manor...The crossheads and conn rods are now fitted... and remarkably the loco still runs well. This doesn't look like a vast amount of progress, but there was some tricky work involved... especially for someone who has never built a steam loco before.I found assembling the crossheads pretty tricky, largely because their final 'I' sh...


To The Manor Born

Posted by D869 , in taw bridge, steam, locos 19 January 2013 - * * * * * · 1,264 views

A little project that I've been working on for the past few weeks... This is an Ixion manor bought on Fleabay and now sporting a partly completed Nigel Ashton milled brass 2FS chassis.This evening was its first proper test run. South Yard is a bit too short for this sort of activity so after a few initial runs there to make sure the thing could actually m...


Hawksworth BCK

Posted by D869 , in coaches 06 December 2012 - * * * * * · 1,217 views

Hawksworth BCK After being on the back burner for a while to make way for the completion of D604 and work on the next signal for St Ruth, I finally got round to doing some more on the Ultima Hawksworth BCK that I started in October.

The coach is now ready for the paint shop (I just corrected a typo there - 'pain shop' - quite appropriate really). Although the...


Last of the First - Part 6 (The End)

Posted by D869 , in locos, class 41 16 November 2012 - * * * * * · 870 views

Last of the First - Part 6 (The End) D604 is now ready for traffic. I'd like to say 'finished' but I suspect that some further attention to the chassis paintwork may still be needed.

There was one body detail issue that needed to be sorted - I was not too happy with the empty rectangular vent openings in the roof. After trying to find prototype photos to figure out how to make...


Progress and Holidays

Posted by D869 , in coaches, out and about 28 October 2012 - * * * * - · 903 views

A few words on recent progress hereabouts...

The second bogie for D604 is now complete and looks much like the first one, so no need for any photos there. There are a couple of small jobs remaining before the new underframe bits get painted and then it should be 'job done'.

We've been away in Wales for the past week sampling the Garretts on...


Last of the First - Part 5

Posted by D869 , in locos, class 41 08 October 2012 - * * * * * · 934 views
locos, class41
In the previous installment the etches for the D600 bogies had just arrived in the post leaving me wondering whether I could actually build a bogie from them...

Thankfully it turns out that I can :)

Some of you will have seen the partially completed bogie at the AGM on Saturday (and a jolly good day it was too). I had hoped to have two bogies built,...


Last of the First - Part 4

Posted by D869 , in class 41, locos 04 October 2012 - * * * * * · 869 views
class41, locos
Look what the postie just brought from PPD.

Now I just need to see if I can actually build a bogie from a kit that I designed myself :O


Last of the First - Part 3

Posted by D869 , in locos, class 41 15 September 2012 - - - - - - · 1,285 views
class41, locos
This is a catch up installment on D604... and quite a long one. I was quite keen to get it into a presentable state so that I could use it at TINGS, so that meant no mucking about on RMWeb for a little while.

In the last installment the basic shape of the bodyshell was completed but the detail was yet to go on. There is a lot less to add to the class 41...


Last of the First - Part 2

Posted by D869 , in locos, class 41 02 September 2012 - * * * * * · 845 views
class41, locos
A second installment of the D604 build...

In the previous episode the body was just starting to go together but was still short of quite a few important external panels.

Next step was to fit the nose ends. Unlike the class 22, these are far from flat so they had to be bent to the correct curve. This was tricky for a couple of reasons. Firstly there is no...


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