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Need a Brake? Have a Kwik Kit!

Posted by Dukedog , 12 December 2012 - * * * * * · 550 views
Brake van
Still not done anything much on the two dogs project. Been rather busy trying to finish a load of loose ends between now and Christmas.
One such project is this Dapol BR standard brake van kit that was started several months ago after being bought some 12 months...


Time out on the Prairie

Posted by Dukedog , 11 December 2012 - * * * * * · 1,056 views

By way of a little interlude from the "Two Dogs" project I dug my old Bachmann 45xx Prairie tank out of the top drawer and thought it was about time I did something with it!

When shopping for bits and pieces at the Warley exhibition I picked up a few sets of GWR...


A "Tail" of two "Dogs" Part 6 (It RUNS!)

Posted by Dukedog , 02 December 2012 - * * * * - · 918 views
dukedog, chassis, mashima and 1 more...
Progress  at last!
After the disaster of a few weeks ago with the "Dukedog" chassis and motor failure another attempt was made on getting a working chassis.
I had to wait until the Warley...


A "Tail" of two "Dogs" Part 5

Posted by Dukedog , 18 November 2012 - * * * * * · 664 views

After the recent set back with the "Dukedog" chassis I decided to leave that one alone for a while until I can get some more replacement parts.
So, as I am a glutton for punishment I made an attempt at my clients "Bulldog" Chassis.
My client had very thoughtfully provided a set of Romford drivers and extended axles, some Romford fly...


A "Tail" of two "Dogs" Part 4

Posted by Dukedog , 13 November 2012 - * * * * - · 531 views

It's a case of one step forwards and two steps backwards this week!

I've started building the chassis for both locomotives.
While I was waiting for the motor and gears for my clients  Bulldog to arrive I pressed on with the chassis for the Dukedog.
Both locos chassis are identical so I had to make sure I didn't get all the bits mixed...


A "Tail" of two "Dogs" Part 3

Posted by Dukedog , 08 November 2012 - * * * * * · 647 views

Latest up date on the "Two Dogs" project.

Whilst I am waiting for motors and gearboxes to arrive from Scalelink I decided to do a bit of work on my own "dog"

The Dukedog arrived from the seller on Ebay nearly all built but painted in GWR green. As I wanted mine in BR black some real cleaning up was needed.

I tried paint stripper but...


A "Tail" of two "Dogs" Part 2

Posted by Dukedog , 27 October 2012 - - - - - - · 335 views

Here we go!
Work is now under way here on Duke's kitchen table!

Day one of operations took me thus far....

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I have started with the tender as i "Thought" this would be the easy bit! Not bloody likely!
The castings although reasonable in terms of...


A "Tail" of two "Dogs"

Posted by Dukedog , 16 October 2012 - * * * * * · 842 views
bulldog, dukedog, GWR, 4-4-0
"Two dogs?"   I hear your say!

The two "Dogs" concerned here are these K's white metal kits.

A GWR "Bulldog" Class loco
This is not mine, I am building this kit for a client, and this is my very first commission job!

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Work will commence...


Mystery Loco revealed!

Posted by Dukedog , 03 September 2012 - * * * * * · 447 views

Mystery Loco revealed!
Following on from my last entry "Love me Tender"

Here is the loco I have been working on, although still waiting for etched number plates and shed plate as well as loco crew. Seen here running light engine on Morfa Bach.

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Now for the history...


Love me Tender!

Posted by Dukedog , 20 August 2012 - - - - - - · 703 views

Sorry that I have not updated the blog for a couple of weeks or so, I have been busy getting Pen Y Bont ready for Midland Railex (more about that in a future entry)

OK so, what have I been up to? Well quite a bit actually but nothing of real substance to post here until now.

I have acquired ...


On the fiddle again !

Posted by Dukedog , 25 July 2012 - - - - - - · 695 views

Thank goodness for some decent weather so work can be continued outside on the East fiddle yard for my new Cambrian modular layout "Steam on the Cambrian".

Those who have read my first post on this subject will know that the layout requires two such fiddle yards, one at each end of the...


Little Jobbies

Posted by Dukedog , 22 July 2012 - * * * * - · 396 views

Such a nice day here at Dukedog Manor I decided to have a modelling session outside on the front deck.

So, after returning from our Sunday lunch at the pub I set to and made up a few little bits that I am going to need soon for a little "project" I have on the workbench at the moment. (more on that as and when)

One of the jobs was to make a...


Red to Red, Black to Black, Blue to bits!

Posted by Dukedog , 27 June 2012 - * * * * * · 618 views
Transformer, power supplies

My Cambrian modular layout is now nearing the stage where I need the proper power supplies for testing.

(Also tied in with this entry is this thread from this forum entry on...


Penmaenpool MPD Track is laid (at last!)

Posted by Dukedog , 16 June 2012 - * * * * - · 790 views
Penmaenpool, C&L, Turnouts
Just another update to say that all the track is now laid on Penmaenpool MPD. Well almost all, There is still about 75mm of track to be laid on the L/H exit-entry road.This will be laid once the West fiddle yard is started and aligned so as to ensure good track alignment across the baseboard joint.

All flexible track is C&L Finescale with hand built...


On the fiddle! Part 2

Posted by Dukedog , 13 June 2012 - * * * * * · 1,172 views

After what seems like ages work as again restarted on the construction of my new Cambrian Modular layout Morfa Bach / Penmaenpool MPD plus fiddle yards.
Poor weather for outdoor "wood butchering" and taking a holiday abroad have contributed to the long delay since the last update.
Today has been the first opportunity to get the modules built so...


On the fiddle!

Posted by Dukedog , 18 May 2012 - * * * * * · 654 views

Yes! it's wood butchering time again!

I've made a start on the first of two fiddle yards for my new Cambrian modular layout, currently one module is built and finished (?) Morfa Bach.
The second module (Penmaenpool MPD) is under way and the track is down. Next job there is the turnout operating motor installation. How ever this has been put...


Hitching a ride?

Posted by Dukedog , 16 May 2012 - * * * * - · 484 views

I'm always on the lookout for the unusual to include on my model railways. Either as scenic cameos or wagon loads.
Like 100's of others I have a Bachmann "Weltrol" wagon, usually these come with either a boiler or transformer type of load and like all mass produced rolling stock looks the same as everyone else's.

So when the...


Penmaenpool MPD Progress (odds&ends)

Posted by Dukedog , 11 May 2012 - - - - - - · 691 views

All the track is now laid, and power feed droppers connected.

I haven't taken any pictures yet because no doubt you have seen 00 gauge track and turnouts before.

The points are home made copper clad sleepers and bullhead rail, so need some thing a bit less stressful than solenoid point motors to operate them.

I have chosen to use Fulgarex slow action...


Penmaenpool MPD ( A start on construction)

Posted by Dukedog , 03 May 2012 - * * * * - · 439 views

Finally made a start on building Penmaenpool MPD

Butchered some wood and started track laying.

The first turnout and main running line are laid.
Hand built points and C&L track is being used.
The drawing pins are just to stop anything moving while the PVA sets. I don't use track pins, just glue.
Once ballasted it's not going anywhere.



A wet Saturday afternoon on my workbench (the kitchen table!)

Posted by Dukedog , 29 April 2012 - * * * * - · 348 views

When I started railway modelling back when Adam was a lad if you wanted decent looking rolling stock you had to either scratch build it or use kits.
The only RTR stuff available was either Tri Ang or Hornby which in those days were intended to be sold more as toys for boys rather than railway models.

Since then RTR stuff has come on leaps and bounds each...

What's inside!

Activity on the west bank Morfa Bach construction (1)

An engine shed for Pen Y Bont Scratch built single road engine shed.

Barn Free Wills Barn kit build and modifications

Bold as Brass Vintage electric street lamps scratch build from brass tube

Bridge Works Cambrian Trestle Bridge for Morfa Bach (1)

Bridge work continues Cambrian Trestle Bridge for Morfa Bach (3)

Burning Brakes! A burnt out brake van from a Dapol kit.

Hitching a ride An unusual load for my Weltrol

Home Brew Hand held DC controller How I built my DC controllers

Mind your Manors Bachmann Manor loco upgrade(new chimney)

More on the Bridge Cambrian Trestle Bridge for Morfa Bach (2)

Morfa Bach (A proposed new layout)

Morfa Bach Construction Update (1) Nov 15 2011

Morfa Bach Construction Update (2) Dec 15 2011

Morfa Bach Construction Update (3) Jan 7 2012

Morfa Bach Construction Update (4) Jan 24 2012

Morfa Bach Construction Update (5) Jan 31 2012

Morfa Bach Construction Update (6) Feb 6 2012

Morfa Bach Construction Update (7) Feb 13 2012

Morfa Bach Construction Update Feb 21 2012

Morfa Bach Construction Update (9) Mar 1 2012

Morfa Bach Construction Update (10) Mar 17 2012

Penmaen Pool MPD Proposed next section of new Layout

Penmaenpool construction 1 Baseboard and track laying started

Playing about with Templot Getting to grips with new (for me) software

Plug & Play! Removable ground discs and other items.

Standard Tank under the weather Weathering my BR standard class 3 2-6-2T

Taking Stock 1 Coopercraft Cattle wagon build

Taking Stock 2 Dapol Lowmac kit build

Taking stock 3 Parkside LNER van build

Taking stock 4 Dapol Meat van kit build.

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