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A Useful Technique on the Bratchell Class 455/9 Windows

Posted by SRman , 15 April 2018 - - - - - - · 170 views
Bratchell Models, OO gauge and 4 more...
After a long pause, I have done a little more work on the Bratchell class 455/9 unit, having received a message from Adam of Electra Railway Graphics that he is nearly finished with the South West Trains vinyls for the unit. I have long been putting off painting the window frames, but recently bought a Sharpie permanent marker pen in silver with a view to...


Bratchell Models Class 455/9 Kit Construction - part 3

Posted by SRman , 11 July 2017 - * * * * * · 562 views

Continuing progress with the Bratchell Models class 455/9: the body shells have now had a couple of coats of grey primer, then a couple of coats of flame red (all from automotive aerosols) to approximate the final base colour for the South West Trains suburban livery. The driving ends remain unattached (except for a couple of spots of Blu-tack!) and unpai...


Bratchell Models Class 455/9 Kit Construction - part 2

Posted by SRman , 10 July 2017 - - - - - - · 300 views

Continuing with the Bratchell class 455/9, I have built all of the unpowered bogies now, but will need to adjust the ride heights of these upwards slightly, and the powered coach downwards slightly.

The Powered bogies will have to be cut and shut to lose 1mm from the wheelbase but, as with the previous class 455/8 and 319, the blank sideframes on the Re...


SWT Class 455/9 - Yet Another Bratchell Kit Hits the SRman Workbench

Posted by SRman , 08 July 2017 - - - - - - · 223 views
South West Trains, Class 455/9 and 3 more...
Another new project, but one that will take a little while to complete: I have an unpainted Bratchell Models kit for a class 455/9 unit, which will eventually be in South West Trains red inner suburban livery. The unpainted shells are very dark and my lighting was poor, so these first two shots are only just sufficient to show the initial constructio...


Progress on the GAP Original Merchant Navy

Posted by SRman , 30 April 2017 - - - - - - · 207 views

I have been working on an original form Merchant Navy locomotive sporadically over the last few years, but am making an effort to complete it before the new Hornby model of 35023, Holland Afrika Line , arrives, probably in June. The chassis was adapted from a Hornby rebuilt MN, with Hornby's air smoothed West Country/Battle of Britain connecting rods...


Chipping a Second Hornby Peckett

Posted by SRman , 05 April 2017 - - - - - - · 174 views

Having previously described modifying the plug and wiring for fitting non-Hornby decoders to the Hornby Huntley & Palmers Peckett W4 and Sentinel diesel shunter, I failed to take a photo of the decoder actually in place to show just how easily the TCS M1 fits inside. Being smaller than the Hornby 4-pin decoder, there is room to spare, so I use a small...


DCC Fitting a Hornby Sentinel - the Method Also Used on Hornby's Peckett

Posted by SRman , 25 March 2017 - - - - - - · 199 views
Sentinel, Peckett, OO gauge, DCC and 1 more...
I have long held a dislike of Hornby's own DCC decoders (their Sapphire excepted), so when I purchased the Peckett W4 saddle tank loco, I declared at the outset that I would use something different, even if it meant hard-wiring it. Unfortunately, Hornby are the only manufacturer offering a 4-pin decoder. I never took photos of that conversion, so when I r...


Work on the LT A60 Stock Progresses

Posted by SRman , 01 February 2017 - - - - - - · 186 views
London Transport, A60 Stock and 2 more...
Progress on the A Stock train. There was a delay while I awaited the delivery of some new wheels with shorter axles (25mm) but those have now arrived from Steam Era Models. In the meantime I managed to find a flat aluminium paint I was happy with, so painting has continued apace, with only a few extrnal retouches needed, but complete internal pa...


Starting on an LT A60 Stock Train

Posted by SRman , 20 January 2017 - - - - - - · 275 views

I have now made a proper start on the 4-car A60 Stock train. Initially, I had sprayed the body shells in a metallic silver, but I really didn't find the effect convincing. The A Stock in original form had actually quite a dull finish, so I have experimented with shades of greys, settling on Humbrol colours #129 for the main body, #126 for the corner casti...


Renewing an Old Bachmann London Transport Pannier Tank

Posted by SRman , 10 January 2017 - - - - - - · 282 views
London Transport, Pannier Tank and 3 more...
Another recent project on my workbench: an LT pannier tank, L91. This is actually a new locomotive wearing old clothes! L91 was an earlier release from Bachmann with the dreaded split chassis. I hard-wired a DCC decoder into ti, and the running was good apart from a constant waddle. I replaced several of the wheelsets, but still none were entirely concent...


Glazing London Transport Q Stock - a Long Overdue Task Continuing

Posted by SRman , 10 January 2017 - - - - - - · 204 views
Q Stock, London Transport and 2 more...
Glazing of my Q Stock train continues apace. The Q31 DM has now been completed, leaving only a Q23 DM to be done. The latter is also the only motorised car in the train, with two Black Beetle motor bogies wired together through a TCS T1 decoder. 


Glazing London Transport Q Stock - a Long Overdue Task Continued

Posted by SRman , 09 January 2017 - - - - - - · 156 views

I am making progress on glazing my Q Stock train. The latest addition is the Q38 car. I tried Phil Radley's moulded flush glazing but didn't like the effect at all. I pulled the bits I had already done back out, and started again from scratch. The four large windows in the middles of each side were glazed as two pairs, and will have the window pillars pai...


Adding the Pantograph to a Bratchell Class 319

Posted by SRman , 06 January 2017 - - - - - - · 339 views

Yet another project which has been sitting on the back-burner for a while is my Bratchell Models class 319. The pantograph, salvaged from a Bachmann class 350/1 being converted to a class 450, should sit on quite a substantial framework.  I have a good photograph of the pantograph well, kindly supplied by another modeller, so used that as a guide t...


Glazing London Transport Q Stock - a Long Overdue Job!

Posted by SRman , 04 January 2017 - - - - - - · 227 views
Q Stock, London Transport and 3 more...
A job I have been putting off for ages and ages is to glaze the various London Transport Q Stock cars. Part of what slows me down is that I like to paint matt black (or dark grey) into the window rebates.  Anyway, I tackled the first two cars of the five car set yesterday, with a Q23 DM and a Q27 Trailer now done. I chose to flush-glaze the windscr...


Completing and Taming the Lighting in Bachmann's S Stock

Posted by SRman , 02 January 2017 - - - - - - · 265 views

After several soldering sessions over some days, I have been adding lighting strips to each coach in turn of my Underground S Stock train from Bachmann and the LT Museum.  I have tried a few different resistances to lower the brightness, which mostly failed to dim them. I also tried a different lighting strip with a slightly warmer colour and lower...


Fixing and Tweaking an SLW Class 24

Posted by SRman , 01 November 2016 - - - - - - · 303 views

I bought a second Sutton's Locomotive Works class 24, D5016 with sound, and it duly arrived in Melbourne. On test, it worked fine but emitted clicks and pops from the speakers whenever it was placed on powered tracks, programmed, or power was switched on when already on the track. There were a couple of anomalies with the functions but a decoder reset fix...


Upgrading a Hornby 'Hogwarts Castle'

Posted by SRman , 30 October 2016 - - - - - - · 170 views

Having played around with my early issue Hornby Hogwarts Castle by converting it to DCC and adding headlamps and flickering firebox glow, plus a crew, I was less than satisfied with the running qualities of the Airfix-derived chassis. Someone on these forums mentioned that the newest Hornby RailRoad County 4-6-0 chassis would be a good DCC-ready sub...


Some More Class 73 Detailing Efforts, Plus a Class 47

Posted by SRman , 18 October 2016 - - - - - - · 418 views
Lima, Modeltorque, Shawplan and 4 more...
A fairly simple task (albeit requiring steady hands) is to fit etched nameplates to locomotives to replace or cover printed ones.  
Two more of my class 73s have now had the printed plates covered with proper etched versions: 73 004, The Bluebell Railway , and 73 129, City of Winchester , both look much better now with their Fox Transfers etc...


More Lima/Hornby Class 73 Improvements

Posted by SRman , 27 September 2016 - - - - - - · 430 views
Lima, class 73, class 73/0, E6002
While awaiting paint drying and vinyls settling on the second Bachmann class 450 conversion (to be described in a future blog entry), I was giving one of my oldest class 73 models a run, and noticed how crappy my painting of the roof grilles for the electrical compartments was. I had weathered them early on, but never tidied it up, so the grilles were ind...


Calling a Few Locomotives Names, Again

Posted by SRman , 19 September 2016 - - - - - - · 127 views
etched nameplates, Fox Transfers and 6 more...
Now for a simple task (albeit, requiring steady hands): fitting further etched nameplates to a few more locomotives.  Two more of my class 73s have now had the printed plates covered with proper etched versions: 73 004, The Bluebell Railway , and 73 129, City of Winchester , both look much better now with their Fox Transfers etched stainless...

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