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Some Photographic Mucking About

Posted by D869 , in class 22, out and about, locos 12 September 2016 - - - - - - · 946 views

A little 'photo op' that I'd been planning since I found out that St Ruth and St Blazey would both be appearing at last weekend's Swindon show. 
The inspiration was a John Chalcraft photo that I bought when I was building D6309. It shows the real D6309 at St Blazey in 1969 in front of what appears to be a duff Duff. The same photo is also the inspira...


A Non-Runner

Posted by D869 , in class 35, locos 19 November 2014 - - - - - - · 1,072 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...


Mass Breakout from the Paint Shop

Posted by D869 , in wagons, locos, coaches, class 47, class 35 06 April 2014 - * * * * * · 1,466 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...


More New Things

Posted by D869 , in steam, south yard, locos, coaches, class 52, wagons 29 November 2013 - * * * * * · 1,637 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...



Posted by D869 , in locos, class 35 08 October 2013 - * * * * * · 1,152 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...


A West Country Hero - Part 3

Posted by D869 , in locos, class 42/3 03 June 2013 - * * * * * · 868 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 - * * * * * · 1,119 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...


A West Country Hero

Posted by D869 , in locos, class 42/3 04 April 2013 - * * * * * · 1,387 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...


To The Manor Born - Part 2

Posted by D869 , in locos, steam 30 January 2013 - * * * * * · 914 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 - * * * * * · 1,325 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...


Last of the First - Part 6 (The End)

Posted by D869 , in locos, class 41 16 November 2012 - * * * * * · 930 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...


Last of the First - Part 5

Posted by D869 , in locos, class 41 08 October 2012 - * * * * * · 1,003 views
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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 - * * * * * · 976 views
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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 - - - - - - · 1,360 views
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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 - * * * * * · 908 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...


Last of the First

Posted by D869 , in locos, class 41 20 August 2012 - - - - - - · 976 views
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The story so far... as regular readers may remember, we are at a point where we just about have enough locos to run the schedule at St Ruth. Recent additions from my direction prior to the Nottingham show earlier this year were a Farish Warship and a much modified Western, both in maroon.

A long time ago  I promised myself that I would not be...


A Tale of Two Westerns

Posted by D869 , in locos, class 52 21 March 2012 - * * * * - · 1,021 views
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A Tale of Two Westerns I noticed during the first of our St Ruth test days before Nottingham that we were having to do rather a lot more loco swapping and sharing between trains than I was comfortable with. This prompted me into a re-evaluation of my gloat box to see if I could scrape together some more motive power... pronto. The first thing to make it out was a Farish warship -...


Class 22 - Part 11 (The End)

Posted by D869 , in class 22, locos 12 September 2011 - - - - - - · 1,248 views
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D6309 is pretty much finished now and is ready to earn its keep on South Yard and St Ruth. It even went on holiday (with South Yard) to its native Cornwall a couple of weeks ago.

The trip through the paint shop was fairly long and painful, the lowest point being when I sprayed it with Humbrol matt varnish to...


Class 22 - Part 10

Posted by D869 , in class 22, locos 24 July 2011 - - - - - - · 972 views
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A quick update photo from the paint shop of the body with all of its main paint colours applied residing in its custom Ferrero Rocher anti-dust cabinet.

There is still a lot to do - the lower bodyside stripes are next followed by tidying up of all of the messy and oversprayed areas (especially where it is yellow...


Class 22 - Part 9

Posted by D869 , in class 22, locos 12 June 2011 - - - - - - · 951 views
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It’s been a while since my last posting in which I was having a fairly trying time persuading the Atlas chassis to look like a model of something that has been made in Glasgow rather than the U.S. The news is rather better now, I’ve been gradually ticking things off my list of jobs and the loco is now stripped down and ready to go to the paint...


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