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Gresley BG

Posted by D869 , in coaches 31 May 2018 - * * * * * · 815 views

A former member of the Midland area group recently donated his box of unfinished projects and other bits and bobs so that the group members could make use of them. I picked out a part built Gresley BG which looked like a nice model which was crying out for someone to finish it. I have a bit of a soft spot for parcels stock. Some photos and words abou...


A 'P' Set for South Yard

Posted by D869 , in south yard, coaches 24 June 2016 - * * * * * · 956 views

Some considerable time ago I invested in a couple of Chris Higgs' Maunsell coach kits. It was a bit of an impulse buy - I've always fancied having a north Cornwall 'P' set even though it doesn't fit with my usual core themes. Having languished in the gloat box ever since, I decided that South Yard's appearance at the upcoming (err... tomorrow) Supermeet a...


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...


The Little House on The...

Posted by D869 , in steam, coaches 23 March 2014 - - - - - - · 1,310 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...


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...


A Prototypical Prototype

Posted by D869 , in coaches 07 June 2013 - * * * * * · 1,016 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...


50% More Sleep...

Posted by D869 , in coaches 04 May 2013 - * * * * * · 970 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...


Repeat After Me

Posted by D869 , in coaches 02 April 2013 - * * * * * · 993 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...


Hawksworth BCK

Posted by D869 , in coaches 06 December 2012 - * * * * * · 1,292 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...


Progress and Holidays

Posted by D869 , in coaches, out and about 28 October 2012 - * * * * - · 955 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...


Reducing Gloatage 2

Posted by D869 , in coaches 03 June 2012 - * * * * - · 1,194 views
We set St Ruth up yesterday to test some recent work and get some photos that we've promised to exhibition managers using the layout's own lighting.

I also took the opportunity to get a move on and finish painting a couple of vehicles that I've been working on.

I mentioned the Thompson BG here a little while ago. This has now been painted in...


Reducing Gloatage

Posted by D869 , in coaches 11 May 2012 - * * * * * · 893 views
I thought it was time for a few words and pictures to update folks about the latest happenings chez moi. Things have settled down to a more err... leisurely... pace since Nottingham and I've been trying to get some of those half finished projects completed and reduce the level of overcrowding in the gloat box (this never works, I know).

One item that...


Nighty Night

Posted by D869 , in coaches 06 March 2012 - - - - - - · 1,328 views
Nighty Night One of my jobs for St Ruth is the preparation of the operating sequence so that we don't get stuck in a rut of just running the same trains up and down. I've done this by referring to the WR working timetables for Cornwall for the late 1960s and the excellent carriage working information available on the BRCS Yahoo group. This material has provided...


Hawksworth Full Brake - III

Posted by D869 , in coaches 08 October 2011 - * * * * * · 959 views
The full brake has now been handed over to the operating department.

The painting sent somewhat less than smoothly (this is normal for me). A coat of Halfords primer from a can was followed by an airbrushed coat of precision maroon. This went on very well and I was very happy with the nice smooth satin finish... except......


Hawksworth Full Brake - II

Posted by D869 , in coaches 09 August 2011 - - - - - - · 980 views
The full brake is ready for the paint shop, all bar a few bits of fettling.

I don't intend to write a blow by blow account here - after all the kit comes with instructions, so I'll stick to the main places where I have gone 'off piste'.



Hawksworth Full Brake

Posted by D869 , in coaches 04 July 2011 - - - - - - · 1,193 views

The class 22 is in the paint shop (scary) so something new has taken its place on the workbench - an Ultima kit for a Hawksworth full brake.

These coaches survived well into the 1970s in rail blue, so this will fit neatly into my chosen period. I also happen to think that the Hawksworth coaches are some of the finest...


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