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Some Photographic Mucking About

Posted by D869 , in class 22, out and about, locos 12 September 2016 - - - - - - · 986 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...


Class 22 - Part 11 (The End)

Posted by D869 , in class 22, locos 12 September 2011 - - - - - - · 1,299 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 - - - - - - · 1,015 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 - - - - - - · 971 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...


Class 22 - Part 8

Posted by D869 , in class 22, locos 21 April 2011 - - - - - - · 401 views
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Progress continues on the class 22, albeit rather more slowly now that the days are longer and I'm often out and about enjoying the nice weather for more of the evening.

This posting is rather an interim update to say that "I'm still here" rather than a blow by blow account of particular bits of the model, mainly because I don't think...


Class 22 - Part 7

Posted by D869 , in class 22, locos 23 March 2011 - - - - - - · 848 views
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The body gains its buffer beams, valences and roof panels.

... and I promise to write about something else one day

Buffer Beams

As far as I can tell the method of assembly intended by the Worsley Works kit involves two false cab floors to be soldered to the main body and a separate chassis built around a floor unit with two cutouts, presumably for...


Class 22 - Part 6

Posted by D869 , in class 22, locos 05 March 2011 - * * * - - · 895 views
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Progress continues on the class 22, but at a rather slower pace now that I'm working on the detailing of the nose ends. There's a lot to do here (and it still isn't finished) and it's definitely a place at which the Worsley Works scratch-aid kit becomes more scratch than aid.

The Prototype

The nose is another place on the class 22...


Class 22 - Part 5

Posted by D869 , in class 22, locos 22 February 2011 - - - - - - · 406 views
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It Lives!

This is a quick update with some good news about my class 22 - this afternoon postman brought me an Atlas MP15DC that will provide the chassis for the class 22.

It had taken about 5 weeks to arrive from New Jersey. I was rather beginning to think that it was never going to arrive and wishing that I'd just found a nice Farish class 20...


Class 22 - Part 4

Posted by D869 , in class 22, locos 14 February 2011 - - - - - - · 1,059 views
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The roof detail goes on...

Choice of Prototype

So far I hadn't really done anything that had limited the choice of loco that I could build, but on reaching the roof that was about to change because this is one place where there were lots of variations.

The pilot scheme locos D6300-6305 were ruled out because they had a different layout for the...


Class 22 - Part 3

Posted by D869 , in class 22, locos 04 February 2011 - - - - - - · 485 views
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Fitting the Cabs

To recap from the previous installment... I think that the cab sides need to taper slightly inwards from the doors to the nose, but the kit seems to assume that this doesn't happen.

I took some dividers and marked 0.5mm in from the widest part of the nose ends. I filed down to these marks and then continued the filing down to...


Class 22 - Part 2

Posted by D869 , in locos, class 22 02 February 2011 - - - - - - · 548 views
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In this post I actually start to build the kit...

Folding the Body

The one job that was worrying me most of all (and probably delaying me starting work) was bending up the single etching that makes the loco sides and roof. Logically this semed like the place to start construction, so at least I would get what seemed to be the worst job over and...


Class 22 - Part 1

Posted by D869 , in class 22, locos 31 January 2011 - - - - - - · 1,023 views
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Look at a few photos of trains in Devon and Cornwall in the 1960s and the chances are that you will see class 22s cropping up quite often. Although they were regarded as probably the least successful of the WR diesel hydraulics, they were a key part of the scene in the South West and I needed at least one of them if my stock was going to be representative...


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