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Posted by D869 , in Hayle North Quay, wagons 19 May 2017 - * * * * * · 747 views

A little puzzle for you... On the left is a new tank which has just escaped from the paint shop. ICI supplied chlorine to Hayle in the early years before Ethyl/Octel had their own chlorine works at Ellesmere Port and there was a period during which both Octel and ICI tanks were seen together. The tanks were made by different companies for differ...


1907 Hurst Nelson 10T Tank

Posted by D869 , in wagons 15 October 2016 - * * * * * · 1,066 views

 Hmm.. July 2015... apparently that's when I started on this particular project http://www.rmweb.co....ks-in-2mm-scale  I've not said anything more about it on here since then... mainly because until a few days back I had no idea whether or not it was going to succeed or fail. Rather th...


Demountable Things

Posted by D869 , in wagons 05 November 2015 - * * * * * · 912 views

A couple of items that have been stuck in the paint shop for a while.

First up is a BD container. This is from a Parkwood kit that was sat in the gloat box for ages. It's sat in a steel bodied high - also from a Parkwood kit. The chassis is a 2mm Association etch.

I've hankered after a container in the later BR 'door to door' livery for a long time and...


Octel 1957 Chlorine Tank - Part 4

Posted by D869 , in wagons 11 October 2014 - * * * * * · 1,210 views

After a somewhat late night yesterday evening getting them finally assembled, the two chlorine tanks are now finished.

Here are a couple of photos.

Overall I am really pleased with the way these have turned out. They have taken a lot of effort to build, mainly in the initial etch design and the painting and final assembly stages because they are su...


Octel 1957 Chlorine Tank - Part 3

Posted by D869 , in wagons 03 October 2014 - - - - - - · 706 views

Another quick update on the progress with this build.

As you might have seen in my holiday post, a second tank wagon seems to have sprung into being, the idea being that it's not much more effort to paint two of these than it is to paint one... well, that's the theory anyway.

Rather than yet another progress photo of a wagon slightly less incomplete tha...


Octel 1957 Chlorine Tank - Part 2

Posted by D869 , in wagons 12 September 2014 - * * * * * · 932 views

A quick progress update on the Chlorine tank. The end stanchions have now been persuaded to go together and have been attached to the chassis, as has the brakegear.

This of course also means that I can now try the tank in place along with some of the timber packing that goes underneath the tank and at the ends. The tank still needs a good clean out to ge...


Octel 1957 Chlorine Tank

Posted by D869 , in wagons 31 August 2014 - * * * * * · 856 views

So far so good with building the first of the wagons from my recent etch - a 1957 vintage Hurst Nelson Chlorine tank.

I was impatient to try out the experimental version so that's what I'm building. So far it is going together as intended and the centre section of the solebars has achieved the skinny look that I was hoping to get when viewed from the top...


Let's Get Physical Part 3

Posted by D869 , in wagons 21 August 2014 - - - - - - · 761 views

Stretching the same title a little further, some new metalwork arrived with the postie today...

The main items on here are a couple of chassis for Associated Octel 1957 vintage chlorine tanks. The two etches are different from each other because I want to try two different ways to put a tank wagon chassis together. One is (I hope) conservative and ste...


Let's Get Physical Part 2

Posted by D869 , in wagons 18 June 2014 - * * * * * · 1,084 views

...and then there were two!

The second bromine tank has now made it through the ordeal of the paint shop. Now I have a model of the tank that started my interest in Associated Octel, complete with its no nonsense lettering and skull on the tank end... and a further use of virtual modelling to make something real.

Painting and prep... this time I used...


Let's Get Physical

Posted by D869 , in wagons 09 June 2014 - * * * * * · 964 views

No I am not about to enter a phase as an Olivia Newton John fan.

What has been going on hereabouts is quite a lot of time spent staring at a computer screen doing what might be called Virtual Modelling. The intention is that this work will (one day) be turned into actual vehicles but there is still some way to go before then.

Having recently finished a...


Mass Breakout from the Paint Shop

Posted by D869 , in wagons, locos, coaches, class 47, class 35 06 April 2014 - * * * * * · 1,419 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 - * * * * * · 1,608 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...


Pure Class (B)

Posted by D869 , in wagons 10 October 2013 - * * * * * · 1,048 views

Some prototypes are just too much for we mere mortals to resist, even if we can’t completely justify them…

This is a Stephen Harris 35T GLW class ‘B’ tank that I’ve been working on (very slowly) over the summer. My original plan was to build three class ‘A’s and one class ‘B’. I thought I’d do the class ‘B’ first as a one-off.

While there is plenty o...


Made in Italy

Posted by D869 , in wagons, out and about 22 July 2013 - * * * * * · 909 views

Just back from my summer hols during which we spent a couple of weeks in Italy.

As relaxation was definitely on the agenda I thought it reasonable to take along a few modelling bits just in case the opportunity presented itself. Most days were spent playing with the traffic on the Italian autostradas to tick off the usual Tuscan destinations but I manage...


Handle with Care

Posted by D869 , in wagons 21 June 2013 - * * * * * · 909 views

Fresh off the workbench (as usual, that means almost but not quite finished!) in time for ExpoFest.

These two probably don't quite sit well together... geographically they both carried loads to or from the Hayle Wharf branch but the Esso tanks appear in late 1950s photos and the Bromine tanks around 1970.

The 14T class A tank is a 2mm Association kit wi...


More Coal

Posted by D869 , in wagons 12 February 2013 - * * * * * · 802 views

Some further experiments based on the 'ask the audience' responses from last time with those mineral wagons.First the 'house coal' sized stuff.The outer two have heaps added using Das clay to look something like the grab loaded wagons visible in photos of Kingswear (which were probably destined for Torquay gasworks, but never mind). The coal is stuck on u...


Coal... or maybe 50 Shades of Black

Posted by D869 , in wagons 08 February 2013 - * * * * * · 938 views

Fancying a break from slaving over a hot soldering iron I thought I’d have a go at a job that I’ve been failing to ‘get around to’ for a long time – making some loads for my mineral wagons.Naturally I thought this would be easy, but maybe I was wrong.The first bit is very straightforward - cut some rectangles of black card to fit inside the wagons and glu...


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