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From T49 to U25: yet another GWR 4-wheel coach

Posted by buffalo , in GWR 09 August 2014 - * * * * * · 1,095 views

We've seen several GWR 4-wheel coaches on the blogs in recent weeks so I thought I would add one that I've been working on. The origins of this project go back more than four years to this topic in the early days of the current incarnation of RMweb and long before I started on the current incarnation of my Camerton layout. I'd almost forgotten it until I...


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Falcon Brassworks GWR CC3 Tool Van

Posted by buffalo , in GWR 11 August 2013 - * * * * * · 1,629 views

The old Jindenco/Falcon Brassworks kits will be well-known to old hands, but there has been some interest shown on the forums in their recent re-introduction under new owners so it is perhaps worthwhile to present a review of one of the 'new' kits. I recently ordered a couple of these kits, an AA6 PW brake van and a CC3 Signal Dept. tool van and both ar...


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Buffalo rescue 3: back to 1911

Posted by buffalo , in Pannier tanks, GWR, Buffalo 02 April 2013 - * * * * * · 743 views
Buffalo, GWR, pannier tank, P4 and 1 more...
At the end of the last entry, I had just managed to avoid assembling a 1911 engine with a 1925 bunker. I hadn't really expected to make much progress over the next couple of days but things have gone rather well, so I thought a brief update was in order. A search through kit leftovers and other bits and pieces failed to locate any suitable replacement bun...


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Buffalo rescue 2: the new look slimline Buffalo

Posted by buffalo , in Pannier tanks, GWR, Buffalo 30 March 2013 - * * * * * · 738 views
GWR, Buffalo, pannier tnak, 4mm and 1 more...
At the end of the last entry I was left with a kit of parts needing cleaning and, in some cases, reshaping or replacement. As I was starting on this task an interesting discussion with Miss Prism developed in which he suggested that the widths specified on the Swindon drawings reproduced in Russell were wrong. After much discussion, a couple of new books...


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Buffalo rescue

Posted by buffalo , in Pannier tanks, GWR, Buffalo 16 March 2013 - * * * * * · 1,742 views
GWR, Buffalo, Pannier, P4
I'm sure everyone is familiar with the work of cat and dog rescue centres, donkey sanctuaries and so on. This entry is intended to be the start of the story of my attempt to rescue a bedraggled and mistreated Buffalo. In this case, an Alan Gibson pannier tank kit that I spotted recently on eBay and managed to obtain for rather less than half the cost of a...


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High Level 57XX with added CSB

Posted by buffalo , in RTR Conversions, Pannier tanks, GWR 02 December 2012 - * * * * * · 3,882 views
GWR, P4, 57XX, 8750 and 1 more...
Although the main focus of my Camerton layout will be in the Edwardian era, I do hope to run a variety of stock from later Victorian years through to nationalisation. For this, like all good GWR branchline layouts, I'll need some pannier tanks. At some point I would like to include an early pannier conversion from an early saddle tank, for example, a repr...


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What can I do with my Hornby NRM 28XX?

Posted by buffalo , in RTR Conversions, GWR 14 December 2010 - * * * * * · 2,568 views
RTR, 4mm, Hornby, GWR, NRM, 28XX
Over on the Hornby forum, a thread called New Hornby 28xx/38xx has been running since late September. As the various versions of these models have been released discussions have turned, as they often do, to which of the prototypes had which features and when....


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Painting the Dean Goods

Posted by buffalo , in Dean Goods, GWR 07 February 2010 - - - - - - · 2,140 views
GWR, Dean Goods, EM
To complement yesterday's entry on painting the Buffalo, I thought I would add a couple of photos of the Dean Goods and 2500 gallon tender in their current state. Like the Buffalo, these will be finished in the colourful pre-1906 GWR livery, so the initial green coverage was done in the same session as the saddle tank. So far, only the green has been...


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Slow progress on painting, but I'm getting there

Posted by buffalo , in Buffalo, GWR 06 February 2010 - - - - - - · 1,195 views
GWR, EM, saddle tank, buffalo and 3 more...
Nearly two months since the last post here, so time for an update, if only to show that there has been some progress.

With the chassis running quite well, I turned my attention to painting the body but, first, I needed to practice with my new air brush and compressor. After a week in which I experimented with paint/thinner ratios, air pressures, spraying...


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Testing the Buffalo chassis

Posted by buffalo , in Buffalo, GWR 03 December 2009 - - - - - - · 1,512 views
chassis, 1076, EM, saddle tank and 3 more...
The Buffalo body has been resting in a box protected from dust and handling while I decide whether to start painting it with what I have now, or to buy a new airbrush. Of course, the weather and the temperature in the garage have meant that any such decision has not been high on my agenda.

In the meantime, work has continued on the chassis. The frames have...


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Goods stock

Posted by buffalo , in GWR 01 December 2009 - - - - - - · 1,448 views
AA16, brake van, GWR
Like everything else I have shown here, most of my goods stock is in varying stages of completion, though none are actually complete...

To kick off this section, here are a couple of early GWR brake vans built from variations of the ABS (formerly D&S, I believe) kits. I am starting with these because they have been mentioned in a couple of threads in...


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Pre-grouping stock

Posted by buffalo , in GWR 29 November 2009 - * * * * * · 2,160 views
pre-grouping, beetle, U28 and 11 more...
2009-11-29: N6 horsebox added at end of this entry.

Progress on the Buffalo and Dean goods awaits a warm weekend suitable for painting in the garage. At least that's my current excuse :unsure: In the meantime, I thought I would show some of the other items that have served to fill in gaps in locomotive construction over the past few months. You...


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Some progress with the U28

Posted by buffalo , in GWR 28 November 2009 - - - - - - · 726 views
4mm, 6 wheel, coach, GWR, U28 and 2 more...
2009-11-28: Brief update added at end of this entry.

Since the last entry I've made some progress on the IKB U28 kit. The body is now complete and internal partitions have been added using 10 thou brass. I mentioned that I'd just started this kit, but I also have a separate chassis like the one in this kit that I built about a year ago. It...


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2500 Gallon Tender

Posted by buffalo , in Dean Goods, GWR 25 October 2009 - - - - - - · 1,573 views
Dean, 2500 gallon, tender
I finally finished making and fitting the lamp sockets to the 2500 gallon tender, so it is now ready for painting. The engine and tender have been scrubbed with 'Bar Keepers Friend' and warm water, and are now drying after rinsing in cellulose thinners. In the meantime, I'm trying to warm the garage sufficiently to get a coat of primer on before...


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Dean goods - ready for primer

Posted by buffalo , in Dean Goods, GWR 24 October 2009 - - - - - - · 1,881 views
Dean, Dean Goods, 4mm, EM, GWR and 1 more...
Now that all the Buffalo and 48XX pages have been brought over from the old RMweb, it is time to introduce something else that has been on my workbench for a while. This is a Martin Finney Dean Goods kit with matching 2500 gallon tender. This was my first brass kit, started early this year before the Buffalo arrived. At that point, the major brass...


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page 5

Posted by buffalo , in Buffalo, GWR 20 October 2009 - - - - - - · 920 views
lamp sockets, GWR, EM and 5 more...
Buffalo WorkBench

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page 4

Posted by buffalo , in Buffalo, GWR 20 October 2009 - - - - - - · 1,245 views
suspension, springs, CSB and 10 more...
Buffalo WorkBench

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Airfix + High Level 14XX/48XX

Posted by buffalo , in 48XX/14XX, GWR 20 October 2009 - * * * * * · 2,761 views
GWR, 4mm, EM, 14XX, 48XX
Buffalo WorkBench

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original page on Old RMweb
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page 3

Posted by buffalo , in Buffalo, GWR 20 October 2009 - - - - - - · 1,475 views
1076, lamp sockets, CSB, springs and 6 more...
Buffalo WorkBench

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original page on Old...


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page 2

Posted by buffalo , in Buffalo, GWR 20 October 2009 - - - - - - · 1,138 views
1076, saddle tank, 4mm, EM and 3 more...
Buffalo WorkBench

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