After being a reasonably active RMWeb member for three years with two blogs and just under 1,000 entries and comments, I have realized that my 7mm emphasis (now well under way after starting 18 months ago) is probably better illustrated on a work bench thread. The Legge Lane Blog will continue but will only highlight progress on the layout. As my 4mm layout of Shipston on Stour is mothballed, I’ll leave that blog alone for the time being. My work bench is likely to be all 7mm anyway. I do most of my modelling in a small apartment in southern France where the Legge Lane MPD is located.
The current state of affairs on my work bench is as follows, with photos:
Connoisseur LMS 3F 0-6-0T, 47473, ex-Bushbury 3B, nicknamed Dobbin following common usage in the Nuneaton area.
Connoisseur LMS 4F 0-6-0, 44571, ex-Saltley 21A
Locos under construction:
David Andrews LMS 4P Compound, 41168, ex-Monument Lane 3E, the last Compound to be withdrawn
Modern Outline Kits GWR Collet 0-4-2T, 1459, ex-Oswestry 89A, an old favourite from my school days, working the Gobowen Rattler auto train
Locos yet to be touched:
David Andrews LMS 6P Patriot, 45506 “Royal Pioneer Corps”, ex-Bristol Barrow Road 22B
David Andrews LMS 4P Compound, second kit, to have working inside motion added
Coaches under construction:
Sidelines LMS Period III Kitchen Car
JLTRT BR Mark 1 Corridor 3rd
Coaches yet to be touched:
JLTRT BR Mark 1 Brake Corridor 3rd
Sidelines LMS Period III Brake First
The MOK 14XX is the priority and it needs only a few dozen details to be fitted before being painted. I plan to build the four coaches before starting to paint them beyond primer. Batch building has some efficiencies, I think.
I am also completely won over by DCC sound with the two completed locos fully functional with Digitrains Zimo decoders. The 14XX will have a SW Digital Loksound decoder while the David Andrews Compound has an older Loksound decoder with sound files that are best described as generic 2 cylinder LMS. This actually is all right as the high pressure cylinder doesn’t actually “chuff” and the two low pressure cylinders are cranked at 90º.
I am composing this entry while traveling from Wales to France, anticipating three weeks of modeling prior to returning to Wales for Christmas. This means I will miss both Warley and the Gauge O meeting at Reading. It does look as though I will make it to Bristol at the end of January. This will be a time to spend some funds on wheels, motors, etc. as well as perhaps more kits for the work bench. I plan to drive back so I will able to bring some modeling with me for the month of January. I could also bring back a locomotive for the test track at Bristol.
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Edited by Focalplane, 11 February 2017 - 08:33 .