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#1876 Hendreladis

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Posted 22 November 2017 - 10:10

Well, I've had more time these last few days than I expected, so I've managed to finish off the wagons.

 

first the Dia 21 Loco Coal wagons :-

 

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And the Dia 22's in Dixon's livery.

 

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Now to make a start on the signal box etch.

 

Jim

Really impressive bit of lettering Jim.

 

Did you mask the X on the Dixon wagons to ensure sharpness at the extreme, pointiest corners of the 'X' or is it down to a lifetime of skills and a steady hand on a small brush? Dare I say it that these are a step change from your examples in the old Association wagon building book.

 

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#1877 Caley Jim

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Posted 22 November 2017 - 11:31

Thanks for the kind comments.

 

The lettering is all done freehand.  I now use acrylic paint, thinned with a little slow drying gel.  I use a very fine pointed brush (Windsor & Newton Cotman III size 00) which I wet and blot slightly on a paper towel before picking up a tiny amount of paint on the tip, perhaps only enough to do one stroke of the small lettering.  I might get way with a second pick-up of paint before washing the brush again.  For the heavier lettering you can pick up more paint each time.  I generally 'outline' these letters before filling them in.  A second coat is usually needed, but I don't try to make the lettering too 'dense'.   By using acrylics, a second wet brush can be used to tidy up small errors and sharpen corners (or completely wash away a letter if it's all gone pear-shaped, which it often does!), provided you're fairly quick, without damaging the base colour.  Sometimes it goes well and I can do up to a couple of wagons in an evening, other times nothing seems to be going right and I leave it to another day.

 

I suppose, yes, it's partly down to 40+ years and over 100 vehicles of experience although nowadays I have to use either 1.5x or 2.5x magnification!

 

Edited to add that the fact that the top and bottom of the letters on the Dixon wagons are on plank lines makes keeping the corners sharp much easier.

 

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#1878 Branwell

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Posted 22 November 2017 - 21:46

Back working on the buildings for Lightcliffe - the signal box is finished, the main station buildings are nearly there (need to add the signs and posters as well as some ventilators for the WCs), the stone staircase is being painted, and I've just started work on what we think was a warehouse/store on the Bradford bound platform (there was no rail served goods shed at Lightcliffe nor was there any accomodation for the porters in the main station buildings).

 

The latter building has actually been a real pain to work out. There are a number of decent photos of the platform side of the building and from those it looks a pretty straight forward construction - two windows and a door. The Bradford end of the building's a plain stone wall so that's simple as well, but then a photo came to light that showed that the Halifax end of the building had a door in it ... and that said door was at a lower level than the doors onto the platform. So we've got a split level building.

 

Frustratingly, none of the photos that I've found show the whole width of the Halifax end of the building and we've haven't come across any yet that show the non-platform side, so that's going to have to be guesswork, the only help being an aerial photo that appears to show a loading area.

 

Anyway, I've deliberated enough and windows and doors have now been marked out on the sheel of the building in readiness for cutting out.

 

Photos I've previously posted of the other buildings have disappeared due to Photobucket blocking images, so I'm attaching some more as well as a couple of photos showing the marking out of the warehouse building.

 

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Posted 26 November 2017 - 14:31

Not sure if 'virtual workbenches' are allowed here, but I'm slowly progressing with turning the 10T Hurst Nelson oil tank into a kit. The picture shows the revised 3d model - the most obvious change is shifting the top of the filler off the tank and onto the sprue. Hopefully this will avoid the 'shadow' cast by the top ring of rivets which spread all of the way down the sides of the filler upstand and was tricky to clean up. There are also some minor changes to the arrangement for ensuring that the tank stands up straight when assembled onto the wagon.

 

Once printed, one of these should become a pattern for resin casting by a specialist firm.

 

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As a reminder, (Blue Peter quote...) here's one I made earlier

 

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#1880 Edwardian

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Posted 27 November 2017 - 10:00

Very impressive, wagons, there, Jim.

 

Then I reflected upon the fact that the bottom pair (Dixons) appear on my screen and what must be over twice their actual size.  Very, very, impressive.


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#1881 Hendreladis

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Posted 27 November 2017 - 10:48

Finished the pointwork and it all seems to be okay though I confess the file was applied aggressively in one area to reduce a bit of rubbing. The eagle eyed will see a vague 'Minories-esque' feel to it. The station site is actually sandwiched in a cutting between two overbridges with an elaborate footbridge over the platforms. Lots of visual clutter to allow it to be run as a terminus.

 

Unfortunately I don't have any more pcb strip so this will go on the back burner. Not sure it will be available in the particular thickness used - I bought the original pack in 1985 or so. The 'plain' mixed gauge lines will just use up stocks of the Associations's original plastic base for plain track with a bit of cutting and splicing. The difference in heights is manageable.

 

In truth this was a project to test the viability of bendy stick trackwork planning in anticipation of the ultimate goal of a model of the Aberdare terminus which is much more interesting. That requires three 3-way, mixed gauge turnouts and setting those out accurately so that the glaring misplacement of vees evident in the pictures attached is avoided will require Templot. After years of practice and countless frustrations getting to grips with standard gauge, let alone mixed gauge, I fear that Templot will again defeat me but Aberdare offers an engine shed and turntable with standard gauge rails crossing sides plus a turntable with four rails. At scale it could be squeezed in to a 6' by 18" board. That will be done with chairplates hence the need for accurate setting out.  

 

But first I'll finish off the BG wagons I started in the 80s. And a loco. Maybe.  

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#1882 Donw

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Posted 27 November 2017 - 13:19

I cannot see glaring problems with the trackwork. Full size trackwork is not without the odd wiggle here and there. I am not sure I would fancy trying to design mixed gauge trackwork with Templot.  If you can align it all from the common rail it helps but the side swapping then throws that into confusion. Adding Chairplates will reduce the options of adjustments. Still were would we be without those brave enough to make the attempt. I look forward to seeing Aberdare in due course.

 

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#1883 Nig H

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Posted 07 December 2017 - 10:57

Currently I'm building Fowler 2-6-4T test etches. I've created a topic showing progress in the 'kitbuilding and scratchbuilding' section, tags 2mm 2FS Fowler, if anyone is interested.

 

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#1884 Chris Higgs

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Posted 07 December 2017 - 19:13

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