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4 CIG: beginning

Good evening   The latest project for me to actually try and finish is an addition to my EMU fleet; a class 421 4 CIG. Watching the real ones, and commuting to a course I used to attend when I was younger on the Southern Region has inspired me to do one, as well as a 442 (more on this project soon).   Initially Ive had two options: Use MJT etched sides on proprietary vehicles such as Bachmanns mark 1s or something similar Use the Bachmann mk 1 as a basis to cut and shut sides use

NickL2008

NickL2008

An Electric Scot - Chassis

Good Evening- work now started on the Class 87 Chassis. The underframe was more or less cut off just leaving the box with the grill on. The parts were re-used from the Original Lima frame and using various tubing and sheeting, the frame was rebuilt to make the model look much better. The end result is worth it IMHO and it certainly improves the overal look of the model and gives the underframe more releif, as the Lima detailing is underscale, two Dimensional, and more suited for H0 guage than 0

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NickL2008

An Electric Scot

Good Evening,   Latest project is a Lima Class 87. Being a fan of the real Class 87, growing up with them, ive always wanted a model of one as I remember these fine machines ploughing up and dow nthe West Coast Mainline until withdrawal. I completed a Model a few years ago, but had to sell it. Thankfully now though ive been able to get a new model. Already being familiar with the models' faults I knew what I was getting myself in for, but ive list these below, some of which ive noticed have be

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NickL2008

A Break from the Western; class 56, 47s and 31s currently working on

Hi,   Its been a while since ive updated again, mainly because ive been working on 5 locos at once! The Western has been put on hold for now as I decide as to which motor I wish t odrive the model with.   Over the past mont hive been working on Firstly a pair of Vi-trains 47s. 47805 "Pride of Toton" & 828 "The Severan Valley Railway" both in VT livery. To keep the modifications simple compared to previous models I have done these as quick models with minimal alterations compared to what

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NickL2008

Western Detailer Part III

Hi,   Progress has been slow on the Western this week, owing to night shifts - and long ones at that! However, Ive managed to add the grills into the Western and get some Primer onto one side to check for lumps and bumps. The holes for the grills were awkward to drill because of the grills being offset and not centrally mounted as the Lima mouldings are, but however the walkways are correct being centrally positioned. Speaking of grills it is a shame that nobody does the bodyside grills for th

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NickL2008

Western detailer Part II

Hi,   Update on the Western. After waving plastic, and a few more days later, some nice new parts arrive from Howes Models; Clear spure with the cab windows and engine room windows, Black spure with the gear tower components.. of whichwas the correct wheelbase as opposed to the complete unit which Howes sell that looks to be too long a wheelbase for the Class 52, And lastly importantly the roof grills from Shawplan. Ive noticed a lack of pictures from myself to illustrate the western, so seein

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NickL2008

Western detailer update plus other stuff

Hi,   an update on the Western model. Ive now extended one end of the model by approx. 2.5mm, and have now filled all the joins with filler. I have only done one end so far, as this can allow to iron any problems that may happen whilst extending the model. The Heljan front skirting is now almost ready for fitement, but I have now run into a problem that has plagued the Heljan model, and that is the clearance between the skirting and the bogie. Now im pondering if I have to extend the chassis a

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NickL2008

Western Detailer

Hi,   As mentioned here: http://www.rmweb.co.uk/community/index.php?/topic/41181-detailingrebuilding-a-lima-western-too-short-or-correct-scale-length/ I am currently working on a Lima western. The aim of this blog entry is to hopefully document what can be acheived using the Lima model as a basis to represent The Class 52 "Western.   Introduction   Although Westerns historically are before my time ive always liked them for an enthusiasts point of view. MY first run in was in 2005 when D101

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NickL2008

Time?

Summers here, and for me Im calling time on modelling for now, the financial side of things isnt improving, and although people are looking, a lack of comments has made me think is it all worth it? maybe its just me ..   The 101 is the only solitary thing ive worked on recently, the DMS' underframe is more or less 90% done, with just some small details to go, then theres the remotoring of it and the lights, which I havnt yet added, and probably by the time ive finnished this, 101692 will only

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NickL2008

workbench update; Yellow scharfenburg, a Dirty 101 and reformed DVT

Hi,   Another abundment of images with text to hopefully make sense of it all hopefully, with my improved photography (well I think so at least )   The 73 fleet is coming along well, although shortly I am going to Focus on other trains that have been put on the back burner thanks to my small fleet of three class 73s, being 73101, 118 and 129. 73101 now has had the underframe, and bufferbeam sprayed black, and I must say im really pleased with my work on it so far, the rebuilt underframe is

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NickL2008

Blog update, 73101 progress, Tractor for a friend and pacer progress

Hi all,   Whilst commenting away on the various threads on the new and improved RMweb( well done to Andy and the team) ive been working on my own models.   Firstly a pleasant arrival last weekend of Hornbys' New DVT model of 82150 in Virgin Livery, The model being nice with some work to bring it up to scratch, mainly the Stripes on the end of the vehicle need replacing as they are too thick in appearance, so i've replace the printed ones with Fox Transfers' version with IMHO look better ( pi

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NickL2008

And there were two! plus one, erm no two! Tamper, pacer, and oh no not another 73!

Evening all,   firstly would like to wish everyone a Happy 2010! well one of my last Blogs of 2009, wow whod of thought?!   well the day after getting back from my Friends, with new projects in tow, thought itd be good to share them on here with my blog ...   in tow in a rather broken plastic bag ( note to self not the best to carry unboxed trains in), was a Bachmann 35-165 Motorised Plasseur Tamper ... now some may think this is a boring RTR model, but it actually has plenty of scope to b

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NickL2008

Christmasy blog entry1

Well Another Christmas day gone almost, and can say it was a good one today, with me "playing trains" with the present from the family of 101692, sadly not a loco, but still this unit will be a good detailing and rework project none the less!   An extensive list of improvements and detailing by me has been penciled in but the usual job will be to detail the bufferbeams, get some form of working lights, and correct the livery errors, as well as new bogie sideframes and a rework of the underfram

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NickL2008

More 73, stuff and MCA erm .. stuff

Following all the positive and encouraging comments on my Last blog post, thought id share some more pictures of 73118. the Mechanism is the Standard Lima motor, now although I am aware that the Lima Motor connected up to DCC is a good performer, Im in doubt as to wheter it will be powerful enoughto actually Haul much, even though the Real 73118 never really hauled failed eurostars much in its career. Any Suggestions?   Also the MCAs have had the hurst models etched handbrake wheels added, wh

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NickL2008

73118 progression and a look back

73118 has progressed well its hard to beleive that the year will be over now in just over half a month! I think 2009 has been a good year for models for me, the introduction of some models has been quite pleasing!   my old workbench thread is here: http://www.rmweb.co.uk/forum/viewtopic.php?f=8&t=24431&p=497015&hilit=+158757#p497015 to show that im not a three model wonder its hard to beleive my detailing work wasnt as good as it is now; compare the pictures of 73107, to 73118

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NickL2008

More 47768 progress and a new project

Some progress on 47768 today finally! The painted ends do make a difference, although I think theyll need redoing, how cruel close up photography is! The Heljan tanks to make a difference to this model after giving into temptation of using them, the next thing on my to do list is the lights and sorting out the frayed marker lights. New project in the form of 73118 in EPS livery which was a nice cheap bargin off Ebay! The current plan with the 73 is to model the Scharfenburg couplings, rewor

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NickL2008

Progress of 47768

Well continuing what I was mentioning from my Other entry, I have made progress of my model of 47768 in RES livery by Vitrains. Im not sure if I added to my workbench over here, but ill list all the stuff ive done to it so far.The usual detailing was in the Form of Shawplan pipes. Heljan ETH socket, and scratch built jumper socket made from plastic tube and wire and plasticard. The footsteps are those cascaded from my Baccy 57 chassis to replace the rather small and feeble ones ( well they are i

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NickL2008

37425 nearing completion!

Well after having this loco for a Month, its nearing completion, A slow progress mainly due to College and Work lately, and not forgetting the postal strike too delaying the parts being delviered but worth the wait!! only a few more bits to add then can safely say this model is done!! hmm now what else needs doing to 47768

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NickL2008

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