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Dapol 153 Detailing Finished

First update in a long while - I've hardly had any modelling time at all ...   However, I got the Dapol 153 detailing project I started a while back finished off. In the end I didn't manage to remove the glazing, so left the incorrectly placed silver framing for now. The rainstrip was removed from over the cabs, and the snowploughs scaled down considerably, as well as painting over the very silver exhaust with some Phoenix "Frame Dirt". I also fitted a Bachmann cheapo 6-pin DCC chip, which wor

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justin1985

Dapol Class 86 Renumbering

Not much modelling has been happening recently, but I did buy a Dapol cl.86 in Intercity swallow livery with the intention of renumbering to represent one of the machines used on the GE Mainline during the 1990s. Based on the availability of prototype photos with matching livery, I chose to model 86220 "The Round Tabler".   It proved relatively easy to rub off the Dapol numbering using thinners on a cocktail stick, and use Fox transfers to renumber it. The nameplates came from Shawplan, and I

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justin1985

N Gauge Class 309 - First Steps

I've been very busy recently with things other than modelling, but Boxing Day has given me a chance to do a little more work on my N gauge collection.   Back in the summer I spoke to Allan Doherty of Worsley Works at the 2mm Association Expo, and asked whether there was any chance of getting his Class 309 etches adapted to the refurbished version of the units with hopper style windows instead of the original Mk1 sliding windows. Very soon after the etches arrived, and have sat in my "gloat box

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justin1985

Improving the Dapol 153

Several people have said that the Dapol 153 isn't quite as convincing as the Farish 150, for example. I'm inclined to agree, but for my plans of a layout set in East Anglia in the early-mid 1990s, a 153 in Regional Railways livery is pretty much an essential! When I was able to pick one up on eBay for about half the RRP recently, I thought I'd think about how to improve it.   The most obvious thing that screams "wrong" is the snowplough. It juts out far too far at the top - I have no idea why,

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justin1985

2mm FS Workbench

As I described in my last post, I have been modelling in both 1:148 N gauge, and 1:152 2mm FS. The high quality of modern N gauge modern-image stock has meant I have decided to concentrate my 2mm FS efforts in the pre-grouping stock, and (for now) accept N gauge wheel\track standards for my modern stock (although ElDavo's handbuilt N track on Waton is quite tempting!).   Although I have a Fencehouses Model Foundry 2mm J72 kit "on the go", I haven't made much progress on it in the last year or

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justin1985

Modern British N Gauge Workbench

I thought it was about time to post something online about my actual modelling projects. As my previous posts might suggest, my interests are pretty eclectic, but are all in 2mm/N. Basically while I don't really have the space or time for a layout quite yet, I have been working on stock for three broad themes:   1) GER pre-grouping in 2FS (2mm Finescale), most likely set in the period around 1915-1925   2) East Anglian mainline circa 1990-2000 in standard N   3) Scandinavian, particularly

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justin1985

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