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I'm back!

,Hello there you wonderful people. Before I begin. I've been going it alone with a new and spankingly brilliant* blog.   http://sylviantennantmodelling.wordpress.com/   *I'ts probably not that brilliant.   Please do read it. It's rather irreverent but I'd like to think I've been a life changers   Anyway.   I've been a little busy as well as a little down about things. I've not had a job for nigh on two months now and I'm slightly wound up unable to find a new job and slowly loosing mo

Sylvian Tennant

Sylvian Tennant

Dub-Dee Bumble Bee finito!

My girlfriend has such strange & creative titles titles for my engines.   Anyway, I shall keep this short and sweet as you pretty much know how I weather my engines. Unfortuantly, my pcitures are terrible     I have finally finished my WD which was once a limited edition K&WVR 90733 and is now an even more limited edition "51E" 90155.   I have some some slightly different weather technique to this engine to see how they would work (hoping they would anyway!)     The first

Sylvian Tennant

Sylvian Tennant

WD-40

Well I'm back again   This time I have this wonderful Bachmann WD limited Edition based on the one at the KWVR.     I have to make sure I do treat this one with the respect it deserve, no unecessary...     OH MY GOD WHAT HAVE YOU DONE!   Yeah, I didn't want a KWVR loco! I'm doing North Eastern Locos! This loco will eventually be Stockton Based 90155.     I have so far carried out the following. Replacment smoke box darts.   Lubricators piping and water feed piping from 5 amp

Sylvian Tennant

Sylvian Tennant

COMPLETION!

There it is!     I completed J39! Fully tendered, weathered, watered and crewed!     The fire irons are from Springside and coal lovelingly given from City of Truro (omg not a western engine!) and the foremans coat was made in the same way as the weather sheet (some greaseproof tissue paper, crumpled three times and soaked in water/pva for a day.     Weathered was achieved via the same methods as perviously mentioned.   The weather sheet above the cab was initally painted Tamiya

Sylvian Tennant

Sylvian Tennant

Hve I ruined it?

Oh dear! I it appears I may have, all of those bright colours... ah well never mind.   TBBH I'm awful at implying risk. But honestly After adding the vibrant rust colours I was a tad worried it may look awful once finished.   Anyway, as you'll find out later it turned out all okay.     Firsly was to applied a 50/50 mix of matt black and batt leather to the uncleaned bits of the loco (cab interior, roof, smokes, running plate, chassis, tender tops and coal space etc)   than once dry ad

Sylvian Tennant

Sylvian Tennant

Progress is beautiful

Right so here I am again, tlaking about the J39.   I decided that in keeping with all of my other modified locos the front coupling hook needed to be replaced with some brass wire, to necessitate this I sawed off the mount and reattached the steam heating pipe to the buffer beam sealing in with cyno-glue.       I also added some steam injector/ejector pipes to the underside of the footplate as per some refercne photographs I have seen. I find that although I'm not making an absolute scal

Sylvian Tennant

Sylvian Tennant

Onwards with the J39

Just to keep you up dated at this moment in time in regards to my J39 from Bachmann.   I have added doors to the tender as they were there in the drawings I've seen. As you can see I have made one set of doors open, hopefully you'll see as you why later.     I have carved the moulded handle off the smoke box door and replaced it with brass wire. This was a little tricky but is it do-able. I have also given the locomotive a steam heating pipe and added the sand pipes too. In all there appe

Sylvian Tennant

Sylvian Tennant

J39 tender, almost done!

Okay so far I have come to a point where I would consider the tender almost finished. Here are a few shots, I've started work on the actual locomtive now but as ever, the work will be a little lengthy due to other commitments, however here are some pictures. It was sprayed with Halfords matt black with several coats of humbrol 60 for the, brake handles buffers and buffer beam painted on by hand. Transfers by HMRS and varnished using humbrol 49.         Hopefully the weathering will

Sylvian Tennant

Sylvian Tennant

J39 tender continues

Just a quick post to show some updates I have made.   I have made up some lamp brackets from plastic L strip also the brass rear steps were fashioned from some brass... (obv)           I has spreayed the whole thing with grey primer to highlight any areas that needed more attention (of which there were a few). I'm just waiting to get some more filler to work on the smaller areas. Whilst I am waiting to purchase that have also made some brake gear to give the chassis a little bit m

Sylvian Tennant

Sylvian Tennant

A little tender... I hate punny titles... bleh!

Well, I've managed to sort out my issues with the white metal kit.   Also contacted Mr Alexander (twice as I relaised there were a few more bits missi9ng I hadn't noticed before) and on both occasions he was very helpful and issued the missing parts.   Top service       Anyway, I have rectified the wonky issue by filling at the axel holes and had a bit of a struggle desopldering and fettling the offensive part but it is not visably noticable now. Also I'm umming and arrhing to use s

Sylvian Tennant

Sylvian Tennant

...I have returned... to trains!

So I'm back onto trains with my latest project, an updated J39 from Bachmann.   I'm also doing one of my many unfortunatly ventures into soldering...   I have a Dave Alexander 3,500 gallon tender kit.     I accidently put it together a little wrong which ended up having the superstructure being a bit twisted which required a resoldering and alot of "Malcolm Tucker dialogue" until I was relatively happy with the outcome.   The othe rissue was with the locomtive not helping matters by b

Sylvian Tennant

Sylvian Tennant

Hang on, this is not a train!

Okay... so it isn't, what you gonna do?   Recently, I've been a bit inundated with railway modelling which is good, but I felt the need to do something else. Hence I remember as a student I bought a shed load of kits which I had left in the loft! Unfortunatly some of them (although unbuilt) and lost some parts which is a shame as I'd really like to do them. You never know... one day I might get the bits to finish a few off.   Anyway back in the saddle I felt I should have a crack at one of m

Sylvian Tennant

Sylvian Tennant

Oil tanks finished, finally?

Right so finally, (I hope) my tanker train is ready to roll. I was a bit annoyed with some of the older club members when I first brought my tanker train which at the time was complete. I had spent alot of hard work and time into getting them ready. I will admit to using the same wheels as the kits which was a mistake since they didn't go well with the smp track. But I felt that their critisam wasn't very constructive unlike other memebers whyo were happy to dish out advice. Anyway, b****y rant

Sylvian Tennant

Sylvian Tennant

And now for something completely different

I just thought I share with you my latest purchase.   I'm not moving away from anything (maybe my house but that's a different story) but I have been thinking of largers scale for a while and here's the start           Anyway, that's yer lot, until next time chaps

Sylvian Tennant

Sylvian Tennant

Nicely Fitted

Unfortuantly time is against me and I beleive I've posted the process of getting these wagons done before, if not, I may do it later. Anway I shall just put up the finished products as the processes and the weathering is pretty much the same as I have stated before.             Please do ask questions if you would like to know more and also feedback would be greatly appreciated.   Now off to be a poncy actor

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Sylvian Tennant

Twirly thing!

... as my girlfriend calls it!   anyway Sorry, I've been really busy at the moment and even now, I'm readying myself for a three night comedy show. I'll blatently plug it too, again. http://www.facebook....57209164384831/     But as well as the match truck, I've been budy with a club project. A Peco OO gauge turntable, anyway, this had been built up and mechanised long before I came to the club and what with the old layout taking priority it remained missing for upwards of 5 years.    

Sylvian Tennant

Sylvian Tennant

The march towards completion continues!

Well yet again, I'm busy modelling, amonsgt others things (working and writing) but I've now managed to complete my brake van and van kits, all are currnetly in the process of being weathered now which you shall see the finite product once complete, but whilst you wait... take a look at them "sort of" done!   the brake van if can recall was an old mainline/Bachmann wagon             Please do tell me what you think so far?

Sylvian Tennant

Sylvian Tennant

Odds and bods

I thought I should show you what I have been up to recently.     Next on the workbench have seen a rake of box vans plus an old Bachmann(mainline) Brake Van which was a good little miodel but very much lacking by todays standard.       so some under frame details have been added along with lamp brackets and brass handrails.     I've also been extending some kit built wagons to add a bit of veriaty to the brood. There are some parkie Palvans as well as a parkie shock wagon andth

Sylvian Tennant

Sylvian Tennant

Spaceship ready to launch!

Well it's all done now. Totally updated Hornby Railroad 9F. Practically complete. Only a couple of touch ups needed where I've glued things after I've painted.                     Weathering is the same as the Ivatt, including Red frames.     As I plan to try and give a bit of individual character to all my locomotive stock. I'm going to try and have the crew doing different things. This time the fireman is enjoying the the wind in his face whilst the driver calls

Sylvian Tennant

Sylvian Tennant

Thats, progress, that's progress, that's progress, I'd rather have progress then no-gress... or something

So here I am again… writing a new blog, thinking of things to say about what I’ve done. At the moment I totally shattered from work. But I felt as though I should share with you that I’ve finished two of the train I’m planning to exhibit on our club layout “Hartburn Junctionâ€.   Unfortunately I forgot to take a picture of the full rakes… d’oh! Anyway I’ll start with the coal train. As you may remember they were made up of a variety of models both RTR and kits. I’ve finally

Sylvian Tennant

Sylvian Tennant

Is that a completed 9F I see... no

So here is is, the basic almost completed model, there is still a little way to go before I would consider her finished.   I in the end decided to number her 92087. I slight in-joke I have taken a little bit of infantile humour in. 92087 was the first 9f built at Swindon, my club isn't a big GWR fan. I know, you had to be there to appreicate it.   I cut back the 92221 number with whitespirit.   Anyway, I broke out a can of Halfords red primer spray all the necessary parts.     then H

Sylvian Tennant

Sylvian Tennant

Railroad 9F... and other things!

I have been a bit quiet lately mainly due to work and girlfriend related activities and I have not been doing much. In all honestly I have been investigating other scales and need a bit of a changed from my general OO stuff. As well as this, my work commitment, my girlfriend and my other interests need some time as well.   So I’ve been looking at what I need to get done 4mm scale wise and what can be left for another time. Namely my passenger stuff and most of my other engines. However I hav

Sylvian Tennant

Sylvian Tennant

Mighty Duck.... 43073 completed :D

Realising that my poetry was getting on some people's nerves I decided to return to a bit of modelling and here we go!   Well, it’s finally here. My firstly completed model (for myself).   Although I had decided against it, I sort of wish I had taken photos of the overall development. Though I have taken a picture of the disassembled model just to show the sceptics. You can take one of these things apart… although it’s kind of unadvisable!.     Anyway,the overall even is really a lot of

Sylvian Tennant

Sylvian Tennant

An Ode to an Ivatt

This cast aside mistress An anarchic frame marvel The Flying Pig Galloping along   Her whimsical body abused A humble pride neglected This Doodlebug Scribbled bare   An unwiped grimy face Those work blighted nooks A Clodhopper Collecting stains   The prestige aloof manner Swan dreams concede illusions An Ugly Duckling She remains   You carried yourself silent Whilst other held appeal My Mucky Duck Always adored

Sylvian Tennant

Sylvian Tennant

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