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Peking Duck

Just a few further updates on “Colin” my Area 51 Mucky Duck.   She has now painted up and look fairly complete is a little tatty around the edges. The pony truck and coupling was a humbrol 98 & humbrol 33 that was going spare. The rest os humbrol primor (1) and humbrol 33. The buffer steps were humbro 60. I've also given the smoke box door a coat of humbrol Matt cote to protect the transfers when it comes to weathering.       I’ve (at great frustration) added a smoke box number usi

Sylvian Tennant

Sylvian Tennant

Recent updates!

Well, I'm going to test out my Ivatt tonight before painting those bits and pieces. I really need some HMRS tranfers to get her initally completed so I can start weatherting!   Anyway whilst you wait for the finish line. Here are some updates.   Firstly. I have been asked to weather a tatty old (and rechassised) 66xx for a friend of mine. In the end I figured a total repaint was necessary. I think I was justified. Now to touch up the paint work get those numbers painted (and a new sets of to

Sylvian Tennant

Sylvian Tennant

Rubber Duck Part 2

So finally I have gotten round to finishing (I beleive) the add on work to my Mucky Duck (or Rubber Duck as my partner beleives them to be called!).   In addition to the things I described in my previous blog. I have since lowered the central spring on the pony truck (and not replaced wth coiled copper wire it as I felt it look adequate enough once it had been lowered). Added stop cocks to the heating pipes. I have replaced the flimsy bended rod going to the cab with brass rod and finally open

Sylvian Tennant

Sylvian Tennant

Mucking up a Mucky Duck!

As well as modifying my spikey thinhs (as my partner calls them!)   I had a crack at modifying my first locomotive!   Ivatt 4MT which, when finished shall be 43073 a local (Teesside) Clodhopper which has spurred an interesting debate about it's allocation some say it was Thornby I say it was Stockton for three months. Anyway using a modellers worst ally (assuption) I am going to base it on it's 51E allocation prior to it's transfer to the Midland region.   Here's the inital results.  

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Sylvian Tennant

Bolster the effort!

Okay I'll refrain form silly titles... nah I'll continue really.   Anyway, my little stint weathering my friends pannier got me in the modelling mood again. So, rather than sitting there idle dreaming about my modelling future. I did something. And here's the result.   I'm planning four different types of block freigt trains for possible future use on my clubs layout. An oil trian, coal train, van train and finally a bolster train. As with most of BR steam era trains, despite being a block w

Sylvian Tennant

Sylvian Tennant

Dapol tanker mods

Oh here are some of the tanker mods I made. I used a dark plastic one for clarity.         Some bracing on the supports made from plastic strip, brake connections made from micro strip (found out that this melts which is good… but just be careful with it!) Some brake show retaining rods made from 020†brass rod and bracings made from staples drilled through the top of the chassis which will be hidden by the tank. About it really. Maybe need some new wheels and more weight but they

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Sylvian Tennant

Esso Tanker train... complete!

So I pretty much kept to my word and finally finished (sort of) a project. The only difference is I haven’t broken it down into stages. Mainly because I don’t really have the time at the moment and I had a bit of a trail of confidence at my local club yesterday.   Anyway here are is the completed product.       This is the full on train including barrier wagons and brake van. All kit built. The 9F is a Hornby Railroad product which about an hour after this photo was taken trie

Sylvian Tennant

Sylvian Tennant

I have returned....

Yes, I'm back with more of my adventures with wagons and paint to try and acheive an realistic and artistic outcome for me and my hobby!   Also you'll get to see bits of the new layout at my club as well as the last few pics I took with the old one sad times.       First off, I've some a few more Bachmann vans, and had a crack with some Bauxite. The techniques I've used have been previously explained in previous blogs.         Next up is the bogie bolsters.     so far

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Sylvian Tennant

And we're off...

yes, off to a flying start with some actual non-practise weather.   Originally, I was going to do a detailed step by step account of what I've built and how I've done it. However, I have since changed my mind. Instead, I will write about how I've done stuff but at certain stanges, such as starting, built, modifications, painting and weather. But that will come later. At the current time, I have just finished a small rake of Parkside 13t hi-bar wagons, all the the trafers were modelmasters and

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Sylvian Tennant

A poem

This made it's debut at a poetry event in Manchester...   The Goth Who Spots Trains A heart betwixt by passions The fire in the belly Tendons of steel A melancholy respite from life Face painted monochrome I sit between the demigods Gresley & Murphy   Beneath the cliff side ruins Watching alone amongst a reflective crowd A distant snake weaves along the valley The hiss, a spitting of hot vapour It brings me home And Stanier’s perfection dances to its tune   An occupied c

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Sylvian Tennant

Some final bits of test weathering before I crack on with the important stuff!

I assure you guys that some revenune earning stock will be put up on my blogs soon but in order to just amke sure I'm not going down a deep dark alley of despair I just needed to practise. This time I though that instead of just weather bits ofa knackered wagons, that I'd do several whole wagons to see what the techniques I've learned can achieve.   So here goes...     I used some old and by todays standards some crappy Hornby wagons... two steel 21t representatives from those 5+ year old

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Sylvian Tennant

Gain more confidence...or stupidity!

Yes, I continue my weathering practise and unleash my horrors upon the modelling world bwahahahahaha *cough cough*... anyway!   Over the past couple of days I have been doming some more practising and experimenting... namely on some of my old Hornby stuff.   The next victim inline was my fav old A4 of the lot "Bittern"     The body sides had a mix of metalcote gunmetal, leather & chocolate applied to them then wiped off with a cotton bud. when dry it was them buffed with a dry cotto

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Sylvian Tennant

Weathering, slapping paint on randomly and the dredded power lube of fail :(

Continuing my weathering practise I took the plunge and decided to do my first ever locomotive! And was very please with my first time results… until I cracked open the power lube and this ended in me accidentally coating the loco in this stuff after cleaning up the mess I caused whilst trying to free up the valve gear.     The story is I spilt it and afterwards absently maidenly picked up the loco and tender… whoops! What followed was a wipe down with baby wipes that left the loc loo

Sylvian Tennant

Sylvian Tennant

Painting! Weathering...messing up!

Luckily I have it was al just bits and pieces that I was messing around with! but I would like to show you the fruits of my labour and also gather some tips and creative criticism. (I don't want, "that looks like a bag of s***e", I want, "That looks like a bag of s***e but here's how you could improve...")   Anyway....   First of all, I began by trying out some wood effect on a knackered old Dapol Brake Van.       This was done using Tamiya Acrylics   The base colour was Deck Tan,

Sylvian Tennant

Sylvian Tennant

What's in a name?

I have come to a rather interesting decision recently and I have decided to name all my running trains.   Now this will really just apply to engines without any prototypical names (those I have included but shall be named after a particular prototype!). This also names I won’t be doing any nameplates. In all honestly it’s just a bit of harmless humour (I hope) whilst trying to engage my friends, partner and the general public into the hobby without boring them to death with technical spea

Sylvian Tennant

Sylvian Tennant

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