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New P4 arrivals for Callow Lane and 'high speed' wagon testing


Captain Kernow

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I've not had a lot of time for much modelling since late summer, but have finally got round to doing a few conversions etc. to P4. I've also built a couple of Ratio clay opens (non-hood fitted), as a kind of experiment to look at what kind of standards we want for the new DRAG layout project, although these will certainly see use on 'Callow Lane'.

 

Here are a few photos.

 

First up is D7042, which I bought second-hand a few years ago, and finally got round to converting a couple of weeks ago. It's had screw couplings and pipework fitted, plus the main front handrails at either end have had the two missing inner stanchions added. Weathering will follow at some stage...

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This Hymek is one of the 'BR blue' era locos, the layout will mainly operate in early 1960s mode, so here is D7042 with an unlikely bedfellow:

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Last night, I finally tested some newly-converted wagons on the layout, plus the two china clay wagons (although the two Presflos have appeared on my blog before). Apart from the two clay wagons, none of the other wagons have any compensation or springing at all... :O I find that provided the wagon concerned has a nice, square chassis and sufficient weight (the three opens all weigh 42g), then that is sufficient to avoid any derailments. One clay wagon is sprung, with Bill Bedford 'W' irons but solid (Lanarkshire) buffers, the other has internal rocker compensation, and sprung (Lanarkshire) buffers.

 

The Class 20 (another one in the weathering queue) was used to haul and propel this rake at pretty high scale speeds through all the pointwork and curves. Fortunately this was accomplished without any derailments or other 'operating incidents'...

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These two Bachmann ex-LNER 'high bars' will acquire some of Dave Franks' buffers in due course:

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The buffer shanks on the china clay wagons scale down to 3mm, and with the overall buffer diameter not much more than that, the ever-helpful Mr Franks was not able to drill them out to that diameter. However, he did kindly suggest drilling them out for 2.5mm, which he duly did, and I think that the result, when fitted with sprung heads, isn't too bad:

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Next up for 'Callow Lane' is to produce a part-relief/part-'backscene' factory building, using the new Scalescenes 'northlight' loco shed kit as a basis...

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  • RMweb Gold

Nice to see you back modelling CK and I also like the buffers available from Mr Franks but I'm yet to use any.

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  • RMweb Gold

As Robin says great to see another post CK. 

 

Certainly missed updates on Callow Lane and looking forwards to seeing those part relief buildings progress.

 

Cheers,

 

Mark

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Whoop whoop! Great Tim.

 

Isn't it a,asking tho just how far RTA has come, those Hibars are just exquisite!

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  • RMweb Gold

If i may ask, what is your ballast / rail - sleeper paint combination? it looks quite good. :D

Hi - the track is mostly from the P4 Track Co (later Exactoscale, and now part of C&L), with separate plastic chairs glued to plastic sleepers and with steel rail. It's painted with various shades of Humbrol enamels. The ballast is mostly 2mm Carrs stuff, with some fine 'Solent sand' mixed in (kindly donated to me by a friend who had visited a beach in the Solent area!).

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Hi - the track is mostly from the P4 Track Co (later Exactoscale, and now part of C&L), with separate plastic chairs glued to plastic sleepers and with steel rail. It's painted with various shades of Humbrol enamels. The ballast is mostly 2mm Carrs stuff, with some fine 'Solent sand' mixed in (kindly donated to me by a friend who had visited a beach in the Solent area!).

I was wondering about the track myself; I'm still constructing some of this to do a plank... but I've just scrapped the plan and started the spare C10R kit I had to give a crossing instead.... to be worked some more once the mojo/inspiration and desire returns.

Looks nice though and I approve of the diseasel ;-)

Jon

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  • RMweb Gold

im guessing you use an airbrush. what paints do you apply when? to get the finsih that you have?

The track was first sprayed all-over with a Halfords red oxide primer. It was then sprayed from the airbrush with Humbrol track colour. The sleepers were then individually painted with a mix of Humbrol enamels to represent wooden sleepers at various stages of weathering.

 

It's not actually finished yet, I need to vary the hue of the rails and chairs on most of the layout, to show the difference between fairly well used track and less well used track. Also, when the air-dry clay 'gunge' is added between the sleepers in the sidings, further weathering will be requried...

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  • RMweb Gold

Prey, what is that loco lurking beyond the bridge...? :biggrin_mini:  :biggrin_mini:

 

I don't recall any 56XXs resident on CL......!

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