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The Good’s, the Coaches and the Ugly.


MinerChris

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blog-0701100001399864425.jpgCircumstance is a funny thing. Everything that you see in this post has travelled westwards across the Atlantic to my residence for the year in Canada. Whilst this makes some things easier, like not wanting to venture outside during winter, it makes the logistics of most things much harder. I’m afraid that I’m not going to give a blow by blow account of the kits that have been put together, as instructions for the things worth repeating are mostly available elsewhere.

 

The Ugly (the Scenics)

 

Firstly I should explain, the ugly isn’t a reflection of the quality kits or even (possibly) my ability to build them, more the fact that nothing is painted and is likely to remain so for some time.

Finally, after much procrastination, I have finally decided on where my stupidly small layout would be based. Hingston Down Quarry backed onto the Callington branch and was originally rail served but was disconnected some time before the 50’s. Under my slightly dis-orientated time lime and geography, the quarry doesn’t lose its siding, exporting granite to Plymouth and beyond. Some passenger services will be provided for via the halt platform adjacent to the siding, with much of the infrastructure “borrowed,” from the adjacent Chilsworthy Halt and Luckett Station. I had originally chosen Chilsworthy for my dual boxfile layout, although I decided against it for Congdon’s shop, due to the impressive views over the Tamar towards Dartmoor. Hopefully the mock ups with views from google earth give some impression of the effect that I’m hoping for.

One thing that I had been meaning to get around to before I left was the fiddleyard cassettes and adaptors, which of course were started when I finished the move and are still yet to finish. For this I took a lead from D869's layout’s and went for brass strip cassettes. It will just be my luck to ensure that they won’t be compatible…

 

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The cornflake packets mock up how big the bridge and platform will be, a purely temporary measure… Mark 2 of each is currently being drawn up in CAD. Also on view is the Higg’s Bufferstop constructed at the end of the siding, once I had finally made up my mind that this was to be a siding.

 

The Coaches

 

Several kits arrived from the trip in my hold luggage, with only slight damage, to reduce the gloatage sitting in the UK, under the premise that if they were here, there would be a marginally better chance of them being built.

 

The first thing out of the box was one of Mr Higg’s replacement underframes for the autocoach. Whilst I haven’t gone to the same level of detail as Missy, it is a vast improvement on the moulded efforts of Dapol. With four left to start, and one still to finish, I doubt if I would get the chance to start on the auto gear if I have any hope of finishing all of these in the next year. Eventually I hope to recreate the auto-trains formed of 4 coaches which went up to Tavistock from Plymouth, if I have remembered correctly.

 

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In addition to this, I have been making progress with my first Higg’s coach proper, with an early CK Collett. These are really well thought out and the building of this was only hampered by my inability to read the instructions, which led to having to unsolder most of the underframe in order to put the V hangers on. Eventually this should be paired up with a Hawksworth behind a 45xx, in a scene reminiscent from the Launceston Branch.

 

 

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The sides and roof are only held in place with bluetac for demonstration purposes and to test the fit of the sides, the bending of which was a most nerve-racking experience.

 

The Goods

 

Naturally, once I got to my temporary residence abroad and had kitted myself out with a soldering iron, which could cope with less volts out of the wall, I felt the need to try it out. I had picked up a Midland Van many moons ago with the incorrect premise of trying to change it into an LSWR van. Again this is of a Higgs origin and went together well, with copious amounts of flux applied during the sweating.

 

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Also out of the time period, albeit no so far out, is the V14 Mink inspired by Rich Brummit’s build (on a Higg’s DC braked underframe)

 

The Lowfit’s have a parentage from the parkwood range of kits on BR standard 4 shoe and 8 shoe underframes. The long term plan for these and the three more to follow will be revealed at a later date… although they do keep the bogies for the next autocoach underframe, from rolling away in the meantime.

 

Perhaps I would have been better calling this entry “The Higg’s Boson,” given the parentage of the majority of the etched metal I’ve been working on.

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Nice models. Was wondering what you'd been up to for all that time over there.

 

Glad to see that you've put the Testors styrene solvent to good use too.

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Don't let anyone bully you Chris, long term unpainted is a perfectly acceptable livery:-))

 

Jerry

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Nice to see someone modelling an HF Stephens branch, built for the LSWR to replace a 3' mineral line between Callington and Calstock Quay, via a rope worked incline.

 

In the early years of the new line, there was a wagon lift, on the RHS of the Calstock viaduct, to maintain access to the Quay.

 

Julie.

 

P.S. The livery of the bubble car, is correct for the early diesel period on the line.

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Excellent progress there Chris, its put me to shame!

 

I havent tried the autocoach chassis on a body yet so its great to see one, how good a fit is it? I cant see me fitting a body in the near future but its good to know. I love the collet coach kits too, you have made a really nice job of that, they do look worth the money and effort taken.

 

Missy :)

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Nice models. Was wondering what you'd been up to for all that time over there.

 

Glad to see that you've put the Testors styrene solvent to good use too.

 

Thanks, Three months = 5 wagons and 2 coaches none of which are finished, I'm sure that doesn't represent a good rate of progress...

 

Don't let anyone bully you Chris, long term unpainted is a perfectly acceptable livery:-)) Jerry

 

The official livery of the North Somerset Light I seem to recall... I did threaten to put some primer on out of a can, but that's still some months away I suspect. Possibly just in time for winter to arrive..

 

 

Nice to see someone modelling an HF Stephens branch, built for the LSWR to replace a 3' mineral line between Callington and Calstock Quay, via a rope worked incline.

 

In the early years of the new line, there was a wagon lift, on the RHS of the Calstock viaduct, to maintain access to the Quay.

 

Julie.

 

P.S. The livery of the bubble car, is correct for the early diesel period on the line.

 

The history of the PD&SWJ railway does make for interesting reading and raises the inspiration for future layout's too although I suspect that a replica of the viaduct, wagon incline plains or lift are some way off as yet. I certainly intend to keep a Col. Steven's influence in the buildings.

The livery of the bubble car is correct, however the lack of headcode boxes is not, hence why that area is hidden by the Class22.  Hopefully I will include an etch for these when obtaining some more Hawksworth's & ventilators etc from Mr Etched Pixels.

 

 

Excellent progress there Chris, its put me to shame!

 

I havent tried the autocoach chassis on a body yet so its great to see one, how good a fit is it? I cant see me fitting a body in the near future but its good to know. I love the collet coach kits too, you have made a really nice job of that, they do look worth the money and effort taken.

 

Missy :)

 

Hardly... There's a reason why I didn't photograph the underside, (I realise now that the comparison photo didn't come out too well, will have to have another go later.) The fit is good lengthways, with the buffer beams parallel to the ends. The photo's that I took of No. 190 at Didcot show this to be correct (what else from Mr Higg's?). I'm more uncertain about the width of the Dapol body being too wide.

 

Best Regards,

 

Chris.

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That is real progress. I do like the Collet coach. I have some of Chris Higgs coaches do do myself. The wagons too look interesting.

Don

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Good to see that you're making the most of your time in Canada :-)

 

I look forward to seeing a train of 4 autocoaches.  Will your 14xx be able to move them though :-)

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Good work, Chris. The Lowfits are excellent!

 

David

 

Thanks David, Although the mouldings are good, they do benefit from a certain amount of filing, particularly the floor. I wouldn't mind some more of these once I have finished the other 3, but I have no idea about where they could be picked up from. These were only happened upon by chance at East Somerset Models whilst visiting Cranmore station.

 

That is real progress. I do like the Collet coach. I have some of Chris Higgs coaches do do myself. The wagons too look interesting.

Don

 

Thanks Don, I look forward to seeing your efforts with the Higgs coaches.

 

 

I've got a lot of unpainted or otherwise unfinished stock too. There aren't any prizes. 

 

Unfortunately not... Doesn't stop me from starting even more things though.

 

Best Regards.

 

Chris.

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Good to see that you're making the most of your time in Canada :-)

 

I look forward to seeing a train of 4 autocoaches.  Will your 14xx be able to move them though :-)

 

I might have to use the 45xx instead. Plans are afoot for the improvement of the 14xx, that will hopefully mean that it will be able to haul one coach with a reasonable degree of control.

 

Best Regards,

 

Chris.

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Unfortunately not... Doesn't stop me from starting even more things though.

 

Me neither :)

 

I might have to use the 45xx instead. Plans are afoot for the improvement of the 14xx, that will hopefully mean that it will be able to haul one coach with a reasonable degree of control.

 

Your lot have a thing for motorised coaches so you should be okay.

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Lovely work Chris.

 

Those Canadian climes are beneficial to modelling progress...sort of the opposite what I faced in BCN :D

 

Hope you are enjoying yourself out there...

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Your lot have a thing for motorised coaches so you should be okay.

 

Perhaps, (I do have a spare motor,) but I am still thinking more along the lines of improving the Vomit Comet, so that it can be used on goods as well. I sort of toyed with the idea of 3D printing a chassis in brass similar to Mr Ashton's Manor Chassis (i.e solder in the bearings), but decided in the end that the tolerances wouldn't be good enough. A new chassis is waiting for a final go with the etch.

 

Those Canadian climes are beneficial to modelling progress...sort of the opposite what I faced in BCN :D

 

Thanks Pete, The weather has warmed up now to the point where the daffodils are starting to come out. Whether this has any impact on progress remains to be seen. Certainly am enjoying myself out here, I have found several nice IPA's to keep me going.

 

Best Regards

 

Chris

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