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Christmas Break


MikeOxon

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With the holiday period now upon us, many of North Leigh’s locomotives are now ‘on shed’. In the following photo can be seen my first ‘scratch build’ - a GWR ‘Queen’ class, with a ‘Stella’ 2-4-0 next in line. Disappearing out of view, the back of ‘Lord of the Isles’ can just be glimpsed, while on the front track is a Dean Goods, together with an early PBV.  (The 'back scene' is by Photoshop)

 

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Locomotives ‘On Shed’

 

Looking back into Broad Gauge days, I remember a comment by Mikkel on my construction method in which I added 3D-printed cladding to a metal boiler – he wrote “Boiler then cladding, like watching a real loco being built”. After some searching, I found an old engraving of the Swindon Boiler Shop, with the boiler of my Gooch Goods being readied for the addition of the cladding

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In the Boiler Shop

 

In many ways 2020 is a year best forgotten but the lock-down gave me plenty of time to practise using my 3D printer, to make a wide variety of models (both 'Standard' and Broad Gauge). True to form, my Armstrong Standard Goods still needs a number of finishing touches but I think it has captured the ‘look’ of the prototype quite well.

 

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Armstrong Goods

 

I can only hope that 2021 will see the present restrictions being relaxed, although it will take some time. I also hope to have some more ideas for creating new types of models.  Perhaps I shall also find a few more Amy Wilcote paintings.

 

My best wishes to those who have followed my posts over the year and for the encouragement you have provided, which is much appreciated :)

 

Mike

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  • RMweb Gold

Happy Christmas Mike, and all the best for the New Year.  It is nice to see all your locos together.

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Mike ,

 

The shed scene is wonderful and the Armstrong Goods is looking very impressive.

 

Merry Christmas 

 

Duncan

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Your locos capture all that pre-grouping GWR splendour so well, Mike - narrow and broad gauge both.

 

The Standard Goods is looking very good. I have always liked that "straight barrel" look, before the Belpaire nonsense entered the scene.

 

The engraving is a great find. I assume the 3D Printing Shop was next door? :)

 

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Many thanks for the kind comments.  i haven't done any new modelling for a while but I happened to have assembled some of my stock on top of the box that houses my layout so, with a little help from Photoshop, I turned it into a shed scene!  It was all a bit of armchair fun while sitting wondering what to try next :)

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