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The ex LMS Fowler 2P – an update

Back in 2015 I wrote a Post for my Blog detailing an improvement to the old Mainline / Dapol model of the ex LMS Fowler 2P.     Mainline Ex LMS 2P from 1984   Crucially the work required access to Hornby spare part X6475, the front bogie from their latest engine drive 2P (R3028).  Sadly as said in my previous Post about remotoring the Hornby Q6, Hornby seem to have given up on providing useful spare parts.  Front bogie X6475 continues to be out of stock.  

Silver Sidelines

Silver Sidelines

Painting and Decorating part 2

Painting and Decorating part 2

Evening folks,    Here are the concluding stages of some painting and weathering I have been working on. Again, as with my quick and dirty weathering blogs, I do not own an airbrush and have endeavoured to produce something comparable to the results one can get with an airbrush (but acknowledging the superiority of the airbrush).  Here is the wagon painted using different tones and modelmaster decals added. I use decalfix by humbrol to silvering as I didn't want to gloss var

westernviscount

westernviscount

 

Connectedness, Concern, Contradiction and Conclusion

I have recently been honoured by having an article entitled “Slow Modelling - an alternative way forward” published in the Model Railway Journal (No. 274, page 276).   This described some of the recent changes in my modelling practice and the relationship between modelling and wellbeing, but it did not really get to some of the underlying problems.  The original, first draft, of the article included what might be seen as more contentious comments about the natural of railway modelling

Maurice Hopper

Maurice Hopper

BYA covered steel wagon

BYA covered steel wagon

I am building a kit for a BYA covered steel wagon. This should be ideal for Shelf Island - a compact model, modern and very British. The prototypes were built by Thrall Europa at York, with the first deliveries to EWS in early 1999. The kit was produced by British H0 Models some years ago and I was lucky enough for Elaine Harvey (Elaines' Trains) to think of me and ask if I would like to have the two kits she had come in stock.   To begin with I am building only one of the kits. If the

47137

47137

Groundworks

Groundworks

So, after an extended period of procrastination I settled on the final position of the conveyor pit - right over a strengthening rib under the baseboard LOL     Nothing now for it I got the 2 layers of 3mm foam core stuck down to bring the level up to that of the boxfile     and then using some left over View Glue I stuck down the track plan     It was important to get this down as the positioning of the dual gauge pointwork is criti

RedgateModels

RedgateModels

Track Bed Part 3 The Installation

Track Bed Part 3 The Installation

So, back again, the first section of track bed - the lower return loop/storage siding is now in place. This did take some time as I became familiar with laying an incline, fortunately I was able to gain all the dimensions I needed from my SCARM plan.   The actual loop is level at 875mm above ground level and this rises through a 1.9% grade or about 1 in 53 to 1050mm above ground level. As I had modelled the baseboard frame in SCARM as well I was able to read off the heights of the trac

Wizardtrains

Wizardtrains

 

Tolworth 2019

Some photos from Tolworth. A good show, well attended and with plenty of quality layouts.     This IoW layout, or rather three linked layouts was just across the road from us. Always a nice subject and nicely done.   Harlyn Pier was our next door neighbour. A lovely layout with a T9 - one of my favourite locos. It moved off before I got a pic but the pannier was nice too.  

D869

D869

Painting and Decorating Part 1

Painting and Decorating Part 1

Evening folks,   Completed a couple of Parkside opens recently and took a few pictures of the painting process.    It has involved a few techniques i have read about and a bit of experimentation.    The wagon is primed using halfords grey Matt spray, the body brush painted with phoenix precision pre 1964 bauxite, thinned right down.  I paint the underframes humrol dark grey 34.  I used humbrol stone colour, humbrol light grey and humbrol

westernviscount

westernviscount

 

Westbrook

As a change from Blagdon I can share some of the limited progress made with Westbrook. This was a very small station on the Golden Valley Railway that ran between Pontrilas and Hay. I had already constructed a baseboard and laid the track but since then that baseboard has sat under Blagdon. Rather than buy anything new I thought I should get the unfinished projects completed so a faltering start was made on completing Westbrook. The first job was to construct the station building which I did som

JDaniels

JDaniels

Building the farm

Building the farm

I haven't been able to spend a huge amount of time on the layout recently. As a result I have started many things but haven't completed much. Some projects have been started, scrapped, restarted and stalled! Some simply require more time to complete. I prefer to post when I have something significant to show.   So in order to get away from the nightmare building project, I tackled something easier and altogether more enjoyable. Some low-relief buildings for my farm and a small stable b

JRamsden

JRamsden

 

Other 1:45 images

The posters were photographed and reduced for 1:45   The next images are our friend with his parents in 1959, father was seconded to Walker Barracks, Bamberg. The scene was made possible by Ian Robinson and Mike Hitchin.         Unfortunately, there are only a few images of the layout but it is does indicate that not all 1:45 layouts have to be clones of each other   JB Dorset not SWAG          

Jack Benson

Jack Benson

 

1:45 Cul de Sac

This was a vignette for a 1:45 project, none of the vegetables are Busch products but the birdhouse is a recurring theme on all layouts irrespective of scale.   Jb   In Dorset not SWAG 

Jack Benson

Jack Benson

The Long Drag to Garsdale – Out In The Country 2

The Long Drag to Garsdale – Out In The Country 2

So far so good! As you see the formed terrain plus the use of Contract Filler (spack) in filling up most of the holes in the poly due some of my over exuberance with the rasp and hacksaw blade. Finally the diorama has been given two coats of ordinary acrylic house paint to seal the polystyrene and provide for a stronger top surface and edging. I may have some more fettling to do at the module joint to ensure the diorama is a good match.   Firstly I needed to assemble the 1 &a

Southern Fabricator

Southern Fabricator

 

An Armoured Build: Tamiya Cromwell Mk.IV Tank

So in a brief interlude from the Attacker build (waiting for the filler to cure properly), I decided on a quick build. This kit arrived Thursday morning:               The parts removed very cleanly from the sprue and only need a minimum of clean up.       Though an older tooling (2006) the fit was very good.   Obviously I've diverged slightly from the instructions because of pai

toboldlygo

toboldlygo

Budget Model Railways OO9 Diesel Locomotive

Budget Model Railways OO9 Diesel Locomotive

Small project I've been working on and off on for some time now, an OO9 diesel shunter built from a Budget Model Railways 3D printed kit. Finally got around to finishing it.  Kit went together pretty easily, did need some filler between the gaps in the roof and body panels but other than that it was a great kit for £10.  I've modified mine to fit on a Kato 104 chassis as at the time I bought the chassis and kit the 103 had sold out. Looking now for more to build I see that both the 103

AlexHolt

AlexHolt

Under the roof

Under the roof

The first section is laid out, covering the section under the roof,  next step is to lay the rest of the platform length and get the Dremel out. A solitary CK sits at the buffer end of Platform 3.

Camden77

Camden77

 

Fun with Ratio coaches

About ten years ago I came back from Warley with three Ratio Midland clerestory coach kits. My vague intention at the time was to paint and line them in full S&DJR blue livery, possibly with some minor modifcations to the bodies and roofs, just to have a semi-acceptable period-looking train to run behind my one or two S&D blue locomotives. However, time went on and I never got around to it. Eventually I decided that, if I were to go to the trouble of painting and lining a set of coaches,

Barry Ten

Barry Ten

1143 Light General Overhaul.

1143 Light General Overhaul.

Today at Crymlyn A Shop 1143, a locomotive built under contract for the Peckett locomotive Company a few years ago, has retuned for a service, clean and repaint. Dai the Paint touches up some paintwork while our foreman has been discussing its progress with Owen the Spanners. Percy Veerance is doing something at the rear of the locomotive while some of the girls from the local leisure centre inspect Baldrick's wheelbarrow. When Arwel ap Iolo Pain finishes his newspaper he will fit

davey4270

davey4270

Thirty-Seven and 25

Thirty-Seven and 25

Oh hey, I took pictures this week.   Paint continues on the Tau.   I've chromed the optics as a precursor to a translucent blue.   I've always found a good chrome silver makes clears pop.    Muzzles and other 'hot' parts of weapons have received a coat of Vallejo gunmetal.   It is much brighter than I expected, but it'll do.     Sunday found me and my friend at the local Gundam club's 'build day.'   Nice events.   I get to chat with others, mostly around my age, wh

AlfaZagato

AlfaZagato

Stour Valley Dream -  layering grass texture

Stour Valley Dream - layering grass texture

Thanks to some encouragement from one of my friends this week I got around to trying to layer some additional grass textures on the cutting sides. I used Peco Scene Layering Spray which worked pretty well, it doesn't seem to colour the existing grass but holds the next layer of static grass securely. Getting different lengths and colours of grass fibres makes quite a difference to the overall look.     The pickup goods approaches the overbridge on its way from Clare to Caven

Fen End Pit

Fen End Pit

 

Johnson Street IEMD: Loco fleet Update - 7th November 2019 - third time lucky?

So, well, there couldnt be a worse time for thinking about, hang about, not thinking about, actually... doing the deed ... buying another damn loco, yes, ok, so im between jobs at the moment ... not good i know... but well, it was there for the taking... it had to be done... early Christmas present and in the wider sense, well, the Heljan Class 86 is a loco for which I have had two already, a freightliner one and also an Anglia blue one also, now, the one which makes the most sense, comes purrin

DBC90024

DBC90024

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