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Colwyn Skyline

Colwyn Skyline

I've been experimenting with backscene materials, I finally decided on use of 3mm PVC foamboard. Unlike wood this has a very smooth finish and takes spray paint well, this was glued to the wooden frame with contact adhesive and kept it's subtle curves.     Track weathering was carried out with a dark brown powder pigment applied to each rail side, this was then faded in with a broad fan brush. Once happy this, along with the road/yard weathering was sealed with a matt varnis

Bryn

Bryn

A Bird for Brent pt 8 ready for paint

A Bird for Brent pt 8 ready for paint

Not a lot more to report.   first up the bogie has been almost finished, the frame needed to be lowered by about a mm vs the sub frame.  It does still need a tidy up of the inner end of the frames which are not square at the joint between the front frames and the deep part.     I have now given it a final coat of etch primer to seal in the rivets (as an aside I am very impressed with the Archers product   So the model has gone from this   to th

The Fatadder

The Fatadder

 

Some more pictures for December

Looking over the top of the Advertising Hoardings on the Upside at Harrow.     An Up Motorail service about to plunge into Linslade Tunnel.     Overview looking south through Harrow.     An Anglo-Scottish service hurries south at Linslade.     To the south of Harrow. The Stanmore Village DMU sets off on another trip. A pair of 25s head south on a loaded cement working, and a 40 finds itself working south on an Em

anroar53

anroar53

 

Johnson Street IEMD: Catenary Progress - Adaptation of NBrass

With investigations ongoing re choice of livery for Bachmann Class 90 number three and the catenary plans now moving forward now that not only one but two soldering experts at my disposal, a plan has been instigated to see three gantries tailormade for Johnson Street IEMD. The access on to the depot comes from a tunnel whereby an electrified line comes into a three way point, the first multi-track gantry sits across this - diverting the wires into, left to right, left - firstly into the main ele

DBC90024

DBC90024

Presentation

Presentation

To support the back-scene, control the viewing angles and support the lighting a presentation box was required. This is constructed out of the same plywood used for the baseboards plus a few odd bits of wood found lying around the garage. It is held together by half round moudling and glued with water proof wood working adhesive. It fits snugly round the outside of the based board and is bolted to it using large bolts with glued captive nuts. This works because the design of the Billy Bookcase m

goldngreen

goldngreen

 

Planning.

When building a ‘model railway in the landscape’ the planning process is comprised, essentially, of three elements which are all inter dependent. Make an alteration to one and this will impact the other two. The three elements are the baseboards which must support the track and give a foundation to the landscape The track plan which must nestle in the landscape and look as though it was an integral part and lastly the landscape itself, the landforms, rivers, woodlands, embankments etc. All thre

RichardS

RichardS

 

Bodmin General(ish) Station building starts 4

The station walls have been primed ready for painting, these two photos show the forecourt and rear of the building     This is the platform area and the primer hides the joins and the small amount of filling. Next up will be my laughable efforts in painting the walls.     Half of a standard canopy kit has been built, I was worried that being 1/2" narrower than I expected would make the platform too shallow, as it happens its not too bad. I have 4 kits t

hayfield

hayfield

BYA covered steel wagon, take 2

BYA covered steel wagon, take 2

I am building a second kit for a BYA covered steel wagon. The idea is to build one usable and scale model for my layout. This post follows on from my first attempt, which came out reasonably well but rides too high on its bogies. The details are far too fragile too.   1. Detail parts fret I have started with the fret for the detail parts. This is etched from 0.2 mm (8 thou) brass and some of the parts are half-etched into this, so the details have the strength of kitchen foil. The

47137

47137

 

Infinite Color

Back to Infinity.   I've mostly blocked in the base colors.  Lots of gray, but also lots of variety here-&-there.   What follows will be a plethora of pinwashes.   Highlights will follow suit.   I do have to 'invert' some of the base coats, though.   The tutorial reversed the call-outs for the armor & the clothing.    I'll have to be more careful now, too, so as not to obscure details.   Lovely.

AlfaZagato

AlfaZagato

 

Update

Still lethargic on the layout, but a few locos have arrived (and more have left to fund them).   The Midland Pullman was a relative bargain (eBay).

Tim Hall

Tim Hall

 

OO Wagons and Warley

I spent the Warley show helping people to have a go at weathering. They had a great time and managed to weather some of my stock to their satisfaction.I now need to finish these off but here are some examples of items weathered at the show   A couple of minerals with a bit of grime and rust     Then three with just the ink/water mix added     And a couple of Coke wagons     A Palvan Shock     and finall

Barry O

Barry O

 

The Last of my 2019 Club Diorama.

Well I suppose you can always add a little touch here and there, but as far as this one goes it's reached the end. Today I brought in from the shed to add reeds along the back of my pond. The PVA still wet, but by tomorrow morning it'll be back in the shed until later in December when it'll be entered into the clubs annual diorama competition.   A bit Photo heavy. Out of interest this 'picture' has cost me just over £5 for the bridge, everything else was laying arou

Dad-1

Dad-1

 

Enterprising Plates –Heljan Westerns

I am minded of Pam Ayres and her words: “Infallible, articulate, self-confident... and wrong.” From her monologue ‘They should have asked my Husband’   https://monologues.co.uk/Pam_Ayres/Ask_My_Husband.htm   Heljan D1000 Western Enterprise and D1010 Western Campaigner fitted with etched plates   When the opportunity presents itself I will buy etched plates.  Lately I came across a set of C.G.W nameplates for D1000 Western Enterprise.  These were followed by a

Silver Sidelines

Silver Sidelines

Hornby Peckett 0-6-0ST 'Westminster'. Step 5 - Buffer Beams.

Hornby Peckett 0-6-0ST 'Westminster'. Step 5 - Buffer Beams.

The ends of the chassis are tackled next, repeating the application of light coats to start the discolouration process. The locomotive is left in the pretty blue cradle and a piece of card positioned to mask off the area above the running plate.     This process will have left the top of the buffer beam without paint, so off comes the cradle and the piece of card is repositioned to protect the bodywork again.     The same process is utilised to do the ot

Mick Bonwick

Mick Bonwick

A Bird for Brent Pt7 - The bogie & a problem

A Bird for Brent Pt7 - The bogie & a problem

Hopefully this is the penultimate blog before the Bird enters the paint shop, (so I really need to confirm its colour!)   The first job was a couple of minor repairs after cleaning and priming the model, a handrail had come unsoldered and somewhere along the line a lower step had broken off.  These were quickly soldered back into position before the real work could start.  This was followed by gluing the reverser cover into place (which should have been fitted the night before…)   Ther

The Fatadder

The Fatadder

 

The Bachmann Class 90 - Number 3 lands !!

So, a few days after the long awaited DB90s landed, forthcoming DB90 number three followed, once more a Freightliner Powerhaul, but not for long I imagine, well, the DB90 pool of X locos comes in a variety of liveries, and most of the below liveries will feature at Johnson Street IEMD. These being: DB Cargo (90028 - also seen as 90019 and now 90035 as well) DB Cargo ex DRS (90034)   DB Schenker (90018) DB EWS faded (90020 and 90039) DB was First Scotrail (90021)

DBC90024

DBC90024

SLOW TRACK LAYING ON THE LEARNING CURVE

SLOW TRACK LAYING ON THE LEARNING CURVE

Well, this track laying is taking ages and I'm still on the section that no one will see! All I can say is that it has been a useful learning curve . As you may be aware I'm working on an open frame layout with Woodland Scenics track underlay, DCC Supplies PowerBase and Peco code 100 track - the later is part of my desire for extremely reliable running and slightly easier track laying due to the strength of the track pieces. Hidden curves use Peco set track radius 2, 3 and 4, the remainder is al

Wizardtrains

Wizardtrains

 

Bodmin General(ish) Station building starts 3

The rear of the station wall is next up,  on the left the selection of wall pieces from the kits available/suitable. On the right the pieces have been trimmed so they all but up together       The rear of the station wall after being stuck together. I have altered the left hand end gabel from a large window to a slit window, a bit of filler and paint should hide the join     On the left the station forecourt elevation with the revised left hand gabl

hayfield

hayfield

 

Driver Albert Pibworth on the GWR

My Grandma did a lot of research into our family history and she published the collected results. Consequently, I’ve known for a while that the famous LNER driver, Albert Pibworth (known as “Old Pib”), was a distant relative of mine.   The Pibworth family can be traced back to the village of Pebworth in Worcestershire in the 16th century. Although they spread far and wide, the branch leading to Albert Pibworth (and me!) came from the villages to the south west of Newbury. He was born a

Harlequin

Harlequin

 

I Needed A Rest.

Our Youngest Son is moving into a New house this weekend ...... Strange I shall be very busy ? To clear decks I moved a few 'almost' finished wagons to the loft layout for safe temp[orary storage. The two sidings have 22 wagons that I've made up since June or July. A surprising number are from original Airfix kits, a few from the Dapol versions, something like 13 of them. The Engineers train from Cambrian kits, as is the Borail, but that was made up a few years ago. With

Dad-1

Dad-1

A Bird for Brent Pt7 - ready for paint

A Bird for Brent Pt7 - ready for paint

Another evenings work and the body is ready for paint.   the remaining washout plugs and mud doors were fitted, along with the mud doors and handrails.  The chimney was glued back into position (adding a plastic cap to the leading edge)     the next area in need of attention is the front bogie.  The existing part has a core from thick brass, with frames attached to it with what looks like brass strip.  There are no rivets present, not are the strengthening plates.  To to

The Fatadder

The Fatadder

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