Having run out of steam getting the Black 5 chassis painted and not sure how to proceed with the Ivatt tank, I thought I might do some planning (scheming) and some preliminary work on a future project - a Brassmasters Re-built Royal Scot.
To add interest and a bit of a challenge, I decided to fit the model with working inside valve gear. The kit provides most of the prototypical frame stretchers but makes no provision for the inside cylinder or valve gear. My representation is not going to
It's been a long haul since I did my last update on MEP, of course these things take time. Now like most layouts where work was able to be carried out due to the Lockdown, however my last update on the 5th of April 2020 was the last thing I was able to do before Lockdown and before the final stages of my Degree. Anyway what has happened since then...
Of course as Peco has been busy and I am sure the Double Slip will come out when it can, so recently a brief focus has
A huge thanks to those who have given me ideas; including users from Twitter, RMweb, and Blogger. I've been quite surprised by the positive feedback, and the suggestions made have all been taken on board and implemented into the next version. A special mention to those on RMweb for their photos in the previous entry of ship breaking and repair yards. @petethemole's selection of photos in particular have been incredibly helpful getting a taste for what such a site looked like, and how it function
Be it through the work of Ivo Peters. Norman Lockett, or any of the other renowned photographers of the Somerset & Dorset, it's often commented that the northern section of the line was rather better documented than the southern half. Lacking the drama of the ascent over the Mendips, with generally less dramatic scenery, and fewer goods trains, perhaps it's no surprise that the locations south of the border were not so well captured. Even allowing for this, few stations were as shy of the ca
Now where was I with this build..
Oh yes now I remember, I was test fitting the roof panels..
With them test fitted & trimmed where needed, I painted the interior surfaces (off white), fitted the roof sky lights, chimneys and made up the clerestory sections.
Next up, I added some exterior trim and installed the interior lighting.
Before I installed the exterior lamps, I decided t
In this Leith Central Update we take a time lapse look through the start of scenic work on the industrial area. Backscene is from ID Backscenes self adhesive range simply stock down on the back board.
ROAD AND HARD STANDING
Road surfaces are sand paper sprayed dark grey then mounted onto 3mm card. The Hard Standing is the same 3mm card base but this time topped with 1mm plasticard scored every 6cm to represent panels and occasionally chipped with a knife before being dibbled with vario
Managed to squeeze in and get a more direct shot of the uncouplers working. Also a shot of a "Mk II" control rod working the lifting ramp.
The rod is longer and has a curve that levels back to a horizontal plane - this results in a gentler lifting of the spherical pinhead.
You can see a MkI rod in the background, they work well but there is very slight resistance sometimes because they "push" the pin rather than guide it.
I also added a third hinge barrel along the length of th
Not much else has happened, except a tidy up!! (Duh, duh, duuhhh) A long time coming, this involved moving everything around and throwing stuff out, just rubbish at the moment. Now track can be laid out to play with!!
I've continued to add some of the never-ending bits and pieces to my Scrap Tank, and it's about time I recorded the progress. Here are sandboxes (I think that's what they are but wait to be corrected) - filed up from spare chunks of brass with a hole drilled in and a little turned cap soldered in.
And here's one soldered in place next to the smokebox:
In front of and behind the sandboxes, the tops of the locomotive frames (on the real thing) are visible above
Those who saw my previous entry know that I've been planning a new layout for a couple of months! I've finally settled on an idea that I think is very promising (and has already been approved by the "domestic authorities"!). And what better place to base it on than the New Forest, where I live. More specifically, on the coast (where I don't live, sadly!). The New Forest coast is very pretty, stretching from Ashlett Creek (Southampton Waterside), around Calshot Spit, to L
Having joined the 21st Century a bit more this month, with the heady speeds of fibre broadband arriving at home and a wireless printer scanner to go with it, I decided it was time to scan my only set of pictures.
Some context- The station building was demolished some years ago over a weekend in slightly dubious circumstances, the site is still just empty (very annoying.)
A friend happened to be passing and took these shots from inside the fence with permission. They show a lot of detai
Finally, "all", there's still a run the run-round points when I've decided what's going where, the point rodding is in place. I have to say the results make the effort worth while, but it's not exactly over-exciting doing it - and it holds up so many more fun things (like ballasting!). The rods at the south end have had the attentions of the P&D dept. For this I went with Halfords grey primer sprayed into a can lid and then applied by brush. This is a reasonably match for new but dulled galv
Thanks for all the comments and ideas on this project both on and off this forum. I'm getting the ideas to jell now, trying to balance all the features I want with practical considerations such as size and construction effort.
I was originally considering something which would give me a couple of options, on the left we had the inside of the shed/workshop and then on the right we had the outside of the building with the gable end. This idea would be about 3' x ~1'6". The Thelkeld she
There is one problem that has been lurking in the background throughout my design of this outside-framed locomotive – how to fit the wheels? The wheels need to be pressed onto their axles and set to gauge, before fitting them to the locomotive.
I had already decided that this engine will be tender driven, so I do not have to make provision for a gear train. After considering various options, I decided to adopt the method used in the tender-drive ‘Mainline’ Dean Goods model. Since I h
A few pics of the points (Peco Streamline.). They are insulfrog and are wired "live" with powered fishplates.
They are controlled manually by surface mounted brass rod levers that pass through "lift off" hinge barrels. These hinges are currently glued in place but will be fixed more permanently with screws at a later date.
They work very well, and I'm particularly pleased with the one that goes through the rail bed of one section of track and another set of points, out the other sid
Handful of new acquisitions. Firstly, I won a Hornby Dean Single & two clerestory coaches in a raffle through one of my clubs;
This did not come in the original box, so I don't know how old it is. Doesn't look half bad, though. Open armature motor, but there was an 8-pin decoder socket. Odd combo, in my mind. Backhead was detail-painted, as well. Runs fine, though she will creep with the throttle closed. I don't think I'll pursue super-detailing, but the ten
Having got the basic shell done I guide coated it in Army Painter “ Skeleton Bone “ intending to use the beige as the base for my mortar tones. This was all I had done when we last saw the buildings in my previous entry.
Most of my painting on this was done at night, since that’s the only time there is peace and quiet in my place since lockdown. One of the key things I was looking to reproduce from the prototype is the very grey granite used on the stonework, vs the more brown “local” stone
Having seen my layout recently has really given me the taste for getting it finished soon, it sorted as it's becoming like the never ending story, well, fortunately, with little things going in the background, hopefully, it will nearly be sorted, I have the next DB 90 coming along in a paint shop far far away - and also the gantries designed to carry the 25kv wires, today, several of the flat pack gantries arrived from Nbrass - their gantries are the nearest thing we ha
A question on a Facebook group a while back asking about modular connectors to keep things simple. While the following is perhaps not simple it is modular and works for me. There are many reasons to do it another way etc, but hey it's my layout .
I wanted to be able to run dropper wires from the tracks to some form of plugin system under the board in an attempt to reduce the requirement to use a soldering iron above my head as my layout isn't easily separated into it's constituent pa
Just a quick look at one of the uncouplers at work - the angle is a bit oblique because the rods that control them are in direct line of sight, and have masking tape "Flags" on them to prevent injuries.
I’ve just seen a piece on another forum, to the effect that the NYC PT Passenger Tender used with later Hudsons carried 18,000 gallons of water and 46 tons of coal. The UP Big Boy 4-8-8-4s towed 25 tons of coal and 25,000 gallons of water (all US measures, of course) with the Norfolk and Western Y class 2-8-8-2s in the same bracket.
That seems to be about as big as it came, although some South African and Australian locos seem to have towed additional water cart tenders or tankers f
Beautiful little piece of workmanship. I had no idea about Silhouette cutters, are they easy to operate and how much are they etc? Whatever it is, it’s done a brilliant job on those windows and tiles. The prototype pictures are wonderful, but that image of yours of the two wagons beyond the weight bridge is just so enticing of what is yet to come. Lastly, how have you created those brilliant cobbles for the yard? Meticulously executed as per usual.
Marvellous images - I've seen them before, but was unaware embedding was permitted. (I guess that's Getty Images way of accepting they never really owned the picture copyright in the first place!)
Just a thought though - what would be the point of weighing a cart with stacked up cases on it (whose contents would be known in the cartage instructions)?
Found this lovely photo today. Paddington Goods 1926. Looks as if the horses in the foreground are being carefully manouvered to avoid the weighbridge. Note the absence of a rail alongside the weighbridge. It does not seem to have been a requirement, especially in the pre-grouping years.
Source: Getty images. Embedding permitted.
I have been browsing photos to see if I could find any evidence of the GWR's own horse-drawn vehicles ever being weighed. No luck yet. I s
I've already done all the lighting, now it's on to the sound. As i mentioned the square enclosure type sugar cube speakers sound amazing for their size, Roads and Rails sell these pretty cheap and they are guaranteed to fit all Bachmann 37's without cutting up your model, however there is a simple mod you can do to this speaker to make it sound even better and gives a few more Hz in the bass response, this is simply done by taking the back off the speaker carefully, then fit the speaker to its