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LSWR 20T Brake Van

LSWR 20T Brake Van

Due to a senior moment, I forgot that I'd ordered one of these some time ago from Model Railways Direct. I duly ordered one from Kernow so imagine my surprise when two finally arrived. Hey ho. As has been documented elsewhere, the colour of these vans looks a little on the light side. As I never saw one in service prior to 1923, I'm not qualified to say whether the LSWR brown is the wrong shade. The general opinion is that it is. Having a second model meant that I was prepared to have a go

ullypug

ullypug

 

Dapol/Airfix 16T Mineral Wagon. Now bionic and with added inserts..

A little bit of progress today on this build. I've replaced the top panel in the centre above the doors I removed on these two 16 Tonners. Suitable width plastic sheet was used for this. Trusty Micro-Strip then replaced the beading and door locking latches.      I've also tidied up the area around the bottom of the doors to try to look more prototypical. The kit doors are designed to open but in this case are glued shut.      Essentially other than the

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The Long Drag to Garsdale – Back to the Station

The Long Drag to Garsdale – Back to the Station

The sequence of constructing a layout can be deceiving, as you may think one may have thought of everything, but not well enough in my case apparently! Putting the platforms down before I had completed track ballasting may have made it more awkward than anything else. However I’m going to persevere and may need to use old pieces of card strip against the sides and mask up the top of the platform to prevent any ballast and paint getting on the platform sides. The platform top surfaces ended
 

Dapol/Airfix 16T Mineral Wagon. We have the technology to rebuild them...

Apologies to Steve Austin/The Six Million Dollar Man and reference to the cult 1970's TV programme.    Likewise BR started a rebuild programme of its venerable 16T mineral wagons later in their lives. This entailed new build body work and removal of the top flap door amongst other things.   For more indepth knowledge it's probably best to consult a suitable reference resource.    From my teenage years long before the likes of Parkside/Bachmann the Airfix 16T Mineral

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LNER GE Quint Articulated Set Part 7

LNER GE Quint Articulated Set Part 7

A Happy New year to my readers,      Sadly, like all good things this project is nearly at an end, but with the end of this project it allows me to begin and continue the MILE END PARK layout build. As I said at the beginning of this project the quints play the most important roll on the layout, acting as the mainstream of suburban working into the capital. This and other pieces of rolling stock which I have been working on for sometime in the background have allowed me to build q

Norton Wood

Norton Wood

VSOE Phoenix pt3 ready for paint

VSOE Phoenix pt3 ready for paint

Another evenings work has got Phoenix ready for painting, with the roof modifications completed and new windows temporarily installed.     the roof has a rough coat of Vallejo white to highlight any areas needing more work (it needs another still), matching the Hornby White is proving tricky as it’s an off white colour.  With the whole rake being repainted for consistency that’s not a huge problem.   the windows still need the vents and curtains painting on.   I am goi

The Fatadder

The Fatadder

 

Intro

Hi all   So first off I’m a bit of a lapsed railway modeller.  Work and life got in the way.  But work is what has started me back on the path, as I’m sure many others will attest to... I need an escape!!!   Working in IT (a very watered down description of what I do haha), I need a non IT escape, and what better place to return to.   Alas I digress, what is the plan??  Well I have two.  The first is a passion of mine, the old pre grouping companies of Scotland.  So

Marag

Marag

 

No name yet but a bit more information

I was a little rushed yesterday so here is a bit more explanation of the small intermediate layout. Period is Isle of Wight roughly 1930s but could be later BR steam or imaginary 1980s diesel inspired by island line.   There is a 2 road fiddle yard on a traverser, that also includes points for a quick run round. The plan is that the scenic break of a chalk down tunnel hides this. The fiddle yard is large enough for loco + 1 coach or loco + 3 wagons + brake van.   The tun

North Cowes

North Cowes

More...Everything

More...Everything

Lots of varied work this week.   Primary focus at home was the Tau.   I finished magnetizing & building the Crisis Battlesuits from the first of my two boxes. These get tucked away in a case somewhere for a few months until it is painting season again.   I started building the next box.   Back to basic infantry. Only just started, though.   These go together very quickly.   Again, shake-the-box.   I experienced some drama in Dungeons &

AlfaZagato

AlfaZagato

 

Progress if in a different direction for a while

So it has been a long while since I posted, family life and a busy job has rather hampered progress. However I decided that I needed to make a layout to run trains and use my building skills, and set to between visitors over Christmas building something. The main layout is still the overall goal but I wanted to make a bit more progress on something smaller. I used a lighter baseboard and restricted myself to 1.2m in length by 30cm width including the fiddle yard. This means I can use it on my of

North Cowes

North Cowes

 

Introduction

So, an Introduction..: Hello and welcome to my new blog: If you are a bit confused, let me get you up to speed:   Basically, I read up on the pre-grouping side of the forum that not everyone is too keen on people posting their layout's fictional histories there, so I've decided to create this new blog to effectively put out the background story for a future saga of layouts, as unfortunately; me still being a teenager, living with his parents; means that I neither have the mon

Hando

Hando

Backscenes

Backscenes

A quick post to say I have just taken delivery of these beautiful panels for Addleford Green's backscene.     They are 3mm Foamex with the images printed on the surface and treated with a matt protective layer. I bought them online from one of many suppliers of this kind of material. I ordered them Monday and they arrived this morning, Thursday! The process was uncomplicated, completed entirely online and they even contacted me when they thought some white would show at the

JRamsden

JRamsden

Let there be blue (and undercarriage)

Let there be blue (and undercarriage)

Things have moved on a fair bit since the last post. After doing the main shell in BR Grey, I masked the cab ends and also the inter-carriage doors which I sprayed yellow. Then I masked the rest up and painstakingly guessed where the grey should be around the windows in order to spray the rest blue. It is clear the scale of the model isnt entirely accurate, however unless you are comparing to a prototype photo then you wouldn't know the difference.   2 of the 3 coaches are now sprayed

508EMU

508EMU

 

Rockershovels!

For anyone unfamiliar with these brutes..  https://m.facebook.com/pages/category/Mining-Company/Geevor-Muckers-Loco-Restoration-Group-1529683350637528/posts/   I’m somehow, rather ambiguous about this. It’s good to see them survive but ... I worked there in my student days.... I went to Geevor as a museum and somehow....

rockershovel

rockershovel

VSOE Phoenix & Cygnus pt2

VSOE Phoenix & Cygnus pt2

With my class 37 respray project now complete, its time to turn attention to the next item to hit the work bench.  There are a couple of painting projects that I have in mind, but they all need multiple airbrush sessions and before I can use it again I need to work out the cause of a major air leak in my compressor.    I am awaiting components to enable work to continue on my next two steam projects, so not a lot that I can do there.  So instead I have turned my attention back to my VS

The Fatadder

The Fatadder

 

Laying out Helston

Need to work on making my images smaller! Last item for this update is that I have now received the track for Helston and have started laying it out.  Having been working with modern OS maps available on-line and good old Google maps and street view, earlier this week I was faced with a challenge.  Looking at pictures of the station building from the road and looking towards Praze, it did not appear that Station Road continued as it does now, there was a wall that appeared to be in the way

MullionPeter

MullionPeter

Bachmann 37 respray 37230 Transrail

Bachmann 37 respray 37230 Transrail

While 37403 is not yet finished, its time to move on to part 2 of my Class 37 refresh, respraying what was a BR Blue Bachmann 37/0 into Transrail Dutch (with a bit of 1990s updating into the mix)   The first job was to strip down the model, removing the windows (which was a very tough job with a lot of glue to break) and separating the ends from the body.   With the ends separated from the body the first job was to add a Replica high intensity headlight, drilling a hole through the end

The Fatadder

The Fatadder

 

Silvester Layout Operating Session

Hello, during the christmas time and the first weekends in January a friend of mine held the so called Silvester Layout operating session during that time. The time period is set to 1919 just before the founding of the DRG (Deutsch Reichsbahn Gesellschaft, Impirial German Railway Society). Most of the layout is assembled with modules built to the FREMO N-RE standards. Enjoy the video.     Markus

McRuss

McRuss

 

Wagons Roll. Dapol and Parkside builds with a few extras

With 009 goings on with Wadenhoe Road my OO builds have been put on the back burner. Hopefully this year will see a new OO gauge layout once more set in Northamptonshire with an iron stone theme.    Some of this stock I've had waiting around for getting the air brush fired up will no doubt make an appearance on the new layout.    Like many before the Dapol unfinished wagon body shells can be bought for less than £3. Mated with a suitable Parkside or Ratio chassis is a means o

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Cheddar P4 - January 2020 update

Cheddar P4 - January 2020 update

Morning all. After an interesting couple of weeks, I've started working on the station building again and moved on to the roof. The parts were cut when I had the rest of the building done and I can now start to assemble the parts. The distinctive ends are layers of mdf, row mark and perspex, sandwiched together and set with spray mount. The top edge is then glued into the roof slab, the underside of which I had rendered to match the diagonal planking. The colour will need lightening a bit from t

ullypug

ullypug

Sandy Shores - Trestle, Groyne & Jetty

Sandy Shores - Trestle, Groyne & Jetty

Space is limited on the spit, hence the lack of a run-around loop; but the more pressing issue was the lack of room for a headshunt. Due to the soft foundations at this end of the spit, it was felt that a wooden trestle would be the best option; with long piles driven down into the sand until they hit a firm foundation. In the lines original guise as a construction railway for the lighthouse in the early 1850s, a temporary short line was built from the little harbour to the foreshore. Once the h
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