So two build's for the price of one here..
First up the Sand House, this was a straight-forward build apart from the curving the roof and also had lighting to install.
Part way painting
Installing the lighting
Painting almost done.
I also painted the interior
Fresh from Weathering
Just a quick post to show the result of a couple of days of painting. Hope I did them justice! Can't wait to get them 'planted' and actually have something scenic on the layout.
The oast still needs its steps assembling and glazing fitting, but that may not happen before Christmas.
All for now,
Crymlyn A Shop is pleased to announce that, once again, it has been chosen by the Peckett Locomotive Company of Bristol as their preferred contractor to construct one of their "X" class locomotives for the Swansea Harbour Trust Railway Company.
Three previous contracts with Peckett have been successfully completed and we look forward to future partnerships.
Work has already started on constructing the frames and a picture of the prototype is attached.
It is Friday afternoon and th
Another Timber Track building, but this time a conversion from a two to a four track Engine Shed.
I started this when I was finishing off the Coaling Stage and then it went on a bit of a back-burner while my client finalised his track plans..
Basically I built the first shed as per the instructions, to get it to a certain point. Again construction was very straight-forward and quick - aided by a quick drying pva wood glue (Javis Velo-set).
These past weeks I have had some pleasant early morning modelling sessions, building a GWR covered float for my early 1900s setting.
The model was built using two drawings in Great Western Horse Power by Janet Russel (figs 180 and 182) and a photo in Great Western Way p.163 (original edition). I was a bit slow to discover that there are variations between the drawings and the photo. The prototype is not in the GWR diagram book for horse-drawn carriages, but is arguably a var
After talking about my class 37 plans for the past few days, its time to crack on with modelling them. First up is 37403, a respray from what was a Large Logo Blue 37412 (its Extreme Etchings nameplates will be finding their way onto the classifieds at the weekend)
The project started with the preparation of the bodyshell, the Bachmann roof grill was removed (an Extreme Etchings replacement has been ordered). The Large Logo, number transfer and scotty dog were removed (using a com
While I wasn't expecting to be starting any painting this year, inspired by the desire to crack on with a model of a Class 37 on my other blog coupled with a very mild day, tonight I was out in the garage getting started on some painting. With the garage heated up in advance (and the paint warmed in a bath of hot water before heading outside), I got on with spraying some GWR green. Between each coat the models were treated to a quick blast with a hairdryer to dry the paint in order to get the
After about a 3 month break, I returned to HMCS Snowberry, my plan of action was simple, get the hull cleaned up, add some details to the forecastle and get the hull into painted..
Hull cleaned up, more wooden decking removed and detailing added.
Looking fine in Halfords Grey Primer
While the primer was curing, I made a start on the main gun.
I thought it was about time that I caught up with a few builds that I haven't done blog entries on...
This is the first and possibly the biggest, namely the ex-Matchbox tooled Revell 1/72nd Scale Flower Class Corvette..
Early on in the year, a client (who I do Railway Commissions for), asked me if I'd entertain building him HMCS Snowberry and I said yes..
So back in May I started on the hull..
One huge box of bits
18th December 2019
After getting my two DB 90s back to leafy Staffordshire, an opportunity to visit an up and working DCC operated layout was too good to be missed, and that of a good friend and fellow modeller.
So, getting to see my first two Bachmann Class 90s in action, one of which now sound fitted and the pair of them both just back from the paintshop, joined by a Bachmann Class 66, in the guise of DB Cargo 66009, also nicely sound fitted as well.
I haven't had as much time to dedicate to modelling lately. The colder weather has made spending time in the shed even less desirable too! However I have been making slow progress on my farm buildings.
The latest project is the half-relief oast house. Despite square kilns actually being older, there are far more round kilns dotted around Kent and Sussex and I prefer the look of them. I must see dozens of different examples every day in my travels. They are a firm fixture of this area
The platforms use Peco platform edging with a cardboard top. The fact that this is a terminus means that the platforms meet at one end. To avoid joins in the surface, I cut all the platforms from a single sheet of cardboard using a template marked on tracing paper laid on the baseboard. The surface is airbrush painted with a Humbrol grey and then weathered using pastels.
The body for 2213 is now complete!
The fine detailing took a long time, in some cases the Finney kit takes it a little too far in my opinion, however most parts were used on the final loco (there were just a few tiny brackets which were just to much for my ability with a soldering iron). I think the end result looks an improvement over the Bachmann model, but it will be interesting to see once it is complete.
The buffer housings, steam heat and vacuum pipes, screw revers
Progress is still slow this month but I did have a bit of a breakthrough thanks to some very helpful people in the forum on DCC help. Link: https://www.rmweb.co.uk/community/index.php?/topic/149989-dcc-bus-help-please/
This also gave me another issue regarding wiring the BUS wires back to the controller (Roco Z21) although I have to say that following some further discussions on the forum I picked up a few hints on where to go next. One thing this did make clear to me was that the DC
A few more doors and windows fitted, the chimney stacks are in the process of being fitted and the canopy at the front has been made by cutting and splicing two kits parts together
Stink pipes fitted but gutters and down pipes will have to wait for the roof to be finished. Also other thing like posters and various boxes still need fitting
I am still putting off the canopy roofs which need quite a lot of kit bashing, they are not the easiest things to build an
Another evening’s work and 2213 takes another step closer to the paintshop.
White metal castings have been added for the superheater oil cover and two plates at the bottom of the firebox, the top feed pipework was formed and soldered into place and the mud door covers have been soldered into position. Finally the smokebox door dart was glued into place, and a start was made on boring out the chimney. I also formed the etching for the whistle shield, although I have not quite worke
I am in the process of re-evaluating the make up of my 1980s loco fleet, as part of this it has identified 3 class 37 models which are surplus to requirements. 37412 in Large Logo, 37673 in RFD and 37235 in BR Blue. Along with 37667 in EWS. On the other hand looking at future projects there are a couple of areas in which I am light on Class 37s, so it makes sense to see what can be repurposed.
The 1998 class 37 fleet currently consists of 37521, 37670 Both EWS, 37612 DRS Blue and
Written about this coach a bit on my layout topic. I've made another 4 wheeler to use up the last of the SECR Coach Transfers I had. This one is a 4 wheel all 2nd coach. With this there are now 8 coaches in the SECR set with an additional luggage van I'll sometimes run with it. This is the last Ratio 4 Wheeler I'll be making for now, I feel like I have enough pre grouping/4 wheeled coaches for now. I may think about getting some of the Hattons coaches when they come out. Now all I need are some
I've been playing with lots of MERG stuff
The plan is to have full DCC control of the servo driven turnouts, but with push buttons on the side of the layout too, that's what the middle "PMP27" board does. A fellow MERG member has ordered a load of proper PCBs for this circuit so that should help neaten it up a bit. Eventually I might produce my own single PCB which will neaten things up significantly as there is a lot of duplication on each PCB producing 5V supplies fo
Well, there it is. I made up a circuit that plays one of nine tracks at random, with selectable intervals. Two sounds can be triggered by the IR detectors which will go out of sight beyond the end of the layout. A whistle as a train enters the station and a different one as a train approaches the traverser.
The whole lot is sat neatly in an old pa amplifier case with its own mains power supplier. This seems to make it immune from transients on the railway itself triggering sounds. T
Back in the days of Summer I had a go at a 1/43rd scale Ferguson TE20 - a Little Grey Fergie. I had found a couple of these, after much searching, and wanted to work on one and leave the other pristine, just to show how much of a difference could be made with just Dullcote, washes and pigments. Unfortunately I didn't do a particularly good job when using my smartphone to take the photographs!
This will keep you going until January.
The platforms have been extended windows and doors being fitted, a small amount of extra work has been done on the roof.
The canopy hs been in my thoughts, I have 3 from the station kits and one free standing one. It will be a U shape and will extend past the buildings, keeping them in the air is the next issue. Each station kit comes with one very substantial casting and the free standing kit has 6 much slender single posts, I may try buying spares from Ratio
The other t
Your doing it again Mikkel, your encouraging me! My bank manager demands that you stop such action immediately ... personally I think you should carry on!
Only just got round to reading it, but really interesting run-down of stables - it goes to show the GWR (and indeed most other significant pre-grouping) railways I suspect did a lot more than just shovel coal into noisy mechanical things and move trucks and passengers from A to B. The GWR Goods Services books really show anothe
There were lots of rebuild methods. The full rebuild has the bottom of the sides curved under -Bachmann do this.
Your original would have been fine for the type of simple rebuild where the alteration was to remove the top door and weld a steel sheet in place https://PaulBartlett.zenfolio.com/brmineralweld/e3dc0fa4c
This looks like a fun project. I'm doing one in 7mm from an old kit.
You might find useful snippets here:
Can I be a bit pedantic, looking at the brakes, in the picture shown, that should be the clutch side (compare to the linked photo). I have got my brakes back to front countless times.
1mm brass strip should be about right for the tie bar. Attaching it is another story. I think CA is about the best bet. The existing W iron keeper will need to be rem
I remember those articles in RM and still have my sand tippler, vacuum brake and 'top flap removed' versions in a box somewhere. I must admit I also left the bar across the top of the side door, probably the article was a bit misleading and we didn't have Paul Bartlett's pictures.... Or the internet!