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Farm buildings (almost) complete

Farm buildings (almost) complete

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, Jonathan

JRamsden

JRamsden

New Crymlyn A Shop Contract.

New Crymlyn A Shop Contract.

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

davey4270

davey4270

 

Another Wooden Wonder - Timber Tracks GWR 4 Road Engine Shed Conversion - Part. 1

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).      

toboldlygo

toboldlygo

Scratchbuilt GWR horsedrawn float

Scratchbuilt GWR horsedrawn float

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

Mikkel

Mikkel

Further Infinity

Further Infinity

Just more finessing of the paint.   There truly isn't much more to do.   I just didn't do much over the past week.   Really, I'll move onto something else soon.

AlfaZagato

AlfaZagato

37403 pt1

37403 pt1

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

The Fatadder

The Fatadder

Into the paintshop

Into the paintshop

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

The Fatadder

The Fatadder

 

A Very Large Build - HMCS Snowberry Part.2

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.  

toboldlygo

toboldlygo

 

A Very Large Build - HMCS Snowberry Part.1

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     

toboldlygo

toboldlygo

 

66009, 90028 and 90034 stop off at Rose Heath

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.   A coll

DBC90024

DBC90024

Half-relief Kentish oast

Half-relief Kentish oast

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

JRamsden

JRamsden

Platforms

Platforms

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.

goldngreen

goldngreen

Finney 2251 pt5

Finney 2251 pt5

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

The Fatadder

The Fatadder

Catching a Bus (wire).

Catching a Bus (wire).

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

Wizardtrains

Wizardtrains

Bodmin General(ish) Station building starts 7

Bodmin General(ish) Station building starts 7

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

hayfield

hayfield

Finney 2251 part 4

Finney 2251 part 4

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

The Fatadder

The Fatadder

 

Plans for my Class 37 fleet

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

The Fatadder

The Fatadder

SECR 4 Wheel 2nd

SECR 4 Wheel 2nd

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

AlexHolt

AlexHolt

Wires

Wires

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

RedgateModels

RedgateModels

Playing with sound, part 2

Playing with sound, part 2

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

Dave John

Dave John

Something Agricultural for Christmas

Something Agricultural for Christmas

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.   https://www.flickr.com/phot

Mick Bonwick

Mick Bonwick

Bodmin General(ish) Station building starts 7

Bodmin General(ish) Station building starts 7

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

hayfield

hayfield

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