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Return to Tutbury.

Three years on and history repeats itself as Colwyn Bay Goods returns to Tutbury village hall for The 2mm Association's supermeet. My thanks to John Aldrick for the invite and to everyone else involved with putting on another enjoyable show.   Work has been quietly progressing in the background since the layouts previous outing and below is a quick summary.     - Set up at Tutbury with temporary foamboard fiddle yard wall clamped in place.     The la

Bryn

Bryn

 

NWR #6 'Percy'

I finished Percy!   I will be making my own chassis for it as I want slightly bigger 14mm/ 3' 6" wheels (rather than 12mm / 3') and slower running so the Peckett W4 chassis it is mainly designed for I have just borrowed from my own Peckett W4, that's why I have not painted the wheels greener.  The #6 is a home made decal, not perfect but good enough.  I'm VERY happy!  Will get some faces sorted la

Knuckles

Knuckles

Resurrecting 26010/Keeping 26043 Alive

Resurrecting 26010/Keeping 26043 Alive

Not a lot to report on 26043...its making a few funny noises but nothing really of interest since the last update, things might get a little more interesting towards the winter when we start taking roof panels off....   In the meantime.....   I took a help for request from the Llangollen diesel boys, owners of 26010.... 26010 was in a sport of bother in that it had damaged a commutator on the traction motor.    long and short of it deal arranged for 26010 to visit T

pheaton

pheaton

 

Diesels!

A few diesels. The owner had fitted DCC chips to them. I have reset some of the CVs on these to sort out acceleration/Deceleration and then a waft of weathering after adding the details at one end on these. First up a Vitrains 37   and a bit of front end detail   Hornby Class 50   Heljan Class 58  and the dreaded door stickers!   Bachmann/Kernow Sir Daniel Gooch   and a close up   and

Barry O

Barry O

 

Slow progress

Ok, so limited progress of late, other demands and priorities. However I've made a start on the small Station building, creating a basic card "box" that all the detail can be hung on. I've tried replicating the clapboard/weatherboard finish of the original using thinner card, and although it's a slow process, I'm impressed with the results! Hopefully this will continue.....  Ebay has provided some excellent Ho scale corrugated sheet from Auhagen for the roof, of which more later.   

D6150

D6150

The first train to Callington Road (well almost...)

The first train to Callington Road (well almost...)

Firstly I should mention that it was great to meet and catch up with many familiar names at the supermeet in Tutbury last weekend. Sadly, I didn’t spend as much time as I should’ve speaking to folks, as I was busy screwing up D869’s shunting tractor while he wasn’t looking. Still I’m told that one of the objectives of the day was to test the reliability so that in itself can be looked at in a vaguely positive light.   So back to Callington Road, when I arrived back at the beginning of

MinerChris

MinerChris

 

Grass on the Field

I have a short post this week.    I bought a Woodland Scenics Static King at a reasonable discount.   Store I bought it from had used it once for the store layout.  I payed about 70% of list for the applicator itself.      Why do I mention this in my anything goes blog?  Why would I not post this in my trains blog?   Boom.   and a cruel close-up of one of the pauldrons;   I'm OK with some patchiness.    This is supposed to be a horror-movie sor

AlfaZagato

AlfaZagato

 

Clerestory Brake 3rd diag D14

So far the only coaching stock that I've built to use on Sherton Abbas, are a rake of 4 wheeler's along with a solitary all 3rd bogie clerestory.  To add a bit of variety to operating sessions I've decided to build some more passenger stock and thought I'd document their build in my blog.   The Slater's kits comprise of really well moulded plastic components for the majority of the coach body, accompanied by lost wax castings for for detail parts.  The coaches run on etched brass bogie

wenlock

wenlock

 

GWR Bird class - smokebox extension

I had a spare hour this afternoon, and itchy fingers, so I set about correcting the too-short smokebox. As far as I can gather - and my OS Nock books on GWR 4-4-0s haven't really helped clarify things - it''s the fact that the boiler is superheated which leads to the longer smokebox on the Birds and Bulldogs. From what I could glean from photos, the chimney stays where it is, and all the extra length is ahead of the smokebox saddle. I eyeballed the necessary extension distance, based on photos o

Barry Ten

Barry Ten

 

Oxford Rail N7 Modifications

With Oxford Rail having announced they would produce 3 N7 variants I was like many very happy, as the N7 filled another hole in the GE/LNER modellers world. As these engines would be responsible for suburban services in and around London they also ventured around the former GE Suburban workings replacing many older suburban locomotive types the F5's spring to mind and later on they also were tasked with working some Kings Cross Suburban workings.    So with the LNER N7 finally in my po
 

GWR Bird class - Back in Black

After some snags with the gear-meshing, the Bird is now running nice and freely and I've began priming and tidying up the bodywork ready for painting.     This is after several applications of Games Workshop Chaos Black, which is a very good flat black and excellent for priming and general painting. I found that the bodywork had acquired a lot of scratches and gouges from the process of removing the surface detail, little of which was obvious in the bare plastic state. I see

Barry Ten

Barry Ten

 

HIGH TREES JUNCTION - UPPER QUADRANT SIGNALS

Iv'e gone with LMS upper quadrant signals after taking Dave's advice.  These should now match the BR period depicted.  Instead of rushing these, I should have researched Semaphore signals properly - alas, that's how we learn!   A class 31/4 waits on signal. A HST speeds past the junction on the main line.  This is a much beloved Lima set and it's great to see it run around and around.   An old, detailed Lima 50 pulls an old Hornby class 86.  The 'Freigh
Fen End Pit - fun in Kettering

Fen End Pit - fun in Kettering

Not much happened on the Stour Valley over the past couple of weeks as I slowly prepared for the East Anglia Model Railway show in Kettering. I was invited at comparatively short notice to fill in for another layout. Several of my usual crew weren't available but I was luckily able to persuade (press-gang) KH1 and Nawty Quay to come and help out to bolster the team. Thanks also due to John and Michael for their help too.   Over the period of a couple of weeks I was able to work through
 

Mostly new arrivals

D603 finally arrived from Kernow. Cracking model and an excellent runner. The other hydraulics popped out to greet it. The N7 is Oxfords best so far.  I think I've got enough 33s now.

Tim Hall

Tim Hall

Sentinel Shunter - Episode 2

Sentinel Shunter - Episode 2

I've been making steady progress on the Sentinel. I'd initially started out this project with the intention of making a model of a BSC shunter with the backstory that it had been purchased by ECC, just like Denise. However the more it progressed, the more I thought it'd probably be better to just make a model of Denise herself. Fiction is, after all, only so satisfying. While studying photos of the prototype, I noticed I'd made a boo-boo: Can you see it? It turns out that th

Stoker

Stoker

Kyle - More Tutbury tractors...

Kyle - More Tutbury tractors...

Evening all,    As per Andy’s blog update, there was a 2mmFS Supermeet in Tutbury yesterday. I have posted a few thoughts and photos from the day on the exhibition thread so here’s an update on Kyle as part of the show.   Took the day off Friday to run some tests and check my two 37’s ran ok as had just received them back from Coastal DCC - Kevin had done a great job hard wiring the lights and also introducing a stay alive to them. In trying to reduce the amount of ‘stuff’ I

bcnPete

bcnPete

 

Tutbury Tractoring

As you might have seen on one of 2mm threads, the tractor and its test bed put in an appearance at the Tutbury gathering yesterday.   Several folks had a try at tractor driving and several politely declined. Apart from hopefully being entertaining for the budding driver it was interesting for me to see what happens with someone else at the wheel.   Full marks to Laurie Adams for being the only person to attempt and complete the full tractor shunting challenge (swap an i

D869

D869

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