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Thirty-Seven and 25

Thirty-Seven and 25

Oh hey, I took pictures this week.   Paint continues on the Tau.   I've chromed the optics as a precursor to a translucent blue.   I've always found a good chrome silver makes clears pop.    Muzzles and other 'hot' parts of weapons have received a coat of Vallejo gunmetal.   It is much brighter than I expected, but it'll do.     Sunday found me and my friend at the local Gundam club's 'build day.'   Nice events.   I get to chat with others, mostly around my age, wh

AlfaZagato

AlfaZagato

Stour Valley Dream -  layering grass texture

Stour Valley Dream - layering grass texture

Thanks to some encouragement from one of my friends this week I got around to trying to layer some additional grass textures on the cutting sides. I used Peco Scene Layering Spray which worked pretty well, it doesn't seem to colour the existing grass but holds the next layer of static grass securely. Getting different lengths and colours of grass fibres makes quite a difference to the overall look.     The pickup goods approaches the overbridge on its way from Clare to Caven

Fen End Pit

Fen End Pit

 

Johnson Street IEMD: Loco fleet Update - 7th November 2019 - third time lucky?

So, well, there couldnt be a worse time for thinking about, hang about, not thinking about, actually... doing the deed ... buying another damn loco, yes, ok, so im between jobs at the moment ... not good i know... but well, it was there for the taking... it had to be done... early Christmas present and in the wider sense, well, the Heljan Class 86 is a loco for which I have had two already, a freightliner one and also an Anglia blue one also, now, the one which makes the most sense, comes purrin

DBC90024

DBC90024

 

Another Naval Build - Supermarine Attacker FB.2

Hot on the heels of the Tempest and defying my normal convention of posting a cameo of my next build - as I have three unfinished (and I'm unmotivated to finish them yet), I opted for a quick and simple build instead.   I've had the Attacker in my stash for nearly a year, so I thought what the hell let's build it.    Up first here's what's in the box...               The sprues a clean a crisp, no sho

toboldlygo

toboldlygo

 

Sheep in industry..

Well, taking advantage of the recent trend in ready to run industrial motive power, I have made a few purchases as of late.    These will form the basis of a little industrial adventure..........   I really have no idea how this will pan out..

NHY 581

NHY 581

 

Second opinions are needed

This gives some context to the Gazebo     And this was simply forgotten, about the time everything went Pete Tong      I simply cannot believe that we were seriously considering cutting it up for firewood. Luckily, AD's partner stepped in and re-arranged the workshop to provide wheelchair access and somewhere for the mini-diorama. For a small space, it seems surprisingly spacious and uncluttered.   JB

Jack Benson

Jack Benson

 

Johnson Street IEMD: Progress update: November 2019

Having just started my first attempt at uploading videos on youtube for the beginnings of Johnson Street IEMD, i thought it would be a good idea to upload the latest pictures from the world of Johnson Street IEMD. The layout is really coming coming together as one can see in the videos. A depot needs locos and given theat there have been one or three changes from the list back in July, I thought I'd do a blog update, so as of 5th November, the locos at Johnson Street are:   ''United Co

DBC90024

DBC90024

Boxfile Bodging

Boxfile Bodging

So I'm getting closer to the point of fixing down track and one of the starting points has to be the original boxfile layout. I've already sawn a corner off so that it fits snugly around the front facia of the Tim Horn baseboard but at the other end we have the inset Y point that was manually operated with a bit of wire in tube. To convert this to servo drive from underneath I needed to access the mechanism to remove the wire and the overcentre spring.   To help blend in the transition

RedgateModels

RedgateModels

Sturminster Newton part 2

Sturminster Newton part 2

I have been working on the goods shed and Northern approach into the station. Had some great help from posters on the Somerset and Dorset RMWEB forum, including photos and advice on point rodding.   Ballasting and weathering next, I really must make a sky scene to cover the other station building above the bridge, so much to do.

down the sdjr

down the sdjr

Blog Entry 300 - Stour Valley progress

Blog Entry 300 - Stour Valley progress

Last week I finally managed to get back on to doing some scenic work on the main layout, I was waiting until I had both platforms cut and assembled and that was waiting on getting the platform 2 building built. I managed to get the track through the platforms painted and ballasted and then the basic ground works cut in polystyrene, scupltamolded  and painted.   This evening I drove a few trains around to celebrate. The Brush Type 2 arrives with the pickup goods while the Cravens DMU wa

Fen End Pit

Fen End Pit

Kyle be back...

Kyle be back...

Evening all,   Quick update to say Kyle appeared at the Wycrail one day show yesterday.   As always, a very nice show and very friendly and helpful exhibition team.    Good to see some familiar faces for a catch up and also meet some new peeps. Received some very nice comments and overall the layout performed well.   I really do need to sit down and work my way through the list of small things such as replacing knuckle couplings on coaches, corridor connectio

bcnPete

bcnPete

 

Hunslet 22hp 4wDM kit - some available!

Models available!   In very limited numbers, mind. This is a bit of an experiment, to see what people's appetite for 3D printed kits is like - I'm quite nervous about it! I have a couple of kits for the Hunslet 4wDM 'Courage' available, for the princely sum of £25. This gets you a set of prints (body, chassis, roof and exhaust), to which you can then add wheels, a motor, gears, pickups, coupling hooks, plastic strip and handrail wire to make a working model (the cost of the additional

TurboSnail

TurboSnail

 

A Slightly Smaller Build: The Typhoon's V1 Killing Baby Sister - The Tempest V. Part 4

Time for Part 4...   So where I'd left it, there were bits painted & part painted and a Tempest waiting for them...   With the silver parts retrieved from the loft and the wheel centres masked so the tyres could be repainted - these were sent back to the spray-booth. The undercarriage doors were fitted to the main legs and the dry fitted to the plane - along with various other undercarriage & underside parts (saves glue & paint going everywhere), before gluing int

toboldlygo

toboldlygo

 

Progress? Well, a little.

30587 at Boscarne Junction I thought I’d start this with a picture of 30587 at Boscarne which is of course the inspiration behind Bosmelin. And anyway it’s a nice picture. Although I’m not really a ‘loco-geek/nerd/nutter,’ having more interest in railways as a whole, locomotives are a pretty vital component. Rapid progress in building THE RSR has never been allowed to interfere with my inherent ability to let other activities divert me from fulfilling a goal. Ashamedly I see that it is over 7

RichardS

RichardS

My History of Northumberton

My History of Northumberton

Hi all   As I've been building my new layout I've been trying to imagine the story behind it. As I'm using this blog as a record of my build I thought I'd make a few notes on what is coming in the future. As I've already mentioned the station is squarely based around Acklington station - my closest ECML halt. I've been to site armed with my camera and taken many photographs.   Although the main station building is now private dwellings it is wonderful to see all the original

Wizardtrains

Wizardtrains

 

How many Pannier tanks does one man need Part 2

The remaining 2 panniers are Bachmann bodies with Comet chassis, one with a Portescap motor and one with a Branchlines gearbox. The issue with fitting a scale chassis under the Bachmann body is there is no boiler bottom as on the Bachmann chassis this is part of the chassis. I have made up a boiler botton for 9774  but remains a job for 5712. 5712 is also an early style cab. I have a High Level chassis to build so this may well end up as one the Panniers sold to the NCB such 7754 and painted bri

Norton961

Norton961

 

How many Pannier Tanks does one man need?

I now have a collection of 4 Pannier tanks, all of which were at one time allocated to Wellington and would regularly work down to Trench sidings and beyond with pick up freights. 9630 has an interesting heritage, being a Korean brass loco built by Samhongsa and comes with sprung hornblocks. I bought it for £25.00 out of a box under a traders stand with a very poor paint job. I think the trader thoiught it was a backmann one, hence the chaep price. Now converted to P4 (by my friend Tony She

Norton961

Norton961

The Long Drag to Garsdale – Out In The Country (1)

The Long Drag to Garsdale – Out In The Country (1)

Three Dog Night sang the title and also Cliff Richard sang a a similar song ‘In the country’, so here I am up to my ears as it were in country diorama modelling. Having laid off cut polystyrene as a foundation base, I’m now going to enjoy myself sculpturing in the foreground for the next few blogs. Incidentally the photos in my last blog were a disaster as I tried to reduce their size to comply with the 10 MB limit, and as a consequence the text shrunk as well. Fewer photos needed or more progra
 

Some pictures for November, bringing back Summer

To the south of Harrow. A Cravens 105 arrives with a shuttle from Stanmore Village. A southbound Parcels passes a freight with two 25s in charge, as a Euston bound Express hurries through.     Northbound Express overtakes a 47 hauling some empty MGR wagons at Harrow. In the background a six car 501 heads off for Watford.     Out at Linslade, and the 47 hauled MGR empties has just exited the Tunnels.     Improbability factor. 1200 'Fa

anroar53

anroar53

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