A bit more progress on the roof.
The first 2 bay roof is installed and this part of the shed is becomeing quite ridgid. I have started fitting both roof and wall cappings. It look like I am going to see if Wills will sell me some extra roof sprues as I will need some more roof capping and if I use them the smoke jacks. I will also need 2 more packs of slate roofing. Still quite pleased with progress so far.
My London Midland 153 arrived today, and I've added the light bar to see what its like, and actually very effective. I was extremely annoyed that my 156 has now started flying sparks when (if) it moves. So far only the 67 from Dapol has worked without a hitch (I may regret saying that...)
Anyway, as well as the 153, my order of shopping trolleys turned up in the post as well, so I now have a few added to the Ikea scene. Grahame mentioned these on his blog, and I was jumping with joy when I sa
Had a very busy day at Warley today,
First up the shopping list that seems to be a prerequisite of a post Warley forum posting...
As mentioned elsewhere I've been very good this year, with all but ??16 of my spending coming from the cash I brought with me, and the sales of some etches. Those who know me will probably be amazed
First up was the all important rail for my 2010 challenge layout, 2 packs of Exactoscale FB steel rail. I'd like to thank Exactoscale for the exceptional ser
Part of the plan for this new layout is to keep it as simple (both in terms of scenery and trackwork) as possible in order to reasonably move region according to whatever stock I have at hand to run.
Currently I don't have a great deal, and what I do have is mainly Southern in origin (BR liveried Q1 and M7, plus a green 08 shunter, a selection of green Mk1s). I have just acquired a Darlington-based Standard 4mt 2-6-0, though, and have a long term plan to build something based properly in Cou
Well i have got the track down today & i am about to do some of the wiring
At the mo the yards can only work with Forks as i have run of of track but i will fit the bridging tracks to the outer ends before the CRM show so the yards can be put anywere withing the On30 Modules
note to self must pick up some small door nobs them screws are sharp
The bad weather has arrived this afternoon as forecast so its back inside for some laptop work, blog & thread updates & some research into some decent track !
Did manage a couple of hours woodwork earlier this afternoon and managed to complete the higher level base and frame 3 sides of the main board with 6mm ply. All sanded, glued, screwed & nailed with a good level surface, no big gaps (my usual wood working outcome !) and no sign anything will move or warp.
Re-use an existing 4'x1' baseboard to create a simple micro-layout that:
can be stored on its end under my stairs
allows some simple shuffling of wagons around
doesn't look too cluttered.
Where I am so far:
Baseboard exists from previous layout
Track has arrrived (Peco Code 75)
New Xuron track-cutters have been delivered
Track-plan exists in my head
Stock exists but needs weathering a 3-link coupling-ing.
Ok, this is the first stab (actaully the second, but the first was too small...) at the front wall of the Harbour Office.
The paint is simply water colours, dabbed on in small, stone sized blobs. I think it needs more definition, so a black 0.3mm pen will be purchased today to help.
The steps don't quite line up with the step wall - this is because I can't make steps and resorted to using a piece from the Airfix footbridge. However, the side of the wall will be well covered with ivy, et
The 4REP build is completed. I have placed it in the 'Kitbuilding and Scratchbuilding' part of the forum, at the link below:
I don't think that I will bother to be blogging here any more.
I had a look at the MJT corridor connections on some coaches, I found I could solder a 10BA screw on the back, and use this to vary the length of the corridor connectors. A few minutes work, and a coach that was in the scrap box was available for use.
Here goes then, dont get too excited as this may not suit many but seeing as I was about to start a new project I might as well join in the fun and enter it as my 2010 challenge layout or should I say overgrown photo diorama !
Its not going to win many marks for operational content or ingenuity but for me this is about some top draw realistic photos, cracking scenary including using some stuff I have not tried before and showcasing some weathered stock both new & old.
One of the areas I had to address was the trackwork in general, and pointwork in particular. Since the rebuild was to be so extensive, I was faced with building a good few points. I didn't realise just how many until I got stuck in, but suffice to say that none of the original ones remain, apart from 4 Vs and 9 stock rails! In many ways that is a good thing in that there is going to be a consistency of construction, and it will be nobody's fault but mine if it doesn't run well.
At the outset
Over the past few weeks work and other things have got in the way of progress. The first turnout is built and tested, this was the easy one as it is a straight B6, nice and simple.
Over the past couple of nights I have worked our where each wall meets the sides and fixed them together. Now on to the roofs.
I have started at the rear first with the 2 single spans. The rear gentler slope is easy but it is the steeper one with the north lights I need to work out. I decided to make them
Well it's been a few weeks now since I first posted my intentions to modify a Hornby Pacer up to more modern standards and after a stint on my rake of PNAs and some structures for Paxton Road a parcel arrived from Mainly Trains...
Handrail wire and short handrail knobs! Just what I had been waiting for - and an excuse to get the Pacer back out.
I've removed all the plastic handrails and replaced with wire on one unit so far, it really does lift the model. I've also tidied up the doors with
Really need to get better at adding new things onto the blog but work has been busy of late. I have had the not so fun task of masking the station building recently so that I could add the green paint to all the wooden framing on the building. The colour decided upon for Rannoch is precision LNER Doncaster green (dull) which seemed a good match with the research photos. I used Tamiya tape and this a took about 2 and a 1/2 hours to do due to all the window and door openings. Here
Hello Folks, Ive not had any chance for some modelling, been too busy mucking about with boilers, I would like to say that 45428 Eric Treacy will be pressure tested next week if all goes to plan, fingers crossed aye. 75029s boiler was lifted on wednesday and also the GWR 2.8.0 3814s boiler was placed on a lowmac and taken up the back field for storage. It was great to see the breakdown crane working up close. awesome piece of machinery.
many regards, Chris
Well, the second installment of the Dinorwic photos have finally been shifted onto the new RMweb... Linky
There are still a few other photos on the original RMweb3 thread (linked in the first post on the photo thread), but here's a sample of my poor photography of a good subject from the transferred images
Thanks for the reply Ravenser,
It's quite entertaining trying to unearth as much of the historic kit information as possible.
Still much to do, but here it is with the only coupling I have being harmonized with my existing
stock, which out of interest is my only other coke wagon.
As expected it runs well at the end of a train. Until I can find another coupling it can't be heavily loaded with a string
of wagons behind. Not weighed it either, but