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Sheeted 5 plank open

I'm still busy building pointwork for the proposed layout, 4 points completed so far and I'm about halfway through the double slip. The C & L timbertrack bases, preformed crossing vees and milled switch blades, really help speed construction up. I was never much of a fan of building 4mm pointwork and viewed it as a "necessary evil," drilling sleepers and tapping in rivets wasn't much fun in my opinion! I'm now a convert and find 7mm track building very satisfying and almost pleasurable!

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Another pair of GWR opens!

Great Western Railway open wagons constructed using Cooper Craft kits, with the addition of Slaters sprung buffers and wheels.   GWR 3 plank open   GWR 4 plank open

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GWR 6 wheel Siphon

Built from a Slaters Plastikard kit, with the addition of some white metal milk churns. I can't remember who made the churns, but the Slaters kit went together beautifully! I really like non passenger brown vehicles, so I'm planning on building a number more for my GWR Edwardian branch line.     I'm still busy beavering away building points for the project, I wasn't sure how much I'd enjoy it, but it's turned out to be very satisfying. Each one is taking about a week of modelling time, e

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First 7mm, 31.5mm gauge Point completed (well nearly anyway!)

O.K. So here it is, my first 7mm point! Constructed using C & L plastic 2 bolt chairs, Nickel Silver rail and a Timbertracks B6 sleeper base. I also used a pre-soldered crossing vee and machined switchblades from the same supplier. The cost involved in buying pre made vees and switches is money well spent in my opinion, saving a lot of time laboriously filing and shaping lengths of rail. The machining seems very accurate and I found the switch rails sat really flush against the stock rai

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Match Truck and Load

I've spent the last weeks modelling time building my first 7mm point. It's being constructed using C & L components along with their timbertracks sleeper bases. I'm using 31.5mm gauges, supplied by Debs and really like appearance of the reduced flangeways on the point. Its not finished quite yet, but my test wagon seems to trundle through O.K. so, so far so good! I'll post some pics of the finished result when i get there.   Since its been over a week since I've posted anything, here'

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A pair of Minks!

GWR Iron Mink diag V6   Built from an etched brass WEP kit   GWR Wooden Mink diag V5 Built from an etched brass WEP kit

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A pair of early livery opens!

As a bit of light relief from track planning, I've built a couple of Cooper Craft wagons. As I wanted them in the early livery, I've changed the axle boxes and brakes for something more appropriate for the era. I've always really rated Cooper Craft kits and built most of the range in my 4mm days. I only wish the 4mm Minks were available in 7mm scale! I'm not a fan of the buffers supplied with the kits, so they have been replaced with turned, sprung buffers from Slaters Plastikard.   GWR 4

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Ready for paint!

GWR Horse Box   I picked this kit up from Danny Pinnock of D&S models at Telford last year. The etches go together very well and the castings although white metal, were remarkably flash free and well detailed. I'm going to add some vacuum pipes from Slaters brass castings, as I like their use of springs for the flexible hose. Almost ready for priming and then painting in chocolate brown.  

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Full Size Planning!

In order to refine the design and armed with a roll of Wickes linning paper and an assortment of C&L's templates, I've spent a productive day setting out the final full size trackplan. Everything appears to fit ok, but I'd love any advice/wisdom,if anyone can spot any potential problems! Having previously modelled in 4mm, I must admit I'm impressed with the size of 7mm. A B8 or B9 point is one heck of a lengthy beast, but I do think they add to the flow of the plan and hopefully the reali

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Cattle Trucks revisited!

In response to the comments and advice I received from Buffalo regarding wagon numbering, along with suggestions from BlackRat and Ian Smith, that straw might make a nice addition to the wagons, I decided to get busy! Thanks for all your interest and advice guys, i hope you like the results.   GWR cattle wagon diag W1   GWR cattle wagon diag W5   GWR cattle wagon diag W3

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A Trio of Cattle Trucks!

Great Western Railway 18' 6" Diag W1 Cattle Trucks Built using Slater's Plastikard 7mm kits.     Great Western Railway Small cattle Truck Diag W3 Constructed from a Pow Sides models etched brass kit

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Mock up completed!

I've spent a couple of evenings making a mock up of the proposed layout. It's really helped me visualise how the finished article might look. Everything seems to fit in O.K, but I've labelled the points with their "hand" and code number in the hope that if anyone spots an obvious cock up they'll let me know!   I think it has a nice flow about it and should have enough operational potential without being over complicated. I like the idea of my liitle Manning Wardle wheezing along the private

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Been shopping!

I've been out today and bought some foam board, with a view to making a 7th scale model of the proposed layout. No pictures yet, but it's coming along nicely. I'd previously photo copied the templates in Barry Normans book and after cutting them out spent the afternoon shuffling them around. It's somehow very satisfying messing with these templates and has given me a much better idea of the radii and clearances involved. The paper representations of stock are great for working out how long

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Time for a Brake! (or two)

GWR 16 ton Toad brake van Diag AA3   Constructed from a Connoisseur etched brass kit. I really rate Jim McGeowen's kits, well thought out, go together well and don't cost the earth. I just wish he did more Edwardian Great Western Stock!           GWR 10t outside wooden framed brake van Diag AA16 Constructed from a WEP etched brass kit. I had real problems with this one! The outside framing has to be folded up along it's length to form a "U" shaped channel for each individual piece

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Pondering on plans 2

Here's my attempt at resolving some of the issues previously discussed.   I'd appreciate any input as to whether a double slip would be used in this way to provide a catch and protect the main from the loop and sidings.   Thanks in anticipation   Dave

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Pondering on layout plans!

Time has come to start finalising plans for the "Great Railway Project." After numerous drafts and ambitious schemes, that never had any chance of ever being completed, I'm going to settle on something that endeavours to fill the following wish list.   Layout Requirements list   Great Western Railway circa 1907 7mm to the foot O gauge finescale Hand built track/pointwork to a minimum radius of 6 foot Branch line terminus Station platform facing viewing side Small goo

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Great Western Railway 4 wheel Brake 3rd diag T34

This is one of a rake of coaches that I have built to represent a branchline train as running circa 1907. It was constructed from a Slaters Plastikard kit and is to 7mm scale. I added additional detail, including suitable period figures, mirrors and advertisments to the interior compartments. The model was sprayed using my Iwata airbrush with enamel paint and then lined using a Bob Moore pen. Best described as a labour of love, the lining took me ages, but despite a few choice words during i

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Manning Wardle F class 0-4-0 number 719 "Lady Jayne"

Something a little different that my usual G.W.R. offerings! "Lady Jayne" will be employed on my proposed layout to propel wagons along a private line, leading from a yet decided industry and onto an exchange siding. The loco was built using the Slaters kit as a base, with a lot of additional detail. Before anyone spends time looking through their Manning Wardle archives, the loco Lady Jayne never really existed and is a feeble attempt on my part to keep Mrs Wenlock sweet!    

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Great Western 517 class number 539

One of my favorite GWR loco's, I love the proportions of 0-4-2 tank engines, they just look "right" somehow! Built using a Malcolm Mitchell etched brass kit, with added detail. Running once again on Slaters wheels and incorporating sprung compensation. Painted using the faithful Iwata airbrush, before lining with Fox transfers.  

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