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Ivatt 2MT tank in P4 - Part 4 Final stretch

Ivatt 2MT tank in P4 - Part 4 Final stretch

Having just about got the hang of the new software and negotiated the family birthday fest between mid Jan and mid Feb, I've returned to the modelling bench. The 2MT detailing has been finished off. I've added injectors, ejectors, upjectors and downjectors, quite a few bits of wire that no doubt have very technical names. I cut out the original door recesses and replaced with a new set back one and added side hung handrails. I've fitted a new chimney (thanks Dave) and subjected the body and chas

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Ivatt 2MT tank in P4 - part 3 Bodywork

Ivatt 2MT tank in P4 - part 3 Bodywork

Happy New Year to you all. I'm not sure how long we're all supposed to keep saying that but as its my first blog of 2019, I will. This time of year is always slightly frugal when it comes to modelling as both the Mrs and myself have birthdays in the first half of the month and being the big 5-0 we spent last weekend in Barcelona, which was nice. Anyhow, the Ivatt chassis has been wired, a substantial amount of lead glued into the body and pick ups added. Happily, it trundles quite satisfacto

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Ivatt 2MT Tank in P4 - Part 2 valve gear

Ivatt 2MT Tank in P4 - Part 2 valve gear

Merry Christmas and festive compliments of the season (whatever they are - that's a moist turkey etc.) to you all. Following some sound and appreciated advice, I turned with some trepidation towards the Walschaerts valve gear on the 2MT. But, as was predicted, I took things steadily and didn't really have any problems at all (Thanks Dave!). In fact I enjoyed it. So much so I want to do another one! I've used a 16BA nut and bolt to join the two halves of the valve gear on the expansion link

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Ivatt 2MT Tank in P4 - Part 1 chassis

Ivatt 2MT Tank in P4 - Part 1 chassis

As it's been too cold and wet to go to the garage this weekend, I've shuffled up to the work bench and turned my attention to another loco for Cheddar. This one's an Ivatt 2-6-2 2MT tank which were a regular feature of the Cheddar Valley branch. No idea what number it'll be yet. The basis is the Bachmann body with a Comet chassis to go underneath, Gibson wheels, High Level horn blocks and gearbox and fully sprung with CSB's, as is my usual these days. The chassis side frames were assembled

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Triang SR bogie luggage van in P4

Triang SR bogie luggage van in P4

One of my long standing 'round tuit' projects has been a Triang bogie luggage van that was given to me by the late Bob Haskins. As is the way, I was looking for something else in the modelling room when I came across a box containing a number of wagons he'd given me, some years ago now. I knew I'd picked up a detailing conversion pack for it from Roxey Mouldings at a bring and buy so I thought why not? I guess Bob had this coach from the early seventies and the Roxey kit was also in a suitab

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AA3 Toad conversion to P4

AA3 Toad conversion to P4

I was doing a demo at the recent Railwells show and was pleased that I managed to do virtually no modelling. Always the sign of a successful 'demo' weekend. I did get as far as dismantling an Oxford models AA3 ex GW Toad in BR livery. Several people pointed out the errors in the model (apart from the chassis being supplied in the wrong scale as the wheels are too close together obviously), so I didn't do much more than take it apart and compensate one axle with a low profile MJT unit. The ax

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43xx - Part 6 Tender

43xx - Part 6 Tender

With the loco virtually finished, I've set about making a tender to go with it. This is a Mitchell 3500 gallon one, pretty much made up as per the instructions. Wheels are Ultrascale. The front two axles are meant to be compensated but the instructions noted that the compensation beam could be omitted if you wanted to have the tender weight bearing on the loco drag beam and increasing adhesion, which I do I think so I'm trying it. If it doesn't work I'll add the compensation back later. At t

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43xx part 5 - loco finished

43xx part 5 - loco finished

Following some time off for good behaviour, walking the 192 mile coast to coast trail (which was absolutely fab I have to say), I've returned to the modelling bench this week and just about got 5311 to the finished stage. The chassis has been motorised and pick ups added and all works. The body has been painted and last bits added. It's surprising how long to takes to put all the finishing touches together and add all the various fittings etc. The back head isn't as detailed as some might like

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Very little to do with modelling

Very little to do with modelling

Very little to do with modelling but a very enjoyable way to spend time none the less! Full modelling to resume in a couple of weeks. Blog link in case anyone's interested: https://wordpress.com/posts/ogwtcoast2coast.wordpress.com

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43xx part 4 - boiler

43xx part 4 - boiler

The chassis was retrieved from the paint booth and I made the final assembly. I had that nagging feeling I should have done something about the slide bars and cylinders and so it proved. Wheels were reinserted and no problems with the quartering but there just wasn't space between the leading crank pin and the back of the cross head. So dodge number 1, I cut through the cylinder assembly spacer and re set about 1.5mm further apart. Some redundant 00 frame spacers were soldered over the cut with

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43xx part 3 - footplate

43xx part 3 - footplate

After a very enjoyable weekend at Expo EM I've had time this week to get back to the mogul. This is the current state of play. Footplate and cab done so far. This is made easier by the use of my RSU and I've discovered the technique promoted elsewhere of using slivers of solder, placing these near the join and watching it flow once the foot pedal is depressed. There are a lot of overlays in the kit but the RSU has made light work of them. The engine will be 5311 so has the longer splasher

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43xx part 2 - chassis details

43xx part 2 - chassis details

With the chassis assembled, the cosmetic sides were added and then the time came for the wheels to be trial fitted so the brake gear could be assembled. Taking a few lessons from the various High Level kits I've built over the years, this is demountable. The brake hangers fit over spigots of wire soldered to the chassis and will be spaced out by tubes of either brass or plastic, depending on what mood takes me. The cross pieces and pull rods were assembled and pinned allowing full movement until

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43xx part 1 - chassis with CSB

43xx part 1 - chassis with CSB

In between lurching from crisis to crisis at work, I've been making progress with the 43xx chassis. Or is that as respite from the crisis at work... The kit is of Mitchell vintage and must be fairly old since the label on the box has it supplied by Slaters. That's going back a bit. The prototype will be 5311, since I've a very nice photo of it at Wells. Anyhow, I mentioned on some other post that I've made a start on the High Level hornblocks. After that I made up the coupling rods, making s

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Wagon bashing

Wagon bashing

Just a quick update. Most of the main modelling activity has concentrated on the layout at the moment, but with a couple of trips away and a recent holiday in the Lake District over Easter, I had the opportunity of building a few wagons. Nothing particular exciting, just a selection of Cambrian, Chivers and Parkside kits. In no particular order these are an ex LNER lowfit, ex LNER goods van in BR condition, ex LNER fruit van, BR Palvan and BR Fruit van, diag 1/109 mineral, ex SR Tunney, ex GW Tu

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Wagon springing/compensation

Wagon springing/compensation

In advance of the EMGS skills day at Kidderminster next weekend (hope the snow thaws), I've been finishing off a number of projects. They're all in P4 by the way. I'm doing a demo about the various springing systems for wagons that I've used/or not.   First up is the Craig Welsh chassis for a RCH under frame. These are sold by the Scalefour society and fold up in a single unit. I really like them. I've posted pictures before and this sits under an ECC body I originally built (badly)

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PDSWJR Brake Van part 3 and wagon miscellany

PDSWJR Brake Van part 3 and wagon miscellany

Haven't really achieved much of late, more kind of working on bits and pieces when I've time. The brake van has been painted and lettered. I'll give it a little weathering before it enters service and must put the stove chimney on and find a suitable guard to stand on the veranda. The ECC wagon has turned out nicely, once I'd scraped all the old glue off and rebuilt it on a Craig Welsh underframe. In my youth, I'd managed to put the end door on upside down. It's only taken 35 years to correc

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China House Quay

China House Quay

Just a note in case you're interested. I've started a thread in the Cameo Layout Challenge section of my entry, China House Quay. This is set in the Sutton Harbour area of Plymouth. More detail here China House Quay  

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Collett Goods in P4 - part 6 painting

Collett Goods in P4 - part 6 painting

Now that the evenings are getting longer and the weather a little warmer, I actually have a chance to get the airbrush going. I've quite a few jobs in the queue. The PDSWJR brake van is ongoing (more details to follow in another blog) but the Collett goods had got to the point where painting could commence. The chassis were under coated in etched primer and given a coat of satin black from a rattle can. The body was sprayed with railmatch BR (W) green from a pot which is almost as old as t

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PDSWJR Brake Van part 2 - detailing

PDSWJR Brake Van part 2 - detailing

So whilst I was waiting for the family to get up this morning (they didn't), I spent some time adding all the remaining bits and pieces to the brake van. Annoyingly, I don't have any of the right pattern axle boxes but I'm sure I'll find something suitable on the 51l stand at Bristol in a couple of weeks. Just 3 links to add, along with the stove chimney on the roof (which isn't fixed down in the photo) and it'll be ready for painting. I'm quite happy with the week's work!

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What I did on my holidays - PDSWJR Brake van

What I did on my holidays - PDSWJR Brake van

I've been off work, staying the week with the family up on the North Yorkshire Moors. I managed to sneak a small modelling box of bits and pieces in the car 'in case of rainy days' etc. In-between chasing real trains and trips out, I've been busy at the kitchen table. The prototype in question is a PD&SWJR brake van, purely because I do have a soft spot for light railways and I recently acquired the Southern Railway wagons book with a drawing of it. I've also got one of Roger Slade's CSP

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Collett Goods in P4 - Part 5 - chassis complete

Collett Goods in P4 - Part 5 - chassis complete

Evening all after a very inspiring but tiring day at Scalefour North yesterday, I found time to make a little progress on the Collett Goods today. The tender chassis is virtually complete and just needs the vacuum tank adding before its ready for the paint shop. The loco chassis now has pick ups too (36gauge phosphor bronze mostly hidden behind the steps) and bus bars with the final connection to the motor now in. I'm pleased that the CSB's are working well, even on the rear driven axle.

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Collett Goods in P4 - part 4 - tender frames

Collett Goods in P4 - part 4 - tender frames

Just a quick update for today. I started to thin down the Replica tender side frames and didn't get very far before I realised it was going to take far too long and had no guarantee of success. Indeed I soon put the files down and resorted to a disc cutter in the mini drill. This only confirmed my doubts about successfully thinning down to the stipulated thickness of 0.7mm. So that got put to one side and I decided to make a new set of frames from 20thou nickel silver. I sweated two layers

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Collett goods in P4 part 3 powered up and tender

Collett goods in P4 part 3 powered up and tender

A return to the Collett goods has seen the wheels on and quartered, the motor and gearbox fitted and the brake gear added. Test leads have been fitted to the motor and I'm pleased to say the wheels go round. Just the matter of pick ups to add now. The body had been trial fitted and all seems to be fine and the CSB's work well. Whilst the epoxy was going off for the copper clad for the pick ups I turned my attention to the tender, again building with CSB's. High Level have designed this to

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Collett Goods in P4 - Part 2 - Chassis

Collett Goods in P4 - Part 2 - Chassis

I've been making good progress with the Collett Goods chassis. The coupling rods were made up using my Avonside Chassis2 jig for the first time in anger. It's an impressive bit of kit. I've made up the High Level hornblocks and tags (normal for the rear two axles, space savers for the front axle to allow space for the slide bars) and fitted the handrail knobs as the anchor points. I amended the 3rd anchor point to improve weight distribution as per comments in the last entry. I assembled eve

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Collett Goods in P4 - part 1

Collett Goods in P4 - part 1

After my 7mm interlude (never again), I'm returning to 4mm and the next loco for Cheddar. True to my mantra, this is the oldest thing in the modelling cupboard, namely converting a 35 year old Replica Railways model of the 2251 Collett Goods to P4. The body is accurate according to the sources I have and the underpinnings are one of the rather splendid High Level chassis kits. In a fit of madness, I'm going to spring using CSB's. There's a good article on the CLAG website about springing a

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