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Lima LMS GUV/CCT reboot part 3

This project is reaching it's conclusio  and I am pleased with the results.    I opted for hand painting the body which was achieved using 5 thin coats of Phoenix Precision BR Blue. The Roof was painted humbrol 166 light grey. I failed to spot the cantrail and roof ends are painted br blue so I am currently applying coats in the correct places.    Transfers are modelmaster, the numbers being applied individually.    The body was sprayed halfords matt laquer which I

Lima LMS GUV reboot part 2 - Further down the path

Some progress has been made with the Lima GUV/cct.    A coat of red oxide on the the body revealed some nasty gouges where I scraped the beading away. Obviously lacked the finesse/patience!!    Imperfections were sanded, filled with revell plasto (only thing they had in hobbycraft but rather good) and further sanding.   The bogies where sprayed black, wheels popped in and sides glued on. It is quite tough getting wheels in and out without bending the frames ou

Lima LMS Guv upgrade...or The Path Well Trod

Below are some of the improvements I have attempted on the Lima LMS GUV/CCT. The coach was a chance find item in a chance find model shop on a day trip to Gravesend.    The model was in "as new" condition before an inital brake fluid bath to remove the paint. The fluid did not manage to shift everything but as I intended to file and sand away alot of tge beading detail I felt removol of the lettering and numbers would be enough.    Detail was scraped away with a brand new chi

New (old) lights for Templefield

I have recently replaced the platform lights hopefully giving more of a western region feel. The post was cut from cardboard repurposed from old sketchbooks. I have found this material gives a good representation of the concrete used for these 1940/50's lamp posts.  The lamp fitting was turned out of some laminated plastikard, mounted in a mini drill and turned to shape.  A small piece of brass wire creates the fitting . The post is painted a humbrol wood colour

Braking With Convention

I have posted bits and bobs of this project elsewhere but it has been a while since I have blogged anything and I wanted record the progress with a "lockdown" project.   Back in January I was given two Dapol LMS brake vans by my Dad. They were missing bits but he thought I might want to do something with them.    Both were missing roofs and one missing an inner door panel. The plan was to revive at least one which I did, replacing handrails and scratch building a roof.

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LMS Stanier Reverse Brake Van

I have a more detailed thread of this over at the modifying RTR forum but thought I would share a brief account of what I am up to.  I resurrected an old Dapol LMS van earlier this year and had one which was a bit rougher left over. So, I thought I would have a go at a more in-depth conversion.  I intend to create a reverse stanier van by making a few changes.  I have cut out the panels on the verandas and intend to fix them in reverse on the opposing sides. 

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Conflat Confab

Hi folks,   Have been self isolating yet again so stole some "working from home" time to get nearer to completion a project that has been hanging around for quite a while.    I bought an old Bachmann conflat wagon with A-type container over a year ago from an exhibition. I had ummed and ahhed about either buying a Bachmann one, which I knew had a detailed container but less refined wagon OR a parkside kit and cambrian container kit plus transfers.    I went with the

DMU Detailing

I have struggled to find detailing kits for my DMU stock for some time. I had underestimated how hard it would be to make simple updates to affordable models (those were teh days it seems).  I recall using Howes bufferbeam details to upgrade my Lima locos as a teenager back in the 90s. Anyway, it seems craftsman kits and the like are well out of business and being unable to find Heljan sprues from the DPU 128  model i set about making my own.       I used .8 and .5mm brass wi

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Dapol meat van painting and decorating.

As described in my previous blog post i have been improving (attempting to) a Dapol meat van kit i previously built as per the instructions. This involved scratch building some new doors.    The original paint job was phoenix bauxite weathered with powders and decalfix wash. This appeared too dark and was not helped by the oversized decals supplied in the kit.    I didn't bother stripping the paint, simply scraping away the decals and a layer of halfords grey primer over the

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Impromptu meat van butchery

Here are some pictures of a spontaneous modelling decision i took recently.    I am sure i have seen this done here and before i knew it i was tearing off the door and bashing some new ones.    The doors have a huge gap at the top and oversized hinges to enable an opening action. The roof is also too thick...oh and the decals don't look right to me.      Due to slightly heavy handedness the kit doors were broken to new ones fashioned from plastikard. 

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Brake van spruce up

Hi All,    As i continue to be on a very infrequent work rota i have checked off quite of few of those not so glamorous jobs i have been meaning to do for...well years really. One of my lock down foci have been a coupe of my kit-built brake vans. One of these was the very first kit i built on my "pre-return" to the hobby. i say pre-return as i had no layout, no prospect of a layout and to be honest i didn't really get back into the hobby for a further 6 or so years after i built it. 

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Filthy 47

For a layout set in 1970, Templefield has been sadly lacking my favourite locomotive; the ubiquitous class 47. The hole in my loco stable was recently filled by a Bachmann 47 in the perfect livery for the era, and one that suits these locos superbly, two tone green with full yellow ends.  Lovely as it is, there is no way the livery would have been as immaculate as the factory finish and so, some gratuitous "filthying" needed to happen.    The loco was dismantled, windows rem

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Painting and Decorating part 2

Evening folks,    Here are the concluding stages of some painting and weathering I have been working on. Again, as with my quick and dirty weathering blogs, I do not own an airbrush and have endeavoured to produce something comparable to the results one can get with an airbrush (but acknowledging the superiority of the airbrush).  Here is the wagon painted using different tones and modelmaster decals added. I use decalfix by humbrol to silvering as I didn't want to gloss var

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Painting and Decorating Part 1

Evening folks,   Completed a couple of Parkside opens recently and took a few pictures of the painting process.    It has involved a few techniques i have read about and a bit of experimentation.    The wagon is primed using halfords grey Matt spray, the body brush painted with phoenix precision pre 1964 bauxite, thinned right down.  I paint the underframes humrol dark grey 34.  I used humbrol stone colour, humbrol light grey and humbrol

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Ratio SR/BR 28 ton Bogie 'B' van COMPLETE

Here is the completed Ration kit of the SR Bogie B van. As discussed in previous posts about the build, the kit is complex but satisfying.    I am happy with the overall impression the model gives. The weathering is as outlined in my quick and dirty weathering post.    Briefly, the body is sprayed matt and then decalfix and powders used. The underframe uses brake dust colour as well as up the body sides. These are applied more generously nearest the bottom of the

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More Quick and Dirty Weathering

Hi Folks,    I've completed another wagon using the decalfix + powders weathering technique. This time around I have gone for a heavier finish.    The wagon is a parkside 13t Steel Open wagon kit. As before, the wagon is completed to ex-works condition, applying decals by modelmaster. With this wagon, I left it with the gloss varnish finish I applied for the decals to adhere to and attempted to apply the decalfix +powders mix. The solution pooled up and left a powdery r

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Quick and.....um.....Dirty Weathering

Hi Folks. I thought I would share the results of some recent weathering I did on some kit built vans. The vans have mostly sat around since completion to ex-works condition. I see myself as an all round modeller however the flurry of activity at the beginning stages of a kit and the plodding, drawn out approach I have towards the end stages shows where my enthusiasm mostly lies. In short I love building a kit, kind of enjoy painting it  and often dread weathering.    Part of the dread

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Ratio SR/BR 28 ton Bogie 'B' van Finale part 1

After a couple of deviations into other projects i completed the Bogie B...or at least got very near!   For a kit that is so detailed and packed with borderline pointless etches (door hinges!!! What a nightmare) the kit is strangely lacking window grilles. Luckily Roxey mouldings do an etch.  I hadn't anticipated that modelling some drop lights in the open position would cause me problems but the grille etches are not quite wide enough so some slight bending was requir

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Familiarity Breeds Contentment 3

A couple of notes on the details. Sadly, my local model shop didn't have lamp irons in stock. As i am prone to impatience i fashioned the upper side irons out of plastikard cutnintonthin strips and welded at a 90 deg angle. The lower one were made from brass handrails i had left over from another build.  The safety rail for the veranda is 0.3mm wire.  The vacuum pipe arrangement is made from 0.8mm brass wire and a springside (i think) steam heat pipe i had in the odds

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Familiarity Breeds Contentment 2

Part 2 of my kit bash of an LNER 20t Brake Van. So far the main structure has been built, foot-boards scratch-built and some hand rails fitted.    Next, a feature quite apparent in it's absence from the kit is the underframe truss assembly. This is more apparent with my finer floor boards allowing more of the underneath to be seen.    This was built up from 1mm L shaped strip by plastruct. The job is made simpler by placing a small piece of glass over a drawing of

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Familiarity Breeds Contentment

A return to an old favourite here. The Dapol kitmaster 20t Brakevan is a firm favourite of mine and is a kit I return to often. It is a good datum for measuring my progress as a modeller as it is the first kit I built upon returning to the hobby and since then I have built a few different representations. It remains one of the best representations of a 20t brake van and at just 5 quid is an absolute bargain. This time round I wanted to make a bigger change to the kit and attempt to represent the

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Ratio SR/BR 28 ton Bogie 'B' van (THE RETURN part ii!)

A couple of finishing touches on the livery of the Ratio Bogie B. Completion has been slightly frustrated by a problem sourcing the window etches.  The kit involved: Very sharp fresh scalpel blade, strait edge, tweezers, small brush, cotton bud, decalfix (or other) and a bowl of water.  For this vehicle I have gone for an approximation of what the markings would be. They are taken from the modelmaster white coaching stock sheet.    The required decal is cut to siz

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Ratio SR/BR 28 ton Bogie 'B' van (THE RETURN!)

This is a follow up thread to my original post on the construction of a Ratio Bogie 'B' van. The original can be found here:  After a brief hiatus in modelling activity I have returned to this project. We left off with me having solved the ride height problem. Next came the fiddly etches.      There are separate etches for every door hinge. The added value they bring is not that obvious and a moulding integral to the side would have probably given superior results. How

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Ratio SR/BR 28 ton Bogie 'B' van

So i have come to realise i have a growing obsession with parcels vehicles.  I have also been stretching my kit building muscles recently so thought i would combine the two and build the ratio kit of tge SR bogie B.    Here it is in it's unboxed state.    I have also just poured a wheat beer so progress of any kind is not guaranteed this evening.    Happy modelling for now.    

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Hobbycraft stones used as 4mm coal

Hi Folks,   I thought I would share the results of a chance find in Hobbycraft, Basildon the other day. I was in for some bits and bobs for my daughter when I noticed a load of jars filled with decorative stones. As I was mentally scoffing at what I thought was a rather tacky interior design accessory I noticed this...   The jar doesn't have any detail about what the material is but thought i'd take a punt as it looked very much like 4mm coal.  The jar is about the size

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