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Welcome to my RM web BLOG, it's used like most to highlight recently modelling projects and photographs. The postings here tend to mirror my independent BLOG at http://nevardmedia.blogspot.co.uk/

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Planet

nevard_110516_planet_IMG_9904_web, originally uploaded by nevardmedia.   Currently on the work bench, a Planet 0-4-0 Diesel from Roxey Mouldings. And here is the white metal kit after basic assembly. A little filling and cleaning up will be required before painting as well as some extra details. The body is just sitting on the chassis, and will be screwed properly into place once painted. It sits on a Tenshodo WB 24.5 'Spud' which makes it ideal entry to white metal loco construction because o

Chris Nevard

Chris Nevard

A Cheeky Minky

nevard_110510_minkD_DSC_2168_web, originally uploaded by nevardmedia.   A Parkside Dundas kit of a GWR 'Mink D' Goods Van after assembly and a coat of BR Carmine courtesy of Halfords Ford Venetian Red. Obviously this wagon is not yet finished should anyone ask, the roof needs painting grey, the underframe black, then numbering, couplings and the all important weathering.   Parkside Dundas kits are mostly a joy to assemble, with little flash and carving required to get them to fit toge

Chris Nevard

Chris Nevard

Something for the Weekend - LBSCR 8 Ton Van

nevard_110511_LBSCR-8-tons-van-DSC_2157_web, originally uploaded by nevardmedia.   I've had this kit of a LBSCR 8 Ton Van in the 'kits to be done one day before I die box' since ExpoNG 2010, having bought it direct from the manufacturer Smallbrook Studios who are more well known for delightful resin based narrow gauge kits. However, in addition to their more well known items, they also produce a small range of ex-LSWR and LBSCR prototypes in 4mm scale designed around the Dapol 10ft wheel b

Chris Nevard

Chris Nevard

Brewhouse Quay: 5 Months On

For want of a BLOG post, rather than dwell on pretty photos and blarney, this one is about the journey so far, for Brewhouse Quay has to be one of the quickest layouts I've been able to get together. There is quite a bit more to do, but I think that layout at a push has reached the stage where I'd be happy to take it to a show. That however won't be until September at Model Rail Live in Barrow Hill Roundhouse. Any spare time over the next few weeks will be taken up tweaking Combwich for RAIL

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Chris Nevard

'ello ello'

nevard_110428_J94_DSC_2049_web, originally uploaded by nevardmedia.   Follwing on from my previous post, .........   "ello, ello, what's goin on 'ere?". What would appear to be a special contract brew for the Black Rat Brewery is under guard courtesy the long arm of the law, or old bill. A few of those casks appear the have already had their liquid bounty racked off if the holes are anything to go by!Out of curiosity, the type of huge wooden cask on the far left are rumoured to be known as a

Chris Nevard

Chris Nevard

Austerity

A freshly detailed and repainted Hornby J94 Austerity shunts on Brewhouse Quay - click to enlarge to 1280 pixels across.   Work so far has been as follows, a nice way to soak up the sunny garden at the same time and you don't have to worry about vacuuming up the bits!   Remove the silly clumsy moulded handrail loop midway along the base of the boiler. Fill small cutaway below the above. Replace the moulded smokebox door handles with brass. Remove moulded lamp-irons and replace with bra

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Chris Nevard

My Palette

nevard_110406_BQ_colours_IMG_9599_web, originally uploaded by nevardmedia.   I frequently get asked what colours I use. The trick I think is to avoid anything too bright and certainly don't use manufactured 'railway colours', they're always too bright and lurid.   Here are the colours used on Brewhouse Quay and Catcott Burtle - they're all Humbrol or Revell matt enamel. I tend to dry brush them onto a grey/brown undercoat (Halfords aerosol primers). You'll notice I also use enamel rat

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Chris Nevard

Trio or Medley?

Here we have a 'trio' (gosh, that's so very BBC Masterchef) of wagons posed on the brewery. Of course I could have used 'medley' instead but that sounds more like a microwave meal.   Ok, to the point, I have a huge collection of second hand wagons that I'm slowly refurbishing. I acquired them about 10 years ago, but they probably date back to the 1970's and 1980's. Most of them I can identify, but these defy me, so I'm turning to you the as ever informed reader.     Wagon 1 (click to

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Chris Nevard

Get outside, it's a lovely day...

nevard_110422_brewhouseQ_IMG_9812_web, originally uploaded by nevardmedia.   Before I take advantage of the nice weather outside (probably doing dull things like gardening which I hate; Astroturf and plastic shrubs would be ideal - actually full sized static grass would get my vote too), here's another quick snap of the overgrown rails on the wharf after a zap of the Grasmaster. The lightly laid (code 55 flatbottomed) section here being inlaid in ash and clinker between the cobbles, so af

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Chris Nevard

No Buffers

nevard_110422_brewhouseQ_IMG_9816_web, originally uploaded by nevardmedia.   Brewhouse Quay Update: Rather than end the sidings here with buffer stops, a gate suggesting the rest of the world and large sliding doors to another warehouse/workshop has made a more interesting 'end'. Hopefully the effect will suggest that this is only a tiny section of a much bigger brewery complex. The temporary lack of casks give the effect of a closed brewery - maybe Whitbreads have bought it out and shut the

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Chris Nevard

A Fresh Consignment of Casks

nevard_110421_brewhouseQ_IMG_9786_web, originally uploaded by nevardmedia.         Brewhouse Quay: A recent consignment of ales casks litters the end of the yard near the cooperage. Many of these have come from the Black Rat Brewery in Saltash near Plymouth for refurbishment courtesy of Mr Sullivan MD of the brewery. Note the two rather large Hogsheads next to the building on the the right.   The follow this thread - take this LINK.    

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Chris Nevard

Neoprene Rubber

nevard_110416_brewhouseQ_IMG_9735_web, originally uploaded by nevardmedia.   Brewhouse Quay: to the right, the latest scratchbuilt warehouse in the BQ saga (think of it as satellite telly, you can tune to another channel if you're as bored as I am).   I had to photograph a rather nice china clay works earlier today for the popular press and needed to dig out a small diesel loco in the form of this Bachmann 03 (or is it an 04?). With hindsight, it actually looks rather good here on the

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Chris Nevard

I'm alright Jack....

nevard_110413_brewhouseQ_IMG_9709_web, originally uploaded by nevardmedia.   Brewhouse Quay: This is what happens when the over ambitious new kid upsets the union shop steward - especially as they have a car, something that few of your working men at the time could afford to buy, suggesting some sucking up to the management or such.     The real reason for this post is that early today I bought out Addlestone Model's entire stock of Peco barrels. They had 2 packs.   These come moulded i

Chris Nevard

Chris Nevard

Get a high backscene to cover those kebab stains

nevard_110412_brewhouseQ_IMG_9686_web, originally uploaded by nevardmedia.   Brewhouse Quay: The stone on the Scenecraft Oak Hill Brewery buildings out of the box is very light and correct for such a building when new. But a 100 or so years on and the Bath stone will have darkened with algae and pollution; to address this, the stonework has been dry brushed with various Humbrol matt enamels and darker washes to help blend theme in with the areas of the scene. Since taking this snap

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Chris Nevard

Getting there...

nevard_110412_brewhouseQ_IMG_9689_web, originally uploaded by nevardmedia.   Brewhouse Quay: A overall view taken under natural daylight, but Photoshopped to hide my patio and unpainted timber. In due course the diorama/layout shell will be painted black, so the effect in a dark room shouldn't be too different. That is the only computer manipulation - the actual layout is 'as is'.   I am still undecided what to place on the extreme right, but it's likely to be another building. I was

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Chris Nevard

Some old bull for Tuesday

nevard_110411_brewhouseQ_IMG_9681_postcard_web, originally uploaded by nevardmedia.   Last night another quick dig through Ian Locksmith's print collection revealed another photo of the Brewhouse Quay on the edge of Bath. Judging by the angle, this one appears to have been taken from another canal boat and from the time around 1952 when the brewery had a major rebuild to get rid of the wartime damage - the barge to the left being used as a water-born skip.   Note the wharf side cran

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Chris Nevard

A Right Old Carry On

nevard_110410_brewhouseQ_IMG_9665_web, originally uploaded by nevardmedia.   Brewhouse Quay: There is still much to do with the layout still evolving, and this is an example of spur of the moment model making.   The gate ‘to the rest of the world’ seen here in its embryonic stage, is the result of seeing just such a gate in the movie 'Carry On at Your Convenience' and thinking out loud "that's just what I need". Being able to ‘pause’ live video on a Sky + box allowed me to mak

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Chris Nevard

Bespoke Nameplates

nevard_110408_narrowplanet_DSC_1917_web, originally uploaded by nevardmedia.     Earlier today a bespoke 'RADSTOCK' Narrow Planet nameplate arrived for this Hornby J94 Austerity seen here posed on Brewhouse Quay. This loco has yet to be detailed up, so the plate is only tacked temporarily in place for this snap.   Find out more from here:www.narrowplanet.co.uk/   Thank you to the kind souls here on RM web who alerted me to this fabulous service        

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Chris Nevard

Cooperage Services for Harrap, Farmer & Maddocks Devon Brewers

nevard_110406_brewhouseQ_IMG_9620_web, originally uploaded by nevardmedia.   With the weekend ahead, now's the time for a little 'Friday feeling' sillyness.....   Brewhouse Quay: Looking across the canal wharf sidings at the little ex-Midland Railway Johnson 1P 0-4-4 which has just opened up the regulator to blast over the wagon turntable.   In the brewery it was frowned at to run anything bigger than an 0-4-0 over these little turntables, so the unwritten rule was to open the regulator a

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Chris Nevard

Old Postcard

nevard_110404_brewhouseQ_IMG_9582_BW_postcard, originally uploaded by nevardmedia.   I was shifting through an Ebay purchase of some 10x8 black and white prints recently, and found this shot taken on the real Brewhouse Quay (it's on the Kennet and Avon on the edge Bath by the way). I gather the photo was taken in 1949 by all accounts.   As you can see, it's a very tidy place with little in the way of much going on. Still, 1949 was very much like the present time with everything run dow

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Chris Nevard

The Monday Management Tour

nevard_110404_brewhouseQ_IMG_9560_web, originally uploaded by nevardmedia.   Brewhouse Quay Project: The brewery management (Foster, Dent, Marriott & Jones Celebrated Ales) are captured there having their bi-monthly tour of inspection in their recently purchased ex-LSWR brake van that was found on the Isle of Wight. Well actually, they're in the brewery tap on the right so that's why they're not in shot.   The real reason for this snap is to show off the new aerial walkway and assoc

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Chris Nevard

Helpers

nevard_110303_brewhouse_IMG_9322_web, originally uploaded by nevardmedia.   Just a quick update this evening; here Saffy and Fleur give me a hand wiring up Brewhouse Quay. The soldering iron was not plugged into the wall.... at that stage.....   Btw, the first loco ran under its own power shortly after this snap was taken - using electricity, not thrown at one of the cats should anyone ask!    

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Chris Nevard

My Workbench for March 2011

My workbench depends on what I'm doing, so it tends to be set up all over the place depending on current circumstance. Here is the mobile workbench as seen right now at the beginning of the month of March. Click on the image to reveal a bigger view and to be able to read the rather hastily added pointers of what is where.    

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Chris Nevard

My First White Metal Kit

Old tosh: Templecombe's familiar ex-LSWR G6 No. 30274 is captured here under stormy looking skies at Combwich on one of its very rare outings from shunting in Templecombe Upper Good Yard. Click on the photos to enlarge.   Fact: Here's my very first white metal kit in the form of a Wills LSWR G6. I recall at the time buying a Wrenn SECR R1 0-6-0 for the chassis. In 1979 when I built this kit, the missing centre flange on the heavy duty chassis was reasonably acceptable, with many rea

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Chris Nevard

Austerity can be colourful!

nevard_110225_harry_IMG_9284_web, originally uploaded by nevardmedia.   Yesterday this colourful happy chappy called Harry arrived second hand from Paul Steedman of RHB Rhatia fame (see his layout the latest Model Rail International just out - get it from Smiths) . As you can see, the loco is in very nice condition too in its rather smart red, which is anything but 'austerity'.   This Hornby model is a little dated so it could do with a little work to bring it nearer to today's expect

Chris Nevard

Chris Nevard

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