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What's on my workbench and other musings

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2-8-2 after a couple of weeks

Those who made it to the Member's Day will have seen the 2-8-2 quietly simmering away on Summat Colliery.   For those who didn't here's a couple of shots showing off Roomey's "2 weeks into service" weathering that sets it off perfectly       Now, must get that article finished for Model Rail .....

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Where's my Train?

These chaps got painted and made all dirty with black pastel tonight, all ready to crew the good ship Mikado     I've deliberately made the driver cleaner than the fireman and he sports a red neckerchief, the dandy   These are whitemetal (probably pewter) copies of the Hornby offerings that I bought off eBay ages ago. Will add a little more weight to aid traction

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ABS Models O Gauge 5 Plank Wagon

Some of you might have seen my appeal on the forum for information on an ABS Models kit that I bought off Ian Morton at the Mansfield Show.   The box states GWR 10 ton 4 plank diagram O.21. It became immediately apparent on opening the box in earnest that this was no 4 plank wagon. What followed was a sometimes lively discussion about what I had bought. But when I sent some photos of the castings to Adrian at ABS he confirmed I had most of a diagram O.23 with Morton brakes. There's a lot of sp

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Deltic Prototypes - Lima Finished

Well havn't I been busy whilst the forum was down. The Lima/Crafstman DP1 is finished and ready to find a new home         To confirm the spec:   Lima Deltic Craftsman conversion kit (minus etched whiskers and side stripes) Fox waterslide whiskers and sidestripes (the ones with the black edging) SE Finecast flushglaze with cab door windows using Humbrol Clearfix Paint: Humbrol Deltic Blue and grey primer protected with Krylon Matte Coat   Pretty pleased with this one, if I can

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Deltic Prototypes - Dapol Roof

Still gathering parts for the Mikado so I'm trying to get a push on with the DP1s. To that effect the roof of the Dapol kit is receiving attention thanks to the A1 models etched grilles and a set of photos supplied by macgeordie (cheers mate ) so I know where to place them.     I've not added the fans yet, they will be painted and glued in place once the body has been sprayed, so they can be seen!   The plan is to get both bodies to the point of spraying then get both done in one hit. T

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Slaters O gauge GWR 4 wheel brake 3rd T34

I've been dropping a few status updates about this build and have been talking to Wenlock of this parish about the kit and some of the shortfall in the instructions. Pictures were requested so I thought I'd better get a blog entry going   So the chassis is more or less done, footboards are waiting for a delivery from Eileens as the 8" Hold and Fold does not come with a centre screw and does not hold the full length of the etch well enough as it stands. Buffer housings will complete the job p

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Class 3 Mogul - A Viable Project?

The Class 3 tank engine sitting on my shelf gathering dust has been bugging me for some time. A somewhat impulse buy when I happened across Trains4U whilst around Peterborough with work.   I didn't need it to complete the collection, I have my old faithful Triang/Hornby example that was really what got me "into" BR Standards.   So, about that gap in my collection - the Class 3 Mogul 77xxx. Recent eBay bargains brought me an Airfix 76xxx kit and a Bachmann BR2 tender for less than 20 quid. S

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Deltic Prototypes - Dapol Body Almost Done (2)

One side done, ready for handrails and varnish     Bit of a disappointment that the Fox nose plates (the ones under the fake headlamp) are too long for the Dapol body, not sure who is at fault, but I've had to trim the "The" and "Ltd" off the ends to get them to fit   Hand rails are going to be made from Hornby steel handrail wire, I'm going to have to fabricate some form of jig/gauge to make sure they are all the same length (two sizes), b ut it's getting there     EDIT: Both si

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GWR 4 wheel brake 3rd - Almost ready for varnish

So,   the lining is almost done, still got some tidying up to do, mainly just some re-lining where touching up has run into the ocre. I've also got the end strapping to paint.     Despite the condition of the coach, no roof let alone windows and a strong smell of paint - some passengers have already taken up residence too!

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Deltic Prototypes - Dapol/Bachmann Finished

Well, ok, it's not quite finished, just need to add Brian at Shawplan's excellent etched windscreen wipers, but apart from that it's done.   Took a lot of fiddling round the edges, getting it to run round rad 2 curves, re-doing the chassis to loco fixings, shimming the fixings so that it sits level etc etc etc.     marker lights have been done by drilling them out 2mm then a slight countersink with a 3mm drill. Finally a blob of clearfix provides the lens.   Runs smooth with a Bachmann

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PCP Panel, Rolling Road, Test Rig

One of the reasons for lack of progress on the Duke is that I've been distracted constructing what has turned out to be a multifunction rig for shows and home.   I've been wanting a programming track when exhibiting for some time, as I have at least one loco still running an R8215 decoder that resets itself to 3 when a short occurs. I have had to seek out a friendly trader or other layout who can reprogram the chip for me. Sociable though that is, I really wanted to be self sufficient.   I'v

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DJH Duke of Gloucester - firebox and cab details

This was quite satisfying. Most of the external pipework for the firebox end was either missing, mullered or just plain wrong, so armed with my trusty copper stripped from bell wire and some bits from the Crownline detailing kit I have ended up with this       So to the next problem - no backhead was present on the model, so half an hour with a spare Hornby Evening Star bodyshell and a razor saw we have a passable representation of a backhead     Not much else to do now before pain

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Camping Coach #4

The kitchen fitters have been and gone and the lounge is more or less done apart from the delivery of two 2-seater sofas.         Think the kids have been playing with the TV channel, could have sworn I was watching Top Gear ....   The gas fire is in and connected to it's chimney. Just waiting for the decorators to arrive and paint the interior of the coach walls then some tasteful artwork can be hung

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O Gauge Sentinel Goes Digital

One advantage of O gauge is there's just more room for DCC silliness like this:     That's a Lenz Standard decoder with nearly 10000 uF of StayAlive capacitorage - should be unstoppable

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Deltic Prototypes - Dapol Body Ready for Blue

So here it is the Dapol/Bachmann/A1 combo primed ready for painting       Love those A1 grilles. Now all I need is someone with an airbrush and lets see if they can be finished for the Warwick show, or maybe the Nottm Show   If anyone wants to take the Lima version off my hands then it will be in "Bring and Buy Corner" on Summat Colliery at a forthcoming show

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O Gauge Sentinel #4

So another lunchtime passes and the basic superstructure of the Sentinel is done       I've also fitted the Lima drive unit to two new 6BA nuts soldered to the floor of the loco, here's the good old ringfield with all the supression gubbins removed as this will be DCC controlled. Note big red spacers cyano'd to the chassis     Ride height is about right methinks, I've set it to the buffer height of a Parkside TOAD brakevan and also scaled off an old photo of Isebrook, both came out

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DJH Duke of Gloucester ready for Xmas

Final few shots of the DJH Duke before it goes back to it's owner ready for Xmas day           Pretty pleased with the finish and the Narrow Planet plates look as good as ever. That's the workbench cleared (nearly) ready for the two Golden Arrow Crosti 9Fs to be finished in the new year

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Camping Coach - Complete

A coat of varnish or two found it's way onto the coach over the weekend sealing the transfers kindly donated by Larry (Coachmann). So in my world some of the Vintage Trains stock has been sold on to the heritage railway and one FK converted to a camping coach   The remaining Lima coach might end up as W3125 of Riviera Trains and become part of the operating fleet for Fourgig East, although I would rather build a Slater's C10 Clerestory and flog the Lima one on. We shall see.   Anyway here's

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Warren Shephard O Gauge Sentinel

As the ABS Wagon is done and now to something to pull it. I bought a Lima diesel shunter cheaply off the forum some time ago, so it has donated it's chassis to the project.   Here's what you get with the kit, basically two sheets of etches, although I bought some buffers for it at the same time       As Fourgig is supposed to be a heritage railway I wanted to model a preserved Sentinel and GWR #2 "Isebrook" was an obvious choice. Here's the first problem with the kit - Isebrook has the

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Golden Arrow Crosti - Tender Part 1

I'm currently doing a Crosti 9F for someone and thought it would be good to blog the build. It's my first go with a resin kit too.   Firstly thanks to Chris at Golden Arrow for his persitance getting a kit to me through the Royal Mail, hope you can use the second kit sent (received broken - thanks postie!) somehow ....   I thought I'd start with the tender to easy myself in. Castings cleaned up easily, one or two air bubbles to fill with Humbrol Model Filler but nothing too onerous. For thos

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Deltic Prototypes - Dapol Body Almost Done

Craftsman whiskers and side stripes are starting to be applied along with some of the Fox plates     Note also the tasteful application of A1 models horns (thanks Brian at Shawplan) fitted using split pins around the rear portion of the horn and pushed though 1mm holes in the roof. Silver paint will be toned down once the matte varnish is applied   Also found the Craftsman wipers that should have been fitted to the Lima DP1, must get them painted and glued in place sometime ......

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2-8-2 Model Rail Bound!

Heard from Model Rail yesterday that the 2-8-2 will feature in the next issue!     Can't wait now until next month, there's also going to be a superb pic of it taken by Chris N on Catcott Burtle too

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O Gauge Sentinel - Details, Details .....

It had to happen, didn't it? It always is the way with my projects, start out with a quick and dirty build and end up counting rivets (more of that to come!)   So thanks (I think) to Robert Thompson of RT Models for supplying lots of detailed photos of Isebrook, I have started getting far too detailed for my own good!     What I assume are linkages to the sanders (?) have been added from scraps of etch and 1mm 10 thou brass strip     The roof has received it's rainstrips and I have s

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Deltic Prototypes - a start

While I wait for the new year to start the Mikado I am pottering around with the first of two DP1s on the bench. Over the years I have amassed a quantity of conversion kits/bits etc for DELTIC and now find I have enough for TWO! The first is for me - Dapol body with A1 grilles etc, Fox transfers and plates, SE Finecast flushglaze and a Bachmann Deltic chassis. The idea is to produce a good loco but 1/3 of the price of an NRM one.   The Second loco will be a Craftsman conversion kit applied to

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Deltic Prototypes - Lima Bodyshell Started

Quick before and after, I've started removing the detail from the nose ends of a much played with (by me!) Lima Deltic ready for application of the Craftsman DP1 conversion kit. Note poorly applied white window surrounds that will have to be stripped back before painting and holes drilled in the headcode boxes for some long since gone home made directional lighting ....   Before     After     Anyone want a spare "Meld" nameplate, only got the one, send an SAE and I'll pop it in the p

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