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Picking up the pace!

Well, there was a bit of frantic activity on the chassis front ahead of last Saturday's Member's Day. I decided that before I go any further with the chassis I had to prove that the live outside faces of the PCB frames with pickups soldered directly on behind the wheels would work.   I'd never seen this before and frankly was a bit of a flight of fancy spurred on by the fact I have loads of spare PCB material left over from JZ sleeper panels.   First effort, straight Pb wire about 8mm long a

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O Gauge Pug - a rebuild

Following on from a help topic here the O gauge pug has progressed to the point where the chassis is ready for paint after a bit of a clean up     Now all the paint is off the loco body I think this is an etch, although the chimney is hand made. The chassis is scratchbuilt, you could see the marking out for the axles on one chassis plate and not on the other. The chassis has been detailed with some PH Designs etched brakes left over from the Sentinel project and I've added the brake pull ro

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Camping Coach - The Comfy Chair(s)!

At long last the eBay seller has come back on line and I was able to order the sofas for the living room. I've not had to wait that long for the real thing   anyhoo, a couple of snaps of them in place in front of the TV ready for occupants       Just waiting now for Black Cat Tech to finish getting married/moving house (bless) and then I'll fit one of his lovely universal lighting kits to the roof

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Camping Coach #6 - Give me a bunk up!

Armed with nothing more than a few paperclips, scraps of card and Post-It notes two bunk beds have been fabricated for the other two bedrooms     and here they are in place       a couple of ladders might be an idea, wonder if OO Britannia tender ladders will fit .....   Keen eyes will also spot the livery change to choc and cream, if I have the transfers I'll brand it as a BR FK W13227

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The Duke Varnished

No, not vanished, varnished   Two coats of fresh PP satin varnish applied by 6 quid eBay airbrush, used just under half a tinlet, so the thinned varnish went back in the tin for next time     Will let it harden off overnight then commence assembly. After that it's coal, weathering (light!) then glazing and crew. Decoder will be a TCS-DP2X

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Camping Coach #3

So the fitting out of the coach begins,   thanks to Keefer for supplying loads of info on MkI interiors etc - so we now have somewhere to bathe and the "1st class" sleeping compartment has a bed.         The plan is to have bunk beds in the remaining two sleeping compartments with room for storage etc. Kitchen fitters have yet to turn up and fit the bespoke oak topped units

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Big Big Hymek for Fourgig East - Part 9

The Hymek took a turn on Fourgig East at the Mansfield show and after a few initial hiccups performed well. I quickly learned that due to the large overhang the loco could not shunt wagons in the goods sidings - buffer lock was the order of the day. So one of the shunters took over these duties whilst the Hymek simmered next to the camping coach.   Traction was also an issue, ok on the straights but couldn't get more than two wagons and the brake van into the goods loop. It was happier on pass

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DJH Duke of Gloucester - Back on it's wheels

So the Duke is back on it's chassis for the first fit with it's new Golden Arrow rear pony. I have had to move some of the under cab pipework to clear the pony swing bit it's not looking too bad. The front bogie is also attached with a new bracket - this had to be shorter than the one from the current kit again suggesting that the earlier 71000s were made too short!     Note I've fabricated the tender drawbar as per the DJH instructions but have not set the length. I'll attach the tender bo

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Crosti 9F #2 - Time to get down and dirty

So '23 is resplendent in ex-works shiny black     Just the plates to fit, then off to Roomey for weathering.     Narrow Planet's work, painted with white enamel, left 24 hours, overpainted with matt black acrylic and immediately wiped off with a finger. Note two sets - the ones for '021 are for the similar version I am building for a member of this parish at the same time.   Roomey's going to be busy as that's two Crosti 9Fs and my Hornby O1 to deliver to him at the Doncaster show.

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GWR 4 wheel brake 3rd - Nearly ready for paint

A few productive evenings has the coach up to the point of paint (nearly!)   just got the gas control gear to add to the non-step end and that's about it until it's painted. I hope to get to the Derby Show to pick up some paint, so progress will halt at this point for a few weeks. I'd better get on with the layout       I've added the luggage racks but as yet have not raided my wife's wardrobe for some "mesh" as alluded to in the instructions! Some cheap seated figures are on their wa

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O gauge Sentinel - Crew Arrangements

These chaps started to look smart last night - Dart Castings finest "leaning out" figures     I've got their boots to do and then a good dirty wash before installation. I think I will need to build small platforms for them to stand on as the doors of the Sentinel seem quite high. Hope they look ok once installed

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Deltic Prototypes - Lima Body Ready to go Blue

Lima body is all primed and ready for the blue paint       I now need to get the Dapol/A1 body to the same state of readiness   Once the blue paint is on I have a decision to make. Should I nick the nice Craftsman etched whiskers and side stripes for my Dapol/Bachmann/A1 version and use the Fox transfers on the Lima/Craftsman one? :icon_e_confused:   Also, how am I going to stick the etches on? I could do with some kind of slow setting superglue .......

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2-8-2 Visits Summat Colliery on Test

OK, I admit it, I played with the 2-8-2 for a lot of the day at Trains4U and it behaved itself quite well. Stuggled over the "hump" that appeared at one baseboard joint and proved that 14 wheel pickup isn't necessarily enough   Lots of questions from customers about what/why etc it has been modelled. Anyway here's a few pics         So now it's on with the bodyshell detailing. I bought some brass tube to fabricate the counterbalance spring for the RHS weighshaft bracket and some

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Crosti 9F #2 - Ready for paint (almost!)

Quick snap of '023 in an almost state of readiness for the paint shop.     Just got the undercab footstep to fabricate - I've ordered some Evergreen 1.5mm angle which should arrive next week. The fiddly bits have served as a good practice for the other one I am building for a member and '023 will wait in this condition until I have worked the commission one up to a similar point.   The plan is to deliver both to Dave Roome at the Doncaster Show for weathering, so I'd better get my finger

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Big Big Hymek for Fourgig East - Part 7, roof details

As most people (me included) will spend their time looking down on the Hymek I thought that the roof deserved more attention than say the underframe. Sadly this is the weakest part of the Triang model, apart from the roof section joins everything else is either wrong or missing!   So first to the fan grille, which should be offset by quite a margin. Existing grille filled and flattened and then a card template made with a 38mm hole fixed in place to mark out the new hole     I have bought

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DJH Duke of Gloucester - a rebirth

A commission one this, for our local vicar and follows on from the Golden Arrow Crosti 9F that I did for him. The loco was in a very sorry state, it had not been put together very well, although the finish was not bad. Quite a lot of the original detail parts were never fitted (blower tunnel etc) and It had suffered at the hands of someone else who had attempted to add weight and get it to run on trainset curves.   So the brief was to make it look and run as well as my Golden Arrow 71000.  

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Deltic Prototypes - Dapol Bogies

Roof is now done and glued in place so now my attention has turned to the next challenge - the bogies. I'd decided to use the Dapol bogie sides as the original Bachmann ones on the donor chassis were the wrong type. So armed with my mighty Swann Morton #10 the BM bogies were reduced to this     the brake gear etc actually just pops out being secured to the frame by pins etc. Then these bits were removed from the DP1 bogie sides     and the bogie cemented up using the correct ends. The

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Slaters 7C04 GWR S9 4 Wheel all Third Coach

OK, so as I have hinted in SUs etc I have decided to take a break from the layout to get the second coach built in time for RMweb Live! Last night I spent a productive hour getting the basic frames together.       This is an old kit I have had for some time - bought second hand off Ian Morton, so the etches are quite tarnished. I will need to clean the parts that are soldered but for now the cyano sticks to tarnished brass just as well as shiny   This kit did not come with the later m

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Big Big Hymek for Fourgig East - Part 6

Quick update:   cabs are now painted, small amount of fettling to do but basically waiting for the body to be complete then satin varnish and glazing/wipers. Here's a couple of shots of it as it stands at the moment. Must get on with that roof!    

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DJH Duke of Gloucester - primer grey

This is how it's going to sit for a while now. I will be starting on the chassis next. Just ordered (amongst other things ) a correct pattern pony from Chris at Golden Arrow to replace the Triang Britannia one that this loco carried when I received it   Once the chassis is sorted I'll make sure the two bits fit together before continuing with the painting.

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Uncoupling Refined

One thing that has been evident from operating my O guage layout Fourgig East at shows is that my makeshift uncoupling hook for 3-link couplings is a bit, well, poor, and I only have one of them so operators have to share!   Having seen 3 Link of this parish's "key idea" ( http://www.rmweb.co.uk/community/index.php?/topic/50279-o-gauge-auto-couplings/&do=findComment&comment=579380) I thought I'd have a go. I first made a plastic mock-up with 1mm sheet and a bit of tube that I squirrele

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GWR 4 wheel brake 3rd - Done (nearly)

So this build has come to an end (almost) I must say I've enjoyed this trip into GWR land, something I don't normally do. First time with a Bob Moore lining pen too. Anyway, jobs left to do are blacken the buffers and fit them properly and fit some 3-links.               So, that's it until the next one - an All Third to match, need to order seating from Slaters before I start that one though. Camping Coach next methinks ......

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O Gauge Sentinel - Lining Done

Well, I wimped out on using the lining pen and resorted to HMRS sheet 22 - I will find time to practice with the pen sometime, but didn't want to delay this build any longer and I had a spare used sheet lying around ...     Buffer beam red next then out with the satin varnish

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Big Big Hymek for Fourgig East - Part 4

Progress over Christmas The main body is painted, just need to add handrails and buffers etc. Cab roofs are stripped of details and are waiting for new roof vents and air horns.     Main progress has been the bogies, pickups added and wired up so it now moves under its own power!   Wheelslip is a big issue but once I've added a couple of pounds of lead it should be fine    

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