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ABS 5 Plank Wagon - Done

Pretty pleased with this wagon now it's painted and got it's numbers etc. A couple of coats of PP satin varnish have been airbrushed on and it's ready for service on the yet to be completed Fourgig East.     I think some coal will be added and maybe a quick waft over the underframe with some sleeper grime to give it that used in preservation look. I'll do this when the airbrush is out to tone down the track, so this will be a bit of a wait!   Now to find a box big enough to store it in ..

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Slater's All Third - (all but) Done

Took a snap last night of the S9 with it's sister T34 brake coach.     it's 95% complete and ready for RMweb Live!   I've still got to make and fit the step end handrails and the couplings are just hooks at the moment, I will complete the JLTRT screw links before Wycrail, honest .......

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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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Alexander Class 15 - now with sound!

I've been making a few postings over the forum over the last few days asking for help with horn sounds etc for the class 15 and thanks to the preservation society's voutube channel I have managed to capture and chop around using Audacity to give me a couple of horn sounds. These were added to a standard ESU 16 cylinder diesel project.   I know that it will not sound anything like the real thing, apart from the fact it's a disesel but hey, until the real thing is restoreed to running this is t

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Big Big Hymek for Fourgig East

Been a while but here's the start of another budget loco build for Fourgig East - A Triang Big Big Hymek.   I bought a pretty good example for £39 from eBay and the process of converting it to a running O gauge loco has started.     First off the raised lettering on the side has been scraped off and the moulded handrails removed. I've also filled in the fixing holes on the roof and fixed a crack. The switch assembly has been removed ahead of filling in the body sides.   The plan is to r

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Golden Arrow Crosti - Loco Drive

So,   I've started making my second Golden Arrow Crosti 9F, this time this one's for me - a loco drive version using the latest Hornby Railroad 9F chassis. The intention is to sell off my existing tender drive version that although having given stirling service on Summat Colliery since day one, is, after all, tender drive.   To complicate matters the Railroad tender chassis will not do as it's too long at the front and lacking in the details that the current Britannia tender has. Although I

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O Gauge Pug finished

All ready for use on Fourgig East at this weekend's Mansfield Show the pug now sits in it's BR black livery. Transfers are HMRS pressfix and my usual several coats of Precision satin varnish.     Windows have been glazed using Deluxe Materials Glue 'n' Glaze, used it for the first time since buying it at the BRM show Doncaster and am very happy with the result, works way better than Humbrol ClearFix which is now in the bin   It will have a light "preserved" weathering at some point and I

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O Gauge Pug - ready for primer

Seems to be the time for painting this week, thanks to all the advice from Buckjumper (on here and in his mag article) the O gauge Pug body is prepped for primer. I bought some "Bar Keepers Friend" from Amazon (other internet retailers available) and with a cheapo kids electric toothbrush (spiderman) and some work with scrapers, fibreglass brush and wet-or-dry stuck to coffee stirrers we have this:     Next step a few coats of primer, then see if any filling etc needs doing. I'll get some f

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GWR 4 wheel brake 3rd - Transfers

So, the little coach has made another step towards completion. All the HMRS transfers have been applied and the end strapping has been painted black.       Some pipework to attend to, all the brasswork (handles etc) to add then it should be ready for varnish

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Rivetting Work!

Made a start today on the rivets for the O gauge Sentinel. Using Archer's transfers for the first time. I'm the first to admit that the spacing is too close, but the prospect of adding each rivet individually was too daunting to contemplate! So I'm going for a general "look" of a rivetted loco rather than prototypical fidelity. What I am trying to say is I'm not a rivet counter yet     I've given them a quick waft over with satin black to seal them, pretty pleased with the effect.

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7mm Sentinel Brake Gear

I had a conversation with Pete Harvey of PH Designs at the Derby Show about getting some brake gear sorted for my Warren Shephard Sentinel. Well, yesterday this dropped through the door     It all goes together like this:     Superb quality as ever from Pete, going to make the rest of the kit look a bit basic   Soldering iron at the ready .........

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O Gauge Pug - Chassis up and running

I managed a few hours over Christmas to get the chassis painted and over the last two evenings I've got it running again!     Pretty pleased with the neat phosphor bronze pickups which should blend in pretty well with some black paint later. The rods are VERY sloppy and there is a bit of a stick due to this. To get an idea of the problem the crankpins (threaded screws) have an outside diameter of 1.6mm. The holes in the rods are 2.2mm! I've found some 1.6mm i/d tube with an o/d of 2.4mm so

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GWR 4 wheel brake 3rd - 1st side ready for lining

So, the time is almost upon me when I tackle the Bob Moore lining pen!   The first side is painted out, but I won't be putting the pen to this until I've practiced on the as yet untouched sides for the all 3rd       There's still a few bits that need touching up, but I'm hoping the lining will cover most if not all of them, we shall see. The other side is still masked out waiting for the window frames to be painted.   I've also repainted some of the cheapie eBay seated figures ready

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Slater's All Third - Detail that WILL be seen

Last night I got the roof drilled and the fixing strip drilled and tapped 8BA to take the threaded roof lamps. Next I got on with the end detailing - steps one end and brake gear the other, plus all the lamp irons etc       I also applied some Squadron White filler to the edge of the roof - the kit was second hand and whoever had cut the roof from the sprue had been a bit over zealous and the edge was ragged to say the least (sorry Ian if it was you ) hopefully it will clean up ok, if n

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Camping Coach for Fourgig East

Made a start today on the camping coach for 4gig. I'd already donated a section of the interior of a Lima mkI, so I set about the remainder with a razor saw.     The remaining compartments will be a bathroom and 3 bedrooms, so the seating had to go.     I then filed the remains of the seating from the compartment sides taking e molded taper away at the same time. You can see one compartment to go in the pic - showing the amount of material removed.   Next steps will to be to fabri

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Big Big Hymek for Fourgig East - Part 5, getting noisy

Big thanks to Paul Chetter, a parcel arrived this morning with a Zimo sound chip and a selection of speakers to try to see which sounds best in the Hymek. Liking the look of the big round one to go under the fan     Also cab roofs are getting there, vents are in place, just need the airhorns then I can get them painted     EDIT: Cab roofs fitted out and painted, couldn't resist adding the pipework to the horns ....  

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O Gauge Sentinel #3

More progress!   The solebars were bent to shape using nothing more than a vice and two steel rules as bending bars then they were joined to the buffer beams using 188 deg solder. The angle plates were then added using 145 deg solder. You will see from the photo that the ends of the angle plates stuck out beyond the edge of the buffer beam - soon sorted with a file!     This assembly was then fitted to the superstructure and the buffers added.     Starting to look like a Sentinel now

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Slater's All Third - Pull Rods and a Start on the Body

Last night I refitted the wheels and made up and fitted the brake pull rods.     I can't remember if I did this on the Brake Third, but all the linkages on the pull rods are pinned and would pivot if the vacuum cylinder moved! Just a lick of paint and they are done   Today I spent my lunch hour cutting ten sets of seats out of their sprues ready for assembly and tonight I got the basic bodyshell together as far as the floor. Here's a snap of the body after gluing still sitting in my nift

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Big Big Hymek for Fourgig East - Part 8

Thought it was time for an update.   I've lowered the loco on it's bogies by removing material from the bogie pivot - the thickness of two washers, so about 1.5 to 2mm. These washers sit inside under the shoulder screw to compensate.   JLTRT couplings have been assembled, just need to chemically blacken them and get them fitted     Green stripe has been airbrushed on using Humbrol 36 and electrical tape for a nice clean masked edge - a trick #1 son picked up from his Nerf gun modding  

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WD Austerity - details and sound

have had this loco in the operating fleet on Summat Colliery for years, bought from a fellow member back in early 2009. I got Roomey to weather it but forgot to add the detail pack etc. So as part of this project to add sound I also added the details.   The black plastic parts were fitted and toned down with PP Weathered Wood which is a pretty good match for Roomey's base weathering. The 247 Developments fire iron rack was fitted and blended in too. I removed the fake coal load and made the bu

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Hornby 8F with Zimo Sound

I have another 8F to do a sound fitting so I thought i'd show how I fit the excellent ABS-230 speaker in the tender   First remove the weight and prise off the plastic supports. using a razor saw cut down the rear weight fixing pillar flush. Drill some holes in front and behind the centre wheels. Cement in two small fillets of 1mm plastikard to seal the bottom of what will be the output chamber for the speaker - a couple of nicks in the corners will allow the pickup wires to pass through.  

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Slater's All Third - Detail no-one will ever see .....

Interior almost done. I've painted the seats, fitted them to that partitions, soldered up the luggage rack brackets and fitted them, printed out some railway type posters on sticky labels and painted the mirrors with silver paint.       just got to add the netting then I can get on with the exterior fittings ahead of the masking off and paint!   Still not fitted those door ventilators ....

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Standard Eight - A comparison

Took a few snaps last night of my new 93001 next to the original one I built six years ago. Thought they would be of interest             Shows how short 93000 was with the Stanier boiler rather than the BR3 from the 73xxx

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Servoset II

The signals on Fourgig East are driven by MERG servo driver boards that for now are set-up using a laptop and the appropriate software. However lugging an ancient laptop (it still has a 3.5" floppy drive!) around just in case I need to adjust a signal was bugging me so I spent some Christmas money on a MERG kit 76A Servoset II.   SWMBO also arranged for Santa to bring me a nice new shiny drill press (pillar drill to the masses) so the two were brought together last night for a pleasant hour wi

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