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A dirty gathering

After doing a little more tweaking of the Crosti I'm building for Gavvy2 I took the opportunity to take a low light snap of all three locos recently received back from Roomey.     My Crosti is behind '021 with an O1 at the back. The O1 has had real coal added and the detailing pack fitted before weathering. A Paul Chetter (pauliebanger) L1 Zimo sound chip awaits, which whilst not strictly accurate is at least a Thompson 2 cylinder loco   First outing for my two new locos will be the Linc

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Crosti #2 Finished

Well, on the outside. I've got to refit the motor and sound chip etc, but look what Roomey's done     Gavvy2, yours looks as good too

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O Gauge Pug - Back in black

Even though it was originally green when I bought it, the Pug is now resplendent in it's BR black livery     Bit of touching up needed around the red buffer beams and the cab interior. Whistle needs to be "brass" and then it's ready for varnish. Must get on with the DCC decoder/StayAlive ready for the Mansfield Show next month

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O Gauge Pug - primed and ready

And lo the primer was warmed on the radiator and applied to the shiny brass     There's one or two bits that could do with a touch of filler, so will wait until next week now until after the BRM SHow at Doncaster (see you all there!)   It won't do any harm for the primer to harden off over the weekend anyway

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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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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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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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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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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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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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DJH Duke of Gloucester - Feeling Green

So, the rebuild of the DJH Duke of Gloucester is moving forward slowly. It has emerged from the paint shop with it's BR Green (late) paint airbrushed over the base satin black.     Green is Phoenix Precision P101 thinned to approx 50% with cellulose thinners. Three light coats over two days and now it's resting until next week in a drawer.   Some areas of black to touch up where masking failed or was impractical to do. Once the detail painting is done then I'll move on to the lining

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Crosti 9F #2 - more sandboxes

Attention now has moved from the chassis to the body. I've filled in the section of "missing" false chassis ahead of the cylinders with plasticard and fashioned the front sandboxes in the same way as the chassis mounted ones.     I had hoped to pick up some 0.5mm piano wire from Squires at Wycrail, but they hadn't taken any. I'll have to wait until the next order to either them or Eileen's to make the front sand pipes.   Waft of grey primer soon to see how good the moulding is and how muc

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Crosti 9F #2 - Sandboxes

After a few productive minutes with some plasticard and copper wire over lunchtime we have a representation of the sandboxes for the Crosti       Next step is to paint it all black and then I can get the Zimo sound chip wired up to the loco and test the fit in the body and of course the sound!   I should have this at least functional for the Weston-on-Trent show on the 10th November

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Crosti 9F #2 - Preheater

Unlike the last Golden Arrow Crosti 9F that I built and detailed in Hornby Magazine this one's mine (and so is my time) so the standard plain flat sided preheater sections would not do.   Out came the 11mm Evergreen tube, saw and files. Together with some microstrip and a few other bits and bobs I now have this:       I've added a representation of the access door using a circle of plasticard punched out with a hole punch, decorated with microstrip and the "blower" that of course is no

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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 Sentinel - Done

So the crew climbed aboard (driver needed his right leg amputating below the knee to clear the motor) and I've added a little coal around the door bottoms and chassis ledges to simulate spillages during loading.   Not sure how prototypical this is but is made me smile last night   So here's some snaps ahead of the photoshoot for the MR article           So, that's it, on to the next project - rebuilding the L&Y Pug I bought from Scanman ages ago - the chassis is already s

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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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O Gauge Sentinel ready for it's crew

The Dart Castings crew turned up this morning, handy that, as last night I finished the weathering. Here's a snap taken in my new 30 quid photo booth with my trusty X-10 Mini cameraphone     Just got to paint the crew and stick em in and it's done. Now for that article for MR .........

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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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DJH Duke of Gloucester - Chassis

What can I say apart from URG!     The owner is well known for his love of spray oil having quite an extensive collection of Hornby Dublo. I am trying to wean him off it for the sake of his modern locos and their plastic parts .....   A full strip is in order methinks

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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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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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Organisation

I've made a start sorting out all my parts. Prompted by the upheaval of completely re-doing the office/study, including the new desk you see in the photo, I have spent a small fortune on storage boxes.   The one below is one of the larger ones, I will have five of these. Also I have bought nine smaller ones that will fit into one of the new cupboards in the study.     Resolution #1: Never again will I once a kit/project is built keep all the spare bits and bobs in the kit box whilst the e

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DJH Duke of Gloucester - Back in one piece

OK, a couple of hours with the low melt solder has seen the Duke back in one (heavy) lump. I soldered the boiler assembly to the footplate in the end and have filled the gaps around the cab etc with solder. The Crownline detailing kit has been raided for the blower and tunnel as well as the top feeds and pipework.     Just got the pipework around the cab/firebox are to sort now. Will use one of the Crownline castings to represent the blower valve and make the rest up from copper wire. The i

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