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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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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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O gauge Sentinel ready (almost) for varnish

Here's a quick snap of the Sentinel as it stands this lunchtime     All I need to add is the "RA 1" lettering (will have a dig around in the transfers box tonight) and then it's varnish time   I am going to have a go at oil finishing the steel buffers, not done this since school, but I have a blowtorch and some nice dirty engine oil - what can possibly go wrong

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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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All Rivetted Up!

Basic rivetting is complete on the 7mm Sentinel and sealed under satin black. I am going to add the extra detail on the cab and tank sides but not today     Next step I suppose is to start to get to grips with that Bob Moore lining pen or wimp out and use HMRS pressfix ...

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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 Brakes Fitted

Well, I've finally managed to get Pete Harvey's excellent etches soldered together and fitted to the Sentinel, and mighty fine they look too!       Just need to do some final fettling with a glass fibre pencil and then it's primer time. Should have it in satin black for the Member's Day.

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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 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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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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O Gauge Sentinel #5

Well, the castings from Meteor arrived as promised and mighty fine they are too. I ended up with quite a few spare bits including 5(!) buffers, a round chimney, a cast roof vent and what I think is the internal chimney.   Some modifications were needed to fit the model though. 5mm was removed from the height of the filler and the driveshafts tie bars had to be lengthened - I guess the Lima chassis has a wider wheelbase than a prototypical Sentinel. Here's how I did this:   First I cut off th

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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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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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O Gauge Sentinel #2

Rapid (for me) progress today.   The bends went really well, after much agonizing and worry over getting these right they just fell into place using a 3.5mm rod held in the vice and the brass bent over it using my fingers.   Soldered to the soleplate using 145 deg solder it's starting to look like a Sentinel now     Now, here's where I have had to "modify" the kit as there seems to be two variants of the Lima 0-4-0 drive unit, one a central ringfield and another with the ringfield over

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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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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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ABS 5 Plank Wagon - Part 3

Well, I got the bits from Adrian at ABS so the angled planks at the bottom of the doors and label clips were added and then the painting commenced.   Below shows the wagon as it sits now, basic spraying done but there is a lot of overspray on the black where I couldn't mask well enough. No matter, I'll touch up with Tamiya semi gloss black and no-one will know.     It's done in BR period livery, and just needs black number patches adding once the overspray is sorted, oh and a touch of whi

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In Print!

Well, spring seems to be a popular time for my random scribblings.   The 2-8-2 is scheduled to appear in the next Model Rail - May issue out April 19th and yesterday Mike at Hornby Magazine confirmed the Duke of Gloucester will be appearing in the June edition (HM60) out 11th May

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ABS 5 Plank Wagon - Part 2

Well, after a false start when it all went together crooked I dumped it in boiling water and started again. This time I ignored the instructions and built the body box up first using my nice magnetic corner jigs then fixed the soleplates/W irons on after.     I'm just waiting for some more parts from ABS, mainly the side door bottom planks to make the sackbarrow bottoms and then it's time to start painting.   Thanks to Adrian at ABS for his help and all the guidance and advice offered on

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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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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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The Duke Finished

As promised some snaps of the Duke on Summat Colliery at the Syston Show. I took advantage of the sunlight on Sunday as you can see.             and finally, late in the day the ultimate express loco met up with possibly the ultimate mixed traffic loco  

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Harry Detailed

Some of you might have seen in my status updates that I've been fiddling with Summat Colliery's resident shunter "Harry" this week.   He's received a small Stay Alive capacitor pack to his ancient Lenz Standard (not Plus) decoder and I've now turned my attention to the outside.   I started adding some real coal to the bunker, and then went a bit mad sprinkling coal dust and a few large lumps to the footplate.     Needs a quick waft with some matt varnish but I'm pretty happy with the im

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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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The Duke's Plates

I received the plates for the Duke of Gloucester Saturday morning, Narrow planet have done a fantastic job, etching using thinner brass than for the 2-8-2 which has allowed a much better detail for the works plates etc.   Here's the nameplates fitted     I'm still trying to get the rest painted with white raised text etc, might not work due to the thinness of the etching, but I'll give it my best shot.   My large tin of pre-thinned PV72 satin varnish went off, maybe in the cold of the o

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