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Cut and shut...

So how to covert a DB V200 shell to something a bit more like the CC65000?  So far I've altered the cab-side windows at both ends, including the plated-over windows above the cab doors to represent a loco towards the end of their life with SNCF.  I've also cut the V200 nose off at one end, and made a start on re-shaping the windscreens. The CC65000 has windscreens that are straight at the bottom, while the V200 screens have a curved bottom edge. Fingers crossed it all goes togethe

CC65000

So time to reveal my mystery project. It's going to the SNCF CC65000.    The inspiration for this came from an excellent video on YouTube showing 65005 in its second career with Agrivap in the Auvergne. There are also some excellent photos on Flickr.   Hornby made a model of the CC65000 in their ACHO range, and there have been some more modern replicas, but the cost of these is a long way beyond my budget (although I can't deny the quality).   I was going to try scr

Starfighter! (2)

So a wee update on the F104. Paint and transfers now mostly done. This took a lot longer than expected, but hopefully looks a bit better than the Airfix kits I used to knock together in a couple of hours.  Italian airforce markings have proved difficult to get hold of, the first set from ebay were old stock which fell apart when I tried to apply them. The second set have got lost in the post apparently...  Thanks for all the feedback on my previous post, I was surprised by the level of

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Starfighter!

Another wee project moving closer to the finish line. Revell's kit of the Lockheed F104-G Starfighter. It's been a long time since I tried an aircraft kit. This one was a bit different to the (mainly Airfix) ones I remember, the fuselage is in 4 bits not 2, and getting them to join neatly wasn't easy. Would like to blame Revell, but its probably me...   This will be painted up as an F104-G of the Italian Aeronautica Militare. Italy was an enthusiastic user of the F104, only retiring th

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Guess the project.

To cheer myself up following imposition of a local lockdown I've decided to do teaser photo for my next project.   I'm not going to say what it is intended to be, guess away. What it actually ends up as may be a different story. Possibly pushed to the back of the "work in progress" shelf.    Comments and suggestions welcome as always.   Ken

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Another small step

So here we have the airfix moon buggy, or more correctly the lunar rover. I have added seat backs, antenna's, and the cargo rack/bulkhead behind the seats. I still need to add the satellite dish on the main antenna, and the distinctive orange mudguards.   The two astronauts in the background are taking rock and dust samples, that's some kind of probe, not a rifle. These guys are roughly half way through painting, I think the space suits look better with a matt finish.    I al

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One small step....

A bit off topic for RM Web, and about 12 months late for the Apollo 11 anniversary, here is my first attempt at the Airfix astronaut figure set....    These are made of slightly squishy vinyl rather than hard plastic. This can be hard to paint (ask my 12 year old self), but it turns out a quick coat of watered-down PVA glue works as a primer (leftovers from IKEA). Paint used is a mix of humbrol and revell enamel, with some cheap watercolour paint from The Works for weathering.  

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37681

So my latest project is completed, or nearly. A repaint and minor detailing of the old Hornby class 37, which had been stored away and largely forgotten for 20-odd years.    Briefly I have... - Fitted new air horns - Fitted fixed-beam and high intensity headlights - Fitted some jumper cables (possibly not all of them) - Fitted new cab steps in the correct location (removing the class 47 steps wasn't easy)  - Altered the nose grilles - Removed the buffer be

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Another project....

So having completed the first Hornby TTA wagon, I've moved on to my next project (victim?) Hopefully still just about recognisable as the Triang Hornby R751 class 37. I'm trying to complete the modification/detailing I started a few years back (1997 if I'm honest, it's been a busy 20 years or so).    The plan is to update 37130 to it's final form as 37681. I'm still debating liveries.    Various alterations to the body shell so far (some better than others). Not one for the r

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Some time later....

So after a bit of a gap, some progress to report. My ho scale Australian project is currently on hold as I grapple with the bits I'm not so good at (scenics, buildings).  Meantime I have been clearing out some of the old Hornby/Lima which has been cluttering up my folks loft for the last 20 years or so, and seeing what (if anything) i can do with it. First up is one of the omnipresent Hornby TTA wagons. This was the red Texaco version, but is now in BP colours, inspired by the Lairg ta

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Slow progress

Ok, so limited progress of late, other demands and priorities. However I've made a start on the small Station building, creating a basic card "box" that all the detail can be hung on. I've tried replicating the clapboard/weatherboard finish of the original using thinner card, and although it's a slow process, I'm impressed with the results! Hopefully this will continue.....  Ebay has provided some excellent Ho scale corrugated sheet from Auhagen for the roof, of which more later.   

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Bricks and sticks

So, moving onto some buildings for the planned layout. My initial idea was for a signal box. However an extensive rake through Google suggested that signal boxes weren't that common a feature of stations in small rural South Australian communities. So plan B... The very informative "When there were stations" website (sorry not sure how to post hyperlinks) turned up some excellent photos of the former Station at Moockra. This features a small building of a design which was apparently once common

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On we go..

So, some more progress. Put together a pre-printed 20 foot ISO container in TNT Freight Services colours. Went together fairly easy, apart from the fact superglue wouldn't stick!! Looks pretty good for the cost, and will be tucked away in a corner of the eventual layout. Although now a global brand, TNT started off in Australia.  Also been doing some more research on grain hopper wagons and railway buildings, more to follow.... Thanks 

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Hello

So hello to you folks at RM Web. After lurking and reading others contributions, decided to add something myself. Currently working on ideas for a small layout, probably a branch terminus, on the South Australian/Victorian border. Time period is a bit hazy, anywhere in the last 30 years. Inspiration from YouTube and Flickr. First item of stock is a detailing and tidy-up of an old Life-Like GM F-series into a homage to the Commonwealth Railways/Australian National GM class. Yes I know i

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