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Modelling Diesels in P4: Stock for Wheal Imogen (China Clay in the late 80s and 90s) along with builds preparing for my next modern layout (set in either South Devon or Cornwall in 1998)


 

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GWML TPO

A little more progress on the TPO last night, with the yellow lines added for one side of each coach.  These were very old transfers (looking at the Fox logos on the packet I would say pre 2000 for certain), so I was a little concerned as to how well they would work.  While they were a little too brittle to wrap around the ends of the coach, they stuck well and there is minimal film showing (unlikle the ModelMasters transfers for the ER / Travelling Post Office branding which I cant remove witho
GWML TPO

GWML TPO

It’s been a long time since they were painted (although I did spray them again a few weeks ago to sort the colour issues).  Then bought some transfers from DC Kits, and this evening I made a start on applying them. First up the left hand side Royal Mail logo, the transfers i purchased didn’t include this particular transfer.  But did have a similar example with the crown and Royal Mail (with the words above each other) this could be cut in three to get the required transfers.  Two white rec
KWA Engineers Well Wagon

KWA Engineers Well Wagon

Way back in 2007 I purchased the then new S-Kits kit for a Caib KWA plant carrying well wagon.  A fairly simple kit comprising of a resin body (to which you attach the lashing eyes), headstocks and buffers, cast y25 bogies and a set of castings for the loading ramps.   At the time I built the basic structure (excluding the bogies) and put it away.  Last night I dug it out to finish off (before deciding if it ends up on a display shelf or the classifieds.)   Paint was fairly straight fo
 

Sea Urchins

I have spent the afternoon getting on with a few part built Sea Urchins In all cases transfers still need to be added (I have them for the EWS example, but will need to source for the rest).  The interior painting is just a rough first coat, needing more colours mixing in, while 4 of the 5 still need the suspension units adding. First up DC 110033 in Dutch (somewhere amid the rust), built from Cambrian bits, the rust is just a start point and will be refined further (but I am quite pleased
Class 37s repaints - finished for now

Class 37s repaints - finished for now

After a lot of work my class 37 resprays are now complete (with the exception of some minor work on the ends of the DRS examples.     they will now joint the queue for couplings and weathering, with 37057 taking the priority.  There is still an order to Shawplan that needs to be placed for Vikings nameplates and horn grills for 37607.    but for now attention will return to other projects, with my second GWT HST set or my Intercity liveried sleeper set both needing to enter the pai

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EWS repaints 67003 and 37057 pt2

EWS repaints 67003 and 37057 pt2

A little more work on my latest respray projects    37057 has been reunited with its ends and had most of the transfers applied, it’s just missing the  ohle warning flashes on the sides (which will get sorted this evening).  The transfers were from Railtec for the EW&S logos (along with the ohle flashes) and a fox tops panel.  Really  impressed with the Railtec product, very easy to use, a much better colour match than Fox and ready made up numbers for your chosen loco.    

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EWS Painting - 67003 and 37057

EWS Painting - 67003 and 37057

Over the past few days I have been getting on with finishing off a couple more projects, spraying locos into EWS livery.   first up was 67003 as seen in Newton Abbot in 1999 shortly after delivery.  This is a Lima model which has been detailed with my own etches for the grills, window frames and air horn grills.  (Along with a fully detailed chassis). There were some issues with the masking on the lower yellow stripe (I am hoping that I can get away with using thinners to remo

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58015 Weathering

58015 Weathering

Onto the next weathering project, the past few days effort.   Again working from a photo from 1998, I have tried to replicate the characteristic build up of oily dirt on the bodyside.  The grills had all previously been repainted in the correct grey rather than body colour.  Underframe dirt was built up in several layers, along with an oily finish on the fuel tanks / battery boxes.  Cab sides and ends were relatively clean, (although I lost the numbers on one side applying a wash).

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37672 Weathering

37672 Weathering

Another day, another weathering project, although this one took somewhat longer than the previous two locos given the number of applications needed.  Another Bachmann model hitting the bench almost as it arrived from the shop, With 37672 being a  Cornish machine (and not an easy one to renumber due to the cantrail grills) it stayed as 672.  The model has so far been fitted with Dingham couplings (and P4 wheels) and was one of the better performers when Wheal Imogen was at last years SWAG members

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60026 Weathering

60026 Weathering

Continuing the theme of a little pre work weathering, here is the current state of 60026.  Class 60s are a bit of an oddity with my modelling, a class that I have always really liked, yet one on which I have not yet done a great deal with the models.  In fact while my Class 37 fleet only has one loco with its RTR identity (the ltd 37670) and my Class 47 fleet has none, I have never renumbered a Class 60.  It helped that of the 3 models I have, one is the GWR 150 60081 (which will eventually be h

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37521 Weathering

37521 Weathering

Last week work issued the guidance to work from home if possible, so my dining room has now been converted into an office and I no longer have the hour commute each morning.  However given that for the time being at least my wife’s office is still open (and the children are still leaving for school at 7) I am still getting up at the usual time.  The upside being that it gives me an hours modelling time before work!    So today I have got on with finishing off a model that I started wor

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37607 continued

37607 continued

A day demonstrating at the Swindon model ex today has seen some more progress on 37607.  The air horns have now been removed and the recesses filled (with the horns mounted onto 37612).    the flint grey was repainted to the deeper depth (as was the black on the ends).    An Extreme Etchings roof grill was glued into place Before touching up the roof paint and adding a start to the roof weathering.  Next job will be adding the cantrail stripe.     then I will need the horn g

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DRS 37607 (and a little more 37612)

DRS 37607 (and a little more 37612)

Now that work on 37057 has rather ground to a halt, it is time to move on to what should be my final class 37 project (along with some finishing work on another)….   The first task was to decide upon a loco to model, as per my previous post I had narrowed it down to either 37671 or 37674 (favouring the latter due to the ends matching up).  However looking further I spotted that 674 has the orange cantrail stripe slightly lower down than 671 (and the source body) with an associated slig

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37057 pt4 (and a bit of 37612)

37057 pt4 (and a bit of 37612)

Last night I dug put the  cutter and drew up a few components, adding a new ring (replacing a damaged brass part) for the roof grill on 057, along with some parts for 37612. With these fitted the only thing left is to fit the NRM roof pod, (which I still need to find) and the rivets that will go on post priming.  So it was out with the primer.  It will now go back on the bench for further rework before reprinting and hopefully spraying in EWS next weekend.   while I had t
37057 pt3

37057 pt3

The new ends for 37057 arrived in the post today (thanks again Mark), so I have cracked on with the ends.  Representation of the hinges was added from 10 thou evergreen strip (with a raised line of 20thou square.)  the same 20thou strip added the joint down the centre line of the door & the hinges either side of the high intensity headlight.  Once finished they were given a quick coat of warning panel yellow paint, there is a colour mismatch (but weathering will hide it eventually).  The fin
37057 part 2

37057 part 2

Work is progressing on 37057   First up a set of Hornby Class 60 style buffers have been found in the scrap box and installed on the damaged chassis, this has now been put aside ready for buffer beam detailing (along with the installation of a Dingham coupling).  The chassis will be staying in OO for the moment at least, pending the ongoing debate as to what will be used for the next layout….   Attention then moved on to the body, first using IPA to strip off the printed Rail
More Class 37s - 37057 and 37???

More Class 37s - 37057 and 37???

After selling off the body from another of my 1980s Class 37 fleet (37674) I was all set to buy a Bachmann 37114 body as a basis for a project to model 37057 in EW&S livery circa 1998.  Firstly its is @James Makins fault for reminding me about this particular engine on his recent postings.  37057 is a bit of a special loco to me, this being one of the first diesel models I bought as a child (if not the first) shortly after Hornby released it in 1997.   However I am a sucker for a gamble on a

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VSOE Phoenix pt3 ready for paint

VSOE Phoenix pt3 ready for paint

Another evenings work has got Phoenix ready for painting, with the roof modifications completed and new windows temporarily installed.     the roof has a rough coat of Vallejo white to highlight any areas needing more work (it needs another still), matching the Hornby White is proving tricky as it’s an off white colour.  With the whole rake being repainted for consistency that’s not a huge problem.   the windows still need the vents and curtains painting on.   I am goi

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VSOE Phoenix & Cygnus pt2

VSOE Phoenix & Cygnus pt2

With my class 37 respray project now complete, its time to turn attention to the next item to hit the work bench.  There are a couple of painting projects that I have in mind, but they all need multiple airbrush sessions and before I can use it again I need to work out the cause of a major air leak in my compressor.    I am awaiting components to enable work to continue on my next two steam projects, so not a lot that I can do there.  So instead I have turned my attention back to my VS

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Bachmann 37 respray 37230 Transrail

Bachmann 37 respray 37230 Transrail

While 37403 is not yet finished, its time to move on to part 2 of my Class 37 refresh, respraying what was a BR Blue Bachmann 37/0 into Transrail Dutch (with a bit of 1990s updating into the mix)   The first job was to strip down the model, removing the windows (which was a very tough job with a lot of glue to break) and separating the ends from the body.   With the ends separated from the body the first job was to add a Replica high intensity headlight, drilling a hole through the end

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VSOE: Phoenix and Cygnus

VSOE: Phoenix and Cygnus

Picking up from this blog post a decade ago (recently refreshed), I have for a long time been working on a model of the VSOE circa 1998.   I have previously converted old Hornby pullmans into the 1928 built stock for Ione, Lucille and Zena, and have Minerva from Hornby's 1927 stock.  (all of which still need a fair bit of work on the chassis, along with finishing.)   I am hoping to get at least a set of 6 coaches completed this year, so time to crack on with the remaining two builds so it can al

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1998 Fleet: Other locos - A Summary

1998 Fleet: Other locos - A Summary

Finally its on to the "other" classes for which the fleet doesn't contain enough locos to make up a whole page.  As per the Class 37s and 47s in each case locos are fitted with P4 wheels (Maygib or Ultrascale) and a Lenz Gold decoder, plus etched names where needed.  Photos have all been taken from previous blog posts and are not necessarily in current condition, the intention is that everything will be re-photographed on my photo plank to get a decent image of each loco.  Putting the loco numbe

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1998 Class 47s: A summary

1998 Class 47s: A summary

Having summarised my Class 37 fleet, now its time for my Class 47s, this is intended to serve as something of an index, as well as a record of the fleet.  If you use the search in this blog function and search for the loco number it should take you to the right page.     47xxx Railfreight Distribution I need a second Railfreight liveried 47, if I can source another body it will likely be a mashup of Bachmann body on Heljan gear towers / motor and an etched brass chassis frame

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1998 Class 37s: A Summary

1998 Class 37s: A Summary

37230: Transrail Dutch - Resprayed from a BR Blue Bachmann 37/0 with the ends modernised with high intensity headlights, fitted with Extreme Etchings roof and frost grills.  Photo taken before the glazing was refitted   37057 Viking EW&S - A basket case body obtained from ebay which was stripped down and resprayed into EW&S livery (Phoenix EWS red and Vallejo Golden Yellow), a centre box body was converted (riveted strips added to the roof, removing the air horns and addi

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2019 in Review

The plans for the year were: to finish off the TPO rake, add doors to 37612, convert the remaining CDA fleet, paint the GWT intercity sleeper rake and to build a couple of nuclear flasks to run with the DRS locos.  Not of alot of which was actually managed....   First to hit the bench was the TPO, with enough components arriving from DC Kits to finish the other side of the NUA, along with components to build a large door and small door NSA.  Building new sides from the DC Kits parts an

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