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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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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 - I need to source a cheap Bachmann split box loco ideally in EWS to renumber / rebuild the roof.  If I cant source a Bachmann model at the right price, it will eventually get made from the Accurascale model.   37403: BR Green - Res

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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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37403 pt2

37403 pt2

On to the second step of the conversion of 37403, as a result of a combination of the temperature, the lack or a paint handle to move the workpiece and very old paint, I did have a few issues with the painting.  Notably it was very difficult to get paint to stay in corners / edges of detail.  So minor repairs were completed with a brush, (while the wreathing will be focused around these areas so any remaining damaged paint will be obscured by the weathering.)  Using some thinners on a fine brush

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37403 pt1

37403 pt1

After talking about my class 37 plans for the past few days, its time to crack on with modelling them.  First up is 37403, a respray from what was a Large Logo Blue 37412 (its Extreme Etchings nameplates will be finding their way onto the classifieds at the weekend)    The project started with the preparation of the bodyshell, the Bachmann roof grill was removed (an Extreme Etchings replacement has been ordered).  The Large Logo, number transfer and scotty dog were removed (using a com

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Plans for my Class 37 fleet

I am in the process of re-evaluating the make up of my 1980s loco fleet,  as part of this it has identified 3 class 37 models which are surplus to requirements.  37412 in Large Logo, 37673 in RFD and 37235 in BR Blue.  Along with 37667 in EWS.  On the other hand looking at future projects there are a couple of areas in which I am light on Class 37s, so it makes sense to see what can be repurposed.   The 1998 class 37 fleet currently consists of 37521, 37670 Both EWS, 37612 DRS Blue and

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Class 67 Detailing at Scaleforum

Class 67 Detailing at Scaleforum

After a summer without any real modelling achieved, Sunday saw a return to Scaleforum on the DEMU stand for the day.  The run up to the show was a little chaotic, with a lack of time resulting in my grabbing the first available project boxes that I could find.   This resulted in two projects to work on: First was 20302, The main things holding up the completion of this loco are the glazing, bogies, window frames and adding a cantrail stripe. There was nothing that could

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The Great Western TPO In 1998 - painting

The Great Western TPO In 1998 - painting

The TPO rake has finally entered the paint shop.  The plan is to use transfers for the stripes, though I guess priming and spraying yellow is an option if that doesn’t work. So far I have sprayed the bodies into Royal Mail red, just need to source some transfers now to test it out. The Bachmann conversion has proved more difficult, the red has really poor coverage and you can still see the outline of the filler.  I was trying to go without primer (the filler was previously hand painted

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GWT HSTs

GWT HSTs

he arrival of parts to make another GWT Merlin liveried HST left an easy decision as to what to work on last night.   Most of the work requires paint work finishing off a couple of resprayed Lima mk3s once the weather warms up, along with adding Kaydees.   Last nights work focused on the powercars. I have a pair of Lima Powercars in GWT that are intended for this project, along with a new Hornby chassis.   I started with a few paint modifications to t

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Great Western Trains Sleeper 1998

Great Western Trains Sleeper 1998

In order to get on with the finishing touches on the layout I either need PVA (awaiting delivery) or to do woodwork (not exactly possible at 10 at night with two small children in the house.) So I am having a play at another long term project that I would like to finish this year, my intention being that by Easter when I can realistically start spraying again I will have this and the TPO ready for painting.   The aim is to model the Paddington to Penzance sleeper circa 1998, as with

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DC Kits NUA Part 2

DC Kits NUA Part 2

Time for the final coach to be converted, I started the NUA a while back but stopped work after completing the first side due to lost parts. Given replacement parts arrived in the post with the NSA sides, it was time to finish it off.   As previously mentioned, this conversion differs from my standard approach in that I have used a Mainline mk1 restaurant as a basis rather than a Bachmann mk1. Purely because I had the model sat in my scrap box as a left over from my 2006 Blue Pullman t

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DC Kits NSA VHF radio pod

An update on the large door NSA Now fitted with roof and VHF radio pod, along with window grills.   Annoyingly I seem to have lost the roof for the second NSA (I am worried it’s lost behind the workbench (which means emptying most of the room to pull the desk out). I really need to get on with adding a back plate to it...   After year end reporting is done at work, the plan is to convert the other side of the NUA and start thinking about the 2nd NTA.   Happy New Year

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Small door NSA tpo

Another coach shell constructed for the TPO formation, this time a small door NSA from DC Kits bits along with a Bachmann mk1   Construction followed the same approach as the previous large door NSA with one small difference. I have started adding the window grills, these are being fabricated from a Pikestuff door cut into strips and then chopped to length. To assist fitting the inter corners of the window are squared off before flying the new grill in place. It’s not as fine as the prototy

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DC KitsTPO NSA pt2

On to part two of my TPO build, with the girls up very early again this morning (and distracted by their new toys). I snuck off to the railway room for half an hour before heading out for the day.   The first task was fitting the final section of side, cutting to length and then flying into place.   Once this dried the roof was temporarily fitted and attention moved on to the right hand panel. One side on my chosen prototype has a different window location. (A word of warning, it seem

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DC Kits / Bachmann mk1 TPO NSA

Awaiting me when I arrived back home yesterday was a packet form Charlie at DC Kits containing parts to build 2 NSA and the missing bits to complete the other side of the NUA.   Once presents were wrapped and children were asleep, I was on child watch making sure no one went downstairs and discovered presents before midnight. (It wouldn’t do well to see presents from Father Christmas before he is supposed to have arrived)   This gave an unexpected couple of hours modelling, with the NSAs th

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2018 in Review

The key stock projects for 2018 were: Ø Paint the Cargowaggon pair > done Ø Fit the bogies and ends to the TDA and paint > done Ø Build 4 ex Caustic Soda TTAs > done Ø Commission etched walkways for the ex Bowaters tanks > no progress Ø Fit couplings to all completed clay wagons > no progress Ø Weather the CDAs / build the other 6 > no progress Ø Paint GWT sleeper rake into Intercity > one more GWT sleeper part sprayed. Ø I have also started putting together a Virgin Trains

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Cargowaggon complete

The final job on the Cargowaggon twin set was to add the transfers, these came from Railtec and are to their usual high standard (although there were some issues). I can’t tell if you are supposed to buy 2 packs to do one twin or if mine was missing a sheet, br there are not enough of some parts to do the pair (it is short by 4 of each door warning message, plus the OHLE flashes for the ends only had the left hand flash not the right hand)   My soloution was to model 2 different wagons, one s

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Cargowaggon Twin: Painted

As the end of the year approaches, I think there is time for me to finish off a couple more projects. The first of which will by my Jon Hall Cargowaggon Twin kit, chosen mostly because I want to ensure that I have it running for the layout’s debut in February.   So after painting the sides silver earlier in the week, the next job was to mask up for the yellow box around the Cargowaggon logo. The transfers from Railtec are just for the letters (presumably to enable them to be reused on other

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GWT mk3 TGS finishes (sort of)

After another evenings work the GWT mk3 TGS is now finished, sort of, when refitting the roof the plastic was very brittle and shattered. Trying to glue it together didn’t get a satisfactory result, so I will remove the Hornby glazing and fit a new roof from a Lima mk3   I need to take some dimensions to see if it’s viable, but an alternative approach would be to use a Hornby mk3 roof chopped off its sides and glued in place, which would get a better match with the rest of the reje

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More Painting: GWT Mk3 window frames / Cargowaggon Twin

Now that the TPO coach is as finished as it can be for the moment, I have turned attention back to a couple of other projects.   First up the Mk3 TGS shown earlier this week, the final job to complete prior to varnishing and reassembly was to paint the window frames. I am not going the whole hog on these (without fitting the Shawplan etch it would be very difficult to match the part green part stainless finish of the real thing). Instead I have picked out the frames in silver to match the

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