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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
This has been sat on my workbench for an age, a resprayed Limby TGS into Great Western Trains livery.
This should have been a RTR job from Hornby, they went through a phase releasing the tatted up ex Lima TGS in all the liveries they had previously sold mk3s in. For some reason when they got to GWT they released it in First GW Fag Packet instead (a livery they never did on the mk3s or the powercars). Feels like a cock up... At any rate I have one to respray (as I did with a sleeper previous
More work this evening on the tpo brings it almost to completion
I started by finishing off the remaining windows, first adding the 8mm lengths of 40thou Evergreen strip to the upper and lower edge of the window hole before covering in filler. This was followed by tidying up the new door window plates and gluing into position in the holes where the old door windows once were. At this point I realised that I had not removed the old door handles, so these were carefully carved off before add
Another evening's work on the TPO, and it is finally starting to be transformed into its new more modern identity.
First up a little more plastic removal, after changing between diagrams in order to be able to work from a photo of an actual coach, I needed to move the post box from the left panel onto the right. The plastic tooling was carefully carved off with a scalple, then the lettering removed with microsol. While I was at it I also removed the yellow numbers of its old identity / NSX w
The project has slowed down somewhat while attention turns to a few other WIP projects, however a key task was completed last night with the production of the new window frames.
The 10thou frames were cut using single pass, while the 20thou was set to double pass
I am very happy with the results, just need to get them fitted to the model now (although I won’t get a chance until tomorrow I suspect.) It once again highlights the benefits of the Silhouette cutter, cutting 7 identical 1mm t
Day two of the TPO conversion,
Continuing where I left off on Sunday, the first job was to finish off removing the remaining window frames. Once removed the area was all sanded back ready for fitting the new windows. Another removal task was on the doors, as it stood I had carved off half a mm from the top of the door (there was a recess above the top of the windows). In order to assist in fitting the replacement doors I have carved off a further mm of plastic so that the hole where the wind
Thanks to a lazy postman not bothering to leave a card saying my parcel had been left in the children’s playhouse, I didn’t realise that my latest ebay purchase had been delivered on Friday. This in turn has restricted how far I could get on this project over the weekend. The aim, conversion of a Bachmann Mk1 TPO NSX into a refurbished NSA.<p>This will encompass:
Conversion of the chassis to air breaks (and the associated removal of the vac break parts)
Remove the end steps
After reapraying the roof into light grey this evening, the work on 20302 is now nearly complete.
Tomorrow I need to tidy up the seepage through the masking around the curve on the top of the ends, replace the front wipacs and add transfers. After which it can return to its box with 37612 awaiting a layout to run on.
I am now debating buying another cheap Bachmann 20 (ideally a non runner) to convert as 20301 to run with it....
Continuing my slow attempts to model a Penzance TPO circa 1998 (still a lot quicker than my attempts at the same train circa 1947 though...)
The next coach is a NUA, basically a break version of the NTA POT vans (rather a redundant concept in the 90s given that the service was top and tailed with super BG full brakes.
The process is as follows: Assemble the new side from DC Kits components, 1mm had to be removed to get it to fit in the replica mk1 I am using as a donor Cut out one side,
This model is driving me insane! I just can’t seem to stop making mistakes, all the more annoying when plan a had been to finish it off in 2000s condition and flog on eBay.
So having filled the surplus windows and repainted today I set about adding transfers. The ends were a little problematic as my black tops numbers are either too big or too small. So that has been put aside for now. The first side is now complete, once varnished there will be minimal trace of the old window. This sid
I have slowly been progressing with my model of 37612. First up the other end has been converted and is now ready for some paint repairs, I have also found the rest of the jumper cables (although they cannot be fitted until the painting is finished and nose numbers have been applied given that one jumper cable goes over the numbers.) With that complete I moved attention back to the body.
The fire control panels were picked out in red (while the buffer beams got another coat of red paint
I didn’t get nearly as much done as I hoped this evening, however have at least made progress on a couple of long term projects blocking space on the work bench.
First up 47768, it has got to the point that I can’t axxwpt the depot plaques on the cab sides that were removed in 96. So I have removed the etch, sanded down the cab side and repainted. I used Virgin red which was a pretty good match to Vi Trains RES red (and will be perfect once blended in with weathering) I understand they w
A while back I converted a Schudo Mercedes lorry into a covered tipper for use on my clay layout, I say converted but at the time I only did half the job. It remained as a 3 axle and has no detail on the rear door.
Last night I set about sorting that, the first job being that missing axle at the front. In order to obtain a suitable part I turned to another Schudo lorry, a Shell tanker, as a 3 axle chassis it was a little to big and long for my intended use (delivering heating oil). So I ha
Back in 2010 I made a start on improving a Vi Trains model of 47768 in RES livery, it has had my usual treatment being fitted with Extreme Etchings roof grills, Maygib wheels and screw couplings. It has also been fitted with the pipe which runs across the roof grills on some 47s.
Unfortunatly when I painted the new grills area with Phoenix RES grey, it was a completely different shade to the RTR finish, which is where it stayed until last night.
While painting some wagons, I noticed the