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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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Yeoman SW1001 project

The start of what is likely to be a very slow build.... While tidying up under the layout last night I came across a very old project respraying what I think was an Athern SW1000 in HO into Foster Yeoman livery as 44 Western Yeoman II that I had completed way back in 2000/2001, a year or so later it was fitted with a DCC decoder which most annoyingly has been lost at some point.   The loco was "finished" with the exception of adding the wasp stripes to the ends, and the buffers (which were

Railtrack JNA build

A minor distraction between working on my class 37s, while looking for something else in a parts box at the weekend I stumbled across an S Kits set of sides / ends for a Network Rail JNA ballast box (along with a bunch of plasticard sides/ends/floors cut to match).  A little research later to confirm it was of use for 1998 and I have cracked on with the build.   From memory my original plan was to scratch build a set of 6 in plastic (and not worry about the resin one).   First of all f

1998 Class 37s: A Summary

The past couple of weeks have seen a fair bit of work on Class 37s so here is an update to the fleet: 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.  Currently OO      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

37667 rebuilding the grills

A long term resident of the work in progress shelf my EWS 37667 has made it onto the bench for attention.   the main issue with this loco was that I had previously modelled in 2000s condition with Sandite port on the side.  This needed filling and repainting in EWS gold, which has been a difficult process to get an adequate paint match.  I removed a number to assist in blending the golds , which will need replacing.   The main area of work has been focused around the nose gri

37403 Weathering

Last nights work finishing off 37403, which for now finishes off my class 37 fleet.     At some point there will be a temptation to respray my remaining 1980s Tre Pol & Pen into Mainline and Red Stripe Cooksworthy into something more suitable, but for the moment they are destined to join 37207 in a display case.  The fact that two of them are my own work will likely be their saving grace.     I have done some work planning out the fiddleyard for my long term mainline pr

37403- finished

37493 is has now had the missing depot plaque scares added, along with a coat of Dullcote to blend in the gloss around the transfers.  It has also been reunited with its cab bulkheads and glazing, and hence is now ready for weathering (for which I need to decide how far to go.  The roof certainly needs it to blend in the slight colour change or the repainted panel around the roof grill.  

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The Fatadder in 1998 Locos

67003 - transfers

Another long term workbench resident received transfers in my latest Railtec delivery.  So 67003 now has transfers applied, with Railtec used for the body side and end numbers / EWS logos.  Along with using the spare post 98 ohle flashes included in the Railtec 37403 pack.  The GM logos and the cab side EWS crests were from a spare Fox sheet.   one difference with the Railtec transfers was that it very clearly said not to use Microsol products to get it to sit over the body side ribs.

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The Fatadder in 1998 Locos

37403 -transfers

I am finally nearing completion on 37403 resprayed from a Bachmann large logo model, with Extreme Etchings roof grills and Railtec transfers.  The BR crests were repainted with an off white mix (leaving a touch of red on the tail on one side). It still needs a coat of varnish before replacing the windows and a fair amount of weathering.

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The Fatadder in 1998 Locos

47051 Railfreight Distribution

After hearing mention of a spare Bachmann 47 body shell in RFD livery I snapped it up to build as a 2nd loco to run with my other RFD 47 on the Silver Bullets.    The plan is a little complicated in that I have got the loco running in its current guise, but it will eventually undergo a major rebuild.   My longer term aim is that I want to take the body and plastic frame comprising the head stocks from this model and use some Heljan bogies to make an unpowered partner for the other 47.  Wi

47016 Respray

As is often the case over the summer my motivation to get on with any modelling has rather taken a battering, the loss of the exhibition circuit hasn’t helped given a decent show would normally reinvigorate the modelling mojo.  There are still a number of in progress projects which have been sat on my workbench since June, mostly awaiting me finding a way to fix my CAD computer so that I can run some needed parts through the cutter…   But the past few nights have seen a return to model

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The Fatadder in 1998 Locos

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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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)

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)

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

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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

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