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 the Lima model, touching up the black and white paint to fix overspray, and painting the inside of the light clusters black.
Then it was time to modify the insides to fit the new chassis, first removing the original mounting screw points and glazing insert. Cut the guards door windows from the rest of the windows and refit to the model. Finally carve plastic from the inside of the front fairing to clear the new chassis.
It still needs a little more work, I want to respray the white band at the top of the sides (as there is very poor paint coverage over the green). The yellow is a bit of an odd shade (although it was at least painted) so this will also need a respray.
Compairing with photos there is a raised lip on the real thing that is missing from the Lima model, so this will need to be fitted. Unfortunately my phone battery ran out before starting this so had to stop until changed to access s prototype photo.
While working on HSTs I have also tried to sort out my Virgin powercars, this has been renumbered with Fox transfers names for HMS Penzance. Unfortunately I didn’t varnish and one side got damaged, as I don’t really want to buy replacement transfers. My thought was to mix up paints to match the colours and touch it up by hand. I’m happy with most of it but one colour needs another attempt. I will mask off the glazing and give it a quick dusting of satin varnish to seal it all in this time.
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 the TPO part of the logic with this is another then and now comparison with a very long term project to build the same formation in 1947 guise for Brent.
Research on the forum and elsewhere has narrowed down the formation: Monday to Thursday it consisted of a Class 47/8, Mk2D BSO, MK2D TSO (a declasified first), Mk2E FOt, then 3 mk3 sleepers (with a forth added on Fridays) and finally a mk1 BG. Working from a video of a real working from 1998, the plan is to have the mk2s in faded Intercity livery, the first and last mk3 in Intercity and the middle mk3 in Great Western Trains (which has already been finished). http://www.rmweb.co.uk/community/index.php?/topic/47191-great-western-merlin-sleeper/
After giving some thought to modifying Hornby mk2E coaches into the required 2Ds, I have settled to making use of the coaches I already have for the moment at least. (A large box of deconstructed Airfix, Dapol and Hornby 2ds that was purchased for this rake (and a daytime GWT service) a long time ago. Eventually I will likely end up replacing them, but for the purposes of the then and now concept (and having a play at 1998 on Brent) the old coaches will do the job.
They will be upgraded to a degree, focusing on the basic shape (the windows / frames I will live with for now). The first task was to remove the roof ribs to get a much fainter line, rubbing down the whole lot with a emery pad. Then the flat sides were attacked with a file to obtain the required tumblehome. The 2E still needs work to convert it into the later design. They now join the remaining two mk3 sleepers in the queue awaiting painting in intercity livery. I am certainly not looking forward to all that masking!
A side on view not exactly the best choice to show off a change to the side profile...
Edit: Here is the missing photo of the completed GWT Sleeper Untitled by The Fatadder, on Flickr
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 that I am in the process of selling off.
The first job was to prepare the sides, fitting the window grills and cleaning up the components. I was still missing one door, so this was fabricated from some silhouette cut parts (a back plate with an outline cut of the door for alignment, the front of the door and a window frame. This gave a matching 20thou step between the back plate and the door front which matched the DC Kits parts.
The side was cut away from roof / ends and 1mm or so removed from the ends, checking the fit to ensure that there was a good match. The first step was fitting a door to each side piece, before gluing the guards compartment side into position. As each section dried the next was fitted into position, adding small fillets of plasticard between the top of the side and the roof to reinforce.
There is still a fair bit of work to do to finish the model, requiring a new way of fitting the floor (as the original retaining clips got in the way of the new doors), roof detail, post boxes adding / handrails and the step below the doors. The underframe also needs a lot of work, I am thinking the easiest approach here is going to be cut away all the trussing + any redundant boxes and replace with the kit’s parts
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 prototype but better than nothing
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 seems no two TPO coaches were the same, with windows and grills appearing in different places). Fortunately I have a lot of spare window frames from my Bachmann conversion. So after carving off the original frame and filling with evergreen strip, I drilled out and added the new frame.
It now needs a bit of filler, the roof needs to be updated with different vents and it will be ready for paint.
I looked at starting on the second one, but the chassis is a bit more difficult to use. I have stripped it down but I am now thinking I will look in my VSOE box and swap chassis with one of those (as it hopefully will have the raised edge that is required).
As many as I can show on Wheal Imogen. I need to find some OO disk wheels and get the bogies capable of working on Brent. (And I need to get the bits ordered for my 1940s equivalent set
I am thinking about adding another NTA if I can source another cheap Bachmann NSA, I want to do one of the NTAs with the recess from the nets (a pretty heavy rebuild to do the windows and add an extra door)
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 the clear winner.
I have refined the technique a little from my first attempt on the NTA, the min change being the removal of the bottom section of the Bachmann side, turning around and rotating 90 degrees and gluing in place in the Chanel. A length of ten thou stripmwas glued to this which provides a solid base upon which to glue the new side. A short length of 30 thou is glued to the ends of the sides to space it out and reinforce the joint.
The end itself is modified cutting back to the inner bracket, which provides a firm base for the new side. As for the side itself I started with the sorting side, this uses the standard DC Kits construction so needs to be cut to length (one moulding does both half’s so you cut the door off one side and shorten the other by the same length.
With this done the first side was glued into position, adding a length of 30thou to reinforce the joint before test fitting the roof. M
Moving to the other side the first job was to assemble the large doors, this needed 3 parts glued together before being put away to dry.
The next task was to start on the corridor side, this consists of 2 short sections (which are handed) the two doors and a long centre section. All need to be cut to length to work with the large doors, the other build will be easier in this regard. Once shortened the outer sections were glued into place and allowed to dry.
Finally for last night the doors were glued into place , with a base added to fill the gap from 30thou (a fix needed on my other builds). The final panel now needs to be cut to size (needing to be an exact fit) before flying into olac.
The new sides are fractionally shorter than a Bachmann mk1, so as per the NTA it needs a length of ten thou flying to the top of the sides. It will also need detailing such as post boxes, window grills etc. While the roof will need the raised panel to match my prototype 80322. https://ukrailwaypics.smugmug.com/Coaches/NPCCS/NSA-Post-Office-sorting-van/i-MK59Tq6/A
Another lesson learned from my NTA is the need to add an additional spacer in the middle of the coach to stop The sides bowing in at the top. Again this still needs to be added
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 XC loco hauled rake > good progress see below.
The Cargowaggon Twin: This is the latest project to cross the work bench, after spraying the ends blue earlier in the year the past week has seen the sides painted silver, the logo panels painted yellow and the transfers applied. A start has also been made on the weathering process
TDA ECC Slurry Tank Roof walkways were fabricated from Bachmann TTA parts with a scratch built end platform. The model has been sprayed into ECC livery with transfers from Railtec. Virgin 47817 An old project to renumber a Vi Trains class 47 to 47817 Institute of Mechanical Engineers, the cab sides and roof had previously been resprayed but the colour was a poor match. So these were resprayed again with a more suitable grey. Numbers and nameplates were added along with Extreme Etchings grills.
Virgin XC Mk2 Rake Test coach to test method for carving off the fictional solbar worked well, so planned for rollout to rest of fleet. A start was made on Kaydee fitting before running out of coupling boxes. 3 more coaches in Intercity were added to complete the rake, one of which was converted into the buffet first. Seats have all been painted and a start has been made adding passengers.
A flush sided shark Lots of rework to a flush sided LoadHaul shark to get the sides into a state fit for painting, before respraying the orange / black livery. The wirons have been removed pending replacements that will fit P4 wheels. 47768 RES The loco had a poor colour match around the replacement roof grills, so the roof was repainted in a weathered grey along with weathering the sides. The depot plaques on the cab sides were removed, touching in the red paint and weathering to hide. TPO Modelling NUA conversion (DC Kit sides on a Mainline Mk1), one side converted, parts formed to replace the missing bits on the other side (a 2019 task) NSA conversion of a Bachmann NSA into a refurbished variant, filling the large windows and doors and adding the small window frames with parts cut on the silhouette cutter. Model now ready for paint. 37612 DRS Another finishing project, first filling the excess bodyside windows (making a mistake as only one should have been filled.) The other needs a new frame and the window blank removing. The noses were replaced with centre box ends (ex 37521) modified with recessed socket and multi working jumpers. Transfers are also applied (bar the cantrail stripe). It needs new doors forming for the other side, having had good results making my own doors as a 3 piece lamination on the silhouette this is the solution to finish the loco in 2019. 20302 DRS Rework to the ends to get back to 1998 condition, respray the roof into grey to match prototype, ends painted red along with repairs to the DRS blue. Transfers applied. Model needs a cantrail stripe, glazing, window frames fitting, and new bogie frames. EWS 37521 Reusing a surplus Bachmann Class 37 in EWS the model was renumbered from a renumbered 37, fitted with flush ends (sourced as spares via ebay) and Extreme Etchings nameplates for the “English China Clays” name. it has been fitted with a set of P4 wheels out of a Bachmann 66 but the gears are a slightly different design and do not mesh properly. It needs a buffer repair and couplings to finish off. 50007 Elgar Minor rework to the model to resolve mazac rot issues EWS 31466 Finishing off a part resprayed Hornby Class 31 from way back, it was to be in Wessex Trains livery (no use for 1998) so I have gone for EWS for something a bit different. Full respray and transfers. TTA Slurry Tanks A set of 3 china clay slurry tanks have been converted from TTAs, these are place holders until something more accurate is made available (the barrels are too large diameter). They are currently in the paint pile. 37194 Railfreight Grey Full respray of a detailed Bachmann body, fitted with Tre Pol and Pen names and now awaiting a P4 conversion. At the moment the intention is to use a full set of P4 chassis and swap bodies between them rather than converting both fleets. This will also mean that I can more easily sell off the 1980s stock eventually should I decide to wholly focus on 1998. 50002 Large Logo Another old respray finished off, spraying a detailed Hornby Class 50 into large logo blue with a black roof along with Superb name plates. It needs some rework to sort out the cantrail stripe.
Class 58s An EWS Class 58 was detailed with the door handrail plates fitted along with buffer beam details, a Mainline 58 was renumbered and had the grills painted grey (using Vallejo grey black) and also fitted with the handrail plates. This loco was also fitted with P4 wheels swapped out of some Class 33s that I was selling. Virgin XC Mk3 TRSB Completing a project from 2006 finishing the respray of the coach and applying the white lines / Virgin logos, before adding glazing. This completes my Virgin XC hst rake, although its partially P4 the powercars are OO. My intention is to unconvert the coaches so that the full rake is OO and can be ran on Brent (and hopefully get the odd run out on friends layouts) GWT TGS Respray of a Limby model, unfortunately needs a new roof due to the existing one shattering on removal. On to 2019 Plans I would like to finish off the TPO project, which requires two more NSAs to be converted. I have the Bachmann mk1 cores and just need to source DC Kits sides. Aim to see DC Kits at Thornbury in May. 37612 in DRS, draw up some new doors and a side window frame in cad and run through the cutter, paint & fit to finish the model Lots of stock in need of OHLE cantrail stripes adding, I plan on getting a bow pen as I am not getting on with transfers. STS (ex Bowaters) slurry tanks, I have found a suitable TTA etch to modify, just need to paint, fit and add ladders. The CDAs still need weathering, with 10 more still to convert. I need to find a more elegant solution to the poor chassis design. Lots of couplings still need to be added to clay stock, and kaydees to coaching stock. Paint up the Intercity mk2d / mk3 sleepers for my GWT sleeper. I have a pair of S Kits nuclear flask wagons which could do with painting / bogie assembly to run with the DRS 20/37. I keep thinking about buying another Bachmann 20 to convert into 20301, ideally picking up a non runner at a ridiculously cheap price. A flush front triple grey DRS 37 is another one on the to do list that is a maybe for next year. Other potential projects are finishing off my second GWT HST rake, more bogie clay slurry tanks, and various weathering projects.
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 side with the early text warning and the other with the newer picture warning that was added in 1998. A different number was used on each side, and while I couldn’t find prototype images for the specific numbers included I based the two sides on a mix of prototype images
It needs to be fitted with screw couplings, small details (hand break wheel, ferry lashing eyes etc) and will eventually need some very heavy weathering
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 Cargowaggon vans that have a different spacing). The first job was to mask off the required area (remembering that the right hand half of the set has a larger yellow panel for the left). I set about painting the panel by hand with Vallejo acrylics, after testing a couple of shades I settled on Golden Yellow (which was purchased as part of the mixture for GWR cream), it actually looks a pretty good match for certain yellow warning panels.)
It took about 5 coats to get a decent colour build up (I know I’d have been better off spraying this onto white primer rather than silver.) One downside is that despite my best efforts there has been paint build up against the masking tape, which I only noticed after removing the tape (after the 5th coat). I will have to try and rectify this before adding the transfers….
Moving on, looking at photos it appears on some wagons the top of the roof was blue and on others light grey. Given that the ECC blue roof I had previously sprayed was not the best finish I decided to go for a grey roof. So after mixing up some Vallejo grey black with some white to lighten the shade, this was all painted grey.
The final job was the underframe, again this should have been painted blue (but I forgot!) An issue if I was to run this in my late 80s period, but given I have so many Vxx + a BR ferry van and a LWB Cargowaggon for this period I have decided to finish the twin for 1998 running. This means it will be heavily weathered (eventually), but also means the underframes are all a consistent shade of muck (I have yet to see a photo in this period upon which you can see the underframe is blue!) As a result I made up a batch of my preferred underframe muck mix (roughly 50:50 Grey black / Cam brown with a little leather or sand to lighten), and painted the lot. There is a thin gap between the rib running the length of the chassis and the doors that was particularly difficult to paint (I think the primer cant have got in there and the acrylic wouldn’t take to the bare resin) but got there in the end.
Tonight its transfers and varnish, then onto the next project…
Modern stock wise this is probably the last major job for now, the layout needs a final push (including cassette building) to get it over the line, and there is a lot of work to do on Brent in the new year.
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 Hornby mk3s. So far I have only finished one side (wisely deciding to let one side dry before painting the other), painted by hand very carefully. There was one slip (and being enamel it takes a bit more cleaning up than a slip on a GWR door window frame painted with acrylic that I was doing earlier in the week.)
The other side will be finished off tonight, before varnishing tomorrow if its dry….
While I had the silver paint out, I cracked on with another more critical job. I want to get my Cargowaggon twin running on the layout for its debut in February, so I need to crack on and get it painted. The first job is painting the sides silver, it will then be masked and the yellow background for the logos sprayed on (this will be my first time spraying Vallejo Model Air and I am interested to know the effects of cold temperatures when spraying this.) The roof (currently blue) should be grey for the pair that I am modelling (a good thing given the blue didn’t spay well on the roof), so this will be painted with a weathered mix of Vallejo Grey Black lightened with white), while the lower chassis (which should be blue) will be treated to my standard coach underframe mix of Grey Black, light brown, and German Cam Brown) given that on the real thing you cant see any blue at all on the chassis!
Eventually it will need some heavy weathering on the sides, though I doubt that will be done in time for Feb, maybe for Taunton in April….
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 previously)
This was in blue grey but is now fully resprayed into GWT, the lower buff looks a bit too light (but weathering will sort it out I hope). Transfers were added form Fox going for the earlier Intercity / Great Western branding to break up the uniformity of the rake.
It now needs the windows painted silver, then glazing before reuniting with chassis and ends
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 adding the filler to blend into the rest of the door.
While this side dried, attention turned to the other side and the new plating on the doors. This needed another good coat of filler to blend the plasticard inserts into the surrounding door.
After giving the various areas I had been working on a good sanding down, before gluing the new window frames into position with Limonine. Once dry the frames were given a quick sanding down with an emery board to remove any remaining burrs from cutting.
The final area of work on the model was to add a new post box, this was cut to size from scrap plasticard using the Bachmann tooling as a guide, before gluing into place.
Once all the work on the model was finished, the next job was to apply a quick coat of paint to highlight any areas which require rework. I used Vallejo red (which matches one shade of RM red but not the model), this was chosen given how well the Vallejo paints brush as I want to keep as good a finish as possible before I partially sand down and respray the top coat.
This has highlighted further issues that need to be rectified, mostly the upper corners on the bodyside doors and one door panel.
The model was then reassembled for the time being (not helped by loosing the body retention screws). I have tested Phoenix paints Royal Mail red on the end (in the area which will be repainted in grey black) and it looks a really good match. It is going to be a while until it is warm enough to spray, so the project will now go on hold. When I do paint I will need to get the NTA and NUA sprayed at the same time.
At project Start
Now waiting for painting
For reference this is the coach I have modelled
Next on the TPO project will be doing the other side of the NUA, which needs the missing two parts scratch building (one of which can be seen on a previous NSA post as I drew up the NUA door at the same time.)
I am still looking for second hand DC Kits NSAs (unbuilt, badly built, part built) so long as the sides are complete as these are the main bit that will be reused.
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 which will be replaced with the new number and NSA (T) branding in white.
Then it was on to the windows,
The first task was to mark up the model for the inner windows (which do not match the location of the existing windows). This required the removal of one window piller on each side. New blanks were then chopped from my 5.6m strip (8mm for the 3 standard blanks, and cut to length for the inner blanks). The corners were rounded off before gluing into position.
As a test I used some 40tho square Evergreen strip cut to 8mm lengths to test the approach for the new windows, gluing a length onto the top and bottom edge of the existing window hole.
While they dried, attention turned to the other side of the coach, again 40thou plasticard was cut to size for the window plating on the central doors and glued into position. Given the larger size of the window these were a bit more tricky as there is a curved profile to the panel (more on which later)
By this point the glue was dry on the other side, so it could be given a quick skim of Squadron White filler and then sanded back smooth. The first of the window frames was then glued into position as a test. it needs a final sanding down with a fine emery board to remove the damage to the edges from cutting, but looks pretty good. As an aside I deliberately didn't include the grill area on this, as it would look to flush. I have a few ideas as to how I will tackle this, potentially after glazing...
It now needs the remaining 4 windows adding (first the 40thou strip, half an hours drying time, filler and sand, before finally adding the frames.
Talking of drying, the final job for the moment was to glue together the two halves of the new door panels. Once dry they will need to be tidied up, test fitted and finally fitted with the new window frames. After that they can be fitted into the side and I am onto the home straight.
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 thick window frames with curved corners (plus 3 more to complete the NUA) would be a very difficult, tedious task. Etching them would take a lot more time and money. With the silhouette I had the parts drawn up and ready to use in about an hours work. If I hadn’t got distracted painting 1940s coaches, they would already have been fitted to the Bachmann coach…
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 windows were is extended up to the roof. This should mean that there is now just a single joint which will need filling rather than two.
Next up it was time to start work on the replacement windows, looking at photos there are two potential diagrams the first batch built 1961 Nos 80309-18 (ie the Bachmann model refurbished with small windows) and a second batch built 1968/69 Nos 80328-38. It looks like the later version has the windows in the centre section equally spaced and no window on the right hand panel, whereas the 1961 build has a different spacing (a wider space between the middle two windows) and has an additional window on the right hand panel) I am still struggling to find decent quality photos of TPO stock online especially in these number series.
I am tending towards the later build, purely because I have already blanked off the right hand window before I realised there were two designs. Though I would certainly like to see more photos of the earlier batch, especially to see if the window on the right hand panel was on the whole batch.
Back to the build, the window blank was prepared from 40 thou plasticard (approximately 8mm by 5.5mm from memory). A strip 5.5mm thick was cut and then chopped to 8mm lengths with my NWSL Chopper. The corners were then rounded off and it was glued into position on the coach (with a second piece of 40 thou glued behind to reinforce the joint.) I now have 5 more of these easy blanks to fit before I need to start on the more involved parts that need the new window included. I have a plan forming for these (and the doors) drawing up the blank complete with window hole on CAD and then cutting from 2 layers of 20thou plus the 10thou window frame with the Silhouette cutter. I need to check one of these window frames against the model and see how much plastic will be around it (to confirm if it is easier to just add a strip of x thou Evergreen strip around the edge of the hole and fit the new frame over the top.
The final job related to paint, having received an order containing a Vallejo paint that is a good match to the RAL shade for RM red, however it’s not such a good match to the model. Attempts to mix a shade to match have so far not met with success so it looks likely that a full respray will be needed, I will try the Phoenix shade tonight and see how it compares. If anyone knows of a good match please let me know.
A late finish last night limited the modelling time, which ended up solely spent on CAD preparing drawings for the TPO. As a result I now have a drawing for the secure window, and a plan for the window blanks that need fitting. The drawing includes the security window along with a replacement door (which has the window hole included), I have also included a replacement panel / door for my NUA in case I cant get the replacement parts from DC Kits needed to finish it off.
This all now needs running through the Silhouette to cut out the parts, after which I can get back to work adding them to the model.
In a related not, I have also managed to find a suitable prototype for the model, better still it is an NSA (T) so satisfies that requirement from the formation document. This will be finished as 80334, it will need white TOPs numbers and a Rail Express Systems flash, I will also need a transfer for the “first class letters only” to go next to the new post box. The selection of this particular coach also means that I need to move the post box from the left hand panel to the right hand side of the centre panel.
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
Repaint the ends black (there is circa 2mm of wraparound of the red on the ends.)
Remove Bachmann glazing on the corridor side (whist keeping the body retention clips)
Replace large windows with the small secure type
Replace doors with secure type
Find a red paint which matches the Bachmann shade in order that the new windows can be painted without fully repainting the side. I have the Phoenix shade, and a close match from Vallejo is on its way.
On to the work…The first step was dismantling the model, first up the bogies were removed to uncover two small screws which hold the body to chassis. Before removal, I drew around the body location clips in order to assist refitting. Glazing could then be prized out with a scalpel followed by the removal of the roof (which unclips). Other than saving a few pence of masking tape, the main reason for the removal of the roof was that it gave better access to the upper half of the window frame. The roof removal consisted of removing the toilet filler pipes, then undoing several clips along the length (one of which was glued solid.)
With the model in pieces, the first job was replacing the body retention clips, so after chopping off the rest of the glazing they were glued into place with Limonene. Next up was the ends, carefully carving off the surplus steps with a curved scalpel blade (I think it is a no10a) before cleaning up with emery paper. As an aside I find these blades really useful for carving off detail, but the blade extends too far back so I am forever cutting my fingers, a useful solution is to cover the rear half inch or so with masking tape.
Next up were the doors, the plan here is to fabricate a new rectangular section containing the new window, this will be fitted, a skim of filler applied, then painted. The main reason is that it keeps Bachmann’s printing on the stripes, and avoids damage to the handrails (I dread adding these to my NUA / NTA builds!)
The final area for preparation was the window frames, again carefully carving off with the curved blade. The remains were then sanded smooth with my usual Sofitel emery board. The left hand windows are a little trickier in that the white printing for the Royal Mail logo goes very close to the window, there is no option here other than damaging the paint (so it will either need a new transfer or a touch up with white paint).
With this done, the next step (tonight) will be working on adding the window blanks & preparing the new windows. I also need to do some CAD work in order to draw up a new window frame… I have still to decide if I will remove the dividing bars in order to fit one long replacement window strip, or fill each existing window separately…
I have however managed to find a decent drawing showing the revised window locations, so thanks to the Barrowmore MRG for sharing the drawing. This will be a huge help in getting the new windows into the right place.
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, flush to the ends, then tidy up the joints Glue new side in place Repeat for the other side, however I am missing two parts, I am trying to get replacements from DC kits, else will have to scratch build. Remove all roof detail and replace with dc kits parts Rebuild underframe (last time I used a Bachmann mk1 which made this job a lot easier)
This will leave the NSAs to go, I keep trying to buy a couple of Bachmann ones to modernise but they gonfor too much money. Option B is to buy more DCKits (ideally just the sides)
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 side now only needs the dreaded orange cantrail stripe to finish off.
The other side has had the transfers for the drs logos added (eventually I will add a light blue rectangle transfer to obscure the website address). When I went to add the OHLE flash I realised the dammed window is still there on the other side!!! So I now need to remove my filler and plastic window blank, add a new window frame and repaint again before I can add the tops number. A job that has been added to the list with the need for new doors...
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). As previously mentioned the loco is missing doors on one side, as a result my intention is to finish off the good side, and worry about the other side at a later stage once I hopefully find the missing doors. As such the next job was to apply the loco’s number, at which point I hit a slight issue. While holding up the transfer sheet against the window to try and identify which size transfer I required, I realised I had made a stupid mistake on the model
Yes, 612 doesn’t have the second body side window! At this point (on Sunday night) I put the model down to think about the next steps, either stripping the model down and respraying into a different livery that is more suitable for the current layout or fixing the window. Last night I made the decision to do the latter, so the window frame was carefully carved off, a blank was fitted from 60thou plasticard, and a thin skim of filler covered the whole area. This was then brush painted with Railmatch DRS blue (once I managed get the bottle open!) It now needs sanding back and a second coat of paint, and if that doesn’t work a quick dusting with the airbrush.
Once that’s done it needs an orange cantrail stripe and the rest of the transfers (plus of course something doing about those doors.) I am quite pleased with the model so far, it’s a little different having a non WIPAC DRS machine that doesn’t just have a bog standard nose… Eventually I would like to do a DRS branded triple grey, although this will mean doing another flush front loco and will of course require buying another donor loco.
While the red paint was out I have also taken the opportunity to mask and paint the red stripe on my Intercity Mk2F RFB, which is now ready for transfers (and some minor touch up repairs to the Intercity grey). Hopefully I have some Intercity First Class 1s…. I should have stripped it and sprayed in Virgin!
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 were often used on day time clay workings making use of the locos that were awaiting a turn on the evenings tpo/ parcels trains.
I have also got on with the new ends for 37612 which will be in 1998 condition DRS, it has had the multi working recess cut out, extra workers etc added to the end and a coat of red paint on the bufferbeam. I still can’t find a pair of doors for this loco so it’s likley it will only be finished on one side.
. Still needs the filler tidying up from the looks of things
Once the other end is modified (tomorrow maybe) the loco canned fitted with the remaining transfers, varnished, and put away until I make my Sharpness Docks inspired layout one day. Will sort a photo in the morning
Other than these I also have the Loadhaul shark awaiting paint (hopefully in the next week now the masking tape has arrived), some urchins also awaiting paint, and a GWR cattle van that needs numbering. Clear these up and it’s back to track building... ]
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 have removed and axle, chopped about an inch from the length and then glued back together. My cutting wasn’t too straight (tiredness and a couple of beers didn’t help) so there’s some filling to do in order to plug the gap.
The roof was modified to remove part of the walkway, while a the pumping equipment needs to be fitted to the back. It wail be repainted in shell colours with a local company’s branding
The spare axle has now been fitted to the tipper, so I will now get on with the rear detail. But before that it’s back to the layout for a bit more work
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 grey was pretty close to the 47s roof so gave it a go. With the roof looking a lot better I have made a start on weathering the sides, using a mix of Valijo paints brushed on and wiped off.
Its now pretty much ready to go on the airbrushing pile...
There is one issue with the model, it came with the depot plaques printed on the cabs, the only way to resolve which was going to be respraying the cab sides. So for the moment it is fitted with etched replacements limiting the loco to 1996.