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Tramthing

So, I've managed to get the paint work done on the tram. As I've decided to devise my own railway for it, I took some personal liberties such as the purple motif on the side skirts.       The lining is far from the best, but I used what I had to hand, a white gel pen which I've used on larger projects such as the 16mm scale wagons. But, it'll do and show what can be done with materials I had to hand.   I wanted to pt the name of the railway but I couldn't find my gold gel pen so instea

Sylvian Tennant

Sylvian Tennant

Toby's Sylvian Cousin.

I love trains and model railways and can genuinely now say I cover all of the main gauges in British railway modelling. How did I achieve this - by being given an O Gauge Y6/J70 tram locomotive. I am genuinely not sure if it's a kit or scratch build or scratch aid kit or what. it was built, and it seems to have been built okay if a little dated. There was some work towards making a chassis for it but I was given a Lima motor bogie which works and will fit on to the body with some work.   Anyw

Sylvian Tennant

Sylvian Tennant

Make it Crosti

Hello, welcome, good to see you all again. Yes, it has been too long, if not for you, then certainly for me. Well, I have been quite busy as of late, but not really doing slot of train lately.   Firstly, a house move, into cottage, with my girlfriend! and her dog, and possibly new kitten. Secondly, UNIVERSITY! too much to do with so little irresponsibly spent money. But my new modelling room...ahem... I mean study is complete so I have been getting around to a bit of modelling.     Arggh

Sylvian Tennant

Sylvian Tennant

Another Doodlebug into the mix

So I finished work a few weeks ago and thank god for that! Despite having another 8 hours a day free, I seem to have less time for modelling with other stuff taking prioirty. E.G preparing for University and the likes. However I did manage to get this little darling sorted. The whole process was just over a week (it would have been less had stuff like friends and life not been a pain in the hoop and wanted my precious time). But I am quite pleased with the outcome.     She is 43050, the fi

Sylvian Tennant

Sylvian Tennant

Who said I couldn't do it in time for Blyth?!

Well I did really... But I managed to surpass even my own expectations and got my breakdown train finished!   and here's the results.         About three generations of Hornby Railways are combined in this one train... plus a Bachmann J39.   All of the train (save the 12t van) have been heavily modified in some way or another.   I'm currently waiting to see it;s first proper useage at Railex NE at Blyth. If you're around, please don't hesitate to say hi.

Sylvian Tennant

Sylvian Tennant

A bit like a Womble

That's me at this moment in time, using secondhand and left over bits to creating stuff. The only thing that sets me away from the hindrances of Wimbledon Green is that I'm not called Uncle Bulgaria or Orinoco or even an actual Womble.   I have been mixing and matching however and my latest project is something of a complete mongrel.     It's a Breakdown Train complete with an old Hornby Dublo crane which has been very heavily modified to represent something just a little less toy like an

Sylvian Tennant

Sylvian Tennant

Hartburn Junction

Hello again you men and women and cats and dogs and all sort of other people.   You've heard me bang on about it enough time already. I just thought I'd share with you all some quick photos I took tonight on our exhibition layout in progress "Hartburn Junction".             It is now running and will be at the Middlesbrough Model Railway Exhibition on the 17th & 18th May, we have unfortunately had a few set backs which has hampered total completion of the layout in time fo

Sylvian Tennant

Sylvian Tennant

Spring Time for...

...oh I forget his name.   But what I have remembered is I forget to try and not be funny. Then end up not being funny, tragic really.   In other news I have been modelling, alot of modelling to be done in preparation of our next long anticipated exhibition at Middlesbrough within the fortnight.   So, understably I have been rather busy.   First up are some little bits for the layout which included updating this fine beast of a water crane, originally of Hornby decent and now looking mor

Sylvian Tennant

Sylvian Tennant

A Series of Unfortunate Events

I have been quite busy, so far, I have a couple of trains to get through before the exhibition on may and one in the running is a fitted van train pulled (hopefully) but a B1 61030 "Nyala".       I bought a good running split chassis B1 from Tri-Ang Man about 10 months ago with the intention of making this locomotive and have managed to finally get round to it.     I even scratch built a new smokebox dart from brass bits (which I am quite proud) as well as new front steps which makes

Sylvian Tennant

Sylvian Tennant

Engine Shed...which is NOT Malton!

Hello chaps   Just a quick update to say that I've finished my first engine shed.   Loosely based on or around Malton for our exhibition Layout "Hartburn Junction         For more information please look at http://sylviantennant.blogspot.co.uk/2014/02/goodbye-dear-ladies.html   or   http://www.stocktonmrc.co.uk/   anyway, must be off, work and all sorts tomorrow

Sylvian Tennant

Sylvian Tennant

Sulphate train complete

Merry Christmas folks.   Just an update to show my new complete sulphate train.   I honestly don't know how accurate it is so I suspect it's not that accurate but reference pictures were a nightmare to find... or non-existent. So I did my best anyway.         Nothing is perfectly but for the moment, I'm happy with the outcome.   For a more indepth look, along with extra added frustrations on life... please follow the link http://sylviantennant.blogspot.co.uk/

Sylvian Tennant

Sylvian Tennant

Just a quick update

So far the wagons are generally complete, they have now been assembled (with some problems and weathered (which was quite fun!)           as they were apparently sheeted, I am using a technique which involves cling film, newspapers and lots of PVA/water     and finally the break van     for more on these updates please take a look at my blog, http://sylviantennant.blogspot.co.uk/2013/12/wine-women-and-cops.html

Sylvian Tennant

Sylvian Tennant

I haven't seen Battle: Los Angeles for a while now...

It's just finishing on Film 4 now.   But that's not important...   What is is the progress on my Sulphate train.   The Brake van is almost complete. Only the glazing and some weathering to do.       It's not turned out too bad really...   Also, I've come a long way with the sulphate wagons, where the progress so far with them all.     The decal have been added and under frame has been painted with the planking highlighted with various shades of grey and grey/brown to repre

Sylvian Tennant

Sylvian Tennant

I've suddenly got into Babylon 5

But that's not related to the rest my modelling of the ex-LNER brake van which is now looking more brake van and even more ex-LNER.     I've also made a crack at painting my sulphate wagon using Railmatch early BR and LNER grey to simulated fading wood on the doors. Hopefully this will show when the wagons are properly weathered.     For a more insightful and E.L James hating update, please read my blog. May contain traces of opinion.   http://sylviantennant.blogspot.co.uk/2013/10/i-

Sylvian Tennant

Sylvian Tennant

Ex-NER brake van

Hello, I'm back for a little while before disappearing again like an elusive ghost in the night.   At the moment I'm working on my sulphate train which will include an ex-LNER brake van bringing up the rear. The brake van is made up of a Dapol kit which is being extensively modified to take up it's representation. So far the chassis is night on complete and just requires the body to complete (well almost, we still need to paint it and number it and weather it).   Any so here he it is.  

Sylvian Tennant

Sylvian Tennant

Braking the mould

Okay so after 8 months I've now finally come to the end of the first chapter of 16mm scale modelling. With this, my new brake van.       It is a modified IP Engineering kit with saftey chains, handrails, foot boards and a furnished interior built from scratch.     The van is weighted wth a fishing weight under the chassis and hidden by a box ala LMS style.   The roof is removable to access the interior which include a seating area with table, a stove (built from plastic tube and a

Sylvian Tennant

Sylvian Tennant

16mm PO wagons

Hello       I'm not dead, just slepth... or so they say.   Well, I haven't been too busy model at the moment but I did some some more wagons. This time some pretty private owner wagons.     I named this after an artist friend of mine, thinking he was understand.... he seemed more bemused.     A lovely stone wagon, the stone was from a balloon ballast from my mums wedding.       My now completed hooded wagon with tarpaulin made from some layers of kitchen foil.     Je

Sylvian Tennant

Sylvian Tennant

Too much play...

Well so far, I now have three wagons for my 16mm scale project. All in mostly finished condition.   The models were primed with some not to be use wilkos cheap primer. The several coats of humbrol borwn and grey followed by a coat of ronseal satin varnish!         The lettering was done with a white gen pen with the larger lettering finished off with revell matt white.   The tarpaulin is baking foil which will be painted, possibly green or matty black.   Most of the descriptive

Sylvian Tennant

Sylvian Tennant

It's almost 1am! and I need sleep!

But not before I boast my latest update at you unfortunate few!   I've been building up my wagons (three to be precise) a coal wagon, an open general merchandise wagon and a box van, all from IP engineering.   But not content with the basic appearance of the finished article I decided to give them a bit of do over.       The sole bars had some plastikard pieces added to represents some iron parts for the supports as well as a builders plates. Some of the 00 gauge track pins became us

Sylvian Tennant

Sylvian Tennant

Cold of Death!

I hate Cold of Death, it's so small yet so, so unbearable... meh!   I've managed to pretty much finish my lower body for my 16mm scale tram loco, only the floor planking is left to do which is currently drying off.     I'll need to cut into the planking for locating the speed controller and battery pack but all is done pretty much   The side skirts are 020" plastic card, with foot holes and panels cut out. Strengthened with mahogany and removable plywood panels added for access and to gi

Sylvian Tennant

Sylvian Tennant

Aren't weeks brilliant!

Well last week was for me. Alot of good stuff happened and left me really happy.   A basic highlight of them were, practical completion of my pugbash.       Painting it up and adding the final details before weathering. I gave the cab some details too such as copper wire for piping.         However, one would like to know as to weather one should give the little blighter some lining. I was thinking LNWR colours as they are the only ones I have available.       In the

Sylvian Tennant

Sylvian Tennant

More on the pug and much more

I've updated my blog, ready to annoy the world! and here's the jist of what I've been doing this past week... nothing too concentrated but alot of progress.   http://sylviantennantmodelling.wordpress.com/   Well my pugbash is coming along quite nicely.   I last left off at the body work and now she is all black   Here though you can see the main sub-assemblies in this terrible picture I took.     Anyway... here's the latest. There a big bits missing which will be painted over eventu

Sylvian Tennant

Sylvian Tennant

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