The chassis for 7804 is starting to come together,
The first task was soldering up the Comet bogie, this has been mounted to the body with a home made spring (which needs adjusting to provide less downforce)
Without con rods fitted (or a gearbox) the chassis is freely running up and down my test track.
Next up was the cylinder assembly, first up it was compared to the drawing in Russell which shows that as expected the Comet cylinders are missing about 1mm in
I have made a little progress on the Manor chassis.
Having decided upon an approach, I have set to work modifying the chassis. 1mm needed machining off the top of the front / rear of the extended frame.
The wheels were then refitted and test fitted into the body. Matching up with 1470 and a van, the ride height looks spot on now.
Now the clyinders can be assembled, after which I work out what I am going to do about the hole above the front frames.
Tonight I have once again been looking at the Manor chassis. Checking against other stock I found that one reason for the fouling wheels is that I had removed too much material from the chassis and it was now running too low.
the soloution was back to my original plan, fitting the Mitchell frame overlays to the Comet frames. So far these have only been tacked into place to allow testing, using the break mounting holes for alignment.
however now I had the op
As I needed to stay in the house to look after the children this evening, there was no chance to work on the layout. Instead I got on with the Manor chassis.
First it was modified to get it to fit the Mitchell body, before soldering up the frames using my Chassis^2 jig.
The Markits wheels were then test fitted, which brings me on to the first problem. At £36 set you would think that the wheels would actually fit on the axles, I am having more issues getting these on square tha
Inspired by @toboldlygo's effort on “A Nod to Brent”, I have dug out my model of 4855 to get it finished off.
Previously I had cleaned up and painted the 3d printed oil tank for the tender but not done a great deal else, so the loco still needed more detail on the oil tank (pipework), renumbering, along with cab side modifications.
Renumbering was a simple job, the loco hadn’t been varnished after I previously renumbered it so the etched plates were prised off with a sc
After the very rare occurrence of getting home at a sensible time during month end reporting, I have managed a little bit of Monday night modelling.
First up the J12 sleeper, this has now been fitted with vacuum breaks (including the brackets) which had been removed from a Bachmann mk1 BG that had been converted to air brakes. Battery boxes were added from an ABS casting, but it still needs the dynamo (a casting that needs fitted to a few of my coaches) and a second small electrical
Most annoyingly the forum just deleted everything I had written and reverted back to the 3 letters I added to allow me to save on mobile when I uploaded the photos (before typing out on the laptop)...
Having just sourced a replacement chassis to fit under my 64xx body that has been sitting in a parts box for the past few years, I have decided to convert it into 7427 (a Newton Abbot loco frequently used on the trip freight workings out of Newton Abbot.
The J12 sleeper is rapidly approaching the end of the build stage, the body has now been fitted with the missing droplights and given a coat of white primer. Last year when I sprayed the Centenaries I had poor coverage issues spraying Phoenix GWR cream over the grey etch primer, while the process was a lot quicker spraying onto white. The body will eventually need the roof handrail adding, along with the end pipes and flexible corridor connectors.
Moving onto the chassis, the first
After a little more tiding up of filler and another coat of primer on 7804, last night I got back to work on the J12 sleeper.
The first thing to do was fix the chassis, unfortunately it had fallen on the floor and been ran over by my chair…..
Fortunately being aluminium it was very easy to bend back into shape, and you cant clearly see the damage!
With this fixed I have got on with a few other small jobs. First up the two gas tanks were assembled, rath
A minor update of today’s work, after a good clean the Manor body and tender have been given a coat of etch primer. It shows up a few areas that need touching up and some filler, but not a lot. Again unless anyone can confirm otherwise, it will be getting a coat of GWR black during the week.
i have also proggressed with the diagram J12 sleeper, first redrilling and adding the roof vents (and filling the old holes). Filling the joint between the cast ends and the sides
Another evening of minor detailing, and the Manor body is finished.
This included adding a Gibson saftey valve bonnet cover from the scrap box. I would have usually used a better quality two piece set (as should have been in the kit) however as it will be painted I don’t need the separate brass part.
The topfeed pipes were formed from some scrap wire from a Disney light up wand that one of the children stepped on and broke. The other wire is copper coloured and will be
The body for 7808 is now rapidly approaching completion, last night’s effort was a start on fitting the detail components.
Buffers (from the scrap box) were soldered on to the buffer beam, while the plate was soldered between loco and tender. White metal castings for the smokebox door, smokebox saddle, mud hole doors, and a few other small bits were glued in place. The outside steam pipes were a bit of mixed bag, with the brass example shorter than the other. This needed lengtheni
On to the task I have been dreading, rolling the boiler and smokbox.
i was very pleased with how the rolling came out, though the soldering was some of the hardest so far.
I have a lot lot of solder to clean up on the joint between boiler and firebox.
The chimney was glued into place prior to fitting to assist with boiler alignment.
as I have mentioned before, eventually I want to be able to run every train which ran through Brent in a 24 hour period. The most interesting of which ran in the early hours of the morning.
There is the TPO which I will eventually get round to building, and the sleeper services on to Penzance.
In 1947 there were 3 down services with a sleeper portion in the winter timetable, (I think there were more in the summer including an LMS sleeper.). In the winter 46 / spring 47 tim
Last night the build finally reached the stage I am much less comfortable with, the firebox / boiler. While I am happy forming angular components, or those with a continuous arc, forming Belpair fireboxes or boilers is a lot more worrying. Its one of those jobs that I wish the kit would come with a set of spare wrappers so I could have a second go…
Anyway, yesterdays work started off adding more small components (snifter valves), and working out which part was the sandbox filler li
Picking up where I left off the first task on the list was to get the cab roof fitted. I starting off with the beading around the edge, slowly soldering into position as it was formed to shape.
The rear roof support was soldered in place between the cab sides, before fitting the roof etch into position.
the next step was to add the box onto which the screw reversed fits, it would have been easier to fit this before adding the roof.
This was followed by the cab
A little more work was completed on the Manor after my posting last night.
First up was some work inside the cab, soldering the cab floor into position and adding the strip to the inside of the cab sides. I think the only etchings left to fit in the cab are now the seats. I am trying to push myself with this build, and a key part of this is trying to solder everything rather than taking the easy option and gluing in small parts.
With the reinforcing strips added, the n
Thanks to a last minute change in valentine's day plans (with my wife having to work) instead of going out to dinner I have managed to get a little more done on the Manor, starting with the flanges on the motion bracket. A fairly easy job once I worked out what part needed to be used (no thanks to the instructions!) The next job was the fire iron tunnel, sweating together 3 parts was a bit of a pain (as it kept coming apart when I added the third layer). After a little fettling it was soldere
Another hour's work on the Manor last night and more progress.
First up was the cab, the etched beading was completed (adding the mm or so up to the roof) before bending to shape and test fitting the cab floor.
Once I was happy with the cab it was soldered into position on the footplate.
Next up was an attempt to try and finish off those parts which were missed off in earlier stages, so on went the lamp irons (along with resoldering the joint between the bufferbeam
On to part two of the Manor build…
The focus of the work here should have been adding the splashers, however I have had real difficulties getting them to fit. With the splasher rolled to shape and placed on top of the inner splasher (the folded up etch that you attach the detail etch for the front of the splasher), it is about half a mm too short. As a result I was struggling to solder them in place. In the end I tried an alternative approach soldering the splasher to the front pi
Now that my Cameo Competition layout is pretty much finished, its time to get back to work on Brent. After months of working with plastic RTR models, I feel a bit of kit building is in order.
So its out with a long term project and my Mitchell Manor kit.
I started this back in 2015 after buying half a kit from Malcom (a full set of etches and most of the castings), however I have no tender (which will be a Hornby Churchward 3500gl) and no chassis. I am also missing one ke
As per usual as we approach Christmas, its time to review another year’s modelling.
County of Somerset: At the end of last year this loco was on the troublesome list, the major work was finished but its new chassis was not running smoothly so it couldn’t progress to DCC fitting and final commissioning. I haven’t really managed much work on this, so it is still sat on shelf awaiting its time to be looked at. Large Prairie The loco has been fitted with new slide bars, new pony wheels, finish
After another long painting session last night I have now finished the painting on my Centenary rake, the H33 and H26 resturants, and the A20 First (although on the latter I was not paying attention to what I was doing and forgot to paint one end!)
The majority still need underframe weathering and they all need lining and numbers etc, but the project is certainly on the home stretch now. One aim to achieve over the winter is to get these coaches complete (with couplings fitted) to ena
After a lot of time messing about with 1990s TPO stock last night, I also found time to do a little more work on my 1947 coach projects
While there is still a lot of work to do to get these ready to enter service, the most pressing task is to finish the painting. This covers a number of areas: the black ends (tonight’s job), dirty underframes, the window frames and touch up work on the cream paint to fix where brown paint seeped under the masking. This last point was the focus last night.
A very long time after completing the detailing, I have finally got on with painting my autocoach into wartime brown, based on a 1945 photo of 4870. I have bought it forward a couple of years to 1947 (with 4870 now renumbered as 1470) , however the coach will remain muc b the same z
As previously mentioned the model has been detailed with the Dart Castings pack, so it’s separate handrails etc on the body and a lot more detail on the chassis.
The body was sprayed in Triumph Russet Brown