Likely to be the final session of work on 2212 for the weekend, taking advantage of my wife being out for the evening.
First on the list was the handrails, as mentioned in my 73xx blog I hate forming handrails. It is a job that I have forgotten to add on two previous builds (the Manor and Saint) and now have to do post paint!
I started by threading one side’s handrails knobs onto a length of 0.45 nickel silver wire, locating onto the body and soldering into place. The front
A little more work on the 2251
the smokebox was rolled and fitted to the boiler, before soldering to the firebox and footplate.
Next up was the cab, adding the beading to the cutouts, followed by the handrails before soldering the sides into position on the footplate. I much prefer Malcolm Mitchell’s design than Finneys in this area, the sub etch for the cab.
finally the roof was added along with its formers.
With that the core of the loco body is c
Another long term unfinished project is this Mitchell 73xx, with the Dapol model imminent I really want to get on and finish it. The model was built in a complete state (less wheels) from eBay years ago, and the paint finish was never quite up to standard.
The chassis is built to P4 standards, it will be rebuilt back to OO thanks to Andrew @ullypug who sent me some left over OO spacers from his own P4 mogul build.
the loco will be finished as 7313 based on an interesting photo
Time to finish off another couple of long term residents of the work in progress shelf. This Finney 2251 was picked up as a body only kit via ebay a few years ago, I also picked up a set of P4 ultrascales (with inside motion) and was hopefully the seller would find the chassis (he didn't). With a return to P4 steam a long way off, and no evidence of a 2251 through Brent there was nothing to motivate me to get it built. However now a combination of finding a 2251 at Newton Abbot in September
Another evenings work on the Manor chassis and it is finally complete and ready for painting. The first job was adding soldering up the brake shoes and installing them onto the chassis frames. With that complete, the wheels could be removed (marking the right hand side (looking towards the chimney) with black pen so that they could be returned to the same positions. A slight error was soldering the cylinder assembly into position, as it makes removing the lead driver rather difficult. I have
As ever the first week of the month is crazy busy at work, leaving not a lot of time for any modelling once I get home.
However over the past few nights I have managed to do a little work, progress on the Bird is now fully on hold pending Spring and warmer weather to allow for painting. (it will be green, but I have yet to confirm the tender branding, with a fair few photos showing Bulldogs/Birds with G W R that is looking the likely choice.
This lead to a revisit of the
Not a lot more to report.
first up the bogie has been almost finished, the frame needed to be lowered by about a mm vs the sub frame. It does still need a tidy up of the inner end of the frames which are not square at the joint between the front frames and the deep part.
I have now given it a final coat of etch primer to seal in the rivets (as an aside I am very impressed with the Archers product
So the model has gone from this
Hopefully this is the penultimate blog before the Bird enters the paint shop, (so I really need to confirm its colour!)
The first job was a couple of minor repairs after cleaning and priming the model, a handrail had come unsoldered and somewhere along the line a lower step had broken off. These were quickly soldered back into position before the real work could start. This was followed by gluing the reverser cover into place (which should have been fitted the night before…) Ther
Another evenings work and the body is ready for paint.
the remaining washout plugs and mud doors were fitted, along with the mud doors and handrails. The chimney was glued back into position (adding a plastic cap to the leading edge)
the next area in need of attention is the front bogie. The existing part has a core from thick brass, with frames attached to it with what looks like brass strip. There are no rivets present, not are the strengthening plates. To to
I spent Sunday demonstrating some modern image modelling on the DEMU stand at Warley building some EMUs, I did manage to purchase the majority of what was required to enable me to finish the Bulldog.
So last night it was time to make a start.
The first area was the firebox, I didn’t have the right brass tube thickness to scratch build the washout plugs for the other side of the loco (wall thickness was too thick). Given it was cheaper than buying more tube, I ended up sourcing
A little more progress today.
first up the smoke box step and lamp iron have been soldered into place.
The next job was one that I’ve been dreading. For some reason the cab windows were misshapen, with more of an L shape than the rectangular prototype. The solution was to solder a backing piece into the from scrap etch and then flood the front with solder before filing to shape. Much happier with the shape of the windows now.
Moving on to the tender, the
Another nights work and Nightingale is starting to come together.
The first task was to build a batch of 6 boiler washout plugs. I ended up making 8 as two were lost to the carpet at the final stage. (I suppose given my dyspraxia I should be happy that I have the coordination to make these things, but it does result in the loss of a lot of small parts!)
The next job was to mark out the positions of the plugs (Using the drawing inspiration Russell and a photo as
In my last post I mention listed the parts still required to finish the Bird. I also mentioned the woes with my wife’s car (which needs a new DPF in addition to parts for the Turbo). Needless to say as we approach Christmas, the modelling budget has been slashed to fund said repairs. (And some eBaying will be needed to get ready for Warley and some layout essentials which are required there.). All in all it leaves nothing left for the Bird.
However all is not lost, I can scavenge
Today the focus has been the tender, again with minor repairs and adding a scratch built step. I think eventually I will replace these with the Mainly Trains etch.
Bearings have been fitted to the sub chassis, which now runs very sweetly. Finally the nameplates and numbers have been painted black.
I now need to place an order with Gibson for the washout plugs, Mud hole covers, boiler back head and superheater cover.
Also order some archers rivet transfers (plu
Onto phase 2: Structural repairs.
The first task was to resolder the right hand frame back into position. Even with a 6mm 50w iron set to high temp it was hard to transfer heat to the thick footplate.
next was the buffer beam, unfortunately I seem to have used the spare which was in my scrap box (which would have given the rivet detail), so had to keep the one from the model. This showed signs of previous damage, with the bufferbeam glued back in place. After stripping
One of the key missing classes of loco for Brent is the Bulldog / Bird. With the class providing the assistance on the front of many workings. Eventually I will need 4 bulldogs for assistance and a 5th for a freight turn.
a chance find one Facebook resulted in a purchase of a non running unidentified etched kit built example (based on a couple of grainy photos)
the model arrived today and I have set to work. Looking at the design it looks pretty old (X04 motor, lac
A lot more progress on the A4
first up the body, lots more fettling has been completed (although there is still a fair bit to go marked in red).
The lower fairings have been soldered in place, these were prepared by cutting and filing the original fairings to shape.
Some A1 models sprung buffers have been fitted to the front
Remaining body tasks include the pipe on the drivers side, a little more filler, and the cab roof detail.
I have long had a love of the LNER's pacific, especially the Class A4, starting I believe as a small child seeing Mallard at the National Railway Museum in York. One of the first "proper" locomotive models I purchased was a Hornby A4. Over time modelling interest shifted and the focus turned to modelling "modern image" before eventually moving to the Great Western. But the love of the A4 never really went. At one point I had the latest Hornby Mallard before selling it due to it being out o
Way back in 2012 I started work building a Mallard Models kit for a Siphon J.
This was the condition of the model when I started:
It had also been fitted with a damaged vac formed plastic roof that I was not happy with which had been removed by this point.
The remaining work:
Fit hinges to the doors
Scratch build underframe trussing
Add battery boxes
Build bogies (the ones that came with the kit are under a Mainline siphon now, so will
Last night’s modelling was an attempt to try and finish off the Manor body, adding transfers to the buffer beam and tende, along with the etched names & number plates (Modelmaster).
I am very pleased with the end result, the colour makes a huge difference (so I think I will have to make a start on respraying my Hornby locos to match).
Of course there is one major omission, I have forgotten to add the handrails! I will clearly have to glue them in place, but will try
A lot of good progress on clearing the paint backlog today.
First up the ex LNWR composite getting a coat of LMR maroon. I’m not overly keen on the final shade here, is it not a bit too much towards the pink end of the spectrum?
i think once I have added lining and logos etc I will give it a wash of a brown mix to tone it down.
If an LMS modeller going to the members day would like to swap a set of 1947 LMS coach logos / numbers for a GWR equivalent i would m
The Mitchell Manor has now entered the paint shop (along with another batch of coaches that will appear later on once I’ve sprayed the brown.)
the loco was sprayed into Phoenix GWR green, while the black areas were painted in a mix of black, black grey and leather.
The Hornby tender was also resprayed to sort out the colour (I will do a comparison against a Grange later).
Now just need to finish soldering up the rods and add a motor / gearbox to
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