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A blog of the various locomotive and rolling stock projects that will be seen running on my South Brent layout, covering the Great Western in 1947

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Yet more renunbering

carrying on with the renumbering, there are now 3 more locos ready for the layout (almost).   First up was 6000, finishing up from where I left off last night. The first job was to repaint the rest of the underframe to get rid of the remaining elements of the lining. While I had the paint out I also had a crack at weathering the silver parts of the cylinders, adding an oily gleam and toning down the brightness. Finally the brake rodding, vac pipe and whatever the brass bit is below the cylin

The Fatadder

The Fatadder

 

Working on the backlog: DCC fitting / Detailing GWR

In the companion topic focusing on the construction of Brent, I recently touched upon the subject of the growing backlog of loco projects that is currently building up stored on one end of the fiddleyard. There are currently 8 locos in store on the layout, along with a couple of extras awaiting component orders (notably bodies for a 94xx and a 64xx which are awaiting High Level chassis, and the Finney and Mitchell kits for which the intended use is still tbc.)   Yesterday the focus was on r

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Window Vents

With all the centenary sides in place, I've turned my attention to the Airfix break and composite's window frames.   Each composite needs 10 ventilators (of 3 different sizes) while the break needs 5, in other words a lot...   My first attempt uses 20 thou evergreen strip, a template was roughly drawn on the workbench showing where each bar should be fixed. Plastic weld was applied to the strip and then pressed into place. It sort of worked, but didn't give a good bond along the length o

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Wills Saint pt2

Every so often I get inspired after reading about somone else finishing a white metal kit to dig out this project, and have another look.   The build has now got to the stage of applying filler (lots of it) to rectify the deficiencies of the original castings. As a result this evening I have taken it outside for a coat of primer to show up what remains to be done. Given it will be sprayed black (and that Halfords Satin Black is one of the worst paints I've used for showing up blemishes on the

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Wills Saint

A while back I picked up a bargain part built Wills Saint from the second hand stand at a preserved railway, with the intention of rebuilding it as St Dunstan in post war livery (St Dunstan being the name of the junior school I went to as a child).   Upon stripping back the components, it was clear that some of the components were in a worse state than others (in particular the boiler which had a large cutout for an X04 motor and a lot of rivet detail missing on the top of the boiler.   Afte

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West Country Renumbering - Tavistock

Third time lucky typing this.....   One of the more unusual workings on the South Devon mainline were the route familiar trips enabling Southern drivers to maintain their route knowledge in case of diversion. A search of the internet has come across two photos of West Country class locomotives on a Plymouth Exeter stopping service hauling GWR stock on these workings (https://mikemorant.s...ves/i-5j6kmMb/A).   As ever RMWeb comes up trumps with the details (although they are somewhat lost

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Weathering an open wagon

Last night I had a bit of a play weathering a foster yeoman liveried 5 plank, trying to get a finish suitable for cheddar   I've used various greys and browns to faid and distress the paint, and give a dusty finish you would expect on an old mineral wagon A few replacement planks need more coats in different shades to complete the effect   I also still want to add rust to the metal work, and a bit more distressing around the diagonal metal work   Of course as with every other wagon I own

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Weathering 5108

Another project from the past few days was finishing off 5108.   The model was previously resprayed to correct Hornby’s tepid interpretation of GWR green, with transfers from HMRS and Narrow Planet number plates.   Weathering has been added using Vallejo paints, using the paint on / wipe off method.      In the end I’ve decided that I dont really need a 51xx right now, and would rather replace it with a current generation model either building a kit or if one appears in the ba

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Wartime Brown GWR Coaches

A key requirement of modelling the post war scene is to have plenty of stock still wearing wartime liveries, a task that is progressing well on the loco front (with the Grange, 42xx and Austerity in black), but nothing on the coaches. So over the past couple of nights (with very little real modelling time to finish the DCC conversions) I have made a start on a few resprays.   First of all what is wartime brown? There doesn't seem to be a definitive answer, ranging from almost red oxide to

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Wartime brown coaches part 3

Over the past few weeks I have tried brush painting the roof of the brown sunshine stock third to see how it looks, in terms of time taken and overall finish it was not good enough to roll out on the rest of my coaches so the airbrush will need to be set up.   It is however now almost finished, with the transfers applied to the first side. The class logos and GWR crest are by HMRS, while the orange lining is from Replica. I never thought I would be using up my spare OHLE warning lines, but i

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Wagons - Kirk, Coopercraft & Parkside and Lima Siphon

This morning I have been working on a few wagon projects, using up the last of my Bill Bedford units (still have another 7 wagons in the to build box so best get on and order some more....)   First up the second Coopercraft V5 for which I built the body last month. The chassis has now been assembled (thinning the solebars before gluing in position.) At least on these vans the higher than prototype floor is hidden inside the van (so no need to spend ages correcting it). It is now ready for f

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Wagon kit builds

Amongst the gifts received on the 25th were a bunch of Cambrian and Parkside wagon kits. The selection intended to diversify my freight fleet to get a more representative mix of other companies wagons to complement the Coopercraft Comprising of a pair of LMS 5 planks, an LMS ventilated van, LMS steel ended van, MR van, a southern 8 plank mineral and a GW steel sided open all from Cambrian, along with a pair of LNER 1 plank and a LNER 5 plank from Parkside.   While my fiancée and the in laws s

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Track testing

In preparation for starting work on building the new layout's track, I have got on with finishing off another old project   Way back when I lived in Devon and was a regular at DRAG, I was very impressed by a little gadget used to check track condition produced by Masokits.     The idea is that it is a short wheelbase brass unit on two axles, the front one has a simple rocker compensation unit which moves a 'thing' (Masokits words) up or down as it hits discrepancies. This then moves a wir

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Toplights and Engineers Wagons

After a couple of evenings working on "modern" stock if you can call 1998 modern, it was back to the 1940s last night and some stock for Brent.   First up some engineers wagons, I am not to up to scratch on my 1940s engineers knowledge so I will need to do a lot more research in order to nail down a full formation for this working. However so far I a tipping ballast wagon (that would later be known as a Mermaid), converted from a Cambrian kit. Along with a steel sided P17 from Kirk that I b

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Toplight pt2

A little more work on the toplight, the chassis has been thickened up with a laminate of 20thou plasticard which sits inside the bodyshell. The slaters headstock was glued in place along with comet buffers. The coach I am working from has L section trussing so this was added from some much shortened dc kits parts.   Bogies (9ft fish-belly) were from my scrap box (kays I think)   Next up roof detailing, needing the toilet panels adding along with roof vents.   All in all I am still not

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Thornycroft PB

While searching in a stock box at the weekend trying to find a couple more old private owner wagons I came across a Peco kit for a 1926 Thornycroft PB GW covered lorry.   Now even with any restrictions on replacing during the war, clearly a 20 year life is not going to happen in GW service. As such I've been thinking about an alternative use. After thinking about which sort of operators typically use old life expired equipment, and narrowed it down to either farm use or a coal merchant, the

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The Saint pt 3

I cannot believe just how much filler is ending up on this model, but the boiler is finally getting close to completion. I have now identified from photos that the outer row of rivets on the smokebox should be flush, which is handy as some were damaged by the original boiler, the rest have now been removed.   The next job as fitting the available details, so far adding a cast top feed, the boiler side details / reverser, one cab step and the boiler back head.   The other step appears to b

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Stock for Brent: Review of 2017

2017 in Review   As is usually the norm at this time of year, I have been looking back at last year’s aims to see what was actually managed. This time I have also tried to include some photos! I will be covering both layouts in their respective threads, so this will purely concentrate on the rolling stock for Brent. Here is last year’s post http://www.rmweb.co.uk/community/index.php?/blog/853/entry-18795-brent-2016-in-review-plans-for-2017/ Locos: Completed Projects: A large number of loco pro

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Stock for Brent: 2019 in Review

As we approach the end of 2019, its time for the annual recap of the years modelling (and a look forward to 2020), annoyingly the tags don’t seem to work any more which limits the ability to link to the respective pages.   First up was the completion (hopefully….) of a very long term project, building a decent model of a Manor.  It took a fair bit of research to find a record of a Manor through Brent in ’47 but eventually settled on 7804.  The Mitchell body and Comet chassis took some

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Spitfire pt3

After a little bit of a break from stock work while I focus on the layout, this evening I have been trying to finish off 5071.   As previously mentioned the tender shell purchased for use with 5071 was not in great shape paint wise, and was resprayed black for my Star. This left me with a BR early crest tender to rebrand to G crest W.   I have used my usual method soaking with IPA and then scraping off the remains, but as I have found previously Hornby have certainly changed they printin

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Spitfire part 2

The missing toolboxes were added from a Southern Pride tender, with evergreen strip forming the plate under it. (As an aside the tender chassis currently under the white metal body will probably be reused with the unpainted 3500gl shell that I have in the spades box.   All that remains to be added now is a single missing step, I see PDK list an etch of GW tender steps, so given I need to order a bell for 6000 and a chimney for the 42xx I will add this at the same time.   Now it's just a wait

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Some etched plate fitting

After a rather disheartening afternoons work on Brent, I’ve switched to a spot of loco modelling to reinvigorate motivation.   So 4547 and 2921 are both now fitted with etched plates from Modelmasters, the Saint is really coming together now. It just needs a chimney and cabside step fitting to finish the body (both of which are missing). With the tender finished, the need to get on and build the chassis is becoming more pressing. I will be looking again at the crankpin situation soon to try

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Small Layout plan: Draycott Plus

Given the amount of work that needs to be done decorating the house before I get to start work on modifying the garage to get it prepared for the layout, thoughts have turned to an interim project to give me somewhere to run stock in the mean time.   The size of Cheddar prevents it from being built inside, however I do have space for approximation a 12ft by 1ft6 layout along one wall in the forth bedroom.   Conversation with Dave (DeeV) about his automated traversers, has got me thinking a

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Slaters Toplight Third

Modelling the right mix of different coach diagrams is key to modelling the GWR, as such I have long planned to add some Toplight coaches to the fleet.   The demise of the Slatters range put something of a spanner in the works, compounded by the high cost they go for on eBay (I have already been stung by a second hand Slatters clestory kit that came with badly warped parts)   Fortunately at Wells last weekend Coopercraft had some parts available, including a pair of sides and ends and corrid

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