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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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Building a Ratio Type 7 GW Signal box

Today I finally picked up one of Ratio's new type 7 GW signal box intended for "Drayott" (I really should come up with a better name, and rename this blog to differentiate from Uglypug's rather excellent sounding Cheddar project.)   So far I have built the core of the structure, the base could have done with a little more support in the centre to hold the floor in place, but other than that the parts pretty much fell together. The floor has been put in position on the second photo to ensure

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2220 a high level chassis

Finally a real start on the next chassis, having been thoroughly driven mad by 5512's outside cylinders   The body is nearly finished, just waiting on some etched buffer beams and a few other small details. So it is onto the chassis   This will be my first attempt at a csb chassis, and will also be using the new high level 3mm bearings   I have used the csb jig from high level along with the clag website for the spacings. Typically on marking out the second pivot is over a spacer so a bi

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Mitchell 43xx for Cheddar - identity crisis

A chance purchase off ebay of a built Mitchell 43xx kit has arrived this morning.   Took a bit of a risk on this as I had only viewed the photos in small size on my phone due to a lack of internet, thankfully it looks in pretty good condition. A little damage in posting (break gear, buffer beam), and a few missing parts (no buffers for a start)     The biggest problem appears to be the firebox, which appears slightly higher on one side than the other. short of stripping it down and re fa

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Loco Building

Finally got my internet connection fixed,   Lots of work over the past week, covering locos and wagons...   First up 5813, Had another session with a few more detail bits fitting the smaller hand rails. The toolbox on the left hand side needed moving forward, so I cut off the moulding and then filled the gap with plasticard before scratch building a replacement. After which I gave it a quick coat of white primer. This highlighted a couple of issues, in that a lot of rivets are missing on

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Centenary restaurant first part 2

Onto part two, the second side followed the same approach as the first, with an awful lot of plastic removed from the side to clear the windows. I have also added a fillet of superglue to reinforce the area above the inset doors to provide additional strength. I have also made a start on the roof, although a lot more conversion work is required.   I have one question that I am yet to confirm, at the kitchen end on the corridor side is there a window? I know ther is not a window on the non

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Hornby 42xx

Since they were released I have rather fancied getting one of the large GW tanks from Hornby, however given the low specification of the model I was rather put off by the £100 price tag.   However having found a damaged (and non painted) model on ebay for a sensible price, I couldn't resist...   First up the problems: It needs a new chimney, 3 new steps, a superheater cover, tank vents and of course a set of sprung buffers fitting. There are also a couple of bit of damage to the side which

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Kingsbridge Branch No 2: Wartime Brown

Today I have been debating the benefits of lining coaches vs buying a bow pen and painting them on. Working from a photo of the prototype, it was determined that Kingsbridge Branch No 2 was in wartime brown in the late 40s (while No1 was in Hawksworth livery as has already been modelled).   Once again I used the Replica OHLE warning line transfers for the lining, and HMRS for the GWR logos / Guard / First. The lining was completed in lots of small lengths, before varnishing the completed side

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Pannier Improvements - 7723 part 3

A little more work this afternoon, Exams are now finished, so back to work tomorrow (and the long wait for the results in January!)   Today's work has focused around the cab, the new floor was added from black 40 thou and then added a bulkhead on the back of the cab. It now just needs an appropriate back head adding (something else to add to the Gibson order.)   I have also added the 10 thou firebox sides     While I had the camera out, I also got this photo of what is currently go

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County - Hawksworth Tender build

Now that the nights are drawing in, and the temperature is falling. Its time to get the soldering iron out again.   Before I make a start on building my Finney Dean Goods, I thought the Falcon Tender for the County would be a good call. (the plan being to follow this with the chassis for the Dapol body.)   So far this project has seen a bit of progress focused on the loco body, the cab has been rebuilt with the Jackson parts and an 8f body has been purchased to supply a new firebox.   So o

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1364

At the weekend’s SWAG members day I couldn’t resist buying a pre production 1361 from Kernow Models. At the time I was rather spoiled for choice, as there were both painted and unpainted options available (all non running). In the end I decided that I have enough painting backlog, and would be best served buying 1364 in post war GW livery.   There are a few areas which will need to be fixed, it is missing coupling hooks, a lamp iron and a hand rail, there are also a couple of areas on the m

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Manor chassis pt3

Manor chassis pt3

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.

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E116 B Set - Nearly ready to start building

This project is taking a little longer than I had expected, prior to starting this I hadn't really heard of K's and other than a note on Tim Venton's website saying that it needed a lot of work to "bring up to standard" I had no idea what I was letting myself in for.   The parts have needed a lot of preparation, however being plastic that has been nice easy work to remove all the flash. While I was at it I have also removed all of the grab rails and door handles, part to aid painting and part

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GWR Twin Railcar pt1

One of they most important items of stock for Cheddar will be the twin GW railcar no35/36   Working from drawings in MRJ no5, and with a method based on that used by the late Monty Wells (MRJ no6) the aim is to chop 3 Lima models into the twin set (then to build a Comet coach kit for the centre coach).   The first step is the drawings, unfortunatly for some reason MRJ decided to put the drawings for no35/37 and 36/38 across a page joint (no33 and the roofs however were on a single page). T

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County

Another one of those random projects which have little use from a layout point of view, other than being an interesting exercise in modelling (which frankly is the most important thing)... As with the Saint, I am pretty undecided if I will build it in OO (using the included Romford wheels) or sell them on and buy a set of P4 Gibsons. In this case I am tending toward the latter as it means the chassis can be built to the correct width! I also will need to decide if I will make a ridged chassis, f

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County - loco detailing

While I have been thinking about how to do the next steps on the tender (thanks again to Mike G for the advice) I have been cracking on with the body   First up the Dapol firebox was removed, it had already been cut at the cab end to clear the new cab front, so. Careful cut along the boiler end, along with using a scalpel to score two lines along the splashes. Then using the trusty xurons the top was broken. And carefully snapped along the cut line.   Next up a Hornby 8f was dismantled and

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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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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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Kingsbridge Branch No.1

The Kingsbridge Branch had two dedicated B Sets, originally E145s but changed to E140s by my period.   The basis of the Model is the old Airfix E140, recently released by Hornby in post war Hawksworth livery. Now I have no evidence as to what livery Kingsbridge No.1 should be modelled in for 1947, however there is a photo in the Model Railway Constructor showing Kingsbridge No.2 in Austerity brown. This will be the next coach project to finish off once I pick up a can of Triumph Russett Brown

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King George V renunbering

Time for another King....   This one started as the shirtbutton liveried example in the bargain Bristolian pack I managed to acquire in Hawkins fire sale. It makes a much better starting point than the King James model I used for my other two Kings. Better yet this one actually has been wired properly!   Sadly they forgot to use glue in its assembly, and so far the lower rear lamp irons, a tender buffer, a tender front handrail, the speedo drive and a pipe have all fallen off. Sod's law

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Centenary Restaurant Third

Rather than getting frustrated with handrails on my County once again, last night I made a start on the next Centenary build (a Restaurant Third). The process is getting a little repetitive now (dismantle coach, cut the rain strip off the etch, cut a large hole in the side, evostick together. The plus side is that I am getting quite fast at the process, with the removal of the Airfix glazing taking longer than fitting the first side. Tonight I aim to complete the second side of this coach a

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E140 B Set (part 1)

Yesterday saw a start at last to the modelling of the first B set for Cheddar, Working with an Airfix b set and the notes on Tim Venton's website http://www.tventon.freeserve.co.uk/bset2.htm I am working on the following improvements:   Removing the fictional inner end detail Replacing outer end detail with separate fittings Adding missing handrails Filling in extra guard window Chassis improvements new headstocks, laserglaze (if it becomes available) I am still unsure as to whether

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43xx - Starting to improve the Mainline body

While I am yet to find a photo in GW days, a lot has been written mentioning 43xx Mogals working on the Cheddar branch. My original plan was to go for the Mitchell kit, however until I am more accomplished at fabricating more complicated shapes (such as those on the tapered boiler and the firebox)   As such, (and given that I have a mainline body) I've made a start on trying to improve it.   The first question (that is still unanswered) is going to be which loco to model. I'd have liked

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Freight for Cheddar: GWR 5 plank

A start on the first common user wagon for the layout, a Ratio kit for a 1930s GWR 5 plank.   I am building this with Bill Bedford sprung wirons, as such some modification was needed on the chassis. This followed the process used on my Parkside Fruit D, cutting off the w irons then thinning down the chassis solebars next to where the etch will sit. The floor supports were then cut off to provide clearance for the w iron (learning from the Fruit D in that this time the 3mm length next to the

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5512 Part 5 (photo)

Following on from yesterdays post on 5512, here is the missing photo   It clearly shows where the quartering on the centre axle has shifted, and hopefully also shows the added finness from using the Mitchell components rather than the standard Bachmann parts.   Last night I soldered up the final part of the driving rods (whatever they are supposed to be called) and removed the locating rod from the Bachmann sliders. it now needs a .6mm hole drilling through the sliders and the rods, althoug

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More wagon kits

Last night I got on with the initial stages of the next batch of wagons, All of which are now waiting for   First up a a Coopercraft Loco Coal open, and a 4 plank open. Coopercraft open wagons are a bit of a pain, given that Coopercraft have moulded the floor much too high. As a result I have corrected it by removing all of the ribs on the underside of the floor, then glued it in the correct position to the sides / ends. The solbars were then modified to remove the 2mm additional length on

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