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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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4707 part 3

My planned afternoons modelling was spent on the side of a road coming home from the shops after tire blow out due to a suspensions spring snapped on my wife’s car. As such I didn’t make as much progress as I hoped.   However the body is now finished, hand rails are fitted, as are the remaining details. I have forgotten to add the pipe along the solbar, and keep forgetting to add it. My wife has a friend and her children over today, so hopefully will escape to the workshop and get on wit

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Pdk 47xx part 2

Making use of one of my few remaining Friday afternoons off work I have cracked on with the 47xx body.   It has now been fitted with all the remaining castings (epoxy) and etches (soldered except for the footplate steps under he smokebox which were too fiddly for me.)   The pipe along the right side of the boiler was formed from brass tube, I pinned the cab end onto some 1mm brass rod to hold the two together   This was followed by drilling holes for the handrails.   There are three t

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PDK 47xx part 1

One of the last few major locos that I will need for Brent is a 4700, this is intended for use on the perishables express freight, the milk train and the odd passenger train. In other words of the 3 remaining missing locos which are required to perform a full operating cycle, this is the least important (vs the 4300 and Bulldog which are used on far more workings.) The plan had been that I would buy one of the soon to be released Heljan models, however seeing a partially built PDK kit on eBay

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More centenarys

Last night saw further work on the Centenaries, which are now rapidly approaching priming.   The first task was to fill the joint between the doors and sides with a couple of applications of Squadron White Putty.   Attention then moved to the ends of the Restaurant pair. Unfortunately when working with the sides I based the conversion on minimising plastic removal, and didn’t read the instructions. Net result I have put both on the wrong way round! So the next task was to carefully carv

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4547 Finished (DCC installation) and Centenarys

After spending the day looking after the wife and children who have been knocked over by Australian Flu, unsurprisingly I havent managed to get much of anything done.   That said, during their naps I have managed to get a few small jobs sorted out. The first major job was refitting an Airfix centenary with its second replacement (Comet) side, unfortunately as mentioned in my previous post the tumblehome wasn't properly formed on this pair of etches (but I only found out after cutting the gutte

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Centenary composite

Tonight I have cracked on with the last coach for my down Cornish Riveria formation, a composite again built with comet sides on a Hornby body. This is both for consistency with the rest of the take and as an easy way to add the window detail   Construction followed all the other build with one extra step. Comet have cocked up the forming of the etch, so it doesn’t have the same profile as the restaurant pair (it is flatter) so I had to reform the tumble Home.   Of course I only realise

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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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County of Somerset: Actually running this time

After a false start thinking the chassis was finished, yesterday I made a start on some modifications to the chassis in order to get it working.   The first job was to smear some epoxy along the joint between the two halfs of the gearbox, ​next time I will read the specific instructions for the gearbox that I am making to avoid this mistake!   ​​With that done the second task was to secure the motor to the chassis in the correct position. For this I cut an inch length bar from an old hair

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County of Sommerset: Now running

Yesterday was something of a milestone for the county,   The first job was to make a start on the pickups, I found some coppercald board (purcahsed years ago as a part of a home etching kit). This was cut into two small squares which were gapped and glued to the chassis with epoxy.   While the glue cured, I finished off a couple of jobs on the loco body. I added a Markits smokebox door dart, sprung buffers and the bufferbeam number. The body now just needs handrails adding.   Back to

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County of Somerset

While I have missed my intended deadline to get the County running, I am making good progress towards that aim and should hopefully have it complete this month.   The first area of attention was the tender, Given that the County’s ran with a tender that was 8ft6 (as opposed to the 8ft version that was used with the Hall / Castle) the intention is to build a Falcon kit for the correct tender version. However this project has stalled for some time (the basic structure is complete, but the fin

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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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County Lining

Another evenings work and the county body is now nearly finished, the remaining lining has been added (including a First for me in that I have added the lining to the number plate (an effect I must say I’m not entirely convinced with)   I have added the plates, I can’t recall the manufacturer but they were thinner than usual and a lot more tricky to use, particularly on he left side where you have hardly any material to glue to.   It now needs the detail painting (window frames, minor footpl

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Lining the County

As work progresses on the chassis, it’s time to get the body finished (mostly as I want to get it varnished so I can weather the black !)   As with the modified hall I have used the hmrs sheet, and again I am regretting fitting the pipes.   I’ve now finished one side and just have the fine work to do on the other (I hate doing the fine lining out of the splashers, to the point I’ve only done the top line and will hide the bottom with the weathering (as often was the case in the real thing)

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County of Somerset Part 4

Today I have a day off which was originally intended to work on Brent, however with no desire to work on the double slip instead I’ve cracked on with the County   I started by unsoldering the slide bars and repositioning to correct the length, along with adding the brackets.   It now needs fitting with spacer washers to stop the drive rods hitting he lead crank pin, I also want to add chassis washers (once I find some) in order that I can get rid of the slop in the lead axle     The nex

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County chassis part 3

With an afternoon spent taking no1 daughter to a birthday party, I haven’t managed to get as far as I would have liked on the county.   I have redone the con rods recessing filed down Markits crank pin nuts into the rod (then re testing to ensure it still works).   With this complete I prepared the left hand slide bars, again they are 1mm too short. I have checked and they are also too short for the Saint. I am going to unsolder the bars and either add a spacer so that they are 1mm further

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County chassis continued

Moving on to the clyinders, the initial assembly was very straight forward, although rather let down by the ridiculous amount of filing needed to get the cross head to slide   Once I got the first Half moving I realised that I’ve cut the rod too short. What I don’t understand is that with the crank pin at the furthest point towards the cab, the cross head is 3mm or so off the slide-bars. Everything was assembled as per the instructions so I can’t jnderstand what I’ve done wrong. I will lo

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County Chassis

As a break from working on Centenaries, today I have been working on the County chassis (the wheels for which arrived with the Centenaries.) Given the chassis frame was built rigid, and I am building in OO, I have decided to try the Markits wheels along with their screw crank pins. The latter were chosen because I do not like having to solder the rods in place.   Initially I was disappointed with the wheels, given the price I had expected higher quality. There was a lot of flash around the

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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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Centenary First Conversion

While I wait for the Romford screwdriver and crank pins needed to finish my County, I have gone back to working on my Cornish Riveria Express project.   Having already built two thirds and a left hand brake, etched have now arrived for the restaurant pair along with the composite. The latter is being converted as I feel it will be a lot quicker to replace the whole side than to just add the new window frames.   Work has started on the more complicated build for the restaurant First, mostly

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Comet A20 - almost ready for paint

Its been a long time since I last worked on the Comet A20 kit, mostly because I didnt have the required drill to get on with adding the roof vents. Having finally dug one out in order to finish off the Cargowaggon vans, I carried on and fitted the vents to the First.     It now just needs to be fitted with the door hinges, along with a deep clean to remove the tarnishing to the etch, then it will be ready for painting. Given this will be the third completed coach its about time that some re

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DJM 14xx renumbering - 1470

Time to finally finish off my 14xx from DJM 58xx conversion, fitting the replacement plates.   I started by removing the DJM plates (I used a new scalpel blade to flick them out), I then checked the replacement Modelmasters plates in the hole (if anyone s interested they are a direct fit). I ended up fitting the plate on top of the original, tidied up the gap between the two and then reglued into position.     So with my 14xx converted from a 58xx now complete (with the exception of a de

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Siphon F

One wagon I have wanted to model for some time is a Siphon F, after finding a bargain part built K's kit on Ebay at the weekend (including a set of Mallard Models 9ft American bogies) this evening I have made a start on finishing it off.   The bogies were an interesting build, with a brass core and lots of white metal castings to attach. There was some poor design along the way (the cut outs for the wheels are far too small even for OO, while the castings quality was somewhat of its period.)

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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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County and 58xx in the paint shop

A little time in the paint shop this evening has seen the first coat of Rover Brooklands green on both the 5813 (P4 for Kites Croft) and 1004 for Brent.   The only slight issue with the car paint is that it is difficult to get into the corners, my logic now is to spray some into a cup and then brush paint into the tight bits.   Hopefully should get them both masked tomorrow and spray the black for the running plate / smokebox / roof  

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A tender for a Saint pt2

Not a lot more progress on any real modelling this week, motivation is rather lacking in the post holiday lull.   The other day I picked up a can of Rover Brooklands Green from Halfords, described in the RAF Kinloss list as being a good match for GWR green.   The first two items of stock have now been sprayed, 5108 and the tender for Saint Dunstan. Both have now had the green sprayed (2 coats) and the black hand painted (I think next time I will probably spray the black as well.)   The ten

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