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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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Renunbering a DJM 14xx: 1470

Ever since it’s release I have wanted to get a DJM/ Hattons 1400 class, the only problem being that while Newton Abbot had a number of them allocated, they were not used on the Kingsbridge. (At least I have not seen any evidence of use on the branch). Further more there were no mainline turns en route to a different branch which would have taken one through Brent (other than a 1400 stationed further west en route to NA or Swindon for a works visit. This said, in the post war period there were a

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A tender for a Saint

Finally back in the UK for the rest of the month, its time to crack on with the layout. Before getting started on a large batch of point blade installation on the down fiddleyard, there were a few outsanding loco projects to complete.   Today I recieved last weeks spares order from Peter's Spares, this included a tender wheelset to enable the compleation of 2846 which is now fully operational.     The other parts ordered were a Churchward tender chassis, wheels, buffer pack and keeper

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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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King Richard I DCC fitting

Earlier in the year I made a start renumbering and rebranding a Hornby King to King Richard I, the conversion hit a bit of a blocker when fitting the DCC decoder (which wouldn't work). This evening I finally made a start on trying to get it operational, and have decided to share the fault finding process here in case it is of use to anyone.   Step 1: Check for known issues. So far I have had three major faults with Hornby tenders, potential for a short circuit between the tender pickup connec

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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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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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4547 wartime black

Now that the loco has been fitted with new buffer beam numbers, GWR logos and yellow route indicators. It now just needs some etched plates (and more to the point I need enough locos to make a narrow planet order worth while)   I have two more black locos to do, my saint and hall.

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A wartime 4500

Over the weekend I picked up a reasonable priced Bachmann 4500 (with decoder fitted) which arrived today. Unfortunately the TCS decoders as fitted in the cab, so has been chopped out and will be replaced with a smaller zimo chip (with the TCS decoder a good fit in the boiler of my 42xx)   The intention in buying another 4500 was after seeing a photo of 4547 in period which appeared to be in wartime black. The model was dismantled to seperate body from footplate, remove the cab roof and to r

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Modified Hall pt7: Finished (Almost)

So with an envelope from Fox waiting for me as I got home from work yesterday, it was time to crack on and finish off the Modified Hall.   The first job was to prepare the plates, as ever its a very tedious job removing the fairing from the bottom of the plate. This is made a little more difficult by the fact that Fox's plates seem to be a little thinner than Modelmasters and hence more prone to deformation while cutting / filing. As ever I wish I could just buy the nameplate on its own for re

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GWR Modified Hall Pt6: Finishing the chassis

As it is still far too hot to go in the garage and work on Brent, I am getting on with finishing off the Modified Hall.   The first task tonight was to modify the front end of the chassis block in order to provide clearance for newly fitted step down in the front footplate. The Brassmasters instructions suggest using a hacksaw, that sounded far too much like hard work in this heat so I cracked out the Dremel which made short work of it.     While working on the chassis I also completed

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GWR Modified Hall Part 4: Tender Lining

Following on from my pre work modelling session, this evening I have made another step forward on the modified hall. I have decided to go with the Bachmann tender, the Hornby one will return to the spares box for the moment (though I have seen reference to Maindy Hall running in late 47 with a hawksworth tender which may give it a use...)   The first step was to remove the weathering from the Bachmann tender, along with the removal of the BR crests. For this I resorted to neet enamel thinne

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A GWR Modified Hall Pt3: Tender conundrums

This morning I was woken up at a ridiculously early hour by both children, having settled them down and got myself ready for work I glanced at the clock and realised there was still an hour until I needed to leave the house. Only one thing for it, crack on with the Modified Hall!       The first job was to finish off the lining of the cab side, with this done the cab windows were all masked off and then the boiler was given a quick coat of Halfords satin varnish.   The final job on the

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Modified Hall pt2: an experiment in lining

A little more work on rebranding of my modified hall, as mentioned previously I have started redoing the boiler lining from bachmanns red to orange. In each case the transfers were pressed into place and the backing paper was removed with microsol (with the aim that it would soften the transfer over the boiler band.   It looks a little scrappy in closeup, but at about a 12 inch viewing distance it doesn't look too bad. I do think that I need to buy some waterslide transfers to see how I get

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Castle renumbering: Spitfire pt4

Spitfire is now (finally) finished, I had real problems with the HMRS transfers not sticking. Eventually after a couple of failed attempts at using varnish to stick them down, I removed the problem transfers and replaced with a new set.   While I was at it I also got on with the final major job, eliminating the green solebar from the former BR 4000gl tender, which was touched in with some Vlajio weathered black paint.   I still havent actually tested the DCC installation, but its posed her

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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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Dean D14 part 8

The roof is now painted brown, but I forgot to spray the area black first so it is a lot lighter than I would like. Hopefully a bit of weathering is going to darken it sufficiently.   While I was at it, the bogies chassis and ends were resprayed in black. Just need to work out how I am going to attach the modified bogies. Given it is now being finished in OO, (and I can't remember where I put the original slaters wheels,) I decided to modified the bogies for a fixed chassis. The problem i

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Slaters Dean D14 Clerestory - Part 6 - another roof

With the body pretty much finished, I was left with a choice between adding the bodyside fittings or building the roof.   Given I was working outside, the roof seemed the safer option! As mentioned in part 5, I purchased a new roof back at Wells to replace the original which was rather bowed. As I am building a coach at the end of its days the clerestory windows were blacked out (im not sure if that was because they were painted over or the glass was replaced with wood...)   Either way I s

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Slaters Dean D14 Clerestory - Part 5

This coach has been kicking around for a long time, having started the build a week after the birth of my first daughter in January 2014! I am determined to get this model finished before the end of May!   The first job (completed last night) was to glaze the coach and then fit the seats. The latter had been painted previously (using the maroon colour for LNER wheels followed by heavy weathering). The aim was to get a finish which looked heavy faded and abused, right at the end of its useful

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GWR Coach Painting

Some good weather this morning has resulted in a little more coach painting,   First up is another Railroad / Comet D95, rather a redundant coach to be honest (given that I now have 2 pairs of the new Hornby D95, and will likely add another pair when (if) Hornby do them in post war livery.) As such rather than finishing in post war chocolate and cream (as per my original plan), I have decided that the LH coach will join the RH painted in wartime brown livery. To that end I have dug out a can o

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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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Fruit C part 2

Another hours work this evening has the van almost finished.   First up the w irons were soldered onto the padding pieces, a combination of low melt and normal solder depending on the size of the packing piece (some were the thickness of the w iron, others twice the thickness.   With this in place I noticed an error on the floor (the wonderful thing with white metal being how easy it is to unsolder and fix a mistake.). With this done it was time to add the brakes, gas tank, and vac cylinder.

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Dave Geen Fruit C - Part 1

Back in 2012 I purchased a Dave Geen kit for a GWR diagram Y3 Fruit C, at the time I opened it up and had a quick look (identifying an issue with the lack of floor) before putting it back in a box for another day.   In the following years I have completely forgotten about it (and managed to lose the instructions). Last night after running out of work to do on my County (given I still cant find the wheels), Instead I dug out the kit for the Fruit C.   First impressions were that the white met

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Detailing a Bachman Modified Hall pt 1

The latest loco project for Brent is to make a Modified Hall, to that end I have picked up one of the recent Bachmann model at a bargain price to use as a basis.   The first question is which loco to model, for this I am rather torn. As it comes the model is in BR green (weathered) with a Hawksworth tender. The first Modified Hall to be recorded with a Hawksworth tender is 6971 which was built in October 47. (As an aside if I can find the October carriage working / working timetable my int

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4025 - finished

Now that I have some transfers (thanks to Lofty) I have finished off 4025 with some tender crests (HMRS) and a dcc installation (well rewire due to Hornby wiring up the 8pin socket wrong)   I now is at Soc1 standard (dcc, correct livery, correct number, basic details). Soc2 will add couplings and a driver/fireman, while soc3 will be the weathering, real coal. I think I have been working on A400m too long now that I have started thinking in soc standards.... though much like the aircraft I

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Comet large window first A20 part 4

It's been a while since I last worked on this coach, but now I have a new soldering iron progress can continue.   When I left off there were the following jobs remaining -interior -roof detail -hinges -corridor connections -drop lights   The hinges and drop lights should have been fine before fixing the sides to the ends. Doing them after certainly added complexity. I tried to use masking tape to hold in place while I tacked in place, but a combination of tight access and my lumpy sol

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