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  1. Somewhat belatedly I know, but at long last I've all but completed a project I have been working on which I would now like to share with friends on Wright Writes. This has been all about filling two of the gaps in the kit market for J7 class locomotives needed for our Clayton GN project at Shipley MRS. I have at last built both prototype models and will shortly be despatching them for painting after they have been striped down and thoroughly cleaned. The first, which to my mind is the better proportioned of the two, represents a 1081 series J7 with a 4' 5" diameter boiler and the later Ivatt cab. The second represents a J7 having received a large 4' 8" boiler similar to those fitted to the J3's. Sir has mentioned a number of times that many of his locomotives need to be capable of pulling heavy kit built prototype length trains around LB. On Clayton GN we have an additional challenge of a 1:50 gradient on a curve for the first 20 feet of the scenic section. After a bit of experimentation it became clear that model locomotives of the size that ran on the Queensbury lines and built in the traditional way are going to struggle to pull more than about 18 wagons up the gradient. We have had to get creative in order to be capable of running trains of a prototypical length on our train set. These models have therefore been designed with their motors fitted in the tender and a driveshaft below footplate level running forward to a gearbox under the cab. The firebox, boiler and smokebox have been packed with lead to maximise the weight and therefore the hauling potential of these models. The smaller of the two has successfully pulled a 24 wagon train up the gradient without slipping and the larger one whilst still to be tested should be capable of more. The main challenge for me has been the design of the drive train. It took a while to track down a gearbox sufficiently compact to fit fully under the cab. The breakthrough was visiting the High Level Kits stand at Expo EM and seeing Chris's Road Runner Compact+ gearbox on display. The gearbox in these models is therefore derived from High Level's RRC+ but the HL frame itself has been replaced with a bespoke unit the final version of which (currently on order from the etchers) will be fitted with ball races on the input shaft. I am very grateful to Chris at High Level for supplying the various gears and for his advice and guidance on how to calculate the dimensions for accurate meshing. As is standard for me these models are built to EM gauge, use American pick up for current collection, are compensated (CSB method), and use plastic centred wheels with their rims shorted out to the axle. The draw bar carries the current collected from the nearside rail through the locomotive's frames to the motor in the tender so no wiggly pickups to worry about fitting anywhere. I can hear Sir muttering under his breath with regards such eccentricities but he knows that I enjoy building things this way and I'm too old to change my ways. Its been two challenging years to research, design, and build these models so I hope you like them. I have derived enormous satisfaction in doing so and am about to start it all again so that we can have a couple of J1's for the layout. I've done several other things at the same time including building the fiddle yard points for Clayton and wiring the entire layout. I must also admit to a relapse and spending some time EM'ing a Heljan 47xx (Night Owl) for our Hungerford layout. This included complete replacement of the pony truck, cylinders, slide bars and cross heads. I'll try not to fall off the wagon again before the stock for Clayton is built but old habits die hard. 1021 Series J7 with 4' 5" Boiler. Still to receive a replacement smokebox dart and the valve chest cover plate in front of the smokebox saddle when this picture was taken. J7 with 4' 8" (J3) boiler. A view of the locomotive's frames to illustrate how compact the High Level RRC+ gearbox can be. This gear box is soon to be rebuilt with ball races to replace the brass bushes in which the input shaft revolves. The universal joint socket on the back of the box is a Markit's product that has been shortened slightly to fit the available space. The thin phosphor bronze wire on the draw bar is to ensure good electrical contact between the draw bar and the tender's draw bar pin. I have included a cosmetic representation of the valve gear to fill the void at the front of the frames. The frames of the tender are also from a bespoke etch in order to provide the mounts for the ball races in which the drive shaft revolves and the motor and vertical gear train. I have been experimenting with this 'cube' motor at the recommendation of Mike Edge. It appears to be a very nice piece of kit and whilst it is not only powerful for its size it draws very little current much like a coreless motor but at a fraction of the cost. Regards, Frank
  2. Still loads of stuff to process, but here's one which I quite like, as it fulfils my desire to shoot things from odd angles.
  3. A colourised photo from 1957, a throw-back to pigeon racing specials.
  4. Been busy ballasting & weathering. Going for much less weathering here compared to the bay platform. I've added a few drain covers and will also be adding further litter. The platforms themselves have been made using celotex with a layer of card over the top. I've then skimmed the top with filler and sanded. For now it's just in a basic grey which will do for now as I progress with other bits around the station. Happy with how things are going. Long way to go yet but it's great to finally have something that looks like a station!
  5. I have been off work this week with 'stress related' illness. Who needs meds? My BP is well down now as I have used the time to build an engine. It is a straight framed Saint. I used the Wills/SEF kit which has the curved front and back. I made a new front end and cut back the cab with new footsteps. Brake gear from the Mainly Trains/Wizard etch. The front end is now part of the cylinder assembly for added strength and ease of getting the body off. The cylinders are Hornby Railroad Hall from Peter's Spares. One challenge of these kits is shorting of the bogie wheels against the cylinders - not now as they are plastic. Has the added advantage of piston rods being supplied from stamped metal rather than the cast Wills ones. Just need balance weights and good clean up of excess solder before priming and painting. I will add the reversing rod when painted. Mike Wiltshire
  6. I haven't got to those yet Tony. They were the last few of 56! Many thanks for the kind words, but your photoshopping of the shot of 60506 beats my effort hands down. Anyway, in the hope of finding a view of LB which won't have been seen before, and in accordance with your request to take something which showed the bit of scenic work I did, I took this.
  7. Back to Carlisle for today's photos, with a mix of diesels and electrics over the years. Carlisle 08808 April 87 J8803 Carlisle 37185 down oil tanks April 87 J8870 Carlisle 85007 down freight April 87 J8874 Carlisle 47005 up pw 24th Oct 90 C15421.jpg Carlisle 86210 Paddington to Edinburgh 22nd Feb 93 C18309.jpg David
  8. Having fitted the fascia properly a couple of weeks ago, I've now got round to fitting the lighting. This consists of a single strip of 12v LEDs, mounted along the length of a layout an a piece of batten glued to the inside of the top of the fascia at about 45 degrees. The LEDs are variable temperature, meaning I can switch it from a cold white to a very warm white, or somewhere in between. I can also vary the brightness. I rather like the colder white light in these test views, which seem to be somehow appropriate for an overcast day on the Welsh borders:
  9. Plawsworth again today. Just as a reminder it is on the ECML between Chester le Street and Durham. If you park near the bridge over the railway by the site of the station you get a very good view looking north. The view south is much less good - there is a lot of undergrowth (or there was last time I was there). Plawsworth 45106 Liverpool to Newcastle 22nd Oct 86 C8103.jpg Plawsworth 37501 and 37502 up l e Oct 87 J9328.jpg Plawsworth 56118 up Cawoods coal containers Oct 87 J9335.jpg Plawsworth 43039 down 26th Oct 87 C9176 Plawsworth 37104 up ballast 8th May 93 C18541.jpg David
  10. The East Coast Main Line in Northumberland again today, over several years. Goswick Class 37 down cement Mar 87 J8791 Alnmouth 43060 up 22nd Aug 87 C9121 Buston Barns 55018 Edinburgh to Newcastle Aug 80 J7120.jpg Buston Barns 47297 up freightliner 24th Oct 87 C9171.jpg Buston Barns 142021 Berwick to Newcastle 16th Feb 91 C15577.jpg David
  11. The first bit of modelling since my enforced break has yielded results, Hooray, I'm back in the game. I shall strike while the iron is hot, get the bogies undercoated and get something else built, hopefully a little quicker. I shall then return to the painting a little later.
  12. Having just spent a marvellous weekend at the Southampton Show, perhaps a few observations.....? What a splendid event, very well-organised, excellent hospitality and a fine range of layouts and traders. Mo and I made £45.00 for CRUK, so may I please thank all those who donated so generously? May I also thank all those with whom I spoke? One privilege of being a participant is being asked to be one of the judges for the Founder's Cup competition. It was a damn close-run thing, with Jeff Day's Sandford and Banwell taking the prize, with a magnificent rendition of a GWR secondary line in P4. Here's Geoff with his team, and Southampton Club's Chairman. Well done chaps! I took this picture of the layout a couple of years ago, and much has been done since. The quality still shines through, though, and the running was impeccable. Second was Calderwood. A beautiful EM Gauge L&Y depiction......... The Southampton Show was this fine layout's last outing. Third was Lighterman's Wharf.... A stunning 2mm FS rendition of part of South London just on the Thames. It'll be appearing soon in BRM. One of the 'highly-commended' layouts was Nick Salzman's Lakebank in 3mm FS. As I've said, the judging was very difficult, such was the high standard. The 'high standards' were not entirely universal, and too many 'hands of God' were present on a few layouts. Derailments were too common on some layouts as well, some operators seemed to be bewildered, and as for tension-lock couplings, surely exhibition layouts/high-standard layouts should have graduated beyond these? And, as for non-working signals? The above said, overall the standards of running (particularly on the layouts mentioned) was exemplary. One particular loco which took my eye was this new B3 on Grantham. Built by Graham Nicholas and painted by Ian Rathbone, I thought it was beautiful. If you missed the show, you missed a great event, so, if I may, I suggest a note in the diary for this time next year?
  13. The presence of a road means that I have to point the camera along it.
  14. Tioday we travel to the High Dyke branch, off the ECML south of Grantham, along with its associated iron ore quarries and lines. I think it has been some time since our last visit. High Dyke Pendennis Castle light engine Market Overton to Carnforth Oct 74 J4062.jpg Taken very early on a dull damp morning. Colsterworth No 2 quarry looking towards Woolsthorpe, you can also see part of one of the drills to prepare for blasting and the tipping point J2789.jpg Skillington Road Junction Class 31 5673 iron ore from Sproxton July 72 C1024.jpg Woolsthorpe Lane level crossing Class 31 5675 down light engine Nov 71 J2797.jpg Near Sewstern North yard point being removed to realign to a 10 chain radius curve for express engine (i.e. Pendennis Castle and Flying Scotsman) Sept 73 J3386.jpg ex British Steel line. David
  15. Today's photos were taken at Buston Barns, which as you will remember is on the ECML in Northumberland, south of Alnmouth. Buston Barns 47471 up mail Feb 85 J8228 Buston Barns 43099up Jan 88 J9408 Buston Barns 56108 and 56098 down empty coal 16th Feb 91 C15579.jpg Buston Barns 56003 down coal containers 20th March 93 C18374.jpg Taken from the stile at the public footpath crossing. Buston Barns 90023 down charter 21st Sept 91 C16581.jpg Probably "Electric Silver Jubilee" rail tour organised by InterCity and Hertfordshire Railtours to celebrate completion of the ECML electrification and 25 Years of WCML electric services - see SP Steve's post below. David
  16. I might be busy this afternon so I am posting the second batch now. Once again they are at Bottesford, between Grantham and Nottingham. Bottesford Class 105 Nottingham to Boston Oct 81 J7595.jpg Bottesford Class 114 Nottingham to Skegness Jan 83 J7774.jpg Bottesford Feb 83 J7798.jpg The road to the station in winter Bottesford Class 47 Parkeston Quay to Glasgow The European July 83 J7990.jpg probably 47588 Bottesford Class 120 Skegness to Derby July 83 J8032.jpg David
  17. G'Day Folks. I consider myself as an Expert, an expert at, cutting and stabbing myself with razor sharp knives, burning myself with soldering irons, then getting flux on said cuts and burns, expert at poking myself in the eye with paintbrushes, covering myself with paint, of all descriptions, I even put a small tin of paint in my pocket to warm up...............it leaked, all down my leg, all over my jeans, all over my hands as I fished it out, I wouldn't mind, but it was almost empty, but a 'Gallon' came out of it, glue sticks to my hands but not to my model, solder sticks better to my hair than brass, straight track is wonky, wonky track is straight. But in spite of all this, I've spent countless thousands of pounds on the hobby over 50 years, and have yet to finish a layout.............. manna
  18. Time for the B1 in the bay to head for Grimsby. A V2 has appeared at the excursion platform with ECS, but we didn't manage to get a shot of its arrival. Another B1 then arrives. It has come from Grimsby, and this being Friday, it has a considerably larger load, and will carry on to Kings Cross. I think I may finally be getting to grips with those lattices.
  19. Spotted on Bath shed at the recent Stevenage show was this beauty. 2mm modelling at its very best. Jerry
  20. The focus is on Prince of Wales again tonight, first from distance, and then from right up close.
  21. Those of you what pay attention will remember that the late afernoon train to Harwich is very soon followed by one from that same place. Here is Champion Lodge to prove it. From the North comes the 1.15 from Harrogate, only eight cars as usual, and an easy task for 60039.
  22. I posted this a while ago in another thread but probably worth reviving here.
  23. Things are quietening down now, as the dead hour approaches. That means paths through to the Up slow are available, and more coal can be dispatched to Ferme Park. A nearly new 9F sets off with the next consignment. and passes a B1 waiting to go to Grimsby.
  24. I have some major thinking to do today, but first more pictures of Mallard's progress. This might look better with some cropping, but I suspect there may be severe penalties for cropping out a B17. If there aren't, there should be.
  25. Belle Isle Up Home gantry, probably one of the most prominent on our model. photo: Pro rail Model under way. Tim
  26. Time for the return of the empties from Little Barford, with our borrowed 04/8, running tender first now. We have two angles as it moves along the Down slow. Very poor light conditions, so black and white seems the best option.
  27. There are always obstacles to overcome, I am not one of those people that thinks the hobby should be fun, fun, fun all the time. Sometimes you have to put the work in, deal with the tedious bits and overcome those vexing problems (sometimes with a little help) to reap the benefits, the good bits become richer as a result.' At last, a voice full of sound common sense regarding how one approaches making things. Of course, a hobby should be fun (otherwise, why indulge in it?), but it can't always be so (one of my hobbies was playing cricket, and I can tell you it was no fun at all when the likes of Gwillum Williams of Caersws CC put the balls I bowled to him into the Severn on several occasions!) and one has to knuckle down and work hard. I'm reticent with regard to finishing off the point rodding on LB, because it's a tedious and time-consuming job. It must, however, be completed. More and more I hear at shows when I act as a demonstrator 'I couldn't possibly do that'. When I ask 'Have you tried?' the answer is usually 'No!' Even the making of a simple Parkside kit seems beyond many, yet they still wish to participate in the hobby. That is their right, of course, but they're missing out on the most-rewarding thing in this hobby; the most 'fun' - the personal making of things. Thank goodness for the likes of Ian Nuttall's robust letter in the current RM! Speaking of making things, at every show I attend these days I'll make a Parkside wagon kit. I bought this one yesterday morning at the Biggleswade Show, and by close of play it was complete....... I painted it this morning. It's an ex-GWR 'Prize Cattle Wagon ('Beetle', I believe). How common such a thing might have been at LB, I have no idea, but it makes-up well. There is a slight 'halo' around the transfers, but weathering awaits. Though I admit 'wagons are not my thing', if I can inspire any 'ditherers' at shows to actually make something for themselves, then I'll consider it a success. Then they'll have fun! Regards, Tony.
  28. I'm just about ready to start chucking green stuff at the country section although I don't know how much time I will have this coming weekend - I have some fencing and a couple of pains in the greenhouse to replace thanks to Caira. That said, the approaching storm Dennis may well drive me into the workshop! I really must get round to cutting out that final sky board. Jerry
  29. Hi folks, I thought I would start a blog over here as opposed to the usual blog area. I enjoy kit building and bashing, weathering and general model making. I have a small layout, Templefield which is based around 1970 in West London Area on western metals. I recently was given 2 pretty rough Dapol LMS brake vans by my Dad. It seems they have lain dormant for a few years and are missing there roofs. One is missing an inner end and the other has broken/cracked roof supports at both ends. Both are missing their roofs. With this in mind, one decent brake will be cobbled from two for the time being, with one being stored for now. The model is a decent representation of the prototype however some mods will be needed. These will be: Wire handrails flush glazing ballast box underfloor Instanter couplings new roof refine the foot board struts repaint (partial, keeping the current numbers for convenience) Warning flashes to be added weathering The vehicles are easily dismantled using a blunt narrow tool like a screwdriver to press the clips out from the floor of the van. The door ends slide upwards and out quite easily. The tension lock couplings and mounting blocks are removed with a chisel blade and the plastic hook and plate molding cut away and sanded. A brand new chisel knife is used to remove the handrail molds. The sharper the blade the cleaner the removal. It was possible to remove the whole handrail flush to the body in one movement. I kept the handrail bracket moldings in situ as I didn't think I would create anything finer. The wire is .5mm brass. holes .5mm were drilled, although having done plenty of hand rails before I thought a finer tolerance would be OK. It proved almost impossible for me to get the wire to sit straight as the holes needed to be in absolutely the correct spot and the wire bent up to exact measurements for it not to bend once placed in. Therefore I reverted to my usual hole size of .6mm which allow a little room for error and lets the wire sit true. I found myself creating rivets for the headstock and making a plate for the hook. It seemed to just happen!!! I used a plastikard rivet sheet, scraping off rivets and welding them in place with Tamiya solvent. In this view, the thickness of the footboard brackets can be seen clearly. The brackets were thinned down with a chisel blade, They are still not fine enough but spending life on a small terminus to fiddle layout, regular handling requires some robustness! In the box my Dad gave me were some airfix brake van kit roofs. He said he had intended to try and fashion a roof from them. I toyed with the idea of making a plastikard replacement but decided to try splicing two roofs. It just so happened the profiles are pretty much identical. The two roofs were scraped clean with a chisel knife and sanded with 240 then 600 grit sand paper then a final 1000 grit. EMA solvent was used which gave a clean join but this was then filled and left to dry. A review of picture of the prototype suggested rain strips were placed in the above formation and the stoke chimney position was copied from another LMS brake I already have. Note the .3mm wire guard rail on the verandas. A ballast box was fabricated from plastikard with the bottom edges sanded to a curve. This was then fitted underneath between the foot boards. Here the under frame is primed and the ballast box in place. A smiths coupling hook is also in place. A coat of precision bauxite has been brush applied, painting around the numbers. Weathering will be to a "semi-disgraceful" level so this should not matter too much. Flush glazing is added to the inner ends and the duckets. I use plastic from my daughter's toy packaging usually. A set of Vernier calipers is useful here for getting the aperture size. I set the height then scrape the caliper along a straight edge of the plastic which scribes the height. this strip is cut out then the widths marked in the same manner. 600 grit sandpaper refines the size. I use PVA glue to set them in place as a tiny amount is strong enough and dries clear. And so we are up to date. The under frame is painted HUMBROL 32 dark grey as this assists the weathering process. Black is just too...well black! The handrails are painted white. I have not fitted the inner ends yet or the roof, which will be sprayed roof blue grey. instanter couplings will be added also. Thanks for now guys. I will check in shortly with the steps to completion.
  30. Storm Dennis is to blame for lack of prairie action but I did manage these two shots of 5551 on a service to Kingsbridge. Is it really short sleeves weather Arthur ?
  31. We now come to pictures taken on Thursday, another of those days when I knew there really wasn't enough light. I tried though, and this is the best I could get. 61657 is now at the platform collecting passengers for March.
  32. Couple more pics of the fiddle yard. Where the rolling stock is are yards 1 & 2. Yards 3 & 4 are further down - as seen in the other pic
  33. Kneller Hall approaching Encombe Town station from the west.
  34. One more look at the D16 as it passes under the bridge. Lots happening at the other end. Silver Fox is on its way, while Deltic roars in with its usual afternoon trip from Doncaster and Hull. and before that nice Mr Mortimore says anything, I still can't find Deltic's front end appendages, but at least it does have two lamps.
  35. Pete 75C

    O no!

    Ok, I blame everyone on RMWeb that has ever said something along the lines of "Once you've tried O gauge, you'll never go back". You know who you are. Having downsized from a 6 bedroom house to a tiny 2 bedroom cottage, space is very much at a premium, but I still get the urge to dabble. Having next to no spare space, I decide to move up a scale. Bright, huh? I have been taking a break from model railways recently but the editor kindly sent me a freebie copy of Traction magazine recently that features my first layout Croydon North Street. Memories came back, tools were dusted off etc etc etc. Despite many valiant efforts, I don't think I've ever been able to improve on Croydon. Everything just clicked and came together for me and produced a pleasing little layout. I could be really boring and replicate it but that would be too easy. Late 80s/early 90s O gauge in a space of approx 6 feet x 12 inches? Yes, it's pretty much just a siding. Think "Sheringham" on the Bittern Line. Zero operational interest, just a DMU shuttle and maybe an 08 with a couple of wagons. Like Sheringham (in years gone past), the little station is at the end of a triangle which allows, in my head, the occasional interesting loco working that requires turning. No 3rd rail, perhaps West Country this time. This is as far as I've got, which is not far! I miss posting in RMWeb's "Layout Topics" subforum, so indulge me while I make lots of mistakes and offer them here for judgement... More soon. Edit: Oh, and for those that know me, spot the Lego!
  36. I’m about 7 off completing the full rake of 30 JLTRT (and a few Skytrex) TTA’s. These have had their axleboxes sprung and run on roller bearing. With a couple of kit built TEA’s in the same Shell livery it should all look impressive behind a couple of ‘rats’ I’ve dabbled with putting a couple of battery powered sound decoders in the tanks themselves to mimic wheel thump and squeaks etc. However actually running a full rake of MGR’s showed there’s no need as the train doesn’t sound much different from the real thing! (Excuse the unpainted axlebox on the first TTA)
  37. Good afternoon Derek, It's a little bit older than Tom; it's 43 years old and he's 39! Your guess is dead right. It is an old Kitmaster body I had for years (it was acquired via a promotion with Nabisco decades ago - does anyone remember that?), which I altered and fitted to a Lima Deltic chassis (which isn't really right). It is absolutely packed with lead and long-ago shed its traction tyres! It did (and still does) me well enough for the prototype DELTIC. Bachmann's RTR version is far superior, but I've had this for far longer. As a layout loco in a layout setting, it still suits me...... The DELTIC Tom was doing in EM used the same Kitmaster body, but he scratch-built the chassis. It was started for Roy Jackson to run on Retford, but I doubt now if it'll ever be finished; but who knows? After 40 carriages were hooked up, its speed didn't diminish at all! It's not the first Deltic he's modelled......... He altered/detailed/painted/weathered this original Lima Deltic, fitting the body on to two (yes two!) Lima EE Type 3 chassis. What its ultimate pulling power is cannot be tested on LB - after 45 carriages, the train 'implodes' on the curves! I suppose the 'ultimate' Deltic is the Loveless one in O Gauge? It could even be Gauge 1, but I've forgotten...... As is well-known, I have a great love for the mighty EE Type 5s. Is it really over 55 years ago since I took this shot at Retford? Caring not one jot for time/historical accuracy, I cheerfully run some dozen Bachmann Deltics on LB from time to time. D9016 heads a northbound express. MELD has the Up Flying Scotsman...... And D9021 has the Down train. Tom has detailed/altered/renumbered/renamed/weathered these examples. I'll bet the Accurascale example will be terrific. Regards, Tony.
  38. The BI Up Home gantry is now pretty well complete, apart from bedding in and connecting up the mechanisms. The secret of making the linkages work was to chemically black the cranks so that they could not be soldered up. Another useful dodge was to make the dolls out of square brass tube: that way they didn’t act as a massive heat sink when soldering nearby. The railing stanchions were trimmed to length in situ using a bit of brass tube as a cutting guide for the Xuron cutters. All the rails and wires were made from phosphor bronze wire, as it has more resilience than brass or nickel silver. The finials were filed up from a Peco track pin and buried down the hollow post, with a separate piece of syringe needle fettled into shape for the round bit. All of these bits were epoxied into place. The final bedding in will have some fixings modelled on the retaining wall and a plastic ladder glued into place: these are more robust than etched ladders. The video shows the signals working by hand on the baseboard. It may be a little while before we connect up actuator servos. These will be operated by the passing trains. Tim
  39. That really was a wild day, with one fifteen minute burst of torrential rain and fierce wind the like of which I haven't seen for a long time. Fortunately it all remained outside, where it belonged. I shall not be getting up early to play golf tomorrow though. Flying Fox again tonight. That tender just doesn't look right. Behind the A3 came the afternoon local from Hitchin, with Madoqua in charge, as it often is. Perhaps not for much longer though, as its progress becomes more erratic each time it runs.
  40. 25 points
    In my quest to add variety to the stock appearing at Sherton Abbas, I've treated myself to a couple of Midland wagon kits from Slater's Plastikard. https://www.slatersplastikard.com/linePage.php?code=7030 and https://www.slatersplastikard.com/linePage.php?code=7029 I built the kits in exactly the way that the instructions suggest, so rather than give a blow by blow account of the construction, here's a picture of the completed wagon Midland 8 Ton 3 plank drop side wagon. Inspired by Stephen's excellent thread https://www.rmweb.co.uk/community/index.php?/topic/113035-more-pre-grouping-wagons-in-4mm-the-d299-appreciation-thread/ I decided to "improve" the wagon by modifying the axle boxes, adding door banger blocks and re-positioning the number plates on the sole bars. The wagon was then painted using Humbrol enamels and lettered using the transfers provided with the kit. D305 Midland wagon The wagon was then weathered by applying dilute washes of enamel paint and then dry brushing highlights and rust. Finished Wagon The box van was built exactly as the kit manufacturer intended apart from a little modification of the axle boxes to a more appropriate shape. I forgot to take any pictures of the box van before I painted it, so here it is after the first coat of paint! Painted box van After Weathering! I thought I'd close with a few pictures of the wagons on the layout Midland wagons arriving at Sherton Abbas pulled by 517 class number 539. I'm taking the layout to the Basingstoke Model Railway Exhibition https://www.basingstokemrs.org/exhibition.html which is being held on the weekend of 14th and 15th of March. It promises to be a good weekend, do come over for a chat if you're attending the show! Best wishes Dave PS There will be something Great Western in the next blog entry for a change!
  41. 'Planet' diesel 'Dorothy' from the Vale of Radnor Light Railway seen in the yard:
  42. Regarding the colour of LNER teak, or brown, I don't really feel qualified to give an accurate description. I've shown this shot before, having acquired this lovely pair of ex-NE carriages last October. They were built/painted by Dave Scott, using D&S kits. They look convincing to me. Speaking of convincing, or a lack of it, the MR/M&GNR bit of LB is much more flexible in the timescale depicted than the main line - really Nationalisation until the line's closure 11 years later. I can thus run trains in LNER colours......... Like this one...... My antipathy towards Hornby's Gresleys is well known, particularly in the BR colours of carmine/cream or maroon. I simply won't tolerate them in those guises, because of their shortcomings. However, faced with my making of some LNER Gresley gangwayed stock for the little trainset, I acquired a couple of Hornby teaks at Doncaster last weekend for only £18.00 each, second-hand. For some reason, they don't look quite so wrong in teak, apart from the 'plastic' finish. So, using a mixture of dry-brushing, and a wash of satin varnish, let down with some matt black/matt brown, all applied with a sable, I think these look much more natural, especially after the repainting of the shiny white roofs - can you think of anything less-realistic on a working steam railway? The solebars are still in teak paint, just more heavily-weathered. Acceptable as 'layout coaches'? I hope so. The non-gangwayed BT is an ancient Kirk kit, painted light brown, then weathered. The loco is a renumbered/weathered Hornby D16/3. I must stop this. I'm becoming too much of an RTR user!
  43. Very nice shot of two well weathered locos and the Brit (70018?) looks like it has had the tender draught screens fitted. An often overlooked detail but one that is so obvious on the real thing and is easy to add. My own 'Dutchman'
  44. A small envelope arrived yesterday from darkest Bexhill-on-Sea containing some NER number plates.
  45. The earlier release the D33 as sides/ends format is the last version from 1927 onwards when the look outs were removed and electricity installed. The new release is the 1908 full third rebuild to remove the centre toilets and composite layout. The Hornby sides are as built and only lasted a short time. The new etch represents the window compartment layout through to the end of the C16 lives, mostly gone by WW2 but it is highly likely a few lasted into he war. Records are incomplete. Thebenefit of the new etch is that there are no roof alterations required unless you are going for the electric light versions. If you want to reduce the work, you can keep the original Hornby ends and not used the supplied etched ones. I will post a complete image when my etches arrive. It gives the opportunity to have relief rather than printed panels. By sanding the Hornby sides flat and cutting away unwanted areas, they can be used as overlays, and they look something like this. Mike Wiltshire
  46. Thanks Barry Ten, but here's my guilty secret - I glued the second side on before the first had set hard, and somehow it moved a bit (ok, I must have knocked it). By the time I came to offer the roof up it would no longer fit quite rightly as one side of the coach was higher than the other at one end. I did try to get a side off again, but by then the adhesive was firmly set and I began to bend the side in the attempt. I did have a go at twisting the tin roof slightly, but that was fraught as I'd already detailed and painted it. The only way the roof would fit was with the cantrails partly behind the sides, meaning that the tops of the ends needed filing down a bit making the whole coach just a smidgen too low, and the ends ending up (after application of filler) a little too wide at the top. How to rectify this mess? Well, I disguised it as best I could by adding new 'false' cantrails with microstrip. Think I've just about got away with it! Here are a few more pics. And here's one of the other side, alongside a Slater's E88 compo for comparison. John C.
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