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  1. John (Re6/6) visited today and we had a few pleasant hours shunting some wagons around Callow Lane. I put all the completed buildings up, which give a bit more of a flavour of what I hope it will eventually look like. Bagnall ('Jinty') 47276 shunting a few wagons into the yard: The new cottages are almost finished, in the distance, with just the ridge tiles, chimney pots and guttering/drainpipes still to add: 'Lord Salisbury' waits the road back to Frog Lane pit, a mile or so from Callow Lane: 47276 sits with its train outside the Taffson Evans works: The shunt
    10 points
  2. The roof panels are now complete. A couple of pics to show different light levels achieved by altering the camera settings. A first shot showing the Stygian gloom on an ordinary indoor setting (candlelight). The next shot on a sensitive setting at a longer exposure. Quality is compromised on this type of setting. I'm not entirely happy with some of the openings - they are not all flat, but this is because of the thinness of the card used. However, what can you expect when there are 152 of them! Next - the lights. I bought some ready made pendant lights from Expre
    9 points
  3. Last time I was getting to grips with the major bodyshell conversions. This time, I've finished the valve gear. Yes, it's very crude. It uses components from the donor A2 model, and a spare set of Bachmann V2 valve gear I had squirreled away. Does it work? Surprisingly, yes. It works quite well. I have managed second radius curves with the model in its current state quite happily. I've been making modifications to the boiler - removal of certain boiler bands, and a complete redoing of the firebox end (not finished yet - new washout plugs, handrail and similar to fit
    5 points
  4. Hello. I like fiddleyards. I like the form and function of them, the way they are designed and built with no scenery in mind, just to do a job and nothing else. The way they are (usually) as simple as possible, just enough to do the job they have to do and nothing more. Well, thats my thoughts. I know that some fiddleyards are, in what I feel far too over complicated and why? As I mentioned above they are there to do a job, to hold trains ready for displaying on the scenic part of the layout. Progress on Highclere is still moving at a snails pace. The fact that my mind has been els
    4 points
  5. Whats all this about? Believe me I have never been to a horserace in my life (sheltered upbringing & all that!). HOWEVER, with the proposed chages to 'Upton Dene' scalewise I now have to justify the presence of rakes of 'main line' coaches appearing at Ambridge ('Raceday Specials' etc)! It will also be a good excuse to get on with the 'D&S' horseboxes my wife bought me for Xmas... Might even consider upgrading the route to a 'Blue' route to allow the odd 'Manor' or 'Hall' to run! Regs Ian
    3 points
  6. Some progress this weekend on the western end of the layout. This is the area of the goods yard, separated from the station by a road bridge. I say 'goods yard' but, in fact it was nothing more than a short siding alongside the line to Hallatrow. The yard was equipped with a short loading platform and a two ton crane. On the model, this area is much reduced in length to fit on a small removeable board across the room doorway. The photo below shows this section looking east. The foam base shown in the previous entry, "Camerton in pink foam", was covered in sculptamold to form the rough
    3 points
  7. The buffers and their shanks haven't been painted. The Bachmann LNER spares come in that colour. Therefore they are as springy as the day they were made. The resin components have actually got a coating of grey undercoat underneath the black. Yes, the valve gear works. Yes, after a fashion (hence the word "crude" used in the blog post). The A2 crossheads are spares I obtained from Bachmann and have been shaped to match the V2 set so that a correct fit for the V2 valve gear can be obtained. Is it good looking? No not particularly, but it works. It's not perfect, I never claimed so,
    2 points
  8. With snow falling outside the modelling indoors continues in whichever corners of the house are nearest to a radiator. In my last post, http://www.rmweb.co....re-forestation/ the one thing in the bridge diorama that is looking a bit shabby, and letting the side down is the bridge itself (herself?). This is soon to change, the twisted concoction of MDF, cardboard and cocktail sticks is to get a new face, printed from a Google sketchup design, with all the nuts, bolts and embossed lettering that appear on the real thing. Work has begun: With all of this layout progress, I hav
    2 points
  9. That's more like it! Hi All. After the first failed attempt to paint the Carriage and Boiler shop, a much better green has been found in the form of, appropriately, Railmatch Malachite green. I suppose I should have considered this in the first place, what with the MHR being deep in SR territory....! Suffice to say, I'm much happier with how this looks in comparison to the previous colour! High-vis man in giant 50p find. Now, onwards with the roof! Cheers all, Tom.
    2 points
  10. Having said I'd probably not be doing tooo much to this project... Well I just couldn't resist! Having spent most of the day on carboard mock-ups of the 'Ambridge' baseboards, I needed something different. Plus it gave me a chance to try out my new avatar, coutesy of Paul Martin from the 2mmSA. Several inches of snow (which kept me at home) also helped! So what progress today? 1st - renewed m Association membership (its that time of year!) E-mailed PM following BCNPete's suggestion - result at top left! Ordered 5 5-plank PO kits + chassis & wheels etc from the stores. Then decided
    1 point
  11. Many thanks for all the continued comments regarding the layout, in particular the recent 'backscene crisis'. I decided to reprint option 1 as that seemed to get the most votes and I think the differences are quite subtle but worth it. Although I realise it may not be to everyone's taste, I am grateful to Mike to raise the issue, which prompted debate and actually got me to rethink it and change it albeit in a subtle way. Thanks Mike. I confess I was starting to lose a little interest again with the layout and the enthusiasm was starting to drop off, so I felt I had to take a decision and keep
    1 point
  12. looks good, you seem to be getting a good atmosphere, I need to get a layout and play trains sometimes.
    1 point
  13. Hi Stephen, looks impressive. You mention the two white stripes alog the car, have you considered decals? Both Fox Transfers and Microscale do packs of white stripes in various thicknesses. Nick
    1 point
  14. Hi Will the 1500 really captures the 'chunky' look. Also looking forward to seeing the 'new bridge' - must be a lady, getting all dressed up! Regs Ian
    1 point
  15. Green with Envy Tom... That looks terrific.
    1 point
  16. That looks bang on for the pic you posted previously. Worth persevering!
    1 point
  17. It maybe the camera . Your front buffers are reaching for the sky. I had the same problem on mine it was due to the resin casting being too long where it meets the chassis,. As a result it was pushing the front of the footplate upwards. Easy cure cut the bottom off the offending resin part, there is enough resin left for the securing screw. In case you dont know DMR do the smoke deflectors for £2.00
    1 point
  18. Continuing the trend of starting a lot of projects (and finishing none) I've been wanting to get on with this one since finally finding a cheap loco to use for the project on ebay. Inspired by this blog by Nick (Buffalo), This will also be getting a High Level chassis, along with the Mainly Trains detailing kit, new washout plugs (following Nicks method) and a scratch built cab interior with an open door. The inspiration for the project is a 1949 photo in steaming through cheddar showing 5813 on a E140 B Set. Work so far: The first job was to prepare the basic shell, remov
    1 point
  19. I think it depends on the effect you want with the grass, with a powerful homebrewed (fly-swat/cattle prod) device you can get each strand of static grass standing to attention in a very regular fashion. I suspect even more so if you invest an a proper contraption. However, if you are content for your grass to be a little more haphazard, with some bits sticking up, some sideways, and some still sat sideways: a bit like real grass blown by the wind with mulch and dead grass lying in amongst it; a party balloon worth at most a penny or two will suffice. Simply sprinkle the grass onto
    1 point
  20. I made further progress on the BG on Sunday but the weather has been terrible so Photos have had to wait until today. I have assembled the underframe trussing and the solebars and made a start detailing the underframe castings - adding cable to the dynamo etc. The battery box looks to be quite a crude casting with no back as is usual with cast battery boxes. I am still trying to decide whether to make a new one out of brass or just make a back for the cast one. No further progress with the 4mm one but they are now more or less both at the same state of assembly. I have taken a couple of togeth
    1 point
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