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  1. The last few days have seen little modelling done, but what has been achieved, finally, is the completion (more or less) of the laying of Tetrion filler in the area around the goods shed and the Down Sidings. Only the area between the in-laid track and the goods shed, plus a small portion beyond will actually be scribed with granite setts, the remainder of the white surface area will represent a tarmac type surface. Here are a selection of photos taken today, with all the railway buildings in the Down Yard put into place to get a feel for what it will eventually look like:
    17 points
  2. A bit of black paint, some nameplates and the smokebox numberplate, and the change from V2 to A2/1 is all but complete. There's lot of areas where I need to apply filler to smooth the bodyshell out in the various cuts made, so this isn't quite the final entry to cover on my cut and shut project. Further things which need to be done include adding a smokebox upper lamp bracket, the front coupling, front steps, cabside numbers, apple green paint to be applied to the dome and some sections of the boiler. But the majority of the model is more or less complete. If you're wondering how it is
    6 points
  3. Now for a few words now about the location of the layout. This I find one of the most interesting bits as I enjoy the background research. Whilst at school I discovered in the library some dusty, unloved, old railway books, among them was an early edition of John Thomas’ Callander and Oban Railway. This quickly became a favourite line; the Killin Railway in particular always drew my attention. So for this model I will be turning my back on my turn of the century LNWR fetish for something different; the Killin Railway. Over the years I have amassed a collection of magazine articles and
    5 points
  4. Thought some of you may be interested in the near finished Maggie M trawer I have been working on. The video of her maiden voyage can be found here
    4 points
  5. This post highlights some of the examples of Dougal Drummond of the LSWR 4-4-0s that I have models of (some of his other classes will no doubt be the subject of future posts) and can sometimes be seen running on Fisherton Sarum. Many of these these examples have been kit built. Although not his first 4-4-0 design for the LSWR, that was the C8 class, his second is probably his most well known and much loved being the T9 class known as ‘greyhounds’. First introduced in 1899 the 66 strong class had a 10' wheel base and a 7’4" firebox (both 1ft longer than the C8) with 6’7" driving wheels. o
    4 points
  6. The Watercress Belle departs Ropley for Alton. Hello all. Since the last entry I have made a start on repainting a Farish FO to represent one of the coaches painted in a faux Pullman scheme and used on the MHR's dining services. Two of these are required, along with an RU, MK.1 Pullman and BG to make up the set used on the Watercress Belle and Countryman services. Those that read the Painting and Weathering section of the forum will know that getting to this stage seen above has been a little more problematic than I initially anticipated. The plan was to strip the
    3 points
  7. After a jolly day out at Wycrail yesterday, highly recommended, I set about making some Easitrac for Oakworth. Now either I am doing it wrong or I am extremely slow both of which are probably true, it took me best part of the day to do 7 pieces. I had pondered laying cork underlay but failed to get some from the show so kind of kicking myself today I also need to find some pins for when I start putting down the rails. But things are now starting to move forward. I have a shopping list ready for Warley and hopefully will be able to source some more sleepering pcbs as I think I have enough for 1
    2 points
  8. RMWeb uses of a certain age will probably remember a television programme by the name of "Challenge Anneka." Anneka Rice, fresh from leaving Treasure Hunt, squeezed her then shapely rear end back into a jumpsuit to race around the country. Instead of looking for clues she attempted to help different good causes by attempting to complete projects in a seemingly impossible time. This week I felt like I was facing a similar impossible task. The model railway show is now just a few days away and Skaleby West still needed a lot of work. That gap remained as I turned the calendar over to the month
    2 points
  9. Just got back from a spot of gricing at Stourbridge Junction. Not that I went to cop some smelly DMU's. No, today was in search of STEAM! The Vintage Trains tour "The Panier Rambler" was running today, Starting from Tyseley going out to Stratford on Avon, returning then to Birmingham to complete stage one of the tour. The second leg of the trip was from Birmingham to Worcester via Stourbridge and Kidderminster. Stourbridge Junction is my local station so a quick trip down the road to watch it pass through. Here it is, 9600 leading 7762 (in London Transport livery) Not r
    2 points
  10. I hope we are talking photos here and not what went into trap 2! Regards Richard
    2 points
  11. Kaolin, Thanks for the words of encouragement. The reason for the failure with easitrac point contstruction was propably impatience on my part. I found the seperate chairs too fiddly to slide on the rail properly and went through about half a dozen sprues for one point. The when glued down the whole thin just felt too fragile to last. I am happy with copper clad contruction having built serveral 7mm points with this method, although I have moved onto timber sleepering with Exactoscale (now C&L finescale - www.finescale.org.uk ) Chairs. I quite enjoy the process of point building althou
    2 points
  12. Remarkable... even if it hurts to look at it . Seriously though thats fantastic work.
    1 point
  13. Must admit I'm not a great fan of the lined out black on panniers either, much prefer the unlined black livery. As far as I am aware I never saw a lined out pannier in service when I was a spotty faced youth taking numbers in a little book! Come to think of it I can't remember any green ones either! There again it's been over 50 years since I saw the last one in BR service! (good grief am I really that old?) Cheers Frank
    1 point
  14. I've considered building this layout for a long time (about 15 years!) - and one of the hardest decisions was whether to stick with EM gauge or go bigger to O gauge. I had built the trackwork for a compressed version of Kingswear station in EM gauge in my previous garage but I became disillusioned when I realised that although I had successfully managed to build a single slip and various other awkward turnouts, it wasn't reliable enough or accurate enough to satisfy me. I had planned it but took short cuts on the baseboard construction. I started to understand as well, that layouts like Trev
    1 point
  15. Mmm, yes, Anneka... But this is a great post because it shows modelling as it happens and that people's efforts don't always look like Liverpool Lime Street or Manchester Central (which are fantastic but can be demotivating). Most of my efforts look like your Goods Shed Mark 1, so full marks for telling it like it is!
    1 point
  16. Thanks Stephen! I've read that Power Spray can be used on Resin without any issues. I tested it out on an old body first and it even fetched off a layer of Halfords Primer without any effect on the plastic. The only thing I would say is get some gloves, as it does dry out the skin with prolonged contact. Thanks Rich! The problem now, and as you can see from the photo of the real coach, is that the next one is a different colour brown again! Although given my track record its only a matter of time before it gets repainted in a different scheme anyway! Thanks James!
    1 point
  17. I would suggest sneaking extra sleepers in now in the key areas around the crossing and the toe. In these critcial areas it would be better to have more control of the gauge and the top. Regarding the rail steel rail will be harder to straighten than the nickel silver. Basically you try to put the opposite curve into the rail to end up with it fairly straight. If you have less sleepers and the rail is not stright enough you could have problems with the gauge, with the rail curving between the sleepers. Don
    1 point
  18. You need to make sure you've got a sleeper supporting the crossing nose (the sharp end of the 'V') - looking at your diagram, I don't think this is the case. Good luck with the steel rail - others have used it to great effect, but I couldn't get on with it, and now get my rail from Marcway as David has noted above. Andy
    1 point
  19. the coiled rail is very hard to make straight invest in the 500m length of bullhed it makes life so much easier been there tried that and easitac points get easier the 2nd attempt, I would recomend the new track book it is well worth the money and full of tips and how do I's NIck
    1 point
  20. First things first the Garage had been rechristened: Secondly I took this picture last night on my phone to show someone at work... I'm rather pleased with it, shame its slightly blurred: Oh and I've also done a spot more work on the layout, I have made some hedges from this: Rubberised horse hair cut roughly into hedges shapes, sprayed with hairspray and dunked into a mix of two shades of green flock: it looks the business and I'm more than happy with it the left is the untreated horse hair on the right is the flocked stuff! until next time...
    1 point
  21. Viewers of a nervous disposition, look away now... Long-time followers of the blog may remember my 28xx, which was a detailed and repainted Hornby model: The model has always been a favorite of mine, not only because of the work invested in it, but also because it was a birthday present from my wife and therefore had a bit more significance than just any old model bought by me. It has also always run well, in fact it is probably the best of the traditional Hornby tender drive locos I've owned. The model was given a good outing a couple of years ago but has been in a box s
    1 point
  22. By moving some of the furniture, I was able to assemble all four scenic boards for the first time, today. Still on the floor, naturally, as the support structure is not yet built. The occasion for this event was a visit by Tim Venton (Tim V), of Clutton fame, following his visit to the Midland Model Engineering Show nearby. Tim kindly helped with the removals work and assembly of the layout. Attached photos show the results - looks impressively long for a single line branch terminus. Two overall views, first from the station end and then from the fiddle yard end: This close
    1 point
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