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  1. Evening all am on my hols at the moment and finding time to make a bit of progress with the T9. The chassis is finished, having had all manner of detailing bits, overlays and bits of pipe attached. This took some time to sort out because I wanted to have the wheels removable. I made up a couple of bits to support the rear and front springs which are curiously a mixture of coil and leaf springs. The brake control rods have been fixed with 16BA screws so the whole thing can be disassembled for painting and subsequent maintenance. I've now turned my attention to the footplate. The kit has an ingenious fold up jig whereby you make the whole thing into a tube effectively before attaching various parts. Have just attached the coupling rod splashers which were interesting. The first one went on fine at which point I took a photo, feeling very pleased with myself. Sods law. The second took two attempts to get right but is now fixed (though no photo). Cab sides and wheel splashers will be next, but that's for another day.
    4 points
  2. Just to prove that my recent blog entry was not just waffle & hot air concerning the light railway project, behold a station building and a coach. The building is slightly modified Hornby with a new corrugated iron, glazing and a metal chimney for the office stove. Plus a suitably tired looking looking paint job. The coach if one may so dignify the relic that you see before you is a 5 and 9 kit obtained from a friend of mine and reworked a little with a new roof and compensation. There are a few passengers inside but the poor souls probably don't realise that the coach has no brakes of its own, but also if they don't reach thier destination before sunset they'll be sitting in the dark! More soon-ish!
    2 points
  3. SWMBO has taken the kids and the MIL to the seaside for a few days, so while the house is my own, it's kinda turned into a workshop The long put off task of getting the track ballasted has took a huge leap forward with the end board having all the track ballast done. I've also fixed down the tracks for the camping coach to sit on. The steps for the camping coach have been offered up and found to be good - note I'm using the OTHER coach so as not to damage the finish on the actual camping coach whilst all the glue and stuff is flying around So, jobs for tomorrow - ballast the remaining track on the middle board and hopefully get the cinders down on both I also need to track down some clear matt varnish to waterproof all the walling that I've made ready. So to tomorrow ....... p.s. not sure the new repurposed kitchen will go down too well
    1 point
  4. After several attempts to rationalise the size and shape of the Bridgnorth Baseboard footprint, the bullet has been bitten and a chunk of 4mm plywood attacked. I don't have access to an A1 Printer,so a printout of the model area was made taking several A4 sheets, which I laid out and overlapped as necessary, and the cutting shape marked with the sheet of ply on the Dining Table, being the largest flat surface around. The ply was then, (to the relief of household management) taken to the garage for cutting. All this despite having said earlier that the major base would follow the construction of the top and bottom station sub-bases. Once the shape was cut I then framed the underside, the sides were glued and screwed, and a (sort of) central stiffener added as shown below. A couple of cross-ways stiffeners will be added over the weekend. The rail incline frame was fitted with a couple of T-Nuts and bolted to the baseboard. Some careful measurements needed!. These photos show the basboard with the lower station sub-base and the upper station supports loosely placed. The station base awaits the winding gear adjacent to the rail head. Construction of the station building can then begin for fitting directly above. The "finger" of ply to the left will become the pedestrian passage to the top station entrance. Slow progress is being made in drawing the various buildings, much counting of rows of bricks in photographs and co-relating to the dimensions which I have been able to measure. Furthest advanced is the drawing of the lower station together with the Guest House directly above it, four levels in all, and two walls almost resting directly against the cliff face. Getting this drawn was the key to the position of the Track and its slope. The wide variety of window styles, shapes and sizes within this group of buildings is astonishing, and giving me pause for thought as to how to make them.
    1 point
  5. The OO Garden Shed By John Geeee I like the Metcalfe card buildings because they are easy to build and you can fill a space very quickly but sometimes I do not think they look detailed and textured enough for areas that are easily viewable. So as time goes on there are certain buildings that I want to replace with better quality options. The first was the Goods Shed. It's at the front of my layout so very visible. Here is how I built the Ratio Goods Shed. Personally I think this is my best paint job so far. I think I got the stone work just right. Unfortunately I do not have pictures of the painting stages other than the ones here. My method was again start with a base coat of yellow ochre on the stone work. Then apply washes of a dilute burnt umber until the stone work is looking a darker colour. This needs patience and takes several days to complete allow each wash to dry before repeating. A apply the wash to a horizontal surface which seems to allow the brown umber to build up on certain "bricks" to give that uneven appearance. When I have applied 5-6 washes and I am happy with the darkness I apply a cream wash to highlight the morter lines. I make the cream wash less diluted than the umber wash which seems to give a lighter weathered effect on top of the umber washes. When I brush on the cream wash I wipe it off again lightly with a damped paper kitchen towel to take the majority of it off the stone surface. Here is the inside platform painted as described above: I try and paint as many parts as I can while they are still on the sprues: The Goods Shed walls all painted and ready for the doors and canopies to be added. I like the random colour to the bricks but this has not been achieved by delibrately picking out certain stones. The effect is just the way the umber washes settle more on certain stones: Now with the final details added: Now the pictures of the shed on the layout: These final pictures show a yard crane added to uload wagons. I will make a better platform for this when I get time: Next Up - Down Our Street.
    1 point
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