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  1. A little more progress with my Worsley Works 4 and 6 wheel coaches - the painting stage!! The models were given an all over coat of etch primer after the models were thoroughly scrubbed with kitchen cleaner and rinsed thoroughly (and allowed to dry of course). Each was then masked so they the cream upper body could be sprayed (Precision Paints GWR Coach Cream) with the air brush. Once that had dried for a day or two, the masking was removed, and the whole of the cream area painted with Humbrol Maskol, and the roof again masked with masking tape before applying the chocolate (Precision Pa
    13 points
  2. One of the benefits of working on a painted backscene, as opposed to a digital one, is that it's relatively straightforward to make changes, either big or small. Looking at the pics I've posted earlier in this blog, I decided that the background hills needed to be pushed back a little more to suggest greater distance and haze. Working with the airbrush is tricky due to the height of the layout, so I decided to try and desaturate the hills using a wash of dilute white applied with a very wide artist's brush, kindly loaned by my wife on the strict understanding I'd give it a good clean afterward
    5 points
  3. Happy Easter all, Now I have a week off work I am hoping to snuck in a little modelling. Still need to apply the second coat of paint to the fascia and add some white text which I will try to do this week. As Phase I draws to a conclusion, my thoughts slowly start to drift to Phase II which is to try and get the layout working again....otherwise its a photo plank and straight onto rolling stock. This afternoon, I managed to lash up connect my Pictroller and run a few tests...it suddenly dawned on me the layout hasn't been run for almost 5 years Make or break time... I tent
    4 points
  4. OK here goes. This is my little blog about my first real layout. I'm going to attempt to capture an area I lived in back when I was a kid. The Inspiration Creswell is a small village in North East Derbyshire. Originally a mining village, Creswell had two stations - namely Welbeck & Creswell (LD&ECR 1897-1939) and Elmton & Creswell (MR 1875-present). This wonderful map shows the LD&ECR to the left and the MR to the right with linking across the colliery. I'm focusing on the MR as there is little information on the LD&ECR railway which was closed shortly
    4 points
  5. Found some time over Easter to paint the lighting pelmets, satin black on the outside and gloss white on the inside. A trip to Maplins and 60 quid later I had the LED lighting strips and power supply etc. I hooked them up one evening just to see how bright they were, blimey! Once the paint was dry, they were fitted and tested All that is left to do is finish painting the supports white and do the final wiring
    3 points
  6. Have actually managed to get the DCC sorted in the Simplex. I wired in another decoder (after disconnecting but not removing the first one), so had a glorious mess of wires. What it did proove though was that the first decoder was faulty so that will be going back very soon. So bit the bullet and chopped all the wires which then makes them really lovely to solder back together together again but is essential as not too much room to play with if it is going to be invisible. Here it is all installed and all connections either heat shrinked or epoxied. Went to test it all and worked real
    2 points
  7. Modelling chez moi has been on temporary hold for the past week or so due to a trip to see MinerChris in his new abode in Sudbury (not Suffolk!). We did manage to get out and about on several occasions and caught a few of the local activities. I'm no expert on these matters so I'm sure that others will know more than me. This is the view from Chris's local model shop - George's Trains - a mere 237 miles away in Toronto. Nice shop though. A freight on the CP mainline near Chelmsford (not Essex). Might've been a decent photo apart from the silver birches in the way. T
    2 points
  8. Matters have moved on since my recent Post detailing the arrival of the Diamond Jubilee Britannia (R3094). The donor – Hornby William Wordsworth R2563 Firstly a view of the model that was to provide the tender with the Late Crest. At the time of writing my last post there were issues with William Wordsworth. I would give it a new identity with a tender with an early emblem and at a suitable time I would sell it. After recovering the white roof, R2563 Left R3094 Right Perhaps I should have attempted to strip the white paint off the roof of Britannia R3094? My first attempts at repaintin
    1 point
  9. Suddenly the model looks a lot better for being given a new lick of paint: Aside from the paintwork, I've built new front frames to sit just above the bogie and behin the cylinders (this looks much better than the daylight there previously), added a snifting valve to the side of the chimney and reinstated the steampipe running down the driver's side of the boiler. Following a 1925 photograph of Lord Faringdon, I filed down the tops of the tender axleboxes and then replaced them with an attempt at 'Iracier' axlebox covers in plastic sheet.
    1 point
  10. Things on the loco front are going less than ideally. It turns out the primer I used is unsuitable for metal, and basically hasn't stuck much, a light scrape with a fingernail is enough to scrape the paint off. When I removed the masking tape I had applied, quite a lot of paint peeled off with it, including a large chunk on the rear buffer beam (or maybe I should say the front, I'm not entirely sure with these engines, all the photos I've seen appear to have them running cab first). Here is the result: Also, in certain conditions the blue parts look a bit purple. What I'll hav
    1 point
  11. Several months ago I bought somebody else's hackbash of Robinson's 4-cylinder behemoth of 1917. It was described when I bought it as being built from parts of a Triang Princess, however it was running on a chassis from a Hall on wheels from a Black 5! A real mish-mash then. After buying it I replaced the driving wheels and the bogie, and then I put it away for a while. Over the long weekend I started work on it again. The model in as-bought condition. After replacement of the driving wheels and bogie... .... and today, after a weekend's work on it.
    1 point
  12. Finally I am tackling a turnout, the first I have scratch built in two decades. Having spent a couple of days procrastinating and reading whatever I could find about turnout building I decided it was time to take the plunge and stop worrying about getting it wrong. The planned sequence of events is to bend and cut and shape the rails, then to cut and stain the sleepers, then to fix the sleepers to the template, then to spike the rails in place, remembering to arrange for the switch stand to throw the switch rails. This is the station entrance turnout, built with 25-lb/yd (Code 205) fla
    1 point
  13. Having finally completed the insulation and fitting out of my new shed, I now have a hobby room with internal dimension of some 10' x 5'8". Not huge, but large enough to house a reasonable 2mm scale model railway, a table/bench, etc. Because this new space will also be my modelling room, what I intend to do is to construct a layout along the back wall of the shed which will allow the modelling table / workbench to go under the window for natural light to be used when using my lathe, etc. Some time ago I decided to locate my model in the South Hams of Devon, and be a fictional station
    1 point
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