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  1. A couple of years ago, I made a somewhat abortive start on a 2FS scratch built loco. I had got to the stage of a rolling chassis, and a body that consisted of footplate, valances, buffer beams and a cab bunker. Where I had failed was getting the chassis to actually run happily. In the end, I decided to shelve the project and move onto my 1854 Saddle Tank that has been documented previously that used one of the 2mm Association etched chassis kits. Now that I have proved to myself that I can construct coaches, track work (and most importantly get a loco to run well) in 2FS, I have decided to
    4 points
  2. Thanks to Chrisf for prompting me to write this post based on my beer festival project in the current BRM. Obviously the model came about after lots of careful research carried out at my own expense. As Chris says, “I had been wondering how Phil Parker would set about modelling a beer festival. Most of those that I visit are held in old town halls, corn exchanges and marquees but his village hall looks positively idyllic!”, lots of beer festivals are held in slightly grim conference centres (London, Birmingham) but others take place in rather more interesting locations.
    3 points
  3. I have made a start here rather than finishing the mogul, I know I am wrong but I get bored at the finishing stage. Anyway the basic frames are done, and rolling well. I now need to add the front hornguides, and then on with the brake gear etc. I altered the frames in that it now has true three point compensation not four as the kit was designed. The motor etc will be hung on the rear axle. Once the brakes are on I will mount the motor and make sure all is still working well. Here are the photos of the state of play so far. I did forget to take the pictures of it before I took the coup
    3 points
  4. An advanced warning loads and loads of photos. This is basically two posts in one. We start the show with the green having been masked off, about 2 hours work. The black was then sprayed and the masking removed. All in all I am quite pleased with the finish. There is still the detail work and the buffer beams to be painted. Also shown is a strip of Magic tape painted ready for cutting into the boiler bands. I notice I did not clean the back head after paint scraping. This has now been done. Now the buffer beams have been painted, and most of the fiddly bits a
    2 points
  5. Whilst work slows a little on the D6, I've turned my attention to getting a decent teak finish on my GCR carriages.... .... first up is brake third 5277 in ex-works condition (I'll be trying to get more weathered patches on the next attempt). You might be able to see that the next in the rake (composite 5084) has also begun the process.... don't worry the D6 will be dealt with, very soon!
    2 points
  6. Real modelling is still going slowly. This has several reasons. I hope I can show some progress in a short time. I spend some time on reading inspector Wexford novels and made some thoughts about how to use them into my diorama’s. I realized I was making two type of diorama’s: More or less railway based: Northall Dock – track out of use Bridge Street – siding with track; station, arches with track Nice Street – arches Station Road - arches and British Railways van delivery service: Nice Street – delivery to Adderley Glass Works I like the railway based diorama’s and I ha
    1 point
  7. This picture shows the view of the cottages that most layout viewers will see: other angles will be blocked off by strategically placed buildings and trees etc. This is the view that shows the true shape of the buildings; they are butted up to the backscene normally. This view shows the strange shape of the roof tiles, which were cut in strips after being printed on to card. They were originally drawn up in Adobe Illustrator, but the version i have (CS2) doesn't make it easy to control distortion finely, so I moved the file into Photoshop, where it was simple. The
    1 point
  8. As promised in my last entry, I have finished the design work on a section of the platform building. My idea is to create a kit of parts and to create the platofmr buildings from this "pack" of standard parts. This is the image for the first of these, what I might call "full length large windows section". All the time has been taken in adding the brickwork. it all having to be drawn in by hand - if you thought scribing individual bricks was a long haul - think again. A column with attached wall section will go either end of this piece and so on.
    1 point
  9. The laser prints arrived today. So I am posting a few pictures for comments. I apologise for the quality of the photos but my camera isn't up to much when it comes to close ups and the flash bleached everything, so I had to turn it off. These are probably the best of the photos. The surface is a bit rough and I managed to mismeasure the roof column so this is a bit short. I've corrected the uploaded version, so next time should get it the right size. Would appreciate knowing what people think This is screen shot of a possible wall piece - a work in progress. I am
    1 point
  10. This entry to my blog doesn't have any pictures, not because I haven't got things to take pictures, of, but just because I haven't taken any yet! The latest instalment of the J17 is most frustrating. The loco has taken a very long time to build; I started it some 15 years or so, and it was the first chassis I'd tried to build using compensation. Some of the quality of my workmanship was sadly lacking in the skill department, so the chassis didn't really run as well as I'd liked - it ran forward OK but wouldn't run backwards properly. When I looked closely at the chassis, there was quit
    1 point
  11. I seem to find myself with an endless battle to provide loco crews for my engines. There's probably some subtle inference to be drawn from this - like, purchase fewer engines - but how can we resist? Anyway, while it's a personal thing, I've always felt that my engines aren't quite done until they've received weathering, coal, lamp irons and a proper crew. At that point I can always return to tweak some detail or other at a later point, but the loco has passed into the regular running fleet and become one of the gang. There are - or were - many options for crewing a model, but for my money
    1 point
  12. I promise I will soon run out of ghastly title puns The new frame is taking shape. The first picture is the end that had the "carbuncle" removed. I decided the cross piece at the other end needed to be inset a bit to give the best support. I don't want to lose the building so this end will not be trimmed. Hopefully I've got the pictures down to a more reasonable size. Andrew
    1 point
  13. Hello again 2 posts in as many weeks, this is unprecedented! I seem to be on a bit of a roll with the layout right now, I dont know why and it is a bit weird but I am not going to stop myself if its working. Weekends are good, they mean I have an opportunity to spend a little more time on things I enjoy doing and although the weather has been a pain I have still managed to get a few bits done... While the station board is out it seemed to make sense and carry on working on it, the area around the station building needed the most attention. The about photo shows the beginni
    1 point
  14. And for my next trick we are going back to simple 6 coupled tank!!! I found out this was missing some of it's dummy inside valve gear. So Scorpion kindly sold me another set, but Brazil's post office managed to lose it. I can't be bothered to order more, so I will adapt a set that I have. Which is a shame as I had it earmarked for my 0395 class, as I am going to scratch build most of that I suppose I should do the valve gear too. I have been searching to find which cab roof bunker combination to do. I think it will be down to a choice of two locos. One open and one closed cab. As it wi
    1 point
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