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  1. As per the title! I'll bung this in a new products thread too. Please rate and share if it appeals to you.
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  2. Have had a bit of a modelling spurt and finished off 1454. Should be released to the operating department for Wheal Elizabeth's forthcoming appearance at the Sodbury Vale show on 31 January (though what the engine is doing in that part of Cornwall is anyone's guess...). Minion will be making it debut too. Hmm note to self, must build a new stock box. Anyhoo, the numberplates and smokebox plates were attached with Johnsons Klear and the final details (buffers, couplings, balance weights etc have been added). Cab glazing is acrylic filed to fit and fixed with Klear. Engine was given a few coats of the same before the transfer was added and sealed with (you've guessed it...). Incidentally, what I'm going to do when I get through my bottle I've no idea. Answers on a postcard please. I've discovered Testor's spray laquer which I think finishes things off rather nicely. The T9 got the same treatment and I must profess to being impressed with the stuff. I'm really rather pleased with how this engine has turned out given I've had it for over 30 years. Another ling term project realised from the depths of the modelling cupboard. I'll turn my attention to the Airfix A30 autotrailer now and post progress once there is any. Underframe's kind of finished, but it needs a bit of adjustment before I can get one of the bogies back on (ahem).
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  3. Well the promise in the last blog entry of having "....a couple of things to post in the coming days" didn't come off in the way that I expected. Instead I fell into a work (Aerospace Engineering) vortex that chewed me up and only spat me out long after the Xmas break in 2014. Following this hiatus, where I effectively lost most of my winter modelling time, it has been hard to find the enthusiasm for a number of modelling projects, both personal and on commission. Through April and May I took a long hard look at the things on my list and have decided that I'm going to have to be pragmatic about what I can and cannot do. I'm getting to that time in my life when I realise that I'm not going to live forever. Quite selfishly, and perhaps with a narrowing of horizons, I want to build some of my own models. In future commission work is only going to be taken on if the task ticks a few fundamental boxes. It must really interest me either due to the subject matter or in a way that challenges/extends my skill as a craftsman, designer and engineer. In the case of the latter if I can utilise some of the spin offs from it, for instance a casting master, for my own projects then so much the better. So in the spirit of that I'd like to show a few pictures of a loco commission that is very nearly complete. It's unsual as I've never done any modelling in this gauge before, although it is P4. The kit is supplied by the Broad Gauge Society and on the whole has built into a nice model of a handsome prototype. There are a few issues that are being fed back to the BGS for inclusion in their instructions but nothing that is insummountable. The painting is still to come and that will also be a first as I've never done Early GWR livery before. Cheers....Morgan
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  4. The only damage suffered by carefully packing my Jinty (named Dobbin) in bubble wrap for a long journey on Monday was that the two crew members came loose and arrived "on the floor" of the cab. I had simply glued their boots to the cab floor and this was not enough to withstand the baggage handlers' hard work. So I have thought about drilling out their legs and fitting 1mm wire that can be glued into holes drilled where they stand (for eternity) in the cab. There are several other items that could be worked on before the weekend visit to Hillingdon. We'll see if they can be done but as it is the Jinty should be roadworthy. I have also promised to take something exotic to Hillingdon Track Open Day on December 19th. If I can get to our storage unit I could load up some H0 freight stock and add them to an Athearn Genesis SP Mountain MT-4. This is an MT-4 without the later fitting of an airline casing that was an attempt to make the 4-8-2s look faster than they really were. But they were still great locomotives, albeit in the shadow of the GS 4-8-4s.
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  5. As a bit of relief from pictures of grass and hedges, I thought I'd include a few pictures of actual trains! I've also added a few images into my gallery http://www.rmweb.co.uk/community/index.php?/gallery/album/3811-train-spotting-at-sherton-abbas-september-1905/ which I hope people will like! Best wishes Dave
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