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  1. Here's another contribution to the RMweb "Horse Drawn Weekly" as Dave calls it. My efforts don't even get close to his superb models, but a horse is a horse as they say in Farthing. Today's subject is a wagon from Ratkin & Son, makers of finest jams and marmalades (or so they claim). The build was inspired by scenes such as this one, showing the GWR sidings at Henley and Sons cyder works (sic) in Newton Abbot, October 1908. Source: Getty Images. Embedding permitted. https://www.gettyimages.ca/photos/cider-gwr?phrase=cider%20gwr&sort=mostpopular#license
    6 points
  2. I notice that I have not written anything here since June and, recently, Mikkel wrote in his blog : "I hope we get to see some more of your BG work soon?" so, here goes: The heat wave has made my work-room very uncomfortable, so I decided to do a few small jobs on carriages. In my previous entry, I commented unfavourably on the perspex undergear parts in the Broad Gauge Society kit for a luggage van : "I’m not sure why the designers chose this material and method of construction but I may make some frames of my own out of either polystyrene or brass strip." I decided to
    3 points
  3. The areas around the axle boxes are to be portrayed as oily and affected by accumulated gunge. The beginnings of this process incorporate a layer of Railmatch Weathered Black. This is applied thinly and from fairly close up, to control the area covered. Overspray onto the running plate is deliberately not avoided. In this photograph you should be able to see the result of applying the small amount of engine oil to the base of the bodyside filters.
    3 points
  4. Holiday over and back to work. The airbrush has been loaded with a small quantity of AK Interactive Engine Oil in order to replicate the oily residue at the bottom of the filters. I have masked off the underframe while doing the filter area, just a piece of card laid against the running plate. Only a very small area has been thus affected on this particular locomotive.
    3 points
  5. In the TV series, the models used were made to the scale of 1:32 or Gauge 1 using a series of Marklin parts and perspex sheets and tubing. Recently I've seen fans of the show tackle at making replicas of these models using the same parts that were used, some going as far as to fitting a working eye mechanism and smoke. It's quite impressive. But I've also seen fans and also a few modellers making their own Thomas by means of a simple conversion of a simple toy. The die cast company ERTL once made an RC Thomas which was a larger version of their pull back and go toy. Two versions of this toy
    2 points
  6. I've been finalising a batch of horse-drawn vehicles for Farthing. First one done is a light one-horse dray – or trolley, as the GWR called them. It's of a type that some GWR drawings refer to as the “Birmingham pattern”. There was a variety of designs of this type from the 1890s onwards, but the main distinguishing feature was the front-mounted protective tarp, and a carter’s box seat beneath it. The name shouldn't be taken too literally. Photos and drawings show that they were widely distributed around the system, including at e.g. Slough and Ilfracombe. I’ve previously scratchbu
    1 point
  7. Some photos from our trip to Minehead today The venue is an indoor skateboard park - note the rampy things against the wall. The nextdoor neighbours seem to to be even more into their hydraulics than we are. They had a layout to put them on too (Seven Ash) The Gravetts were there too. Very nice! There was a 305mm layout on the doorstep too. They do seem to have some implausible stuff though. Maybe this was the silly last half hour? And a Weatherill wheel loader too - not the right kind for my shunting tractor but the right manufacturer Thanks to Dave and his t
    1 point
  8. Finally after a few weeks away from the Wimpy due to Loco commission work (& brief venture venture back to WW1 with the Eindecker) & number of exchanges between myself and Airfix (more on that later) - it's been full steam ahead on the with build... Test fit of the bomb bay partitions. Making sure all the main assemblies fit together. And so the fun with Airfix Customer care began.. I noticed that a part was malformed (E2 main under carriage support strut), so I reported to Airfix and requested a replacement. It got very long winded, I had a very rude email fr
    1 point
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