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  1. Always one to keep the punters happy. We see 93xx class 9319 on a short train of cattle vans. Soon to be made redundant with the imminent Dapol release.
    19 points
  2. I have been working on a few bits and pieces over the winter. These pictures show a few recent developments on the layout but do not show any trains as the layout currently only has the two scenic boards set up while I work on them. They were taken with my phone, which is ok, but no control of depth of field. The first picture shows the newly created coal yard. Previously, this small area was simply a patch of grass. The hut, hopper and staithes were all built from plasticard. The yard lamps are also new. Next picture shows a cruel close-up of the footbridge showing new signal. The inspiration for this was Bodmin Road which had a similar signal just in front of a similar footbridge. The next picture shows the signal box which has had some 'clutter' added in the form of electrial cabinets and small coal bunker, all made from bits of plasticard and micro-strip. The farmyard now has an old caravan dumped. This is again made from plasticard. I have also made some plasticard chickens as well, but they are very small! Many thanks indeed for looking. Andy
    16 points
  3. Three more photos at Carlisle to start with today, followed by a couple taken from a train passing Kingmoor shed. Carlisle 86242 Glasgow to Poole 26th Aug 86 C7958.jpg Carlisle 86204 Midland Scot Birmingham to Edinburgh and Glasgow 26th Aug 86 C7959.jpg Carlisle 87022 down Principality Euston to Edinburgh and Glasgow 26th Aug 86 C7969.jpg Kingmoor 25901 and 25213 9th May 87 C8418 Kingmoor 25903 and 47587 9th May 87 C8419 David
    15 points
  4. Bit of a storm developing over Kings Cross... Tim
    15 points
  5. We have CF fully erected at Keen House at the moment. To save effort when setting up at a show, the back scenes have been fettled so that they drop into place relatively easily and are held in place by catches and flush mounts. The joints have been sharpened up to be less obvious and a storm has developed over KX Goods Yard. The reason for this is that the lighting proscenium can cast a diagonal shadow on the sky, so it will help to disguise the problem. The other end was a little more tricky to access... The back of York Way has also had some detail added so it will be ready for Five Arch signal box, which is currently being made in Belgium. There is a lot more ‘finishing’ & tidying to do in this area, although it is not readily visible from the front. The most important innovation, that will revolutionise operation, has been to arrange imaging through the back scene of the Goods Yard throat, Mrs W’s ramp and the mainlines behind. All achieved by using an iPad Pro, set up as seen. This fits onto a ledge fixed to the GY board and there is a small hole in the sky through which to capture the image. The screen is easily visible from a wide range of angles. If you look carefully at the picture of the backscene you can just see the hole. Really good to have the layout up in the Club to work on in this way, it is relatively uncommon. Tim
    15 points
  6. By way of an update on the modelling front, Norman popped into Bleat Wharf and secured a couple of images. Not a great deal going on but at least Norman found a nice route to get there. Note Norman ' s new motor, Biggles, a Standard Flying 12. Murray has been retired and awaits a fettle and a well earnt rest from chasing steam trains. Rob.
    14 points
  7. An "interesting" half hour. Having said that last night's picture should have been grainy, I went off this morning to take a few more, and, goodness me, they certainly were. " Goodness me" were not my actual words when I saw them, by the way. A brief Corporal Jones period followed, after which I looked for answers and soon found one. ISO set to 2500 How that happened I do not know. Anyway, I set it back to 80, where I think it was before, and peace and order were restored. I've no time to run trains this morning, but fortunately the 6.40 slow from KX was sitting at Platform 6, and looking very nice, so I got a shot of that, and here it is.
    14 points
  8. A most enjoyable day with Geoff, and I even ran some trains, but they didn't get photographed, so you've missed Silver Link and Dominion of Canada. I expect they wouldn't have been cops anyway. I'm left with just one photo to show, which our man took after turning round from his vantage point for the last one. Murky, but not grainy, which it probably should be to get the 1950s look.
    13 points
  9. Well, a year ago (last Thursday)... I was walking at a shew, And met a man who thought he knew the lot! He was going on about variations of Stroudley tanks... And the number of rivets an Adams Radial's got. So I asked him "What's that loco over there?" He answered "Ohh it's an N" I might have gone on thinking that was true, if the locomotive in question hadn't put that chap to shame and answered... "I hain't an N. I'm a... U. A Maunsell U The gnicest work of Mmaunsell at the shew... I'm a U, how do you do? You really ought to k-know w-who's w-who..."
    12 points
  10. The other end of the subway - awaiting a few details
    10 points
  11. Hi Everyone!! I have been doing some modelling again!! I have this week been chopping up a Tri-ang 7 plank wagon to make it look a bit more like an LBSC wagon, I will leave this comparison picture here for you to decide how well I did: I have every intention of doing the same to the other wagon at some point in the future...... perhaps on one of my Sunday night Livestreams!! 9pm UK time!!! Don't forget to pop along as this week should see the brake van project finished, and moving onto something new! Thanks for looking, hope you enjoyed, Gary
    9 points
  12. Looking across the valley from Middle Farm nothing much happening. Just a quiet, peaceful spring day, sunny but fresh.....
    9 points
  13. Thanks, that's the idea. Moving on slowly to the painting stage, I've added the interior partition and a basic seat for any two-legged travellers.
    9 points
  14. And here's a peek into ERNEST's office.
    9 points
  15. I have just finished a customer’s weathering commission for a blue Minerva 0 Gauge Manning Wardle K. The loco crew are ModelU figures painted by Claudia Everett. The works and name plates are Narrow Planet. The tools on the bunker are from the accessory pack included with the loco. This loco is fitted with ZIMO DCC sound using Minerva’s exclusive Paul Chetter sound project; my favourite sound is F15 Cylinder Drain Cocks. Regards, Chris K
    9 points
  16. I have a mix of Lilliput/Bachmann and Lima 46t GLW "Whiskey" Grain Hopper wagons for use on Crinan and, shortly, Dunnington. The Lilliput model dates from the 1970s (revamped by Bachmann in the 1990s with better wheels and tension lock couplings) and the Lima version appeared in the 1990s (one of their better models with some nice underframe detail for the time). They represent different batches with different suspension and body rib layouts. As always Paul Bartlett's site is full of Prototype info: https://paulbartlett.zenfolio.com/brtgraincovhop My biggest issue with using both in a rake is the ride height of the Lima version, which is about 1.5 - 2mm taller than the Lilliput/Bachmann when fitted with scale wheels, as seen here: The problem being the depth of the Lima suspension, as with their CCT. I purchased a Cambrian kit (kit C40 - 1 pair of Compensation Units with choice of spring types including the Pedestal version) to see if this could be used. Having assembled the kit parts it became clear a fair amount of chopping Lima plastic would be required but nothing ventured, nothing gained..... The units consist of a fold up set of "W" irons to which your choice of included suspension is added; standard brass bearings and Hornby wheels were fitted.... The Lima underframe being perused....... and drastic surgery underway; the new units are designed to sit inside the chassis channel which is impossible on this chassis, as the width precludes it, so I removed plastic slowly until the new units dropped into the correct position ....... and success! I did not bother making the units compensated and after checking everything sat squarely, simply glued the new units in place with Plastic Weld which seems to take well to the Lima chassis. A little Green Stuff filler has been used to blend the new parts in, and some small chassis fillets require adding above the suspension to replace those lost during cutting and filing. New brake levers also need adding along with brake shoes next.
    8 points
  17. U or Non-U? You can probably tell by whether it wears a dinner jacket or a dress suit.
    8 points
  18. G'day Folks Main station building is nearly finished, most of the doors done, just need to do the weathering, and a bit of tiding up, here's an update. manna
    8 points
  19. Inspired by the new BBC celebrity painting competition i decided I need to tweak my backscene slightly. Please be the judge of before after tree line. In case you are wondering the signal is off (down) in the older picture.
    8 points
  20. I've attacked the loco and tender bodies with etching primer. I think the result is as good as I could have hoped for, given my lack of experience / competence with an airbrush. It is a case of reading the book (Ian Rathbone's in this instance) and hoping for the best. The paint used is 2-pack precision, thinned as per Ian's advice: 1part paint; 2 parts activated thinners; 1 part cellulose thinners, and sprayed on with an old Badger 200. My grandfather bought me that airbrush 35 years ago... I've used it in anger 4 times now! I must admit that I find spray painting incredibly stressful - hence the number of unpainted models in my collection. Maybe it is the thought of painting things that compels me to leave things at the almost finished stage for years? Anyway, the results (including all the newly revealed glue strings and blobs) are pictured below for you to judge. You can see I've already managed to catch a bit of the ATC conduit and also the top edge of the cab and removed some paint, just putting it in a dust-proof box to dry. I sprayed the paint as thickly as I dared on the top of the boiler to try and fill in some of the blemishes in the casting. In places it looks like it has been cast in pumice stone when you zoom right in on it. I'm reluctant to try rubbing it back, because the dimples in the surface are so deep. I am aware of the rule that the top surface can never be better than the primer, and certainly when I apply the initial gloss black livery I am prepared for it to look horrid. I am hoping that a combination of matt varnish after the transfers are on, followed by weathering, will disguise the rough surface when observed from the proverbial "normal viewing distance". The tender seems to have fared OK - following a sequence of emergency repairs prior to painting. There are an awful lot of nooks and crannies to aim paint at on the front of the tender...
    8 points
  21. A waft over with primer made the imperfections stand out a mile, so it's back to doing some minor filling and filing and sanding sometime today.
    7 points
  22. What is the point of everything? The postal arrives and the vans are waiting to take its contents on the last part of their journey.
    7 points
  23. I got my bundle of 18 Castle Cement versions yesterday and just wanted to say that they are amazing! Now we all know the wagons are brilliant but I have to say also the boxes are top quality too...it had all the satisfying, smooth, soft-touch pleasure of unboxing a new iPhone, great work all round chaps!!
    7 points
  24. Not done much to the Hunslet(s) recently, but here's some photos taken on my phone, at the Exeter Gauge 0 Group last week. Cheers, Dave.
    7 points
  25. Couple more snaps - one of the ingredients
    7 points
  26. Last one for now. This van has a huge amount of sentimental attachment. It was started, but never finished, by my late grandfather in 1994-5. I was 8 at the time and can remember him saying "I'll finish that later." Sadly, he never did. The last few years of his life were dogged with health issues, but at the age of 95 it was quite remarkable that he was even able to model at all! He built the body, I built the chassis. I've based the van on one photographed at North Road in 1959. I've fitted BR platefront axle boxes as per the photo and will try and replicate the weathering. I hope your please it is finished grandpa! Its only taken us 25 years!! Kind regards, Nick.
    6 points
  27. Here’s the results of my experiments with tarps. I’m reasonably happy although more work is needed to really capture the heavy stretched look of the prototype. 19638 may be recognisable as straight out of the Midland Wagons book volume 1. 11392 is a made-up number but the MRCo lettering was spotted in the background of a photo of Birmingham Goods Station. Also not sure I’ve got the rope tying right. No doubt someone with more knowledge will be along soon to help...!
    6 points
  28. Couldn’t resist taking a quick video before putting them away for a while whilst continuing to build the layout.... Video via my Flickr site to large for here!
    6 points
  29. Dent Head Viaduct is one of the more "hackneyed" locations on the S&C, but since I was there last Tuesday:
    6 points
  30. Cwm Bach was recently visited by ERNEST passing through on the way to a new owner. I'll post some close-up views next.
    6 points
  31. Not too much to report on the layout as it's in storage awaiting Derby with little work required barring a couple of faults with points at one end of the fiddle yard that will need attention in the next few weeks! Lots of work is ongoing to increase stock levels and enhancing our current stock- today's work involved adding some details to a departmental Brill I finished a few years ago. a YAA Brill bogie wagon with scrap rails has received some load straps from Scale model scenery as a finishing touch.
    6 points
  32. since we seem to be postings shops fronts here are a few more
    6 points
  33. I wanted to make some fencing to start defining the field boundaries. The fencing I choose was concrete posts and wire. I felt the route of the fence should include the side of the old track down to the now disused loading dock, there will be a gate at the top of the track where it meets the minor road. I chose to make the posts on the laser cutter out of 1.5mm MDF. These were painted with humbrol enamel Matt 121 to give a suitable concrete colour. I found I had to blow on the posts to ensure that no paint blocked the holes the wires were going to pass through. The posts with the slightly large spacing are intended to be used as 45 degree bracing for the end of the fence runs. The first attempt I had worked ok, I drilled holes in the ground to take the posts and then spend an agonizing couple of hours trying to feed EZ-line through the holes. It was a complete pain! The end of the EZ-line would want to go anywhere except through the hole in the post. I managed it in the end but decided there had to be a better way. For the second length I tried something different. I thought it was worth trying to thread the Ez-line through the holes while the posts were still on the laser cut sprue. This worked out to be much easier as I could use tweezers and a lamp at what ever angle was easiest. The second run of fencing then took about 1/10th the time to install as the first! I'm very pleased with the results, I think once I get some long grass along the bottom of the fence and some small shrubs and bushes it should look pretty good. Thanks to Middlepeak for the EZ-line! David
    5 points
  34. Hi St Endoch, As one that has cooked his breakfast upon his shovel a number of times I have to say a fire that is suitable for a locomotive to allow for the departure of a train will ensure a pungently bituminous flavour to any egg. Also way would the locomotive crew arrange lunch at a time that conflicts with the inconvenience of a movement ? Shouvelle-cuisine is best undertaken with a fire that has run down and is more ember than flame for a really good high temperature fry of, eggs bacon, sausages and even better steak. Such conditions will be more likely found at lay overs in termini and in loops where and when the time table allows. Do please press the pedantic button !!! Gibbo.
    5 points
  35. Compoud2632, i dont know the answer to your question I just follow as close as possible the drawings and photo's at my disposal. I try to model with what we have available of prototypes built over 140 years ago and at best, we will never get 100% accuracy.
    5 points
  36. Serious rollin stock (No G) projects (If you listen to Radio 2 on a Friday afternoon, you'll understand). Great North of Scotland coach. Prickley Pear kit. NER Saloon, as seen previously before painting. Break van. This is to be a CVMR van and is built from a Slaters Midland van, with the addition of beams for buffering to chaldrons and a second verandah (all made from plastikard). I have also filed off the moulded handrails and will add brass wire handrails in their place.
    5 points
  37. Just tried some more 'panorama' shots and this time managed to get a whole train in (because it's only two coaches!) Small prairie and B-set depart Stoke C. for Earlsbridge. John C.
    5 points
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