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    Horse riding, OO Late GWR modelling, Indian Scout motorcycle riding.

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  1. M.I.B

    North Cranford

    Not a pile of other photos because most of the other work was simple "re-names" (and coal and crew and fall plate if needed). Hornby's Knight of St Pat became 4031 Queen Mary. A black BR Hornby Grange is now unlined green ( late logo) Longford Grange, complete with low coal level in the bunker, And an ex-set King ( forgotten which now) became the youngest King (in my period anyway) - Willy 3. I also made a start on a pair of TSOs based on the Hornby "Night Mail" coaches - chassis replaced with Hornby LMS 57' versions. I think one will be "all over" brown whilst the other will be C&C. Some spray painting was also done, but the finished projects are a way off: 4961 Pyrland Hall in unlined green late logo - but due to an accident with a hairdryer this Hornby engine will have a Bachmann body ............(oooops). This also has an ex 2251 tender bearing the "GWR" logos 4943 Marringdon Hall, also unlined green. 4942 Maindy Hall in unlined green 2845 for a conversion to oil using 3d printed parts. and an Oxford Dean to all over black. 7204 has made a re-appearance for the fitting of the Brassmasters detail kit, and of course the three panniers for new DCC chassis are still underway. Plenty to keep me sane over winter. Hope that you are all happy and well.
  2. M.I.B

    North Cranford

    Shock, horror! I have had a week off work!!! In fact it was the second week of my summer holiday!!!!! This means I am not expecting to be in the office much in December as I have been told to take all my remaining holiday. But there will still be emails to answer and calls to make......... I have done some modelling and I will post a few snaps over the coming days. Firstly 41977: This took 4 nights to paint by brush, mainly because of the nooks and crevices etc. And another evening session to letter up. I have no idea why this behemoth had "Common User" logos, but it did. I didn't manage to put the "Tare" logo on, mainly because the HMRS sheets don't contain an italic number large enough. I will let myself off though because I did manage the Centre-of-Balance logo on the low loader body: thh "C" overlaid with an "I" which is exactly how I did it. The transformer load is gloss green, and the suspension plated are red lead. I did read in a number of places that such plates were fitted to the transformer for transit only and were made just to under sling the load inside the girder frame. This frame did come apart so that the transformer could actually be loaded sideways!!!! before the side was refitted. However man-handling the girder side would have needed a considerable crane. The low loader body looked a little bereft and I remembered something about Deam bogies. In the Russell wagns book, there was indeed a photo of the "spare" body being stored on an old pair of Dean bogies. A Railroad clerestory donated a pair of bogie which lost their running boards and couplings, and gained some girder lengths and some wooden dunnage, care of Swan Vesta and Costa Coffee............. The packing is a little taller than in the photo but I had to do this because of the height of the pins. As per the photo there is also packing on the rail tops as well. I will grubby them up a little. There is only one fault with this excellent model - no handbrake levers. I have some in a "bits box" and will add them someday.
  3. M.I.B

    North Cranford

    Off on parade this morning. Lest We Forget. We will remember them.
  4. The items on the left seem to be turnbuckles - Most have a hook on each end or they can be anchored to the load bed (of whatever). A good driver or loader will always keep them oiled and extended so that when you chain down you: 1 Hook the chain on the load ( usually using a shackle) 2. Pull the chain tight. 3. Slip a chain link inside the hook on the turnbuckle (not hook through link), 4. Wind them in, thereby tension-ing the chain. A slack driver will keep them as they were last left, and thereby have to faff about winding them back out before he starts - bad drills (: If I caught drivers or No2 drivers doing this sort of idleness they got extra work in the evenings when everyone else was tucking into a Herforder........ Remembering Absent Friends today.
  5. Top lights? New Saint? Manor? Have a good day and pop into the car museum if you get a spare hour.
  6. Forget James Brown - Shakey was the hardest working man in music in the 80s: most teenagers, and yoof with any cred hated Shakey, so he could only hope for support from the OAPs (and ex teds) and the little kids who watched him on things like Cheggers Plays Pop/Runaround/Magpie etc. Yet he still cranked out a massive number of top 10 and 20 hits without the support of the average record buyers!. Not to be sniffed at. "......what's that secret you're keepin'.............."
  7. Nice to see a "less modelled" engine, especially when it is as well finished as this. Not one of the names most remembered for a Hall. Great choice.
  8. Agree with JD: MG needs the snip. They would have been removed for most transports. Weathering is great. Comments if I may: Used armour tends to have a tinge of rust and earth/mud colour to the tracks - unless it's in a museum or bulled for the Colonel In Chief's Inspection* The outer band of the road-wheels (non toothed wheels) is actually a tyre of rock hard rubber. When new, this needs to be a "black with dirt and gunge" colour as opposed to body colour. However if the tank has had a quick lick of paint at the unit ( not the main workshops) it's not unheard of to get body colour paint on the rubber as seen above. If you want to add some real detail on a "used" tank, you could finish one or two of these wheels in a pristine green with new black tyre finish, to make it look like it had had a road-wheel change. And don't forget the correct way to chain: crossed chains - the WARWELL has some obvious lashing points, and the tank model will have too. *Always followed by drinks in the Sgts' Mess and a thoroughly good lunch in the Officers' Mess.
  9. You are correct John. Snip away using the photo on ANTB as a guide - good photo frm T&A posted.
  10. I have done exactly this - a couple of "All Over Browns" using a nice dull GWR brown (Phoenix or Railmatch) and also a lake Clerestory which I deliberately over-sprayed lightly with the "wrong" varnish and it has wrinkled very slightly. Add some weathering and hey presto - a nice world weary, piece of emergency stock. I would recommend the removal of the running boards on the bogies - as seen in Rob's coach photo. I used Xacto rail clippers and some Draper mini files. Doesn't take long and it is period correct for "old" clerestories in the 40s. A rule I have set myself is that no clerestories will be "Austerity Brown". By the "Austerity" period, I personally think that the likelihood of a service coach getting anything more than a patch paint is slim. (This is not based on fact but opinion/logic)
  11. "For those of you watching in black and white the pink is just behind the blue............"
  12. Just when I thought I couldn't justify one of Hattons new Project Genesis offerings........... lovely all brown 6 wheeler Mess van.............. Brown paint, made usually using pigments of green and red or black and red, would be subject to worse fading due to the cyano content of red, especially when not sealed by varnish. Add the fact that most "all brown" vehicles would not be at the top of the list for carriage washing, and you will soon get 500 shades of faded and matt dark brown. Austerity brown, with the orange lining would have been varnished and still pristine albeit grubby in your time frame. This is the brown which is more "milk" chocolate than "Bourneville"
  13. All depends how "Ex works" it is Will. It it is going to be very grubby, go the whole hog and go for matt black. Euro Car Parts do a primer that is a lovely shade of very dark grey. Green tin I think. It looks great with 2 coats of that and a mist of matt black sprayed on from above from 3 feet.
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