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  1. And the other side pre glazing and proper fitting
  2. Here’s another Hornby sleeper with Comet sides. Still got some finishing to do.
  3. Progress on Upgrading another Hornby Mk1 sleeper using Comet brass sides. I’ve sprayed this one with Railmatch acrylic maroon Paint and gloss varnish which gives a rich lustre to the finish, which is very pleasing. I’ve also added Comet corridor end plates and Bachmann commonwealth bogies. Hinges, coach board brackets and bump stops are made from brass lacing pins.
  4. i remember helping out at the York show, around 1978, when setting up in The De-Grey Rooms, Allan asked me to help him unload his van. He placed a large model of a steel / chemical works into my arms, which I was to carry up the stairs to the exhibition hall - not heavy, but I wouldn't have liked to have dropped it! He was either very trusting or not too bothered - he certainly played down his talents. He spend some of the weekend photographing some of the more rickety ancient buildings.
  5. The coach side weathering looks good. Don’t forget to do the underframe, unless this one has just been overhauled. Railmatch ‘framedirt ‘is a good base colour, and I use ‘roof dirt’ to represent oil contamination. A Very light touch of ‘brake dust‘ can also bring out the detail
  6. My Dad built a gauge 0 garden railway which, as young children, my brother and I would operate with ‘selected’ friends all day and every day whenever we could - using the imagination to fill the gaps in reality. As I grew older I learned more about railway operations and signalling, and learned how to construct track, signals and rolling stock. My Dad took me along to an operating night once a week at another garden railway in Heworth (York) built by Doug Hutchinson, a professional railway operator who made sure everyone followed the Absolute Block regulations and timetable. Another work colleague learned the trade as a member of the Crewchester team. Nowadays, I think the equivalent opportunities are provided by the heritage railways - quite a few Signallers and Train Crew have migrated from the likes of the Severn Valley to the main line
  7. Here is a Hornby (Triang) car with replacement brass sides from Comet and Bachman Commonwealth bogies. The body side length is a perfect fit.
  8. Some recent Hornby and Mainline upgrades using Comet sides and Bachmann bogies. Another sleeper and a BSK are waiting in the queue.
  9. The Mainline window surrounds are a bit chunky and the version I bought was badly scratched on one side. The coaches done so far are hand painted (5 coats including Undercoat and varnish) but I have obtained a tin of Railmatch aerosol maroon for the next few. The lining is HMRS pressfix - not too onerous.
  10. And it goes on .... the next job
  11. Another coach upgrade almost complete - this one from an Airfix GMR original. Just couplings to fit and the roof to secure onto the body. More brass sides delivered today to improve a BR Mk1 brake 2nd and an LMS 60ft Composite, which I will combine with the Dapol plastic kit. I also have a BR Mk1 sleeper you get on with
  12. One side painted and lined - ready for glazing.
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