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Ian Smith

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Ian Smith last won the day on April 22 2014

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    Leicestershire
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    Model Railways, Motorsport, Radio Controlled Car Racing, Water Colour Painting

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  1. The latest coach is now running off the workbench and onto the Modbury to head the existing train of 6 wheelers there. The iterative approach to painting the exterior has been completed, transfers applied (the "Third" branding for this coach is from the decals supplied by the Association courtesy of work done by John Aldrick, and is in all honesty far superior to the Modelmaster transfers applied to the other coaches on the layout. However, the Association decals do appear a bit thicker but not noticeable in this instance as they are within the small panels in the waists of the doors). As is
  2. I've used QCAD in the past when doing my first real attempt at producing etch artwork. Adrian Cherry did a few online turorials for QCAD which were linked from Western Thunder here : https://www.westernthunder.co.uk/index.php?threads/qcad-getting-started-guides.3454/ (not sure if you need to be a member on WT to follow that link though, sorry if you do). Hopefully that might be useful. Ian
  3. Mikkel, In 2mm scale I feel that having removable sheets would be a step too far! So I am happy to have wagons permanently sheeted. Checking the stock that I have for Modbury reveals that only 4 of my company opens are sheeted (I have 5 others that are unsheeted with a brace of those having fixed loads of barrels that are roped down). For the ropes I use thread designed for model ships rigging (0.010” thick I think), which is somewhat overscale but has the advantage of not being “hairy” like some cotton thread. Below is a photo of my 4 sheeted opens, in time I ne
  4. Russ, I use Precision Paints colours for my coaches - Coach Cream and Coach Brown, and their Mahogany too. Ian
  5. A week or two ago I promised to try to post some photos of how I paint my coaches, so here goes... The initial point of course is the priming. I use an etching primer from Halfords. As can be seen my preference is to solder the door handles and grab rails in place before any painting is commenced - I scrape these back to bare brass before the final coat of varnish is applied. Having masked the roof and brown bits with masking tape, the cream is applied. Once that's had a chance to thoroughly dry (I generally leave it for a couple of days
  6. The number plates for my Dean Goods arrived a couple of days ago from Narrow Planet - never used their services before (all of my other locos feature my own numberplates etched in 0.006" brass), but I am very happy with them. I have secured them to the cab sides with small dabs of satin varnish, and last night took the following photos : A side on view of the Dean Goods sporting her new numberplates. Dean Goods no. 2569 doing what she was built for - a contrived shot as the traintables will only allow her to pull a maximum of 9 wagons on the layout.
  7. Today I got the camera out to record for posterity some of the recent additions to Modbury ... An overall view looking in the Plymouth direction illustrate the telegraph poles that have been added - these are at a scale 60 yard separation. I couldn't resist a view in the opposite direction towards Newton Abbot, this is the view that the operator has. Dean Goods (No.2569) waits for the signal to be lowered before it can continue with a morning passenger train of 6 wheelers. A slightly closer view of the station area, which gives a bit bett
  8. Richard, I always cover the cream part with maskol. It requires careful application but the raised mouldings help it to be applied only where I want it. I’m not averse to touching up the paint work with a couple of thin coats with a fine brush, good light, magnification and a steady hand too. If I remember I will have to take some photos as I do these two - Anthony is always after articles for the mag. Ian
  9. Angus, The G handles are N brass etchings. I always solder them in place then scrape back to bare brass after painting prior to applying a coat of varnish. Ian
  10. Just rolling off my work bench and into the paint shop are these two GWR coaches : The 6 wheeler is another one of my custom etches, a diagram S6 All Third (this time with oil lamps), and will go on the end of the rake that are already completed. The bogie coach is a Worsley Works diagram C4 a 40'0" 7 compartment All Third. The bogies for the latter are my own 6'4" Dean etches, and will eventually go in a short rake of bogie coaches. Ian
  11. Dave, Thank you for taking the time to scan and place these articles online. Apart from a quick scan of the Binney Coach underframe article I haven't looked at the documents yet but thank you! Ian
  12. I used David’s etched underframes for my Worsley GWR 4 wheeled coaches (one built as a 6 wheeler). The underframes are really for David’s GER coaches so we’re not overly accurate for my coaches (but good enough for me). As I recall they went together without any trouble, brakes might have been a bit fiddly but I was pretty new to 2mm modelling when I put the rake together and it took me a while to get my eye in Like Richard, I tend to draw up my own artwork for things I want now (6 wheeled coaches for example) where I have control of the accuracy and detail. Ian
  13. Richard, you need to keep the tip of the iron clean. A damp sponge is sometimes used for this but I prefer a brass “wool” pad thing (had mine so long I can’t remember the proper name or where I got it from) Ian
  14. Also, remember blu-tac is very useful for mopping up all of the swarf afterwards. Ian
  15. Dave, That's a very worthwhile addition to the layout, it fulfils all of the original criteria and I'm sure that if we ever manage to take our train sets out to entertain the public again that it will only add to their enjoyment of what an Edwardian railway would have looked like. I look forward to seeing the next instalment. Ian
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