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Ian Smith last won the day on April 22 2014

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  1. On my 2mm scale Toad, I used a small magnet to retain the roof with bits of plastic sheet in the corners to ensure it remained square (plastic and magnet attached to roof and 0.5mm thin steel glued inside the cabin for the magnet to act on) Ian
  2. Never tried it myself, but would a mirror help to ensure the side set at bottom dead centre are still there when checking the other side? I've always done my wheels as 4 coupled, only rotating one wheel until I'm happy that the quartering of the wheel I'm moving matches the adjoining pair (whatever angle that may be), before moving to the next axle (ensuring that I have a rolling 4 coupled engine before tackling the next axle if you see what I mean). Ian
  3. Just found your thread. Lovely layout. Really nice to see 7mm in a bit of landscape (seeing railway in landscape is one reason why on my return to railway modelling I chose 2mm finescale). Love the City and Brake Van, but then Great Western turn of century is my cup of tea Ian
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    On Modbury for Devon soil I simply mixed burnt sienna with white emulsion, and painted the whole scenic section before applying static grass. Probably not quite as dark as that shown in your photo but seems to get positive comments at exhibitions. Ian
  5. I'm glad that you found Modbury (top photo) inspirational Ian
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    Steve, I tend to apply a little weathering to my wagons - generally overpainting the transfers in a wash of body colour as a minimum. I do want to try weathering the wagons and coach undetframe especially at some point. Coach bodies and locos haven't really been weathered although again I have washed the loco lining with body colour to knock the lining back a bit. Buildings have been mildly weathered with white,brown,black, and yellow ochre pastels (stiff brush used to pick up pigment from sticks of colour and dry brushed on). Again I want to tone things down a bit now I've finished all the buildings - wanted to apply similar weathering consistently across everything rather than weathering each as it was built. Trackwork has again been weathered with pastels, dark areas added where locos would stand and where switches would be greased. Ian
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    Steve, The low down shot is a favourite of mine too. No one ever comments but I think that in that particular shot especially it is difficult to discern what scale the model is. Ian
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    Modbury was at the Warley exhibition at the NEC last weekend. I didn't manage to take any photos whilst there except a couple of quite dark ones just after setting up on Friday afternoon which really aren't suitable for sharing. Therefore this afternoon I posed a few shots to capture the look of the layout in it's current state (i.e. the state it was in at the NEC). "Buffalo" no. 1601 drawing a passenger train of 6 wheeled coaches and a low siphon slows to exchange tokens with the signalman at Modbury Signal Box. "Buffalo" no. 1601 heads a down 6 wheeled coach passenger train (with low siphon) into the platform at Modbury. As above looking back along the train. A view across the platform ends to the Cattle Dock. One of the recently added platform oil lamps can be seen at the top of the ramp. One of my new 3 plank wagons can be seen on the mileage siding behind the dock. It also appears that one of the cattle has become loose and is playing silly devils in the wagon! A general view of the Goods Shed (now complete with sliding doors) and Cattle Dock. The recently added platform oil lamps provide a little more interest to the sparse platforms I think. "Buffalo" no. 1601 draws into the down platform, while Metro Tank no. 615 waits for the road to Newton Abbot with a train of 4 wheeled coaches. A view across the station as the train of 6 wheeled coaches departs for Plymouth. Thanks for looking. Ian
  9. Modbury was at the Warley exhibition at the NEC at the weekend. Unfortunately I didn't take many photos, but I did capture a bit of video while I was manning the Newton Abbot end fiddle yard and Chairman Jim Allwood was operating. The video captures an out-of-period BR liveried 2251 class (courtesy of John Russell) shunting a pair of cattle wagons from an up (Newton Abbot bound) pick-up goods into the cattle dock. I clearly took the video from the upper branches of a nearby tree in gusty weather as it's a little shaky at times
  10. Rather than peep, the scanners had red or green lights. My fellow operator was called over for a stop-search on Sunday morning as we went through.
  11. Modbury is safely back at base. A thoroughly enjoyable weekend, didn't see too much of the show but what I saw was excellent. Modbury behaved quite well, a couple of gremlins crept in over the weekend, but the layout received a great many positive comments - thank you to all who took the time to share those (it's always nice to see enjoyment on those we are providing entertainment for). Ian
  12. Richard, I turned the ones that I needed, the buffer head and shank from 3mm or 1/8" silver steel (I think I made the shank either .8 or .9 mm diameter). The body of the buffer is turned from brass (with a hole bored through for the buffer shank), and soldered to a piece of 4 thou nickel silver. The base being cut and filed to size and the .8/.9mm hole drilled through it before soldering to the buffer beam. I didn't bother trying to put a step on top of the buffer housing or bolts on the fixing plate. Ian
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    Jerry, when I looked at the transfer letters I had to make "FOXCOTE" I thought that the largest I had seemed too small to fill the wagon side, so I elected to add the word "Colliery" afterwards. Looking at your wagons I think I could have got away with the wider spacing (especially if I'd added shading to the letters). Oh well, next time :-) Obviously my number 14 wagon is carrying an earlier version of the livery Ian
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    Over the last couple of weeks I've been trying to put together a few more wagons in readiness for Modbury's outing to the Warley MRC exhibition at the NEC in November. The photos below show the progress - I do have another Cattle Wagon almost finished but I don't seem to have any wheels left to put under it! The 6 wagons pretty well complete : Outside Framed Van in 1904 livery, a Foxcote Colliery wagon (in homage to Jerry who (re-)introduced me to 2FS about 7 years ago), a 3 Plank Open in 1904 livery (25" GW don't fit so largest possible used), a 4 Plank Open in 1904 livery (again 25" GW don't fit so largest possible used), Outside Framed Van in pre 1904 red livery, and finally a Large Cattle Wagon also in 1904 livery. Outside Framed Van is one of my 3D printed ones in FUD from Shapeways, finished with Association parts for the underframe. The Foxcote Colliery wagon is an Association kit on an 8'6" underframe. The lettering is some very old Woodhead transfers for the little lettering, and some waterslide transfers of unknown manufacture for the FOXCOTE. I hope that Jerry doesn't mind too much that his colliery is delivering its wares down in South Devon. The two open wagons are from the Association O3 (5 plank) and O5 (4 plank) wagon kits sitting on Association 9' wheelbase underframes. The 3 Plank wagon is a much butchered O3 kit - top 2 planks removed along with diagonal strapping, ends narrowed, etc. Both these wagons are from 3D printed bodies (from my own artwork) in FUD by Shapeways. Both still need the lettering completed (LARGE being applied to the ends of the Cattle wagon and L M & S applied to denote the size of the wagon with the partition in place. All of the wagons need a little weight adding and DG couplings fitted, and all will receive further weathering too. Ian
  15. I used them on my GWR Buffalo, unfortunately I can't remember how long the extension is, but I do remember that it is stepped, so that the fly crank has something to butt up against. They can probably be used on the diesel shunter thing too (no idea what class - it's a boxy thing without pretty polished ornamentation) Ian
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