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Ian Smith last won the day on April 22 2014

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

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  1. After a hiatus in modelling activity since November due to a complete loss of mojo, about a week ago I decided to try to rekindle a bit of interest with a bit of wagon building. The object of this entry being an Association Loriot kit. The kit is from the Chris Higgs Masterclass stable and as such is well thought out and goes together well, and provides parts to construct about 6 diagrams of Loriots/Lowmacs from the earliest in 1890 to a BR version built between 1949-57. For my modelling period of circa 1906 though, only two diagrams (G1 and G2) are suitable candidates. What became G1 when
  2. Kris, one of the things to be aware of when estimating the size of the Saltash goods shed is that it was originally built for the broad gauge, so the rail entrances would be somewhat wider and possibly taller than contemporary ones built for standard gauge. I may be wrong but your shed rail entrances don’t look wide enough for broad gauge. Ian
  3. Tom, given the colour should that be an open choc wagon?? I couldn't help but notice though that there appear to be rivets/bolts on the near corrugated end, but the other end (showing the inside) there is nothing into which said bolts/rivets would fit. Is that an oversight on your part? Are the two ends different? Clearly, since this type of wagon appeared long after 1906 (and almost certainly on a different railway system) I have absolutely no knowledge of the prototype so please feel free to ignore my observation! Ian
  4. Just catching up on this entry. It is interesting to see that the Buffalo in the first photo is fitted with a spark arresting chimney - not surprising I guess with all that hay and straw around! Ian
  5. Richard, is the stiffness caused by one of the tie bars rubbing on the underside of a stock rail? If it is then doing so will pull the switch rail down onto one or more of the slide chairs causing additional friction. Ian
  6. Valentin, I would think that opening up the holes manually is fine, especially if only opening up through say 0.5mm material - it's not too difficult to maintain perpendicularity (is that a word?) through thinnish material. However, one side of my chassis blocks are 6mm thick, so for me it makes sense to do them on the machine as with the other side of the chassis bolted in place I'm going through around 7mm of brass and I know that I'd not maintain a truly perpendicular hole through that. Ian
  7. Valentin, That made me smile. I would agree totally with everything Tim said. When making my chassis, I don’t tend to drill very deep with a 0.5mm drill, effectively making enough of a hole as a pilot for centring a larger drill (small drills have a tendency to wander alarmingly in my experience). When it comes to opening out the holes, I use the original drill (with the blunt end poking out of the chuck) to “find” the hole making minute adjustments of the hand wheels until it slides into hole without catching the edge of hole, then replace with larger drill bit to open
  8. Dave, there were a couple of articles in early BRJ by John Lewis on GWR coach lighting. I will dig them out tomorrow as I seem to remember a chart that showed the numbers of coaches that still had oil lighting in our period of interest. From memory I think that pretty well anything 1st or 2nd class had been converted, a fair proportion of 3rd class likewise, but brake vans retained their oil lighting longer. The all 3rd that I completed a couple of weeks ago I fitted with oil lamps for variety (I posted some photos in my Modbury thread). Ian
  9. Mike, The grab handles are etched brass ones from N Brass. I solder them onto the mouldings of the coach so are actually very secure (any that aren't will come adrift in the cleaning process before any painting occurs). But the scraping paint off is quite a delicate operation anyway - it has to be as the last thing you want to do is allow the scalpel to slip off onto the paintwork that you want to keep . I tend do do it under good light and magnification too! Ian
  10. Richard, is the rail actually level? If what I take to be shadows on the next two sleepers to the left it looks like there is a progressively bigger gap between rail and shadow indicating that the rail is sloping down towards the joint. Although I must admit that such a slope doesn’t look like it would account for the amount of step at the joint. Ian
  11. Richard, I have found that locos often seem to run better in one direction. One thing that happens is a slight sideways movement of the gear wheel caused by friction with the worm, gear moving left in one direction and right in the other. Because of the need to shorten the muff, I rarely get a square end on the muff and have witnessed the “high spot” of the muff rubbing on the bearing in the frame. Might be worth looking to see if you are experiencing this in your chassis. Ian
  12. On the two coaches that I have built that are fitted with oil lamps I have painted the vertical face of the pot slightly darker (although the current coach roof is quite dark to start with so the variation on this coach is not quite so noticeable). On the real thing the lamp pots had many vent holes around the vertical face to vent the smoke produced by burning the oil so I guess would account for the pots looking darker in photos.
  13. Steve, thank you for the kind comment. As for roof weathering, I tend to brush paint the rooves in a dirty grey after the satin varnish has dried, as Mikkel says the coaches would have been outshopped with white rooves which would dirty over time to grey (how much time is often debated!) In reality railways were dirty places and the coach sides got pretty mucky too if you look at some Edwardian period photos but the sides at least got washed regularly so that’s my excuse for having relatively pristine coaches, although the coat of varnish does at least knock back the freshly outshopped look!
  14. 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
  15. 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
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