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  1. This thread really is a time machine! I can remember all of these appearing online the first time around and they were a great inspiration in my early modelling years. Thanks for sharing these Steven, it's made a great read!
  2. Cleaning up some resin castings for Pixie, with many to do a production line system using a machining jig was set up. Using a fly cutter mounted in a collet chuck and a screwless vice clamped down to the cross slide this was happily accomplished.
  3. This is great news, congratulations on your first steps. Keep us posted on your progress
  4. The first of many for Colwyn Bay Goods. A TTB 45T tanker made from the Stephen Harris kit. https://paulbartlett.zenfolio.com/sukclassapickeringtta Changes has been the addition of correct axlebox and spring combination for my prototype, drawn by myself and printed my Missy on a Phrozen Sonic mini 4k resin printer. The second change was the white plasticard shield for the air brake cylinder.
  5. To bend up DG loops I've put two hacksaw marks in some tapered smooth jaw pliers. Each mark is where the jaw width is the same as the long or short side of the loop rectangle. It makes quick and accurate bends.
  6. Hello Tom, The best example is the video linked below. YouTube chipping fluid tutorial.
  7. This weeks experiment was using AK Interactive's chipping fluid to give a flaking paint look. Kit is a Chivers Tube wagon and final weathering is oil paint fades and powders.
  8. As promised, my class 25 underframe article has been uploaded to the blog.
  9. It started as a quick weathering project, it ended almost two months after. A tangent has occurred... Many years ago I was inspired by Jim Smith-Wright's article of improving the 4mm scale class 25 from Bachmann. The article can be found here. I've yet to see anyone attempt such a project in 2mm, so why not? Here we go! The first job was the mill the plastic solebar under the cabs back, using photos as a guide and the buffer back plates as limit. Now cosmetic solebars can be constructed with small channel section and given a coat o
  10. Thank you David, I've always wanted to model 043 with the missing plough after seeing it on Dave Plimmer's excellent 2D53 website. https://www.2d53.co.uk/colwynbay/Goods.htm It seemed a very appropriate choice of locomotive for the layout. I've now got to consider how to make a class 25/3 as I can't see Farish doing it anytime soon, or not until I finish mine.
  11. What started out as a quick weathering job turned out to be a complete underframe rebuild job. Inspired by the Jim Smith-Wright modification carried out in 4mm scale. - Chassis block machined to remove all metal below solebar level - Plastic solebar under the cabs cut back and replaced with plasticard sections tapering in towards the centre line of the locomotive - New fuel tanks and battery boxes scratch built - Original water tank reworked into a three dimensional shape - I beam cross supports added to attach the underframe parts to the body - Buffer be
  12. Just a quick project to finish off the VBB van I started over 10 years ago, which seems to be the standard time line of recent projects! The main parts being the old Farish VBA body on a Chivers OCA chassis. Etched W irons and brake levers from miscellaneous Association etches and a old TPM 20'9" underframe detailing kit. Weathering is a mix of oils and washes. Prototype inspiration image can be found here.
  13. Some long term projects coming to completion. 15 years ago I started this NGS brass kit of a sealion, this was started when I was purely modelling N gauge and it was assembled entirely with superglue! 4 years ago I added some 2FS etched bogies and this year I finally painted it up. It's a little rough around the edges but I'm just happy to have it in service. Next up is another NGS brass etched kit, on 2FS w-irons. I believe this was shot down from a 4mm kit, most of the smaller details didn't etch fully so has to be scratch built. And
  14. Thanks Steve, The inside of the wagons are light rust enamel washes covered in powder. Catfish didn't have hydraulic buffers so wouldn't have the usual chrome finish on the cylinder rams. Also it doesn't stand out that the bottom of the axle boxes are black, I might give them a touch of gloss varnish to make them more noticeable, but I do agree the springs are much to clean! As for the Sealion, I fitted the wrong style of buffers all those years ago and maybe silver rams might be a nice compromise to give the look of the OLEO design. I've yet to weather this, but the b
  15. A Stephen Harris etch of a Catfish was given set of transfer and weathered this week. Here we see the first etched kit I ever made, around 15 years ago I assembled this old N Guage Society Sealion brass etch kit totally with super glue. It's been surprising durable and has held together, part finished in my stock box ever since. I've added some association bogies and given it a lick of paint, I'm happy it's come out reasonably well.
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