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  1. Jonathan Think you've got the brake pull rod on upside down. The staggered bit in front of the rear wheel should be lower, not higher, than the main rod. I did wonder why on earth Sharps had that bit in the rod anyway. Tonight I had a flash of inspiration, and took a straight edge to the Mike Lloyd drawing. The pull rod isn't flat; the rear half slopes upwards. In fact it may even be jointed on the rear brake hangers. The reason for the staggered bit is to make sure it clears the rear coupling rod boss and crank pins. Nigel
  2. The school I was at in North Wales had an annual eisteddfod. No swords, costumes or ceremony though. The winner was awarded a miniature wooden chair, made by the woodwork master. Except when my sister (who was English) won it, when he forgot to produce it...
  3. So... guard irons bent to shape and soldered to the main chassis: I hate soldering fiddly bits onto something else like this! Managed to lose one but as I usually do I had two sets etched. Next time I do a chassis I'll definitely make the guard irons integral to the main etch; in this scale there's very little to be had by making them seperate. The chassis is now ready for painting. Nigel
  4. Wagons built. Here they are in their unpainted state, Cambrian 2-plank fixed side open and 6 ton 9' 4 1/2" wheelbase van: Coast Line Models (Alan Jones) 3D printed bodies, buffers and oil axleboxes / springs, 3mm Society buffer heads, wheels and bearings, my etched chasses. The bodies are very nicely detailed and really need painting to do them justice. The brake handles are very delicate but luckily a spot of solder strengthens them up. I can leave the painting for now, and clear the workbench for a return to the Seaham. Nigel
  5. Growing up near Ruthin, Denbighshire, the field next door often had cattle in it. We had a Corgi; the name derives from Cor Ci, which translates as cattle dog, because that's what they were used for, and very good at it. The Corgi liked nothing better than to get in amongst the cows and round them up into a tight circle; they were nervous of this little thing zooming around and yapping at their heels. Didn't work for bullocks. They weren't at all phased by the dog, just curious. The dog used to go frantic barking at them, while they grew closer and closer. Think they broke the dog's spirit.
  6. Is it just me, or do layouts actually look better when they are just at their basic stage, before they're messed up with ballast and other scenery? Nigel
  7. Indeed, and the prime reason for buying a half-decent camera. Nigel
  8. Westmoreland green slate is "green", but it's a very pale green. Reproduction slates are often greener. Welsh slate is grey or blue-grey, and can vary from light to dark! Weathering also has an effect. Lichen can grow on it. I decided I wanted a slightly dark medium grey for the stonework and something just a tad lighter for the tiles. The washes tend to lighten things, and to my eyes make them look more natural. I've also used diluted Humbrol acrylics for washes and the base colour; seem to remember they do a good slate colour. Humbrol is thick enough to need diluting for anything
  9. Here's a pic of some of the buildings on my layout: The wash technique works quite nicely on the walls as a greater concentration settles between the stones and so brings them out. Likewise a matt white wash on the inside of the goods shed is intended to reproduce weathered white-washed walls. Just the technique for a painting tyro like myself. Nigel
  10. Thanks a lot, Jonathan. Must have missed it. The pic on page 141 tells me all I need. The pic on 142 looks odd, all the same colour; I wonder if it's not Cambrian. Nigel
  11. I'm trying to find a pic of the ends of these vans, as I know what the sides should look like, but not sure about the ends. In particular, "faces of external framing were black" may or may not apply to the central framing of the ends. Not sure where the number goes either. Any ideas? Nigel
  12. Wot I do for slate roofs is paint them grey (think I used Tamyia dark sea grey acrylic), then sloshed the odd wash of dilute acrylic over them, think a mixture of earth and green. Much prefer to use washes rather than dry-brushing. It's fairly easy to vary the texture according to the amount of wash used, but being a wash it also smoothly blends in rather than giving abrupt changes of colour. Use the same technique for stone walls on building, think I used Tamyia light sea grey (which is darker then dark sea grey ...). The earth tones down the base colour and also helps things blend.
  13. Depends on whether the market is just a livestock market or a more general farmers' market. If the latter then the wives would be responsible for getting farm produce such as eggs, vegetables and so on to market whereas husbands would concentrate on livestock. They might actually travel by separate trains; market day specials were not unknown, the wives might travel by regular service and the farmers by a special. Whether the 19th century practice was same as 20th century practice wouldn't know.
  14. The PPD etch has arrived, earlier than I expected. In the meantime a couple of Cambrian wagons have migrated to the workbench and I'll finish these off before returning to the fray with the Seaham. However, in the meantime one problem has reared its head, which they tend to do :-( While looking at the chassis I suddenly noticed some rust on an exposed bit of the cross rod on which the compensation beams rock. A close look confirmed my worst fears. The beams had rusted solid with the rod. The rod itself hadn't yet been glued in place so could turn, but what it meant was that both b
  15. The MRC you've referred to is September 1964. Those coaches, plus a load of other useful information from Nick, are covered in the article he referenced above. I have contemplated getting the some of Hattons SR coaches and sloshing some white on the panels for Cambrian coaches; the green isn't too far out. Alternatively, for post 2009 coaches the Cambrian used green all over, so just removing the insignia (I wonder how) and sticking on WRRC transfers could do a job. Don't know how close the roof furniture would be though. Nigel
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