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  1. The DMBS has been soldered up and work on the roof is progressing; as with the DTCL this is cut and shut from a Lima Class 117 with a Hornby 110 Cab roof dome and Craftsman Derby Lightweight rear dome. The headcode box and roof vents will be filed away and sanded, and the ends profiled to match the DTCL. The chassis needs a slight modification at the corners so the body will fit snuggly, hence it is just plonked on top of the chassis in the photo.
  2. I have added the small 20" fiddle yard area following a succesful raid on the outhouse. All the wood used is recycled from previous efforts so it doesn't look very pretty currently. It cantilevers off the main board frame via extended frames which locate inside the main board frame and is secured with coach bolts, which avoids the need for additional support. This involved cutting slots in the end main board crossmember; naturally a screw holding the baseboard to the crossmember was found to be in the wrong place so had to be removed, worse it was under the polys
  3. The roof has had a primer blow over to show up rough areas and Lanarkshire buffers have been fitted over Plastruct "stools"; the triangular topped protrusions (supports for lamp irons) are thin plasticard plates fitted between the two. The roof underside has had a 40thou plasticard ceiling added which is shaped to fit snuggly inside the bodyshell; this can just be seen below: Rather than doing the small details, I have made a start on the motorised DMBS chassis alterations, viz removing the boxy underframe details, 6mm frame lengthening and then filling the
  4. Thanks. Admittedly I have not taken the easiest route. Using a Bachmann Derby Lightweight as a donor, with the Worseley sides and ends would, I feel, be a much simpler proposition, as the underframe and roof are better suited. If I had been able to find a cheap one I may well have used that instead of an assemblage of left over bits, though doing so has been enjoyable so far. The worst bit for me has been forming the turn-under; it is a pity Worseley don't offer a pre-forming service for this aspect, but I guess we are lucky they do at least do the sides and ends.
  5. Whilst looking in my bits box I found not only the scrap 117 bodies, but the 110 cab ends removed during the 107 conversion. The roof section of these cabs will be used to form the 100 cab end domes (as I find plastic easier to work with than cast metal; the latter will now be used at the inner ends). The Lima 117 roofs have the advantage that they have screw fixing points via the chassis too. The cab end done, just needs final sanding after butchery to remove the headcode box and new rainstrips fitting: As can be seen below, I remembered I had a spare Horn
  6. Thanks Paul, that is very enlightening. Particularly the video of the Hornby Ruston with sound and stay alive running on DC power! Many thanks, Martyn.
  7. If you have time that would be great, I'm sure I'm not the only one who would find it helpful. Martyn.
  8. Out of interest (as a non DCC modeller) does it go through the whole engine start up each time you apply power? Horns sound? Presumably the sound dies instantly once power is turned off? Thanks.
  9. The Trailer sides and ends have been soldered together, first test fit (to check width) on the as yet unmodified Hornby chassis: The Craftsman cab roofs will need a bit of work to be a decent fit. I thought they were from a 104 but now believe them to be from a Derby Lightweight conversion. I have a couple of Lima cabless 117 bodies left over from the 107 project, which may be able to donate their roofs to this project, rather than destroying the 110 bodies.
  10. This interesting short clip popped up on Facebook, Banff is featured briefly at the end with Standard Class 2 2-6-0 78045 propelling 2 coaches out of the train shed platform (about 3min 40s). https://www.facebook.com/groups/395149113834140/permalink/1131679593514418/ Apologies if you have already seen it. Regards, Martyn.
  11. Hi David, Very nice to see photos of your layout again, looking super as always. I particularly like the Class 24/1, long a favourite of mine. Martyn.
  12. Overlaying one of the sides onto the Hornby 110 donor highlights a couple of issues. The sides are about 3mm longer at each end than the chassis, the class 100 having much flatter ends than the 110 of course, with straight buffer beams rather than the angled 110 type. The second issue is the correct bogie spacing for a 100 (and 110 come to that) is 40' (so 160mm) according to the Barrowmore Diagram book, but the model works out at 38'6" (154mm)..... So by happy coincidence, the first issue is cancelled out by correcting the second, ie, if the chassis is lengthened.
  13. Take the bull by the horns, they say. So I decided to attempt the turn-under on the Etched Worseley Works Class 100 sides, having pondered and put it off for several months. Having no bending bars or any substantial vice, I quickly found that various clamps, steel rules and bits of wood were of no use when trying to hold and bend about 2mm of coach edge. Annealing the sides was suggested a while back but having never tried this I decided against it. The eventual solution was to score a reasonable groove inside the bend location, whilst pressing the side down on a mouse mat, w
  14. Thanks for the ideas, much appreciated. I think a low wall will probably be included as per your suggestion. I'm not too worried about the "ends" of the shed as they would only be visible when viewed from the very end of the layout; as my plan is to use the lighting pelmet from "Dunnington", this will more or less eliminate such a viewpoint. Perhaps of more importance, I don't currently have any storage space for any add on boards (even including the planned small fiddle yard!). So I'm limited to cropping photos, or painting, to show a few tracks (poss
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