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  1. I might well do, I'm certainly considering putting a realistic coal load into it. I've not seen any photographs of the wagon, but I'm of the opinion that the owner would have tried to keep it clean. As based on my own knowledge it would have made sense to keep it clean as it acted as poster for the owner and the town. As POW Sides do 2 other GER wagons I may keep them clean too. I'm honestly not sure yet. But I'll enjoy it all the same Thanks Tom
  2. Thanks to current events,my final year at University has gone mad so work on all modelling project's has had to stop. But fortunately I can see light as I've finished my degree...Phew!! Just for a change of pace, and knowing my skill set I felt I could build and paint this all in a day, this wagon holds memories to me as it's my home town of Attleborough in Norfolk. This wagon was owned by John Park-Wick's, I managed to find a photo of him in front of his Ford Model T Pickup to take coal from the GE to the local's in the town. I believe the photo is in what is the current car park at the station, it's hard to tell but having lived and been around the station for so long I feel as if I know the station and surrounding area quite well. Anyway back to the model... The kit came nicely packed and the paint finish on the wagons sides was impressive. The kit is fairly simply to put together the only thing I had to worry about was not to damage the paint work, and to get the under frame and W Irons painted before gluing Once I had put the W Irons and wagon frame into primer it meant I could focus on putting the rest of the kit together Next was to focus on the break rigging, a fiddly but fun job, not as fiddly as the last job. And there we have it the wagon built and looking very nice! Just the buffers & couplings to go And here's the end result, I'm pretty happy with it, I need to get myself some Humbrol 100, those keen eyed will notice a few area's where filing the flash off has scrubbed the paint. Once that's finished I'll give the wagon a coat of Matt Varnish. Anyway that's it for now, until my degree is finished. Once that has happened I can begin to focus on the LNER A3! Thanks Tom
  3. I've not been able to touch this at all yet, simply because I'm in the final 4 weeks of my 3rd year in my Degree. As you can imagine I've been busy. However I intend to order the A3 in a few weeks and put a post up about the drawings as they have arrived. I must thank you on the Hattons A3/4 Forum as I have bought the drain-cocks & Vac pipes all ready to replace not so good looking plastic variants.
  4. Hi Jamie, Thanks, very helpful. I have a photo of A3 2500 Windsor Lad on a Edinburgh-Aberdeen Express seen here at Princes St Gardens, I've been on the LNER Encyclopedia Forum's and a few authors to get the closest coach formation to match the photo . The last two have been more logical in there choice, as you cannot tell what they are. I ask about the A4 because I'm trying to justify getting an 0 Gauge A4 to go with the Set I am building for the A3 ( Below). Formation below: No.1 – BTK – 4 Compartment Brake - No.2 – TK – Dia 155 - No.3 – RC – Dia 187 - No.4 – CK – 1st 3rd - No.5 – TK – Dia 155 No.6 – BTK (3) Compartment Brake -
  5. Thank you, alright I look forward to seeing what those who know far better than me have to say. I've planned to get the Hattons A3 & A4. Both planned as Haymarket engines (Windsor Lad & Golden Plover) set in the late 30's. The A4 would have done anything, as she was fitted with a streamlined corridor tender and the A3 with the High-sided Non-corridor tender.
  6. Wow, amazing. It's great seeing modelling like this makes you feel like you are there!! I have question, what sort of duties would these engines do, for example I have an A3 ( 2500) Windsor Lad which was a Haymarket engine, I was wondering if anyone could guide me to the sort of duties and Non-corridor A3 would have been upto in the 1930's. I assume she'd of carried out expresses and worked out of Scotland into England on short(ish) out and back trips. Thank you in advance Tom
  7. Thank you, the paint I used is, called Wood Grain. I used 2 coats and effectively painted in the grain effect. The buckles come with the kit ( pre-painted) and are based on the originals. But thanks for the comments
  8. Wow, they look great...Not sure If I'd go into detail to make or build one of those but I am thinking of getting a larger version of the Fokker dr.1 and doing it the same way. I'll bet the Mustang looks great!
  9. I'll admit getting the top wing and struts to the wheels connected, it was an absolute nightmare! That whole section holding the wheels to the fuselage was so hard, almost needed 4 hands to do it. But overall it's turned out really well.
  10. Hi, The Straps come with the kit as a pre-painted/printed etching, I must admit I found it an amazing thing to see, a lot of little etching details have been added to the model. If you look at the same photo showing the straps in the cockpit you can see there's two more etched parts, at the time I had not fitted which were also pre-painted/printed Yes I look forward to getting it into the Red, my only worry is the paint may not get to every area. But we shall see how it goes! Next thing is to under coat the whole aircraft so some dam good masking will be needed. Thank you
  11. Yeah, since finishing the build/paint job, I went with a prototypical ambush camouflage. But never-mind.
  12. Perhaps the most famous German Ace of the Great War, Manfred Von Richthofen, or as we all know him The Red Barron! The aim is to do his Fokker dr.1 Tri-plane, in the well known Red colour scheme but there's a difficulty with painting the Red Baron's aircraft...Which one do you choose? According to various sources out there are a number of camouflages which he carried on the Fokker dr.1, too many for me to go through but for those interested I recommend a quick search on Google or look for Osprey Aircraft of the Aces No.40 ( Fokker d1 Aces of WW1) by Norman Franks and Greg Van Wyngarden. This book shows no less than 4 camouflages, it must be noted that the Baron had more than 1 aircraft as others would act as spare or to perform other duties, such as airbase visits. So with that my aim is to do the Red Baron's Red Fokker dr.1 with the white flashes on the wings, tail and fuselage. I prefer this as it split's the red on the aircraft up and the Crosses on the aircraft look far more menacing, in addition it stands out in my opinion. Anyway... To the Build; The first thing to do, was to get the cockpit together, to do this I needed to paint everything inside. Personally I think it has turned out quite well. Next was to work on getting the rest of the aircraft together which you can see throughout these photo's below. To end off the cowl, propeller and radial engine are removable so when it comes to painting it'll look the part without any issues, for those who are keen eye'd the tail rudder is not fitted, this is simply because of the paint job shown in the photo above. This'll be painted and decals will be fitted. It'll then just be painting the Baron's aircraft into Red. All for the next part. So until next time
  13. Fantastic work, proves it can be done and it looks good. A project for me to do in the future
  14. I look forward to your results I've ordered a Un-numbered LNER Apple Green A3 which I am using Fox Decals for so it would be nice to see how it looks once you've finished the work. Thanks Tom
  15. Hello, Fantastic! Thank you very much! Cheers Tom
  16. Hi, Where did you get the fittings for the correct A3 Cylinder Cocks? I've been looking and struggling to find the right place for them Thank you Tom
  17. As the Doctor once said. 'Well here we go...The long way round' Since work on the LNER A1 has stopped and will likely become a 'shelved' project, with exception for the 1928 Corridor tender I thought it be better if I focused on something a little more manageable. Which makes sense for someone like myself only just getting into O Gauge. This blog will sit alongside my You Tube Series which will be a more detailed version when paired with the blog. The continuing theme throughout, I will have the ongoing series focusing on the LNER Express ( Photo below) with mini-blogs looking at kit build rolling stock and a diorama build which I want to do with the A3 in mind. So making it simple there will be the: Princes St Gardens LNER Express - 1935 Spec King Cross Diorama Kit Builds - This can be of anything, either for myself or club ( Whitwell & Reepham Model Railway Club) So down to business, having spoken to a number of people and experts on LNER coaching stock most notable Isinglass Models. I was able to get as close to an accurate set as per this photo below. Smug Mug (2020) 2500 Windsor Lad Princes St Gardens Edinburgh Available at: https://railway-photography.smugmug.com/LNERSteam/Gresley-Locomotives/Gresley-A1A3/4470-4471-60102-Built-GMR-1922/2500-2507-A3-as-built-1934/i-GWMsPRN Accessed 25 April 2020. As you can see, Gresley LNER A3 2500 'Windsor Lad' hauling what is thought to be the 09:05 Express from Edinburgh to Aberdeen the first three coaches are confirmed to be in the list below, however the last three are completely up for debate - Opinions and comments are welcomed. No.1 – BTK – 4 Compartment Brake - No.2 – TK – Dia 155 - No.3 – RC – Dia 187 - No.4 – CK – 1st 3rd - No.5 – TK – Dia 155 No.6 – BTK (3) Compartment Brake - Only diagram I have is this, and because I am very new to 'getting it right or as close too right', some help around how this diagram works would be much appreciated thank you, the bottom half is what I am interested in here. Since I knew, and could work from these first three vehicles, I have ordered the drawings from Isinglass Models, all to keep the ball rolling. The intention is to get these made by Isinglass, which will be hist first kits in O gauge, as I have a good track record with his products having built his LNER Quint-Art set. Shifting focus, I now turn to the motive power, being a Gresley LNER A3 Pacific Windsor lad. It's likely that this build will take a long long time to do, so most of the investment will be in the Coaches, so I can get the best out of them, so I will be looking to get the Hattons Un-Numbered & Un-Named version with the non-corridor Tender, which was be-fitting of 2500. Of course being new to O Gauge this really is a good starting point for me. Hattons (2020) Heljan H7-A3-002B Class A3 4-6-2 unnumbered with single chimney, banjo dome and unstreamlined non-corridor tender in LNER Grass Green 1934-1940 Available at: https://www.hattons.co.uk/427593/heljan_h7_a3_002b_class_a3_4_6_2_unnumbered_with_single_chimney_banjo_dome_and_unstreamlined_non_c/stockdetail.aspx Accessed 25 April 2020 Of course a few minor alterations will be made to the loco to get it to suit the locomotive. I intend to fit the long guard Irons, footsteps, drill a hole into the chimney ( as it's fully molded plastic) remove the Speedometer and using decals apply them to the front bogie wheels to match the driving wheels. As for Numbering and naming, I took the liberty of being pre-planned for that by ordering all my decals & extra's from Fox Transfers. At the time of writing, of course understandably during this current issues covering the nation and indeed the world. Fox sadly missed the Classification details for the buffer-beam which this A3 had by the time the photo was taken. As you can tell I am trying to get it as reasonably close as to the real article. However some modeling has happened to wet your appetite, I took order of some 3D Printed LNER Lamps from Model U following 2 Evening sessions work I was able to finish them with a really fantastic end result. I do hope you either enjoy the read or follow the You Tube Series... The intention will be to focus on my O Gauge build of the LNER Express set and further video's of other O gauge modelling with follow up
  18. It can be, it's why I ended up choosing to not fill the windows with it. I applied a thin layer onto the bodyside around the window then applied the clear plastic over the top. I did find it came away in places so around those area's I applied an extremely thin piece of PVA glue not covering the window. To note at the minute I have only glazed the No.5 & No.4 coach. Thanks Tom
  19. Maybe I can answer that question for you as I built the set So to answer your question I am using the glue, to glue in place of the glazing.
  20. Thank you, I have 3 which are all very grubby, you can expect more grubby
  21. I have once again been able to spend time working on the layout, progress has been fairly constant. I must admit after the last update I wasn't sure what else to do on the layout before I wait for the new Peco Bullhead Double Slip, but I was given a few pointers before hand, and have made some excellent progress. Track work Since the last update, I had the track down but because of the fiddly nature of the Bullhead rail I needed to get the track glued in and kept in place so I could do more tasks. In this case I spent a full day working on keeping the track straight and in gauge. However it has turned out better than expected and watching the locomotives and wagons running up & down the layout I cannot see any nooks where the track curves away from anything but being straight. I began with drilling the holes for the point motors, followed by gluing the point and the extension leading into the tunnel in place. Of course this was a repeating process. The only other little job was to put the plastic isolating fish-plates in ( ?? Isolated track in Isolation??). Which resulted in all the track on the Up line (Leading into the tunnel from P1) with the exception of the point leading off the double slip running into P1. Plus all the track on the down line leading into the double slip is now down. I have also soldered the power to the layout so now I do not have the horrid connection under the sleepers with the likelihood of the wires coming out from under the track when I am conducting work. The next step was to weather the track using a rust type paint, of course I looked into a number of paint types, but felt that Humbrol's 113 Rust was the best colour for the job, which has added to the look of the layout as a whole. So far I have only painted the track glued down, but to make my job a little easier I will be painting the track which hasn't been glued in yet. Particularly the points which were rather difficult when trying to paint the track in place. After that the track was cleaned, a much harder job now as I have to try and not clean the check Rails on the point work, however cleaning the grime off the track has left some residue on the side of the line which looking at track from the 1930's and even now there are little pieces of grime laying about so it's working well for the betterment of the scene. Wagons The Fish train is now completed, using nothing but the Parkside LNER, 12ft, 10 ton, Dia.134, Fish Van's I feel I have captured the look of a typical Eastern freight working which would have likely been seen on the LNER entering and leaving the Capital. Further additions include this Chivers LNER Loco coal wagon, which from my experience with Chivers kits has been that they are easy to put together and very high quality models. Just a shame that there's not the large amount of them around and readily available anymore. Apart from the major steps on the track work and rolling stock front nothing much has happened, I am waiting on a bulk order of paint and other smaller items to finish off further jobs which I will report on, in the next part. Although I do plan to put a video up on You Tube of trains running on the layout for a bit of entertainment. Thanks for reading Tom
  22. Norton Wood

    Oxford N7

    Been a while since I've been on this page. However I've been creating the perfect scene for the N7 & Quints on my layout, Mile End Park has been progressing well ( Which you can follow on my blog ) Just need to look into getting some LNER 52'6 stock now.
  23. Hello everyone, First keep safe during these uncertain times and look after yourselves! Anyway...time for some more modelling!! So what has been going on since the very short update in part 4? A lot has changed for the layout, in the sense that I've been able to do far more on the board and prepare for further work, planning is in place for all the wiring to go in plus the placement of all the isolating sections and wires which will carry the current over when running the layout in full swing. Coaching Stock 61'6 to 52'6 Stock Interestingly I was with members of my model club before the social distancing and other measures were put in place, myself and other members of the club looked on as my LNER J15 7649 pulled a pair of LNER 61'6 Teaks along the layout ( set on an M&GN Layout in the 30's) A discussion broke out about the correct type of LNER Gresley's which would be used, I brought up 61'6 & the GE shortened variant. As I've seen photo's of Cambridge in the 30's with 61'6 stock behind Ex GER loco's bound for Norwich. However looking through my documents, websites and books. Asking questions and receiving answers from some better clued in people other than myself. ( I'm very much learning on the job as it were) I found and have interpenetrated the information this way... Because of the GE's signaling system it was designed around vehicles which were 54" long only. Which meant that anything longer would not fit in the track circuits between signals ( This was particularly around Liverpool St and the surrounding Suburban area. So LNER 61'6 stock tended to operate in other area's such as Cambridge - Norwich etc. Which was rather annoying but also a relief, simply because I currently only have 2 Hornby LNER 61'6 stock ( 3rd/1st Comp brake & All 3rd ) Which meant that I will need to get some kits and begin building a series of coaches to form short trains for the layout. Fortunately Isinglass, the chap who made the LNER Late Quint Art Set, has almost got a full set of LNER 52'6 kits already done, which means I can just order and build a kit very quickly. The fantastic bit for me is Isinglass has almost built the full set of 52'6 LNER Teaks, the 1st Open being the last on the list to do, in my case I would like to get a full brake to add to the LNER Parcels/ Milk train which the layout is due to have. The plan will be to order 2 kits to begin with, those being the LNER Full 3rd Compartment & the Full 3rd Brake, that way I can slowly build up the standard passenger stock for MEP and overall have a larger fleet of LNER GE stock which would be far more appropriate for the layout, of course the LNER Early Quint will sit on the fence for now as I plan to work on a few of these 52'6 Teaks. However, I am hoping (no doubt someone will correct me) I can run a set of 2 61'6 stock behind a D16/3 as if it's on a stopper train from Cambridge to MEP. After what I've learnt...Perhaps an in-accurate scene for a layout on the LNER GE section...But it does look nice - Although you can see how long this photograph was taken as the track, and layout look far my sophisticated. Wagons With the 2 Parkside LNER Fish Vans & LNER General Good's van complete, I thought it was about time I looked into weathering this stock, at the time I owned 2 LNER RTR weathered wagons by TMC, and I thought I'd look to do the same level, only that weathering on vans wasn't as clear cut as TMC make it look. Which is why these results came out... For those interested this is the full 5 Van set of the LNER Fish Train I wanted to set up I was given an extra LNER Fish Van to do to complete the train meaning I could finally complete the set and make these vans look used because after even a few months of work they would have been weathered and certainly not look as good as they once did. I also wanted to make it appear as though the LNER was phasing the older LNER 10ft Fish van out ( Bachamann model) for the 12ft variant ( Parkside kits) Following the vans I moved to my very clean Private Owner Coal Wagons, using a bit of dry brushing and some weathering powders I was able to get a fantastic effect on the model which was also added to when I went to weather the LNER Fruit vans, again following phoot's from the W&U Tramway, to get an understanding for the layout. Finally ending withe a two in one, photo. Here you can see the undercoat showing through the Bauxite paint here on the final LNER Fish Van, not to worry a second coat will solve that problem, but in the background you can see the LNER Horsebox which has now gone into Gloss Varnish, while I apply the transfers, I hope to get some transfers with the words " Return to Newmarket" and a few other little bits, if anyone can help with locating these that would be grand. I may go do Old Time Workshop as I did for the LNER wagon decals. Layout This has taken a massive step forwards, with the cutting and fitting of the backscene. Doing this with a good sunny afternoon. The back scene was cut to size very quickly and I was able to get the best out of the wood I had, and cut and fit the tunnel mouth backscene. After a trip to hobbycraft (possibly for the last time in a while, I was safe while doing so being sure to keep my distance ) I picked up some grey paint and a few brushes and gave the backscene a good coat of grey paint. Doing so has given the layout quite a bit of life I must say. Following this trail fitting the retaining walls began, the following day I then using some Gorilla PVA glue I fitted the back scenes into place for the last time. While leaving the back scenes to dry I put the tack back down and put some locomotives down for creating and setting the scene for the look which Mile End Park is looking to produce. I have to say I'm very happy with how it's gone for the layout, the rolling stock & locomotives do really give a good view for the whole scene. Track work wise, the only addition is the second to last point I need for the layout being a RH point coming off the loco road running onto the mainline. I have increased the size of that yard space so I can fit a B17 & N7 or a pair of J15's together. Of course the head shunt is designed with the 1500 & 2800 (B12 & B17) in mind as they were the biggest engines the LNER (GE) had to operate the line. So it stands that the head shunt and yard are not big enough to fit more than 3 locomotives on duty at any one point. J15 7847 brings in the market goods train into Mile End Park N7 7993 Departs on the Morning Quint service for London Liverpool St.
  24. I have a few question's myself, What type of LNER Articulated Twin is this and what running numbers did they have? Also I assume it's appropriate for an LNER(GE) Section layout?
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