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  1. For any modelers, who are not on Facebook, a recent post by Niu Models on the LNER J15 Back-cab & Weather boards which you can fit onto the tender. As it's early day's but it won't be long before they become available. Photo's by Niu Models
  2. Always helpful thank you, I have painted a full Quint Articulated set and a Pigeon Van now. Made plenty of mistakes along the way, but all the better for having made them. I did find a thread on RM Web which demonstrated the way to paint Teak onto vehicles. Showing the various stages of the painting. But since doing these I've realized less "Golden Teak" is more. Painting Teak is an art in dry brushing. which has worked when I was doing a friends Quad Art set. My First proper go at Teak painting Second go at Teak painting My most recent go at Teak painting
  3. Yes this was a mistake I learned rather quickly, so I have painted it as you can see, this is an old photo as the sole-bar is now black. But yes, I'm likely to paint the pre-grouping stock in the same livery as the Horsebox.
  4. Thank you, I previously painted my LNER Horsebox using the Golden Teak livery only, (It has been since repainted correctly) and I've found this to be a rather close livery to the one shown by the K&ESR photo. As I'm modelling the layout in 1937, I'm wondering if it's worth doing a mixture in Varnished Teak and some in the Brown colour. But thank you for your comments.
  5. Currently looking into the liveries carried by Pre-Grouping coaching stock once the LNER was formed. I am looking a various liveries, but so far I only have a number of options presented from restored coaching stock or from recently recovered coaches used as houses. Was it the dirty brown shown by the vehicle from the K&ESR or a representation livery for teak or varnished look? It looks to me as if the numbers applied were the same as those applied to Gresley stock, being the Gold & Red numbering & lettering? Opinions and information always welcome.
  6. Ah well thank you, It has bugged me but nice to hear you say it's fine. I did do a fair amount of research plus looking at the Isinglass drawings, B&W plus a few colour photo's and it's been a hard one to get right around the bufferbeams. But I think it looks good with a Teak colour bufferbeam. The weathered Claud was 62581 I believe, funny as I volunteer at a heritage railway, and Alan Baker ( Former Fireman on BR M&GN & GE) said 2581 was his first Claud to work on! Mmmh I'll have to see about that might solve my running problems and enable me to just sort a few things out.
  7. Yes! There's not many GE layouts kicking about, as I live in Norfolk it be rude not to have a go. Yes it's been very strange, my current 8837 is a poor runner but my LNER 8802 is amazing along with my Re-numbered BR (Early Crest) Claud 62614. These two have pulled the Quint set with ease on another layout. I must admit since doing a Quad set for a friend I am becoming far more un-happy with my work on the Teaking effect so I'm likely to purchase another 2 sets and get a proper teak effect to them.
  8. Thought I'd change my tactic's a little, and have a topic based on my Exhibition layout, rather than a blog to follow, anyway here's my most recent progress, hopefully I'll get a few more updates within the next few weeks. Track work Of course as Peco has been busy and I am sure the Double Slip will come out when it can, so recently a brief focus has turned to ballasting, now this is a job which I must admit I wasn't happy with so the likelihood of it remaining down on the board is low. However for a first go it's not too bad however there are issues with some ballast catching on the flanges of the locomotives & rolling stock. You will have to trust me when I say that the photo does not do the work I have carried out any justice. Since that photo a lot of work was carried out to clean the track up and ensure smooth running. Locomotives I have recently taken stock of a new LNER D16/3 No.8802, in recent history Hornby's LNER D16 suffered with poor weight distribution which in turn meant the locomotives would wheel slip and have a very low capacity to operate any significant load. Particularly on track which has any incline the locomotive simply will not pull it, so on occasion a run up was required to get it up there!! However a friend of mine bought the LNER Apple Green Claud 8900 'Claud Hamilton' now this seemed to operate in a much better way than either of our original LNER Black Claud's ever did (This was the first batch Claud No.8825) I recently took 8802 to operate on a layout which has gradients and is designed to haul to scale length trains and the locomotive performed beautifully. 8802 will replace my current 8837, as 8837 will be renumbered to carry another number as the original 8837 has the double snifiting valves which this model has. This also ties nicely with rolling stock, however since building my LNER J68 in O Gauge and I recomend you have a look through, I recently gained a large amount of confidence to purchase & build brass kits of LNER locomotives for this layout. Hot off the press news @David Eveleigh is looking to produce the LNER(GER) T26 and for those interested the Little Sharpie. This locomotive will become a welcome edition to the MEP Fleet, with the potential of having 2 in the future. LNER E4 7504 seen here in 1936. This will be the locomotive I look to replicate... ( Photographer Unknown) Rolling Stock On a final note, having found David's work on the internet I am very happy to be able to decide to look into ordering 5/6 of these lovely looking coaches from David. To begin with we will focus on the GER 6 Wheeled stock, and put them into the LNER Colour scheme which was effectively painted Teak. Not a nice colour for such lovely coaches but it is a necessary job. I may eventually purchase the same set again and look to do them in the GER Crimson colour scheme. Eventually I plan to have 4 of the 4 Wheeled Stock as one of the 6 Wheeler's will sit among the 4 wheeler stock. A much more cost effective way of modelling then purchasing a higher priced LNER mock up from the Hattons Genesis coaches. I will note that those coaches are great for people looking to get basic coaches for there Pre-grouping locomotives, and both being at a very competitive price David's product at £37 and Hattons at £30. Personally that extra £7 is worth the money as a modeler you can pay for the detail and the accuracy which the Hattons model will not give you if your a serious modeler like myself. Photo's above are the property of eveleigh creations 2020) On another plus planning has begun for purchase of the Isinglass LNER 52-6 Teak coaches which were a regular site on the LNER(GE) Section, I have begun with purchasing drawings and within a few weeks of this coming out I should have the first of the 4/5 coaches required. The aim will be to use them in a variety of passenger roles mixing them with the Hornby 61ft 6in types as that was regularly seen on the LNER(GE) Section and something I wish to replicate. So all in all lots going on and lots being planned it's just a case of getting the beginning items for this layout together!!
  9. It's been a long haul since I did my last update on MEP, of course these things take time. Now like most layouts where work was able to be carried out due to the Lockdown, however my last update on the 5th of April 2020 was the last thing I was able to do before Lockdown and before the final stages of my Degree. Anyway what has happened since then... Track work Of course as Peco has been busy and I am sure the Double Slip will come out when it can, so recently a brief focus has turned to ballasting, now this is a job which I must admit I wasn't happy with so the likelihood of it remaining down on the board is low. However for a first go it's not too bad however there are issues with some ballast catching on the flanges of the locomotives & rolling stock. You will have to trust me when I say that the photo does not do the work I have carried out any justice. Since that photo a lot of work was carried out to clean the track up and ensure smooth running. Locomotives I have recently taken stock of a new LNER D16/3 No.8802, in recent history Hornby's LNER D16 suffered with poor weight distribution which in turn meant the locomotives would wheel slip and have a very low capacity to operate any significant load. Particularly on track which has any incline the locomotive simply will not pull it, so on occasion a run up was required to get it up there!! However a friend of mine bought the LNER Apple Green Claud 8900 'Claud Hamilton' now this seemed to operate in a much better way than either of our original LNER Black Claud's ever did (This was the first batch Claud No.8825) I recently took 8802 to operate on a layout which has gradients and is designed to haul to scale length trains and the locomotive performed beautifully. 8802 will replace my current 8837, as 8837 will be renumbered to carry another number as the original 8837 has the double snifiting valves which this model has. (Again you can see some of the poor ballasting work which I have had to clean up since taking this photo) This also ties nicely with rolling stock, however since building my LNER J68 in O Gauge and I recomend you have a look through, I recently gained a large amount of confidence to purchase & build brass kits of LNER locomotives for this layout. Hot off the press news @David Eveleigh is looking to produce the LNER(GER) T26 and for those interested the Little Sharpie. This locomotive will become a welcome edition to the MEP Fleet, with the potential of having 2 in the future. LNER E4 7504 seen here in 1936. This will be the locomotive I look to replicate... ( Photographer Unknown) Rolling Stock On a final note, having found David's work on the internet I am very happy to be able to decide to look into ordering 5/6 of these lovely looking coaches from David. To begin with we will focus on the GER 6 Wheeled stock, and put them into the LNER Colour scheme which was effectively painted Teak. Not a nice colour for such lovely coaches but it is a necessary job. I may eventually purchase the same set again and look to do them in the GER Crimson colour scheme. Eventually I plan to have 4 of the 4 Wheeled Stock as one of the 6 Wheeler's will sit among the 4 wheeler stock. A much more cost effective way of modelling then purchasing a higher priced LNER mock up from the Hattons Genesis coaches. I will note that those coaches are great for people looking to get basic coaches for there Pre-grouping locomotives, and both being at a very competitive price David's product at £37 and Hattons at £30. Personally that extra £7 is worth the money as a modeler you can pay for the detail and the accuracy which the Hattons model will not give you if your a serious modeler like myself. (Photo's above are the property of eveleigh creations 2020) On another plus planning has begun for purchase of the Isinglass LNER 52-6 Teak coaches which were a regular site on the LNER(GE) Section, I have begun with purchasing drawings and within a few weeks of this coming out I should have the first of the 4/5 coaches required. The aim will be to use them in a variety of passenger roles mixing them with the Hornby 61ft 6in types as that was regularly seen on the LNER(GE) Section and something I wish to replicate. So all in all lots going on and lots being planned it's just a case of getting the beginning items for this layout together!!
  10. @David Eveleigh Hi, It's Tom, we've been talking via email re the E4 & Little Sharpie. I've been flicking through a lot of photo's for the E4's using the Yeadon's and various online cases and I've managed to find a number of photo's for you. I've attached the links to those photographs. Interestingly I found an E4 at Cambridge with the North Eastern style type of cab. https://thetransportlibrary.co.uk/index.php?route=product/product&product_id=66776 https://thetransportlibrary.co.uk/index.php?route=product/product&product_id=66703 https://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]/15159066123
  11. Does seem very odd, for Hornby to do that, but I suppose it's to save some money, I mean Hornby could very well modify there P2 for the streamlined P2's. So just my luck Rails then announce that they are no longer trading with Hornby better look else where for my W1!
  12. Yes, but as you can see in the photo's they've molded the double chimney. I think the loco had the original look but the with double chimney for a period of 2 weeks then was re-designed. Then rebuilt to the Streamlined condition. I ought to get the book solely dedicated to the W1. As I work on the footplate of std gauge locomotives and I understand how they operate but this marine boiler I find it very hard to follow in terms of how it actually worked.
  13. A good idea for the nameplates to go with the Apple Green version, I really hope it sells well...And just looking at Hatton's website the Original & Apple Green versions have sold out so fantastic work from Hornby. I had thought this myself, now looking back at the 3D printed models that were shown on announcing day, the Original W1 on show has the double chimney. So I would imagine that Hornby have 4 front ends for us the modeler to look at purchasing. Looking at the Yeadon's book on the W1 the loco received a number of alterations before being re-built to the streamliner look. Very interesting, and highly commendable to see.
  14. I always had an intention to purchase the Rebuilt LNER W1, this photo just confirms that, glad I pre-ordered one while I could! I do like the look of the Apple Green, but like others I wouldn't get it.
  15. Nice to see another J68, and funny enough 7045. Which I have just completed
  16. Hello again, So a lot has happened since the last blog so I'll bring you up to speed. In the last blog, I asked for some help regarding the ARC-ing, sadly no-one came forward to give me any hints or tips. So I took the logical step to go back and re-do what I had done, this was a whole afternoon spent trying to get the model to operate, firstly all the brake rigging came off and the engine ran fine. So what became a three hour process of elimination of what was wrong with the locomotive, with a result of the engine running very nicely!! Following that, the model was cleaned again and again, before I decided to put the model into primer! Great Eastern Works Grey anyone?? Anyway, following this the model was painted into black the following day, and just before I sat down to write this I'm just letting the extra's dry now!! The model is starting to look the part now, the next job after I have given another brief coat of black paint in certain area's. Then this will be handed over to my good friend for the locomotive to be lined in both white around the buffer beam and red around the tank-sides, after this the next job will be to fit the decals to the locomotive. This will be to fit in with the Loco which I am looking to do which is No.7045. In addition to this I have also been working on the GER locomotive disks, you can see these in the background of the photo's above. Personally I think this will all be rapped up by the end of the next part!!
  17. Hello again, After a bit of work I have finished the building work on the J68, so it'll be a bit brief, but I would like a bit of help from the vast group of experienced modelers out there... Anyway, the kit has reached a stage where the fittings have been going on. So since the last update, I've fitted all the cab and boiler fittings, for this I have used Araldite to hold these parts together, apart from the lifting lugs which I have been white metal soldered in place which has meant that the Air Vents on the tanks are now soldered in place too!! Further work has moved to the fitting of the injectors and relevant pipe work. Plus the fitting of the brake blocks and brake rigging. This is where the problems are, since fitting the blocks and rigging I have found that the locomotive is Arc-ing when the power is running, now this has not happened before since I fitted the blocks & rigging. Further work has been carried out on the Vacuum, air pipes, Steam Heat Pipe work. The reason for painting this is prepared before being glued in, this is also because of the numbers on the buffer beam, my plan is once the decals are in along with the varnish I will glue the pipework using Araldite, but not too much as they need to look smart. Further work has included the Destination boards, interestingly the kit comes with two boards (Right) which I intend to put into the back of the cab on the brackets. Because I didn't see that these brackets, and disks I bought some more from Ragstone Models. The spare set which I now have can be used on the loco when running. Please note the really smart looking backhead and finished oil can. What I'd like to know is it the Rigging as it's so close to the track? The photo below is an old(ish) one, but I thought it might help. I have moved the brake blocks back away from the tyre, they are roughly 1.5 - 2mm away. So if you have any idea's to help me that would be appreciated. All in all the model is ready for painting, just a bit more cleaning to do before I put this into Primer, but it won't be too long before further work is carried out!! Thanks Tom
  18. Hi John, Yes it's only my list to do, I solder the dome in place on the 3rd photo, and I have removed it as it looked a mess!! Now it looks so much better! I was thinking the joints on the tanks and around the sanders needed clean up so not to worry it's a job to do. But thanks for the help, it's all taken on board for the "To Do List" Cheers Tom
  19. I'm back once again, This update is mainly to bring you to speed with the build... With the cab, tool boxes, backhead (removable) and other controls fitted, the loco is starting to come alive!! Sadly I have reached the stage where I have in fact made a mistake with the back of the cab(which you cannot see). However, Nothing is ever permanent and brass is so forgiving as I have found out, that I will correct the back of the cab to get the back into the right place!! It's all about learning, but thinking now, having worked on the footplate you would have thought I would have noticed this mistake, must be the lack of actual footplate work I haven't done in the last 4 months!! Once the cab was built up, I quickly moved onto building the Smokebox, the non-riveted GER early LNER type, once completed the boiler is fitted with the boiler bands and the brass strip which splits the boiler and smokebox apart...Something to paint in brass once the kit is painted!!! This then moved to fitting the top of the tanks and preparing for the cab roof and foot steps. With those things completed, a test fit was in order, sadly this was the point where I had run out of 145 solder, the cab was completed and the footsteps put in. The only major parts I could do were the white metal castings and the start of clean up!! However, I had plenty of electrical solder, this meant I could get on with getting the motor moving the loco, firstly I began with putting the loco between the lid and bottom of the box to see where the tight spots are on the wheels. I did this by loose fitting some wires to the motor then testing it, following the problems being resolved I fitted all the wiring to the pickups. After running and filing for while the loco was prepared for operation with all the axles, bearing and connecting rods receiving oil, allowing me to put the J68 on the track and ran for the first time without assistance!! I must admit for a first brass kit I was very proud, further proof will come in the form of my You Tube video's of this running in the future!! As you can see the loco is starting to look rather nice, this is how the kit now looks, as of the today ( 12/07/2020) I was kindly given the decals I require from fellow club members, which are the correct type I require for the tank-sides!! More clean up is certainly required, but I am steadily getting though it all, I should have it finished by the next part in terms of the build then it will be one big clean up job before the etched primer goes on and of course PAINT!! Anyway thanks again, Tom
  20. It's always fun to build for friends, the good thing is we are a club, but we don't go through the formality of forming and building a club we're just a group of mates all between 23-28 so a good bunch. Thanks always nice to hear people are watching, this blog is being written after 75% of the work is completed. Right now the model is running, with all the pickup's etc I'm just playing catch up, with the blog and the You Tube video's which I am doing tied with this RM Web Blog.
  21. Thanks John, I must admit I started with building a few wagons, firstly for friends as I wanted to get into 7mm, and at the time wasn't able to get anything in 7mm then I built the GE PO Wagon for myself. The soldering was easy, using Carr's 145 & Carr's Green Flux. If your not sure what your solder is buy some 145 from Phoenix Paints as they do the solder and the flux, I think it cost me £20 for the lot and I've not run out of flux nor solder yet although I will need to get some more solder very soon. But the 145 & Green Flux really made the job easy to do. If your not feeling confident I'd recommend starting with the Connoisseur Starter kit, reasonably cheap and the instructions are so simple. To be fair this is my first kit and it's been hard in some places and I think I have gotten a few things wrong ( In terms of the cab back wall) but it's been fine to build.
  22. So with the last parts of my degree finished, I can give myself a few weeks before I move to pastures new... So it's worth mentioning what has happened too me since writing and planning for the Hattons A3, I had a sudden realization that getting something such as a RTR A3 would actually cause more hassle than it would be practical. Of course the original intention for the A3 would be to operate at a friends garden railway. Which is still very much the case, however, in the time since finishing my degree it has become very clear to myself that getting something smaller for a operational layout would in fact be better, the cost of owning and running the A3 would in fact be harder as it would probably spend more time in the box rather than running, in addition it has allowed me to look into investing my money into more rolling stock, as plans develop for a kit of an LNER Sundry Van or LNER Fruit Van. So, much like previous projects where I have changed my mind, which I find myself fully entitled to do! History Briefly the J68's or GER C72 Class were built in 3 Batches of 10, producing a total of 30 engines, the first 10 were built for passenger services in mind ( Fitted with Screw link couplings, Screw reverser's, Vacuum and Air breaking) and the last 20 were build with shunting duties in mind. The first 10 are where my interest lie's, as the locomotives flexibility can allow the engine to pull small passenger & mixed freight trains. The Kit What has struck me is the ability to develop these kits, looking through the instructions it is very clear that a locomotive can in fact be modified to appear in multiple different forms, in this case the locomotive can have Ross Poppet Safety Valves, Ramsbottom Safety Valves, Condensing gear and GER or LNER type Chimney's. It's very clear that attention to detail is key here, although most modelers would take this kit to the next step in development by looking to purchase extra components to adapt the model to look and perhaps operate to a higher standard. For those who follow my modelling and know my M.O. it was almost destined that I take the kit as it came and develop it further to become a better kit overall. Replacement parts This is where we begin with the first major parts that I am replacing between the kit and other small companies, in this case I have replaced the buffers from the white metal versions to turned brass & sprung buffers by Markits for GER Tank Engine Locomotives. The next major change has come in the form of the couplings, as Connoisseur produce a basic coupling for show more than anything else, however I went to H&A models and got myself some working screw link couplings. The final major part which I have replaced is from Ragestone Models, in which case we have the replacement Ramsbottom Safety valves next to there counter part and the replacement reversing wheel, regulator & gland. The only part not being used is the GE whistle which can be used for other project's in the future. Frames Any solid base for a model or even a real locomotive lie's in the frames, as per the instructions we will focus on the frames and get them to a good state before I even look at doing the body. surprisingly this was rather easy to sort out. However this being my first O gauge kit I thought right I'll take my time anyway. I am rather impressed how quickly the instructions move to get the frames together for the loco, after 4 major segments of the instructions I had the frames together and ready for major assembly. Swiftly moving to fitting the rest bar the brakes everything was rather straight forward. Body Following this the body was a pure joy to build nothing too complex other than the beading which fits into the cabsides and the smokebox but after stopping and thinking all came together rather easy. The tanks all fairly easy to put together. All in all it has been rather enjoyable to get the kit to this point. The kit is very quick moving once you reach this point Anyway that's all for part 1 I will produce part 2 tomorrow and bring you up to date as to how the locomotive looks right now... Thanks Tom
  23. Very well done!! Always nice to see some work like that which makes a very good model look, out standing!
  24. Thanks John, I have removed the bar, I should have realized that! But not too worry thank you that has been corrected now
  25. 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
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