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  1. D6150

    Extra time...

    A bit of weathering on 70001. Diesel stains from the fuel fillers. Dirt and grime on the bogies. Some dirt on the steps and door handles and some more on the (many) grilles. Tried some soot around the exhaust vents also, but not an easy effect to achieve (black on black???). Tried not to overdo it, and quite happy with the results. In most photos 70001 isn't clean, but isn't filthy either. Ken
  2. So 70001 is back on it's wheels. It's not quite up there with current RTR models, but it probably only cost around £40 all in. The original mehano shell is pretty accurate as far as I can see, once the cab ends are sorted. It certainly captures the bulk of the real loco. To be honest, it does sit too high on the bogies, but I'm not sure how easy this will be to fix (limited space inside the bodyshell). All that remains to be done is a bit of weathering to tone down the finish. Some couplings also required, although I'm not sure what type. Nex
  3. So 70001 is slowly coming together. Not perfect, but quite happy with it for what it is. Tried adding grab-rails, but this didn't work well. Anything close to scale was extremely fragile, and my sausage fingers snapped them off again in minutes. Anything strong enough to stand a bit of handling was obviously over-scale... There is some weathering to be done once the loco is back together, which should help to disguise the odd paint issue. I'm modelling the loco towards the end of it's career, by which point some wear and tear was evident. As I've mentioned before, info on 700
  4. D6150

    SNCF 70001

    So 70001 is progressing. Cutting and shutting the cab ends wasn't too bad. Started on the paint, which is proving a bit challenging, but should hopefully tidy up ok (for my fairly low standards..). Picking a shade of blue has been difficult. There aren't all that many colour photos of 70001 and 70002, and they vary wildly in terms of colour. There isn't all that much on these locos on the web, and a lot needs to be translated from french. They seem to have been a fairly advanced design, which proved temperamental in service. However when they did work they were really good. 70001lasted f
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    So a bit of tinkering with the mehano Sncf 70000 this week. The model is a bit of an oddball, just like the real thing. The side profiles are pretty accurate, but the ends are wrong. And it's red instead of blue. So far, I've made a start on fixing the cab ends, cutting them off and refitting them, so the lights are at the right level (the bottom of the lights should line up with the bottom of the cab doors). New buffer beams are required, plus grab-rails and brake hoses. A couple of before and after shots attached. I've decided against making my own power bogie for the CC650
  6. Hello again. The CC65000 is coming along slowly, the body is perhaps 60% complete, and I've started on the bogies. These are recycled from a Kitmaster/Airfix/Dapol kit. I'm going to try and assemble my own drive mechanism... I may regret this. I had wondered about using bogies from the original Lima deltic, as these are HO (or not far off), but given the prices these go for on ebay, a lot of other people must have the same idea. 2020 has left me with an interest in french trains, and I'm now planning a boxfile layout. This will need a handful of locos, and too much time on ebay res
  7. Happy new year to all on RM web. Another quick update on the loco. Amended lower body sides now added, and I've made a start on sanding and filling the first lower-end. Still a long way to go, but it's good to have something to help fill the long winter nights. Stay safe folks.
  8. D6150

    CC65000 part 3

    So on we go with the CC65000 conversion. The "new" nose is now largely completed at one end of the V200 shell. A lot of filling and sanding required, but I think it's starting to take shape. Nothing to do with the bottle of Balvennie I opened yesterday..... Can anyone suggest a supplier of HO loco parts like buffer heads and air horns? I've scoured ebay but haven't found much that might suit? Thanks Ken
  9. So the f104G is finally finished. Not the easiest kit, or maybe I'm just a bit rusty with aircraft. Anyhow it's off to brighten up my home office; I've been working from home since March (as I'm sure lots of other RM webber's will have been). Italian airforce markings were really difficult to source, but eventually got a set designed for the earlier f86 from FantasyPrintShop.co.uk . Not the cheapest, but excellent product and service. I now have the final f104S-asa on my to do list for 2021. Thanks for looking, and all the best for Christmas and New Year. Ken
  10. D6150

    CC65000 part 2

    Thanks for this. It's possible this project may fall into the old Top Gear category of "ambitious but...rubbish", but hopefully not.
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    CC65000 part 2

    A bit of progress altering the nose of the V200 shell to look a bit more like a Cc65000. Not that much of the original plastic left, but starting to look a bit more like the prototype (I hope...). A fair bit of filler required to try and replicate the compound curves of the original. Thanks for looking. Ken
  12. D6150

    Cut and shut...

    So how to covert a DB V200 shell to something a bit more like the CC65000? So far I've altered the cab-side windows at both ends, including the plated-over windows above the cab doors to represent a loco towards the end of their life with SNCF. I've also cut the V200 nose off at one end, and made a start on re-shaping the windscreens. The CC65000 has windscreens that are straight at the bottom, while the V200 screens have a curved bottom edge. Fingers crossed it all goes together as planned.
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    So time to reveal my mystery project. It's going to the SNCF CC65000. The inspiration for this came from an excellent video on YouTube showing 65005 in its second career with Agrivap in the Auvergne. There are also some excellent photos on Flickr. Hornby made a model of the CC65000 in their ACHO range, and there have been some more modern replicas, but the cost of these is a long way beyond my budget (although I can't deny the quality). I was going to try scratch-building, but tbh I don't think I have the time or patience. The DB V200 has a similar profile
  14. So a wee update on the F104. Paint and transfers now mostly done. This took a lot longer than expected, but hopefully looks a bit better than the Airfix kits I used to knock together in a couple of hours. Italian airforce markings have proved difficult to get hold of, the first set from ebay were old stock which fell apart when I tried to apply them. The second set have got lost in the post apparently... Thanks for all the feedback on my previous post, I was surprised by the level of interest in what for many people must be an old jet with an iffy safety record that retired from fr
  15. Couple of better photos today (I hope)! 70810 approaching Raith's Farm, Dyce, with the 04.33 Irvine Caledonian Paper to Aberdeen Waterloo tanker train. Quite a fine day for the end of October.
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