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  1. Wow. I genuinely thought you'd photoshopped your model to the background. I scrolled through them and realised you hadn't! I even shouted out "F**k off?!" because of realistic it is. You have a serious talent my friend. As others have said, instantly recognisable as Talylln. If I can be half a good a modeller as you, I'll be very happy! Keep up the good work, loving the pics Cheers Andy
  2. Hi all, I know there was a thread from 2018, so please don't link to that if possible please. I emailed Brian on the 15/7/21 but had no reply from him. Today, I've emailed again with my requirements so hoping to get in touch. I've also been ringing throughout the day on the number he provides on his website but it rings out. Has anyone been able to get in contact with him this last/month/know if he's still trading? Kind regards Andy
  3. Glad to see you back Tom, some stunning modelling going on here, like the illustrations are coming to life! Cheers, Andy
  4. Hello all I'm currently building a load of Parkside 16T diagram 1/108 mineral wagons. (Hauling coal may I add!) As the title suggests, how knackered/rusty should they be? Layout is based 50s to mid 60s. I know British Leyland Cars used to rust in the showrooms, but hopefully these mineral wagons lasted a bit longer! Paul Bartlett's site comes up with mainly 68 onwards where wagons are in a very poor state! The book by David Larkin "Wagons of the Middle British Railways Era: A Pictorial Study of the 1955-1961 Period" again, has pictures from the 70s. I don't want to overdo the distressing of the wagons, as it'd look odd for a wagon that was built in '52 to look on its last legs a few years after It was built! Can anyone shed some light on pictures or books that might be of some use? Kind regards
  5. They say the silliest question is the one you don't ask, so here goes.... Would "man with the chalk" write on both sides of the wagon, or just one side? I suspect it's just the one side, but I'll ask the question anyway as I haven't found the answer! Kind regards Possy
  6. Give that man a coconut! I had another look on fox, and there they were, staring me in the face, and were duly ordered. Thank you Mr Corbs! Back to the wagons... I decided I needed better wagon loads than the one that I had previously made from foam board, which looked okay, but weighed absolutely nothing. I had a dig about the house and came across some thin MDF board which was used as a picture board if I recall correctly. I measured them out around 24mm x 64mm and cut out 3, gluing them together with superglue and a bench vice. I made sure to file them into a block and fill any bits with model filler. I then measured out 8mmx8mm squares and used a pen to draw them on the top. Using a triangular file I cut the grooves in the top to represent the separate blocks the wagon would have. Finally, a blast with Halfords grey primer bit of a black wash between the grooves and a mixture of various sand/ochre colours gave me some "Dressed stone slabs" ready to be cut up for various uses at the Ffarquhar Quarry cutting sheds. These blocks gave much more weight than the previous one did, and look far more realistic as the MDF provides small textures like stone. Before I could add the stone loads to the wagon, I researched how the stone was transported - It appears from threads on here that the stone would be loaded into the wagons, but not chained down or using ropes, as this would damage the cargo. instead, I believe planks of wood were nailed to the floor around the wood to stop it sliding around, with the weight of the stone itself stopping it jumping out of the wagon. I cut up some plasticard strip to represent these planks and glued them into the wagon. I however, made a slipup with the paint and used a fresh wood colour, which I immediately toned down to a more weathered appearance. Once I measured around the loads, the longitudinal planks were put in place, as will be seen in the next photos further down. The other two wagons were varied up with replacement planks, and I tried to do some in a lighter shade to represent older replaced planks. I don't think it quite came out as I'd have liked as the wash I did over the top of them hid most of it anyway. The lettering was faded on what was left of the wagon planks, and then the black panels and numbers were applied, again, with the "P" Prefix. Inside the wagon I tried to weather with dust, trying to build up a collection in the corners to show bits of stone that may have broken off, but when I went to varnish, it all blew off! so I had another go with hairspray, which seemed to catch most of the dust, as seen below, It looks a lot more orangey/yellow than it actually is in real life: (not the other planks now in place) So, finally, onto the wagons: I'm pleased at how they came out. I actually have a few more 3 plank wagons on order atm, and will be buying some of Corb's fantastic Anopha Quarry transfers to go with my rundown stock. The ones above definitely will be an "older" Ffarquhar liveried wagon, so will be nice to have the 2 blends together, with the "newer", Anopha wagons (with privatised wagon numbers and panels) in much better shape! Finally, Ex-NWR No.6 heads up a quarry train bound for Ffarquhar: Finally, a bit of fun.... Thank you for reading! comments and criticisms as always please! Reagrds, Possy
  7. Hello! Me again! Not been able to do too much this week as I'm on different shift patterns again. What I have done though, is take delivery of some fox transfers, and have been "Nationalising" one of my wagons. The wagon in question is one of the ones in the above post. Presumably, the Ffarquhar Quarry bought the 3 plank wagon from the LMS, and then subsequently, after the war, was pooled into British Railway's stock. Therefore, it makes sense this wagon has a 'P' prefix. I started by rubbing down a couple of the planks, removing some of the original decals (that I searched high and low for! They're actually Luftwaffe decals!) I decided to paint a few planks up as "fresh wood" to represent many of the wagons running around at the time with unpainted planks. I then painted black squares onto the sides and ends - does anyone know of if anyone does blank, black decals? as they were a pain to do! Anyway, not finished yet, as it still needs a healthy dose of weathering, some of the rest of the decals to "fade" a bit, and a load of dressed stone. Let me know what you think! Comments and criticisms welcome! Regards, Possy
  8. Interesting, I must admit, I have seen models of them in passenger Crimson, but saw on Paul Bartlett's website them painted in BR Bauxite -might have to build a 3rd kit! Good job they aren't expensive The Ffarquhar quarry provided dressed stone as far as I'm aware, and the FQ wagons I currently have are 3 plank wagons (That Oxford rail wagon will be ex Private owner for coal traffic) Here are my ex-LMS Private owner wagons. The one at the back has an attempt at a dressed stone load, but needs re-doing. However, for spoil, I will tack on a few 5 planks and 7 planks partially filled. Ah! So that's where Tom got to. He used to be on twitter... until he wasn't! Cheers, Possy
  9. Thank you! Definitely something to consider, I'm going to raid my paints - I think I have bufferbeam red somewhere. Back to this week's work - A nice easy Dapol (ex-airfix) wagon. BR only made about 150 of these, so with Airfix's help, I'm pretty sure everyone's model railway has one. It probably fits nicely onto Sodor as many of the industries are still connected by rail. I am interested in building more, using the hybrid of the meat van with planks removed and parkside accompaniments. Onto the build - Pretty straight forward, glue the pieces together, a bit of filing for flash but nothing major. I have built one before, but tried to be a clever d!ck and drill out the axles for bearings to go into place - this didn't work as when I mounted the wheels into the wagon, it was leaning somewhat - I hadn't checked if it was square or not! I left the axles as they were for this kit this time. This is the model after a blast with Humbrol 133, aka, early BR Bauxite. I honestly think it's my favourite livery, just think it looks so smart! (might be the smell of the humbrol paints swaying me, as I also like BR grey (humbrol 64!) I glued the doors shut, strengthening them with bits of plasticard and then lopped off the oversized hinges and filled the gap with filler. You may notice a gap behind the door - this was again, filled with some plasticard behind later, and touched up with more humbrol 133. After this, a gloss coat was applied, and a few bits of dust had managed to get into the varnish, so this was gently buffed out and the decals applied. I'm not sure how accurate the "0"s are, but they'll do. Finally, a coat of satin varnish, and then onto weathering. I almost exclusively used weathering powders on this - bar a few of the vents in a very dark grey. This was sealed with hairspray before adding the wheels, which also need weathering. I've realised that I've come to an "impasse" with my modelling - as the RWS books have dates for when each story is set. Meaning, the North Western Railway, will, at some point, have been absorbed into British Rail, and as such, the stock and locos would need their livery changing to suit. For now, I'm content with the loco liveries, but the wagons will need some work. I have already ordered prefixes and numbers from Fox, which will be winging their way to me now with any luck. With the Locomotive stock I have, most arrived after 1948, ie, after nationalisation, meaning many of my wagons may have the wrong livery! (I know that BR nationalisation didn't happen overnight, and not everything was painted ready for the 5am January 1st services!) but a show of this gradual conversion would be more realistic, eg, still with faded "NW" Decals, and some plain planks but with black panels on the side with the running number etc. (I realise that RWS modelling and realistic are contradictory terms, but the Rev followed railway practices in his stories, so I wish to do so too) I won't be converting all my stock - I'll be leaving my kipper train alone, other than weathering. But my Ffarquhar Quarry wagons will have a P prefix on their sides, with the old livery showing through. I might even just do one side of the wagon, so I have options for both! I have ordered more BR kits as I was initially against the idea, but the more I thought aboout it, the more it made sense to try and make it all more "realistic" - To prove to myself that I am going to do it, I went to my new "local" model shop today and purchased an Oxford rail ex-Private owner wagon. Just needs weathering up and a load! Comments and criticisms welcome - I really do appreciate any feedback I get kind regards Possy
  10. Thanks for the feedback and suggestion. I ended up using the Railmatch "roof grey" for my model. Daisy Has been on and off the workbench for this past week, however, I have finally made progress with her. I ended up winning a class 101 trailer coach on ebay relatively cheaply, which I have taken the windows out of, and also the cab glazing, of which I was missing a set as mentioned in previous posts. As it also had a set of windscreen wipers, I have gone back on using the brass examples I had to make in favour of the ones that came with the model. I used the windows from the donor as the windows for my original one had somehow chipped on the sides and looked rather untidy. I removed the first class stickers from the windows with a bit of t-cut (every journey is first class with this highly sprung railcar) My attention turned to the wiring. Initially, when I built Daisy I used an 8 pin decoder, and used a plug coupler wired up to the railcar. This was not tiny and could be seen through the windows, so opted for a different approach this time around. Although the original Bachmann model came with lights, I have removed mine, as I struggled in the past with wiring, and deemed it too complicated to hook up - for now anyway. I had a spare 6 pin decoder that wouldn't fit in my Hatton's Andrew Barclay, so bought a 6 pin plug coupler and wired it up, as the picture below shows: I had experimented with the white plasticard you see here, but when the body was on, it was a divider in between the windows - back to the drawing board! I opted to paint the wires etc black, and they blend in much better with the model, to the point where you really have to look for them to see them. I added a driver to the cab at one end. I will add one to the other end in time, but for now I've run out of sitting crew (though he is amputated from the knees down, and has a rather rigid back!) I turned my attention to the original "connection" end, where the railcar would couple up to the other car in the set. This was, of course now, a cut and shut, so had the other cab there. I fashioned a buffer beam from plasticard, and attached a coupling, painted black and superglued in place. Not 100% accurate, but most will be hidden by a kadee coupling that will fit in the pocket below. You'll notice that you can see the motor through the cab - I had to grind off a large part of the weight around the motor housing, and was as far as I dared go. I butchered the cab fittings and superglued what I could to "represent" what the cab looks like at the no.1 end. Again, you won't really notice unless your face is on the track. A driver in this end will also help hide some of it too. With all the gubbins attached, it was time for weathering. I studied coach pictures and railcar pics from the web, and also watched Richard from Everard Junction's video on weathering coaching stock. (They say to never model a model, but certainly taught me some techniques and confirmed my findings) I basically wanted to weather the roof, the vents, and the underframe, whilst keeping the middle clean, as that is the part the passengers would see, and thus, would be kept clean by staff. I tried not to over do the weathering, and tried to give the impression of streaking etc. I'm still debating painting the buffer beams red, like the illustrations, but fear it may make the model look toy like. Anyway, here are my pictures of my completed (For now) D1, Daisy You'll notice that my lines don't quite go up to the top of windows, and that's for 2 reasons: 1. The fox transfers have a gap in them for whatever reason, and I merely joined the 2 ends together 2. The Clive Spong illustration's have the line lower anyway. The model is based off a "blend" of illustrations (below), as, depending on the artist, can vary from book to book, or page to page! "Toby's an old fusspot!" Mavis Complained Please let me know what you think of the finished model! I'm still debating in the future drilling a couple of holes in the roof for the exhaust pipes to go. For now, I need a break! Comments & criticisms Please! Cheers, Possy
  11. Thank you for your kind words I was nervous about chopping up a Bachmann version. Luckily, I bought mine when Hattons were selling them cheap. I double, triple and doubled measured before cutting! Anyway, I got down to lining the model, and did it over 2 nights, let one side dry completely before applying transfers to the other side. It won't come as a surprise that the livery is near identical! I then sprayed the model with satin varnish, though it appears to be more matt than satin! I don't know if there's something wrong with my satin varnish - I only appear to get halfway down the bottle before it changes colour. I always stir thoroughly, so not sure where I'm going wrong. I think it's just about passable. I've posed the glazing in the model, needs a bit of touching up in places but am glad the model is coming together. Need to research what early railcar interiors were like and paint Daisy accordingly. My attention turned to the missing front step. As per my previous post, I bought some Gresley Bogie steps to bodge into some steps for Daisy. I cut out some of the steps I knew I wouldn't be using and soldered them together. The theory worked! however, they were too short compared to the other one. So with new found knowledge, I lined up the plastic one and the etches and used 0.45mm Brass wire to extend the steps. These were soldered into place and then the wire was trimmed and bent to fit. Here you can see the new one in place next to the plastic one. It isn't perfect, but with a bit of paint you won't be able to see (especially as I'll be giving the bogies a bit of weathering too. I wasn't satisfied with just having one, so I built up a second one, and gave them a blast with Halfords paint. They just need gluing in place. Comments and criticisms welcome!
  12. Hello all, happy bank holiday Flippin'eck, 3 posts in a row, if someone doesn't get one in after me I'll have connect 4... Finished off my coke wagon today, after picking out the details in the iron work, I applied the transfers, and although the MR only latterly applied their numbers towards the end on the wagon bodies, I have done here as it would look odd without. Plus, it gave the crews at Crovan's gate something to do when this wagon arrived. I also added the missing bar across the "w" out of some thin brass wire and painted black. I just need some coke for it now. However, I need to research how to make coke look like coke and not coal for when I do a big "coaling" session of all my open wagons. One of the perks of working on the railway is that you'll sometimes come across an old piece of coal in the bushes from yonks ago. (you don't even need to look that hard often) so will keep my eye out if I find any. With this project complete, I need to get another model off my Workbench and finished. This project was actually started in 2018, and then finished in 2018. It was actually the first piece of RWS rolling stock I built. I am, of course, talking about NWR's D1, Daisy This was built out of a Bachmann 101, built much like the Rev's Model (he used a triang version however) Essentially, it's a cut and shut, taking the cab off one end and sticking it to the other end. Anyway, I was in my infancy of airbrushing, and although I was fine with the painting, I was not so confident in varnishing. I used Humbrol Varnish spray, which reacted with the paint and completely ruined the model. I had to salvage what I could, but in my eyes, it was literally polishing a turd. to add insult to injury, the glazing of the cab windows got damaged on one end and despite trying to fix them, frosted over. so I had to use the microset stuff that turns clear when it dries. The model didn't look too bad in certain lights, (this pic doesn't have the wipers on, but they were added!) but I was never happy with it, and always wanted to overhaul it. My wish came true sooner than I would have liked when the model took a tumble off the shelf in October 2020, cracking the paint and the varnish, so I decided to strip Daisy (ooh eerr) and start again. I used brake fluid to strip the model down, back to blue. You can see where I filled in the destination board and added my own lights top and middle bottom out of tubing, to align the model closer with the RWS counterpart. The cut was done in such a way that it would be easier for the parts to join and have structural strength. This is the model posed on the chassis once again. I've left the vents in the position they are as I figured when building Daisy, Metro-Cammell may have done similar with the blue prints, plus, I didn't fancy hacking off the roof vents and sourcing more. you wouldn't really notice anyway. Initially when I built the model, I had inadvertently sanded off some of the rivet detail - kicking myself, I wanted to add them back, so had a supply of the fiddliest rivet transfers ever, which needed securing down with acrylic brush painted satin varnish from humbrol, otherwise the airbrush would blow them off. don't ask me how I know! They aren't a perfect match, but with some subtle weathering, I don't think you'll be able to tell as much. I'm debating on drilling a couple of holes in the roof for an exhaust, however, I'm not sure the correct way to go about it, I know the 121's had them on their fronts - something I'd like to avoid with this model. With this model, I also wanted to add the correct roof colour, as Daisy Mk1 used trusty Halfords primer, and although close, isn't BR Roof grey. So here we are currently. The model is in BR green, with BR Roof Grey, the windows are safe in a bag, and the model is ready for transfers. When the model took a tumble, I lost some of the bogie steps, and the windscreen wipers, however, I have managed to find Etchings of the wipers, which will be better anyway, and some Gresley bogie step etchings which I should be able to bodge into a convincing set of steps. Please let me know what you think! Kind regards Possy
  13. My apologies, hadn't even thought of Wigan! (feel a right t!t now!) I fear I may have been out in the bank holiday sun a bit too much today! Need to get me some books on the subject, and the Lancashire area.
  14. The million dollar question! it had occurred to me that it could be the "sticky wicket". I'll just have to buy more wagon kits XD. in fairness, as you say the post war wagons, with the introduction of the steel bodied wagons the wooden ones would be phased out, so I hopefully wouldn't need as many. Again, thanks all for the advice, for instance, the coal arriving via boat is an interesting concept. I'm modelling somewhere in the North West of England, so my "main sources" of coal are places like copy pit, (and many others in the Burnley, Nelson and Blackburn, plus Haig Colliery in Cumbria as a possible stretch. Obviously, places like Liverpool and Preston Docks would be contenders as to where my coal could come from also.
  15. Thanks Gents, certainly some things to reflect on, and plenty of information to digest. Think I need to expand my library and get some books on this, so thank you for the recommendations. thanks again!
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