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  1. That’s very kind of you Tim! I’ve sent you an email with my address.
  2. I’d like the Jumbo kit. It will go well with the Coal Tank I have. What would you like for it?
  3. Justin, that looks fantastic! I have some foam but I haven’t gotten around to figuring out the best way to cut it. You may have solved the problem.
  4. The first warehouse is just about done. Need to finish the roof and a couple of details, that’s it. The windows were all 3D printed. One of the challenging areas recently was curving the bricks into the doorway openings. I did this by creating a short bit of wall entering the building, rounding over the corner with a file, and then chasing each mortar course with a square needle file. It was rather tedious but the results were worth it. 1) Raw opening: 2) With the new wall: 3) Rounded over: 4) All bricked up: In position on the layout. The road is next.
  5. The first warehouse is just about done. Need to finish the roof and a couple of details, that’s it. The windows were all 3D printed. One of the challenging areas recently was curving the bricks into the doorway openings. I did this by creating a short bit of wall entering the building, rounding over the corner with a file, and then chasing each mortar course with a square needle file. It was rather tedious but the results were worth it. 1) Raw opening: 2) With the new wall: 3) Rounded over: 4) All bricked up: In position on the layout. The road is next.
  6. These are the pictures I was working from, all also in your thread. https://www.warwickshirerailways.com/lms/lnwra3641.htm https://www.warwickshirerailways.com/lms/lnwra3633.htm
  7. A separate thread would probably make it easier to find at a later date.
  8. This section, to the right of the tool, took 40 minutes to lay the clay and press the setts. Maybe a 10/30 ratio. I need to find a better way to mix the clay. It’s too dry out of the package, so I’ve been adding some water and pva, but it’s inconsistent. Some areas end up dry and others wet, so that I need varying amounts of pressure when making the setts. I can press harder if needed, but soft squishy areas are a problem. The unevenness would probably be fine if I were modelling the ‘60s, but this yard isn’t all that old and should be pretty smooth. I’ll go over it with something to knock down the high spots once it’s dry, then we’ll see where we are. The paintbrush describes itself as a number 4. The inside is 2.8mm x 1.8mm.
  9. All the wiring is done, aside from the lighting. I had been waiting on the setts until I was sure the wiring didn't need any changes but I have now begun with this project. It's slow going and I'm not trying to rush, no point in needing to redo it. I've been spreading thin layers of Das clay. The large open areas have thin foam sheet that brings the level up to about that of the sleepers. I've spread clay in between the sleepers, once that's dry I've applied another layer up to just below the rail head into which I press the setts with a modified paintbrush.
  10. All the wiring is done, aside from the lighting. I had been waiting on the setts until I was sure the wiring didn't need any changes but I have now begun with this project. It's slow going and I'm not trying to rush, no point in needing to redo it. I've been spreading thin layers of Das clay. The large open areas have thin foam sheet that brings the level up to about that of the sleepers. I've spread clay in between the sleepers, once that's dry I've applied another layer up to just below the rail head into which I press the setts with a modified paintbrush.
  11. Recently I've been working on a few more Edwardian wagons. I received a couple of decorated PO wagons from POWsides, they're both RCH 1907 designs, which are slightly too modern for my 1903 layout, but they'll be ok. The one I've built so far is lettered for F. Warren. The only pictures I've found of their wagons bear the same number as the kit, but the kit has two more planks. The caption lists similar dimensions to those of the kit, so I'm going to let it go. The prototype had a lifting plank over the door and I'll need to add this. I found the Slaters brake gear somewhat lacking so it's been replaced with Bill Bedford etched brakes, everything else is as the kit was intended. I've also been working on another Bill Bedford LNWR D32 van. These kits go together amazingly quickly, I think it was ready for paint in about an hour. I've decided to paint this one in the somewhat rare two tone livery. As with most grey wagons I started with a coat of mid grey primer. The outside frames were then picked out in Precision's GWR grey, which seems to have a greenish tinge that I'm not too fond of, it may get repainted in something else. The exact details of how this livery was applied are a bit fuzzy. I haven't found any pictures that show the bottom of the ends of any vans in this livery, except for a brake van, and who knows if they were painted differently. The solebars are another area of uncertainty, I've gone with dark grey there as well. The axleguards and axleboxes need to be painted black, plus diamond and number transfers. The third wagon I've been working on is a North London 4 plank open. I'm a little unsure of the authenticity of this wagon, NLR wagons are particularly difficult to find photos of. Part of the problem is that after the LNWR took over the NLR in 1909 a number of LWNR style wagons appeared in NLR livery. The wagons that I know were built by the NLR have rounded ends on the buffer beams, whereas the LNWR standard is to have a notch on the bottom corners. So here's the problem. This wagons was built from a drawing I acquired from HMRS. It seems to be a model drawing, rather than a original company drawing, as 7mm:1ft is given as the scale. There is a date of 1888, but the wagon is shown with notched corners and LNWR style pushrod brakes. I built this, as depicted, from a Ratio LNWR 4 plank wagon kit, although I replaced the axleguards with some of Bill Bedford's etched ones, London Road axleboxes, and MJT? springs. It has been lettered with HMRS transfers. If anyone has any information on NLR wagons I'd love to have it.
  12. Me? Every CSB locomotive I’ve built. Your Buffalo is compensated because I didn’t have space for something, I don’t remember what at the moment.
  13. I tend to stick the whole kit on a scale and then round up. It seems to work so far.
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