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  1. The loco has gone to the paint shop, a clean dust free margarine tub and is already in basic grey. So this photo is now an historic record. Some work still needs to be done, a few corrections to tender. That gap at the bottom of the tender side where the metal meets the black base of the tender. Some sort of railing or door at the loco end. This is based on a Midland Railway tender which had two vertical stanchions on the front foot plate to stop the crew falling off. The coal load, where every one has been giving me advice on how to hide the motor. Working o
  2. A type popular overseas but never caught on on British railways a long boiler 2-4-0. Robert Stephenson built many long boiler types for the Continent and other British locomotive builders sold then too. This is a model of a Sharp Stewart standard built for the Spanish railways. Seen here with a LSWR T9 maybe on the long branch line to Padstow down in far Cornwall. Maybe SS where trying to sell some as suitable for the long cross country line in the rolling hills of the West Country and it was undergoing trials. Also trying out the built up tender, a short type seen in Australia. After all
  3. Still have the little Spanish Style 2-4-0 to finish. Pushing to finish this tender for ages but could not think of a way to make a curved top edge, trying several schemes to cut strips of tube which ended up with wonky edges so they would not sit straight. Then noticed this edge on a pop top freezer box. several makes are available check edge styles for modelling possibilities. This make of plastic freezer food box with a pop top lid the curve top edge is just right for a 4mm tender and it is easy to get a straight cut by sliding the knife along the flat s
  4. Developed a system to have the white metal tender top be removable, a soldered on tongue of metal that fits in the slot made by Airfix in their rear buffer beam and a screw at the front up the link to the loco. All the white deposits are from the acid flux I used, the little yellow pots by Power Flow from a plumbers shops, even after the parts have been washed the white persists. It can be rubbed away later with a pot scrubber. Soldered some off cuts of w/m along the sides to attach the coal mound to later. The second tender w
  5. The worst job in model railways is handrails. Trying to match the little posts and cleaning out the holes breaking drills, handling stuff which is too tiny tiny to pick up unless you use tweezers then they ping off somewhere lost forever. Which glue to use, matching the drill size to the wire, remembering how to use a Vernier Calliper to measure and compare thickness. I think these handrail pillars are Alan Gibson they needed cleaning up and the holes opening out with a 0.3mm drill for my bit of wire. How they manage to manufacture such small items in the first place is amazing. The detai
  6. Manage to catch some sunshine which is always the best light to show detail and close ups. With spring coming along nicely my photography window, more time as the sun shines on that side of the building more giving more time with good light for photography. So some more views for yous. The die cast loco, although crudely moulded see photo of the front footplate and buffer beam for example. I think it has potential and some careful filing down of things like that hump over the buffers might give a usable model, cut some windows with a mini drill and grinding w
  7. More tender progress. Found it, the tender not the meaning of life, still looking for that. It was right by my elbow behind a little box at the side of the workbench somewhere close by but I did not expect it to be there so I looked every where else but there. Now where is that pin chuck so I can do the hand rail holes. See the inside of the corners.... there are support strips that are part of the molded sides. To clear these and get the original weights up inside I have had to do some trimming and sawing. Still has most of its adhesion weight. Next s
  8. When is a Jinty not a Jinty, here are 4 models which is the most accurate, probably number two from the top with the red roof, and the most modern model a Bachmann repainted to industrialise it for a private railway scheme. Top one is a Hornby, no a Triang R52, I had to check, nicely painted in Southern green and fits onto the current Hornby chasssis. Any chassis as underneath there is a central slot for almost any size of motor and chassis block. Third down is a white-metal version nice and heavy and would enhance the haulage power of the current lightweight Hornby chassis but needs a lo
  9. A sort of show and tell of my thought process which seems to be a picture base palaver for my little brain as long as there is only one picture at a time. A paper and pencil sketch of the wagons I hope to produce. I've been trying to upgrade the old brain to 3D CAD, only getting as far as 2D drawings in Inkscape or Corel Draw type application programs. Still have lots of jobs to do to finish off the 4-4-0, smaller ones like adding details like handrails but I can't find my pin chuck, first I could not find the small drill bits, I've got them now but have mislaid the pin-
  10. When where the first oil conversions of steam locos? Would it be a wheeze to apply to a pre-grouping tender drive model set in the 1880s, as far back as that. I vaguely remember reading that the Great Eastern Railway had some the oil burners, their oil was a waste by product of their carriage gas lighting gas production plant. Later oil fired loco conversion would appear if the price of coal compared with oil made it favourable to the accountants.
  11. Despite mine being an 00 model I think I used the em spacers as I wanted the frames as wide apart as poss to get a wider gearbox in, one of the High Level high geared ones sa I wanted a super slow loco for a shunting plank. With 00 wheel and track standard there is enough sideways movement between the wheels and rail-head. I needed no side-play in the driving wheels but I narrowed the chassis over the front wheels into a Y to allow lots of side pay there. The leading wheel chassis holes are opened out to clear the axle twisting, whilst it is held and rides in a central 2mm bearing so
  12. Don't worry printers are far more accurate than any wobbly hand and knife combination. This is done on a Samsung laser about 3 years old. The biggest problem was learning the drawing application, Inkscapes way of doing it seemed so counter intuitive to someone bought up with paper and pencil. Then persuading all the operating system, the printer drivers and stuff which try to improve your finished work as you pass it down the line to the printer. App changes the finished work of art to become printer ready, then the operating system, Microsoft in this case changes it as it passes it on to
  13. Waiting for loco parts so switched to wagon building or at least cutting out the pieces. A few months ago I drew up some parts on Inkscape a computer drawing app. This will print exact square shapes far better than I can ever manages by hand, using set square and rulers. Using the computer gives a better more accurate way of marking out materials for me, I find. So I designed a kit for a simple open wagon which is really just a series of rectangles. Starting with some sort of original drawing, usually from a magazine, it is scanned in and using the Inkscape App's tracing and d
  14. After Father was thrown in jail for espionage Mother took the children north from London IIRC from the book. Their rented farm house was somewhere hilly, consider the adventure with the runners broken leg in the tunnel under the hill. The landslide when the cutting collapsed onto the track. In the book there was also a busy canal, see the adventure with the baby and fire on the canal boat. The regular train carrying the Old Gentleman every morning to his office in a major town. What were the accents of the local people, Perks' accent may not be local as railway servan
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