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  1. Hornby Class 29 – Ex-Works
    Hornby Class 29 – Ex-Works

    In the age old tradition of provoking manufacturers to produce models of particular loco types by first building one’s own, I have made a start on detailing a Hornby Class 29. I estimate that I will have it finished in about two months time, so if anyone at Dapol should be reading this, you have until mid-March to beat me … :)



    In the meantime, I have been attacking blue polystyrene as if it were my worst enemy, although I won’t be throwing quite so much away as I have from my Class 25. One thing that does impress me is that the colour of the plastic is amazingly close to the paint colour. I am hoping that I will only need to patch paint any additions (and so keep the nice printed details) and disguise any variations with the weathering.



    I have scraped off a fair bit from the valances in order to get a little closer to the correct angle, and the fairings at the fronts have been cut away and shaped.









    Material has been removed from under the noses, up to the bottom seam, and replaced with strips of 2.5mm deep styrene.







    The fan grill has been opened out and a ‘ledge’ of black styrene let in to support a piece of etched stainless steel grill. The two filler openings at No. 1 end have been hacked out, the moulded handrail chiseled off and filler cap details added.







    There is still quite a bit to do and the ‘opposition’ has a head start, or so I’ve been told … :secret:



  2. Bachmann/Hornby Class 25
    Bachmann/Hornby Rat Sandwich

    With all the excitement over the SLW Class 24, and speculation on the possibility of a future Class 25, this project might be now be regarded as a bit irrelevant. However, not all of us have the ready cash or the patience to wait for RTR models to appear on the market. Some of us also like a bit of a modelling challenge, which is why I have just been cutting up a reasonably decent model to, hopefully, make a better one.


    I had already expended quite a bit of effort on the Bachmann model but, try as I might, I just could not ignore the flat curve of the cab roof. It was obvious that I would have to modify a Hornby 25 but I wasn’t keen on  loosing all my work, and what I still considered to be the ‘good bits’ of the Bachmann ’25.




    This is the Bachmann model before I got out the piercing saw




    After much comparison and measuring I decided to take drastic action, as you can see here.


    Surprisingly, considering these models are from different eras and manufacturers, they fit together really well. Obviously a lot of care has to be taken to sand down the joints to fit but using truly square sanding blocks makes the job easier. 


    So far I have done one end to prove to myself that it is possible and the second is going much quicker with the knowledge that everything will fit together. I’m probably not the first person to do this but I haven’t found any reference to anything similar on the web.










    The Hornby cab has had the centre window enlarged downwards and the original marker lights drilled out and filled with Squadron White putty




    Here the cab fronts are being extended downwards using 1.5mm wide Evergreen styrene strip



  3. Kinlochmore
    Kinlochmore – West Highland, 4mm P4
    18 minutes ago, ThaneofFife said:

    is it set up for dusk or evening working with lighting in the coaches or buildings etc?


    Unfortunately not. That would have been nice but I would have needed to plan it like that from the start. The layout actually started off as something completely different and just sort of evolved into what it is now. :rolleyes:



  4. Kylestrome’s 4mm Workbench
    Kylestrome’s 4mm Workbench – Wagons, and more wagons
    4 hours ago, 26power said:

    Don’t know if of any use or too late in the day but there is a picture of a rake of three Prestwins at Burntisland in that thread.



    The three Prestwins in the Burntisland photo are diagram 1/277 wagons like this nearly straight build of the Airfix kit.



  5. Kylestrome’s 2mm Workbench
    Kylestrome’s 2mm Workbench – Disassembling Farish Coaches
    6 hours ago, Bryn said:



    From your experience so far, have you found a preferable chuck rpm when taking these light cuts?





    I didn't actually note the exact RPM, but I would say 'medium fast' because we're dealing with quite soft material. The emphasis should be on taking very, very light cuts (not more than 0,1mm) with freshly sharpened tools.



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