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Sandy Harper

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  1. The enforced lock down has moved the 'to do' pile along. After quite a long gestation period the Fowler 2-6-2T has finally been completed. A Sentinel Y10 A pair of HR ballast wagons Sandy
  2. That arrangement, especially with the smaller sized motor, looks workable. Sandy
  3. I am so glad I have a constructive hobby that I can do indoors! The two chassis pictures are the present construction project. A GNR J15, LNER J54 0-6-0 Saddle tank. It has the wrong sized wheels on at the moment. The correct ones are on their way from Slaters. Bless them! The Ugly Duckling double cab Sentinel is now complete and awaiting a coat of varnish and the Fowler is slowly making its way through paint shops . Sandy
  4. Sorry chaps, I have been rather remiss in not keeping this up to date with my recent builds and completely missed the Petrol Saloon discussion!! A quick resume' to catch up. I was given a pair of HR Fish Truck resin bodies and asked if I could make them into wagons? And completed in HR passenger livery with through pipes for travelling across other lines That was followed by a Y7 build for a friend in Scotland intending to build the North Sunderland Railway Dcc fitted and with the rear cab modified. I have already build one of these and described it before. A joy and quick to build. The Fowler has been hanging around the back of the workbench for some time so I decided to take the plunge and try and get it finished. I received the dome and correct chimney yesterday so that will get attached and it will be off to the paint shop. And finally, I was asked to build a HR 'Glenbarry' Class 2-2-2 in its original form before the majority of the class were converted to 2-4-0's. This is a pure scratch build using drawings from Peter Tatlows 'Highland Railway Locomotives' The story so far! Kind regards Sandy
  5. Thanks Grahame, nice to see that the Post Office treated her well! Regards Sandy
  6. Sorry to hear that Ken. Best wishes for a speedy recovery. Sandy
  7. Shez, Two techniques, depending if the boiler bands require lining or not. If the livery is to be plain black or a solid colour then I prefer good quality electricians insulation tape applied before painting, although scotch magic tape is just as good. I lay it out on a sheet of glass and, with a straight edge and a sharp scalpel, cut out the width of boiler bands I need. If the bands are to be lined out then, if available, I use waterslide transfer sheet, attached directly on to a gloss painted boiler or, if a commercially produced product is not available then, as Peter says, use scotch magic tape lined out in the lining you require, again, cutting with a scalpel blade and applying to your model. Everything should then be spray varnished to seal them. If using scotch magic tape it is always a good idea to spray some up in the main body colour before applying the lining. I hope this is helpful Regards Sandy
  8. HI Grahame, The resin issues were with the cab front and the roof. Both had become distorted. They were quite delicate castings where as the boiler, smoke box and bunker were quite solidly cast and therefore less prone to distorting. Once the resin castings have been glued down they are usually quite stable. but over time is anyone's guess. Regards Sandy
  9. Warrens replacement casting arrived yesterday so I can now get the 15XX ready for painting but in the meantime I put together a Eric Underhill LNWR 'Special Tank' 0-6-0st. It appeared to have languished in its box for a number of years as the etches had started to go green and a couple of the resin castings had taken on some weird shapes! Judicious use of the hairdryer and finger tweaking eventually got them back into somewhere near the correct shape and a bit of elbow grease on the etches with a jewelers block soon got them shiny again An awful lot of glue involved in the building of his though! Merry Christmas Sandy
  10. Now back to the 15XX. All of the additional detail has been added, apart from that which will go on after painting, and the missing casting for the front tank support bracket. This item was missing from the kit and Warren doesn't think he can get a replacement casting for about 2 months so it looks like a scratch build job! Now I have the delightful task of a complete dismantle so that the painting can be done. Merry Christmas Sandy PS Just as I posted this I received an e-mail from Warren to say that he had located a casting and it was on its way to me. Excellent service.
  11. I put the 15xx to one side for a break and got on with a Brake Van conversion that a friend asked me to do for him. According to Peter Tatlow , in his book 'Carriages and Wagons of the Highland Railway', two of the Dia. 25, 6 wheel Jones Brake Vans, were built with side lookouts instead of the roof cupola. I am not aware of any photographic evidence but here is my take on what it might have looked like. The donor van was the Walsworth kit of the original van and I have added the side lookouts and the new roof. Sandy
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