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Sasquatch last won the day on October 5 2013

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  1. When the evening delivers moody conditions the first thing I do is reach for my camera. Occasionally there's a weather front gets stuck this side of the ridge and the sun briefly floods us with the most magical light as it drops below the cloud line before setting behind the mountain.
  2. Quick update for now. It's always a busy time of year outside around here which hasn't left much time or energy for modeling. More fencing and brambles have been added to the right hand lift off section which I have placed back on the layout. I did have a few very interesting running sessions using the triangle to run engines around passenger trains and running those in and out of Bradford. The concept of the double revering loop and passing loops between different sections of Grim UP North is proving to be a lot of interesting fun. A few pics to oggle then... Hope that you are all safe and well Squatch
  3. Great thread Manna, very inspirational! Loved the N2 - N1 conversion. I've got a spare body which might just have to get cut and shut. You made it look so easy. Keep up the good work... Shaun
  4. Recently doing a bit of research on the 9 plank 20 tonner I stumbled across this thread. The model introduced by Airfix and now marketed by Dapol is of a Railway Clearing House 9plank coal wagon. Suitable liveries for this vehicle would be private owners and BR with a P prefix. I do have in my collection the Hornby version in NE loco coal wagon which although not prototypical could represent a diagram 44 LNER loco coal type which was based on the RCH design. Airfix, Hornby and Dapol all numbered the fake Dia.44 correctly, which makes for a nice looking wagon if you are prepared to overlook the extra height. I must remember to swap out the spoke wheels provided by the manufacturer for 3hole disc type as per the pic in Tatlows vol 4A. Anyway to shed a little more light on the OPs question please check out this link. https://hmrs.org.uk/photographs/ince-waggon-ironworks-wigan-20t-9-plank-2xsd-no-20-op-side-photograph-to-demo-brake-gear-regd-lner-91854-1924.html No doubt here, that this wagon was painted for the photograph which demonstrates the very odd looking brake gear. Interesting point in the caption is that the RCH type was registered with the LNER and if so along with any others would have received an "E" prefix if passing into BR ownership! Wagon modeling has come a long way since Airfix introduced the very pleasing looking 9 planker, still one of my favorite RTR wagons albeit inaccurate. Well I find it all rather fascinating at least. Squatch
  5. Yes yes, well spotted. Now I suppose I'll have to scratch build a Great Northern one! Perhaps you could help identify it. Regards Shaun
  6. After a thorough good clean up this morning I had the whole afternoon free for some scenic work so tackled the other lift of section. It's basically just a horse field, which I have tried to represent with a blend of grasses and weeds, with some areas more grazed than others. There are a few details on it such as a grounded coach, wall and tree. The other very detailed section has been placed back. This gave a chance for a train to appear in front of my camera. Just a J39 with a Toad E. Hope that you are all well Regards Shaun
  7. Thank you guys, you're all so kind. Added a lot more moss and rust today. More weeds and overgrown sruberyage still need here. Funny how one car can change the whole scene and set the era. Regards Shaun
  8. Really great modeling full of detail. Your crane came out well, they're worth taking the time to get right as they always become the center piece of a scene even dwarfing the trains. Regards Shaun
  9. Shame this project had to be shelved, I love a bit of transitional era modeling especially when it's down sowf! regards Shaun.
  10. Step by step time. One of the advantages of foam board scenery is that stuff can be poked into it and removed and is ideal for the Sasquatch patent fence method. When I built Dunster we made match stick line side fences and employed beading wires. Now I needed a fence for the station masters house on Queensbury, I set about making some from scratch. Firstly I ripped some maple to 1.5 x 1.5mm on my table saw using a zero tolerance insert and cut lengths of 45mm on my band saw also using a scrap of MDF for zero tolerance. 1.5mm² is about as small as can be ripped and drilled which comes out at a scale four and a half inches square. Next I drilled a 7/64” (2.8mm) hole into the end of a scrap of wood as straight as possible about 25mm deep. I then marked and drilled three 0.5mm holes thus. Inserting the thin maple posts into the large hole allows each post to be drilled with a mini drill. More than one attempt at getting the jig perfect was necessary. The drilled posts were dipped in a weathering solution and allowed to dry. This picture shows the tools needed to assemble the fence. A suitable length spacer was cut and holes made at equal intervals with a reamer. edit: The use of a reamer does two things. Stops the foam from collapsing and helps keep the post true to the vertical! The posts were trimmed to a point with a Stanley blade and set into the holes. A scrap of plastic tubing cut to 18mm was slipped over each post before setting to a scale 4’6”. Lastly the fun bit. Knots were tied in the ends of three lengths of 0.3mm beading wire and these threaded through the holes in the posts. The wire is pulled taught and held with the cross lock tweezers. Zap-A-Gap Cyano. is applied to every other post. This super glue has a capillary action which draws the glue into the holes. Just needs weathering.
  11. The fence went in this morning and I grabbed the camera because the light looked interesting.
  12. What a week it's been here. 78F and everything is growing fast as a result. Since fixing the mower on Saturday we have cut the grass twice. Anyway between all the chores I did find time to work on the lift off scenic section which is now almost finished. These trees are plastic armatures bent to shape, sprayed with hairspray to hold the sparse bits of polyfiber. Dark brown camouflage paint from a rattle can, more hairspray, and dipped in a tub of Woodland Scenics medium green course scatter and a bit more hairspray. I still need to paint moss onto the trunks. A dead tree helps the scene by adding a bit of decay. Brambles and general undergrowth are done the same as the trees but the dark brown polyclumpus are pinned to the under-brush-decay-mix (which is a tub of all the vacuumed up spillage and Noch brown flockagedinguns). Yet more AquaNet odourless and on with two shades of course flockages. Edwin Chedahands opening the throttle on his LI series 2 up station road in the days before helmets. View from the bottom of the goods access road. Looking up the farm track in front of the station masters. ...and with the signal box. Farm junk is just visible on the right. Just a bit more work needed here too. Hope that you're all safe and well Regards Squatch
  13. Hi John. I discovered it quite by accident. I use weathering powders (three shades) and have a small pallet to mix the shades up with thinner. Just a small brush load mind. There is also a couple of dedicated brushes for the job Dab the mix on by building it up. Light shades are younger so start with a big patch of light, add the medium inside in a smaller patch and a dab of the dark one in the middle. The crane however had it's door left open to the elements which were never given a good coat of paint (if any) so I just used lots of dark rust. The cab has had a dusting of medium powders without the thinners. Regards Shaun.
  14. Even more scrap from the scrap boxes this evening. A slurry spreader appropriately finished in a nice shade of red-brown. And a crane cab. This came from a Pola Urban renovation project kit. I dispensed with the ugly chassis, loaded it with many various scrap parts and made some doors from thin plastic. Mrs. Squatch is disappointed I painted it Wedgwood green but I think it shows up the rust better. It's the perfect colour for it. I wonder if the last owner fitted it with panzerkampfwagen IV duel mufflers? It's all gonna look great littering up the field behind Willow Hall Farm. Much better than cows. Every one does cows! Squatch
  15. That's not strictly true. With all the layout jobs that need doing in order to get the trains running, I seem to have got side tracked into modeling junk! All I managed yesterday was a broken down lorry. Please get up and stop groveling. We have been using the time to help clear the forest fire fuel, which is exhausting work (not to mention getting neck deep in poison oak itch itch. Moan moan. So we are happy to take a few days well earned break relaxing, doing what we love best! Yesterdays model from the depths of the scrap boxes is a decommissioned funfair generator truck. These generators were built to power searchlights during WWII. and most found use afterwards to power fair ground rides. When the lorries failed the generators carried on and found employment by land owners to power various equipment such as pumps. I think if I had one today I would be selling power back to the grid! All from the scrap box, I pulled the radiator off first, then fashioned together an engine from bits and made the fan from a punched disc of .010 placticard. The generator casing is actually an HO kit which I cut the doors off one side and hashed up a diesel engine from such bits as coupling mounts, sprure feed and laddering. A nice dull coat of barn red to finish off. it sits on some panzer wheel rims. All it needs is a bit of rust, some glazing and some weeds around it. I'm gonna have to face the ballasting work at some point soon. Shaun
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