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  1. For those who like to model 60's, 70's RTC carriages I have added a simple etched fret of parts to allow concersion of a Bachman Mk2 Carriage in to RTC Test Car 6 ADB975290 this can also be modeled in the Serco Test Train Livery. This is a very simple conversion. For decals for either the RTC or Serco liveries go to http://www.railtec-models.com/catalog.php?search_str=RTC
  2. On mk2 coaches what colour should the end doors be? For blue grey stock is it red? On NSE stock it looks light green? Does the colour mean anything? Is it different between mk2a and mk2b? Thanks for the help.
  3. need to get into a lima mk2 coach to swap the bogies how do i get it apart? figured the 2 tabs in the ends but it is stuck in the middle and don't want to break it am i missing something really simple? cheers
  4. I've managed to get a bit of modelling in today, with both my dummy 67 and my autoballasters hitting the kitchen table today for a dunk in the gouache. Anyone who's not come across this stuff before - it's ace, give it ago! Gouache is a type of paint that's similar to Artist's acrylic, but able to be re-wetted and re-worked once they are dry. This makes them great for rust streaking and subtle dirt streaks for example. It was Martin (Pugsley) who first introduced these to me via a workbench thread on a previous RMweb, and they really are good once you get used to them! The 67 has had its base weathering applied for some time (airbrushed Tamiya and Railmatch), but today I finally got round to adding to it with some gouache. Some of the colour changes are so subtle, they look great to the eye, but the camera doesn't pick them up well. I might have a go tomorrow if it's sunny and I can find time between F1 and my birthday Oh, by the way, clicking the pics will make them nice and big These first two are a general overview which shows the overall state of the loco. It looks suitably grubby and unwashed, but not filthy There are several bits I want to add to or alter now I've seen the photos, but that's the joy of Gouache! Both ends of the skip highlighting the variation in shade, at the exhaust end the dirt tends to wash down the cab front, especially if the loco spends weeks coupled to a mk2 without a clean. The cabside shot tries to hightlight the streaking and dirt, but as I've already said, a lot of it is hard to see in a photo. Side on shot of 67026. When this is varnished to seal the gouache, I'm going to try masking the wiper arcs Here's another 67 on the FGW working I'm modelling, I've based the weathering on this one amongst others 3 of my 5 Autoballasters. The weathering on these is mostly Games Workshop acrylics, though I'll be airbrushing a light coat of Railmatch sleeper grime on the lower bits and bogies, and some Tamiya Hull Red (rust!) to blend the slightly brush-marky weathering together. Bleached bone has been stippled on top of the rust in places to tone it back, and give a different effect to the raw paint applied. Please excuse the peeling transfer on the generator! The rust spots on the canopy and exhaust are both good examples of why I love working with gouache - once you start playing you don't want to stop! I haven't payed too much attention to the interior as it'll be getting a load of ballast. The prototype photo is one of several I've been working from purely for the canopy and shows the effect I'm aiming for, albeit mine's a little more rusty That's it for now, not sure when I'll get chance to do more to these and update - soon hopefully, as the JJAs have been on the go for nearly 2 years! jo
  5. The Airfix/Hornby Mk2 DBSO Conversion Parts are up on the Website. It is possible to use the set without the grill to produce an Anglian Railways Mk2 DBSO, it could also be used to make a Scott Rail DBSO with some scratch building. Check the website for more info. Pete
  6. WARNING: This project is not for purists or rivet counters! Having acquired a Hornby Mk2a and several old Lima coaches from a friend, I decided to have a look to see if there was anything I could do to them. I was already going to do this with the two Hornby Mk2s I already had (RR 5267, NSE 5261) at some point, but the acquisition of this third coach and the Lima bogies moved it up the line, and brought it to the forefront of my mind! I don't have any money, so I decided to set myself the 'challenge' (not really - those are the circumstances!) of 'improving' them without buying anything specific for them*, just utilising bits of plastic, the odd bit of paint etc that I have in the house. I'm not sure how far I can get with them, but I have a couple of potential ideas if I can find anything suitable! DISCLAIMERS: I'm not a 'serious' modeller by any means, and I have a very limited selection of tools, a couple of colours of paint, and not much else, so this project does not intend to create a fully accurate representation of a Mk2a, it will be full of things I'll have to settle with and 'that will do' moments. I don't have the tools or paint to do any drastic surgery or weathering etc, so the coaches will generally still look as they do now. I am in no way 'arty' or 'crafty' and pretty much have the skillset of a child with fat fingers, so don't expect miracle transformations, just little bits here and there! I realise that there are/will be some things that are inherently wrong with the shape, fittings or liveries. Chances are I will know this (I like looking at small details of things), so I'm not interested in replies that just contain 'that shape looks wrong' or 'that livery isn't right' etc, but any other replies, constructive or otherwise, are always welcome. *I did persuade my wallet to let me buy three packs of FlushGlaze windows, but that's it. So, this is the recently-acquired coach, and the main one this project will be focusing on in terms of photos (there's no point when I pretty much just need to replicate it three times, but anything specific to the other two will be featured) Yes, I know the position of the number and logo are the wrong way around, yes, it annoys me, but yes, I'm prepared to live with it! So, this is the coach to start with, already with the glazing removed (which didn't come off cleanly.. great!), more to follow soon...
  7. I've recently acquired a Hornby Railroad TTS Class 40, which is great fun (and rather noisy) and I'm interested in getting some suitable (late 70s/early 80s) coaches for it to pull. Ideally they need to be fairly inexpensive and relatively indestructible as they will also be used by my kids when the trains are out on our dining table. I've seen that there are the new Hornby Mk2E coaches (and some of these come with lights) but that relatively recently Hornby also released Mk2D coaches in blue and grey (ex-Airfix?) too. There are also the original Hornby Mk2A coaches and I think Lima had a selection too?
  8. I'm currently in the process of building up a rake of mk2 stock to run with a Deltic on the club layout. I made a purchase on ebay for some Airfix & Dapol mk2 coaches which I then realised there all first class coaches with the brown window frosting. I've looked at various images of Deltic's & it seems that the 2nd class are the same as first but minus the yellow band & a 1 on the doors, although i could be wrong. I'd like to build a rake of 8 or 9 up & would like to know what i would need to build a rake that is right for a east coast rake & what numbers i need to do them in. Cheers Simon
  9. A quickie update of some porogress - a basic airbrushed coat of weathering has gone on the underframe of the 67 and mk2s. This is Railmatch frame dirt. The loco needs patches of light and shade adding, and the mk2s need dampers and axleboxes painting in. Now they are reassembled, once this painting is done, the mk2s will get another coat of weathering, to get the coach ends, and tone down the detail painting. The loco roof and ends still need weathering too While I had the airbrush out I also threw some yellow in the direction of what is to be 60074 'Teenage Spirit' I just had to put a piccy in to get a 60 on the blog at last The 67 project, which was a bit of a spur of the moment idea, is turning out to be pretty rewarding, and I'm trying not to get carried away and rush it and slip somewhere like usual in the final stages Back to Royston Vasey on Dave now jo
  10. Hi, I've managed to get hold of 6 Hornby coaches: 1) Mk2 BFK 2) Mk2 FK (Lima) 3) Mk1 RMB 4) Mk1 RBR 5) Mk1 SLEEPER 6) Mk1 SLEEPER I have a plan of doing a basic detailing job on them... so my main plan is to scrape of the moulded handrails, drill out holes for the replacements, put in an entirely new underframe, change the buffers, replace the wheels and repaint them. However I cannot find any good images of those coaches in the BR Blue/Grey livery as something I can refer to whilst doing the project. So can anyone be kind enough to atleast help me with images. Also if a rough idea about the interior colours can be provided that will be great. I'll put up images of the work I've covered so far. Cheers!
  11. Finally had a chance to tackle the last few of these carriages. Getting the decals all on and preparing these for weathering.
  12. Over the last couple of days I've got some decent progress in the class 67 project. First up is the work I've done to the mk2s. The BSO is the most involved, as work is needed to modify the roof vent and interior layout. The standard roof vents were cut off and filed/filled at the guard's end of the BSO. The replacements are cut from plastic strip, 2mm wide cut into 3mm lengths, not sure on the thickness though. The interior is a cut down TSO moulding, with a piece of 20thou plastic sheet cut to form the partition. It's a T-shape, being mounted on top of the seats, and dropping to floor level between them With this work done, attention could turn to more cosmetic elements - out with the paint! This photo shows the effect I'm aiming for with the roof Here the roof has had several washes of orangey brown, before drybrushing a similar shade on. It looks quite brash at the moment, but once I've airbrushed a darker tone over the top, it should give a nice variety in shade. Here's the end details mentioned last time (etched corridor, RCH cables, lamp iron and handrails). I'm not worried about the crude white painting, as the ends of the coaches are very grubby! Last shot of the BSO is over exposed to help show how effective the interior is, with it's simple 3 colour paint job in white, grey and blue. Needs some people adding though! On to the work on the 67 - this first picture shows the modified baffle plate. It was removed from the bogie, and the mounting prongs cut off. The cut out for the coupler was filled with a piece of plastic and filled to make good. A 0.8mm hole was drilled for the ETH cable (0.3mm wire) with a piece of plastic glued behind it to secure the cable. A couple of shots of the 67 with the baffle plate fitted. As well as this, I've added the knuckle coupler (off a Farish 66) and cut lever (0.3mm wire), painted the wiper blades, multiple socket and paint chips on the light cluster, with just the air pipes needing adding once I've finished touching in the black paint on the lower front end. I also need to make a tail lamp to stick on the lamp bracket. The underframe has had a light dry brushing on the underframe, but more will come from the airbrush, along with roof dirt The exhaust was painted a dark metallic grey, then drybrushed with a rusty colour and black and grey washes, to try and create something a little more realistic looking than the Dapol finish of silver with orange speckles
  13. Ok, so some shots of the starting points of this project. Overview and proof of the concept The detailing bits as supplied by Dapol. On what's a 95 quid model, I'm disappointed that details don't particularly match a 67 - there's no knuckle coupler or cut lever, and the air pipes don't match the prototype. I know it sounds like a tiny niggle, but surely on a model this expensive it should be right? So on the dummy on the rear, the knuckle coupler will be nicked from a Farish 66 and the cut lever and pipes made up by hand 67026 before any work has been done on adding details Farish Mk2 BSO fitted with wire handrails and lamp irons, together with TPM etched gangway and RCH jumpers, together with BHE brass buffers. All corridor doors have been repainted from rail red to black - on the inner coaches this stops a bright red patch appearing each time the train corners, and at the outer ends an etched brass door (part of the TPM set) will be fitted, painted cream. Time to carry on, more later Righto, quick sit-rep. CDL lights have been painted onto the mk2s in a dark orangey brown, baffle plate mods and ETH fitment are done, along with the knuckle cut lever. They just need fixing onto the loco. I have a 66 ready, unaware it's going to donate it's knuckle coupler during the next session. I'm undecided as to whether to model the GPS mount on the cab at the cooler group end. I may see if I can, given this is the end of the loco I'm fully detailing. Targets for next time (which more than likely won't be done!) are to mod the vents on the BSO roof, start painting the coach roofs and get the details stuck onto the skip.
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    All good things come to an end - and this week sees the end of the FGW loco hauled diagram due to the arrival of the various 150/1s from London. The weather's not up to much this week, so here's a shot from a few weeks ago, when 67026 was on the circuit In the meantime, I *think* I've finished my model of 67026. No doubt I'll spot something out of place sooner of later though. The weathering work was covered here http://www.rmweb.co.uk/community/index.php/blog/360/entry-4781-skips-and-stonesfiddling-with-gouache/ Overall I'm pretty happy, the varnish has brought the whole model together, and it's the first time I've had a go at doing wiper arcs. It has toned down the gouache a little, but it still looks good in natural light - the trick now is trying to capture it in the photos! Might have to wait for some decent natural light to try I like the way the sheen on the fuel tank is picked up by the lighting I used, though I don't know if it needs a small glossier area closer to the filler. These 2 shots highlight all the details I've added to the front, well, rear, end of the loco. I'm dead chuffed with this, but it does highlight a couple of points. The wipers are rather chunky, and stand away from the windscreen rather nastily, I think an etch would work much better here. Also, the knuckle coupler has been robbed from a Farish EWS 66. It's a shame the model doesn't come with this in the detailing bits included. I wonder if it's worth mentioning these to the after market detailing guys? The comparison with the real loco also illustrates the huge light clusters on the model. One day I may take a file to a 67 and see what can be done here. Oh how crude my homemade tail lamp looks! B) Now onto getting the mk2s done to run with it, and a powered loco to haul them.
  15. On Thursday I took a trip to East Somerset Models to collect my dummy 67026. I also picked up four blue-grey mk2s and some seating strips too, allowing me to throw together a representation of the Cardiff - Taunton (or Paignton) service operated by FGW. The 67s that I have (006 and 026) haven't worked together on this working (indeed 026 hasn't at all IIRC) and the mk2s aren't the right variant of aircon, but it's as near a representation as I'll get with RTR stock, and I wanted it to be a quickie project. Having not had a chance to get out to the garage and spray the crane due to it being full of the old kitchen, work started today on detailing up the mk2s and 67. The loco end of the BSO and one of the TSOs have/will have wire handrails and lampirons, TPM gangway and BHE brass buffers fitted to improve their appearance. I'm not bothering with the inner connections, as it's less noticable without the gap by the loco. BR Lines seating inserts have been painted up (blue seats) and look good inside the coach. The real thing still has Virgin XC seats, but through the tinted windows, and in the darkness of an N gauge carriage, the colour looks fine. The BSO has had a bulkead added at the midpoint of the coach. Now need to dig out the plastic people! The next stage is to get the roofs looking a bit like these mk1s and add the cantrail stripe I'm trying to got to town with the end of 67026 - it'll be getting a tail lamp, full body mounted baffle plate, swing head coupler and cut lever and full ETH gubbins on the baffle plate. Basically, the ETH recepticle is a small piece of plastic strip, and the cable is the Dapol head, fitted with a piece of wire going through a hole in the baffle plate, just like the real ones! All these details can be seen in this shot of Royal 67006 at Pilning I'll stick some photos of the models up once we have daylight so I can take them, hopefully tomorrow
  16. Hello all, I'm a newbie to LHCS, sorry! I've been picking up some Hornby mk2e's on that internet auction site over the past few months, but i'm now looking for a bit of diversity in my rake and thoughts are turning to mk2c's and 2d's. The specific coaches i'd like in the rake are... mk2c BFK - inspired by one such coach on P4 New Street, a Bachmann mk2a BFK with an Airfix mk2d end grafted on to get the correct wrap-around door perhaps? Roof and underframe mods would also be required I believe, but what might they be exactly? mk2d TSO - what's the best way to model one? Could the Airfix/Dapol mk2d be hacked about enough to look respectable in a rake with my Hornby mk2e's? Or should I be looking at using a Hornby 2e and swapping the toilet windows around to 2d configuration? mk2d BSO - ditto! Perhaps the LHCS scholars here on RMweb might be able to give some pointers or other ways of tackling these coaches? There are some fine examples on the forum which have been very inspirational so far! Thanks for reading
  17. I have added two Airfix/Hornby Mk2 Carriage conversion to my 4mm products They are for carriages 977997 Radio Survey Train & 99666 Brake Force Runner. For more info please check website. 977997 99666 Pete
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