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  1. First post to my new Workbench thread. I intend to post occasional updates on my latest projects. Current main project is building a Gresley ex GNR 65'6" Kitchen Car (diagram NE58) as converted from the 1906 Sheffield Stock Restaurant Car. I have tackled this by some heavy duty bashing of Kirk kits. I mainly used 1st and 3rd class sleeping cars, but needed a lot of joins - particularly on the Kitchen side as shown below. Despite looking a mess, it actually joined quite well as you can see in the next picture. I had to do quite a bit of sanding, filling and beading replacement, but it's now starting to look like the coach. I couldn't find windows with the correct ventilator pattern in my box of Kirk sides, so had to choose some of the right size, and add the ventilators using plastic strip. The GNR style door toplights were drilled and filed out. Next I need to tackle the underframe - some interesting gas cylinders there! Will post an update once the underframe is complete. Andy
  2. Hatton's & Heljan announce Class A3 & A4 locomotives and Gresley Teak coaches in O Gauge Images © Colour Rail & Hugh Llewlyn Record breaking steam locomotives have always conjured-up images of grand trains running at speed along sweeping mainlines. One of the best companies at setting, and breaking, records was the LNER. Two of Sir Nigel Gresley’s designs were synonymous for speed and records, the A3’s and A4’s, and both pacific classes have proved popular with the enthusiast and modeller alike. Hatton’s have commissioned seasoned O gauge manufacturer Heljan to produce a brand new model of both the A3 & A4 classes. They will cover the lifespan of both of these iconic classes including 4 tenders and different chimneys and domes (on the A3). They will be manufactured to Heljan’s usual high standard with ABS plastic body and heavy chassis containing a large can motor with brass flywheels. DCC will be catered for and haulage will be impressive, just as with the real thing. Delivery is expected mid 2018. Locomotive Specification: O gauge finescale wheels Easily accessible screw terminals for DCC in tender Fully painted and decorated bodyshells Chemically blackened wheels Separately fitted and blackened handrails Screw link couplings fitted to front bufferbeams Dummy buckeye coupling and separate screw link coupling for corridor tender bufferbeam 5 pole motor Motor in 'locomotive' section with motor in boiler and gears in firebox Fully detailed and painted cab interior Pipes fitted to bufferbeams Air pipes included in accessory pack for relevant preserved locos Mounting pieces for air pipes included for tenders Speaker enclosure in tender (no speaker included) Small, separately attached details Designed/constructed so that it is easy to remove the body from the chassis, without damaging any loco parts Correct chimney variant for livery/locomotive Turned brass whistles Smokebox door cover on A4 hinged with interior smokebox door behind it Etched number and LNER lettering on applicable models Open frames on A3 Inside valve gear (cosmetic) Sprung front bogie Water Scoop Sprung buffers Smokebox door dart separately fitted Etched Shed plate & separately fitted smokebox door numberplate where applicable Turned brass safety valves Drain cocks as separate detail All wheel pickup Weights within boiler for maximum adhesion Fluted connecting rods Oily finish to connecting rods Etched brass name plates Oil lubricators as separately fitted details No light above front bogie Connecting rods - correct thickness "stamped" rods Individual 'plates' on top of running board Easy to use electrical coupling between locomotive and tender A3 Code Title Dates Price Link A3001 Class A3 4-6-2 2750 “Papyrus” in LNER Grass green with unstreamlined corridor tender - “Record Breaker” 24/8/1934 - 27/11/1936 £750 Order here A3002 Class A3 4-6-2 4472 “Flying Scotsman” in LNER Grass green with unstreamlined corridor tender - “Record Breaker” 1970s-1980s £750 Order here A3003 Class A3 4-6-2 2745 “Captain Cuttle” in LNER black with unstreamlined non-corridor tender 22/07/1939 - 6/4/1945 £750 Order here A3004 Class A3 4-6-2 60072 “Sunstar” in BR Express blue with unstreamlined non-corridor tender 25/04/1951 - 5/6/1952 £750 Order here A3005 Class A3 4-6-2 60035 “Windsor Lad” in BR green with early crest and unstreamlined non-corridor tender 16/08/1951 - 19/06/1957 £750 Order here A3006 Class A3 4-6-2 60077 “The White Knight” in BR green with late crest and unstreamlined non-corridor tender 24/11/1960 - 1/2/1964 £750 Order here A3007 Class A3 4-6-2 60103 “Flying Scotsman” in BR green with late crest and unstreamlined corridor tender Current Preservation £750 Order here A4 Code Title Dates Price Link A4001 Class A4 4-6-2 2509 “Silver Link” in LNER silver with streamlined corridor tender 30/1/1936 - 6/12/1937 £750 Order here A4002 Class A4 4-6-2 4468 “Mallard” in LNER Garter blue with streamlined non-corridor tender - “Record Breaker” 3/7/1938 £750 Order here A4003 Class A4 4-6-2 4468 “Mallard” in LNER Garter blue with streamlined non-corridor tender As Preserved £750 Order here A4004 Class A4 4-6-2 4489 “Dominion of Canada” in LNER Garter blue with steel numbers/letters and unstreamlined corridor tender 2013 onwards £750 Order here A4005 Class A4 4-6-2 4464 “Bittern” in LNER Garter blue with streamlined corridor tender - "Record Breaker" 2012 onwards £750 Order here A4006 Class A4 4-6-2 60007 “Sir Nigel Gresley” in BR express blue with unstreamlined corridor tender - "Record Breaker" 1995 onwards £750 Order here A4007 Class A4 4-6-2 60012 “Commonwealth of Australia” in BR green with early crest and streamlined corridor tender 21/11/1952 - 18/07/1958 £750 Order here A4008 Class A4 4-6-2 60009 “Union of South Africa” in BR green with late crest and unstreamlined corridor tender 17/2/1960 onwards £750 Order here A4009 Class A4 4-6-2 60008 “Dwight D Eisenhower” in BR green with late crest and streamlined non-corridor tender 2012 onwards £750 Order here Teak coaches Image © Hugh Llewlyn These locomotives would not be complete without stock to run behind them. The most famous coaches both of these classes hauled were the Gresley Teaks and 3 of the type will be produced by Hatton’s and Heljan to compliment the locomotives. Built to the finest standards by the LNER they will be faithfully reproduced and scaled down to represent the coaches from introduction to withdrawal from BR. Delivery is expected late-2018. Diagram 175 - A brake coach with 2 first class compartments and 4 3rd class compartments as well as 2 toilets (1 for each class). Diagram 186 - An open third coach with 16 bays of seats at tables in 2+2 configuration with 2 toilets at one end of the coach. Diagram 115 - A 7 compartment coach with 6 seats in each compartments and a toilet at each end. Code Title Price Link TC17501 Gresley Teak coach Diagram 175 Brake Corridor Composite in LNER Teak livery £249 Order here TC17502 Gresley Teak coach Diagram 175 Brake Corridor Composite in LNER Teak livery £249 Order here TC17503 Gresley Teak coach Diagram 175 Brake Corridor Composite in BR carmine & cream livery £249 Order here TC17504 Gresley Teak coach Diagram 175 Brake Corridor Composite in BR carmine & cream livery £249 Order here TC17505 Gresley Teak coach Diagram 175 Brake Corridor Composite in BR maroon livery £249 Order here TC17506 Gresley Teak coach Diagram 175 Brake Corridor Composite in BR maroon livery £249 Order here TC18601 Gresley Teak coach Diagram 186 Open Third in LNER Teak livery £249 Order here TC18602 Gresley Teak coach Diagram 186 Open Third in LNER Teak livery £249 Order here TC18603 Gresley Teak coach Diagram 186 Open Third in BR carmine & cream livery £249 Order here TC18604 Gresley Teak coach Diagram 186 Open Third in BR carmine & cream livery £249 Order here TC18605 Gresley Teak coach Diagram 186 Open Third in BR maroon livery £249 Order here TC18606 Gresley Teak coach Diagram 186 Open Third in BR maroon livery £249 Order here TC11501 Gresley Teak coach Diagram 115 Corridor Third in LNER Teak livery £249 Order here TC11502 Gresley Teak coach Diagram 115 Corridor Third in LNER Teak livery £249 Order here TC11503 Gresley Teak coach Diagram 115 Corridor Third in BR carmine & cream livery £249 Order here TC11504 Gresley Teak coach Diagram 115 Corridor Third in BR carmine & cream livery £249 Order here TC11505 Gresley Teak coach Diagram 115 Corridor Third in BR maroon livery £249 Order here TC11506 Gresley Teak coach Diagram 115 Corridor Third in BR maroon livery £249 Order here Coach Specification O gauge finescale wheels Fully painted and decorated bodyshells including full lining Chemically blackened wheels Separately fitted and blackened handrails Dummy buckeye coupling and separate screw link coupling for bufferbeams Fully detailed and painted interiors Pipes fitted to bufferbeams Small, separately attached details Underframes fully detailed Sprung buffers Individual panels printed in teak effect (on LNER coaches) For more information visit www.ehattons.com/recordbreakers
  3. I was all set to start a new project, completely unrelated to Thompson's Pacifics, when a timely email from an old friend reminded me I had yet to finish the most controversial one of all... This is a project I first had a go at in 2007, on the old RMweb. The project's premise was clear: to build a model of the Thompson A1/1, Great Northern, from a Gresley A1. Much as Thompson did, in a way, by adapting the standard components of the A1 and converting them into the larger Thompson 6ft 8in Pacific. In my original build, I used a Hornby Railroad A1. This was the monstrous result back then... Not pretty now I look back on it, but this was Genesis. My very first kitbashing exercise. I never did get the valve gear to work, and I broke up 60113 for spares two years ago, knowing that it was, sadly, not brilliant and also not going to fit into the vision I had for my next layout. Now however, Graeme King has come to the rescue in the shape of some more excellent resin components - and it's surprising how similar, in some ways, the resin kit adapts a Hornby A1 (or in this case, A3) to create an A1/1 to the ideas and methods I was using all the way back in 2007. You will need a Hornby "Sandwich" A3 for this conversion, for the correct washout plug and mudhole doors arrangement on the firebox. In my case, I bought a second hand bodyshell of this locomotive on eBay. So far, I've only tackled the fitting of the largest resin parts to the carefully cut up bodyshell. The way to fit the three major parts (the smokebox, the front running plate, and the set of two running plates) is not wholly different to that I covered in my A2/1. You need to remove the front smokebox (and keep the snifting valve safe - this sticks onto the top of the resin smokebox), and carefully remove the running plates on both sides, and cut a notch into the firebox to allow the the replacement resin parts to fit. In my case, I deliberately cut the notches a little larger to fit the S curve snugly, with Humbrol modelling filler applied to fill the cab and leave it smooth when sanded. To my annoyance, the bodyshell had been mutilated by its previous owner so badly, that the splashers were beyond repair. Graeme's build on the LNER forum (found here) used the rear of the splashers to support the resin running plates. I will have to improvise a set of splashers behind the running plates on either side of the boiler to further strengthen them, unfortunately. The bodyshell did only cost a tenner though, well worth the price! The resin front running plate extension needs to be cut so that the top of the A2/3's angular step is removed, leaving the bottom section of running plate intact. After sanding this down, a notch needs to be cut in the centre of the running plate at the rear, in order for it to fit around the diecast block of the Hornby A1 chassis. Once that is done, the front running plate, and the resin running plates need to be mated together (and to be completely level so as to fit onto the firebox sides perfectly. Fitting the resin smokebox component (which simply slots in thanks to Graeme's inventive and simple "sleeve" at its rear edge) will help in locating the resin components, as the bottom of the smokebox has a notch which forms one half of the smokebox saddle (the front running plate has the other half). One that is done, you can fit the Hornby A1 smokebox into the front - it simply slots in and can be glued with a little superglue at the rear. The face of the model is more or less completed by test fitting the resin deflectors. It certainly looks like 60113, albeit the number will need to be changed soon! I know there's a debate going on elsewhere about the pros and or cons of these resin components plus the ready to run chassis used with them, against full kits for these models; but I must post some defense of Graeme's brilliance with thoughtful kit design and resin casting. If it were not for Graeme's hard work and willingness to supply these well designed parts in his spare time, there would be an awful lot less models of the various Thompson Pacific classes running about on layouts up and down the country, including many examples of A2/2 and A2/3 (and recently, my own conversion to make a reasonable A2/1). It should also be remembered that the interchangeability of the standard components between the real Thompson Pacifics has made building any one of these classes using Graeme's components, affordable. Some of us do have the spare cash to order X kitbuilt model made by Y kitbuilder, and that's absolutely fine and I would never wish to decry anyone being a "cheque book modeller" (because quite frankly, if I had the cash, I'd be one of these cheque book modellers too). However, not all of us do have the money to spend on a full DJH or PDK kit, and on wheels, gearbox and motor, and then pay someone to build said kit professionally. That's where Graeme's components fill a massive gap in the market for those modellers who do want to portray a section of the East Coast mainline; and let's face it, without one or two examples of these classes running about, it's not a wholly accurate representative of the period 1944-1964 of the ex-LNER main lines. Rightly or wrongly, there's now entirely different two ways of building models of these Thompson Pacific classes, and the results on both sides speak for themselves. Let's not try and turn it into a "them and us" scenario of kitbash versus kitbuilt. It's more a question of economics and the personal comforts of modelling. Neither right or wrong; different, and it suits some of us better than others. This final photograph for the day perhaps sums the whole situation up for me. I now have four wholly reasonable portrayals of each of Thompson's Pacifics. I could not have envisaged that without major expenditure into the thousands of pounds, three years ago. I'm not too far away from my dream of lining up one of each ex-LNER Pacific class, in apple green livery, alongside each other on shed. Once the A1/1 is finished, it'll be a reality. Until next time, when I tackle the other resin components supplied with the kit, and produce a "unique" solution to the splashers problem. Good night, thanks for reading.
  4. I thought my post might be better served here. The latest Bachmann V2 after Hornby A3 buffers, chimney and coupling are trial-fitted, using blue tack. Bachmann buffers, chimney and coupling hook removed. The next stage is to remove the smokebox door and door, to replace with Hornby components, taken from a donor A3 bought for spares. This model will become top shed's 60903 and will have "British Railways" on the tender in place of the cycling lion. I will attempt to portray a clean, but work a day V2 appearance depicting one of King's Cross' finest. Until next time.
  5. With 'Engine Wood' planned to be attending 'Hornby Magazine Live' at Hartlepool in early July, I thought I'd open some of the boxes of new R-T-R stuff and introduce a bit more variety in terms of stock used. Over the last couple of weeks, I've been working on a pair of Hawksworth coaches, three full brakes (one each of Hawksworth, Gresley & Mark 1 BG), a Hornby GW horsebox, a Hornby 'Van C' and finally a single 16t mineral wagon (needed one more to make up a second rake of 16 tonners). I also weathered a Bachmann bogie bolster, which had had it's couplings done years ago, but had never been weathered (you can tell it's an old one, as it has plastic-tyred wheels, which will probably get changed some time). All have been fitted with screw or three-link couplings and vac/steam heat pipes, and all have been weathered. The weathering has been a mix of air brushing, dry-brushing and powders, but the essence of this job is that they had to be done relatively quickly, as there are other jobs I want to do before the show. Most of the vehicles are now almost completed, and I thought I'd try a bit of photography this afternoon, but the light wasn't that good, so I only took a few photos:
  6. Well, the Hornby Railroad D49 model I had ordered arrived, but the first of January was the first day I had to get a look at it. The model was taken out of its box, and promptly taken apart for the first stage of its transformation into a Thompson D Class 4-4-0, The Morpeth. The driving wheels were removed by carefully taking off the chassis plate, and uncoupling the tender from the chassis by removing a screw. The front driving wheels had their crank pins removed in favour of a different set, allowing an inside cylindered 4-4-0 as opposed an outside cylindered one. The driving wheels were then replaced, and the keeper plate screwed back on. The result: as below, a working inside cylindered 4-4-0 chassis! I had already started modifying a spare D49 bodyshell before getting the Railroad model, hence the black bodyshell. I had thought it would be a simple enough switch between the two, however the one and only modification you need to make to the original style bodyshell is to widen the cab in the boiler to match the Railroad one above (although mine has not actually been filed out to the full depth, instead a bit of trial and error has allowed comfortable placement on the chassis). The cab glazing, safety valves, whistle, dome and smokebox door have all been removed from the Railroad D49 to donate to the D Class bodyshell I had been working on. I hope you'll agree, the model is looking much closer to being a Thompson D Class now! The only thing I wasn't initially happy with were the traction tyres, but they are surprisingly discreet and haven't shown the problems with traction my 4VEP had shown previously. So, moving on, earlier today I began adding details to the Thompson D Class, as well as preparing the tender for repainting, and modifying the smokebox door so it is ready for some plasticard bashing into its required form later in the week. Handrail knobs on the cab, piping, steps, lamp iron brackets, and several other details were added to both sides. The chassis was due to go into the paintshop today but I ran out of time. C'est la vie! Until next time.
  7. With the impending release of new kits for the Howlden 45' stock, I'd like to have at least one finished in GNR livery. Having realised that the HMRS GNR transfer sheet only contains post 1906 extended lettering I won't be able to use the original Howlden livery, i.e. small letters, class designations spelt out on the door waist panels and a monogram on the door. Nick Campling, in his Historic Carriage Drawings, states that most pre-Gresley coaches got the newer livery before the grouping, but having searched through all the books I can think of I can find no photos of either six wheeled or short bogie coaches wth the post 1906 livery. So can anyone point me to a photo of any of the shorter coaches with the later livery?
  8. I have managed to derail completely another thread on Coaching Stock on the North Bank of the Clyde with my off topic questions, so I thought that I had better start another thread more appropriate to my queries. Paisley St James is proceeding slowly (glacially), but the occasional outing to an exhibition, or Toyfair/Swapmeet offers the odd opportunity to aquire something appropriate. Being a bit too young to remember what ran where in the period that I am modelling, I am casting my ignorance at the feet of the assembled knowledge of RMWeb for enlightenment. During my research, I have come acropss a few photos which show stock outside my sphere (small) of knowledge. Like this: This is the only photo that I have found showing Gresleys on the Inverclyde Line. I am sure that there are others, I just haven't found them yet. In an ideal world someone will be along in a moment to give me chapter and verse on Dia. No. build & scrapping dates, and availability in 2mm scale Also, this one https://www.railscot.co.uk/img/22/484/ pH has already identified the 2nd coach from the camera, and the nearest one is a Stanier Suburban id'd by jimwal. I will be along again soon enough with more questions, and photo links. Regards & thanks, Ian
  9. Just a few shots covering my conversion of a Hornby RailRoad Flying Scotsman into 2558 Tracery as she ran on the Great Central mainline between Manchester and London. Questions and comments are welcome.
  10. Sylvian Tennant

    Teak update

    Just a quick update on my Hornby Teak conversion project. The bodies are now complete. I've drilled the holes to accept MJT handrails and grab handles, added roof vents from Lanarkshire models, and roof handrails. Toilet pipes and emergency brake pipes. I've also removed the gangways to later be replaced by some scratch built and MJT concertinas and glued the ends to the bodies removing filling and sanding down the joints between them. Hope you're all having a lovely weekend.
  11. In an earlier Post I detailed the construction of some corridor connectors for my Bachmann Collett coaches. I have now added a Hornby Hawksworth Full Brake coach. I like the look of the Hornby Hawksworth coaches, perhaps with the exception of the corridor connectors, which could well be the subject of a separate Post. I bought my first Hornby Hawksworth Full Brake coach back in October 2010 for use with a rake of ‘express coaches’. Most recently I have added a Full Brake to the local ‘semi fast’ set. Initially I had problems keeping the Hawksworth Brake on the track. At one particular location where there are both horizontal and vertical curves the Hawksworth coach at the front of a seven coach train would jump the track. In my opinion the Hornby Hawksworth coaches are very light weight and I solved the derailment problems by adding some additional lead ballast. I think the Table below might be quite instructive. This confirms the low weight of the Hornby Hawksworth Brake relative to other commonly available coaching stock and shows that I increased the weight by 35 gm to a level comparable with Bachmann Mk1s. Table of weights of some commonly available coaching stock. To add ballast, the coach has to be disassembled. The underframe of the Hornby Hawksworth coach is fixed to the body shell by clips protruding from the glazing. These clips can be carefully ‘eased’ with a small screwdriver to enable the coach to be pulled apart. The plastic used for the glazing is very brittle and I broke one of the clips. However not to worry, the brittle plastic is perfect for gluing back together with a solvent such as MEK / Butanone. Underside of Hornby Hawksworth Brake Hornby Hawksworth Body Shell and Underframe separated Finally a picture showing what 35 gm of lead looks like: Sheet lead attached using double sided tape Moving on the view below shows the relatively new Hornby Gresley Full Brake pictured here with its younger Bachmann Thompson counterpart. The Hornby brake is to replace ‘one that I made earlier’ from an Ian Kirk kit bought at the Kings X Model shop for £8.25 back in October 1986. Kirk kit (top) and Hornby model (bottom) The Kirk kit makes up into a very good model. The most obvious difference between my two models is the lack of handrails for the Kirk kit. Presumably these were to be made and fitted by the purchaser – something that I never got round to doing! Kirk kit (left) and Hornby model (right) I might also say that the roof profile of the Kirk kit is perhaps a touch too heavy as shown above in this end view. As to the running qualities of the new Hornby model - it is too early to tell. I have had occasional problems with Bachmann GUVs at 120 gm, so the performance of the Hornby Gresley at 127 gm will be interesting. On that ‘merry‘ note something to look forward to for 2013. Best wishes to you all out there.
  12. Hi folks, So just as Waverley Shed is starting to look halfway decent, my beloved and I decided to grasp the nettle and extend the kitchen, which, totally coincidentally, means we're going to have to build a new roof that connects with the Garage roof, giving a potentially usable layout area of 45 feet, with a little bend half way along, by 8 feet. So given the stud that comprises Waverley Shed (http://www.rmweb.co.uk/community/index.php?/topic/73196-waverley-shed-somewhere-in-edinburgh/page-2) and my preference for running decent length trains, not to mention being born Edinburgh, I'm thinking that the Waverley Route would offer a terrific opportunity for some long scenic vistas along one side of the loft, with a decent station incorporating the shed of course, along the other. It also offers some great variety - A4s hauling fish trains, WDs and Robinson 2-8-0s struggling with long mixed goods, and above all you can realistically get away with a Pacific hauling 8 up. There was even a St. Pancras sleeper service which would let me run Peaks' and the odd Stanier. However, there's not much use for my 16 Pullmans so lovingly collected when I planned to do the ECML! Benefits are a wider selection of locos - I could use all the different early BR diesels as well as Black Fives, and maybe even my two elderly 9fs, but the downside is that the terminals at each end are pretty big so wouldn't even come close to fitting on a 3 foot wide board! However, I've also thought about moving 'Waverley' North a bit and siting it in Perth! This would give me free rein on using all the Peppercorns, Gresleys and BR standards in the fleet, together with a mix of short local stopping trains, and the 8-coach rakes would even be acceptable with one of the last six A4's at the head. All suggestions and advice much appreciated!
  13. First attempts at weathering. Starting off with some Gresley coaching stock. Underframes and roofs are sprayed. Coach sides are washed with a mixture of black acrylic paint and thinners.
  14. Can anyone say, and hopefully provide or suggest where to find, pictures of Gresley Suburban Coaches in lined maroon? I know that the Thompson ones did get lined but unsure about the Gresleys.
  15. This blog is based around 'The Model Railway Men' series of books written by my late father Ray Pope which will all be coming out as ebook and print versions shortly starting with the first in the series "The Model Railway Men" which is available now in print and Kindle along with 'Telford and The American Visitor. and 'The Model-Railway Men Take Over' as Kindle only. Original copies of the series are available on Amazon and changing hands for relatively high prices. If you have any input as to what you enjoyed in the books I would appreciate it if you could share it here. You can PM me if you prefer. I have found that some people have said they would make a good film or series and I agree. I am now aware that many people still have these books and occassionaly re-read them. I believe the stories contain more depth and meaning than is immediately seen hence the re-reading which is usually the sign of a good book. What do the characters represent? Perhaps it was similar to society. The 'little guys' in the small world needed to be protected from the 'big, rich powerful guys' in the big world. Aside from these potential political undertones there is a quirky surreal story that in later books sees Mark put into various situations to the point that Marks mother suspects her son needs to see a shrink because of all the weird goings on. In 'Telford Tells the Truth' Marks parents are made aware of the miniature family and a huge sigh of relief is felt by all. Moral? Don't keep secrets from those you love/trust? Allow the small guy to have a voice and be listened too. These moral issues are adressed and could provide food for thought for both young and older reader. Your thoughts? You can also comment in other places. You can Tweet here:- @https://twitter.com/Mjp9The You can join/comment on this new social media platform and possibly earn some crypto currency for doing so! https://steemit.com/@model-railwaymen Or the traditional Facebook:- https://www.facebook.com/groups/1875053292744326/?source_id=845378498978116 See the website here:- http://themodelrailwaymen.uk/books/index.html Buy a Kindle version here:- https://www.amazon.co.uk/Model-Railway-Men-Book-ebook/dp/B071CDYBTN/ref=sr_1_2?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1501928987&sr=1-2&keywords=the+model+railway+men Watch some amateurish videos here:-
  16. Thought I might as well start a blog about the layout, as I seem to be posting all over RM web and it seemed a good idea to put most of it together in one place. 'Orford' lies on the Suffolk coast and is perhaps best known to the general public for 'Orford Ness' - the long shingle spit which begins just to the south of Aldeburgh and which was formerly home to much military activity, primarily between the wars and during WWII and which then, during the 1960's became an important centre for the testing of nuclear detonators. Two large concrete 'pagoda's' stand to this day as testimony to Orford's contribution to the nuclear age, although the site has now largely returned to nature. The Ness was also at one stage important in the development od radar. Orford never had an actual railway connection, nor, so far as I aware, was one ever contemplated. It lies however, conveniently situated not far from the former GER Aldeburgh branch and the GER Snape branch. The former still very much exists, albeit no longer as far as Aldeburgh, having been truncated in 1966 back to just east of Leiston, the remaining line serving the Sizewell nuclear power stations on an occasional basis, as needed. The latter line to Snape was a freight only branch serving the Snape Maltings complex but has sadly long since disappeared into the undergrowth. My layout 'Orford', represents an imaginary extension of the old Aldeburgh branch to Orford....a 'never-was' but 'might-have-been' railway, on the assumption that traffic on the Aldeburgh branch grew as originally hoped by the Great Eastern - which in fact, it never really did. From time to time I will show and describe some of my efforts to create this line in 4mm scale, OO Gauge, in a 12 foot by 9 foot spare bedroom. Don Mason
  17. I can't believe it's been yet another year on RMweb. Unfortunately, modelling wise, I've been unable to do much since late September since I managed to procure my first full time job! Which has allowed me some money to budget on certain portions of my hobby. The one thing which has stood out for me this year is how many of the projects from last year I have failed to update on - but have in fact finished, physically if not in livery. The Stirling Single needs to be removed from storage to be photographed - I finished that (minus painting it) in August but forgot to photograph it! I finished Connaught, my old Bachmann Jubilee, and once again failed to photograph that too. The Class 29 is another model I have finished, but not photographed, and there have been a few others, here and there, in the same boat. One I did photograph, but fail to properly review (I will get round to it, honest) was the Hornby Railroad Tornado. Both my grey version, and the limited edition apple green versions have been terrific models. I am in no doubt that Hornby and the A1 Trust got the balance just right with this model. The chassis is exceptional, in particular. All of the coaches which I have finished - LMS Suburbans in BR Carmine (which aggravatingly, Dapol have just announced as both kits and finished models - typical!), GCR a like Clerestories in BR Carmine, and - the ones I totally forgot to put up on the blog - a whole set of Hornby Railroad Gresley teaks I have been playing around with, painting and detailing. Don't get me wrong, I love the newer Hornby Gresley Teaks, but funds are tight and I'd like a "full" rake of Gresleys just to send the trains round with. The main reason for missing out the "ends of these projects" (which I will address in the new year) has been the job, but secondly has been my camera, which has been playing up something awful and will be replaced as a priority early next year. It's done me good over the last three years with filming the video reviews for YouTube, and photography for my modelling here, and on the main Copley Hill blog, but it has arrived at the bufferstops: end of the line. 2011 has actually been a terrific year for me, despite what I would call a fairly grueling last three months slaving away on the 4VEP model. That particular model is currently on the shelf and will be finished early in the year, all being well. Its running qualities have been improved enormously through the use of pin-point bearings and very careful cuts in the Hornby bogies, so hopefully I can finish the aesthetics to match its improved performance. My favourite models of the year are all Thompson designed machines. I managed, over the year, to build up a small fleet of Thompson L1s - two apple green ones and a mixed traffic black one, which will get appropriate renumbers and branding when time allows for both the research and the actual renumbering! Then of course, the great debate - Hornby VS Bachmann - for the Thompson B1s. Having inspected both models, you have to hand it to Hornby - their model is superior, well detailed, very fine and a decent runner to boot. You won't be disappointed to buy one of those, in stark comparison to my thoughts on the 4VEP, but I won't go into that yet again...! However it was the Bachmann B1 which has got the nod from me, on the basis of accounting (damn penny pinching!), but I'm pleased to see the new chassis is every bit as impressive as the new Hornby one, especially in terms of running quality, and the driving wheels...absolutely brilliant. All of this pales into significance with my favourite model this year - a model I suspect will become a firm favourite for years to come. Graeme's King's conversion of a Bachmann A2 - the Thompson A2/3, number 60500 Edward Thompson. Just stunning, and once the lining out is complete, and then weathered, it will be - nay, it is - the pride of the fleet. Have a very Merry Christmas everyone, and I'll be back up and running in the new year! Until next time!
  18. The deed is done! 60034 Lord Faringdon (the mistake of the last blog entry) has been swiftly changed back to single chimney form, and renamed and renumbered as 60028 Walter K. Whigham, thus filling another gap in my stocklist, and correcting the embarrassing mistake of last time! All in an evening's work, and I can breathe a sigh of relief. Spare Hornby A4 chimney fitted, Gamesworkshop "green putty" and Humbrol Plastic Filler used to fix the smokebox, Archer's Rivets to reline any areas affected by the sanding down. I then used Gamesworkshops Chaos Black acrylic paint to seal and finish off the smokebox, numbers removed with a wet'n'dry foam pad, the area polished, Fox Transfers numerals applied, and sealed with Gamesworkshops Ardcoat applied lightly. The next stage will be to add real coal lumps in the tender, and then weather the model, but it just looks so good at the minute I haven't the heart to do the deed yet. I have a few more spares on the way to fit to the model, including doors thanks to a tip off on the LNER forum, and to my relief, missing reversers to fit to this one, and the earlier Mallard conversion. Next time will no doubt involve more Gresley A4 antics, given I've decided to "de-frock" another two garter blue models. Just watch Hornby this livery variant next year! Until next time - have a good evening.
  19. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=B1aMWoAW8KU It's not often I post videos on my RMweb blog, but I had a request from a reader to make a video of the A2/1 running, so here it is running on my rolling road. If I can get up to the High Wycombe club soon at some point I will film it on the test track. The bufferbeam's been painted red, the dome painted green, I am working on cabside transfers and the model will get a coat of Johnson's Klear tomorrow too in preparation for weathering at some stage. I have thoroughly enjoyed this build and am planning to do another, so I can have a matching 60509 albeit with the eight wheeled tender instead. Until next time - and the next Thompson related project. I do need to find another locomotive project to do I think. Has there been one which wasn't Thompson related in the last two years?! Goodnight folks!
  20. I had a free afternoon after an audit, and, well, one thing led to another... That's all you're getting for the moment - I will explain in full this particular murder later in the week. TTFN.
  21. Hi all, Modelling has been sporadic over the last few years due to various problems that I had hoped were in the past but obviously not quite yet. However, I am very keen to get back into the swing of things properly so have decided to add this effort to the challenge. I'm not actually sure where this lies as I'll be using my own CAD and 3D printed body for the build. The chassis will be made up of various commercial components which will not be 100% accurate but I hope will give a good representation of the prototype. The CAD was largely completed a year or so ago but never made it to the printing stage, partly due to the lack of a suitable chassis solution and partly due to lack of mojo - I hope that the judges do not feel that this constitutes too large a part of the build to be accepted. Anyway, enough waffling. Without further ado, I present the current state of play with my N gauge Gresley P1 2-8-2 heavy freight loco. The 3D print is the third test print I've done to get various bits and pieces to fit correctly. The loco chassis is from a Dapol 28xx (wheelbase is wrong and driving wheels are slightly too small - which solves some clearance issues) with a V2 Cartazzi truck and 3MT pony truck at the front. Cylinders are also from a V2 however I think that, due to a lack of suitable mounting points for the Cartazzi and cylinders, these will end up being printed as integral components on the body (some more CAD work needed here). The print is pretty much straight from the machine and is shown in it's raw state with no cleanup. Ignore the tender, it is not anything like the prototype's, however the loco didn't seem right without it so a spare Farish B1 tender kindly stood in. The tender CAD is part complete but I've still got to detail it, design the frames and decide how to mount the wheels and motor. Don't expect a lighting quick build as some others have managed to do but I will try and finish the model before too long.
  22. Introduction I’ve mainly been modelling GWR and BR(W) trains since the 1960s. (See http://www.rmweb.co.uk/community/index.php?/topic/70550-carmarthen-junction-miscellena/ for more details, if you wish.) The “rot” set in some time in 2009 when I succumbed to temptation and used an unexpected windfall to purchase a Hornby live steam “Dwight D Eisenhower” in BR livery. Over the next few months I acquired a set of BR maroon Gresley coaches. I exhibited the loco and coaches at the Nov 2009 model railway show at St Lukes Church, Hornsby Heights. I took the opportunity in 2010 to purchase 2 more live steamers as they were remaindered by British on-line retailers. However, “Flying Scotsman” and “Silver Link” were in pre-war LNER colours. I did subsequently run them with BR Mk 1 coaches and a set of Pullman coaches, (as seen currently in the real world with preserved A4s) but felt there was a need to assemble a set of Gresley coaches in pre-war varnished teak livery. Over the next couple of years I acquired some “Railroad” coaches, as well as some super-detailed ones. At one of the annual AMRA shows at Liverpool, NSW, I found and purchased an ancient BSL kit of a Gresley vestibule 3rd class coach. In Dec 2013 I began its construction. The kit consisted of: 2 cast whitemetal ends 2 aluminium sides Timber roof Floor Pre-formed tinplate underfloor/solebar Buffers Torpedo ventilators Flat polystyrene sheet from which I was expected to cut strips to make the external beading and compartment partitions Pre-cut internal corridor/compartment wall One only window glazing strip Components that I needed to find/make included: Bogies & wheels Couplings Bogie mounts/centrecastings Vacuum brake cylinders, reservoirs, Vee-hangers, etc Battery boxes Door handles & grabirons Sundry pipework Truss rods & associated framework Glazing for windows and droplights Bogies I modified a couple of spare Hornby “Railroad” Gresley bogies, fitting 14 mm dia wheels and replacing the Hornby coupling with a neater Bachmann version. I also modified the pivot as shown in the photo. I made the bogie pivots from 3/16 in Whitworth bolts/nuts. Body Shell I assembled the bodyshell as directed in the kit’s instructions and then scribed lines for the door outlines and to locate the beading. I sanded down the ends of the timber roof to match the cast ends and fitted the buffers. Vestibule Bellows Given that this coach was to be part of a set comprised mainly of Hornby models, I aimed to reproduce the visual effect of the current super-detailed Gresley models. I decided to make a sandwich of about 7 layers of black plastic sheet with alternate layers: large/small/large/small…. The plastic had come from reinforcing found at the bottom of reusable woven shopping bags. I simply copied the shape of the Hornby bellows and then cut out enough parts to make a pair for this model. They were glued together with cyanoacrylate cement. Beading I made beading from 0.5mm dia polystyrene rod, with each piece glued to the scribe line with Revell Contacta Professional polystyrene cement. I took care to carefully press each piece into the scribed line and hold it there with my fingers until the solvent evaporated. Each side took about 5 hours to complete. Ventilators above each door were made from the same black plastic as used for the bellows. Underframe details I found a pair of etched brass Vee-hangers in my scrapbox on a Mallard Models etch of GWR grabirons. Vacuum reservoirs were leftovers from a half-forgotten Ratio coach kit. Vacuum cylinders came from an Airfix cement wagon kit. I had to buy some L-section brass rod, some old H0 NSWGR battery boxes and an American steam turbo-generator from my local hobby store (Hobbyland, Hornsby). These were assembled or modified where necessary and glued to the underframe. Interior After looking at images of restored prototype coaches, I realized that the 3rd class moquette was a reddish colour. I therefore adapted a Peco card kit for a BR Mk1 SK coach interior, joining the two sets of four compartments together around the glazing strip provided in the BSL kit and adjusting all dimensions until it was a snug test fit. Door droplights I made these from the supplied plastic internal compartment wall and glued them inside each door. Painting After spray priming the model, inside and out, with automotive grey primer, I painted the coach as follows: Lining: Humbrol yellow #8 Teak exterior and interior: Gloy teak (brushed with stiff synthetic (“taklon”) fibre brush) Solebar: Humbrol satin bauxite #133 Underframe details: Humbrol satin black #85 Door handles & grabirons I fabricated the door handles and grabirons from 0.5mm dia brass rod and then mounted them into 0.6mm dia holes drilled into the aluminium sides. Transfers I purchased a new set of HMRS Pressfix transfers and then numbered/lettered the coach, choosing a running number of a preserved example. I also fabricated and fitted steps below the corridor side doors, again using the same black plastic as used for the bellows. After letting the transfers dry for a couple of days, I varnished the coach with Humbrol satin clear #135. Glazing and Interior I made glazing strips for windows and droplights from clear PVC packaging material and then used cyanoacrylate cement to mount them. I then adjusted and installed the previously assembled interior. Finishing The roof is yet to be firmly attached. This awaits installation of a few passengers. Only then will I complete the roof details and repaint it. Conclusions This has been an interesting project, full of challenges. I’ve had to learn new modelling skills in the building of a model of a non-GWR coach. It’s made a nice change. Construction commenced in late Dec 2013. It was finished (except for passengers and roof details) in mid-Feb 2014. The model has cost me about $35 overall, which compares rather well with the current retail price for a Hornby super-detailed coach ($90 to $110). It rides smoothly and freely (with no wobbles) and simply glides along – just as well as the RTR ones in its coach set. The “Railroad” coaches have also had a minor upgrade to ensure they match better with the super-detailed Hornby and BSL coaches: Solebars repainted to match the other coaches Interiors repainted with Gloy teak for timberwork and Humbrol blue #25 for 1st class seats and Precision Paints BR maroon P108 for 3rd class seats. I know this is never going to be a museum-quality coach set, but it will certainly complement the pre-war LNER live steamers when seen in motion (probably at high speed!) at the occasional show. The BSL model does fit in well with both “Railroad” and super-detailed Hornby Gresley coaches.
  23. Bachmann's V3 2-6-2T has been around for the best part of 20 years now and is showing signs of being rather dated. Needing a V3 for St Aidan's, I decided that the bodyshell was certainly worth giving a bit of a spruce-up and then putting it onto a handbuilt chassis. It is probably just as well that I'm doing it in P4 as I've never been a fan of their old-style split chassis block. So, here's how I'm going about it all. I've kicked off proceedings by dealing with the cabside windows. I have to say that they're one of the main failings of the bodyshell, but by no means the worst. Having done a fair few conversion of Peppercorn A2s into the earlier Thompson variety, it has meant that I've got a lot of spare cabs and thus some spare sets of usable cabside windows. Here's an image to show the originals, just to give an idea... To replace these, I've removed the central pillar and then opened out the resulting aperture to the required size. 15.9mm by 9.2mm should suffice for starters and then one can open this out to 16 x 9.3 bit by bit, having offered up the rather fragile window part to ensure a snug fit. I shall show the remaining side to be fitted in a later post, which will also include how I cut the replacement window section out of the A2 cab. The finished article looks much like these images below... It's quite a subtle transformation really, but not one that one immediately thinks of. The original windows are too closely spaced and most certainly not the right shape or indeed width. In short, they had to go.....! The next easy item to get on with, before the more advanced work takes place is dealing with the rounded edges to the rear of the bunker. As it comes, they are quite sharply square, rather than a nice subtle curve. A few strokes of a file and then some wet-n-dry should be sufficient, especially if you wish (like me) to preserve the lining. As can be seen from the photographs, all handrails have been carefully removed as they are going to replaced entirely. The original stanchions aren't really up to much and they stand out too far from the bodyshell. The various bits I shall be replacing on the model from here on in are as follows: smokebox door, chimney, dome, front frames (too closely spaced, as per the V2), moulded coal in bunker and possibly adding a rebate to the top middle of the bunker for an indicator. I shall need to consult photographs of 67628 to doubly confirm that. So, that's the start... More to follow as and when.
  24. While I was in the NRM earlier this week, took a good look at the two Gresley three cylinder types on display in the main hall to see how the externally visible cranks are set. (4468 and 60008.) As seen from the cab, when moving forward the left hand crank is in advance of the right hand by 240 degrees, so the stroke sequence is left-centre-right. Now, I am a bear of small brain so not wanting to confuse myself I only glanced at the two Stanier types (3 cylinder 2-6-4T and Jubilee) and the wonderfully cutaway rebuilt MN, but they appear to be the same. What of the Peppercorn and Riddles contributions to the oeuvre? Is anyone able to inspect and report? Happily, those Isinglass drawings I possess of 3 cylinder Doncaster types, show precisely this arrangement drawn, although there is no explicit mention on the drawing. So now with my Bach V2 about to be regeared, since a wheel has to come off anyway to exchange an axle gear, I can set it correctly 'thirded' rather than the terrible quartering compromise typical of models. (My test vehicle for this project has been an old Triang chassis, if old crudity has been happy running some years at a 120 degree crankpin setting, modern kit should be too.)
  25. Originally seen in the Copley Hill Blog, Part 1& Part 2 For anyone modelling the years 1945-1949/50, on the Eastern region of British Railways or locomotives in the exchange trials of 1948, in order to get a fully accurate garter blue Gresley A4 Pacific, you had only one option. A full repaint of Hornby's BR green or BR express passenger blue models. Understandably, this is not a route many wish to go down - Hornby's livery application on their models has always been of a very high standard. The reason for this is simple. Hornby have never offered a variant of their A4 Pacific in garter blue, sans the valances. This throws up a few problems for the modeller intending to make a garter blue A4 without valances: first and foremost, if you decline fully repainting a later era Hornby A4 model, and instead focus your attention on their garter blue models, you can in theory remove the valances and have a fair representation of a 1949 era Gresley A4 Pacific. The crucial details missing would be: 1. The reverser rod, which is not included on valanced models. 2. The lower firebox sides, which are modelled on BR era A4 Pacifics but not (understandably) on the valanced LNER era models. 3. The access hatch below the parabolic curve, added to the A4 Pacifics during the war years for improving maintenance regimes. 4. The BR era smokebox numberplate bracket, crucial for A4 Pacifics modelled in the 1948-50 time period (though of course, as with any class, there are exceptions to this rule). 5. Finally, replacement lamp irons for the lower and upper lamp irons (the latter of which requires repositioning for 1948-50 garter blue A4 Pacifics). This set of etches provides all of the above, as well as providing two specialised cutting tools for removing the streamlined valances to their correct shape. The etches also provide the later AWS Plate, a spare lubricator rod and cabside doors. The kit has been entirely designed by Peter Harvey to my specifications, hence this joint entry. The product is intended for general sale in order to provide modellers with the tools necessary for producing a model of, say, Mallard as no.22 in the 1948 exchange trials, more easily than stripping and repainting a whole model. Stage 1: Base Model The base model chosen for the test conversion is Hornby's single chimney A4, Kingfisher. Easily available on eBay and no doubt at swap meets or shows, this one was a "non runner" which with some soldering was easily returned to working order, to meet our criteria as "guinea pig". Removing the bodyshell is necessary for cutting the valances to shape, so removing it and the lubricator drive must be done first. Now we bring in the etches for the conversion. The first one includes the shaping tool, which you attach to the valances by way of folding over the etched in tab, and attaching to the valances. I attached the valancing shaping tool to the valances through a few careful drops of superglue - since the valances are coming off, it matters not that it ruins the plastic it's attached to! And then ran a sharp scalpel over the length of the shape. Once this was done, I removed the shaping tool carefully, and have soaked it in some meths to clean it off for reuse. Using a set of pliers, I carefully bent the valances at the scalpel cuts, until they came clean away. The valances were filed down using a hand file, and finished off with a wet'n'dry pad. The guinea pig is not as fine as it should be, as I was in somewhat of a hurry - a spare set of test etches have been made available to Graham Muz to look over, and I wanted to be able to produce the guinea pig in what little time I had to prove the theory, and compare the model against an unmodified model, as seen below. Stage 2: Adding the Details Using the second set of etches, you can start to finish off the conversion. I started by adding the missing access hatches on the streamlined casing, and the blank smokebox numberplate bracket (which allows the modeller to add an etched replacement, or put a transfer on for the locomotive of their choice), along with an upper lamp bracket replacement. Then I added the lower firebox side etches, along with the reverser on the left hand side (Hornby don't include this on the models with valances, understandably, as it simply wouldn't be seen under the valances). These can just be folded and super glued into place (as I have done) but to produce a finer finish, solding the etch and then attaching it would be best. It's the reverser to lower firebox arrangement where there needs to be a modification. There is a notch on the left hand side lower firebox bracket for the reverser to go through, but on the etches it is at the bottom, rather than the top, and consequently some modification is required on these etches to allow the reverser to sit in its correct position. A minor discrepancy which didn't take long to sort and also doesn't detract particularly from the quality of the conversion kit. So there we have it; the end of this particular portion of the overall trial. There's a few more bits when I am back at home, but for the moment, that's all to report. Edits will be made to the artwork most certainly prior to being put on sale, but I'd like to see what Mr Muz of this parish makes with his etches before we commit to the production version. Simon Martin & Peter Harvey
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