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  1. Update: I have renamed this topic, given that it is now more than my "Hornby E2 Conversion". The first topic in here is my conversion of a Hornby E2: So I assume we all know what I'm converting it in to... I have no shame, I want to make a 'realistic' thomas - which I believe Hornby did a terrible job of so I'm doing a bit of bodging. I'm getting a standard Hornby LBSC E2, I'm going to extend the cab sides to be almost as wide as the tanks. I'm going to add comically large splashers and extend the tanks. Then I'm going to cut up and re-add the piping details and hand rails which came with the model, spray it with primer and paint it. For now I'm going to leave the paint job as just blue with a black smokebox and running board. I'll attempt the lining later after I get more experience with it. So my basic plan, visually represented with a dodgy paint image is: I've already done quite a bit, so I'm just going to post photos and descriptions as I assume this will make some nice reading for somebody So I started with the cab, first making the pieces out of robust cardboard to check and see if it would work. I dismantled the entire thing: It comes apart into the cab back and sides, the main body frame, and the boiler and cab front. I removed the cab section and checked with my cardboard cuts, then started to make plasticard cuts. This is my first time working with plasticard so making everything perfect was relatively difficult. It's certainly far from perfect as it is, but I'm alright with that until I get the skills to fix it up better. Here are three cab sides up. Here I still have to cover the other side of the cab front. I pushed the plasticard up to the edge of the tanks, along the whole model theres a little lip whichs helps to place all of the sides down. Originally I wanted the cab flush with the tanks but I think this looks better. showing the back. I drilled the holes by turning a modelling knife around and around and then sanded it to even by wrapping sandpaper around a screwdriver nd spinning it through the hole. I'm a man of crude ways The bars over the back window were made by cutting up spare off-cuts of card finely and gluing them over. I'm aware that one is wonky but I'm not subjecting myself to that again and it doesn't bother me enough.
  2. Well I cant believe this particular string is up to part 7 (started in January) and there is still a lot of work to do, the problem is modelling time with all the other manic commitments outside of work is in very short supply. So you would think that due to this, a sensible chap would knuckle down and use whatever time came along wisely to move on-going projects onto completion. Well I don't think I could ever be considered sensible, so in my usual numpty way I plodded on. Originally I had 2 older Farish Duchess Locomotives both in terrible BR liveries that I wanted to rescue and present in a decent LMS livery. These were scheduled for a little attention and added to my WIP box. The Crab and the Rebuilt Scot, were quickly sorted and the locomotives moved to take up duties on the layout, which meant the two Duchess locomotives would be the next in line for attention. So I decided that one would become a "Semi" in post war black livery and the other would be presented in LMS crimson, simple or so I first thought. Then I decided to see if I could turn a couple of older Farish Black 5's I had sitting in a box into something more useful, and decided to see if I could make at least a passable representation of a Parallel Scott, so these were added to the production queue. Remarkably for me despite very limited time, I have managed to get quite a bit done on the two Scot's one and they are not far from having the majority if their construction complete Scot number 1 I think even though its not Crimson the post war black livery was rather smart, so I decided to finish one of the Scots in this livery, I thought this would be easy but the lining on the tender was a bit of a challenge at times but fun in some ways. She is now at the stage were a crew lamps and glazing are the next jobs then a bit of weathering and she is ready to roll. the next big job is deciding on what identity to give her, help please. Scot number 2 I had to have a least one Crimson Scot, but I think this one will be coupled to a Stanier tender, as the lining on the Fowler tender was a severe test of my sanity. Still a bit of lining to do, then the tender, and a crew and lamps and then a bit of weathering to cover my lining up and it will be ready to enter the fleet. All I have to is decide upon a name for her, any suggestions would be appreciated. Duchess's Well a little progress has been made with these, I managed to obtain another example, which will definitely finish up as a none streamlined example in LMS crimson, again identity yet to be chosen. The other two have become Semi's in post war black and have both received all the required lining. I have even decided to finish one as City of Lancaster, and the other as City of London. So if I carry on at this rate I may have them all finished and ready by Christmas, but I'm not sure what the year will be, I suppose I can live in hope. As ever until the next time Happy Modelling
  3. I’ll be demonstrating wagon conversions and construction at the South Hants Area Group ‘Workshop wise’ on Saturday 14 July, Fort Widley, near Portsmouth. See https://www.shmrc.or...-South-2018.pdf for more details. DrDuncan
  4. Dear all, I recently treated my self to a Dapol class 22. I wish to convert it to EM gauge. Has anyone out there done so and how did you do it? Looking forward to hearing about the fruits of your labours... Regards drduncan
  5. Like many of you I've waited with baited breath for Hornby's P2, but have also been wholly sidetracked by Norman Cousins' incredible Photoshoppery about a couple of 'what ifs' positing the question what would have happened to these wonderful machines if Peppercorn had decided to change them rather than Thompson. I really fancy having a go at making one of these - I suspect the key shot is the 'Green Giant' one with optional A2 style smoke deflectors. So the question to the group is "What's going to be the simplest way to do this, for someone with fairly basic cutting and shutting skills, but reasonably good airbrush and lining out skills? Over to you folks!
  6. Hi people, I thought it was about time I started a thread for my (nowhere near professional looking) Network Rail conversions, after seeing Newbryford's Yellow Workbench thread and Pete Harvey's one-off etchings I have been inspired to have a go at a few coaches myself. These won't be anywhere near the standard that Newbryford and Pete Harvey have produced but I'm quite pleased with them for a start, hopefully my skills will improve and I will be confident enough to have a hack at a Bachmann coach for another go at the Mentor. I'll start the ball rolling with my take on the NR Support coach 80211, which is still in progress, it started life as a Triang BSK so with some window filling, sanding, and painting, and transfer application it's nearing completion. Next up is my first ever conversion, so this has had all the bad mistakes, paint strips and all sorts done and taken off, one conversion I will definetly be doing with a Bachmann coaches next. It's NR Mentor 975091. I hope to take a lot of the things I learned from this conversion to do my next Mentor. Comments always welcome Cheers, James
  7. Hi everyone, I have a couple of wagon kits in the cupboard that are currently of little use to me; they are a Parkside Vanwide, and a pipe wagon. That said, if I replace the suspension, etc, I can use them as a VEA and ODA respectively. I know I can readily get the parts to do this, however I am thinking of using etched brass w-irons to give a bit of extra weight and strength. Can anyone advise on what make and type to use? Thanks and regards, Alex.
  8. Apparently something is going on later this month, apparently is something big, I got a clue to this when I came home from work in the week, and the Domestic Overlord had left some tinsel on the sofa. Now possessing detection skills that would make Sherlock Holmes to shame, my little grey cells kicked into action. Tinsel, shiny, and red, elementary my dear chap, it was the DO's subtle hint that I should spend some time on my current project of producing some Crimson tanks for the fleet, see I'm no fool. So I made a effort to apply numbers and branding to the locomotives, I have been slowly adding the lining over the last few weeks and I only have a couple of boiler bands to finish, then maybe a coating of grot? Anyway just in case anyone might be interested here's how they are looking now. Fowler Half Cab 1F It started out as a very basic attempt to turn an old Farish 3F into something more interesting, I know the rivet counters will go mad but from a distance it looks okay. I must admit I think even with my shaky lining I think she looks pretty good, and once I get the goods yard sorted on Foster Street will be good shunting a few wagons about. Johnson 1P This started off as Dapol M7, in previous entries you will see that when I converted this I painted it in a black livery, because I thought that painting her crimson was a little too much effort at the time. Still this decision kept nagging away at me, in the end I gave in and she got the paint job she should have had from the start. All I need to do now is add a little weight to aid traction, but there is not a lot of space to play with, just to make handling the push pull coaches easier, unless I get some 4 wheelers....... Fowler Flat Iron This is a real miss match of bits and bobs, years ago (more than I care to remember) I remember getting a kit for this at an exhibition. Not being a Soldering God at that point, when I tried to construct it I sorted of melted the thing into a rather nice blob. Anyway not throwing anything away that might be of use if only for adding weight to locomotives it sat in a box, until Phil. Phil (the sensible member of the operating team, and that's saying something) is always going on about big tank engines, so out came the old kit from which I was able to rescue the smoke box, a lot of effort later and a lot of curves on the lining, and don't ask about the chassis but we have. So there you have it, 3 crimson locomotives pretty much ready to add to the fleet, just a few little jobs to complete on them and they maybe a lot of weathering to cover up most of the lining, but that's it I think. What next? well I think the next locomotives will be finished in plain black, oh and as for being some sort of master detective, perhaps the Domestic Overlord was not dropping a hint to work on my trains, but because its nearly CHRISTMAS. Anyway until the next time as ever Happy Modelling and have a HAPPY CHRISTMAS :)
  9. Well despite the constant demands of the real world, I have managed to get a little time to spend on the more important things in life MY TRAINS (of course if the Domestic Overlord is reading this, I meant my trains are the second most important thing in my life ) Anyway a while back, I managed to get a Duchess locomotive at a bargain price from evil bay, which was in a terrible BR Green livery. Even though Foster Street is a secondary line, I thought I could find some justification in running one on the layout (I need to find a good excuse I have 4 now), but there was no way I could justify having one in BR livery. While the body was covered in paint stripper, I got to work on improving the tender, just by removing the moulded coal and replacing with some real stuff. That's when I had the idea to paint the locomotive into post war black, as I despite my love of crimson locomotives I have a soft spot for this livery, and to make it worst I thought I would attempt a "semi". It was at this stage in the process that everything stopped, that is until yesterday when I decided to start the lining process. Even though this livery was supposed to be a simple livery, in N gauge it is still a challenge, so progress is slow, all I have to do is line the cylinders and the tender and that's one side complete, easy or what The I can apply her number and name, and for the moment I think she might end up as City of London? What do you think? As ever until the next time, Happy Modelling
  10. Below is a list of rtr 00 models that can be used or converted to be used on pre-grouping layouts. The selection of the models listed is a bit arbitrary and includes (mainly) the more modern releases. This excludes some notable earlier models that might still be useful even if they do not meet the latest levels of detail. Such models include the Triang - Triang/Hornby singles and their associated coaches (GWR, MR and Caledonian Rly) and the Rocket (which I believe was quite over-scale). I have grouped the models by pre-grouping company. They are described by the term that is most frequently used and may not reflect the original company's identification. I had considered adding the dates of introduction, but because this would start to make the entries less easy format on one line and because in many cases my knowledge is lacking I have left that out, I have included livery options, since if a degree of rebuilding is necessary, it may well be necessary to do a full repaint, so initial livery may not be helpful/useful. It should be noted however that BR versions are likely to include a smoke box number plate that will most likely need to be removed. Please feel free to suggest additions (I feel there are more wagons to be added to the list), corrections as well as other comments about the possibility of using such models and what would need to be done to back date them. ​LSWR ​4-4-2T Adams Radial Hornby available in LSWR livery other liveries available ​4-4-2T Adams Radial Oxford Rail available in LSWR livery other liveries available 2-4-0WT Beattie well tank Kernow Models/DJM in BR livery 0-4-4T M7 Hornby available in LSWR livery other liveries available 4-4-0 T9 Hornby available in LSWR livery other liveries available 0-6-0T A1X Hornby available in LSWR livery other liveries are available 0-6-0 700 Hornby ​LBSCR ​0-6-0T E2 Hornby available in LBSCR umber rather crude by modern standards 0-6-0T A1X /Terrier Dapol and Hornby available in LBSCR livery with named towns other liveries available 0-6-2T E4 Bachmann available in LBSCR umber other liveries are available 0-6-2T E4 Bachmann Collectors Club in LBSCR umber and labelled Birchwood - this livery is not authentic for LBSCR and is an as preserved livery. Brake van Hornby in LBSCR livery SECR 0-6-0 C Class Bachmann available in SECR fully lined green other liveries available 0-6-0 C Class Bachmann available in SECR simplified lined green other liveries available 0-6-0 C Class Bachmann available in SECR WW1 grey other liveries available 2-6-0 N Class Bachmann available in SECR WW1 grey (as part of a 2 part set) other liveries are available 0-6-0 A1X /Terrier Hornby available in SECR lined green 3 wagon set Bachmann Collectors Club GWR 0-6-0 Dean Goods Dapol available in post grouping GWR livery 4-4-0 City Class Locomotion Models - City of Truro in pre-grouping livery 4-4-0 City Class Bachmann - in WW1 ochre livery Hornby 38xx County: http://www.gwr.org.uk/pro38xx.html Hornby 2721: http://www.rmweb.co....Hornby-pannier/ Bachmann 45xx: http://www.gwr.org.u...2/maeport20.jpg (from this page: http://www.gwr.org.uk/layoutsmaeport1.html) Lima 4575: http://www.rmweb.co....-small-prairie/ Hornby/Airfix 14xx to 517: http://www.gwr.org.uk/pro517.html Hornby/Airfix Castle to North Star: http://www.rmweb.co....rth-star-4-4-2/ Hornby/Airfix Castle to Star, though an RTR Star now exists: http://www.gwr.org.uk/prostar.html 0-4-0 101 Hornby but is missing the outside valve gear. 2-8-0 28xx Hornby in later GWR and BR liveries 2-8-0T 42xx Hornby in later GWR and BR liveries S&DJR ? ​MR ​4-4-0 4P Hornby available in Midland livery - a bit long in the tooth 4-4-0 4P Bachmann available in Midland livery as 1000 4-4-0 4P Locomotion Models available in Midland livery as 1000 0-6-0 4F Bachmann available in Midland Black - other liveries are available 0-6-0T 1F Bachmann available in LMS and BR liveries as closed and open cab versions ​L&YR ​2-4-2T Radial tank Locomotion Models - 2 versions of 1008, one with straight "Lancashire Yorkshire", the other with the arched branding. 2-4-2 Radial tank Bachmann available in LMS and BR liveries 0-4-0ST Pug Dapol available in LMS and BR liveries - older model but I believe fairly accurate ​GNR ​0-6-2T N2 Hornby two models available in lined GNR green 0-6-0ST J13 Hornby two models available in lined GNR green 0-6-0T J50 Hornby available in LNER and BR liveries 4-4-2 C1 Locomotion Models available in GNR lined green 4-6-2 A1 Hornby available in LNER green - just dips under the pre-grouping wire 2-6-0 K3 Bachmann in LNER/BR liveries ; requires replacement cab and tender for GNR condition 2-8-0 O2 Heljan in LNER /BR liveries; requires replacement cab and tender for GNR condition, GNR versions announced but not (yet) released GER 0-6-0 J15 Hornby available in LNER and BR liveries tender Hornby available in LNER and BR liveries with LNER rebuild D16/3, but suits many later GER classes, B12, D15 and 16, J's 17 to 20 NER 0-8-0 Q6 Hornby available in LNER and BR liveries. The locos underwent substantial rebuilding through their lives and the model represents the very late LNER condition. 0-6-0T J72 Mainline, then Bachmann in various LNER and BR liveries including the York pilot pseudo NER livery.. ​GCR ​4-4-0 Director Locomotion Models available in GCR lined green 4-4-0 Director Bachmann available in LNER and BR liveries 0-6-0 J11 Bachmann Collectors Club available in GCR lined black 0-6-0 J11 Bachmann available in LNER and BR liveries 2-8-0 8K/ROD Locomotion models in GCR lined black 2-8-0 ROD Bachmann in LNER and BR liveries 3 wagon set Bachmann Collectors Club - one of the three has a return to LNER marking and is not GCR. ​LNWR 0-8-0 G2 Bachmann available in LMS and BR liveries - Belpaire firebox, so just under the wire - seems to be insufficient room to backdate to round topped firebox ​NBR 0-6-0T J83 Hornby in LNER livery 0-4-0ST Y9 Using Hornby Caledonian "pug" as donor 4 plank open wagon Oxford Rail in NBR grey 3 plank open wagon Hornby in NBR grey Caledonian 0-4-0ST Hornby in CR blue other liveries available. The model is a long way from accurate and a lot of work is needed to get a representative version.
  11. We left this saga a couple of months back with me finding that the NEM pockets on the Hachette Mk1 were way too high, and that I therefore couldn't couple it to anything. Pro tem the Coopercraft Tourist Brake 3rd was coupled to the Dapol LMS Stanier Composite from Set 5 and pressed into service as an improvised set: https://www.rmweb.co.uk/community/index.php?/blogs/entry/21622-baby-deltic-released-to-traffic/ I don't seem to have written up the final rounds of my bitter fight with the Tourist BTO. The Wizard aluminium roof was cut to length, filed back on each side at the ends, and stuck on with Evostick. The roof detail is plasticard strip, stuck on with superglue, and with a distinct tendency to break off. It may be a little heavy, but it was the best that could be done under the circumstances. The whole lot was sprayed with Halfords Grey Primer which proved to be too light, then weathered, patch-painted , re-weathered.. The body was patch-painted again, transfers and Modelmasters post 1956 lining were applied, and the whole thing was brush-painted with gloss varnish. Then the underframe was weathered. A working gangway was added to one end , and we were done. It's not wonderful but it will pass as a layout coach and to be honest, given the "quality" of the kit and the number of coats of paint that have to be applied by brush to get sufficient opacity, not much more could be hoped for from it. Very much better modellers than me have struggled to get good results with this kit. There is a metal kit available from Wizard Models , and if the Coopercraft kit is never seen again I doubt we've lost very much. So to the present... I went to Ally Pally last weekend , and by chance I came across a Hornby Gresley BCK in blood and custard at a silly price. After a moment's reflection it was too good a bargain to miss , so I bought it. (The awkward lack of first class accommodation in Set 4 and the fact these BCKs were intended as through coaches was also in the back of my mind when I bought it) I also managed to source a solution for the coupling height problem on the Hachette Mk1. After a lengthy conversation on the Keen Systems stand (during which I was repeatedly told that Kadee couplings don't work) I acquired a converter pack for a Bachmann Mk1, which is intended - amongst other things - to put the NEM pocket at the correct height. I've never before dabbled with Keen Systems products. This is mainly because they are based on rigid fixed links between the vehicles, and that is not much interest to me when I run 2-car sets on a portable layout and want some flexibility in how I can deploy my stock. And the quoted ability to get a rake of coaches round first- and second-radius curves close-coupled is of limited relevance when my tightest curve is 2'6" and the general radius on Blacklade is 3' or greater. In any case I fit working gangways to the inner ends of my coaches and my DMUs - and there's only one set of gangways in a 2 car set. Sadly the replacement resin close-coupler cams are nowhere near a drop-in fit for the Hachette, despite the latter's origin as a back-engineered "Bachmann knock-off". I had to file out the cam to get it to fit in place on the coach, and of course the profile of the resulting hole isn't a great match for the taper of the Hachette original. Then I found the Keen Systems cam wouldn't seat correctly . This was because the head of the screw holding the coach together was fouling on it. Cue more filing to create a suitable recess to clear the screw head... Because you really don't want to breath in the dust created as the screwhead grinds away at the soft coupler arm.... I thoroughly dislike anything that involves working with resin castings because of the health risks from the dust - and the huge awkwardness imposed by the precautions you have to take as a result. All working of resin has to be done outside in the open, wearing a mask - with (of course) no modelling bench - meaning that every check or new round of fettling means running up and down two flights of stairs to the flat and though one or two doors with Yale locks. And the need to wash down and decontaminate the tools means carrying water jars and kitchen roll up and down as well. Not to mention the fact that washing your files thoroughly in water isn't exactly very good for them. Oh, and under normal circumstances it also means that resin items can only be worked on during British Summer Time or at weekends , otherwise it's dark outside..... Fortunately on this occasion I'd taken the day off, and the job was done reasonably quickly, without it (so far) killing me. I suppose white lead from dust-shot and PVA or working depleted uranium are much greater health risks. But this was one occasion where a drop-in fit would really have been appreciated. You will not be surprised to hear that I decided that sorting out one end for a Kadee was quite enough. This will be the end where the loco couples on, and the intention is to use one of the NEM plastic steam-pipes Bachmann supply with their Mk1s as the coupling within the set. This can adjust for the mismatch in NEM pocket heights between the vehicles. However this does mean that the Hachette Mk1 can't run with the Coopercraft BTO, which has fixed Kadees. It will have to be paired with the newly acquired Gresley BCK. So Set 4 as it was originally conceived is no more... Long live Set 6! (This isn't the end of the matter - I still need to resolve the mismatched scratch-set of Tourist BTO+ Stanier CK. And there is the question of blue/grey sets as well Here we take a detour through ancient history, set out in an earlier posting on my layout blog: Flaxborough Almost all of that layout's coaching stock is visible in the photo , and it has all been in stock, pending reworking... One Lima CCT has been thoroughly reworked and written up. https://www.rmweb.co.uk/community/index.php?/blogs/entry/9843-a-small-parcel-arrives/ I decided that all the lettering was really too much of a bind to do a second time, so I salvaged the Hornby-release body, swapped it onto an old Lima underframe as the next "donor vehicle" and disposed of the hybrid Lima body/Hornby underframe CCT on the club stall this weekend. I started trying to upgrade one of the vintage Hornby Mk 2 brakes (really a BFK) a few years ago but it rapidly became clear this is not a quick or easy exercise. Partial repainting will be required, the window openings need filing back....It went back in its box, and I decided I didn't have the moral fibre to do it twice. So the second Mk2 brake , still in its box, was also disposed of on the club stand. Thus the BCK is nil cost in terms of both space and money... In the course of time I have also acquired two sets of Comet sides (Mk1 BSO and CK), sundry Comet castings, a large pile of MJT and Bachmann bogies, assorted SE Finecast flushglaze and an unbuilt Kitmaster Mk1 SK kit. Not to mention a Tony Wright DVD showing carriage conversions and quite a few vague aspirations. When Blacklade runs as BR Blue , I use a 2-car loco-hauled set composed of a BCK off the Bachmann stand and a Mk2Z TSO acquired when my local model shop closed down almost a decade ago. In the same closing sale I bought a Mk2a BSO, and a Mk1 BSK and SK. I have had various aspirations to sort out some more blue/grey coaching stock, but it has never seemed urgent - DMUs are a higher priority. In steam mode Blacklade requires at least three 2-car sets plus a parcels train to operate - which explains why most of the carriage-building activity has gone into the steam-era stock. The dates on my blog reveal it has taken just over 6 years to reach the dizzy heights of five serviceable steam-age sets plus a parcels train. Building the MTK LMS Porthole Brake 3rd as a proper partner for the Dapol Stanier CK is still firmly on the agenda. But that means I need a new partner for the Tourist Brake 3rd to form Set 4. The best option, given what I have available, is to build a Mk1 CK using the Comet sides on one of the old Lima BG bodyshells, but to put it into maroon livery, not blue/grey. I'm fairly comfortable with the idea of spraying a single-colour livery like maroon, whereas the challenge of doing blue/grey properly , with its rounded corners and white lining, is a major obstacle to tackling several modelling projects. Most if not all of the Lima underframe will have to be removed, but I have all the necessary replacement bits in stock. It would be a chance to do a first "proper" coach conversion project, though obviously I'm not in the same league as Larry Goddard. And as a medium term project I could strip down the Triang-Hornby RMB, upgrade it as far as it can be reasonably taken, and put it back into maroon. Sandwiched between a pair of my 2-car corridor sets, it would provide an instant 1960 5 car train...)
  12. Hi folks, I have been looking at a couple of older models (Hornby MSV) and some more recent ones (Bachmann and Hornby MSOs) and wondered whether or not the vacuum brake fitted stock were new build or conversions from the unfitted stock? If they were conversions, when were they done? Many thanks. Regards, Alex.
  13. Hi All, At the moment I'm in the middle of a mark 2F DBSO build. First I started with a mark 2D BSO kit from Just Like the Real Thing. This kit is a great starting point with it's resin body, sides and underframe, which need modification. So work required is as follows. Under frame - Removing certain air conditioning control boxes and ducting. Adding an extra air tank (what this is for, I don't know. Any ideas?), which I've scratch built from tube, milliput and scrap brass. Scratch building the cow deflector. Adding extra conduit and piping. Not fitting the tread brake and handbrake rigging (as these are no longer guard's vans in the conventional sense any more). Side no1 (driver's side) - Cutting out the cab parts (daunting modification). Fitting a scratch built generator radiator and reusing the doors for the cab. Blanking off shower cubicle window (the one next to the toilet). Bits to cut off. Side no2 (secondman's side) - Cutting out cab side window and blanking off the end window in the guards end. Blanking off the kitchen mirror/ splash back window. All of this has been done. The best part of this kit is the fact all the parts can be painted and transfers fitted before final construction takes place. This is network rail yellow sides, showing off the scratch build radiator grill to good effect and the roof fitted with pure white LED's. Tomorrow I'll add the rest of this posting, as it's quite long and is nearing completion, but I'm missing some areas. Cheers Vin
  14. Well thanks to a manic work schedule and some of the effects of my condition progress on Foster Street has been very, very slow. But being a tiny bit stubborn, yes only a tiny bit (The Domestic Overlord will say otherwise ) I was determined not to let it get to me or from doing some modelling. Even if the progress was to be slow it was still progress, that's what I thought anyway, so I got out the list of outstanding jobs on Foster Street, and cracked on. The result of this was that it not only highlighted the severe lack of time I had available but also the severe lack of physical energy I had, not good Anyway I managed to find a couple of things I could do, one was to do a little more work on my attempt to create a Parallel boiler Patriot from the starting point of a very old Farish Black 5. This involved a bit more filing and sanding, but it still needs a lot more, I even slapped a little black paint on to see how I feel about its final livery. I even managed to throw a little paint onto my attempt to create the Titfield Thunderbolt, I still have a lot to do on this including the balconies, but first I need to tidy up the red bit, but a shaky hand is one of my current side effects. Still it could be worst, I have managed to do a little armchair research, and I have acquired a couple of good books to add to the collection. Until the next time as ever, Happy Modelling
  15. Hello everyone. Thanks for looking in. I've decided to post on some of my current detailing projects. Many years ago, I had a full collection of mainly Lima models, based on NE region late 1960's diesel loco's. As the years have progressed, models have improved greatly although I do feel the Lima bodies still hold up very well compared with the newer models. With this in mind, I've been lurking around a well know internet auction site and have now sourced enough chassis and spare bodies etc to modernise my fleet. Some of you may have already seen a similar project with my fleet of Peaks. I guess I'd call my work personalising rather than super detailing. I don't tend to go really deeply into it, for example, I don't tend to add windscreen wipers. So in reality, it's just a thread to improve what is already out there. Rivet counters should stop reading now..... That said, if you're reading through the thread and find a glaring error, or are aware of a decent product that may assist with the work, feel free to post. I'll be starting out with 4 x 31's and a 40, but I have examples of classes 17, 47 and a Deltic to work on. I may also be doing some more work on my DP2 model which is complete, but is missing a roof vent. after that, there's a shed load of DMU's to crack on with. It's going to be a busy year..... Right! to start with, I've been inspired by James' conversion of a class 31 using a Hornby chassis. His thread is worth looking at too if you've not visited already. I've noticed that the Hornby skin head 31 only appears to be correct for the 31/0 version. The 31/1's appear to have different nose door steps, so since I had the lima bodies, I've decided to use these and graft the Hornby buffer beam skirts onto the Lima body and use the Hornby chassis too. The Lima bodies with the headcode box all appear to have welded doors, so need backdating. I'll be using the A1 models nose doors for this bit of the conversion. Here's a picture of work so far...... As can be seen, roof fan grilles and new headcodes will also be fitted. I also have a Lima class 40 body which will be grafted onto a Bachmann chassis. I feel that the Bachmann nose doesn't look quite right to me and that with a level of detailing, the Lima body is ideal. I'm sure there will be those out there that disagree, but it's a case of each to his or her own I guess. I already have a few of these already done, so I'm sticking with this method. Here's a picture of the untouched body. I intend this one to be D345 in green with full yellow ends. Thats all for now. Stay tuned and feel free to say hi. Cheers. Sean.
  16. Well despite the company I work for considering it acceptable for me to work nearly 24hours a day, 7 days a week, and then the demands of domestic life taking up what time I have left, I have still managed to find a little. and I mean little time for playing with my trains. With exhibitions looming for Foster Street, I should be looking at finishing off a few jobs on the layout, and giving the scenery a little refresh, I decided to spend time working on less vital projects. I have always had a bit of a thing for the old Farish Compounds, as a child I always wanted one, two or even more but despite looking at the relevant years catalogue, Santa never brought me one, yes the big guy must have just forgotten all about me, consistently year on year . Still I bear no grudges, because I am bigger than that, but if I ever meet the bearded old fart, it wont just be Rudolph with the red nose. Anyway back to the Compounds, over the last few years I have managed to accumulate a few (at bargain prices, I'm not tight I', just very prudent), anyway four examples managed to find their way onto my workbench. As every LMS fan should do, I have a thing for maroon locomotives, so the first for attention was a regular member of the Foster Street roster. A little black paint in the relevant areas makes in my opinion a big improvement to this livery, though it needs a steady hand with the paintbrush, and an attempt to add the missing yellow lining improves the loco (well I think so). A spot of weathering also helps hide my rough paintwork, and the removal off the moulded coal from the tender, and the addition of lamps and a crew means she is ready for traffic. I did say I had a bit of a thing for maroon locomotives, so another example had to join the fleet, a quick renumber and she is will receive similar detailing to her class mate, though I think she may receive a little heavier weathering. Not all my compounds are maroon, I have a few black examples, in a moment of madness I thought, I would liven up the livery by adding a little red lining, I thought it would be a simple quick job, I was so wrong. Shaking hands and a loaded paintbrush are not a good combination, so I think I may have to do a bit of a cover up job with a little weathering. The final example on the work bench, met with a nasty accident, I introduced her to my new snips and she is well on her way to conversion to a 2P, this one came with no tender, miss treated by her previous owner. She will soon get a new tender, I'm thinking she may get a Deeley tender just for a little variation. So there you have it, when you think about it, to get this lot finished would not take your average modeller busy for long, but this is me we are talking about, and I never rush anything, just ask the Domestic Overlord about my decorating speed (positively glacial ). One thing I want to get a sorted quickly is those undersized bogie wheels, I think I can feel a ponder coming on. Until the next time as ever happy Modelling
  17. Well in my last post, I started to detail some of the improvements I need to make to a few of the locomotives in my fleet. I'm still working through this process, well I would be if... a) I had more time and B) I spent the time I have working on this projects instead of starting new ones. So guess what I did, yes your right I started some new ones, but only because I needed something to do while I waited for paint and glue to dry. So really I'm just being efficient, well that's my story and I'm sticking to it. A trip into the loft the other day (yes I don't get out much, I meant outside, not out of the loft or I would still be stuck up there) I found a couple of my old Farish models, which I just could not part with. The problem was what to turn them into, as I already have enough Black 5's. These models must be nearly as old as me, so I treated them with a little respect, and introduced them to Mr Mini-Drill and a nice cutting disc, and soon they looked a little different. I'm not going to tell you what I hope they will be when I'm finished, as I don't want people saying, "there's no way they look like a *****" Anyway thanks to a my habit of buying various bits an pieces at exhibitions, I soon found a couple of suitable domes, and chimneys that I could modify. After a bit of digging in the bits and bobs box, I found two lengths of a suitable boiler, and thanks to some superglue I soon had the basics of locomotives forming? up until this point everything seemed to be going well, and that's when it hit me, things were going well so I did the sensible thing and quit while I was ahead. So at this point until the next update as ever Happy Modelling
  18. Hey all, I am planning my 00 gauge layout, and I'm in a bit of a pickle. Using the measurement tool on Google Maps, I have measured the diameter of the area I wish to model, and in 'real' scale (1:1 I'm guessing), the width is 168.48ft. Now, I want to know what this measurement would be in 1:76 scale, as this would give me the required width of the baseboards. What calculation would I need to use in order to convert 168.48ft into 1:6 scale to give me the needed baseboard width? Cheers, Matt
  19. Hi all I have two fairly old 2nd-hand Roco long wheelbase 2-axle wagons (swiss outline) with NEM coupling sockets but no close-coupling mechanisms ("KKK"). On the inner box it states that Roco close coupling mechanisms no. 4592 may be fitted. I have failed to find these online under this reference number. Does anyone have any useful tips? I also have some older items of 2-axle and bogie rolling stock (Lima, Liliput, dc-converted Maerklin) and a Lima SBB RBe4/4 electric railcar, all currently fitted with fixed hook-and-loop couplers. I would like to convert these also to take NEM coupling pockets, if possible with close-coupling mechanisms. Again, hints and tips would be greatly appreciated. I have limited experience with alterations, but am prepared to give it a go. Thanks. Peter
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