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1 hour ago, Tony Teague said:

Hi Pete

What's your take on the livery and lettering of that D class?

Tony

I'm red/green colour blind so probably not best person to comment on the colouring. It looks better in reality than it did in some of the photos, but still seems a bit light. The lettering is wrong, I'm going to remove and replace it at some point. I haven't got to the point where I'm happy enough with my attempts at SR lining to have a go at repainting it (although it could go into black). 

 

There's also a nasty join on the bottom of the boiler that doesn't seem to have attracted much attention online, and I had to glue the cab roof back on (the buffers were fine though).  It's a nice model, but could have been a bit better. 

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Yes, the green seems too pale and yellow-ish and despite the lettering being incorrect it is still a nice model overall - but could have been great!

I must have a look at the bottom of the boiler............

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The windpump took about 6 hours to assemble. The biggest problem was getting it square, as the four sides had to be but jointed, and there's a change in angle two thirds of the way up to make things more awkward. I think there's a slight twist in the top, but it doesn't really show.

 

The instructions start off OK, but seem to peter out towards the end, but the drawing included is OK, and I had a photos of the completed one in my copy of the Vic Smeed book. My main deviation from the instructions was to solder, rather than use superglue. Soldering made things a lot easier, as you can unsolder if you get it wrong.....

 

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The painting guide in the instructions says 'grey or silver' for the metal work, so a blast of grey etch primer will do. I've started painting the sails and the platform.

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I've finished painting the Scalelink wind pump, again following the painting instructions that came with it. It also had a bit dry brushed weathering to tone down the blue bits. The next step is to make the concrete base to plant it next to the water tank.  20210817_195026.jpg.95641c814fd2fe0b3bae06614f8f6c6b.jpg20210817_195105.jpg.86aed45177a6675c715cce1369265954.jpg

That was a nice little kit - I'd recommend it to anyone who fancies a bit of slightly fiddly soldering. 

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The windpump is now planted near the water tower. I'm not sure a real one would be this close to buildings, but my layout is only 16" wide...

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I've now started on the last building I need, to go in the corner next to the road. It's a clapboarded pub, based on a drawing in the book 'Buildings for model railways' by Maurice H Bradley. The drawing is loosely on 'The White Hart' in Newenden in Kent. Mine is a shell of 40 thou plasticard, plus Slater's brick for the bottom and Evergreen clapboarding. 

 

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I've no idea who Maurice Bradley was (beyond being an Architect) but the book is fantastic, full of drawings and photos of his models on a very nice looking layout - possibly in 3mm scale. I also recall some articles in the RM about the same time as the book, which is dated 1983. It's one of those books I read from the library as a kid, and then tracked down a copy 30 years later via eBay, as you do. 

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Over the last few days I've painted the pub (a can of Tamiya spray white, followed by Valejo Ivory for the wooden clapboarding to give a slightly different finish).

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The windows have been cut and fitted. The were cut from white self adhesive vinyl using my Silhouette cutter - most of them turned out OK, but there are a few (mainly the bay window) where I need to redo them with thinner window bars. Once that's done the black window frames and sills can be added from pre-painted plastic strip. 

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As part of the groundwork for the but I managed to damage the buffer stop at the end of the siding (and the end of the run round needed one to match) so I bought a couple of stops from Lanarkshire models. These are nicely cast, and soldered up in a few minutes. They're now sitting on the radiator drying  ready for painting (on second thoughts, maybe not on the radiator as the temperature of my central heating is not much less than the melting point of the low melt solder).

 

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The buffers are now in place, along with a bit more scenic work. The big hole is for the pub. The smaller holes are for ground signals. 

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Apologies for the mess, the office/layout room is a tip whilst various bits of my house have work done on them. The missing link to getting the layout room sorted were the shutters shutters for the windows have now turned up and been fitted. So once the this board is done I can put it back into position and start sorting the rest of the layout out. 

 

Meanwhile, the pub is nearly complete. The bay window has turned out rather well.

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The windows with their vinyl frames were stuck on from the outside, followed by pre-painted black plastic strip for the outer frames. I then fitted tissue over the windows to look like net curtains, and added the upper floors. 

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And lastly the roof was done, complete with chimneys and Dart castings chimney pots bedded in with black Milliput. 

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The job for this week is to paint to roof/bargeboards/chimneys ready for adding the York Modelmaking roof tiles. 

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The pub has progressed slowly. The chimneys are now done, and the rood is painted ready for a the York model making laser cut tiles. I found out the hard way on the cottage that the white plastic base shows through the gaps between the tiles. 

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My plan is to use 2mm scale tiles to represent Kentish peg tiles, which are much smaller than standard tiles. 

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