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Today I finished off the Q1.

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I'm quite pleased with the weathering as I tried out a new technique using talcum powder to build up dirt on the underframes. I got the idea from The Loco Builder on YouTube but I think Martyn Welch recommends it as well.

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Sorry for the poor quality; I was just using my phone's zoom.

 

Now I can finally finish off that horsebox that I started ages ago.

 

Jamie

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G'Day Folks

 

Very nice, I must finish mine off.

 

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Blimey - nearly 3 months since I last posted something on here!

I haven't had much enthusiasm or time lately for modelling so I've just been enjoying running trains. Hopefully, over the Christmas period I should be able to build a wagon or two or something like that.

Those of you who have met me will be aware that I'm still at secondary school and I'm in my last year which means around 2 months of exams starting from May. Because of this, I probably won't be doing much until July and if I am doing some modelling it probably won't be worth posting on here. However, after exams are over I'll (hopefully) be tackling my first commission which I'll certainly be putting progress of on here.

 

On a lighter note, yesterday was the Ely club's annual modelling competition and I got to take the trophy home for another year. Which (to quote The Fast Show) was nice.

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There was only one vote between myself and the member who came second so it was a very close competition.

As you can see behind the Q1 we had some festive refreshments as well.

 

And on that note, Merry Christmas everyone reading this and may all your new trains run well,

Jamie

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Jamie, I am delighted I've found your thread.

The standard of your work for someone still at school is a joy to behold.

If you look at your early posts and then your later ones the improvements are already very obvious,,,, so just keep modelling.

 

Good luck with the impending exams but please don't make the same mistake I made,,, I thought modelling was more  important!!! WRONG

 

SAD:(

 

 

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So much for not doing anything worth posting! Well, it seemed rude not to buy a Bachmann O4 for only £60.

As some of you may know, the Bachmann O4 isn't correct straight out of the box for any sub class. It's an O4/1 (GCR built) loco with an O4/3 (ROD built) tender. As O4/3s were far more numerous, I decided to convert the model to O4/3 status.

The first job was to remove the vacuum ejector pipe from the RHS of the boiler. This came off fairly easily and then there was just a bit of cleaning up needed. The front, top lamp iron was moved from the door to the top of the smokebox and the vacuum pipes were cut off. The chequered plate just below the smokebox was smoothed over with filler and then sanded down. The wistle was moved onto the top of the cab roof and then the rear roof rib was cut off and a new rib glued on.

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The loco was renumbered to 6257, a Colwick loco, and weathered, firstly with paint and then with weathering powders. A crew and coal have also been fitted.

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Now all she needs are some three link couplings.

 

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While I'm at it, I might as well show what else I've been doing over the holidays. I  had far more time than I thought I would so I managed to get two wagons almost finished for Weybourne, an SR pill box brake van and a lowmac

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The brake van required the sand boxes to be taken off the ends. They came off fairly easily just by slipping a blade between them and the body and cracking the glue. Then I had to fill the holes and add the centre lamp iron. This vehicle just needs to be renumbered and weathered.

 

Jamie

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G'day Folks

 

like the O4, I have mine to do, but it's a GW version, so a bit more work, I do like what you have done with the cylinders, a vast improvement.

 

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Thanks manna,

The GWR version is certainly a better starting point as it has the right cab and the running plate is better around the cylinders.

I got the info about raising the cylinders from Graeme King who was able to provide (very useful) photos and notes. I agree it’s a vast improvement.

 

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