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1 hour ago, jwealleans said:

Have you tried the Comet ones from Wizard/51L?

I have not checked them, and I have just gone onto their site and ordered a fair few bit's for these kits. Thank you very much :)

 

Only confusing part of this, the description "6+6" does that mean there's 12 or that there's 6 in a packet?? Sorry if I seem a little slow on that :)

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Following the temporary build which the previous photo's have shown the Corridor 3rd with the Brake 3rd & Corridor Compo. I was able to sit down and crack on with the this, fitting the vents & correct length roof in place. I must admit this kit has been a lot harder to put together, however the kit has finally gone together nicely. 

 

A big thank you to @jwealleans , as I now have an order from Wizard Models for a fair few items for the 52'6 stock. This will finally allow me to get the underframes painted and allow me to finish them off externally. I do plan to get interiors built on the inside of these 52'6. 

 

Hopefully I'll be able to stop talking about LNER 52'6 and move onto some wagons or some Brass GE 4/6 wheeled stock.

 

Thanks 

 

Tom

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Evening all, 

 

A nice update today, 

 

So moving forwards with the LNER 52'6 I have finished the priming work and the coach has now been painted into the teak base coat ready for the teak effect on tomorrow!! Oh look a big spoiler in the background. ;)

 

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But moving on, with the Railroad B17 arriving I was able to convert the new Hornby Railroad B17 R3588 and combine it with the Golden Arrow Models B17/5 body shell. However if anyone does plan on modelling this locomotive with the railroad body, there are a number of additions which I have learnt. Like a standard Hornby model there is now a cable which runs from the loco to the tender, where the DCC decoder & blanking plate goes. I have found that you can remove this and just solder the motor directly without the decoder, as all the pickups are on the loco and the tender is more or less a shell. However if you want to have a DCC decoder it will fit with plenty of space for a sound & normal DCC decoder. As for the body shell, I had previously glued it together and I am glad I did. Having done that enabled me to to test fit the body & chassis and repeating that process until I had gotten a solid fit and I am glad that I do now. 

 

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As for the loco's operation, it runs extremely smoothly and I cannot fault the new railroad mechanism, I'd certainly recommend getting a new Railroad B17 and using it to modify it into a B17/5. However I recommend getting yourself a Dremel, which has access to a number of abrasive tool attachments as it made my job of cleaning and filing the cab to fit the motor so much easier! With this I hope I have answered a question which a lot of modelers even the head of Golden Arrow Models has which is; Yes you can fit a Golden Arrow Models B17/5 body shell onto the new Railroad B17.

 

I hope you are all doing well and I shall catch you in the next part

 

Thanks Tom

 

 

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Before you go any further on the B17/5 , you are far too low with the Boiler handrails they should finish under the front Cab window. They then go across under the window to the front edge of the Cab (most unusual).

 

Examples here

 

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https://www.national-preservation.com/threads/gresley-b17-5-streamlined-sandringhams.1206432/

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12 minutes ago, micklner said:

Before you go any further on the B17/5 , you are far too low with the Boiler handrails they should finish under the front Cab window. They then go across under the window to the front edge of the Cab (most unusual).

 

Examples here

 

https://www.pinterest.co.uk/pin/293930313179551792/

 

 

https://www.national-preservation.com/threads/gresley-b17-5-streamlined-sandringhams.1206432/

 

 

This was a question that a friend of mine asked and I thought myself...is this wrong? But it is where the kit has marked for the holes to go...However I may change the last 2 holes as I have thought they are too low...But upon seeing the photo I have attached I thought ahh that'll do, and other B17/5's I've seen have followed the marked area's for the kit. But now you've brought it up I may well change it. 

 

 

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Yes the photo show it exactly how it should run. The kit makers made a big mistake with the markings !!.

 

I would suggest to get the correct flow of the Handrail you will need to re drill all the holes after no 3 i.e the top position knob , changing the last two will make no difference.

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Apologies for the lack of updates, I've been dabbling back into my O Gauge modelling, finishing off a few things and looking for some GER 4/6 Wheeled coaches for my planned layout. Sadly it seems there are no or very little kits available bar the shapeways equivalents. But if anyone can help that would be marvelous. 

 

Anyway, speaking of 4/6 Wheelers, while I was on the hunt for some during Lockdown No.1 I found a company called eveleigh creations, David produces Great Eastern 4 & 6 Wheeled coaches, along with the Wisbeach & Upwell tramway cars. So for those modelers looking for GE stock, it's no better time than to get you're hands on a set for your layout. I purchased 2 vehicles to begin with. The GE 3rd Brake & All 3rd. These coaches will be painted in a scumbled Teak with the intention to en-act a local service coming from somewhere like Cambridge. The plan I have at the moment is to have a formation like so: - Brake - Third - Compo Lav - First - Third - Full Brake - 

 

I must point out that this formation is not based on anything as I have struggled and I am looking for guidance on coach formations on secondary services. However I am temped to replicated this photo of E4 No. 7504 in 1936 on a mixed set. But these are all 6 wheelers from what I can Identify.

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Anyway, at this time I have been working on the 4 Wheeled brake, not too difficult a built the hardest parts have been the duckets & the floor as there's no easy way of soldering the floor in which in turn meant I had to be a little creative when it came to fitting the floor holding the W Irons in. A kit certainly not for the beginner I feel. But having had a go, I certainly feel a lot more experienced with this and will update with both kits completed hopefully later today. 

 

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Afternoon, 

 

Fortunately I have been able to sit down and finish off these GER 4 Wheelers, a mistake on my part meant that I had to request for an extra fret of foot boards for the all 3rd however thanks to @David Eveleigh they arrived this afternoon and I was able to get them onto the kit with ease. Another addition I found in the kits was this "TO THE TRAINS" sign which was among the frets. Was a really nice surprise so I thought I'd quickly get this painted and look to find a place for it to go on Mile End Park in the future. 

 

All that remains is to wait for the Shapeways 3D printed items which you must purchase separately, however I am very happy how these kits have gone together, I must admit that doing these in 4mm has been a challenge. My first Brass kits in 4mm have turned out fairly well and they run very smoothly. 

 

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Meanwhile on the LNER 52'6 Front I have finished the underframe and fitted the windows of this Composite 1st/3rd. All that remains is to get some plasticard and prepare the roof for all the typical fittings that a Gresley teak would expect and painting the Golden lining on the bodyside. 

 

 

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So overall not a big update but another short and sweet one. I hope you're all doing well during this time 

 

Thanks again

Tom

 

 

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I feel as though, I am beginning to sound like a repeating record!

 

Today my GER 4 Wheelers received there final details, so the kits from Eveleigh Creations sadly do not come with, axle boxes, leaf springs, top lights or buffer stocks. However you are directed to go to Shapeways who are an online group of modelers who produce and sell for very good prices things that modelers specifically need. 

 

In this case there is a A,B & C Pack of GE Coach fittings, I decided to get all three sets, although you can see the picture of them when you buy I thought it would be worth is incase I broke anything. 

 

Anyway, the coaches have had all the parts fitted, the only difficultly I had was fitting the axle boxes, I found using a Dremel, I was able to file down the axle boxes so I could fit the bearings into them. I recommend test fitting and not to apply any pressure to the axle boxes on the bearings otherwise they will not fit. If you have filed them down enough, you'll find they slot straight in with very little fuss. 

 

I am extremely pleased with these, and I do intend to purchase a set of 6 wheelers to form a larger train, these 4 wheelers will be used on the layout and perhaps for other light railways layouts, which I am involved with. 

 

In other news, I found watching the Warley MRC's virtual model railway show great fun to watch, and I was very pleased to see that PECO are expecting to get the Bullhead Double Slips out in early 2021, which means you and myself can expect a lot more progress on the actual layout as this layout has been in limbo since January 2020. Hence the focus on coaches and occasionally locomotives. 

 

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Happy New Year to you all!

 

My Christmas has been spent looking through my LNER GE theme and working out what I want to do with it, and it's safe to say I'm going to be keeping up with this for the long haul. 

 

However I took a long break from 4mm modelling as I shifted focus to my LNER GE 7mm modelling. I have reached a bit of a slump from that and have moved back to the 4mm. 

 

This has seen me looking to finish the LNER 52'6 Teaks, as I think I was getting fed up of talking about them and I think those who follow the blog would prefer that too!

 

Anyway, I took the opportunity to practice and apply the "Gold" lining to the body sides and apply decals. Just the Roof's to do now!!

 

The GE 4 Wheelers I have acquired, will now be finished off but for a different layout set on the Middy. However I've used these 4 wheelers as the basis for the LNER 6 Wheelers which I require for the Smaller "local" set headed by an E4 or J15. Interestingly when I ordered the W&U Tramway cars in 7mm form D&S Danny was kind enough to give me a Fret of his GE 4mm 6 Wheel brake coach...I think this might help form the basis for the train!!

 

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