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Ah yes Jamie. Airfix Spitfire building with the grandsons. A joyous occasion! For me it was during a wet afternoon in a caravan in North Wales. I bought the British fighter combi set in the model shop in PorthMadog and we set about them when we got back to the caravan. Oh happy days.

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Got back this afternoon from my lining lesson. Some success was achieved and I learned a lot about using both bow pens and a lining pen. I even managed to do one side and the rear of the tender tank.  The other side will need some work and I might even strip it and repaint. All in all a very good morning.

 

Jamie

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After some thought and examination of the tender, I decided not to strip the whole tender as the one good side and the rear look quite nice to my eyes.   Last night I escaped to the shed and rubbed the offending side down with wet and dry after soaking the transfers in cleaning alcohol.   I believe that it is the French equivalent of Meths.   

 

This evening I masked it up and sprayed it with red oxide primer.

P9081013.JPG.12b768d6cc99602a5c05ead5ddd0d928.JPGI was quite pleased with it.   Despite the cooler autumn weather it was still well over 20 degrees in the shed so I was quite quickly able to give it a coat of Rover Damask red.

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I'll be able to redo the beading tomorrow so should be able to get the lining done and the transfers done again soon.

Here's the other side that I lined last Thursday under Richard's expert instruction.

P9081015.JPG.90a9405700a45a780f537ef2d216226a.JPGIt needs a little attention with a cocktail stick to tidy it up in a couple of places but I am very happy with that.

 

Jamie

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Not too bad Jamie. You should be able to clean that up a treat. I find a matchstick is better than a cocktail stick for cleaning up to a line. Mainly because it's square.

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Thanks for that Lezz. I got it cleaned up and the black repainted yesterday. The household  stock of cocktail sticks proved worse than useless. I eventually used a small screwdriver used gently and it worked a treat. Supplies of thinners for pen cleaning were delivered yesterday. I then got the black repainted so might have a go at some lining later today or sometime tomorrow. 

 

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Quite a lot has happened  today.  I had a go with the lining pen this after with some success.  I now need to make myself some plasticard guides for various curves such as splashers, cabs and tender frames.  The other thing was a rather amazing find on the rue-d-etropal site.  Simon does 3D prints for the LMH electrics, Midland version.  After consultation with the boss, a trailer car body, which is complete with roof, has been ordered to arrive in time for my birthday.  I'm not happy  with my plasticard trailers so will see how it turns out.

 

Jamie

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Well a parcel arrived from the Netherlands today with something in it, white and plasticky.   On opening up the box this emerged.

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On first inspection it looks OK though I haven't measured it yet.

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The cab certainly looks OK , this is the underside.

P9180103.JPG.bf17c0da49f3f2b8d7dcc9313a83eaf3.JPGHopefully later today I will get the chance to put it alongside one of my trailer bodies to compare it.   The surface finish is a little rough but not as bad as I feared.   It will be interesting putting the simulated chicken wire on the roof.

 

Jamie

 

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It cost me about £100 which is pretty good for an O gauge coach body. It's slso available in other scales.

 

Jamie

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Not finished yet?  You are slowing down in your old age.  Personally, I would have excluded the vents from the model and attached white metal one's later.

 

Bill

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Thanks Bill.  Unfortunately that's how the model comes. However it wouldn't be difficult to remove the vents and put some metal ones on.   It would also give me the chance to fit some netting to represent the chicken wire that covered the roofs as an earth strip.

 

I've been over to the shed and got out the other three coach bodies from the 2nd unit and have had chance to photograph them alongside the print.

Here's it sandwiched between the two trailer cars.  You'll see how these have distorted.  Dimensionally the cabs are identical with the profiles correct.  There is a couple of millimetres difference in length but I haven't had chance to check them against the drawing yet.

Here's the same three trailers cares along with the motor car that will become the Siemens equipped car with bow collectors.

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That has also distorted in several areas so I may well end up buying another trailer car print and one motor car.

 

Jamie

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Wow, that's some distortion there!

One way of strengthening these sorts of opens is to run a strip at right angles to the top edge of the body. This also gives something for the roof to sit down onto.

But I think I would be tempted to try David Jenkinson's 'inner box' method for 0 gauge, I tried it for 4mm, but it was just a bit to bulky for my taste. So I modified it slightly so that you get a stronger bodyside, with a flat back. My method is buried somewhere in my carriage bodging thread..

Oh an a softer solvent!

 

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Thanks Andy.   I have had quite a but of success with the Jenky method with some clerestories that are awaiting lining, however the very open appearance of the saloons on the trailer cars meant that I couldn't use that method which is why I'm where I'm at.  Thanks again.

 

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My method might just give you the desired result. The layering I use gives a flat back, and then layers to space out the tumblehome...

 

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On 18/09/2019 at 20:47, jamie92208 said:

Thanks Andy.   I have had quite a but of success with the Jenky method with some clerestories that are awaiting lining, however the very open appearance of the saloons on the trailer cars meant that I couldn't use that method which is why I'm where I'm at.  Thanks again.

 

Jamie

I'm surprised you didn't get them etched Jamie! Those overheads and parts for the greyhound bridge turned out superb!

Jon F

 

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I was thinking of that John. I could certainly do it. However I found this by accident and have been very pleased with it. It's certainly better than the plasticard ones. I actually started these before I learned to produce etches.

 

Jamie

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I had some thoughts today that it was time that I did a little bit of scenic work on the layout.  One area that has been bothering me is the coal yard where there is a lot of dirt surface and a host of mock ups of buildings.   The area that I am thinking about is the area near the Yates brewery store at the front and centre of the layout. The former school that became the brewery store is on the lower right of the photo.  There appears to be fenced yard which would be sed by brewery drays and for storing barrels. It also had a gate leading into the coal yard for loading wagons.  There appears to be a small shed in the middle of the yard.  

985228154_BreweryYard.jpg.e1fd47fc98b635692084a57a2edbed7a.jpgThe area has had to be adjusted to fit the layout and the yard isn't as deep as it should be.   This leaves me with a space about 450 mm by 130mm and the need for some gates.  

 

Here1692733807_CoalYardPlan2.jpg.43c13b7f84a3f4d9719f0d6a04584f5f.jpg's an extract from the railway 2 chain plan of 1910

And here is what it looks like at the moment.

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Somewhere I have a set of Poppy's fencing of the correct type.  I drew a plan and worked out what I wanted then spent 45 minutes looking for the fencing with no joy.

 

The time was not wasted however as I found 3 sets of inside valve gear from Shedmaster/Laurie Griffin and 2 complete sheets of HMRS Midland Loco transfers.   Midland Railway along with a box of motors and gearboxes.   Not a bad result.

 

Jamie

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