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Great stuff James, really inspiring work. Did you run stuff on Loftus Road last week? I was there but it was a bit busy.

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As always, excellent modelling James. Beautiful nameplates and the body side scaring is quite wonderfully modelled.

 

I do enjoy looking at your 47 conversions (think faves are probably still just about the Fragonset and FGW varieties) and already eagerly anticipating the 3 still to come.

 

Any progress on the Didcot layout?

 

Thanks very much Chris!

 

I do have a soft spot for that Fragonset '47', despite having many suitable 'Duff's to choose from, it still gets a more-than-regular airing on Virgin XC services on Loftus Road

 

The Didcot Parkway layout has definitely progressed further so to speak, it's had the initial proposal approved by the Worthing MRC committee as the club's new large D&E layout, and one day will be an eventual replacement for Loftus Road! The next stage is firming up the plans, quantifying costs and finalising the fiddle yard track plans, baseboard sizes and dimensions before submitting full budget requests etc for final stage approval!

 

Hopefully with resources and space at the club there may be a chance to crack on with it in 2019 if all goes to plan! I've already got a Facebook page setup as a placeholder, and once we've got something tangible to look at, then I'll no doubt start a thread on here to let others follow progress as well go! I'm very excited about the layout and it's a probably a promising sign that I'm already getting banter from fellow Loftus Road gang members that instead of being called Didcot, it should be the similar-sounding 'BigC**k Parkway'..!

 

Great stuff James, really inspiring work. Did you run stuff on Loftus Road last week? I was there but it was a bit busy.

Steve.

 

Thanks Steve, there was indeed a lot of stuff running at the Hornby show last week, including the 47 at some stages! I've been meaning to put up some more Loftus Road pics, so keep an eye on the other thread in due course!

 

Cheers,

James

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Exciting stuff to here the Didcot layout is making progress (I never thought I’d get excited about Didcot). If you are after info about the Didcot area from the signalling point of view I may be able to help you out, as I singed the workstation a few years back.

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 Have been browsing through your workbench James and I love those dirty engineers wagons!! :good:  I have a soft spot for them and this is why I am doing an engineers layout. The ZCA No 460165 was coded "Sea Hare" and it was a SPA with welded doors to make them ballast carriers BTW.

 

Keep up with the weathering (and graffiti)!!

 

Jules

Can i say Mr Makin that if these vehicles had'nt been photographed on a workbench you would be hardpressed to say they weren't the real thing - congratulations now must up my modelling skills now!

I'm refering to your ZCA's and OCA's.

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Only another thirty odd to go before Southampton James!

 

Really good work that though...

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Can’t believe I’m actually making a suggestion to you given my meagre skills, but for panel weld lines (in N admittedly), I just mask one side and use a mechanical pencil. Works well, and withstands subsequent washes/powders etc.

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Looks great James.

 

However, I'm looking forward to seeing those locos you mentioned (and give a tantalising glimpse of on the top pic). 

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Great work again James.

 

MORE please.....

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Thanks for this James, wonderful job. :imsohappy:

 

You'll need to tutor me, as there are another 27 to weather!

 

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Superb stuff James! 

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Very nice !

Can’t wait for the locos !

 

Incidentally, somewhere else on your thread you were listening to “ the knife - silent shout “. Great tune that if you like electronic .

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Very nice !

Can’t wait for the locos !

 

Incidentally, somewhere else on your thread you were listening to “ the knife - silent shout “. Great tune that if you like electronic .

 

 

Thanks Rob, yeah, I love The Knife! Also you may have heard but the lead singer's solo stuff recorded under the 'Fever Ray' name has some pretty decent electronic tunes within!

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More impressive modelling I see James :paint:

 

 

cheers neil.

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Very nice.   At some point I need to get on and do mine, hopefully this will be the kick up the backside to get on with it

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More great stuff James, well done.

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Excellent work on the VGA James! Really captured the battered appearance some of these wagons. Have you ever thought about modelling some of the VAA/VBA wagons that were used on MOD work in the early 2000s? I've been working on a couple for an enterprise train and they make interesting variations from the bigger VGAs! 

 

Anyways always interesting to see what you've been working on! 

 

Cheers

Lewis 

 

 

 

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12 hours ago, Arpleymodeller said:

Excellent work on the VGA James! Really captured the battered appearance some of these wagons. Have you ever thought about modelling some of the VAA/VBA wagons that were used on MOD work in the early 2000s? I've been working on a couple for an enterprise train and they make interesting variations from the bigger VGAs! 

 

Anyways always interesting to see what you've been working on! 

 

Cheers

Lewis 

 

 

 

 

Thanks Lewis!

 

Absolutely, they are awesome wagons and definitely are part of the plan! I have gathered a case of about 22 over the years of the varying Bachmann VAA/VBA/VDAs but yet to find the time to tackle any! I’ve got a folder full of hundreds of pics saved from Flickr and other websites, jammed full of faded rotters in every colour from Railfreight pink to Mainline blue that are crying out to be modelled one day! 

 

The biggest challenge is that I’ve collected lots of shiny plasticky RTR wagons over the years at bargain prices and trying to work out what would come next in the queue to be ‘ruined’!

 

From memory there’s the old vans above to do, a long rake of Seacows, some new Turbots, some red Bachmann IPA car carriers, an empty 36 HAA rake, a 30+ MEA rake, a HEA rake, another 30-odd MHA/MFA/MTAs, a set of Grampus, Rudd’s & Clams, a second TEA rake, 35-odd old Lima PGAs for ‘Gunnell’ conversions, the Ford ‘blue train’ I started on before and finally a big pile of old 16t mineral tippler wagon kits for Barbels, I’m really not sure where the time is going to come from, and that’s before any dodgy locos, multicolour Great Western HSTs, coaching stock and Thames Turbos to be done! Early retirement seems the most practical solution here..! 

 

Cheers,

James

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Bloody hell James you really have built up some gigantic stash of wagons no wonder they are so much second hand you own them all! Well your be interested in my latest wagons got a trio of 1 X VAA and 2x VBAs that are nearly finished! Totally battered faded pink railfreight your love them! 

 

Can't believe how much RTR models have gone up in price feels like not long ago they were under a tenner for almost any wagon now it's nothing under £20 for a 4 wheeler and £40-50 for any bogie wagon! 

 

Glad I was able to accumulate 25 HAAs,11 HTAs, 15 HEAs and a dozen MHA,MFA and MTA before the madness in prices set in! 

 

Your so lucky getting that VGA for a fiver literally a steal! 

 

Always following with interest mate keep up the good work! 

 

Cheers

Lewis 

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Impressive stuff James, that is a lot of stock!

 

How many locos do you have?

Any progress on the next batch of locos you have been working on?

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That’s a lot of stock.

Id love to see 30 MEAS behind anything really.....I should think weathering those would see you needing some head therapy ...

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20 hours ago, Arpleymodeller said:

Bloody hell James you really have built up some gigantic stash of wagons no wonder they are so much second hand you own them all! Well your be interested in my latest wagons got a trio of 1 X VAA and 2x VBAs that are nearly finished! Totally battered faded pink railfreight your love them! 

 

Can't believe how much RTR models have gone up in price feels like not long ago they were under a tenner for almost any wagon now it's nothing under £20 for a 4 wheeler and £40-50 for any bogie wagon! 

 

Glad I was able to accumulate 25 HAAs,11 HTAs, 15 HEAs and a dozen MHA,MFA and MTA before the madness in prices set in! 

 

Your so lucky getting that VGA for a fiver literally a steal! 

 

Always following with interest mate keep up the good work! 

 

Cheers

Lewis 

 

Thanks Lewis, I can’t wait to see your vans coming on, they do sound right up my street, love all your wagons so far! 

 

Thats a pretty decent selection of wagons you’ve built up so far...I do miss the days of cheap stock so badly!

 

I bought most of my stock during the golden period of approx 2004-2012 when high spec current-gen stock started appearing on the market but at reasonable prices, and traders at shows like Martells used to give us stock at an absolute steal! I’d come home from a show with dozens of wagons and new Bachmann locos for like £60, those truly were the days! 

 

Nowadays I tend to get most of my stuff secondhand, often from my Loftus Road mates at the Club, it’s quite common that some shiny wagons will run on the layout for a few years, to be then sold to me and to reappear on the layout looking disgusting and filthy! 

 

10 hours ago, 37403 said:

Impressive stuff James, that is a lot of stock!

 

How many locos do you have?

Any progress on the next batch of locos you have been working on?

 

Thanks very much, it’s embarassing to admit but I don’t actually know how many locos I’ve got! I’d say maybe 150 but I’m a little worried it’s rather more to be honest..! As always, the stuff that’s been detailed, weathered and run on a layout is only a small proportion compared to the general collection filed away for years in cupboards that we all buy for that layout ‘one day’ :lol:

 

The new loco weathering batch is are getting there, slowly! It’s my fault as I keep tackling more...for another separate project I’m airbrush spraying warning panel yellow (a rare occurrence!) so it gave me the tempting excuse to add a double flush-front-converted RES 47 to get detailed up for the big weathering batch while I’m painting the yellow! 

 

6 hours ago, rob D2 said:

That’s a lot of stock.

Id love to see 30 MEAS behind anything really.....I should think weathering those would see you needing some head therapy ...

 

Cheers Rob, the MEAs will eventually be filled with aggregate and are booked to run behind some classic Class 58s! A lot of the cheap MEAs I bought have the horrible old style chassis needing brake lever & buffer upgrades too, I’d better get the therapy booked now I think! 

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Thanks alot mate glad you like my wagon work got alot of inspiration from seeing your work to be honest. Oh I do too I remember getting MFA and MTA wagons for £6 each! Now they are more like £19 each! Also got a MOA one of the bogie EWS ballast wagons from Hattons for £14 in 2015....same wagons sell for £38 now! 

 

In addition to the fleet I mentioned before also got half a dozen VAA/VBA/VGA, a trio of old MEAs, pair of TTAs, 3 BDAs, 3 SPAs and currently working on a OAA! 

 

What will you be using for the brake lever upgrade on your MEAs? Id love to improve mine but they seem too much of an integral part of the chassis moulding to simply cut away 

 

Cheers

Lewis 

 

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1 hour ago, Arpleymodeller said:

Thanks alot mate glad you like my wagon work got alot of inspiration from seeing your work to be honest. Oh I do too I remember getting MFA and MTA wagons for £6 each! Now they are more like £19 each! Also got a MOA one of the bogie EWS ballast wagons from Hattons for £14 in 2015....same wagons sell for £38 now! 

 

In addition to the fleet I mentioned before also got half a dozen VAA/VBA/VGA, a trio of old MEAs, pair of TTAs, 3 BDAs, 3 SPAs and currently working on a OAA! 

 

What will you be using for the brake lever upgrade on your MEAs? Id love to improve mine but they seem too much of an integral part of the chassis moulding to simply cut away 

 

Cheers

Lewis 

 

That’s ok though, as all our salaries have doubled in that period.......anyone ??!

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