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Acrylics are great for detail work and for resprays, but just don’t have the control you get from enamels or oils, and can stain when using techniques like James’ I’ve found - you just can’t wipe them off the same way!

 

James, those 37s are wonderful. Always something inspiring in your thread - thanks!

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I don't know what it is about the Class 67 but I still rather like them.

 

I think a model of 67003 in ex works EWS might just slip into my autumn plans, all be it a model using a Lima shell as a basis along with my custom etches.  Winter 1999 isn't too far out of my time frame...

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On 22/07/2019 at 22:03, rob D2 said:

Super job as ever ! Well impressed to see loch awe . This took me to fort William in 1998, so became my fav jockanese 37. I’ve posted these before but...here it is. I contemplated doing a layout based on the area, but with just 37s , 2 freights and one loco hauled a day it had limited operational interest.

 

 

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This is what I call a proper enthusiast picture!

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More great work narrowly missed out on one of these last week

 

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Fantastic work James as always! 

 

Interestingly enough, the real '081 is now up for sale. Sadly it's tipped by quite a few to be one of the first to meet its maker, having already been stripped by EWS/DB and the local chavs. 

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28 minutes ago, Swifty11 said:

Fantastic work James as always! 

 

Interestingly enough, the real '081 is now up for sale. Sadly it's tipped by quite a few to be one of the first to meet its maker, having already been stripped by EWS/DB and the local chavs. 

 

Oh if only I had the money and space...new 70ft metal layout room in the back garden..! ;) 

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That’s nice, you are certainly churning them out.

every page is like a time machine for me....I remember being a bit of a Del Boy and buying two Lima versions of this....which were then sold for a bit of a profit 

 

clearly recall getting  them out in the brand new worktop in the first house I brought with the missus. Long time ago.

 

maybe in 2005 all the enthusiasts should have got together and funded an engine swap from a more boring version....can’t see anyhting but razor blades for it now.

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More lovely modelling work as always James:senile:

 

 

cheers neil..

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Awesome work as always James! I think 081 really suited that livery - shame it caught fire! 

 

Keep up the the good work!

 

Will

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More impressive work there James:senile:

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More fantastic work James, those locos look so good. I remember the large logo class 47 you did, have you ever tackled any BR blue or green diesels/electrics? I'm guessing the colours and techniques would be generally the same.

Steve.

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14 hours ago, sb67 said:

More fantastic work James, those locos look so good. I remember the large logo class 47 you did, have you ever tackled any BR blue or green diesels/electrics? I'm guessing the colours and techniques would be generally the same.

Steve.

 

Hi Steve!

 

Thanks very much! :) I don’t think I’ve tackled a BR Blue loco as yet, though I’ve done a couple of green diesels - if you can call them that, Virgin’s 47851 ‘Traction Magazine’ a long while back plus more recently faded celeb 47004 earlier in this thread just a few years back, nothing since though!

 

I’ve always fancied doing some Banger Blue locos as seeing old videos of the 80s and early 90s, they just ooze atmosphere! I have dabbled with the ideas of doing a layout set earlier than my current era but always come back to my late 90s period where all you got were a few imposter repaints like 56006 and none of the real juicy hungover Banger Blues!!

 

Best I can offer would be Railfreight grey leftovers 56019 and 47016 on the eventual ‘to do’ list one day..!

 

Cheers,

James

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Ok, thanks James. I'll look forward to seeing the results of your ''to do list'' being done ;) Whenever I see your work mine increases! I didn't see many trains from then but I like the livery variations of the late 90's. Keep up the good work :)

Steve.

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Everytime I read this thread at the moment... Mind blown! Excellent work James, as ever. 

 

Out of all the models you've made, which one would be your favourite? Any more plans to do some Fragonset? Your 47 is one of my faves. 

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Posted (edited)

Hi James!

 

Wow! You certainly have been busy, it's been a while since I visited your (and others) threads as I'm not a huge fan of this version of the forum to be honest!

 

When I last checked in you were working on the PCAs. It's nice to finally see you tackle some 37s, even if they're slightly dirtier than I would like, but then I model the late 80s - mid 90s.

 

You put me to shame! I'll have to pull my finger out as I'm also doing some O gauge wagons for a friend as he's not a fan of painting models, he prefers the building.

 

Cheers,

Wayne

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Hi James,

 

Would really be interested in finding out more about that Ford Focus model if possible, it looks fantastic.

 

 

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Stunning work as always James. your weathering is stunning and very inspirational! :)

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On 06/08/2019 at 22:06, Wayne 37901 said:

Hi James!

 

Wow! You certainly have been busy, it's been a while since I visited your (and others) threads as I'm not a huge fan of this version of the forum to be honest!

 

When I last checked in you were working on the PCAs. It's nice to finally see you tackle some 37s, even if they're slightly dirtier than I would like, but then I model the late 80s - mid 90s.

 

You put me to shame! I'll have to pull my finger out as I'm also doing some O gauge wagons for a friend as he's not a fan of painting models, he prefers the building.

 

Cheers,

Wayne

 

Thanks very much Wayne, hope all's good your end! I've been following your threads on here and Facebook, always good to see your wagons coming along!

 

Definitely, the 37s have been long overdue! I've always liked the prototypes but was worried the Bachmann model would need just too much upgrading to ever get a reasonable-size fleet built up, but with a few Shawplan goodies and some weathering they scrub up just about alright for now! Hopefully maybe the lovely chaps at Accurascale will finally do a definitive model-to-end-all-models though!

 

In the meantime, there are 8 more BR versions in varying states of progress on my workbench right now and another 6 EWS maroon beauties dolled up awaiting new decals from Steve @ Railtec, so 2019 is definitely my year of the Tractor!  :lol:

 

Cheers,

James

 

 

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On 07/08/2019 at 09:09, birch1 said:

Hi James,

 

Would really be interested in finding out more about that Ford Focus model if possible, it looks fantastic.

 

 

 

Hi!

 

Thanks very much! I believe somewhere that I've written about the Ford Focus model in the depths of a very old RMWeb (pre-dating this version!) and Model Rail June 2008 issue, but for the sake of completeness I thought I'd share a few snaps here instead of just a URL!

 

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As always, it started out with my first love, haha, a 2005 Ford Focus Zetec Climate - known in Ford circles as the Mk2 pre-facelift Focus. 

 

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Given that I was into modelling and had loads of models of friends and family member's cars on layouts that I had built before, I had to have a model of the Mk2 for my layout, however nobody produced one that was in a scale suitable for model railways, so having been inspired by Clive Mortimore's techniques on scratchbuilding early diesel locos from plastic sheet, I decided to dive in and have a go!

 

All my cars on the layout were 1:87 scale, so for consistency, I built the Focus to match with this, rather than 1:76.

 

The first part was to cut out plastic sheet to a 2D car shape, and laminate up many layers until a vague box shape appeared, afterwhich numerous amounts of filing and sanding took place. I measured up the real car to get all of the key dimensions and divided them by 87 to get the correct proportions, and the rest was a bit of guesswork!

 

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This part took literally weeks of work on and off, filing, sanding, building up again with Humbrol model filler, and repeat, until eventually, like an Egyptian Sphinx carving, some Focus-shaped nugget appeared from the mound of plastic!

 

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The close up photos look quite crude as well, to be fair, one could spend months on getting this bang on, and I am in awe of the real guys at the car companies who'd make up the old 1:1 clay models of the real cars!

 

Having finally settled on the shape, I then painted it in a version of Ford Aquarius Blue (I've always been one to go for a bright Ford!) and added hand-cut glazing fit to each window, I also kitbashed the interior from a donor HO vehicle, and added wheels that I'd modified to look like the 16" Zetec petal wheels that the prototype had.

 

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It was great fun to create and my first proper scratchbuild that wasn't some building or landscape element, and I was chuffed to recreate my first car finally...my only regret is that in the keen-ness to get it finished was that I didn't do any kind of resin casting at all. It was only 2007 and to be another couple of years before I mastered that skill, but I still look back and kick myself for that!!

 

I do love my Fords but sold off the Mk2 Zetec a while later in place of the orange Mk2 Focus ST that may have cropped up on here, before going to the dark side and buying my current 'fleet' of Mk2 Focus RS and Mk3 Focus RS'...bit of a guilty pleasure! I had plans to build models of each of these respectively but alas Loftus Road and other activities have borrowed me away for a while, I do still hope to have a model trainload of Focus' running around on the Bachmann IPA wagons one day, now whether I go for the Mk2 or Mk3 remains to be seen!

 

In the meantime, Minichamps have released a 1:87 version of the Mk2 Focus RS, whilst Welly Models did an (overscale) Focus ST, but despite nagging Oxford Diecast at each show I go to, we have yet to see a proper 1:76 Mk2 Ford Focus - perhaps when one day occurs and these become "classics" we may finally see one, who knows!!

 

Cheers,

James

 

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Wow James, can see a lot of work went in there! And what a result too. My hobby is scratchbuilding modern 1:76 scale model buses for my fictional fleet, Crossways, so I know what you mean when you say it took a while to make! Though I have to say, this looks 10x as complex!

 

It is a shame that modern everyday cars are so hard to come by I agree. Though I guess we have to thank Oxford for giving us a better range than we had a few years ago.

 

Thanks for sharing

 

Ryan

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