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Someone else told me Mike, he had used Brunswick Green with blue/black ink and it worked for him, worth a try.

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Another possibility is Phoenix Paints P752 GNR lining green if you don't mind paying the postage - cripplingly expensive if you happen to live in N Iireland or the less favoured Scottish postcode areas!

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Thanks for that tip Colm, I hope to get to Lincoln show on Sunday so I"ll look for Phoenix paints.  I tend to build things as one offs and getting the paint match on a home mix I find tricky!.

  Sorry Kirley I see to have hijacked your thread so will stop now!

     Mike

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Park Royal Coaches completed.

 

The first one is a IFM kit No. 1399 Suburban.

 

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The rest of the coaches are built from sides from Worsley Works, with Comet under frames, ends and roof.

 

Another Suburban No.1390 in mid green.

 

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A Suburban in black/golden brown livery No.1401

 

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A mainline coach with the circular window plated over.  No. 1421

 

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The last one is a mainline coach No.1428

 

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So that's the collection, I think five Park Royals is enough for any layout now for the real fun- to run them!

 

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It's the first time I've seen an IFM Park Royal in close up. They look pretty fine models, which bodes well for the laminates due out in the summer.

 

Stephen

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Thanks Guys, a short video of them in action on Kirley Junction.

 

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Anhydrous Ammonia Wagon Kits

 

Earlier in this thread I covered the build of the 2 Barrier Wagons for an Anhydrous Ammonia train.

Lately SSM released their Anhydrous Ammonia wagon kits; I got 6 which was the usual number that ran along with the barrier wagons.

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I’ve almost completed building the 6 and throughout the build I was constantly surprised at the ingenuity that went into the design of the kit.  It was a simple kit to build mainly because of the thought process that went into the way things came together. 

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A test run before the final assembly and painting.

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Worked on the interiors of the Park Royal Coaches. There were two types, Suburban and a smaller number of Mainline coaches. The Suburban's had no toilets but had bench type seat at the door area.  I have tried to replicate both types (with expert help from John M). 

 

I used Comet seating but found it very tedious to have to cut out that hard plastic.  Would be interested in hearing of recommendations on other coach seating.

 

Hi Kieran

 

Ah, seating, the bane of the railcar modeller! I have used  Foremost Models F.150 coach seating strip not sure if still available), which is as you say about the Comet variety, tough and tedious to cut. The Southern Pride individual seats recommended by Colm sound spot on for this sort of project.

 

For my last 80 Class set, I re-used the Tri-ang Hornby Mk2 donor coach's seat units, cutting away tables with hacksaw cuts and doing a bit of 'cut and shut' with the rest, to get toilets etc lined up. This was actually less hassle than cutting up seating strips and neater, as I find it hard to cut thosee strips precisely and there's a lot less sanding of sawn edges needed.

 

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For the power car I just made the bays up from simple plasticard structures. When painted and seen through windows, it doesn't look too bad.

 

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...if only, because it's more or less invisible!

 

Keep this pics coming - inspiration, galore!

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What colour(s) did you paint the interior of your black and tan Park Royals, please?

 

Ste[hen

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What colour(s) did you paint the interior of your black and tan Park Royals, please?

 

Ste[hen

 

I picked up the following information on the interiors,

 

"the inside walls were painted mid brown with cream or white ceilings, and the upholstery was the then-standard very dark grey (almost black) with a blue fleck through it"

 

I painted my partitions mid brown and the seats grey and tried to stipple some blue on it.  It didn't look great but seen from a distance through windows it gave a fair representation of the suggested colours. 

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ANHYDROUS AMMONIA TANKERS

 

Completed the tankers at last.  Kept the tanker body and chassis separate until they were painted and decaled (all 38 separate transfers).  Did a test run with the chassis to ensure all was running smoothly and no bogies were catching on the underframe.

 

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Added the Tanker bodies.

 

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Next task is to run them on the layout, I missed out on the MIR Ammonia Kits so was delighted when SSM brought out this new kit.  I would complement Des on a well through out straight model to build.

Hope to get a video of this rake in action soon.

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Superb as always Kieran,a video of that full rake on your impressive layout will certainly be a treat to see

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W Class Mogul

 

After seeing Colm Flanagan’s Moguls on his various layouts I wanted one but he warned me the build was not a straight forward one.

In February I took the plunge and picked up a Hornby Class 4P 2-6-4T Fowler locomotive.  I went for this model as I wanted a DCC ready locomotive knowing from Colm that this was the most difficult of all the Hornby Models because of the motor position.

 

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I also picked up a Stanier tender body and cut it size and then removed the Tanks on the locomotive.

 

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Next I cut out the firebox and added plasticard sides to it.

 

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After the boiler was removed I added plasticard footplates leaving gaps for the plastic arms holding the valve gear.

 

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A piece of 20mm plastic conduit was added to make a new boiler but the bottom third was removed to facilitate the motor.

 

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New boiler Mk 2.

 

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Detailing was added including some rivet transfers on the Tender.

 

To get to this stage I had done some rebuilds of the boiler/firebox construction to enable the body of the locomotive fit over the Hornby chassis and was pestering Colm for advice. He pointed out the Cab was too high.  I had glued it back on the original 4P setting so it was a deconstruction and rebuild again bringing the firebox right up to the front cab windows.

 

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Finally I’ve got her, No 102, to a stage I’m happy with. 

 

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I know it’s not perfect but looking at it from a distance flying along ‘Kirley Junction’ it provides the illusion for me.

 

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Mmm,you were not wrong; that is not an easy conversion but she looks very good and thanks for putting up the photographs. Just a thought, would a Worsley Works W class fit on the Hornby 4P chassis?

  Mike

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I don't know anyone who has ever tried it, WW brass bits aren't simple to put together and may need an good deal of work, you need to know what you're doing with them.  I stick with plastic for these engines.

 

Colm

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Travelling Post Office Van

I picked up a JM Design CIE Post Office Van Kit.  John’s kit allows you to make the TPO or a PWD Tool Van.  I went for the TPO.

As usual quality is the first thing you notice about JM Kits and is loaded with instructions and all the parts you need except for paint and decals.

 

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The only way you learn to solder is by practice and while far from perfect it’s a lot better than my earlier attempts. The difficult part for me on this build was the post box covers on the sides.

 

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Ready for cleaning and priming. 

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Lovely work Kieran. I have a couple of JM's vans in stock and am looking forward to having a go with them soon. They make into fine models. 

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Mmm,you were not wrong; that is not an easy conversion but she looks very good and thanks for putting up the photographs. Just a thought, would a Worsley Works W class fit on the Hornby 4P chassis?

  Mike

So.... When are you gonna do one? Go on ya know you want one! :)

 

G

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. Just a thought, would a Worsley Works W class fit on the Hornby 4P chassis?

  Mike

I contacted Allen Doherty and sent him a scan of a Hornby 4P chassis for him to test for fit.  He never replied and I know Colm tried the same some years ago with a similar result.

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I contacted Allen Doherty and sent him a scan of a Hornby 4P chassis for him to test for fit.  He never replied and I know Colm tried the same some years ago with a similar result.

If you get a reply and it works let us know as that would be awesome, and be a sigh of relief for those scared to make chassises (me :))

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If you get a reply and it works let us know as that would be awesome, and be a sigh of relief for those scared to make chassises (me :))

Don't be holding your breath Nelson, I asked Allen Doherty last year and Colm was a long time before that.

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