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Well yet again not a lot of progress but I have joined the local club which has gave the old motivation for modeling a boot up the backside, so hopefully posts wont be as few and far between. 

 

DC460000 has had its mid sections altered on Autocad so hopefully get them test printed in some shape or form soon. The main alterations are closing the gap between to two sections as this was far to large a gap at around 3mm with the changes taking it down to 1mm. The mid sections have also been made narrower as per prototype.

 

Also been pondering this which was bought before Bachmann announced there ones. Pair of PH designs 20/3 bodys. original plan was to convert two lima dummy locos and run them with these Bachmann lead units. I will continue to convert the lima dummy locos for the Bachmann ones when they come out but as for the resin ones, Im unsure if I will continue with them. Ideal solution for me would be to try get a pair of blue body's to do mainline pair 20142 and 20189 which are becoming harder to get from the usual online auction sites or sell bodies and chassis as a project but with the Bachmann one coming might struggle to shift them.

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In the meantime while I ponder the next move with the 20s will hopefully be able to update something in the next couple few weeks while I figure out what I all have and figure out what supplies to pick up at model rail Scotland in just over a months time

 

- JT

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last update in January, sure I don't need to explain the last 10 months having a bit of a impact on being able to get to the models, that and big railway commitments, key worker ect ect but anyway an update!

 

Managed to buy a couple of spare mk3s off a mate to make a start to a little project, the NMT.

TSG and TSO split down and the latter is now having a relaxing soak in some isopropyl. Be interesting to see how it does as I have not tried this method of removing paint before but keep seeing good results.

 

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The TSG was first to go one jar after being split in the usual method as explained elsewhere on here. It is to become production coach 977994 with a fully modelled interior and various lights associated with the testing equipment fitted at a later date.

 

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TSO will become 975814 conference coach requiring a little bit more work with a few of the windows being blanked off. 

 

hoping to have the the basic livery colors on at least the TSG by the weekend. Still need to order decals for the two just struggling to find suitable ones for the door release lights in the centers of the coach and the web address that's now been applied to a couple of the coaches. so if anyone knows anywhere that does these please let me know.

 

Apart from that next update soon. hopefully not another 10 months!

 

JT

 

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On 22/11/2020 at 19:42, virginhst539 said:

Still need to order decals for the two just struggling to find suitable ones for the door release lights in the centers of the coach and the web address that's now been applied to a couple of the coaches. so if anyone knows anywhere that does these please let me know.

 

Railtec do offer a set of 3D printed door lights in illuminated orange but they're not the right size to suit your requirements. I had a similar issue with a Hornby 156, I needed these lights to approximate the ones fitted on the real things. I used 2 layers of 10 thou plasticard secured temporaily to a small offcut of wood with double sided tape to aid painting and secured to the body with superglue.

 

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To form them you'll certainly need a sharp knife and a fine paintbrush. The paints I used were Humbrol Polished Aluminium for the outer frame and some Revell dark grey (as opposed to orange) for the actual glass.

 

I hope this helps somewhat and good luck to the rest of the project!

 

Jules

 

 

 

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They look great, the ones on the NMT mk3s seem to be a one off as they almost look recessed.

 

As for the coach ot has sat in the drink for 3 days and some off it started coming off with help from an old toothbrush. Unfortunatly the black paint from the roof has went from my gloves and the brush all over the place. Some of the paint was still hanging on for dear life. So back in it goes see what another few days do to it. Heres a horror picture of it back in the jar. Hopefully see more of that white plastic thats hiding under all this lot next time its out

 

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Well cant say im overly impressed. This as been a massive failure and im not entirly sure what went wrong. The end has cracked apart on the mk3 with one ene coming away rather substansually and the other being badly cracked. Trying to salvage it at the moment but not too confident in putting another coach into the IPA. Any ideas to what might have caused this?

 

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That is a shame. Glue it up!  Ever tried "Mr. Muscle" oven cleaner? Pop moulding in a sealable bag, Spray liberally, Squeeze out excess air and seal. Give it an hour, remove and clean with an old tooth brush under the tap. If some paint remains, repeat. Personally had a 99% effective result!

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An hour with the tamiya ultra thin glue as given a good start. Bit of filler and should be ok. Added a bit of plasticard to the inside to try add a bit more strength to it.

 

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Almost everypost i have seen regrading ipa always seems to have great things to say about it. Everard junctions repaint video had good results taking 3 days to strip a 31. Paint did seem rather heavy on this being 4 or 5 coats thick in places so it might have been hiding the cracks. Got two TGS and a buffet to do but dont fancy a repeat of this. Might even shell out for the proper model paint stripper at this rate!

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no paint yet but progress none the less. Managed to get the body side modifications started using window blanks made by 12A models on ebay. Great little product cutting down on time making window blanks which can only be a good thing. 3 main windows and a toilet window to be filled on this one

 

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and after first skim of perfect plastic putty

 

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another skim should finish it off and any minor bits will be done using Mr.Surfacer. Onto the other end of the coach the toilet windows have been opened up as per prototype, nice and easy.

 

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CDL lights have also in the process of being removed and the coach ends looking a lot better now. lesson learned don't leave it in too long!

 

big railway shifts putting progress on hold till the weekend unfortunately but its progressing nicely. Any questions feel free to ask

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Update time, WE HAVE PAINT!!!

 

After a fair bit of filling and sanding was finally happy with it

 

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But then a minor disaster. One of the blanks seperated from the body slightly. A little bit of filler and a ton of glue on the back to try stop to happening again when the body goes on but not sure it will have helped

 

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With that sorted was time for the first coat of yellow. Second coat going on tomorrow so should have a bit more depth to it then. 

 

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Need to decide what to do with the power cars as i have the blue band version so unsure if repaiting them or selling in favour of the new livery ones is the way to go.

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Two coats of humbrol 69 which on the test card matched the Hornby mk1 we have a lighter mk3. Noticed a scratch on the other side which will require a bit of work to get flush. Think some mr surfacer 500 and an overall wet sand before more paint. Ordered some vallejio golden yellow so will see how close a match that is, if not not a massive loss. Slowly getting there atleast. First bit of railway repainting i have done in a good few years now

 

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23 hours ago, virginhst539 said:

 

But then a minor disaster. One of the blanks seperated from the body slightly. A little bit of filler and a ton of glue on the back to try stop to happening again when the body goes on but not sure it will have helped

 

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If the blanks are a different material to the main body (i.e a different plastic that doesn't take to solvent well, or brass for example) I use 2-part epoxy glue as a strengthener before applying any filler. 

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no pre xmas update but to all those who take the time to look in on here when I do post I hope you all the very best over this holiday period and hopefully we have a better 2021. As i have no model updates due to work thought I would leave you all with a picture taken form some bridge (sure you will all guess it) at work pre pandemic in January.

 

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Enjoy and stay safe, JT

 

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Just a quick question for all you repainters out there. Not wanting to put the correct paint on top of the humbrol stuff i have tried as it risks getting a bit too thick. Two ideas how to sort this.

 

First option is to rub as much of it back as i can using fine sanding sticks and 1600 wet and dry and re prime over. Will no doubt be a couple bits i cant quite reach.

 

Second option is to give it another dunk in the iso bath. Not my prefered option as im not sure how the filler, glue and the end that fell apart last time will hold up.

 

Hopefully someone will know the best way to approch this.

 

Thanks, JT

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restrictions starting to lift a bit so time for a railway modeling up date (might even get to run trains on the grandparents layout this year fingers crossed)

 

With that said not a ton of railway modelling has been done mostly due to not being able to get to my stock as its not been worth the risk to mine or family's health going to there home where the layout and stock is but it has given me some time to start hacking bits away at the latest Hornby network rail releases.

 

Discovered a guy on facebook whos been resin printing various bits and came across the parts for the SGT lazer dust bin.  I must say it is absolutely stunning in terms of detail and the end plate with lazer (fitted with LED) blanking end for the brake force runner and magnetic coupling bar wont bust the bank at £15. I my view well worth the money! he is also currently in the process of doing DC460000 which again looks stunning. ResinPrintedRailways is the name if anyone's wanting to look (I'm not part of the company just a happy customer) 

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Those of you who have been following my rather sporadic post will remember 999666 was converted but never painted a fair while back so that's the SGT portion covered. Rest of the formations going to use a pinch of the old modelers license by modelling the formation currently running 9714,62384,9801,72630,99666 and swapping the ultra sonic test coach 62384 for 999606 which will probably be the simplest to convert from a mk1 coach. Just need Bachmann to do more DBSOs now, preferably of the flush front variety.

 

The NMT coach has been stripped back again and a bit more filling and fine tuning is required before painting. 

 

To close the post off the last 5 months have not been spent doing nowt, might not have been able to get to the railway modelling stuff but I have made a fair dent in the 1/72 fast jet stash and hopefully some of the painting skills will be useful on the railway stock. Fair to say one off schemes and anything NATO tiger meet related is a favorite

 

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thanks for stopping by, hopefully next update wont take 5 months!

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very quick sand down and misting of paint while working on another aircraft the other night. some bits a tad raised and others needing more filler. 

 

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in other news the new Hornby IC DVT has arrived to become 82139 along with the full rake of IC mk3s awaiting there turn to be reworked into the LSL intercity set. A bit disappointed to be fair. Cab doors are stuck partly open and there is a fair amount of light bleed from the light, nowt some black paint wont sort when it comes to decoder fitting but come on. only other loco i have had to do this with is the vitrains 47s

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On 25/05/2021 at 22:01, virginhst539 said:

 he is also currently in the process of doing DC460000 which again looks stunning. ResinPrintedRailways is the name if anyone's wanting to look (I'm not part of the company just a happy customer) 

 

 

 

 

Although the version he appears to be doing is the very early (pre mid 1990s?) variant with buffers and corridors connections at both ends.

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18 hours ago, newbryford said:

 

Although the version he appears to be doing is the very early (pre mid 1990s?) variant with buffers and corridors connections at both ends.

 

Also doing the variant with the dust bin fitted as well as far from what I have seen posted

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Payday and Ebay dont mix!

 

The usual hunting down of Ex RAF fast jet kits resulted in a bargain Hornby northern belle Mk2 to complete the rake and save a repaint of a blue and grey example.... Result!

But things are never quite that easy are they. A look on the usual decal sites has resulted in no luck for decals.

 

According to my list which is accurate for the Hornby DRS release of the northern belle I am missing 3174 Glamis, Just requiring the names and numbers same situation with the mk3 sleeper 10734 Balmoral.

 

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If anyone knows where a renumbering/renaming pack could be found or if one exists let me know. Once this is done then the rebuilding of the interior to the correct seating arrangement will begin. 

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Bit of a spur of the moment project after a filming trip last week. 60103 Flying Scotsman.

 

Donor model comes in the form of 60077 the white knight at a fraction of the price of hornbys latest Scotsman.

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First thing to be addressed will be replacing the missing parts such as the snifting valve before begining the renumbering.

 

Major work will be addressing the tender once a corridor one is found. Looking very much like having to repaint a LNER tender as brunswick green ones are quite rare apprently.

 

Should be a nice little project to kill some time while on leave

 

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Back to work tomorrow and first bits have arrived. Typical! 

 

All the parts for the work on the loco have arrived so hopefully make a start on that next week. Next week should hopefully see the collection of a corridor tender body which will be repainted using humbrol brunswick green. Still trying to pin point a match for the black used on the smokebox.

 

So hopefully be able to do a better post next time

 

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Managed to get a bit done on the A3.

Standard renumbering using Tcut or similar. Fox transfers numbers on and job done. Will get a coat of satin varnish to blend it all in.

 

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Now the modifying part. Removal of number board and changing the grab handle to be two smaller sections instead of 1 long one. A tiny bit of filler needed where the lamp iron was.

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This is slowly starting to turn in to one of those why did i do this projects. The speedo cable? Is in two bits. Theres a pipe thats split which should be a simple fix and the tender decals are currently still pending from modelmaster so who knows whats going to happen with them.

 

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And last of all there is bit that appeared when the body was removed. Absolutely no idea where its meant to go or has come from so any info would be a huge help.

 

Recon i should stick to diesel and electric the way this is going!

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identity crisis over, renaming is done!

 

Managed a few bits the last few days including most of the etched bits. Starting to look the part if I do say so myself

 

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Front end has been a bit more involved changing the handrails to match what is there now. Sharp knife and some light sanding took care of the old ones before new holes where drilled for the new brass knobs which came from wizard models. Thankfully had some wire that fitted which is normally reserved for adding details to armour kits so that was slid in, glued and cut. New lamp iron was from a vitrains bag. The smoke box was then masked and given a coat of vallejo black out of a WW2 raf set which has done the job nicely

 

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Front of the loco is about 80% done just a few more small bits to try and find to finish it off including a speedo cable and adding the new style OHL flashes. Smoke deflectors are on the way which should really finish it off as it looks a bit bare without them at present.

 

Hopefully get cracking on with the tender next week 

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Front end friday

 

The front end is done (minus missing parts) smoke deflectors on, number plate and shed plate on and finished off with modern OHL flashes. Just needs varnished. Next will be respreying a tender to go with the front.

 

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An additional little mod was the addition of the air brake pipes, unfortunatly had to mount them as shown due to clearance but im happy with it.

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Club room has reopened so might even get to pose it for some better pictures! 

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