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Tony Teague

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  1. Certainly is - but I have no idea! I'll ask Giles to respond but I think it came from Amazon. Tony
  2. I'm guessing that is quite near the top of the list then.............😂
  3. Having made significant progress in the last few weeks in relation to the scenery along Churminster cutting, my thoughts have inevitably turned to what is the last, completely undeveloped area of the layout which sits immediately beyond the control panel: It has an odd, crescent shape and measures about 2'6" at it's deepest and perhaps 8' from end to end; it has always been intended that this area should be developed as "Old Churminster", the village that existed before the railway came, and started to grow when the canal arrived to serve the developing quarry. This is the view from the opposite end: Developing the area has been postponed repeatedly as it has proved useful as additional work & storage space, but it is now the last remaining 'eyesore' and so I have acquired a wheeled metal cabinet that will fit under the layout and which can serve both as a mobile workbench and provide some further drawer space. The route of the canal has long been defined, whilst the road through the village will curve down from the railway bridge along the baseboard edge to cross the canal bridge: A Some ugly electronics have been sited at the end of the canal basin, and these are the servo controllers that operate the adjacent four-arm Churminster up approach signals: These need to be accessible but hidden, and so the first development already in hand is the construction of a canal warehouse building to cover them and to protect the fragile signal structure from errant (human) arm movements: Once this building is complete it is the intention to work on the landform behind it, which lies between the road and the railway: Populating the village with cottages and other buildings may take some time, but the intention is to cover up the 'eyesore' rather more quickly! Tony
  4. It has always been the intention that a windmill would sit at the highest point above the Churminster railway cutting, and several years back I acquired either a Hornby or a Bachmann (I can't remember which) cast resin 'place & plonk' model with the intention of working out how to motorise the sails: It sat in it's intended location for several years, during which time I sawed the top off to see how I might hollow it out and fit a motor, and I also removed the dreadfully over-scale hand rails - but it still looked awful, so I determined that it was better suited to the recycling bin and duly dumped it. After searching around I came to the conclusion that the ancient Airfix / Dapol kit was probably the best fit and so I acquired one and part built it, leaving one side off for motorisation: Some months of headscratching later, Giles Walburn arrived this week having 3D printed an internal cradle to hold a tiny motor & gearbox, and so after some testing I started the installation process: Further testing followed and I am now on the point of closing the model up, having installed the sails and their drive mechanism: I have actually taken a short video to illustrate it working, but I can't for the life of me work out how to edit it! If I find out, I shall post it, but otherwise the next steps are to complete the exterior paint job and then install the finished windmill into it's permanent position! Should anyone else need a motorising kit for their Dapol windmill, then I am certain that @GilesW can oblige! Tony
  5. Some slight further progress to report, in that the area within Stow Magna gods yard where subsidence had occurred has now been painted, plus at the rear of the pitcure you can see two further vans cleared from the workbench - both in dire need of weathering! The patch in the track doesn' stand out quite that much to the naked eye and will hopefully weather in....... The van to the leftis one of a couple of quite old Hornby / Palethorpes 6 wheel sausage vans which has been re-wheeled and fitted with an improved underframe that allows the centre axle to float better; ultimately this van will end up with a couple of even older Lima 50' Siphon G vans that are also in the Palethorpes livery - perhps a complete sausage train? The van on the right is a Peco / Parkside GWR 'Bloater' for fish traffic - so perhaps what is now needed are a chip van and a brown sauce tanker? Some further work has also been progressed on the foundations for the building half way up the embankment along Churminster cutting: I'll now have to get on and make the building itself! Tony
  6. .....or perhaps "fill your boots"........... (ugh! one of those images it is difficult to unsee!)
  7. Hadn't considered that one....😊
  8. Other methods are available.......
  9. I may be quite wrong but I didn't think the bin-liners ran any more?
  10. I have both of these classes and fitted crew the same way - feet first through the windows. I didn't find it that difficult - and perhaps easier than a P class! Tony
  11. Further slow but steady progress - the two GWR / Peco-Parkside banana vans still looked too shiny to me so I gave them each a waft of Tester's Dullcote; it has improved things but the underlying issue remains that the Humbrol 'Matt Cote' that I applied post-transfer application just isn't matt at all - it would easily pass as a perfectly satisfactory gloss varnish! Nevertheless I am not starting again, so these two have entered service & joined the banana train, along with the 2nd ABS banana van which had been awaiting couplings. The whole train of 16 vans plus brake now needs weathering but looks pretty reasonable when running: Whilst waiting for varnish & decals to dry I also managed to get the ballast on the lines through Churminster cutting sprayed with track dirt, as well adding some darker weathering powders; this included the narrow gauge line: As each layer goes on I am starting to feel that this area is getting there; the rail sides will be next to be painted - with rust, small shrubby things are yet to be added, whilst work on the foundations for the building in the centre is also progressing. Tony
  12. Thanks Steve Will do. Tony
  13. Interestingly, I too have heard nothing following an enquiry at the beginning of March - in my case for my breakdown train.
  14. Well I was unable to ignore Chris' advice @chris45lsw, so I fished around in the bin and found the alternate white spot transfers supplied with the GWR banan van kits; a dab of micro-sol, a sharp blade, and job done: I have to say that the transfers supplied with these kits (Peco-Parkside version) were not that great; they took a long time in water to freely come away from their backing, and then once they did, the decal itself was ready to disintegrate - thus the problem with the left hand van above, as well as with some other markings on these wagons. At least they now, sort of match the Accurascale one, although that is really in a black livery, whereas the instructions for these kits clearly called for GWR freight grey - as shown. I have also just completed two LMS ex-L&Y d.1 one-plank low goods wagons from a kit by Three Peaks Models; they are 3-D printed and I had seen them mentioned in @jwealleans excellent West End Workbench thread. As Jonathan had observed, these barely qualify as kits as they only have two parts but I like variety in wagons and so they appealed to me: I had imagined in my head that they might each carry a container but I hadn't bothered to measure up, so when it came to plonking one of those that I had in stock onto the wagon, realisation dawned: "My" containers were not only too long but also too wide: I shall have to think again as they certainly need a load, as well as some weight! Finally, and given that I have some ballast to paint / weather, both in the Stowe Magna siding patch, as well as through Churminster cutting, I decided that I might as well get the narrow gauge line from Churminster quarry ballasted so that I can deal with all three in one hit. I had thought about doing this with ash ballast but given that it is in a quarry, I felt that stone would be acceptable. Once it has all dried out the three areas will all be weathered and the rail sides painted. Tony
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