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50022 has now been fitted with the majority of transfers, along with a set of Fox nameplates (bought a very long time ago when the loco was still in revised NSE.  There are still a couple of jobs left before I can reassemble, the black paint did not work well with the masking tape around the wi...
Source: The Fatadder's Modern Workbench | 22 Apr 2018
In between lurching from crisis to crisis at work, I've been making progress with the 43xx chassis. Or is that as respite from the crisis at work... The kit is of Mitchell vintage and must be fairly old since the label on the box has it supplies by Slaters. That's going back a bit. The prototype wil...
Source: Ullypug's tales from the tinking table | 22 Apr 2018
On Saturday 21st Hastings Diesels tours arranged a tour from Hastings, via London and Cambridge to Ely and King's Lynn. Billed as 'The West Norfolk Wanderer' it was intended that folk would travel to Ely and King's Lynn for a fine day out and included a quick run out and back on the Middleton Towers...
Source: Fen End Pit's Blog | 22 Apr 2018
If anyone can help with the above great, if not no worries. So what is this massive 00 gauge layout I am building in the loft? I haven't revealed much about how the plan looks, suffice to say I have been planning Knapford Junction and Tidmouth on and off with a thousand revisions since around 2010 d...
Source: Knuckles' RWS, P4 & SCC Blog | 22 Apr 2018
Both locos have now had their transfers applied, again using 10 year old fox transfers which are loosing their stick meaning a lot of wastage. I was pleasantly surprised as to how well the two part transfer for the 3 beasties worked.  The 31 needs the cantrail line adding, plus a repair to the ...
Source: The Fatadder's Modern Workbench | 22 Apr 2018
31466 is rapidly approaching completion,  Today I finished off the airbrush work, masking the stripe and spraying the EWS red. There are now a few areas which will require touching up with a brush, paint the body side grill black and then add transfers.  I have also applied the second coat...
Source: The Fatadder's Modern Workbench | 21 Apr 2018
An afternoon off work coupled with amazing weather has resulted in some progress on the painting backlog, If the weather can continue to saturday I should be able to do the next colour....  I ran out of white primer half way through painting the TDA, that said the tank is well covered and the ...
Source: The Fatadder's Modern Workbench | 19 Apr 2018
This is not one of those blog entries about 'lost modeling mojo' or real life getting in the way but rather, hopefully, some useful ideas on layout support.  Many years ago a company called IKEA introduced Britain to the delights of IVAR shelving. This simple system used pine uprights and pine ...
Source: Fen End Pit's Blog | 16 Apr 2018
Just a quick update. Most of the main modelling activity has concentrated on the layout at the moment, but with a couple of trips away and a recent holiday in the Lake District over Easter, I had the opportunity of building a few wagons. Nothing particular exciting, just a selection of Cambrian, Chi...
Source: Ullypug's tales from the tinking table | 15 Apr 2018
New N Gauge Layout Series!  Last one was going great until i lost it due to the card warping. Anyway, loft progress is going good for the 00 and P4 layouts that will be going up there, for my room though it's back to N...  ...
Source: Knuckles' RWS, P4 & SCC Blog | 13 Apr 2018
I wasn’t all that happy with the positioning of the yard lamps shown last time.  The one on the right masked the tail lights on the lorry (as several people didn’t notice them) and it didn’t do enough to light up the entrance to the yard. Leading a couple of people to enquire how ...
Source: P4NewStreet | 10 Apr 2018
We had a busy week on Fen End Pit, the Easter break meant additional assistance was available from my Son so we managed to complete the cutting and fixing of backscenes and the revisions to the layout legs to better support the boards.  Friday evening meant another night out and a chance to wor...
Source: Fen End Pit's Blog | 8 Apr 2018
Since the last entry I've been mainly terra-forming the landscape around the Axbridge end of the layout. The sub-structure is a mixture of whatever I had to hand, namely off cuts of foam and cardboard strips which are then overlaid with some mesh material I had kicking around in the garage. It was l...
Source: The Strawberry Line | 8 Apr 2018
Although the factory was essentially finished for Scaleforum it lacked the clutter that gives it an ‘in use’ look.  Unless the workers were meticulously tidy I suppose. So I have gone back to make a bit of a mess.  The image above is the before shot……and the after.  I̵...
Source: P4NewStreet | 3 Apr 2018
I’ve added a gallery of images taken or Brettell Road’s debut at Scaleforum last year.   I would like to thank the photographers for kindly allowing me to use their images. Click here to see the gallery....
Source: P4NewStreet | 2 Apr 2018
Since Missenden I've not had much time available for visits to the Man Cave. What time there has been has been put to installing Sprat & Winkle couplings on a few more wagons. With the Easter Weekend looming and the thought of having at least two full days of the four free for modelling I'd not ...
Source: Grogley Junction | 2 Apr 2018
After the painting disaster, I have been working on the latest version of the Fox Bogies.  The prototype utilised a patented design with pressed steel plates to form the sides and ends which produced a stiff and resilient frame, better than the other contemporary options.   Thus these bogies were...
Source: highland miscellany | 2 Apr 2018
I managed to get some more work done on Fen End Pit's washing plant over the last couple of days. The 3D printed steps got installed and the power up to the washer motor got routed into a conduit. Overall I'm pleased with the result.      Now 'An announcement'  Fen End Pit was bo...
Source: Fen End Pit's Blog | 29 Mar 2018
I’ve finished off the hoppers I was working on. Here’s the coke hopper in the company of the previous one I had already done. As the older one is an LMS version I revisited the weathering to make it look a little more used. The 13ton hopper Mackerel with a gannet and herring. A few I hav...
Source: P4NewStreet | 28 Mar 2018
After Oly’s somewhat mischievous description of our trip to the Rail 2018 Modelspoor in Utrecht, I thought it might be worth taking a slightly more serious look at some of the layouts that will be unknown to most of the readers of this blog.  Thus, even though there were some fine UK based la...
Source: highland miscellany | 28 Mar 2018
As I mentioned in my previous blog posting I was concerned about the design of the fan and fan grill for the Slater's Simplex. As the kit doesn't provide for the fan to be driven the grill around the radiator would prevent the fan and the belt driving it from being removed ever being replaced. ...
Source: Fen End Pit's Blog | 26 Mar 2018
An enjoyable night out yesterday gave a chance to stick more beautiful castings on the Simplex. Getting the bearing for the fan into the radiator meant I could try out the drive for the radiator fan. Very satisfyingly the motor drive works, I had to reduce the 'dimming' on the accessory output (to i...
Source: Fen End Pit's Blog | 24 Mar 2018
Diesels are alright but I thought it about time we had steam so this afternoon my modified Hornby Black 5 44965 stretched her legs around the layout for the first time. The engine is converted to P4 using Alan Gibson wheels. The Hornby chassis has cosmetic frames - a Gibson milled version - whi...
Source: barrowroad's Blog | 24 Mar 2018
After Scaleforum i became aware that the vegetation on Brettell Road probably was a bit to green and lush for a late October setting. To remind you roughly what it looked like back then here are a few images from earlier in the layout build. Ok so it wasn’t exactly late spring or anything but...
Source: P4NewStreet | 22 Mar 2018
So I thought I'd better explain briefly why I'm having various changes of plan and different projects going on. Bottom line is that I had a rather unpleasant diagnosis in February and 'the future' is now more uncertain than I might have hoped. I'm not intending to turn this blog into some kind of me...
Source: Fen End Pit's Blog | 21 Mar 2018
I am not one to fall behind trends (!!), so I am following the “wordless Wednesday” trend of many people’s blogs today. However, my reason for not putting down many words is that the ones I would like to write ought not appear on a public blog. Thus I will have to settle with ̶...
Source: highland miscellany | 21 Mar 2018
I have a rake of Comet coaches which I converted from 00 using Bill Bedford sprung bogies and Gibson P4 wheels. These coaches are a fixed rake and have now had Alex Jackson couplings added to each end to enable a test run of the complete set. As they are heavy I decided to use one of my converted Ba...
Source: barrowroad's Blog | 20 Mar 2018
The Zimo decoder and the stay-alive capacitors fitted well into the chassis, with both parts fitting within the brass frame. I have fitted a molex plug and socket to the speaker so that it can be disconnected and threaded through the main chassis casting.    I've now attached the fan motor...
Source: Fen End Pit's Blog | 18 Mar 2018
Some more videos:Who says P4 doesn't work?!!I spent an enjoyable day on the layout today, running a selection of stock to check alignments on everything. This was the stock from Wheal Elizabeth which I knew worked on that layout. So any problems would be the new layout not the stock.A couple of boar...
Source: The Strawberry Line | 17 Mar 2018
Ok cushy update. I sorted it, little birdy in the mind wouldn't shut up so I took the keeper plate off, removed the wheels, poked the 'compo' pin out, turned the bar around and then after a bit of trial and error bent it to where it worked properly. Result is great running again also slightly i...
Source: Knuckles' RWS, P4 & SCC Blog | 17 Mar 2018
Greetings. If you followed this thread and the above post you may know that I eventually solved the issue of getting a LB&SCR E2 kit I was happy with...I made my own. So my first Sparkshot Custom Creations E2 was in Gunky rusted BR Black using the cheaper WSF material. Since then I have also...
Source: Knuckles' RWS, P4 & SCC Blog | 16 Mar 2018
I am not quite sure why I am reblogging this given the grief I get within it but here is a not quite complete story of our trip to Holland with both Portchullin and Six Quarters…………. All that needs adding to the story is to add that the last we saw of Oly at the end of the we...
Source: highland miscellany | 16 Mar 2018
Last night I finally managed to get into the workshop and get on with the slurry TTAs  The first two wagons are now complete, pending a coat of paint, transfers (which I need to draw up and commission from Railtec) and walkways (more on which later). They were of course the easy ones…  S...
Source: The Fatadder's Modern Workbench | 16 Mar 2018
What a brilliant weekend this was from arriving to leaving.I'd been very apprehensive about attending a Missenden Railway Modellers Weekend. Still regarding myself as a newbie to the hobby with much to learn, then thinking I'd be putting myself in a place with talented and renowned modellers was a l...
Source: Grogley Junction | 15 Mar 2018
Progress on the Simplex continues, the parts supplied with the kit fitted together superbly and getting the bearings and axles, motor, wheels, gears and delrin chain was very straight-forward.  The supplied sprung pick-ups have been inserted into the frames with the wires just lose pending wir...
Source: Fen End Pit's Blog | 12 Mar 2018
One of the key workings on Wheal Imogen will be separating slurry tanks out of a mixed rake of wagons and shunting them under the slurry loader. For the post privatisation period this is covered by a set of 4 Dapol Silver Bullets (they need the roof platforms and ladders upgrading but are good enoug...
Source: The Fatadder's Modern Workbench | 11 Mar 2018
3 hoppers via 3 different routes. On the left a coke hopper from the old Three Aitch kit.  I’ve already done one of these and this follows the same pattern of using Bill Bedford W irons. In the center also a kit but a brass one from Dave Bradwell for the BR 13 ton hopper.  A fun if not somet...
Source: P4NewStreet | 8 Mar 2018
I've been off work this week which has allowed me to finally get properly to grips with the long procession of models requiring enhancement. This week that has meant some top-end 1960s-era mainline power. First pair out the door into today's early spring daylight were A2s No 60530 and 60535, bo...
Source: Modelling – Max Stafford's Kennel | 8 Mar 2018
I made a start on the etched chassis for the Slater's simplex. The etch is quite thick material so a little filing needed to remove tabs and cusp. Very pleased with how well the parts fitted. A fair amount of heat was needed to get the solder to flow but the resulting chassis is strong and square.&n...
Source: Fen End Pit's Blog | 7 Mar 2018
I decided to treat myself to a little project, working on the grounds that you can never have too many Simplexes!  I particularly appreciated Slater's choice of packaging, though I suspect some other members of the family might have enjoyed the original contents more.    Inside, surro...
Source: Fen End Pit's Blog | 6 Mar 2018
Update on the layout. I will be making a Video Log series but at the moment it's just Blog style. Been building the struts along the wall using roughly lengths cut to (mostly) 2 foot long. Some are a wee less but it doesn't matter that much if a few are a bit out as long as the surface is level...
Source: Knuckles' RWS, P4 & SCC Blog | 5 Mar 2018
I'm a very happy bunny right now. Having put the remaining boards up, I've finally managed to get them wired up and working. There was an annoying fault with one section that took a bit of time to track down. It was an errant strand of multi-strand wire forming a short circuit in the plug for an as ...
Source: The Strawberry Line | 4 Mar 2018
Something a little different today!  I took some drawings from Middlepeak of this parish and modeled up a Danish platelayer's hut in 1:87. The complete hut is only 40mm x 32mm x 32mm. This was basically a trial just to see how the Wanhao D7 would cope with it. The result isn't bad, probably up ...
Source: Fen End Pit's Blog | 3 Mar 2018
The Knapford Junction plan is still a location I very much want to model but so is Tidmouth MPD and after literally over 5 years of constantly re-planning these two locations due to space restraints (planning started way before I joined Scale4) I feel strongly that my hand is forced to backslide a w...
Source: Knuckles' RWS, P4 & SCC Blog | 3 Mar 2018
In advance of the EMGS skills day at Kidderminster next weekend (hope the snow thaws), I've been finishing off a number of projects. They're all in P4 by the way. I'm doing a demo about the various springing systems for wagons that I've used/or not.  First up is the Craig Welsh chassis for a RC...
Source: Ullypug's tales from the tinking table | 2 Mar 2018
It's been a while since the previous blog entry covering the refurbishment of this loco and in fact, the remaining work was completed fairly soon after the previous blog entry, but I've just not got around to posting the remaining photos.  'Jennifer' portrays an ex-LNER J72 that was sold-out-of...
Source: Engine Wood | 2 Mar 2018
Following my last post on sliding axles, I put the coach through its paces last weekend when Portchullin visited the Netherlands. We I am pleased to say we did not have any bother with road holding it at all, even on Portchullin's famously rubbish track - as long as you wait to the end of this c...
Source: highland miscellany | 1 Mar 2018
Good news for wagon builders. You probably know that the Parkside range passed to Peco last year and for those of us working in EM or P4 we were left wondering what would happen to the wheel swap service that they used to offer.  Well is seems that Eileens Emporiam has come to our rescue.   Follo...
Source: P4NewStreet | 1 Mar 2018
While touching up the paint on 31466 I spotted a fairly major error on my model. As shown on this photo https://www.flickr.com/photos/rob50037/14130188312/in/photolist-qKrSUb-e27H2q-nwU7bv-nwCUGq-n52kF3-nwVnBN-EgNpme-e4Yhgz-c5Qep7-eik48S-igPgGh-G29o5a-nVVN6n-caKyFY-nJ8qxB-nfpusb-oPXQAH-eisD8D-og5nE...
Source: The Fatadder's Modern Workbench | 1 Mar 2018
A long time ago I started a respray of a Hornby Class 31 into the Wessex Trains pink livery as part of fleet of stock in 2006 condition. I got as far as converting the body, repairing the damage due to the original chassis expanding, and painting the yellow ends. As part of my process of finish...
Source: The Fatadder's Modern Workbench | 1 Mar 2018
A couple more details over the last few days. The washer plant needed some steps to reach up to the cat walk. I decided to try and 3d print some treads and thread them onto some rod.    Also, a few years back while visiting Orford Ness in Suffolk I found some ex-military steel duck-boardin...
Source: Fen End Pit's Blog | 28 Feb 2018
Six wheeled coaches are pretty and they are quite characteristic on branch services on the Highland system in the early 1920’s.  The problem is that they are bu**ers to get to properly work because there is a tendency for the middle axle to rock on any raised sections of track or for it to fa...
Source: highland miscellany | 20 Feb 2018
After a couple of weeks of distractions and other modelling projects, I've managed to set up the layout in the garage where I can get 6 of the 8 boards erected at any one time. Today was all about making a set of supports for the panel and connecting boards together. Pleased to report that everythin...
Source: The Strawberry Line | 18 Feb 2018
Sometimes a project comes about through planning, others it comes through chance. This project is defiantly driven by the latter. After reading mention of DRS Class 37 ends produced by Rainbow Models on another thread, I clicked through to have a look what else they might have to offer. The fir...
Source: The Fatadder's Modern Workbench | 15 Feb 2018
Portchullin’s next exhibition may not be the furthest it has travelled but it will definitely be a first for the layout and indeed myself – an exhibition on the continent.  In this case Modelspoor 2018 which takes place on the 23 – 25 February in the Euroteco Centre, Houten, near ...
Source: highland miscellany | 12 Feb 2018
A new addition:BR Class 03 where briefly used on the Wenford Branch when they replaced the WR 1366 locos and before Class 08s took over haulage along the branch. A couple of years ago I'd purchased a High Level Chassis kit along with Gibson wheels and all the bits to build a chassis for an 03. Thou...
Source: Grogley Junction | 12 Feb 2018
To add a little variation to the rake of brake vans for the Brake Van Special, I decided to dig out a Parkside's kit of a Toad B. I believe that some lasted into the 1960s in their original state so thought one might have found its way down to Cornwall. This is probably unlikely but as a Toad E was ...
Source: Grogley Junction | 12 Feb 2018
The other day I received an email from Missenden Abbey reminding me of the up and coming Spring Weekend that I've enrolled on. Of all the courses available, I'd chosen to attend the session on 4mm Locomotive Kit Construction. It was a tough decision as there were 4 other courses from which I could l...
Source: Grogley Junction | 12 Feb 2018
Normally I think the saying goes "out with the old and in with the new", but I thought I'd try my hand at combining the old with the new.Again I've been thinking about what skills I lack and also what I've purchased to have a go at and not had the courage to start. I think it was at a Letterhead Sca...
Source: Grogley Junction | 12 Feb 2018
My aim this weekend was to install all the electromagnets that will be used to uncouple wagons fitted with Sprat and Winkle couplings. It all started well marking the position of each electromagnet by drilling through the boards from above with a 1.5 mm drill. The hope is that the small holes, one o...
Source: Grogley Junction | 12 Feb 2018
I am now on the home stretch with the 47xx, first up the Black has now been painted. I couldn't believe how long it took to mask the green, some areas such as the splashers were particularly tricky.   Once dry it was then time to brush paint the tricky areas, along with two small patches whe...
Source: Stock for Brent 1947 GWR | 10 Feb 2018
I only have 3 more Friday afternoons before changing jobs and having to work a full Friday, so I have been making the most of it.  The first job as was to finish off the clyinders, first up the castings were added (glued into place with superglue), before soldering the crosshead to a pin throug...
Source: Stock for Brent 1947 GWR | 9 Feb 2018
For the latest update I have managed a fair bit of progress, more or less getting back on track with the build.  The first task was to get the tender parts washed in CIF and then sprayed with etch primer, this will mean that at the very least the black can be sprayed on the chassis tonight (as ...
Source: Stock for Brent 1947 GWR | 9 Feb 2018
Modelling time last night was significantly limited, meaning there was no opportunity to do any painting. I have however finished off soldering handrails to the tender and glued on all of the castings to the tender body.   I have also made a start on the loco to tender coupling, first I filed ...
Source: Stock for Brent 1947 GWR | 8 Feb 2018
The plan last night was for some painting, followed by the completion of the soldering on the tender.  I started with the painting, the chassis was sprayed Halfords Satin Black while the body was sprayed in Halfords Rover Brooklands Green. Unfortunately the latter ran out half way through so I...
Source: Stock for Brent 1947 GWR | 7 Feb 2018
Things are really starting to come together on the 47xx, at the current rate of progress I would say there is less than a week's work remaining until it will be finished (so I should certainly achieve my main aim of beating the Heljan model.  The first task last night was to finally get those...
Source: Stock for Brent 1947 GWR | 6 Feb 2018
Over the weekend I did some work on the washer plant. This machine took the sand from the resolving screen and washed it removing the small particles of clay.The mixed water and sand would be pumped to a cyclone separator where the water would be removed. On the previous version of Fen End Pit the t...
Source: Fen End Pit's Blog | 5 Feb 2018
In 2013 I wrote an article for LMS Review on the then new Bachmann 4F. One of the two I purchased was 43875 which visited the Bristol shed.    My intention was to convert it to P4 for the layout and a couple of years ago I purchased an Easi-Chassis kit from Brassmasters and start...
Source: barrowroad's Blog | 5 Feb 2018
Given that the 47xx body is now complete (with the exception of the top feed pipes which I keep forgetting to add!)  My original thought was towards making a start on the cylinders assembly in order that I could finish off the chassis. However given that it will require shortening the lead cra...
Source: Stock for Brent 1947 GWR | 5 Feb 2018
3 hours in the workshop this morning has seen progress on the chassis,  First the missing pipe was added to the valance, so the body is now finished.  Onto the chassis, I don't like the cast metal pony truck, but as I have nothing better I have made do. I have improved it by fitting b...
Source: Stock for Brent 1947 GWR | 4 Feb 2018
My planned afternoons modelling was spent on the side of a road coming home from the shops after tire blow out due to a suspensions spring snapped on my wife's car. As such I didn't make as much progress as I hoped.   However the body is now finished, hand rails are fitted, as are the re...
Source: Stock for Brent 1947 GWR | 4 Feb 2018
As an interlude between body and chassis on my GW 47xx build I have cracked on with finishing the class 58s.  The first job was to refit the door handrail plates to 58047 on EWS, all of which are now glued in place finishing the loco for now. Eventually I may do some further work on this loco,...
Source: The Fatadder's Modern Workbench | 4 Feb 2018
Making use of one of my few remaining Friday afternoons off work I have cracked on with the 47xx body.  It has now been fitted with all the remaining castings (epoxy) and etches (soldered except for the footplate steps under he smokebox which were too fiddly for me.)  The pipe along the ri...
Source: Stock for Brent 1947 GWR | 2 Feb 2018
One of the last few major locos that I will need for Brent is a 4700, this is intended for use on the perishables express freight, the milk train and the odd passenger train. In other words of the 3 remaining missing locos which are required to perform a full operating cycle, this is the least imp...
Source: Stock for Brent 1947 GWR | 1 Feb 2018
Back in April 2008 (according to the RMWeb archive) I started a project renumbering a Heljan Class 58 in Mainline branded triple grey as 58015. While the paint was very thin preventing my usual renumbering method, it was a very close match to that from Phoenix so the cab sides were resprayed. Unf...
Source: The Fatadder's Modern Workbench | 31 Jan 2018
Coming thick and fast now, helped by the thinning out of track as I approach the Wells end of the layout.This latest board has taken very little time to wire up and (whisper it quietly) that should be all of them now done. I've just one board to check as it was done some time ago and I can't remembe...
Source: The Strawberry Line | 30 Jan 2018
The lift out board - number 19 - has now been fully wired. Power to board 19 is fed via four brass strips on the board which, when the board is in position, make contact with 4 brass sprung plungers obtained from old light bulb connectors. To enable power to still feed Board 20 when 19 is lifted out...
Source: barrowroad's Blog | 23 Jan 2018
With portions of the country suffering from a bit too much of the white stuff of late and with some trains embedded in both snow and mud blockages, I thought it might be fun to look back at the problems that snow caused one part of the Highland Railway’s system in the past. Even though it was ...
Source: highland miscellany | 22 Jan 2018
Any industrial site needs oil drums and up to now I'd just had the one shape, made out of 35mm film pots which are the right size for 16mm.    I decided I fancied doing one of the more corrugated designs which would make an interesting bit of variety. I modeled the shape up in CAD (nice wi...
Source: Fen End Pit's Blog | 22 Jan 2018
I've had a rolling road for some time, but have always preferred to run locos in on a circle of track, in both OO and P4 gauges.  My 16XX (built from the old Cotswold kit, now available again from SE Finecast) was constructed a few years ago, but I've never been completely happy with the runnin...
Source: Engine Wood | 22 Jan 2018
No I’ve not gone completely mad!Werble is an app for adding animation to photos. Since Brettell Road is supposed to be set in the rain it would be rude not to!...
Source: P4NewStreet | 21 Jan 2018
Nothing particularly exciting to write home about, but the next board has been wired up in fairly short order. Only logical as there were no points and as I'm getting towards the end I'm running out of things to have wire up! The good news is that just leaves one to go. Then I can start assembling t...
Source: The Strawberry Line | 21 Jan 2018
Progress on the works end of Fen End Pit continues and one of the last features to reinstate was the tipping dock and mechanism. Where we previously had a much larger concrete pad which the conveyor magically sprung from (how anyone ever did maintenance on the bottom end of it was a mystery) we now ...
Source: Fen End Pit's Blog | 20 Jan 2018
Well painting the cattle and Pip got me started on figure painting but these are becoming a real task to paint...eventually I built up a small head of steam and completed the few below.Well, they still needing a little shading and a coat of matt varnish applying but they look to be a reasonable star...
Source: Grogley Junction | 20 Jan 2018
Last night saw further work on the Centenaries, which are now rapidly approaching priming.   The first task was to fill the joint between the doors and sides with a couple of applications of Squadron White Putty.   Attention then moved to the ends of the Restaurant pair. Unfortunately whe...
Source: Stock for Brent 1947 GWR | 18 Jan 2018
After spending the day looking after the wife and children who have been knocked over by Australian Flu, unsurprisingly I havent managed to get much of anything done. That said, during their naps I have managed to get a few small jobs sorted out. The first major job was refitting an Airfix cent...
Source: Stock for Brent 1947 GWR | 14 Jan 2018
Fish was an important traffic to the Highland Railway and as a result fish trucks were one of their most numerous classes of wagons. Given that Glenmutchkin is conceived to be on the coast, fish traffic will also be an important feature on the model too. There is to be a line to an off-scene harbour...
Source: highland miscellany | 14 Jan 2018
Paint, transfers and a coat of varnish now finished and 47817 is on the home straight.   It just needs to be fitted with a window which was damaged in removal from the body.   The only other task remaining is to fit the handrails to the cab doors, at which point it will be good to go ...
Source: The Fatadder's Modern Workbench | 13 Jan 2018
Yet another old project, this one was started in 2010.... It should have been a simple renumbering job, along with upgrading the roof. The Vi Trains paint had other thoughts however, requiring a repaint to remove the old numbers, the Phoenix Virgin dark grey turned out to be a lot lighter than...
Source: The Fatadder's Modern Workbench | 13 Jan 2018
Back in the mists of time when Bachmann released their truly awful first attempt at a Class 37, a number of us started trying to find ways to make it look something like the real thing. The idea was that the Lima roof and cantrail were far superior (for those unaware Bachmann originally got the can...
Source: The Fatadder's Modern Workbench | 12 Jan 2018
Tonight I have cracked on with the last coach for my down Cornish Riveria formation, a composite again built with comet sides on a Hornby body. This is both for consistency with the rest of the take and as an easy way to add the window detail  Construction followed all the other build with on...
Source: Stock for Brent 1947 GWR | 12 Jan 2018
Rather than getting frustrated with handrails on my County once again, last night I made a start on the next Centenary build (a Restaurant Third). The process is getting a little repetitive now (dismantle coach, cut the rain strip off the etch, cut a large hole in the side, evostick together. The...
Source: Stock for Brent 1947 GWR | 11 Jan 2018
My future layout plans call for a rake of Virgin and Intercity mk2 coaches to run with my Virgin Class 47s, while this is primarily aimed for a future exhibition layout (which isn't planned to cut timber for another 3 or 4 years at best). There is an outside possibility of building some long cass...
Source: The Fatadder's Modern Workbench | 11 Jan 2018
On Monday this week with the help of my friend Chris - builder of baseboards and designer of electrics - the lift out section Board 19 was fitted to complete the full circuit of the layout and some test trains were run to prove the electrics. On tuesday the local Scalefour Society area group had the...
Source: barrowroad's Blog | 10 Jan 2018
I've put the two latest boards together and after a little bit of fettling am properly playing trains. It only represents a quarter of the layout but by golly is it fun! I'm really enjoying shunting wagons around. Just playing for 5 minutes puts me in a better mood. Must be something in this hobby ...
Source: The Strawberry Line | 9 Jan 2018
After a false start thinking the chassis was finished, yesterday I made a start on some modifications to the chassis in order to get it working.  The first job was to smear some epoxy along the joint between the two halfs of the gearbox, ​next time I will read the specific instructions for t...
Source: Stock for Brent 1947 GWR | 9 Jan 2018
Yesterday was something of a milestone for the county,   The first job was to make a start on the pickups, I found some coppercald board (purcahsed years ago as a part of a home etching kit). This was cut into two small squares which were gapped and glued to the chassis with epoxy.   Whil...
Source: Stock for Brent 1947 GWR | 7 Jan 2018
The TDA is now almost ready for the paint shop, with some. S Kits bogies fitted (along with some Maygib steel wheels). A roof walkway has been created out of two Bachmann TTA walkways   The wagon now just needs discharge equipment, the end walkway / ladder and the hand rails, then it's food...
Source: The Fatadder's Modern Workbench | 7 Jan 2018
I thought folks might like to see my 3D printed model of a GER yard crane based on drawings in the GERS journal a few years back. The crane was built by the Chatteris Engineer Co and there were examples in several GER goods sheds and in the goods yards of some of the Stour vally line stations includ...
Source: Fen End Pit's Blog | 6 Jan 2018
As mentioned in my last post on my visit to Zimbabwe, due to the kindness of Alan Crotty and Fabrice Lanoue, I have access to a number of other great pictures of steam on Zimbabwe’s railways.  It is a shame not to share them………..      ...
Source: highland miscellany | 5 Jan 2018
While I have missed my intended deadline to get the County running, I am making good progress towards that aim and should hopefully have it complete this month.   The first area of attention was the tender, Given that the County's ran with a tender that was 8ft6 (as opposed to the 8ft versio...
Source: Stock for Brent 1947 GWR | 3 Jan 2018
First of all, happy new year to everyone! Hope you had a good festive break. As we start 2018 I thought I'd do a brief review of progress on Cheddar. I spent the year wiring the s8dding thing. Seriously, that's it. Oh and doing battle with the lever frame, which is connected to yet more wiring in th...
Source: The Strawberry Line | 1 Jan 2018
Source: Eastmoor | 1 Jan 2018
Over the last few days I've been making progress with my new resin printer. It is quite a learning curve from the FDM (extruded filament of plastic) printers, getting to grips with 'Curing times' and other completely new variables. After several initial failures I'm beginning to get some useful part...
Source: Fen End Pit's Blog | 31 Dec 2017
Way back in 2006/7 I converted a Hornby mk3 buffet into a TSFB buffet for a Virgin XC rake, the conversion was fairly straight forward (I used the window frames from a set of Hurst Models etched sides glued into position). At the time I sprayed it into Virgin red, the first coat was a nightmare with...
Source: The Fatadder's Modern Workbench | 30 Dec 2017
With 2017 drawing to a close I have also (nearly) finished off the road vehicles I will need for Brettell Road.  Despite having 5 bridges over the railway I’ve resisted the urge to do any buses to put on them and I also haven’t done any cars either.Above is the latest and last batch. St...
Source: P4NewStreet | 30 Dec 2017
Third time lucky tying this…. 2017 in review:This year saw a return to modern image modelling with the start of Wheal Imogen, as such a few old projects have been taken out of storage to finish off for the layout. The first out of storage was the TUA slurry tank conversion, with th...
Source: The Fatadder's Modern Workbench | 30 Dec 2017
2017 in Review As is usually the norm at this time of year, I have been looking back at last year's aims to see what was actually managed. This time I have also tried to include some photos! I will be covering both layouts in their respective threads, so this will purely concentrate on the ro...
Source: Stock for Brent 1947 GWR | 30 Dec 2017
A few days off over Christmas gave a chance to do some fairly serious sorting out of the railway room and make one of the changes needed before Fen End Pit could get exhibited again. The original baseboards were about 3'4" long and the legs were supported by Ikea IVAR wire cross-braces. These gave a...
Source: Fen End Pit's Blog | 29 Dec 2017
One would think that after painting hundreds of wargaming figures I'd be able to quickly pick up a brush and get a number of figures completed for a Brake Van Special. Well it's not been that easy as at some point I seem to have lost my mojo for painting figures. So thought I'd try to break back ...
Source: Grogley Junction | 28 Dec 2017

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