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Today I have been trying to tidy up the workshop today (which has become a total state over the past few months). As part of this I have been trying to sort out unfinished projects, one of which was the D14 break van needed for my workmans train on Brent.  After painting it last year it has sat...
Source: Stock for Brent 1947 GWR | 15 Aug 2018
Moving on to the body of my 1F i removed the plumbing on the right side as my chosen prototype didn’t have vacuum brakes. I also replaced the splashers with scale sized ones from Brassmasters.   I decided that the lamp irons were a bit too chunky so replaced those too. The Brassmasters kit i...
Source: P4NewStreet | 12 Aug 2018
So it's been an interesting week. Having ballasted the first three boards for Cheddar following the same procedure; using Klear as a wetting agent then applying diluted PVA, I wasn't really happy with the outcome. A chat with the Attwood Aggregates people and Gordon Gravett at the Minehead show last...
Source: The Strawberry Line | 8 Aug 2018
Yesterday was spent with Fen End Pit in the loco shed at Page's Park. The conditions were far from ideal as the temperatures were in the 30s and the shed environment was pretty filthy, not a combination designed to allow model railway layouts to function flawlessly. The 009 and O16.5 guys were in th...
Source: Fen End Pit's Blog | 6 Aug 2018
So, I found a pretty cheap Bachmann 1f on Ebay and as usual, attracted to its somewhat out of proportion looks I snapped it up.  First stage was to see just how easy the Brassmasters Easychas actually was.   Ive used one of these before on my Kirtley but i didn’t use it as intended so this ...
Source: P4NewStreet | 3 Aug 2018
Exhibiting a layout can be a hard work and great care has to be taken to avoid damaging the layout. Stock and 'removable' scenic feature are also liable to damage in transport so packing can be very important. Having an 'everything in its place and a place for everything', approach limits both the p...
Source: Fen End Pit's Blog | 23 Jul 2018
I was kind of hoping to avoid a repaint on the bubble car even thought the lining was closer to a class 121 than a 122, but when  tried to remove the number and the roundels (which were off register) the underlying paint came with it so a repaint it was. I toyed with doing 55012 as it has a local s...
Source: P4NewStreet | 22 Jul 2018
A long time ago now I started work on 3 motorail coaches for New Street. The motorail train at 15 coaches will be the longest on the layout.   The first coach was relatively easy (the blue and grey one in the picture) but the blue ones stalled because I wanted to do the ones that had Mk1 style div...
Source: P4NewStreet | 22 Jul 2018
The TDA has now entered the paint shop, ECC blue seems to be spraying well, so hopefully I can spray the black tomorrow. There are some strange looking shadows on the tank from the layout wire above the spray booth...  Starting to come together, br it does still need the hand rails adding... ...
Source: The Fatadder's Modern Workbench | 21 Jul 2018
…………again because I cannot put the words I would like to use on a public blog! This was the scene that confronted me over the weekend when I was trying to fettle the layout for operation – a good number of broken chairs and detached solder joints.  All this resulting in some fair...
Source: highland miscellany | 18 Jul 2018
Just a quick update on the storage sidings. The total of turnouts built is now 11 with ten now fixed in position in the storage sidings and three of the sidings laid. The turnouts are all constructed using 1.6mm thick double sided copper clad sleepers whilst the sidings are K&L and C&L lengths of f...
Source: barrowroad's Blog | 17 Jul 2018
Source: Knuckles' RWS, P4 & SCC Blog | 15 Jul 2018
With the loco virtually finished, I've set about making a tender to go with it. This is a Mitchell 3500 gallon one, pretty much made up as per the instructions. Wheels are Ultrascale. The front two axles are meant to be compensated but the instructions noted that the compensation beam could be omitt...
Source: Ullypug's tales from the tinking table | 12 Jul 2018
With the work on the 43xx almost done and some unexpected time at home, I've been working on the layout again. Since the last entry, I've painted the previous landscaping along what will be the back of the layout. This week I've removed and turned round the 3 boards nearest Axbridge so I can make t...
Source: The Strawberry Line | 12 Jul 2018
This afternoon I spent a few hours on the CAD and laser cutter. I started off making the last diagonal bracing and sticking that in. I cheated a bit this time around and purchased a length of 45 degree timber molding. This meant I could put in the diagonals without the pain of having to sand the end...
Source: Fen End Pit's Blog | 10 Jul 2018
Progress with the Pharmacy building has continued and the roof is now nearing completion.   I preferred using sheet metal (in this case nickle silver) for roofs as I find it is the easiest was to then include gutters.  In this case, I designed the roof as a simple fold up etch and subsequently th...
Source: highland miscellany | 10 Jul 2018
Track weathered with an almost black wash, was using my dirty enamel jar, then once dried a brown was dry brushed in between tracks and edges. It is a bit patchy and could do with more work here and there yet I don't want to over do things. Some areas need a bit extra ballast too. Anyway, tra...
Source: Knuckles' RWS, P4 & SCC Blog | 9 Jul 2018
I've been diverted slightly from the construction of 'Bethesda Sidings' by the desire to get my 7mm test track up and running. I could easily have gone out and bought a yard of Peco track, but I wanted to build some myself, using some copper clad sleepers that I had.  First of all, the copper c...
Source: Engine Wood | 7 Jul 2018
I’ve always liked bubble cars (let’s be honest, who doesn’t?) and i recently stumbled across a cheap Lima class 121 so Brettell Road will get a class 122 to play with.  Here it is ready for paint. The roof has had the grooves filled (not sure why lima did this when the retooled th...
Source: P4NewStreet | 6 Jul 2018
A wander around Clare country park on Saturday (boy it was hot!) spurred me on to cutting the plywood for the next baseboard of my Stour valley project. Last time we went a few years back the station building was all boarded up and in a pretty sorry state. Fortunately it is now opened up again as a ...
Source: Fen End Pit's Blog | 3 Jul 2018
Following some time off for good behaviour, walking the 192 mile coast to coast trail (which was absolutely fab I have to say), I've returned to the modelling bench this week and just about got 5311 to the finished stage. The chassis has been motorised and pick ups added and all works. The body has ...
Source: Ullypug's tales from the tinking table | 1 Jul 2018
Afraid there’s nothing new in this post, just tweaks of things already seen. Ok so you can’t see this one really but in testing the parcels stock shown last time, this point wasn’t as reliable as I liked.   I have a view that all stock should go everywhere and while the parcels s...
Source: P4NewStreet | 30 Jun 2018
Progress on the Slaters Simplex took a step back , a combination of 'Chemo lethargy' and 'cock up'. I was dismantling the loco prior to getting it ready to prime the body work and decided to try and test run the chassis having slightly increased the back-to-back to make it run through my points corr...
Source: Fen End Pit's Blog | 28 Jun 2018
Had a great day today with Steamer58 from SiF (I'm a member too) who is on his massive vacation from the USA.  Today we were at the GCR/Great Central Railway. Lovely day for it too. Anyway, it's the first time we met up and the day was fun. Cheers mate.  Whilst we were there we ven...
Source: Knuckles' RWS, P4 & SCC Blog | 24 Jun 2018
Source: Knuckles' RWS, P4 & SCC Blog | 23 Jun 2018
Having had it pointed out that the tender for my model of 6829 In wartime black should probably be in G crest W rather than GWR as I had modeled. A bit more research later and I found a photo on colour rail of the loco in question taken in 1947, one 'modellers scan' later and it was very clear ...
Source: Stock for Brent 1947 GWR | 23 Jun 2018
It is a fair time since I built my last building, so feeling that it was time that I rediscovered my mojo for architectural things I have made a crack at a building that will be a fairly key feature on Glenmutchkin – its pharmacy . This is inspired, and largely a facsimile of, The Kyle Pharmac...
Source: highland miscellany | 23 Jun 2018
The track gets very dirty towards the end.  Scenic details thus have started at last.  ...
Source: Knuckles' RWS, P4 & SCC Blog | 22 Jun 2018
31466 is now almost complete, I have had a few problems with the transfers, first with the orange cantrail lifting off on the cab roofs and then with the 3 in the bodyside number rolling up on itself.  The cantrail stripe will be an easy fix, touching in with some orange paint. the numbers a lo...
Source: The Fatadder's Modern Workbench | 18 Jun 2018
Very little to do with modelling but a very enjoyable way to spend time none the less!Full modelling to resume in a couple of weeks.Blog link in case anyone's interested:https://wordpress.com/posts/ogwtcoast2coast.wordpress.com Attached Thumbnails ...
Source: Ullypug's tales from the tinking table | 13 Jun 2018
This video is NOT intended to offend anyone despite me being a bit aggressive, just having a whine on what I'm am bored silly of seeing in nearly all unboxing videos....and having a bit of a playful poke at how the format is generally played out! The opinions in this video are my own and again the i...
Source: Knuckles' RWS, P4 & SCC Blog | 9 Jun 2018
You likely know SEEP solenoid point 'motors' can be tricky as the washer style switch can rub away and also in N gauge the alignment has to be extra critical to make the switch work. Well, all WAS fine until they started to play up and no amount of re-adjusting would sort it...even though they ...
Source: Knuckles' RWS, P4 & SCC Blog | 9 Jun 2018
By way of a change I have spent some time assembling the two kits of laser cut parts for the boiler house and the stores at the rear of the shed these being the last of the buildings provided by York Modelmaking back in 2010. Both buildings are made from 2mm laser cut mdf with hard plastic [Rowmark]...
Source: barrowroad's Blog | 9 Jun 2018
The chassis was retrieved from the paint booth and I made the final assembly. I had that nagging feeling I should have done something about the slide bars and cylinders and so it proved. Wheels were reinserted and no problems with the quartering but there just wasn't space between the leading crank ...
Source: Ullypug's tales from the tinking table | 7 Jun 2018
The Ely Show was great, it was good to meet up and chat with several rmwebbers as well as various current and ex-colleagues. The layout operated well all day with faults limited to a broken rail joint on one point, a missing or failed dropped to one switch blade and a missing uncoupling magnet, not ...
Source: Fen End Pit's Blog | 3 Jun 2018
Originally I wasn’t going to really have ‘through trains’ on Brettell Road – the through line was only going to be used by the industrial shunter but like most of the plans for this layout it all went a bit wrong.  So now that the branch is used by BR as well it made sense t...
Source: P4NewStreet | 31 May 2018
The point of the above picture is nothing more than the drainpipe.  Yeah so what? you are no doubt thinking, we’ve seen this stuff before!  Well you would be right but modelling this sort of stuff is now a lot easier thanks to some useful bits from Alan at Modelu.  See here.  I still need ...
Source: P4NewStreet | 25 May 2018
After a very enjoyable weekend at Expo EM I've had time this week to get back to the mogul. This is the current state of play. Footplate and cab done so far. This is made easier by the use of my RSU and I've discovered the technique promoted elsewhere of using slivers of solder, placing these near t...
Source: Ullypug's tales from the tinking table | 24 May 2018
Thanks to the crew working overtime, and lots of helpful stewards from the Ely club, Fen End Pit got set up in the gym ready for tomorrow.    Hope to see plenty of rmwebber's there, please come and say 'hi'  David Attached Thumbnails ...
Source: Fen End Pit's Blog | 18 May 2018
I have not managed to get any models to a stage which would make a worthwhile post for a couple of weeks; in a large part due to the disaster I had with the matting agent in my varnish. This has meant that a number (oh yes, it wasn’t just the one I showed a picture of………) of ...
Source: highland miscellany | 14 May 2018
Work on 37196 is now rapidly approaching completion,   The etched windscreens have now been glued into position. I had planned to fit the glazing first, however in the end I decided against it as a) I couldn't find one of the lazerglaze parts, and b) I wanted to use superglue to get a quick...
Source: The Fatadder's Modern Workbench | 11 May 2018
This morning while No 1 Daughter was at a friends house and my wife was at work, I had a couple of hours modelling time while No2 daughter had her morning nap. Of course the sleeping one year old did mean that I was limited to tasks which were not too noisy, preventing a lot of the layout work I wou...
Source: The Fatadder's Modern Workbench | 7 May 2018
At the weekend's SWAG members day I couldn't resist buying a pre production 1361 from Kernow Models. At the time I was rather spoiled for choice, as there were both painted and unpainted options available (all non running). In the end I decided that I have enough painting backlog, and would be ...
Source: Stock for Brent 1947 GWR | 3 May 2018
With the Ely show rapidly approaching a couple of afternoon's help from my friends managed to complete the lighting rig. This is formed of a box girder made from 3mm ply, three rows of 'warm white' LEDs and two rows of colour changing LEDs. I also had to make a 'gallows bracket' for the centre of th...
Source: Fen End Pit's Blog | 30 Apr 2018
With the chassis assembled, the cosmetic sides were added and then the time came for the wheels to be trial fitted so the brake gear could be assembled. Taking a few lessons from the various High Level kits I've built over the years, this is demountable. The brake hangers fit over spigots of wire so...
Source: Ullypug's tales from the tinking table | 29 Apr 2018
The stock for Glenmutchkin has a recent addition and a rather beautiful one too. This is a Clyde Bogie; the prototype being designed by David Jones and delivered in 1886.  Initially this was a top link locomotive of the line but as time went past it was relegated to lesser duties.  On Glenmutchkin...
Source: highland miscellany | 29 Apr 2018
The layout is not operational at present as all the power supply units, NCE equipment and circuit breakers are elsewhere for fitting into two power boxes than are being made for me - thanks again Chris!  In the meantime I decided to make a start on the B7R and B7L turnouts for the storage sidin...
Source: barrowroad's Blog | 29 Apr 2018
I didn't here VLOG part 2 but you can find it, here is part 3 with a brief cameo from Sonic the Hedgehog!  ...
Source: Knuckles' RWS, P4 & SCC Blog | 27 Apr 2018
This is the view of the real inspiration behind Brettell Road. This is taken from Moor Street bridge looking towards Brettell Lane/Stourbridge.  The remains of the sidings can just be made out to the right of the running lines. There is nothing to show it now but this location was, in 1858. the sit...
Source: P4NewStreet | 26 Apr 2018
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Source: Knuckles' RWS, P4 & SCC Blog | 26 Apr 2018
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 supplied 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

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