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Onto the home stretch....  The revised approach for the window blanks was a lot more effective, once covered with filler to blend in the corners it is now almost seamless. After the first filler application it looked as below After which it was given a quick dusting of primer over the dark gre...
Source: The Fatadder's Modern Workbench | 20 Oct 2018
Source: Knuckles' RWS, P4 & SCC Blog | 18 Oct 2018
Things are not going completely to plan on the buffet conversion, I had filled the windows and started sanding back, however the finish was nowhere near good enough. While not immediately visible, after filing back the filler there was a slight indent around the filled windows (I expect paint would...
Source: The Fatadder's Modern Workbench | 18 Oct 2018
A couple of blog postings ago I included a photograph of my Claud in the platform waiting for more track to be built before it could proceed towards Long Melford. Well it didn't have to wait too long before it could go at least a little further. The siding kicks back behind the station master's gard...
Source: Fen End Pit's Blog | 16 Oct 2018
After being woken by the children at a ridiculous hour this morning I decided to make use of the time to do a little pre work modelling. Before I turn attention back to the layouts I want to finish off a quick coach project and get by Virgin Cross Country loco hauled rake finished.  I have mode...
Source: The Fatadder's Modern Workbench | 15 Oct 2018
I got back to building more pointwork today, the first for some time. One job I always feel a bit wary about is getting the joggle in the stock rail where the end of the switchblade fits. One of the recommended ways to do this is to bend the rail twice with a pair of pliers. I've always found this a...
Source: Fen End Pit's Blog | 14 Oct 2018
An hour on the lasercutter this morning allowed me to mark the trackwork for the fourth baseboard onto 6mm cork. The marking out was pretty much perfect but I over-cooked it on the cutting power. Cork cuts really quite badly and you need a lot of power to go any distance into the material with the c...
Source: Fen End Pit's Blog | 9 Oct 2018
Source: Knuckles' RWS, P4 & SCC Blog | 9 Oct 2018
Don’t worry – this is not announcement of being turned to the dark side of modelling “Green With Rivets” (aka the GWR)!  Instead it is a reference to a week’s trip to the extreme west of Cornwall to support my wife who was appearing in a musical that was running for a ...
Source: highland miscellany | 30 Sep 2018
Now that work is virtually complete on the first two boards (barring the buildings), I've put the first one to one side and begun work on the third one. Although I can erect 6 boards at a time in the garage, they're spanning other layouts and junk meaning they're too high to work on without standing...
Source: The Strawberry Line | 30 Sep 2018
I've been expressing my dissatisfaction with the chassis and mechanism of the Hattons/DJM 14XX for some time now and I have finally started to do something about it. The background to this is that I need a 14XX as the 'signature' loco for my new 'cameo' shunting layout 'Bethesda Sidings', which...
Source: Engine Wood | 28 Sep 2018
A good few hours in TurboCAD, followed by some time on the laser cutter produced parts for the fourth baseboard for my Stour Valley project. This board was a bit more complex than the previous three because it needed to accommodate the small stream which I think was originally part of the moat of th...
Source: Fen End Pit's Blog | 26 Sep 2018
I made a blog here...  http://www.rmweb.co.uk/community/index.php?/blog/483/entry-21325-a-tale-of-two-ducks-5700-conversions-many-pics/  Well here is a video of it!  ...
Source: Knuckles' RWS, P4 & SCC Blog | 26 Sep 2018
At Scaleforum one of the key purchases on my shopping list was a set of handrail brackets for a couple of Bachmann Toads from MRD. While I was there I spotted the etched replacement doors for Iron Minks, which comes with a brass roof and break gear. Seeing as I have an unbuilt ratio kit in the to...
Source: Stock for Brent 1947 GWR | 24 Sep 2018
Over the last couple of weeks I managed to get the remaining line in the platform laid and wire up the remainder of the track. The result means that I can now play at shunting trains in and out of the goods yard.I tried with a mix bag of stock in terms of springing/compensation/solid axles and my fu...
Source: Fen End Pit's Blog | 23 Sep 2018
Ok, it seems a little odd to start a post on wagonloads with a couple of vans but they do give away subtle signs that they are actually earning money and not just trundling around.  Chalk markings and labels are the give-away here.  The chalk markings are done with a sharp chinagraph pencil which ...
Source: P4NewStreet | 18 Sep 2018
Exhibition season always ramps up this time of year. This coming weekend i’ll be at Scaleforum helping Mr Horn with his baseboard business. Hard to believe a year ago was Brettell road’s exhibition debut at the same show. Scaleforum 2018  A few weeks after will see Brettell Road’s...
Source: P4NewStreet | 18 Sep 2018
After a trip to Duxford for a flight in a 1940s Harvard, last night I managed a little work on the 20/3, I have been trying a technique I have used previously for paint repairs. applying a very thick layer of paint, then cutting back with wet & dry to get a smooth finish with the surrounding paint,...
Source: The Fatadder's Modern Workbench | 17 Sep 2018
This week I have been mostly planting apple trees and making GWR line side fencing. The fencing is made from Evergreen 1.5mm square strip, cut into 20mm lengths to represent the 5ft posts. I worked out some time ago that if you cut this with a pair of Xuron track shears, you are left with one flush ...
Source: The Strawberry Line | 16 Sep 2018
At last some actual modelling! Two Little Ducks; Twenty Two - Quack Quack! You remember my RWS Duck From 2007 right? Of course you do. It was kindly hosted on TRLOTTTE that I am relieved to finally realize has been saved by Ryan and his merry men! http://www.sodor-island.net/railwayseries/http://www...
Source: Knuckles' RWS, P4 & SCC Blog | 15 Sep 2018
Having now received the missing stock box I have started looking at the next loco completion project, 20302 in DRS livery  The issue is that I started modellingit in 2006 condition and have now decided I want it in 1998.  So I need to remove the centre headlights, multi working box at the...
Source: The Fatadder's Modern Workbench | 14 Sep 2018
As I’ve mentioned in the past I am trying to not add to the wagon roster for Brettell Road, rather just trying to finish off the un-started and partially started kits I already have. Although one or 2 new ones have snuck in to the to-do pile somehow. Heres the latest to find their way off my w...
Source: P4NewStreet | 13 Sep 2018
A while ago I modified a Cambrian Turbot kit with a Rumney Models bogie bolster E underframe. (see here). Ive finally got around to doing the others too. Here they are on a visit to Brettell Road. ...
Source: P4NewStreet | 13 Sep 2018
I have been slowly plodding on with the storage sidings and have now completed turnout 26 out of 39. The main UP and DOWN sidings are finished as far as the track laying is concerned with a number of buffers to be added at a later date. They are not yet operational as the task of wiring and the addi...
Source: barrowroad's Blog | 12 Sep 2018
Last night saw cattle van no3 assembled, this time building straight from the kit rather than adding my usual sprung suspension as the wagon is being built for OO only. Going forward it will just be long wheelbase stock getting the extra suspension units (along with anything with poorly designed pa...
Source: Stock for Brent 1947 GWR | 12 Sep 2018
The current project to grace the workbench is a short rake of cattle wagons, the first 3 wagons will be a pair of Coopercraft W5s and an Airfix kit converted into a W12  The first Coopercraft was built while working away from home a few years ago, in the meantime it has suffered some damage. T...
Source: Stock for Brent 1947 GWR | 11 Sep 2018
Source: Knuckles' RWS, P4 & SCC Blog | 10 Sep 2018
As mentioned in my last blog I picked up a bargain Mainline Siphon H as spares and repair from eBay. Looking at the photos it looked to include a set of replacement American bogies and metal wheels, but was unclear as to the condition of the rest.  After arrival it was clearly in a pretty good...
Source: Stock for Brent 1947 GWR | 9 Sep 2018
A little more work on the 158 last night, the WIPACs are now fitted with the area either side painted black. The modified lighting units have also been installed.   I think eventually I will replace with a better lighting set up, but it looks ok for now. There is some light bleed (especiall...
Source: The Fatadder's Modern Workbench | 9 Sep 2018
So I've sanded back the road to represent a metalled surface. I do have a bag of mendip roadstone which should be suitable! The retaining wall's been painted in a selection of acrylics and pounced with talc and quarry scenic dust. A bit more weathering and dry brushing is required yet. More hedging ...
Source: The Strawberry Line | 7 Sep 2018
One of the last passenger projects needed for Wheal Imogen is a Class 158 in Regional Railways livery, working a Wales and West Alphaline service from Bristol to Newquay. I have a lot of Class 158 parts, I was in the process of building a Wessex Trains 3 car and 2 car in picture livery which are in...
Source: The Fatadder's Modern Workbench | 7 Sep 2018
Having got the Marks Tey bound platform road laid together with the remainder of the track on the second baseboard I thought I'd celebrate with a bit of stock and some photographs. Having 4 coaches pass the 'Wheeeeeeeee' test along the main line was most satisfying! I've got enough rail to finish th...
Source: Fen End Pit's Blog | 4 Sep 2018
A lot more wagon work this evening,  First up a bunch of wagons from my Cheddar valley project that have now been rewheeled for Brent, most of these were missing buffers (given that they were originally going to get sprung buffers.) I have now temporarily fitted them with fixed steel buffer he...
Source: Stock for Brent 1947 GWR | 1 Sep 2018
After a break for a relaxing holiday away, I've turned this week to the first board at the Axbridge end. I'd mistakenly put the stone loading siding up adjacent to the wing walls of the over bridge so this was corrected and the groundwork adjusted to suit. Then I've tried playing about with the loca...
Source: The Strawberry Line | 1 Sep 2018
After a couple of evenings working on "modern" stock if you can call 1998 modern, it was back to the 1940s last night and some stock for Brent. First up some engineers wagons, I am not to up to scratch on my 1940s engineers knowledge so I will need to do a lot more research in order to nail do...
Source: Stock for Brent 1947 GWR | 31 Aug 2018
I am pleased to announce the forthcoming publication of volume 3 of my father’s series on railway cranes. This will be available from mid September and on the 23/24 September it will be formally launched at Scaleforum with my father in attendance if you want to speak to him.  This will be on ...
Source: highland miscellany | 31 Aug 2018
I've managed to get a fair bit of modeling in over the last week working on a variety of projects.  The major project was getting the Stour Valley P4 layout back up on its own new legs. It was previously on the legs used for Fen End Pit so I had to dismantle it every time I went out to a show. ...
Source: Fen End Pit's Blog | 29 Aug 2018
I’ll admit I wasn’t planning on the back scene post being a 2 parter but thanks to some helpful feedback I’ve had another look at what I did before. Changes are to add detail to the windows and make them more yellow/darker. Ive taken some magenta out of the prints and added some bl...
Source: P4NewStreet | 28 Aug 2018
After the computer randomly decided to close the page, try agian..... Continuing the approach trying to clear out the WIP boxes, a couple more wagons (and a lot of work on the bridge for Wheal Imogen which I will touch on later). First up was the VIX ferry van, I have removed the working d...
Source: The Fatadder's Modern Workbench | 27 Aug 2018
In the process of this weeks tidy up I have managed to finally find the majority of the parts required to finish off 50002. Untitled by The Fatadder, on FlickrAt the start, the contents of the storage box (including the missing bodyside door for 50007)So last night I set to work reassembling it, unf...
Source: The Fatadder's Modern Workbench | 26 Aug 2018
A little more progress on this long term incumbent of the workbench, I have now built and fitted the bogies. So the coach is now ready to be painted it might be about time I bought a tin of LMS coach maroon...  Eventually the coach will be included in this formation http://www.rmweb.co.uk/com...
Source: Stock for Brent 1947 GWR | 26 Aug 2018
I consider myself to be very lucky to live in a town which still has a shop with a worthwhile model department. Ely is lucky to have City Cycle Centre as it holds a very respectable range of paints, raw materials and tools as well as the usual RTR/RTP models. Also relatively locally a day of shoppin...
Source: Fen End Pit's Blog | 19 Aug 2018
Although no one has said anything I’ve never been that happy with the back scenes on Brettell Road. Back scenes are a bit of a quandary as you dont want them to be naff but then you dont really want the viewers of a layout to notice them either. They kind of need to be there but not there at t...
Source: P4NewStreet | 18 Aug 2018
A while back I started work on building a TPO rake, as part of my continued efforts to tidy up old half finished projects I have dug it out to finish off.  Researchfrom when I first started on the project gives details for formations:Penzance > Bristol NFA, NSA, NTA, NSA(t), NFA, NBA, NBA ...
Source: The Fatadder's Modern Workbench | 17 Aug 2018
I was doing a demo at the recent Railwells show and was pleased that I managed to do virtually no modelling. Always the sign of a successful 'demo' weekend. I did get as far as dismantling an Oxford models AA3 ex GW Toad in BR livery. Several people pointed out the errors in the model (apart from th...
Source: Ullypug's tales from the tinking table | 16 Aug 2018
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 fl...
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
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
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

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