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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
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

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