Friday, 18 January 2019

Dundas Models 009 FR brake

Having re-read and checked all the work I'd done on the next book last year I'm climbing back into a routine of getting the next bit done. First up are a couple of brake vans. The first is a straight kit build of the 1908 FR vans from Dundas Models. There's quite a bit of flash on the parts, more than you usually get from this maker. Maybe the moulds are getting past their life - I still regard this as a new kit, but it probably came out in the early 1990s. Parts cleaned, it falls together very well. As usual I'm building it in reverse of the instruction sheet and making a couple of changes, i.e. I started by getting the chassis done and running before I worked on the body. As it's obviously very light, a triangular slice of lead sheet was laid in a puddle of UHU to drop the gravity centre.
The original vans were all off the rails by the 1960s, but a replica of No1 is currently running as No7. See here

Wednesday, 16 January 2019

Loading your JYA

Back when the sun was shining I noodled past the Newhaven North Quay to see what was going on. The aggregate sides were lifted probably 15+ years ago, but were reinstated a while back with a trailing point and a long loop. The outward traffic is stone on roughly weekly runs in a long line of JYA bogie opens. So long that from my viewpoint I couldn't see the probable Class 66 at the head.
The loader is caught in mid shovel-filling mode - not a pose that would be normally seen as acceptable on a model, but here it plainly is. I note that while the 'professional' model weathering companies do wonders with squirty airbrushes on this sort of vehicle, they are a million miles from the  hammered texture that the side panels show.

Tuesday, 15 January 2019


It's been a while. Life has generally got in the way, and while there has been a modicum of modelling going on, other stuff has been happening, lot of which I didn't see coming. I have therefore been playing catch-up since New Year and I'm still not there yet. Case in point is the failed P Class that was mentioned a few posts down. The offending loco was returned to Hattons (I note they don't refund the postage) and new one had been sent back. It had sat in the unopened box since then and only today was it unpacked and given a run in of about 15minutes each way on a circle of Hornby track bought for mere pence for this sort of thing.

Other than that, there is one book to tidy and another to finish, plus the relentless production of 009 News. Onward - just more slowly than before.

Sunday, 16 December 2018


Wait for the turn...

Thursday, 22 November 2018

Boaty Mc Boatface

What I know about boats you can write on the back of a stamp, so apologies to those that have more knowledge. What I was looking for was something akin to a semi abandoned craft left on the foreshore inspired by a couple of photos that I took at Rye Harbour. The base for this is the well used Zvesda kit for a medieval lifeboat. I'm quite pleased with the almost 'paint expired' finish, but I couldn't get the lighting right and it doesn't come across in this shot.

Tuesday, 20 November 2018

Peco track mix

I'm not particularly fast at laying track and there was a bit of a break in proceedings. As indicated earlier this is all down at a basic level.. The track itself is a PECO mix: the points are yellow pack code 75 and the plain is a mix of the same with the sleepers spread out a little and a length of the new Bullhead stuff mixed in, and is what you might describe as 'tramway style'. Which is exactly what I wanted. Now it is down I can't tell the difference with the sleeper spread as the sleepers themselves are the same length and width. Regulars will have noted that the track layout is exactly the same as the 7mm NG plan that it replaces on the same board.
This is a very slow burn project, but may be ready in some form for the WRG show in March... possibly.

Non runnng P class

Back in May I raved about the quality of the Hattons P. As you can see from the shot above with it perched on some 009 track most if not all of this reaction was visual. Fast forward to now and with the track laid on Dury's Gap it was time to try a few locos out: a Terrier, an 03 and then the P....dead, nada, nothing, it just sat there looking pretty. Removal of the body via four (now three) of the tiniest screws on the planet found that all was well if you gave the motor worm a bit of a helping hand... well that's OK then, I'll just run it without the body and prod it every time. The quartering seems OK and once it's running it seems fine except odd power surges (is this connected?). This leads me to think it's the motor that's at fault. Really not impressed at all.
Update: Call to Hattons reveals a speedy no quibble replacement. Fingers crossed.

Monday, 19 November 2018

GWR cattle creep

In not the best of circumstances myself and Mrs. F. snuck off to Cornwall for a few days with we me as the uncomfortable non-driver. Deliberately non railway after the Ffest-fest of a few weeks back, this was a kick back and walk along the beach type of break. Something magnetic happens though as on waking (having arrived in the dark) it became apparent that we were billeted in spitting distance from the GWR's Helston branch and faced this little beauty of a cattle creep under the old trackbed. Even when I don't do any research, the railway lines find me.

Sunday, 18 November 2018

009 wagon

It's been a finish off day: something boaty, and this, a scratch-built effort in 009 based upon an Oakley Quarry wagon on a chopped Peco N gauge chassis

Saturday, 17 November 2018


Ply,card lipstick tube = character.