Monday, 28 September 2009

Weathered Hornby VDA





A quick snap of the finished VGA. The first shot is the lowered by 2mm, but otherwise untouched model. The second is the repainted and complete refurbishment.
The Hornby molding is excellent, but the whole thing sits too high and the ends (and possibly roof) should be red to match the stripe. The other thing which jars slightly is the molded roof vent which I can't see on any prototype photo.
So changes were: lower by filing 2mm from the top of each truck, file off roof molding and replace roof rib, re fix trucks, paint ends and roof and weather using wet wash then dry brush.
I've left the huge Hornby coupling until I decide what to use instead.
A visit to Scaleforum yesterday turned up a 'Modern Image' layout which wasn't a million miles from what I envisage the home for the VGA will look like, though obviously in P4. Now that I'm intimate with this wagon I was surprised to see that the example on Callowland was, despite being re-wheeled for P4, still bouncing along on tippy-toes, buffers a scale 6" higher than the next vehicle, and sporting the questionable roof vent. Obviously the 2mm difference of track gauge is important, but the vehicle heights aren't.

Saturday, 26 September 2009

Watercrane

Cruelly enlarged- the 2mm scale watercrane just painted ready to put onto Unnycoombe. Standard ratio kit, slightly adapted using the photo on the back of Stephen Williams GW Branchlines Vol2. i.e. no brazier. This makes the look a little lighter and less cluttered. I think it's always important to stand back and look and decide whether something looks OK visually rather than what SHOULD be there. The two don't always fit.

Thursday, 24 September 2009

Egger Diesel.

Shot of the Eggerbahn ex-electric loco. I was looking for items of small motive power for Garn and this is such a good little runner that it seemed daft not to use it. The pantogragh was removed, the roof filled and sanded smooth, a short exhaust pipe added and the whole lot repainted. The inspiration for all of this was a similar loco on Paul Windle's 'Rothby'.
Note also the hand-carved postbox mounted on a matchstick. I find it better to just add one or two little details like this to catch the eye rather than cram a layout with all the MickeyMouse flashing-light extras. Less is more.

Wednesday, 23 September 2009

Garn & Miles.


In an effort to get the half a dozen photos of Garn onto the blog here's another.
'Miles' and the Colin Ashby coaches in front of the station building. Loco is much bashed Chivers Sir Hayden on an Ibertren mech'. Building is the usual card/paper/bits of plastic mixture.

Tuesday, 22 September 2009

Small Things.

I feel a return to the ‘small project’ coming on. Not that was ever into the large ones per se. Those never-ending -life’s work layouts all seemed a little beyond me, Buckingham excepted. The fact that someone can spend a lifetimes modelling working on one project is quite frankly beyond my comprehension; I just have too many ideas and too many interests within the hobby. Even after a major clear-out a couple of years ago where thirty years of modelling rubbish went to landfill, I still have three boxes of stuff in the loft. Now I realise that three boxes to some people is a mere drop in the ocean, but three boxes is two boxes too much. Much of what is in these boxes are the ‘one-day projects’, not as in 24 hours, but things that will get done one day. Single projects or ideas that have been the first step for a new idea – the VGA below is an example. Others would be the Lima 117 DMU into a single car unit after the MRJ article more than a few years ago. That’s been around so long that even Lima beat me to it. Now with two layouts on the exhibition circuit I really should work through some of these existing ideas, even though most of them have no particular place to end up. After all, they are in the most part, paid for; there is no more outlay. They are modelling for its own sake.

Isn’t that why we all started?

Monday, 21 September 2009

Petrol station on Wood End.


Scary to think that this was built 10 years ago. This was the tiny filling station based on the one still standing at Rodmell in Sussex. Rather dissapointingly a photo of this never appeared in the RM article in 2004. All that remains is this snap probably taken in 2002 and scanned in on a slightly problematic scanner, hence the hazy reproduction.
The basis of the model is a Wills greenhouse kit, the parts of which were used for the brickwork and the window frames. As can be seen there are no pumps as we know them although there are/were on the protoype building. A lovely book called 'Oil on the Line' remarked that many early rural petrol stations dispensed fuel from cans, pumps coming in bit by bit in later years. So that's how we left it. It was this small corner which tipped the balance to gain us the Reinier Hendriksen award for Wood End at ExpoNG that year.

Sunday, 20 September 2009

After the Worthing MRC show


During the showing of Unnycoombe at the Worthing exhibition it was decided that the RTR stock was too garish. A job now in hand is to weather and take off the shine.

First victim was this Dapol SR Utility van.


Before and after...

Hornby VDA.



The first small project for the proposed new 'modern image' (Cyril who?) layout. The out-of-the-box Hornby wagon is a little too high. Here it is at the first stage having been lowered by a couple of millimetres. This done by grinding the top of the trucks down until there was nothing left holding the central pivot, then welding the whole lot back in place as square as I could get it.






There is also what looks like a fan molding in a central position on the roof that doesn't appear in any of the prototype photos that I could find, so off it came with a 'wet-and-dry' stick; the roof-rib being replaced with some plastic strip.

All the photos also showed the van ends in Railfreight Red, whereas the Hornby ends are left in grey. Red is a pain. Whatever make of paint you use, won't cover. Unless of couse you spill any, then it covers beautifully! This had had two coats and still looked awful.


Hornby VGA.

The first small project for the proposed new 'modern image' (Cyril who?) layout. The out-of-the-box Hornby wagon is a little too high. Here it is at the first stage having been lowered by a couple of millimetres. This done by grinding the top of the trucks down until there was nothing left holding the central pivot, then welding the whole lot back in place as square as I could get it.
There is also what looks like a fan molding in a central position on the roof that doesn't appear in any of the prototype photos that I could find, so off it came with a 'wet-and-dry' stick; the roof-rib being replaced with some plastic strip.
All the photos also showed the van ends in Railfreight Red, whereas the Hornby ends are left in grey. Red is a pain. Whatever make of paint you use, won't cover. Unless of couse you spill any, then it covers beautifully! This had had two coats and still looked awful.

Friday, 18 September 2009

Station End

Long full-length view of the station with the card-built station on the left.

Colin Ashby Coaches & Miles

Miles and three Colin Ashby coaches at the right hand end of the station. Note the very obvious point control situated to be advantageous to front operation using a small DPDT switch as the lever and as electrical switching.

Electro-diesel?


The quick conversion.
Eggerbahn 'electric' loco with the pantograph removed, and repainted.
This runs surprisingly sweetly.
Towing a brake built from Parkside Dundas sides and a Peco chassis.

Layout

Overall shot of layout, all 43" of it, prior to it's first exhibition outing. Station building is standard Ratio, signalbox is highly bashed Kestral with new stone base to match everything else.

Cattle.


Peco cattle wagons. As this time with the interiors unpainted so the white plastic glares a bit with the flash.