No detailing with fire buckets/posters etc.yet - I'll do that after it's installed. The idea is to get as many of the main structures done before the board is built that way the layout can live in a large shoebox.
BTW the right hand rear pipe will discharge into a hogshead or similar.
Thursday 28 February 2013
Tuesday 26 February 2013
Monday 25 February 2013
Saturday 23 February 2013
This, and more from the show here: http://micksrovingreporter.blogspot.co.uk/
Thursday 21 February 2013
Ignoring flight luggage sizes, is the Eurostar length limit of 85cm (33.5") a go-er for a boxed/folded layout with a handle and all but stock inside?
ps. the layout mentioned in the comments here. http://www.s-scale.org.uk/gallery23.htm
Tuesday 19 February 2013
On the way back from NGSW and on the way to Sunday lunch at a secret location in Wiltshire this brick shed caught my eye, so much so that I turned round, parked up and took photos. I'm guessing that as the floor is raised, that it maybe some sort of feed store. Being that it was on the approach track to a farm would make this probable, however how much of it is original is open to question. The footprint to height ratio makes it an ideal prototype for a non-railway building to use as a view -block. Can anyone explain the style , use, or indeed the window shapes?
The building stands on the west approach to Devizes on the A361 at Caen Hill should you wish to google.
Monday 18 February 2013
Mrs F and I turned up on the Friday night at the allotted time with Tal-Coed and set up, but as there had been no power laid on we couldn't test, so gave up and went for a curry (Mugal Empire in Shepton, holes in ceiling and a spotty white waiter, but food good).
So, thus far you have no booking, no accommodation and no power, but despite all that it's a hell of a show. By the morning it had all fallen into place, the tea was flowing, I stood chatting for most of that days while Mrs F. did the bulk of knob twiddling. A good day of chat with old friends, lots of banter, three invites and I pretty much kept my wallet hidden, so resolution kept to as well.
Wednesday 13 February 2013
To my left under the desk were two Norwegian vans that needed finishing. This is the first. It was handed to me with a small apology - it's not really up to standard.
It's made by Lima, probably 1980s production and is somewhat below current moulding levels. On top of that it came with a 'factory applied weathering finish... oh dear. This was a major problem - I had to weather a pre-weathered van, what should be fairly bright white wood is covered in what I can only describe as turd brown paint. If it were British I could have re-painted and re-lettered, but I have no idea if NSB lettering is available and if if is, it's probably the same cost as a terraced house in Bolton.
The underframe was straight forward with the usual gunk of German Grey and oxide colours. The top half with a little dry brushed ruts and a wash of GG on the ends with a lot of finger rubbing.
The problem with 'factory applied dirt is that it's in the wrong place - dirt collects under things. In the main the sides get washed with rain. This was also sprayed at an angle so there are white lines behind body strapping where the paint flow has been stopped. Not the best effort.
Tuesday 12 February 2013
I must set the layout up to see if it runs...
Monday 11 February 2013
I ascertained that while something was needed it could be pretty rough and still feel OK. A delve into the scrapbox yet again threw up some 40though, 20thou, some sprue, microrod and part of an undercarriage. Yes I know it looks rough and impressionistic...
Wednesday 6 February 2013
The roof needs some thought still, as does the cab interior which obviously is very open.
Tuesday 5 February 2013
I'm fiddling now - prototype photos show stub pipework at the front of the footplate (draincocks?) so holes are drilled to add this. It looks very tippy-toes at this point before the steps and bufferbeams are on.
Sunday 3 February 2013
This morning I was going to grab an ice cream tub to store , but thought that was stupid and planted them instead. There is still so much to do with this, and I keep forgetting that it's not actually my project.
Incidentally no concrete answer to Nigel's NG diesel identification query.
Friday 1 February 2013
The problem is often that production techniques move and the kit we have becomes 'old'; something better replaces it... now we have two kits, and so on.
Over the panto period I picked up Phil Parkers 'Guide' (this is out of the shops , but young Phil can probably supply) This is mainly reprints from his column in the Hornby mag, a lot of which are straight kit builds. This got me thinking...
Why do we need to have a 'project'? By that I mean a layout. The plastic modelling bunch can change tack on everything they build - a 1:76 tank to a 1:32 MG. Why do we as railway modellers tie ourselves to one thing a lot of the time? Answer: because of the layout. Phil's book started a train of thought which terminated with: why don't I treat every thing in the boxes in the loft as a stand alone project? Just because it doesn't fit with the layout doesn't really matter. They can be as it were, one hit wonders.
Note for the above photo: I am at present car-sharing with the wrinkly bass player. He's a Southampton boy (or Scummer as Mrs. F who is from Pompey shipwright stock would say) Naturally a lot of the conversation is sea based and Victory came up. I mentioned that I'd seen kits for same in The Works that week. Yesterday said wrinkly bass player presents me with the kit.
Even if I buy nothing the bloody things breed...