Wednesday 27 March 2019
Tuesday 26 March 2019
Wrapping the track to the left around a 7.5" curve is slightly trickier. The rail was pre-bent and re-threaded to take some of the spring out of it and has been pinned about 3" intervals; belt and braces.
Sunday 24 March 2019
Friday 22 March 2019
Friday 15 March 2019
Looking at it slightly fresh after the publication gap I'm suitably pleased with it. Regulars will appreciate that it comes at the subject from a cheeky angle, much like what is here, with a definite slant toward making things yourself and shying away from the chequebook modelling style. As far as I'm concerned, the real fun is to be had from taking something and a) personalising it somewhat and b) not just paying someone else to do the modelling for you. Each to his own of course, but I do se a rapid drop in quite basic skills (blame who you wish here). I was discussing the layout's lighting on Sunday and said that I'd planed off a piece of battening at angle to get the LED strip in the right place. 'Planed?' Was the response. As though I'd gone to the dark side. Yes, did it in woodwork at school. Do they still do woodwork at school?
So yes it's out now with lots of hole drilling, sticking, and chopping of plastic. With all the bog paper and string modelling that you're used to on here.
Thursday 14 March 2019
Wednesday 13 March 2019
Tuesday 12 March 2019
Thursday 7 March 2019
The name plate is still under discussion as the usual vinyl sign man that appears at exhibitions seems to have vanished. The pros'arch is now painted and the rigging of some LEDs along the back is underway - more new things to try. Sunday morning set up now seems more likely.
Tuesday 5 March 2019
Monday 4 March 2019
There's been about 3mm taken off the body height and another 1mm lost by moving the floor upward. New grabs and door handles, scribed sides and raised footboards. Other than that it's exactly as the kit came. In other words I've altered every single part. the stepped Bemos to be replaced by higher Greenwich couplings at a later date.
Sunday 3 March 2019
Pretty standard techniques. First catch your wagon, attack with a fibre brush, colour match the bufferbeams, detail paint all the stripes, new wood, iron work etc. Add transfers from Model Master, wash with a bit of German grey. Voila! Dirty, pooled, end of life 13 ton uprated, but down-trodden BR wagon. No airbrushes were harmed during this project. I even used one of the BRM/Hornby 'free' brushes - before all the bristles fell out.
I think that if I had a favourite type of modelling work, this would be it.