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by Ex-Pat
Wed Jan 23, 2019 3:11 pm
Forum: Personal Layouts - Under Construction
Topic: Hawick via Grantham, Inverness and SIAM (00 gauge DC)
Replies: 184
Views: 11814

Re: Hawick via Grantham, Inverness and SIAM (00 gauge DC)

Thanks Jim but, sorry, I could not possibly stoop that low!

Jim & I understand that - how many others do I wonder?
by Ex-Pat
Wed Jan 23, 2019 9:35 am
Forum: Personal Layouts - Under Construction
Topic: Hawick via Grantham, Inverness and SIAM (00 gauge DC)
Replies: 184
Views: 11814

Re: Hawick via Grantham, Inverness and SIAM (00 gauge DC)

Thanks glencairn & manna (the individuality will continue with 65317, and then 65???).
by Ex-Pat
Wed Jan 23, 2019 9:30 am
Forum: The Workbench
Topic: From a "Hunt" to a "Shire"
Replies: 31
Views: 1894

Re: From a "Hunt" to a "Shire"

Thanks for the tip Jim - I'll have to "test the waters" with it so to speak!
by Ex-Pat
Tue Jan 22, 2019 4:34 pm
Forum: Personal Layouts - Under Construction
Topic: Hawick via Grantham, Inverness and SIAM (00 gauge DC)
Replies: 184
Views: 11814

At last a “proper” engine for Hawick.

Whilst in England at Christmas I was lucky enough to pick up the last Hornby J36 held by C M Models Carlisle, plus a further one at Hattons. It really is a stunning model. But they both have to be modified as the Hawick examples included tender cab shelters of no less than 3 different designs. (Thes...
by Ex-Pat
Tue Jan 22, 2019 4:25 pm
Forum: The Workbench
Topic: From a "Hunt" to a "Shire"
Replies: 31
Views: 1894

A tender cab shelter for 65331

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This is the finished tender after applying the new transfers.


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It’s worth taking a look at the superbly detailed cab interior.


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Ready for duties!


Looking forward to doing 65317 later this year perhaps.
by Ex-Pat
Tue Jan 22, 2019 4:20 pm
Forum: The Workbench
Topic: From a "Hunt" to a "Shire"
Replies: 31
Views: 1894

A tender cab shelter for 65331

P1080506.JPG P1080511.JPG P1080509.JPG The “Haig” model only has 1 set of handrails on the tender side (at the cab end). However several J36’s had a further set of handrails on the side of the tender at the rear. As this was the case with 65331 it was necessary to drill holes (using a drill too sma...
by Ex-Pat
Tue Jan 22, 2019 4:11 pm
Forum: The Workbench
Topic: From a "Hunt" to a "Shire"
Replies: 31
Views: 1894

A tender cab shelter for 65331

This follows on from the introduction in my layout thread (viewtopic.php?f=22&t=50019&start=165#p664200).

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– the first job was to prepare rough scaling sketches from a drawing I had obtained from the North British Railway Study Group. You can also see a sheet of plastikard marked up with the centres of the 2 round spectacle plate window openings. It was important to ensure these 2 holes were accurate from the outset.


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– the 2 window holes were gradually drilled through (starting with a small drill and then several more of increasing size).


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– the sides of the shelter were one piece of plastikard curved round the spectacle plate. I used calipers to help form the curve (but, as I know from the coaling stage warping problems, plastikard has a mind of its own and once out of the calipers it more or less just sprang back to its original state!).


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– I had to remove the (?) tool box (?) in order to site the spectacle plate in the right position. (In retrospect I think I might have been able to just twist it off rather than saw and chisel it off.) A word of warning – the tender “lion” emblem is not that durable, and suffered some disintegration whilst I was sawing off the toolbox. I had to replace it with Methfix transfers.


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– I was acutely aware that the plastikard would try to resist being formed and glued to the spectacle plate. So I pinned down the spectacle plate and made an initial tack in the centre of the roof and gradually worked my way round the rest of the spectacle plate.


T.B.C.
by Ex-Pat
Tue Jan 22, 2019 1:33 pm
Forum: Personal Layouts - Under Construction
Topic: Welcome to Chaos Central........
Replies: 7
Views: 103

Re: Welcome to Chaos Central........

That looks an impressive junction to start with.

Will the points be electrically operated? - If so, I wouldn't relish cutting holes for the motors in 1/2 inch chipboard (and I doubt that clockwork points exist!).

Looking forward to further progress.
by Ex-Pat
Mon Jan 21, 2019 8:50 pm
Forum: Personal Layouts - Under Construction
Topic: Gateside and Northbridge (Incorporating the Allanshaw Inglenook)
Replies: 653
Views: 65657

Re: Gateside and Northbridge (Incorporating the Allanshaw Inglenook)

The photographs with the flash show up all the flaws in gory detail so another couple of washes and perhaps some weathering powder would finish it nicely. Jim What flaws? - if you're referring to the odd "bald" patch on the embankments then I wouldn't call them flaws - just totally realis...
by Ex-Pat
Sun Jan 20, 2019 12:04 pm
Forum: Scenery
Topic: Real Rock!!
Replies: 7
Views: 90

Re: Real Rock!!

'Afternoon Phat Controller , Very interesting photos and info. so far. I wouldn't want to hijack your thread, but how about throwing this thread open to other members contributing their own photos of real life rock/stone/brickwork and thus build up a library of the many possibilities available for m...
by Ex-Pat
Sat Jan 19, 2019 9:01 pm
Forum: Personal Layouts - Under Construction
Topic: Hawick via Grantham, Inverness and SIAM (00 gauge DC)
Replies: 184
Views: 11814

Re: Hawick via Grantham, Inverness and SIAM (00 gauge DC)

Thanks both Jims . There's two ways I've found to avoid warping, sticking a "balancing sheet" on the other side, or bonding to something with a great depth, eg joining the bottom of a wall to a floor, that's a bit difficult with the free standing wall of a goods or loco shed, unless you ha...
by Ex-Pat
Thu Jan 17, 2019 8:45 pm
Forum: Personal Layouts - Under Construction
Topic: Hawick via Grantham, Inverness and SIAM (00 gauge DC)
Replies: 184
Views: 11814

Re: Hawick via Grantham, Inverness and SIAM (00 gauge DC) - Stressful Times!

Well, I always knew that the World Cup would interfere with progress, but I hadn’t reckoned on being beset with further coaling stage warping problems with the whole back wall bowing in considerably. This was far from motivational, so I just left it alone and not only completed the long outstanding ...
by Ex-Pat
Tue Jan 15, 2019 11:26 pm
Forum: Personal Layouts - Under Construction
Topic: Gateside and Northbridge (Incorporating the Allanshaw Inglenook)
Replies: 653
Views: 65657

Re: Gateside and Northbridge (Incorporating the Allanshaw Inglenook)

Thanks everyone, the only issue I am finding is making sure I get a good outside edge, the second photograph shows what I mean as there is a distinct seam running down from the top of the pillar. I am going to experiment with some stiff Polyfilla before painting to try and avoid obvious gaps. Cheer...
by Ex-Pat
Tue Jan 15, 2019 2:00 pm
Forum: Personal Layouts - Under Construction
Topic: Gateside and Northbridge (Incorporating the Allanshaw Inglenook)
Replies: 653
Views: 65657

Re: Gateside and Northbridge (Incorporating the Allanshaw Inglenook)

Thanks everyone, the only issue I am finding is making sure I get a good outside edge, the second photograph shows what I mean as there is a distinct seam running down from the top of the pillar. I am going to experiment with some stiff Polyfilla before painting to try and avoid obvious gaps. Cheer...
by Ex-Pat
Mon Jan 14, 2019 11:48 pm
Forum: Railway Photographs
Topic: And the next photo will have...(real railway version)
Replies: 929
Views: 72247

Re: And the next photo will have...(real railway version)

The Motor Rail Van shouldn't be there!

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