Birmingham New Street and Brettell Road in P4

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Jim S-W
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Re: Birmingham New Street and Brettell Road in P4

Postby Jim S-W » Mon May 27, 2019 2:58 pm

Sometimes you can be busy but really not have anything to show. As I'm on the final run in to the DEMU show next weekend I've been looking at a few things that fit into this bracket. Starting with...

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My loading gauge. Originally from the Smiths kit, its white metal construction for the main post was just too susceptible to knocks and getting bent out of shape during an exhibition. I had used brass wire for the wires and after a few times bending it back to shame it was all starting to look a bit of a mess. <

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So i rebuilt it from brass instead. The wires this time are easy-line. I did keep the original bow mind you

Moving on to, perhaps, a more literal interpretation of the post title

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The baseboard join is just a bit too obvious for my liking so I've revisited this too.

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I found some soft rubber sheeting in my local hobbycraft. It's smooth on one side and has this texture on the other. I cut it into strips and blended the top edge into the existing scenery with static grass, ballast and paint. The result can be seen below.

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Finally a simple little project using a left over base toys trailer.

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This is what I started with. which is, lets face it, a bit naff

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Using the Langley models kingwheel kit you can turn it into something half decent. The kit caters for single and twin wheels so that's all to need for both axles. In reality you could knock up the tailer bed from bits of plasticard in a leisurely 10 minutes!

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The finished trailer after a spot of weathering. The reason for posting such a simple little project is to demonstrate that anyone can have a go at something like this for very little money. There's no need to attack your latest RTR loco as a first attempt as this can teach a lot with ultimately very little to loose. We have the modification of the plastic bed. Use of white metal components (Have a crack at low melt soldering) adapting kits for your own uses and weathering. Sure its tempting to go for a headline loco if you are new to the hobby but something this simple will also teach a lot of skills. Plus if it all goes horribly wrong you can just throw it away, the lessons learned never follow it into the bin!

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Re: Birmingham New Street and Brettell Road in P4

Postby Dad-1 » Mon May 27, 2019 4:06 pm

Ugggg Base board joints !!!
SO difficult to hide, the more a layout travels around and assembled the more they tend to show.
That rubber gasget idea certainly helps, with your clarity of photographs just making it even more
difficult to hide.
Always sublime scenery Jim, one day I'll see it in the flesh, even if I have to persuade the club to
have a two day show !!

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Re: Birmingham New Street and Brettell Road in P4

Postby glencairn » Mon May 27, 2019 5:00 pm

Such a high standard, Jim. Well done.

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Re: Birmingham New Street and Brettell Road in P4

Postby Jim S-W » Fri Jul 12, 2019 5:30 pm

For DEMU I figured that my usual method or the round oak trains appearing on scene - i.e. an open wagon with a shunter look out and an industrial diesel pushing from the back was probably just a bit too archaic. So I figured the guys at Round Oak got themselves and ancient brake van in a somewhat token effort to appear to obey the rules!
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So here we have a very tired brake van from the recently re-introduced Slaters kit. I returned to the crackle paints I had used on the signal box for this one.

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On the subject of old vehicles, an old ratio kit for a GWR open c. These were a bit odd as they had the sides and underframe as one piece. I separated them and made up new underframes with bits from Bill Bedford, Ambis Engineering and Model Railway developments.

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Sticking with the GWR a Mink A to diagram V12. This uses a much more modern kit from Parkside with more Model Railway development parts.

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Re: Birmingham New Street and Brettell Road in P4

Postby Bufferstop » Fri Jul 12, 2019 5:45 pm

Just run out of superlatives Jim.
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Re: Birmingham New Street and Brettell Road in P4

Postby Jim S-W » Sun Jul 14, 2019 5:32 pm

Recent attention had been on a couple of older RTR efforts. Starting with...
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...a Lima CCT. Yes I know there's a Bachmann one now but the Lima one isn't all that bad given its age. It suffers from the sometimes common Lima trait of getting most of it about right but then blowing it on something obvious for no apparent reason. In this case the W-irons are just too far from where they should be.
This can be addressed with replacements from ABS (or at least it used to be!). New roof vents and underframe bits and bobs plus filing off the, freelance, window frames and we're about there.

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Next the old Hornby hand crane. This one uses rollers and a counterweight from Jon Hall. I've widened the jib and added extra details.


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