Birmingham New Street and Brettell Road in P4

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Re: Birmingham New Street and Brettell Road in P4

Postby Jim S-W » Mon Feb 17, 2020 5:36 pm

With my ongoing Duchess build my thoughts turned to a little quick win project (also with Scalefour North coming up at the end of March). I said relatively speaking in the title because a few years ago I would have likely considered this quick win as a bit of an undertaking but there you go. When we were at the Wakefield show with Moor Street, my attention was drawn to a cheap Lima GWR small prairie tank loco. They were not common at all on the Stourbridge to Wolverhampton line but their larger sisters, the Large prairie were somewhat a mainstay of the line.

I know Hornby are doing a new model but a dirt cheap Airfix example was found (none runner) along with a comet chassis and I set to work.

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Stage one - body detailed and the chassis built. I modified the pony trucks a little and sprung them using a method outlined by Dave Holt (http://www.clag.org.uk/comet-pony.html). The original smokebox door was too small and a few extra details were added to the body. After this picture was taken I also reduced the height of the safety valve bonnet.

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A quick blast of grey primer and a liberal(ish) dose of archers rivet transfers and the body was read for the paint shop. A few images of the finished result follow.

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Re: Birmingham New Street and Brettell Road in P4

Postby Bufferstop » Mon Feb 17, 2020 6:12 pm

Just the right amount of grime! Definitely a workhorse.
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Re: Birmingham New Street and Brettell Road in P4

Postby Dad-1 » Tue Feb 18, 2020 5:30 pm

More delightful work from Jim.

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Re: Birmingham New Street and Brettell Road in P4

Postby glencairn » Wed Feb 19, 2020 9:40 am

Stunning! Delightfully wonderful. Thanks Jim.

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Re: Birmingham New Street and Brettell Road in P4

Postby RailwayRobbo » Thu Feb 20, 2020 2:06 pm

Jim has your amazing layout been featured in any of the national modelling magazines?
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Re: Birmingham New Street and Brettell Road in P4

Postby Jim S-W » Thu Feb 20, 2020 6:15 pm

I’ve never written a layout article but both layouts have appeared in MRJ

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Re: Birmingham New Street and Brettell Road in P4

Postby Jim S-W » Wed Feb 26, 2020 11:41 pm

As the song goes, regrets, I've had a few but unlike the song I am going to mention them. With Brettell road pretty much finished off thoughts have turned to what to do next. Before anyone asks, New Street isn't calling me back at the moment.

Brettell road was only supposed to be a play thing for home, but much in the way of New Street which started with the idea that you could model the western end station throat in 8ft, Brettell Road went a little bit wrong.

It was designed like an exhibition layout but not as an exhibition layout if that makes sense. In the urge to get something done and 1950's midland railway practice being alien to me at the time there was one major aspect of the track plan that I have always regretted. You see, for those like me who didn't know, the Midland had a thing about facing points, especially coming from passenger lines onto goods loops and yards. What they preferred was a single slip and the train would pass the slip. Back up through the slip onto the wrong line before proceeding into the yard. Had I known this at the time (or more accurately been bothered to find out!) I would have done the Brettell Road main line as double track and used this arrangement. For the operational interest as well as its not really something you see done on models.

The other regret is about proportion. You see for an exhibition layout that's 16ft overall but only 50% or 8ft scenic I feel the proportions are off. If it was 24ft with 16 ft scenic then a viewing ratio of 66% sits much better.

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And so, presenting Brettell Road part 2. An extension to the original incorporating a station and yard based very loosely on the real Brettell Lane. Doubling up the track on the existing 2 board is still a none starter but with minor adaptation to the track work at the left hand end of the original I can get the single slip in and get in the operational interest I missed the first time. The yard will rise slightly to be level with the platforms which is something I've borrowed from the features of the yard that was at Kings Heath. I plan to do the station in the very last week of service to keep with the run down feel (hey no one really expected this to be pretty did they?)

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Re: Birmingham New Street and Brettell Road in P4

Postby Jim S-W » Mon Mar 30, 2020 3:38 pm

When it comes to building I admit i tend to just get on and scratchbuld them. Part of this is due to ignorance of whats actually out there but recently I picked up a couple of Wills kits and have had a go at these instead.

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First up is the kit for a lamp store. You actually get 2 in the kit and these are for the slightly different GWR design but can be adapted to something more 'midland' pretty easily by shortening the sides to form a 6ft square structure. U cut out the door and remounted it flush as well as replacing the roof with thinner plasticard. On the other end I added a few extra window bars (see below).

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The other kit was for the 'station garage' which i have chopped about to give an industrial looking wooden building. The roof again is plasticard (the wills stuff is quite thick) and the vents are from unit models.

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Re: Birmingham New Street and Brettell Road in P4

Postby glencairn » Mon Mar 30, 2020 5:17 pm

Lovely looking models, Jim S-W.
Altering the building into something gives something unique to a layout imho.

Well done.

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Re: Birmingham New Street and Brettell Road in P4

Postby Jim S-W » Sat Apr 25, 2020 8:22 pm

A while ago I showed a picture of the framework for Brettell Roads new roof. I was going to have this done for Scalefour North but given the Covid-19 crisis the show was canceled and the urgency to get it done went with it. However I have turned my attention back to this with thoughts on the material.

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The first material I brought was just too heavy so i didn’t even try to use it. The weight wasn’t something i had really considered. This is the second material, much lighter but it let too much light through. On top of that my efforts were too scruffy and would have bugged me if I left it.

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So this is material 3 – Much happier now and with the help of my wife much neater as well. The image shows it before I finished the front off and the supports will obviously need to be darkened.

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The above image shows the lighting on the layout pretty much as the eye sees it. Not as dark as before but still obviously night time.

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Re: Birmingham New Street and Brettell Road in P4

Postby Memran » Sat Apr 25, 2020 8:58 pm

That last photo in particular looks absolutely stunning!

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Re: Birmingham New Street and Brettell Road in P4

Postby Jim S-W » Sun Apr 26, 2020 7:34 pm

Thank you Memran

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Re: Birmingham New Street and Brettell Road in P4

Postby Jim S-W » Sun Apr 26, 2020 7:36 pm

I've been looking at a few RTR Wagons recently from Bachmann.

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Slope sided mineral. I really like the chassis design on this one as the brake gear is separate and for P4 can be moved out to line up with the wheels with just a little bit of trimming. As well as my usual gouache approach for rust I've also tried out some weathering pencils from AK interactive. I won't go into any detail on those as yet as I'm still getting to grips with them.

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Bachmann's presflo's are a lovely little model with just a change of wheels, couplings and buffers required. The buffers on these were very odd and I'm not really sure what they were supposed to be so I have used Accurascale ones in their place. I've also added more weight as they hardly weighed anything as supplied.
Im not a huge fan of textures in weathering as I believe they often look too heavy in 4mm scale but on these wagons the dry concrete could often look really caked on so i used talc in wet paint ad part of the process.

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Re: Birmingham New Street and Brettell Road in P4

Postby Jim S-W » Sun Apr 26, 2020 9:01 pm

Just a gallery post (no need for words)

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Re: Birmingham New Street and Brettell Road in P4

Postby Memran » Tue Apr 28, 2020 8:25 pm

Jim S-W wrote:Just a gallery post (no need for words)


I have no words for this! Truly stunning! :shock:


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