Sarah's Workshop....

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Re: Sarah's Workshop....

Postby sarah » Thu May 17, 2018 8:00 pm

Interesting that...

I would really like one of the MR models....but cannot justify the cost so far! :(

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Oxford Rail 6 Wheel 'Toad' Later Plated Version...Modified.

Postby sarah » Sun Jul 22, 2018 3:22 pm

Oxford Rail 6 Wheel 'Toad' Later Plated Version...Modified

The Later 'Plated' versions of the Oxford Rail GWR 'Toad' Brakevans have a few small problems....

The plating does not extend to the ends....

The 'rear' window is wrong. (Being apparently based on a preserved Toad with modifications!)

There are two lamp irons on the 'rear' sides, that should not be there. (Very early Toads had hatches in the sides to allow side lamps to be placed on these lamp irons, but the model does not have the hatches....which were done away with by the GWR anyway!)

Dismantled Toad...there are two screws under the NEM pockets. The body is a bit awkward to remove, as the spigots of the buffers protude through the buffer beams, and get in the way of removing the body...the body is also a very good fit onto the base...

But with much struggling I succeeded in parting the parts from each other!

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The base, whch has some details, which are basically invisible when assembled. The representation of the stove is not very good though!

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The body inside...the partition is not glued in place, so can be removed easily...

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Chassis underside, shewing the screw holes ....access will usually involve removing some ofthe delicate brake rodding!

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The 'rear' window and the side windows,are one piece of clazing, glued in place. The large 'wrong' window was cut out very carefully from the two side windows. The window framing was cut out very carefully, and the framing around the outside of what should in fact be a hatch to allow acess to the 'rear' lamp bracket, made good. I used a new Hornby GWR Toad model to copy the details!

The two side windows were kept to one side, to be re-fitted after painting...

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The hole was patched on the inside with a plasticard patch, slightly bigger than the hole. The hatch was made from plasticard scribed for planking, and glued into the hole.

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Plating on the 'rear' was added using plasticard, again the Hornby model was used as a pattern....unfortunately, I got two thicknesses mixed up, and the 'rear' plating was made too thick....and I didn't notice until it was glued in place! :(

Some rivet detail was added by using a pointed tool on the 'inside', using the Hornby Toad as inspiration!

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The 'rear' lamp iron needed moving. The actual iron is metal, 'L' shaped, and fits into a hole. The base of the lamp iron is moulded into the body...so this needed carving off, and a new hole and lamp iron base added to the plating...

The two 'rear' side lamp irons were removed, lamp iron bases carved off, and the small holes filled.

The 'front' or veranda end was plated in the same way....but I used thinner plastic card this time!

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A representation of the lever to operate the 'rear' sandboxes mounted on the veranda side of the partition was made from a piece of wire, painted with a white end. Also, some plastic strip and rod was used to make a representation of the veranda end sanbox operating lever and rods...Again copied from the Hornby model...

The result is not in any way perfect, as the framing should be on top of the plating....but I think it looks a bit better than planking?

The body was re-painted BR unfitted stock grey, as there was a small diffeence in the colour applied by Oxford Rail.

New lettering (Croes Newydd) and numbers to be added....and the small holes need a little more filling....

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Brush Type 4 Co-Co (Class 47) D1677 'THOR'...

Postby sarah » Tue Aug 14, 2018 11:59 am

Something I have been working towards for some time now...

A model of the Brush Type 4 Co-Co (Class 47) D1677 named 'THOR'...

This was actually the second '47' to receive the nameplates (August 29th 1966), as the first, D1671 (September 1965), was scrapped after being involved in a fatal accident on the night of December 16th/17th 1965 , involving derailment by a landslip and susequent collision with a Class 37 (EE Type 3 Co-Co), D6983, which was also scrapped....

http://class47.co.uk/c47_numbers.php?s_loco=1671

D1677 was later numbered 47 091 (1974), then 47 647 (1986), then 47 846 (1990)

http://class47.co.uk/c47_numbers.php?index=6&jndex=2&kndex=77&s_loco=1677


This is a Lima body (Lima L204633) in BR Two tone green with yellow front and cab windows, on a Hornby Railroad chassis, with TTS DCC Decoder fitted.

The nameplates are from Modelmaster.

I have removed the old numbers, 47 369 and backdated the cab areas into Yellow Panel livery, from the Yellow end and windows.

The new numbers are 'Wolf' rub-down from Modelmasters.....a pity there wasn't a complete number for D1677, it was fun!

I have also cut out the headcode boxes, and drilled out the tail lights....and fitted a driver in each end.

Lighting is a distinct possibilty.....sometime! ;)

The headcodes are temporary ones, from an old Hornby Class 37 sheet....

Couplings are Kadee NEM, #18 or #19 I think....

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Re: Sarah's Workshop....

Postby glencairn » Thu Aug 16, 2018 5:03 pm

Love the models Sarah.

Excellent work throughout.

Thanks for sharing.

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Re: Sarah's Workshop....

Postby sarah » Fri Aug 17, 2018 7:39 pm

Thanks....

I have now put up all the photos of 'THOR'.....so far! ;)

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Dean Goods Comparissons...Mainline and Oxford Models.

Postby sarah » Thu Nov 29, 2018 10:42 pm

The Mainline Railways (Palitoy) "Dean Goods" (1982-1985) compared to the current Oxford Rail "Dean Goods"...

The Mainline model has had new, narrow, tension lock couplings fitted in place of the Mainline pattern originals.


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Re: Sarah's Workshop....

Postby 6C » Sun Dec 09, 2018 11:41 am

ah - the lovely Dean Goods - I have the intermediate Hornby version (renumbered as the last one at Chester) - Oxford's job for me - has the tender as the immediate improvement..
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Re: Sarah's Workshop....

Postby sarah » Sun Dec 09, 2018 6:03 pm

I managed to get hold of two Oxford Dean Goods chassis, from someone who was going to use the other parts to make something else!

The plan was to use one under the Mainline body, and sort out ether a modification to the original tender, or possibly another model (The Tri-ang Lord Of The Isles Tender comes to mind as a starting point!).

As I managed to pick up the Oxford loco for a (In my opinion) more reasonable price....I went for that option! ;)

It is pretty well amazing how good the Airfix originated tooling is, compared to the Oxford model (I know the Oxford model has its own faults! Like the Brake Vans!)

So, I will have to think about the two chassis....The Mainline model will be "passed on"....

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Re: Sarah's Workshop....

Postby manna » Sat Feb 09, 2019 8:40 pm

G'Day.

Just a little note on your class 47, 'Thor' I liked the conversion, worth the effort, In the green era, two men were required in the cab, the driver and the Secondman, (or Fireman) I think it was the late 1970's or early 80's, before BR managed to get the secondman out of the cab, he was needed to work the boiler/steam heat, until BR went all electric heating on all loco hauled stock.

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Re: Sarah's Workshop....

Postby sarah » Sat Feb 09, 2019 9:59 pm

Thanks.
I should have known about that.

I will have to increase the crew!

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Re: Sarah's Workshop....

Postby Mountain » Sun Feb 10, 2019 2:50 am

I believe it was in the 1980's when the second man was dispensed with and it may have been as a result of an accident where a second man distracted the driver?
There are circumstances where a second crew member does go in the cab since those days under certain conditions (Normally for safety or training reasons) but normally one would only see the drive after a certain date. I believe it was either in the early1980's or just before when the change took place as many drivers I worked with used to work with second men or were second men themselves.


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