Buffer lights 2017 comp

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Re: Buffer lights 2017 comp

Postby TimberSurf » Sun Jan 15, 2017 11:34 am

Progress:-
Peco SL-41 00/H0 Buffer Stop Sleeper Built Type - Complete
Peco ST-270 00/H0 Buffer Stop, Sleeper Built Type - Complete
Peco SL-340 Buffer Stop Rail Built Type - Bust, plastic type is too soft to glue too, very flimsy and paint doesn't stick - Write off
HORNBY R083 - Horribly not prototypical, I have started hacking chunks off and removed the hollow front squares - under development, pics to follow
Matchstick scratch build - not attempted yet
PARKSIDE DUNDAS metal - 2 kits bought and progressing, LED fixed on and wires soldered to it, 0.1mm wires super glued (invisibley) down inside frames, multi coats of rust paint being applied, pics to follow
Hornby R394 Hydraulic Buffer Stop - progressing well, heavy weathering and detail painting taking time
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Re: Buffer lights 2017 comp

Postby TimberSurf » Mon Jan 16, 2017 12:05 am

There is a stupid web at the front below the buffer on the Hornby R083
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I decided to hack it out
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There are also extra legs and a base frame that are not real
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I have cut them all out, then the silly front squares and the hollow cross beam and replaced them with a wooden beam
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Does it look infinitely better?
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Re: Buffer lights 2017 comp

Postby TimberSurf » Mon Jan 16, 2017 12:08 am

here is an update on the others, 17 separate sessions of painting, still to do is the overall grey weathering with the airbrush
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The subtle multi shades of rust don't show up well in the photos, only the roughness of the painting is prominent! :oops: Hopefully a dulling down with the dirt weathering will help flatten out the imperfections :?:
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Re: Buffer lights 2017 comp

Postby TimberSurf » Mon Jan 16, 2017 12:14 am

Grey needs another coat and silver needs sanding and retouching, lamp is made and painted white tonight, next weekend will bring the two parts together and electrics sorted
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Re: Buffer lights 2017 comp

Postby TimberSurf » Tue Jan 17, 2017 10:50 pm

The Hydraulic buffer is done
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Re: Buffer lights 2017 comp

Postby TimberSurf » Tue Jan 17, 2017 10:54 pm

and the two white metal long
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Lanark WM Long Light front.jpg
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and short
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I cant say I am happy with any of them! The white metal kits are superbly detailed, but the paint job leaves a bit to be desired and the LED's are all skewy.

Can you spot the wires?
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Re: Buffer lights 2017 comp

Postby nickbrad » Wed Jan 18, 2017 3:50 pm

The hydraulic wires are easy to spot at this stage, but then you knew that. As for the rest of them, I had to actually look specifically for the wires to spot them and the thing to remember is that these pictures are cruel closeups, not representative of the real thing when in place on your layout.

You mentioned the lights being "all skewy", is there any adjustment room to them, can you use a bit of finger pressure to straighten them at all?

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Re: Buffer lights 2017 comp

Postby TimberSurf » Wed Jan 18, 2017 5:02 pm

I knew some smart ass would say yes to seeing the wires on the hydraulic, as soon as I wrote it! :D
The white metal have been wired with 0.1mm enamelled wire so that it can run across the top and down each side, so as not to be seen. I cant fit proper wires and resistor as they would be obvious. When installed, two 1mm holes will be drilled in the base board and the fine wires will be terminated underneath in a choccy block with the resistor. The sleeper and hydraulic were wired with 0.2mm wire to the LED, but they disappear inside quickly, so resistor and proper wires are hidden inside the body, a more robust solution, but not available on the rail type.
As the LED's are just glued on the bottom with araldite, they are rock solid. No adjustment at all. I have only made 1 each of white metal, so its a learning curve, that more care and a defined holding system is required whilst the glue goes off (strain of the soldered on wires moved them while glue was going off) on any future batch's.
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Re: Buffer lights 2017 comp

Postby Atso » Wed Jan 18, 2017 7:16 pm

Looking good there! I love the variety of buffer stops you're building and think the lighting looks pretty neat! 8)
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Re: Buffer lights 2017 comp

Postby TimberSurf » Wed Jan 18, 2017 8:17 pm

Thank you. I am looking for a grimy style of layout with a fair degree of weathering, hence the rusty, dirty , unkempt look to my build.
I have painted lots in the past with a brush, but am learning now with an airbrush and trying to get my hand in at weathering!
If I ever complete my full design, there will be about 40 buffers, but I need 20 ish for the two sections I am currently building (were the turntable and most sidings are)
And there will be lights EVERY were! (See viewtopic.php?f=7&t=49960&hilit=computer)
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Re: Buffer lights 2017 comp

Postby alex3410 » Thu Jan 19, 2017 9:03 am

The results are really good! i have just ordered some enamelled wire and LEDs so i can give it a try!

Not that my layouts lighting circuits going to be anywhere as complex - way above my skills :lol:

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Re: Buffer lights 2017 comp

Postby TimberSurf » Sun Jan 22, 2017 1:42 pm

Alex, I would not recommend 0.1mm wire, its incredibly fiddly! 0.2mm or even 0.4mm enamelled wire may be more practical (and would not be too unsightly)
I may well have difficulties with the wire snapping, when I come to mount to the layout!
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