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Sunday, 26 July 2020

13T Open Wagon

Finished 13T open wagon.

Not an awful lot of modelling has transpired in the last week, although I have got the air brush running this morning and I am going to spend the day building some wagons.  Over the week I did manage to get the last coats of varnish on this 13T steel open wagon.  It the Parkside kit and is finished with a mixture of bauxite and rust.  It is painted with Railmatch enamels and has Modelmaster transfers applied.  As per normal it has 3 link couplings.  Other projects are plodding along and I hope to finish off some more models next week.  I have a few days off work next week and I am hoping to build a new baseboard to start the new layout.

Sunday, 12 July 2020

Bachmann Class 37 in BR Blue

This week I managed to put the finishing touches to a Bachmann Class 37 in BR blue.  I started this model about four months ago, so a fairly speedy project by my standards.  The model has the 21 pin DCC chassis and is supplied with a set of frost shields, to model the locomotive in pre-1976 condition. 

Finished class 37 running at Charlton.

View further down the platform.

As per normal I removed the bogies, chassis and body and weathered them all separately, before reassembly.  I started off by putting a weathering wash over the body and chassis using a brush, wiping most of this away.  Then the various parts of the locomotive were detailed using the airbrush and Railmatch enamel paints.  I attempted to make a blend of faded BR blue and some weathering streaks on the body side, to create a work a day look, but not overly weathered.  The roof was treated to some roof dirt and weathered black, whilst the chassis and bogies had a mixture of weathered black, frame dirt, sleeper grime and matt white applied.  I used a Howes sound chip in this locomotive, the unrefurbished variant, with a Road and Rails speaker (a 25x7x7mm speaker).  The speaker plus chip work really well together and it sounds fantastic in my opinion.

Running light out of the station.

Finished class 37 running in the evening passenger service from Barnstaple, with parcels traffic.

Class 37 on the milk train!

Overall, I am pretty happy with how this one turned out, its looks pretty good in the station I think.  I did not chip the bodywork, like I have been experimenting with some other locomotives and rolling stock.  The diesel hydraulics I am modelling tend to be in a pretty grubby state, as they are nearing the end of their working lives during the 1970s, in comparison to classes 50, 47 and 37, 33 and 31, which are taking over what remains of their duties in the west of England.  With this locomotive finished, I have a class 50 that I am just starting to detail, alongside the resurrection of my class 45 and a class 108.  These are the next projects before tacking a hymek, a warship (class 43) and another western.  

Friday, 3 July 2020

Up and running again - some comings and goings at Charlton station

The next move has been completed and we are all settled in.  A hectic few months, although overall for us it has been a good time.  I know many people have had a far worse experiences over the last few months, so I am counting my blessings in life.  So with the majority of the stuff moved in I have had some time to set up the 'office', aka the modelling room.  One of the first things I did was to set up Charlton and have a good old running session or two.  It was great to finally have some time and space to do this.
Class 25 bringing in the milk train.

Class 22 on an engineers train.

An early morning parcels train.

Another view of the class 22 on the engineers train.

I also took the opportunity to take some pictures of the some of the recently finished rolling stock to see how it looked 'for real', placed on the layout.  In short, I am pretty happy with it all.  The LNER CCT and Ling wagon, both had badly applied transfers, but some with some weathering, at normal viewing distances they look passable.  The SR CCT and milk tanker look the part in my opinion and the post office van looks just right sat at the end of the platform!  The layout as always has performed faultlessly and it has been very enjoyable to run some trains.  

Class 47 bring in the evening passenger turn.

A view looking up the platform.

Engineers train shunted to the siding.

Recently finished sealion wagon.

The recently finished Royal Mail van ready for loading with parcels.

SR passenger C in the parcels rake.

Recently finished LNER CCT.

However, the limitations of the layout have also resurfaced when playing trains.  The terminus to fiddle yard has limited operation possibilities.  So, to cut a long story short, I am embarking on a much more ambitious project.  The plan is to build two stations on separate scenic boards, with a middle scenic section.  I am going to build this in discrete sections, to save being overwhelmed by the project!  So what to do with the Charlton layout in the meantime?  I am going to put it up for sale I think.  If no one wants it, then it might just have to storage for a while.  It would be a shame to break it all up and it has been a great learning project, but it is time to move onto a bigger project.  However, this said, it is still great to play trains!

Class 25 bringing in the evening parcels train, to collect the mail.

Class 25 collecting the milk tankers and a CCT from further down the line.

Class 47 on the early evening passenger turn.

Class 22 pulling in the engineers train.

Sunday, 14 June 2020

Ling engineering wagon

Since the last update there has been virtually no progress on the modelling front, in fact the modelling desk/room has been tided up and put into storage.  This is due to another house move about to happen next week (fingers crossed!) which will mean I can get the Charlton layout out of storage and make a start on another couple of micro layouts I have got baseboards for.  This is all very exciting, but over the last few weeks I have not had the time, space or energy to do any modelling.  However, earlier on during lockdown I managed to finish off a few projects.  One of these was a ling wagon.  This is the Chivers finelines kit and is a cracking model to build.  It is finished as per the kit instructions and painted using the airbrush with Railmatch enamels paints.  Everything was going swimmingly well as I added the CCT transfers.  I did this at the same time as the LNER CCT and these transfers also suffered badly from silvering; I think I had a bad evening in the model room that day!

Finished Ling wagon


I have subsequently weathered the wagon to try to disguise the silvering, but it is still visible in places.  Ahh well - it will do for now and maybe in the future I will revisit it.  If not, it is not too visible at normal viewing distance.  So until I am set up in a few weeks time - I hope everyone stays safe and well. 

Monday, 25 May 2020

Another Milk Tanker Finished

Lockdown continues to rumble on and it is a strange time for everyone.  For me it involved having to move 3 weeks ago with a change in circumstances, to look after some people.  This was not a problem, but it meant I had to temporarily abandon my modelling area.  Modelling has been pretty much zilch since then for the the past 3-4 weeks, which is a shame as I was making a little progress on a few projects.  However, of course, the well being of loved ones is far, far more important.  To be honest, in some strange way, the last 3 weeks have been some of the most enjoyable I have had in recent years, although lockdown makes doing even the most simple of tasks very difficult.

The finished milk tanker: these wagons were pretty filthy by the 1970s.

However, before I left I managed to finish off another milk tanker for layout.  As per previous post, this is the Dapol offering that is pretty crude.  So in common with the other milk tankers I just tried to highlight some details and create a passable representation of a milk tanker from a poor starting point.  The wagon was taken apart and the worst offending mould lines were sanded off.  Details on the underframe were picked out and highlighted using rust, weathered black and white.  The tanker body was streaked with various weathering shades, before reassembling and a good dose of satin varnish.

A passable representation I think....

Before leaving I did manage to pack a few kits to build.  I have been working my way through a series of Cambrian kits recent, having finished a Herring wagon and two Walrus wagons.  I have a partly constructed SR 40T hopper with me, so fingers crossed I will be able to find a little time this week to finish this off.  In case I suddenly end up with masses of time (which I will not!) I also have a Whale wagon and another Herring wagon with me to build.  In the meantime I hope everyone stays safe and that we can all find away to adapt to this situation and make the best of it.

Saturday, 25 April 2020

Lockdown (BR) Blues: A Hornby Passenger C Brake Van C

This week has seen more progress with clearing out the paint boxes and finishing off some languishing projects.  Over the course of the week I have managed to do a few hours of modelling each day.  This is great, as I have started finishing off some half built kits and also moving painting projects forwards.  I am pretty determined to use this time (lockdown) to finish off a lot of projects before spending money on any new models - I have boxes of unfinished kits/rtr stock!  Anyhow, recently I took apart a Hornby Passenger C Brake Van, in the BR blue livery.  After removing the glazing I weathered the van in two parts, the body shell plus roof and the underframe.  On this van I wanted to produce a much better effort of faded and chipped body work and I feel that I have got part way there again with this one - not perfect but it is heading in the right direction.

Finished Passenger C brake van, with some faded and chipped paintwork.

So after washing the wagon and underframe I applied an all over body wash of weathered black/frame dirt.  Most of this was wiped off, before spraying various shaded of faded BR blue of the planks.  I then sealed this up with a blast of satin varnish, before dabbing on some matt white and wiping away the excess with a cotton wool bud dipped in white spirit.  A bit more faded blue was sprayed over the top of this, before weathering with frame dirt, sleeper grime and weathered black.  The underframe was weathered with light rust, matt white, weathered black, frame dirt and sleeper grime.  Both parts of the van were then treated to three coats of satin varnish.  The glazing had a light mix of satin varnish and sleeper grime sprayed over them, before being glued back in place using 'glue n glaze' and the wagon reassembled. 

Side view of the finished van.

So another wagon finished for the parcels train (my goodness it is never ending!).  I might just have to purchase the Hornby LNER extra long CCT in BR blue - it looks a cracking model and I was not very happy with the one I made.....what was I saying about not buying anymore stuff.....
Stay safe everyone and stay safely locked down!

Sunday, 19 April 2020

Another sealion wagon for the ballast train

Over the years I have been meaning to build a ballast train composed of some sealion, walrus and whale ballast wagons.  I am currently building another walrus (which will bring the total to 3) and one of the next kits will be another whale wagon - I was never entirely satisfied with the canopies on the first version I built.  Anyhow, I finally got around to finishing off the third sealion wagon I have.  This is the Bachmann model that I must have purchased about 10 years ago - it is frightening how time seems to just to slip away! 

Finished sealion wagon ready for the layout.

Anyhow, I converted this to 3 link  couplings, which involves a bit of filing and drilling into the buffer beam and cut off the mounts for the tension lock couplings.  I gave the wagon a good wash and then an all over body wash applied with a paint brush that was mostly wiped away again.  After this, various shades of light rust, weathered black, sleeper grime and frame dirt were airbrushed over the body.  This was all sealed off with a good blast of satin varnish.  I always treat the bogies separately to the body on a wagon like this, in an attempt to highlight some detail on the bogies.  Anyhow, another project finished off.  I must finish this second walrus wagon build and get the two completed kits into the paintshop for this rake.  Again apologies for the poor pictures - I am struggling to find decent light in the modelling room at the moment and with the layout firmly locked down and inaccessible with storage, this is the best I could manage.