Sunday, 18 October 2020

A big fish: Sturgeon wagon finished (finally)

This week I managed to find a couple of spare evenings for finishing off the sturgeon wagon.  The wagon is built from the Cambrian kit and I started building it some time in 2016.  Since then, it has sat around in various boxes awaiting painting and I am delighted it is now finally finished.  I put the primer on this wagon about 8 months ago (I think) and have slowly been painting it over the last few months.

Finished sturgeon wagon in Charlton station.

View from the other side.

The wagon was built as per the instructions and painted using an airbrush with Railmatch enamels.  Transfers come from the CCT range, with a few additions from Modelmaster, such as the data panel. Overall, I am delighted with this wagon.  It looks the part and was certainly worth the effort.  There are a few areas where I think the finish could have been better, but I overall I think it looks pretty good.  I currently have another Sturgeon to build, with the doors removed, and I will look to start this kit as soon as I have finished off the multitude of half finished wagon kits I have.  

Some more shots of the finished wagon.

Next weekend I plan to set the layout up on Saturday and spend a little time running some trains.  I will see how this wagon performs on the layout and I am looking forward to seeing it running.  I also have a few other wagons very near completion and the detailing of the class 50 and 45 is progressing well.  All in all, very satisfying to see some progress.

Sunday, 11 October 2020

Some buildings for the new micro layout

I have continued to make a little progress on a few models.  Time sometimes seems to run away and a week will pass with absolutely nothing having been achieved.  I think the change of routines due to lockdown and covid has hampered my modelling a little this year, but I am making a concerted effort to find dedicated modelling time and push some projects to completion.  I have a 3ft * 1.5ft baseboard to build for a new microlayout.  It will have a very basic track plan and will be connected to a series of other layouts (well that is the plan!).  So over summer I managed to make a start on two buildings for this first micro  layout, being a goods shed and a platform shelter.

The good shed is an LCUT small goods shed, laser cut, wooden kit.  It is an interesting model to construct and it is my first laser cut kit.  In the building stages it seems a little basic, although I plan to add some guttering and down pipes to flesh out the detail a little.  I am hoping to get it finished over the next week.  Until its painted I will reserve judgement on the kit, but the parts fit together nicely and it seems pretty study.

Goods shed during construction.

Close up showing the detail on the kit.

The second building undergoing construction is the platform and shelter.  I have scratchbuilt the platform shelter from plasticard and rectangular plastic struts.  It is a simple building, but the dimensions look about right.  The platform is also going to be built from plasticard and Dart castings SR platform legs.  The platform itself is an ongoing construction (i.e. I am thinking about it!!!).

Platform shelter after construction.

However, it is pleasing to see the models progressing a little and I might even get around to building the baseboard kit this week!  In addition, a few models are nearing completion in the paint shop, so hopefully a few finished models to post on here in the next couple of weeks.

Friday, 25 September 2020

Some more wagon progress - GWR MInk and Python wagons for the engineers train

Well time has passed over summer and there has been some episodic modelling.  We have been so busy, with work deadlines and trips eating up time, meaning modelling has been very stop start.  However, I have managed to progress a few projects in the paintshop.  A few months ago I put a post of the GWR Mink and Python wagon after building. These wagons are destined for the engineers stock in the 1970s and are loosely based on prototypes with a hefty degree of modellers licence applied.  I have managed to get the basic liveries on these wagons, being rather faded, but clean(ish) olive green and these now require a little more detailed weathering, alongside transfers.  However, it is nice to see some progress.

Mink wagon starting to shape up.

Python truck with faded olive green applied.

I have also started the detailing on the class 45 and 50 body shells alongisde painting these wagons and also have the transfers to apply to the sturgeon wagon, so all in all a little progress.  I have also started the construction of a new station for the next layout, although the baseboard remains unbuilt (still!).  However, with winter drawing in there will be more time in the evenings to make some headway with these projects.  In these strange COVID times it will be nice to hunker down a little in winter and have some modelling time, as well as getting back to updating the blog on a regular basis.

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.