Tuesday, 8 December 2015

Today sees me lying down in the chemo ward of St Lukes in Guildford with 3 hours to spare and as luck would have it, the latest photos are in my laptop,

The first of the Rudd wagons in the process of spraying Ford Broom Yellow, and the finished article with the Departmental grey applied by hand.

 The general idea of the kit is that the chassis is built at the same time as the body but because of the complexity of the paint scheme, I chose to make them separately and made a jig to ensure all was square. This also involved the use of some 2mm square plastic rod,

Next come 5 scratch built Clam wagons which use the same chassis and regularly appeared in trains with the Rudds.

The originator of the Rudd kit will probably have a seizure if I admitted that the completed one actually has a Tri-ang chassis with all the thick cast detail removed and the brake rigging from the Society 12' chassis applied.  This is to provide enough chassis for the Clam wagons,

Saturday, 31 October 2015

Moving forwards

The two oil tankers are finished; the extra 47 done, and after the sixth rebuild, the double motored Western is now up and running. Thanks to Peter Stratford for the non-wobbly Maygib wheels which sorted out all but one of the problems. The final problem which was causing the loco to Kangaroo down the track was an axle which turned out to be far from straight - nearer V shaped, how that occurred heaven knows but all sorted out now.  Had a great time at Expong at Swanley and relieved Andy Shillito of 20 Rudd wagons so I have some unbuilt kits once again. Looking forward to welcoming Peter Bennett for a modelling day soon where no doubt some of these Rudds will be built. Cant paint them though because Phoenix Pecision did not have the right shade of paint when I saw them :-(.  Also looking to welcome a former member of the Broad Green operating team Pete (Tich) Colton who has indicated that he can help me with semi-auto signalling and an entry exit switching system for the fiddle yard. Photos when next the sun shines!! :-)

Thursday, 25 June 2015

A period of ill health and heavy business commitments has prevented me from continuing work on the layout but in the intervening period, I have been busy trying to make progress on all the unfinished rolling stock dating from years to decades!

So far I have outshopped 8 Mk III HST carriages, a dogfish wagon, a class 20, class 40, class 47, two class 37's, a three car met camm unit and an 08 outside framed shunter, a CCT parcels van, a BG and a GUV - also parcels vans.

Photos of this lot will follow.

Currently awaiting completion are two bogie oil tanks, another 47, many diesel chassis kits for 37's and Westerns, and two HST power cars.

Once I have a clear modelling bench, attention will turn to wiring Alexandra Junction!