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 Posted: Tue Nov 18th, 2008 06:40 pm
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Transfers have arrived today WEHAY!!! Have ordered pullman writing in blue and also a set of crests so should look cool when finished.:cool:

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 Posted: Tue Nov 18th, 2008 06:53 pm
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update later tonight then !!! ? !!

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 Posted: Wed Nov 19th, 2008 07:05 am
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Sorry John as I was posting the last bit the phone rang and I got called out to cramlington :sad:

Got back in after 9.30 although I couldn't resist putting transfers on one of the coaches. Pic's tonight.;-)

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 Posted: Wed Nov 19th, 2008 05:47 pm
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Here's some pics as promised. First a shot of the whole train........



Driving brake........



A couple of the coaches........





And finaly the problem kitchen car........





Hopeing for a 'quiet' night tonight as I want to get the last coach painted. Also I'm on the lookout for a couple more lima mk2's to make this a six coach rake.;-)

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 Posted: Wed Nov 19th, 2008 05:54 pm
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looking the buisness Dave

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Most excellent. I like that reversal of blue and grey although I suspect it would have been a beggar to keep clean. Looking forward to the videos.



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That's a very nice lineup Dave - very smart.

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Learn something every day Dave - I had no idea those Pullmans were push-pull!

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Modelers licence Chris. As mine are only based on the real Pullmans and not an accurate model I decided what the heck! Managed to get a bit more done last night.....





Tonight I will be painting the silver window frames and fitting the transfers.

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Window frames now painted and transfers on......





After some thought and a second opinion from the mrs I decided that the blue area around the windows on the driving brake needed extending so........



And finaly one of the whole train complete with white roofed 86. This is another project that needs finishing off!


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  Looks pretty good Dave, certainly stands out:doublethumb



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Unique, a lovely paint job, and totally realistic. Only one thing, they could do with some underwear as they're a bit naked below the solebar! I think that would finally finish them.



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The pullman rake is now complete. I have added two more lima conversions to bring the rake up to six cars. This is the maximum length that I can run due to platform lengths at st davids station. Next in line on the 'building program' was my model of 86 101 however this has been put on hold due to the current job situation. Work on the shell started last year along with my conversion of a class 86 shell to class 87 101 stephenson. 86 101 will be finished in a 'depot special' non standard livery of rail blue with white cab windows and roof. The model is still awaiting a set of class 90 bogies and a 86 underframe so I have borrowed the chassies off 86 219 for the pic's....








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Looks flash Dave - just needs catenary to finish it off.

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I've been re-reading this thread and perhaps a few observations on the various paints are in order :exclam

After conversations with Railmatch Paints, they admit that their paints were originally formulated with spraying in mind and recommend using spray guns for the best finish. All paint is slightly thinner these days, but that's a function of new EEC regulations. They say that their paints can be sucessfully used with a brush (we knew that!) but recommend several coats to obtain a good finish. Thorough cleaning of the item to be sprayed with water and a non-lanolin based cleaner is considered essential before starting to avoiding runs, allowing the piece to air dry after cleaning. The suggestion for best finish without an air brush was to use their spray cans. (I've found these fairly expensive and restrictive in colour choice.) 

Simular conversations with Phoenix Precision Paints would suggest that one was talking to the same person, although they also suggested I try their "Superspry Refillable Spray cans" (I thought I'd just as well buy an airbrush if I was going down this route)

Unfortunately, I must sound a note of caution about PPP. In my local club, there have been a number of instances where a tin labelled "Acrylic" has contained Enamel paint (and one instance of vice-versa). I also recently opened a large tin of PPP matt black enamel paint and after use found it to contain gloss enamel. So it pays to check that it is exactly what it says it is on the tin :exclam:exclam

A tip on using spray cans from Newport MRC's best O gauge loco builder, who always uses cans and gets a brilliant finish. Always shake the can very well before use and stand the can in a container of hot (but not boiling) water for a few minutes before use. This will ensure a much finer spray and therefore a much better finish. He says that if you can complete the job in less than three seperate coats (drying in between) you are spraying too thickly.

Hope this helps someone :exclam:exclam

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Thanks Jeff for the tips. Must try the spray can in warm water. Having said that I think I must have put about ten coats of white on the coaches to get an even finish.;-)

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 That looks good Dave, it really stands out:doublethumb



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Very nice, Dave. Makes me think I ought to give mine a respray.



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Not much happening latley on the rolling stock front although I have a major rebuilding plan for the loco fleet. As you all are aware the garden railway features an incline around the back of the rockery. The drive mechanisims in the old 86's are basicly crap and need dumping in a skip. I have been reading about a rebuild using a bachmann warship loco as a spares donor. Basicly the drive unit and bogies are removed from the warship and transplanted into the electric locos. The conversion is fairly straight forward my problem is getting hold of donor locos at a resonable cost. Is the warship chassies available seperatly?? Also has the warship always had the same drive unit or did the early ones have a motor bogie instead of central drive unit?? I ask so that I can look out for one second hand. Just as an after thought could someone with a bachmann 20 measure the wheel base for me as I also have the APT and 91 to re motor. Any help apreciated. ;-) 

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With my recent absence from the internet I have had some spare time to do a few jobs on the fleet. Last week I made a start on the APT. When I bought the set off ebay one of the articulated bogies was damaged and had been repaired by the seller. Unfortunatly the bogie didn't ride properly and was one of the reasons for the trains withdrawl (just like the real thing!) I did replace the wheelsets with newer ones but found that the lower profile wheels made the derailments worse. The solution was to nick the wheelsets from my mk4 coach and dvt. With the wheels changed again and the damaged bogie repaired by fitting a brass frame inside the origanal bogie frame the train was formed into a short test formation without the power cars. This was then propelled at speed and proved sucessfull. Work will start on the power cars shortly. :roll:

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