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 Posted: Sun Jan 31st, 2010 03:28 pm
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After being unavoidably away from my hobby, I have managed to do some modelling again!!

I had started the Ratio LMS Permanent Way set more than 8 months ago but had to put it to one side with the house move.

When I had originally started it, I had got very frustrated (following the instructions) as the first bolster wagon was a poor fit where the floor met against the headstock/sides and stopped there . Tackling things afresh I decided to prise it apart and start over (and ignoring the instructions) I started assembly by using the solebars as the starting point/reference for the rest of the wagon. This seemed to do the trick as this demonstrated that the sides were too long and needed some sanding down to get the whole thing to come together neatly.

I used a combination of mekpak and revell glue -I wont join the two bolster wagons together (it has a centre pivot coupling) until I complete the painting as far as I can (it would be unwieldy to paint otherwise)

The ballast wagons by contrast almost fell together themselves (no sanding, no finessing!)

Now to get these painted! As you will see in the earlier part of the thread, I have some other wagons ready to paint - its my birthday soon so I hopefully I am going to get the airbrush I have promised myself for many a long year (subject to application to the domestic cost controller...)

 

 



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Welcome back Darren, glad you've got some time to model.

Did you ever finish that loco you were building?



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Another "star performer" returns. :cheers

Interesting comments about the poor fit and instructions Darren.  I'd often thought about one of those kits - they look very good on the box but the proof of the pudding is in the eating !!

You've made an excellent job of them so far.  It will be interesting to see and hear how you get on with the airbrush if the "tooth fairy" is kind enough to send you one.



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Hi Marty, yes I have been doing some more work on the loco (unfortunately I have been doing too much work related travel of late (nowhere nice of course!) - I will provide an update next weekend on the loco - I have been going backwards on it really as there have been some challenges resulting from my lack of knowledge - Iain Rice's book has however illuminated the dimly lit path....



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Looking forward to an update on the loco's progress Darren, it has a character all of it's own and seeing it being built up interesting and educational.

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As a parallel activity to Loco build, I started on another wagon (Slaters MR/LMS Cattle Wagon) - it is going together very well (pic shows roof just loosely in place - still work in progress) 

 



 



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Another quick and enjoyable build was this tank wagon from slaters (roof lid on loosely and valve lever not installed yet) - the mouldings were lovely and sharp and needed little fettling!



Will have to start painting soon (i have acquired airbrushes and compressor but have not had a chance to set it up yet - too many other domestic chores.....)



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Darren,
          Don't jump straight in on the wagons if you're new to airbrushing.Practice on something that you're not too attached to first! They can be difficult to master,and we don't want to see you spoil those lovely wagons!!

Cheers,John.B.:thumbs

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16T Highland Railway Loco Coal Wagon

A quick upload of a build started in UK and rebuilt again this weekend in Singapore...

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nice to have you back on again Darren, those wagon`s look very good,  I like the tank one,
as GRJ said do practise with the airbrush  first will be time well spent.

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I am looking forward to a nice long holiday weekend next month to start airbrushing!!! 



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darrenscots wrote: 16T Highland Railway Loco Coal Wagon

A quick upload of a build started in UK and rebuilt again this weekend in Singapore...

 http://s275.photobucket.com/albums/jj294/darrenscots/?action=view&current=PhotoStoryhrLOCO16t.mp4

 


I reattached the brake lever mechanism this morning and and in the afternoon sprayed with Tamiya Fine Surface Primer (can) using the spray booth for the first time (the good thing was no overspray over everything like previously when I just used a well ventilated room and a cardboard box!!) As you can see the turntable has been primed as well! Photos are after first coat. I applied a further coat later on as well. Now need to leave to cure.


 





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Darren, are the wheels set or can you remove them ? I only ask because you will have a job cleaning
the paint off them later.
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owen69 wrote: Darren, are the wheels set or can you remove them ? I only ask because you will have a job cleaning
the paint off them later.
:hmm:lol::cool:

Hi Owen, the wheels are set, yes I know there is going to be some fun with the wheels (should have masked them...)



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Aren't they in pin-point bearings Darren ?  They really ought to come off - even if only by springing the frames slightly to release them.  Those tyres once painted, will leave a load of trash on the rails for eveything else to pick up !!!:roll:



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"Petermac wrote: Aren't they in pin-point bearings Darren ?  They really ought to come off - even if only by springing the frames slightly to release them.  Those tyres once painted, will leave a load of trash on the rails for eveything else to pick up !!!:roll:

Peter, unfortunately I am not able to release, if the frames/w-irons were plastic or brass, they would have enough "give" but as they are a form of whitemetal mix (not that soft I might add) which is rigidly fixed to the wagon underside, there is insufficient "give" to pop them out else the frames will need to come out. I will clean them manually - a lesson learned (I should have remembered that i didnt include the wheels when I primed the bolster wagons previously..)



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Ah - white metal frames Darren - I should have re-read your thread - I thought they were plastic. :oops::oops:

Given that they won't come out, if you painted the wagon without the wheels, how would you then get them back in ?

Maybe just masking the tyres would have to suffice.............:roll:



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Petermac wrote: Ah - white metal frames Darren - I should have re-read your thread - I thought they were plastic. :oops::oops:

Given that they won't come out, if you painted the wagon without the wheels, how would you then get them back in ?

Maybe just masking the tyres would have to suffice.............:roll:


Hi Peter, what i should have said is prime the frames before installing them with the wheels - if i had looked back at how I painted the bolsters then I would have thought of this...(all good learning stuff)

The white metal itself is more like a pewter?/other mix? as I failed trying to solder the brake lever with low melt solder and then had to use epoxy.



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You will only need to clean the wheel area that is in contact with the track the rest of the wheels and axles will be painted with rust and dirt colours

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Darren,
          Don't worry mate.The only man who never made a mistake never made anything! The best way in the world to learn ANYTHING is to first of all do it wrong.No damage done to the model,so onwards and upwards!
          (Main thing is....you've got a nice finish on the paint job.Much better than MY cack-handed attempts with an airbrush!!:lol:)

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