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Thanks for that. 

I have had a small experimental try with imgbox, which also seems promising. Imgur will be my next port of call when I get home from work.



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Here's a project I started many, many years ago, but is now undergoing a little renovation and improvement. It is a 3-car class 117 from Lima. The original conversion included making the dummy DMBS into a DMS by replacing the guard's van portion with a section from a spare DMBS body bought for the purpose all those years ago. The improvements also included removing the gangway connections and replacing them with blank panels, and repainting the added sections to match. 

Flush glazing followed all this, although if I was to redo that I would try to mount it slightly more inboard of the window recesses as the vacuum-formed curved edges do show a bit here. I also modified the couplings to bring the cars much closer together, and replaced the ridiculously tiny Lima buffers with decent turned brass ones, although the ones at this end in the photo need to be bigger still.

The latest improvement done today was to replace the Lima chassis in the DMBS with a much more modern DCC-ready one from the Hornby class 121, bought cheaply a while ago with this purpose in mind. This required a small modification to the shape of the end going int the brake van end as the 121 has a shaped ledge for the 2nd driving cab, whereas the 117 needs a flat end with a slight recess over the buffer beam, easily achieved in just a few minutes with a file and a cutting disc in the Dremel. I have not yet painted the new buffer beam red at the driving end, nor have I weathered and painted the underfloor detail on the new chassis, but these tasks will follow soon.

Better headcodes with the correct typeface will be fitted soon too.

I also have a lighting kit I can install to provide head and tail lights at each end, but that will also require some pickups and a decoder in the DMS car. Technically these units in green should not have tail lights as such, but should have an oil tail lamp hung on the rear of the cab.




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That's a fair bit of work you've carried out there Jeff but it does look the part.  I recall the most striking thing about these units was the massive buffers they had - they always struck me as being too big.

You obviously enjoy projects like this and I take my hat off to you - way above anything I could tackle - or, I could probably tackle it but I'd have to try to sell the odd bits off because I'd never pull it all together again ..................

Well done to you Sir !!  :pathead



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When the Heljan 1366 pannier tanks became available at bargain prices at Rails of Sheffield, I grabbed the cheapest one I could, with a view to adding it to my industrial fleet. As it happened, the livery I got was GWR green and it was the class leader, 1366. I checked that it ran properly, then chipped it with a Bachmann (Zimo) 6-pin decoder.

I have now started painting it into a blue scheme to fit in with my other industrials. There's a bit more to do, but I think it looks quite attractive in this BR steam era express passenger blue. At this stage, I have retained the GWR numbering, both with the cabside plates and with the buffer beam numbers. I am undecided as to whether to keep it this way or to renumber in my industrial scheme. It's not that important!






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A few projects on my workbench at present, some of which are long-term projects.

I recently purchased a Southern Pride class 310 EMU, and while I don't intend building this unit straight away, I decided it would be easier to store if I put the basic body shells together. This is a composite resin and etched brass kit, with a few white metal components as well.

P_20200624_220529_vHDR_Auto by Jeffrey Lynn, on Flickr


A project that has been on my workbench for a very long time is this old Triang Railways L1 4-4-0, which I have been detailing up a bit. I replaced the correct sized driving wheels with smaller ones because the correct size meant the whole loco sat a good 2 to 3mm too high. I painted the wheels yesterday, but there are a couple of bits that need going over again. It still has the original Midland style tender, but another modeller with a far more advanced model of the same thing has successfully replaced his with a Bachmann N class tender.


P_20200630_165124_vHDR_Auto by Jeffrey Lynn, on Flickr


In the meantime, for a bit of fun I have put my European-based Christmas train on the tracks for a run (Christmas in July here in Oz makes a little sense because it is cooler and we can enjoy things like hot roast dinners and hot puddings). I put my blue 1366 pannier tank (itself an unfinished project) on the front. I have a few extra coaches bought quite cheaply, although they are of very good quality, with a view to repainting them into more festive (if fictitious) liveries. I made a start on an early 6-whell 1st class coach, going from an olive drab colour to a two-tone blue scheme, to which I am picturing myself adding some snowflakes or stars. This is very much an experiment, but it looks promising.


1366 PT and Christmas Train in July - cropped 1 by Jeffrey Lynn, on Flickr


P_20200630_165140_vHDR_Auto by Jeffrey Lynn, on Flickr



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First attempt at stars and other celestial bodies. It needs a little further work and tidying up, but I think I am on the right track here. The first photo shows one side, the second shows the otehr side and one of the pre-existing coaches from the train.

P_20200630_221851_vHDR_Auto by Jeffrey Lynn, on Flickr


P_20200630_221925_vHDR_Auto by Jeffrey Lynn, on Flickr



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That Class 310 looks very impressive Jeff - what make is it ?

Also, I love your fun Christrmas train - very imaginative and extremely colourful.  Is your Santa a Modelu figure of yourself ?  I'm guessing the stars are either transfers or a stencil of some sort .....................



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Petermac wrote: That Class 310 looks very impressive Jeff - what make is it ?

Also, I love your fun Christrmas train - very imaginative and extremely colourful.  Is your Santa a Modelu figure of yourself ?  I'm guessing the stars are either transfers or a stencil of some sort .....................


Hi Peter,

The AM10/310 is a Southern Pride kit.

I don't, as yet, have a Santa figure. Being in Oz, I can't get myself scanned by ModelU either, although I am approximately the right build!

The stars, coets and meteor trails are all hand-painted with Humbrol matt white and an old dip-type pen. That's why a few need to be touched up a little where my hand shook slightly, or they are a little off-centre. Overall, I am pleased with the result, though. I do want to restore some sort of markings to indicate it is a first class coach, but am not sure which way may show up best without interfering with the stars. Maybe the "1" markings should be in yellow ...

p.s. look for the Southern Cross in the otherwise mostly random star patterns.  :lol:



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