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 Posted: Fri Dec 24th, 2010 07:32 pm
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The shoe box has had more attention.  It's had glazing fitted, the roof put on and the ventilator glazing bars added.  In addition some rainstrips have been cobbled together on the roof and a few details like hinges and door stops added to the sides.  As BoD likes it so much it's also had another coat of green paint.  I wasn't happy with the airbrush applied finish so it was flatted down with fine sandpaper and then a dilute coat added by brush.  This was then given a coat of Johnson's Klear applied by brush.  It's not the best of paint surfaces but I am happier with it.




As can be seen there is still work to do on the ends.  Up close things look a little crude so I'll have to rely on the 3 foot rule.




The glazing is slotted between the plys of the cardboard sides and this has caused a bit of distortion.  Not much I can do about it so I'll have to live with it.  If I was a patient soul I might have spent more time on it.

In the normal way of things as this project gets beyond the 50% complete mark it's time to start another one!  I thought for a change it might be interesting to actually assemble a proper kit rather than building from cheap bits acquired from ebay.  Consequently Santa arrived early and brought a Just Like the Real Thing kit for a BSK.  Now I have a slightly unprototypical rake of  BSK-SO-BSK.  Should really be BSK-CK-BSK but this must be a special.  Gonna be a real oddball set of caoches.



These kits are expensive but the detail on the parts and the general fit are very impressive.  I suspect it may be difficult to get the other two up to a standard good enough to sit next to this one.  Should be plenty to keep me busy over Christmas.

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Dave

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 Posted: Fri Dec 24th, 2010 07:57 pm
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It's a beautiful thang, Dave.  :thumbs



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 Posted: Fri Jan 14th, 2011 01:26 pm
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Over the last few weeks I have managed to avoid tackling all the jobs that need doing and have frittered away my modelling time on these O gauge coaches.  I really will have to leave them alone for a bit now as I have to get Cramdin prep'ed for an outing at the end of the month.

The JLTRT kit is largely complete and has been quite enjoyable to work on.  Most of the parts fit well and are easy to put together but some of the castings are b**dy awful.  Bit surprised given the cost of the kit but I guess it shows that even expensive whitemetal castings are cr*p.  Some of the brass jobs are a bit dubious as well and have taken a lot of filing and fiddling to get up to scratch.

The body sides got a splash of colour this week and the body then assembled.  This is how she looks at the moment.




It's a chunky beast and that is in no small measure due to the whitemetal bogeys.  These took some serious faffing around with to get together.  Not as much as the truly awful ones in the Acorn kit but still a lot of work.  The axleboxes slide up and down in the bogey sideframes to allow a modicum of compensation.  I've yet to find out whether this will make it ride well.




There is quite a bit of detail on the underframe and the trussing and things looks pretty good.  All seems to be in about the right place!




It's surprising how long it takes to paint the interior even when you are doing a rough job.  There's a fair bit of detail included in the kit for the guards compartment including an etched letter rack in 10 pieces which is well beyond my abilities to assemble.  Of course when you put the roof on almost all of this is invisible!




I haven't tried to hard on the interior as nobody is ever going to get close enough to see it.  I still have the ends to sort out with all the piping, corridor connections etc and then it will be tidying up the paint work, transfers and a splash of varnish to finish.

Probably be sat on the workbench or a couple of years then!

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Dave

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Looks really nice Dave it must make a refreshing change working on O gauge after the months working on Watton in N

Is there a long term O gauge layout in the mind with all these kits?

Brian

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henryparrot wrote: ... Is there a long term O gauge layout in the mind with all these kits?

There's always a possibility.  I needed something for my O gauge locos to pull around the club layout if not a future one of my own.

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Dave

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