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Not sure Colin ? Ive just done a quick cross reference on this thread and a backup taken on 31st May and all posts line up number wise. Jeff has two threads running, one for his layout and one for his work bench, and has posted to both. Not sure if you've maybe crossed threads ?  :hmm



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Barchester wrote: Not sure Colin ? Ive just done a quick cross reference on this thread and a backup taken on 31st May and all posts line up number wise. Jeff has two threads running, one for his layout and one for his work bench, and has posted to both. Not sure if you've maybe crossed threads ?  :hmm

You're right. by chance both Jeff's topics were up to p44, that threw me when I went to the latest post alert having visited his other topic only an hour before. Silly old me.



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No problems Colin  :thumbs



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Nice work Jeff and an inspiration to those of us who shy away from kits 90% of the time. 

I used to build Parkside kits and will have to get back into them.

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Colin W wrote: Wot jus 'appened?

Jeff, you just seem to have had a whole load of posts vanish in last hour or so. I was just looking back at how much you'd achieved and "poof", next alert of a new post and they'd gone. Bizarre.

All that hard effort vanished, nothing now between 21 Feb and 1st June and numbering has all changed. Matt ???

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Are you sure you looked at the same topic, Colin? I have two main ones running: one is this one for my workbench, the otehr is about the layout 'Newton Broadway' and its construction.



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Barry Miltenburg wrote: Nice work Jeff and an inspiration to those of us who shy away from kits 90% of the time. 

I used to build Parkside kits and will have to get back into them.

Barry


Thanks, Barry.

Parkside kits are generally very easy to build, with just a few exceptions. They are a good place to start, and being quite inexpensive, are not too much of a loss if you get it wrong.



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Just a little further progress with painting the ex-LMS CCT. The sides and ends have had another coat of the Revell red, and the ends and underframe have had a wash of dark grey, while the roof has had its first coat of paint (Humbrol #66).



Also, newer pics of the previous two wagons I was building. First, the ex-GWR gunpowder van, then the BR 12T fruit van. Many of the other wagons in the photos are also kit-built, including the 21T mineral wagon (Parkside), ex-LNER trestle wagon (Parkside), and ex-SECR 'dance hall' brake van (Cambrian kits) in the first photo, and the ex-GWR Mica B (Parkside), and Palvans (also Parkside) in the second.






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Continuing with the ex-LMS CCT, this has now had transfers put on and a couple of coats of matt varnish. It is currently sitting on the workbench with a black wash to enhance the planking details drying. The photo shows it before the black wash.




The class 30 was a much earlier project: a Hornby first release with the eggshell cab window surrounds painted out and yellow warning panels added, plus a full renumbering. This one had to have its chassis block replaced because of the metal rot.

Another much quicker project was to update an early plain green 4 CEP unit with yellow cantrail bands added for the first class portion of the composite coach, and number '1' door insignia added - (one '1' on the other side got damaged so I'll have to replace it. It is seen here in the middle unit of a 12 CEP formation.






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I can just about call the Parkside ex-LMS CCT complete now. Perhaps a small amount of rusty brown on the underframe to represent brake block dust could be added, but otherwise I'm happy with the effect. It is seen here with a Bachmann Fairburn 2-6-4T, which I renumbered to a Three Bridges (SR) locomotive and lightly weathered a few years back. Both sides of the CCT have been photographed. There are slight differences in the brake gear on each side.








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Amazing what a lick of paint can do to a model Jeff - they all look very impressive, particularly the mineral wagon.  :thumbs

As an aside, how do your kit-built wagons run ?  I've built a few in my time - an enjoyable hour or so spent doing them, but I've usually found they're not good runners.  Could be to do with my inability to get the wheels perfectly installed or, in the case of open wagons particularly, the lack of weight with nowhere to add extra.



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Hi Peter.

Weight plays a big part in the rollability and stability of wagons. With open wagons there is a choice of putting a weight on the floor and covering it with a load, or putting as much weight as you can fit within the underframe mouldings - liquid lead of its equivalent is useful here. With vans, I tend to add a piece of sheet lead roughly 3/4 of the floor area (I'm not scientific enough about this to actually weigh the piece!).

I also make sure the wheels will rotate freely, if necessary filing or removing parts of the brake shoes to make sure they don't foul the wheels and act as (well!) brakes.

I should add that I have some much older Ratio wagons I made decades ago, and they need work - in fact, because their chassis have suffered a bit of damage over the years, I have ordered some new Parkside chassis to put under the Ratio bodies. I replaced the plastic wheels with metal ones a while ago, but they really needed top hat bearings added as well. The new chassis will have those.

I was quite pleased with the weathering effects I achieved with the pair of mineral wagons I built.




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Something I started a long time ago was this Golden Arrow Productions resin original style Merchant Navy, mounted on a Hornby chassis. The model pre-dates Hornby's own releases of the original air-smoothed MNs. I am including a photo that shows it in its raw form, together with an intermediate stage, plus some new ones showing as it is now.

I have repainted it with the correct post 1954 BR green (previously it had GWR green), and spent yesterday evening putting the lining on, then added the crests on the tender this morning. It will remain unnumbered and named for the time being: I had allocated 35029 'Ellerman Lines' to it, but 'Ellerman Lines' spent a large proportion of its life with a shorter 5100 gallon tender, so I will have to revise that plan as the tender I have is a 6000 gallon version. These 6000 gallon types were originally allocated to all of the 3rd series MNs, but tenders got swapped around fairly quickly.

It is still a little rough in places, but starting to look the part, now.

Amusingly, I have a few duplicate names and numbers between original and rebuilt MNs, as a form of 'before and after' models.










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Hi Jeff,
Nice model you have got. I celebrated my 50th birthday with a tour behind 35028! 

https://www.flickr.com/photos/ellef/4133244557/in/album-72157622749675439/



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Nice one, Claus. The Merchant Navies are my favourite locomotives. 

The last train I rode on in Britain at the time my family left for Australia was a steam hauled boat train to Southampton. It was pulled by a rebuilt Bulleid pacific, but I couldn't see properly in the dark what type it was, or its identity - at 10 years old, I couldn't just wander up and get separated from my family.

'Clan Line' is a possibility for this model. I have the Hornby rebuilt version as 'Clan Line' as well.




I did manage a ride behind another Southern locomotive in 1986, with N15 777 'Sir Lamiel' hauling the 'Scarborough Spa Express' from York to Scarborough, a pure coincidence as the 'SSE' was randomly hauled by a number of steam locos. I saw it a few days later coming out of York with 46229 'Duchess of Hamilton' at the front, looking absolutely magnificent in maroon in full sunshine - this was prioer to her being rebuilt with the upturned bathtub body.



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