A new loco has joined the stable at Mantles Wood (an ex-Metropolitan Railway F Class) and fills a gap in the fleet. This has been made by adding a 3D-printed body to the loco chassis of an Oxford Rail Dean Goods. (The loco body came with the trailing wheelset).
No, you have to paint them. There's also about 3,000 sleepers that needed toning down to get rid of plastic look. Good job I'm retired A lot of the track was sprayed with Tamiya TS1 which is a kind of lacquer. You need to wipe it off the top of rails before it dries, but it did speed things up. The sleepers were painted individually but I could do a bit at at time as the Tamiya spray had already rendered them less plasticky.
This autumn I bought a Q38 driving car so I could have variations with my 4-car Q stock set. Since when, Phil Radley has passed, and I’ve had a spell in hospital (just 24 hours but still recovering), so I haven’t had a chance to work on the Q38 at all.
This update is just on other projects, two more Black 5’s (making a total of four as befits a Great Central layout) a ‘French’ or ‘cupboard door’ 16T mineral wagon to make a change from all the other more normal 16T wagons, and a Blue Pullman kitchen car conversion. Someone is now doing 3D printed conversions to make a kitchen car and also some variations of parlour cars as Triang only made the one parlour car.
Just a little update to show I’m still in the land of the living. I’d been wanting a Fowler 4P 2-6-4 tank to complete the Chiltern local roster. These weren’t as common as some other 2-6-4’s but certainly not rare either. I’d been waiting for a reasonably priced example to come up for auction. In the event 42315 was reasonably priced, nicely weathered and in addition had actually been shedded at Willesden and Neasden in the 50’s. She just needs a lamp, replacement steam pipe, dummy screw link coupling on front and some crew.
About 18 months ago Sonic Models (a new entrant and available via Rails of Sheffield) announced an ex-LNER A5. My wallet heaved a sigh of relief as the A5’s departed from Neasden on the early 50’s and before my timeframe which starts at 1956. Then I discovered 69801 returned to Neasden April 1956 in connection with some celebrations of the opening of the GW/GC joint line. She’s quite a chunky beast and gives me yet another type of large tank loco. It’ll need renumbering, weathering, crew, coal and dummy screw-link coupling. Oddly the lamps are moulded-on in express lamp code, so they will need to be changed to a local lamp code. Others have said they will be changing theirs so I’ll wait and see just how they do it before I start surgery.
Ordered now! It should be coming next week. What coaching stock did these A5s work with? I assumed the suburban coaches shown with yours but was there anything around the late 30s or early 40s that might have been used too?
Mine was fine except it was derailing it one point which was admittedly a bit iffy but other stock was ok there, so I relaid the track better and she was fine. However there were quite a few reports elsewhere of the bogies derailing quite easily which was sorted by fiddling with the springs holding them in place. Some reports of noisy motors not quietening down with running-in, but no reports of rocking afaik.
Post by theblackferret on Aug 14, 2023 10:13:40 GMT
Doesn't that set look splendid!
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