Sunday, 29 November 2015

Beautiful Barns

Four years after they were built our latest pair of Barns are almost ready to join the fleet.

For those who are not dedicated FR carriage-spotters - and we are a select bunch - I should explain that what we have here are models of 105 and 106 in their current condition.

105 is the last of the truly original 1960's Barns, although it is seen here after a very comprehensive rebuild with a toilet in place of its 1st class compartment in the centre and new style half windows replacing the orginal louvres - it was the last of the carriages to retain these I believe.

It still bears witness to its original, and somewhat pioneering condition, when it had a chemical bog at the bottom end of the carriage - there is still an extra window pillar to be seen on the seaward (or engine)side of the carriage.

106 is a total rebuild of the original carriage with a completely new body but to the same outline.

It was followed by another new Barn, 107, before the advent of the super-sized, Super Barn design.

Both these carriages are running on my new brass / resin FR bogies (available to buy from Narrow Planet, by the way) and they just require the fitting of brass grab rails and a coat of varnish to be declared fully finished.

Friday, 27 November 2015

The Wee Shed

After the rapid garage construction I've moved onto the small outhouse next to the farm house.

It's another simple four wall structure, the  principal challenge is scribing the stonework which, as you can see, I am halftime through already.

The solid wall will need to have a doorway cut into it but I will scribe it first before that is inserted.

With luck I should be able to have this finished by the weekend - 2 buildings the space of a week  - not a bad effort at all.

Wednesday, 25 November 2015

Double Garage - Double Quick

It's amazing how much modelling you can get done while Strictly's on the telly.

90 minutes precious peace on Saturday night saw me knock up the detached twin garage which will sit at the end of the row of houses we've got on the Oberon Wood scene at the moment.

The reason I was able to get it done so quickly was the complete absence of windows - it's cutting those which takes the time when making buildings.

Next I shall tackle the hut next to the farmhouse.

It's very small but I'll take me a little longer I reckon because not only are there windows and doors to cut but also stonework to scribe.

Still, it's a good feeling to get something crossed off the 'to do' list so quickly and easily.

Monday, 23 November 2015

Getting My Way

The battle of the colour brown appears to have been resolved in my favour.

Himself has sent me a snap of the current state of progress with painting 105 & 106 to see if I approve.

I understand he borrowed another pair of eyes to choose the colour and picked something described as 'German camouflage red brown'.

Frankly I don't care what it's called, I'm just relieved that this time it looks like something made of wood rather than the distinctly pink hue that ended up on 11 & 12.

Speaking of which, I have employed some gentle persuasion and he says he's going to go over the offending areas on those carriages with this colour.

So I've got my way in the end.

Saturday, 21 November 2015

Meter Reading

What I hope will be the last bit of construction on the farm house has been completed - a rather large utility box on the outside of the front porch.

It appears to match what's on the photographs so I guess it must be right.

Having considered the matter I think I will continue on with a few more buildings.

There's an outhouse for the farm and a detached twin garage for the housing estate which I should be able to knock up very rapidly.

We're not in a hurry for either of them because due to imminent domestic relocation at Himself's end there may not be any work done on the layout boards for at least a year, but it'll be good to know I've got them crossed off the 'to do' list.

Plus it's another excuse for not having to try to build 150 yet.

Thursday, 19 November 2015

Pipes In Place

I've been inching towards getting the farm house finished.

The last of the down pipes were put on last night.

All that remains to do - apart from painting it, of course, but that's not my job - is to make something to represent the gas meter box on the front porch.

The question now is what to do next?

There is a small outbuilding next to the farmhouse which I suppose it would make sense to do just now.

I've also got plans for a couple more of the crazy Oberon Wood houses.

Perhaps should I get on with assembling the latest Super Barn castings for the new 117 which I made a couple of weeks ago?

Or - whisper it - even start work on observation car 150?

Tuesday, 17 November 2015

Barn Backlog

Himself is cracking on with the Barns which have been waiting for years in the queue for painting.

He tells me that he's forgotten how simple and straightforward these are to paint without the inset doors or the fancy handrails that adorn the Super Barns.

They're looking good so far I reckon.