While I was away Himself was making progress on the test etches from RT Models for the Dinas shunter number 9.
Wednesday, 14 July 2021
Monday, 12 July 2021
Having embarked on my project to scratch build models of the FR / WHHR Hudson 'toast rack' carriages, on account of the 009 Society kits being sold out, imagine my surprise when one of them turned up in the post at Himself's place.
As luck would have it this appeared just before I began any serious work on the model of the WHHR example, which regular blog readers will know has its L-section strapping the opposite way - the correct way - round compared to the replica built for the FR by Winson Engineering in the early 1990s.
While I was away on holiday in the West Highlands last week, Himself put together the kit, which includes very neat etchings for the protective hoops on the side, which I scratch built using brass wire on my model.
In the photo you can see it posed next to my first attempt at scratch building FR carriage 39 which I did from guesswork more than 20 years ago - it wasn't such a bad effort.
Wednesday, 30 June 2021
Himself has begun making the alterations to the Farish 08 chassis which will power our model of No. 9 - the large, yellow, ex-Australian shunting diesel at Dinas.
Friday, 25 June 2021
Many months ago I mentioned the idea of a home test track and at last it is coming to fruition.
The pretext is to provide something semi-permanent for the youngest generation to mess around with the antique collection of OO models, which have been faithfully hoarded by Himself since the family moved house and switched to narrow gauge modelling over three decades ago.
The location is my spare room / study, which occupies a rather narrow extension on the side of the house and is only five and a half foot wide.
We're also designing it to fold away into a storage frame, because I doubt I could have got 'planning permission' for something which took up half the room on a full-time basis.
Over the course of a couple of days Himself and I have knocked together an 8 x 5 baseboard using a sheet of thick ply - with some cunning slicing and dicing -and a bundle of 2 x 1 lengths.
We've yet to tackle the really difficult bit which is getting it hung on the wall!
I wouldn't normally recommend a flat baseboard ,but it is only intended as a glorified train set, rather than a layout.
Having put in all this effort, of course, I'm demanding something back and have negotiated running powers for an element of narrow gauge to be included on the track plan.
Officially this is purely for the purposes of testing rolling stock under construction at the other end of the room.
However, I would be lying if I denied I'm not a little bit excited at the prospect of having a layout of some kind in the house for the first time since I was a teenager....
Wednesday, 23 June 2021
For what appears to be such a basic and insubstantial carriage it's remarkable how much fiddly work is involved in scratch building a model of FR 'toast rack' carr 39.
Last night's task was to begin bending and fitting the distinctive hoops at the side of these Hudson carriages.
This involves forming sets of U shapes of three radii out of 0.45 brass wire and carefully fixing them in position.
Thank goodness for 60 second superglue!
One down, one to go.
Sunday, 20 June 2021
And just like that, a few days later, a new carriage takes to the rails.
Himself spent the week putting the finishing touches to the Pickering brake replica which looks quite the part posed at the platform at Beddgelert station.
When the body side is brass, as this one is, it makes painting the drop lights neatly especially challenging.
I'm also very pleased with how the resin cast lamp pots on the roof look now they're been picked out in black with the base ring matching the off-white roof.
What really sets it off, of course, is the W H Rly lettering.
This has been done by transfers, rather than the slightly raised metal letters on the real carriage, but at this scale I think it hardly matters.
I look forward to seeing it as part of a WHHR rake running behind Russell, and hopefully it won't be too long before that scene happens in real life.
Monday, 14 June 2021
With the construction phase done Himself is putting the Pickering brake carriage through the paint shop.
After being sprayed with primer it has now been treated to four coats of gloss green before the tricky task of picking out the window droplights in a woody brown.
I'm still quite satisfied with how the third generation lamp pots look.
Hopefully that won't change when they're painted black against the light grey roof.