Saturday, 24 July 2010

Black and white pictures of 25 196

After making the last post I wondered if converting a couple of the pictures to greyscale (black and white) would make them look any better ??

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John

Buffer beam details

After collecting lots of odds and ends of various sizes of wire and rubber tube, along with some sprue offcuts and plasticard scraps I finally got round to making some buffer beam details.

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After a coat of black paint with orange picked out for the MU cables and some silver on the ends they dont look too bad ?

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Friday, 23 July 2010

Coach in blue and class 25 face details

Numbers and face details. Windscreen wipers and lamp brackets, overhead warning signs and blue star coupling compatibility logos. Along with a coat of BR blue the first 2 compartments of the coach have some glazing now too.

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John

Thursday, 15 July 2010

Stavros S Niarchos

My blog entry on the 6th of this month told of how my eldest daughter set sail from Newcastle as part of the crew of a Tall Ship. After 12 days of travelling, which included a stops in Holland and Ipswich and several days in the middle of the North Sea, she has now returned.



Yesterday (Wednesday) we drove down to London to collect her, The ship sailed up the River Thames and under Tower Bridge which was quite a sight, especially as they had the youth crew climb up into the rigging. Once under Tower Bridge they moored against HMS Belfast for the night. As parents we had a tour of the ship which was accessed from HMS Belfast, then we left them for the evening for their final evening which included some shore leave, then a last night sleeping on board.


Joanne and I stayed down the river in Greenwich so made use of the VERY fast Clipper water bus service.


Some sections of the ride were faster than other and the drivers had an unusual style of not slowing for stops until the last minute then slamming into reverse, a bit white knuckle :)


Monday, 12 July 2010

details in grey

I love a good coat of primer, everything just starts to look that bit more solid..


Details  have started being added now, which generally means raiding the scrap box for anything that looks even slightly like a bit on a prototype photo.


The wire grab handles from the previous blog entry are on too, along with a battery box.




Thursday, 8 July 2010

Handles and Hinges

The best bit of any model is adding the details , well its the bit I like best anyway.

Last night I added the starts of the hinges, today they have been shaped a bit and some notches filed in to make them a little more hinge like.

I have also made some door handles that need a little more shaping, and the door stops.

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Finally I have bent up some welding wire to make the grab handles

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John

Tuesday, 6 July 2010

Most blog posts here are railway related but now and again you get an insight into life at the Teals ! 
On Sunday we took our eldest daughter Rachel (16) to Newcastle where she boarded the tall ship Stavros S Niarchos for a 12 day all expenses paid adventure as part of a 48 strong youth crew. She had been chosen as the departing Head Girl from her Secondary school, along with Chris the Head Boy, to represent the School. 



Each year HSBC bank sponsor 48 youth from around the country to join the tall ships crew on a "voyage of discovery" After an afternoons training on Sunday the ship set sail for Holland on Monday morning and during the coming 12 days will make its way down to London. We will be going to watch it sail up the Thames under Tower Bridge a week tomorrow. Clicking on the link below will give a real time map position for the ship.


John

Mk1 Suburban testing

Always a good idea to test as you go along !!


Sunday, 4 July 2010

G scale coach underfloor details

Both side have now got the thick walls, one has the thinner "cosmetic" walls. But I needed a break from cutting out windows !!! So I have started some under floor details

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Thursday, 1 July 2010

An overdue Update

Sorry folks but for various reasons I haven't updated for a couple of days, so here is an overdue update...

First off the 25 now been glazed.

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It still needs small details adding and the cab interior but its getting there.

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I have been experimenting with various things to form a train behind, and after a lot of trying to talk myself out of it, decided a Mk1 suburban coach would be nice, like this one A bit of a tall order but you don't get anything for not trying !

Step one was to check something that big would fit round the track and curves (its over 2' long) so I did this by screwing some bogies under a block of wood..

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It seemed to work so I moved on with plastic card chassis

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Then....... bulkheads and sides in sections

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These were made used blown up scans from a book about Mk1 coaches

More side sections added..

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as of today one side is full still got the other side to do.

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The roof section is blocked out of Balsa wood then sanded

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Here in position

First fitting

So now we are back up to date

John

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