Saturday, 14 June 2014

Metrolink painting begins

Today the painting has started.

The silver grey and yellow are spray cans, the black is brush painted to save on masking !

Friday, 13 June 2014

Primer job

The Metrolink has now had several coats of primer with rub downs and fills in between

I have used a regular "rattle can" car primer and also a High Build primer in some areas, 
hence the slight two tone appearance.

Saturday, 7 June 2014


A tram needs to be connected to overhead lines to move.. So here we go !


Saturday, 17 May 2014

There is a Metrolink in my garden !

Its sunny and the grass has been cut, that always tempts something out onto the tracks.. Today its a tram !

It still needs details and a paint job, but its getting closer to looking like a Metrolink.

Monday, 5 May 2014

Roof Details

If you see a Metrolink in the street you don't realise how much detail is on the roof ! 
Below is the view most of us see, in fact this is more elevated than a street view

But from above there is all sorts of equipment. Its very rare to get a view of the roof, I have spent ages on Google. So I had to put on my "train spotter anorak" and go find a foot bridge.
Armed with a limited number of pictures taken at a distance I have started to add the roof details

Monday, 28 April 2014

Minor Changes

With most models a point is reached when only small changes and details are added but take a long time.
Detailing does produce big visual difference but enhance the overall look. This is the case in this post.

Main items. 
More front end details (three stripes) 
More front window frame details so they now accept the glazing as a flush fitting unit.  
Cab roof vent


Saturday, 12 April 2014

Front end

Tonight's update

Some front end progress, cab roof and front window/number board trim.

Wheel panels, and inner corridor walls on center power unit.

Center section roof that slots under the two units roof lines.

Tuesday, 8 April 2014

Metrolink 4

The plan is to fit plastic window frames that sit back from the outer skin,
exactly the thickness of the plastic glazing Above you can see the two units, one with just vertical frames.The second to the rear already has its horizontal frames in too.

With the roof pieces dropped into place it almost looks like a Metrolink now.

Metrolink 3

 This post sees the start outline of the cab structure installed.
The curved and multi-faceted front has created some challenges

Some rudimentary tests of the concertina connections, 
these are made from folded thick paper

Saturday, 22 March 2014

Metrolink 2

Its starting to look a little more like a Metrolink tram now !

The center section is taking shape and both ends have their side panels fitted

Before proceeding I did take time out to check it would bend around the corners in the Garden

Max helping at the back

Thursday, 20 March 2014


Its been quite some time since I have spent any time in the shed at the bottom of the garden. My creative den ! But after a recent trip on a Metrolink from Oldham to Manchester, I was curious as to how hard modelling said vehicle would be.

After a few weeks of pondering how to overcome some of the technical issues I decided the best way was just to get stuck. There are no plans that I can find, but the internet did yield some overall dimensions and the picture at the top of the page. After studying lots of photographs I came to the conclusion this side view was good enough to work from and printed it at the finished size that I wanted.

Armed with a bottle of solvent weld, several thickness's of plastic sheet, a knife and steel rule I set to work.

The chassis and frame for one half

Chassis and frame for both halves.. McD's cup gives idea of size !

First piece of side cladding tested

More cladding and roof line added

First unit starting to take shape

From the rear end of unit one

More to follow .....


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