7mm A Change of Direction, Blakeney (Glos.)

Discussion in 'Layout Progress' started by Alan, 2 February 2019.

  1. Alan

    Alan Western Thunderer

    My mojo is flagging a bit as I wrestle with doing the handrails on the outside of the Toad, perhaps stupidly I thought the wire that came with the kit was too small a diameter, so I decided to use 0.8mm wire, it looks better but............................ it meant drilling all the brackets, no real problem, but it did make them more fragile and they are rather small. 5 went flying into the carpet and only 3 were found, so made a couple up. the problem with the thicker wire is making the bends in the correct place. The problem with the brackets, the ones that fit in the slots provided, they are fractionally too, big so have to be filed down, which is why they started flying around the room, My fingers have never been over dexterous and with old age and a touch of arthritis dealing with the small and fiddly is increasingly difficult. I suspect when it is finished the side I'm doing at the moment may well look as though there has been some collision damage. Hopefully when I start on the other side I will have learnt some lessons and be able to apply them. At the moment I am taking a break from it for I fear I may do substantial damage to the rest of the model in my frustration
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  2. Alan

    Alan Western Thunderer

    Thought I ought to show my rather poor attempt of doing the guard rails, I'm hoping the other side will be neater. As I said in my previous post it does look as if there has been some poorly repaired collision damage. The roof is at the moment just placed on. Still have footboards and lamp irons etc to do.

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  3. Bob

    Bob Western Thunderer

    Just catching up on the forum so apologies for late reply. I've boobed on brake gear too but far worse was when I was finishing a wagon late one night and was painting the end door diagonal stripes.....one side done on left side end, flip it over, do the same......oh dear! Why I didn't notice it I'll never know! It was only weeks later after it had been highly commended in a competition that I noticed the error....both stripes were on the left as you looked at either side!
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  4. Alan

    Alan Western Thunderer

    I've done the handrails on the other side, they are a bit better but nowhere near perfect. thank goodness this is a layout model, I hope. It did occur to me during my struggles, considering this is a plastic kit why Parkside did not make the handrails and knobs a one piece plastic moulding?
    As is obvious the roof is still just plonked on.
    Next will be buffers lamp irons and footboards. And then I must get some decals for the area, I'm thinking of Bullo Pill (just down the line, Lydney or Gloucester. brake 1.jpg

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  5. Nick Rogers

    Nick Rogers Active Member

    Hello Alan,

    See I missed this! Lovely stuff sir as always. I need to be careful here, the temptation to 7mm is very strong!

    Kind regards,

  6. Geoff

    Geoff Western Thunderer

    Not you as well Nick, I have had to increase the strength of my medication, ALAN :rant:
  7. Nick Rogers

    Nick Rogers Active Member


    I have resisted well so far, but any potential 'fire sale' of 7mm Pannier tanks might be when the line of defense completely collapses!

    Best wishes,

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  8. Alan

    Alan Western Thunderer

    Geoff, Nick I'm sorry to have caused you both some stress.
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  9. Geoff

    Geoff Western Thunderer

    Then stay away from Rails' website where Lionheart 64/74XX Panniers are available for £273 post paid ;)

    Don't worry Alan everything is under control at the moment. :)

  10. Nick Rogers

    Nick Rogers Active Member

    Only just though! :D ;)

    Best wishes,

  11. NHY 581

    NHY 581 Western Thunderer

    My issue will come with the release of Dapol 's 14xx.........

  12. Geoff

    Geoff Western Thunderer

    Yep, that could really tip me over the edge, mind you I would have to scrap Llangunllo to make room :eek:

  13. paulc

    paulc Western Thunderer

    Hi Alan , couplings , use 3 links . Stay with O gauge its so much easier to see your c---k ups and we all make them . Its also a lot easier to fit DCC and decent sized speakers . Lastly , the handrails on your brake will look a lot better once painted and weathered , oh and you will never go back to that smaller scale and feel happy with it , the bug has bitten .
    Cheers Paul
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  14. Alan

    Alan Western Thunderer

    Thank you Paul for your words of encouragement.
  15. Alan

    Alan Western Thunderer

    Work on the brake van progresses very slowly, however I suddenly realised I'd not posted any photos of the loco that caused the change of direction and scale so I present the Dapol pannier.

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    I'm a little worried about weathering it. I hope I make as good a job of my 4mm pannier
  16. Nick Rogers

    Nick Rogers Active Member

    It is rather nice Alan, I can see the appeal! Do you have any other 7mm locos?


  17. Alan

    Alan Western Thunderer

    No Nick, although to make the layout work as I want it to (when it gets built), I will need at least one more.
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  18. Alan

    Alan Western Thunderer

    Hopefully when weathered it will look something like this.

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    one of my Bachmann panniers on Wencombe and Kingsbridge Regis
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  19. Alan

    Alan Western Thunderer

    At last painted the hand rails, not brilliant but better than I thought it would look, still possibly needs thinning in places but we will see after weathering etc. Still lamp brackets and footboards to add. I think I've decided n Bullo Pill as the markings, order will be going to CCT.

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    I think I'll weather the chassis before adding the footboards otherwise the solebar wheels and the axle boxes will be quite difficult to do.
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  20. Alan

    Alan Western Thunderer

    Slowly inching towards the end of this project. Decals supplied by return of post from CCT, have been applied as has the basic weathering on the chassis. Just lamp irons and footboards to go. And more weathering of course.

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    You may have noticed that I've started weathering the 16t mineral poking into the picture .