Al's late 80's/early 90's 7mm work bench

Discussion in 'Workbenches, including workshop techniques.' started by Al Tait, 26 December 2019.

  1. Al Tait

    Al Tait Western Thunderer

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  2. Al Tait

    Al Tait Western Thunderer

    Well, baring weathering I am calling this one done. Should be off for some dirt tomorrow all being well.

  3. Yorkshire Dave

    Yorkshire Dave Western Thunderer

  4. Al Tait

    Al Tait Western Thunderer

    I thought that too. Makes a change to have some figures that aren't either obviously pre 1968 or with Mobile Phones or Tablets! Nearly bought another lot but resisted for now. Had a bit of a shock when I added all the ones I fancied to my basket!
  5. Yorkshire Dave

    Yorkshire Dave Western Thunderer

    Thanks for the warning! :)

    The obvious gap in any UK figure range is the swinging sixties through to punk rock (mods, rockers, mini skirts, hippies and flares).
  6. richard carr

    richard carr Western Thunderer

    Hi Al

    Personally I think these look much better with snow ploughs,.

  7. Al Tait

    Al Tait Western Thunderer

    They do, but 427 was a conscious decision not to fit them. I'm working around 90'-93' so the intention is to have it fairly clean during the summer of 93' before it had the ploughs re-fitted. my 26024 & 37423 both carry them and there will be another 37/0 that will likely carry them at some point. I need to get 37008 sorted first though! 37427 was just a very quick interlude due to Hattons Sale!
  8. Yorkshire Dave

    Yorkshire Dave Western Thunderer

    I've just placed an order for some figures then cut it back a bit!!!
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  9. Al Tait

    Al Tait Western Thunderer

    Just found these while looking for something else, pretty sure they are the same speaker:

    100x45x20mm O Gauge DCC Sound Speaker (8 ohm)
  10. pricei

    pricei Member

    Well spotted - they certainly look identical.
    Thanks, Ian
  11. Al Tait

    Al Tait Western Thunderer

    Little progress again this week, but bogies knocked up for another wagon in build. There will be a full write up at some point for this one too. And I have (finally) got the first two of Paul Rolley's Railease POA's in primer so the top coats and transfers will all being well get done this week and the write up finished.

  12. Al Tait

    Al Tait Western Thunderer

    As alluded to yesterday, two of Paul Rolley's Railease POA's are finally getting paint. Primer and Bauxite for the internals of the body and they are now sat in the garage with a first coat of yellow. Hopefully at least get these two off the WB this week and I can finish the write up.

    9 POA SSA Primer & Bauxite.jpg
  13. Al Tait

    Al Tait Western Thunderer

    Finally getting somewhere with a few things. Two of Paul Rolley's Railease POA/SSA kits finished and written up for the MIOG website with another two nearly finished. Write up is here if anyone fancies a read.

    Impressionist Models Railease POA/SAA

    19 POA SSA Complete.jpg

    21 POA SSA Complete Small.jpg

    And the next two on their way:

    Next 2.jpg

    There will be another write up before too long for Paul's PXA/KEA now that transfers are available and I should have an update on another project tomorrow. I have actually found some motivation today so an old project has returned to the WB and is progressing again finally!
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  14. Al Tait

    Al Tait Western Thunderer

    Well I promised an update on another project yesterday so here goes. Last year I started putting together an Intercity Land Cruise set of MK1's. I got one FO to a point where the body was pretty much done as was most of the underframe then sort of lost my way a little. I had also put most most of the bogies together. I have realised this evening that I have not fitted the axle boxes to them all so I'll have to rectify that. Well this weekend they have come back on the WB and I have made some not insignificant progress, most windows had been fitted to a second FO, the RBR and BFK but I hadn't done the toilet windows (this needed the vent soldering on). So windows finished, ends modified and the bodies built up on the second FO, RBR & BFK. Holes have also been drilled out on all the roof parts for the vents which I'll cut out and fit this week. Next job is to get the third FO to this position. Basic underframe is done so its just a case of bodysides, windows and ends to do.

    LC set 1.jpg

    LC set 2.jpg

    LC set 3.jpg
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  15. Al Tait

    Al Tait Western Thunderer

    More roof work for an hour after work today, vents all fitted. Now do I try and represent the weld lines:

    LC set 4.jpg
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  16. Overseer

    Overseer Western Thunderer

    Yes, scribe lines in the locations, stretch old sprues into filaments (over a candle) and fix in place with solvent. Lightly sand back if needed. Otherwise the roofs will look too bare.
  17. Steph Dale

    Steph Dale Western Thunderer

    I like using paint. Two strips of masking tape a smidge apart; splodge paint (or diluted plastic filler) in the gap, remove tape. If you're cunning you can even stipple the paint in to give it some texture.

    Oh, and I think Archer now do weld seams. (They do, here: AR88019)

    So, as with all engineering problems, you now have more solutions than you do engineers...:)

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  18. Al Tait

    Al Tait Western Thunderer

    Thanks all, I have done some more reading up form the Easybuild website and elsewhere and I think I have a plan involving masking tap, scoring of lines and microstrip! Watch this space (though its likely to be next week before I attack the roofs again).

    As a general rule most cheap Chinese figures look pretty rubbish and under scale, I did invest in a pack a while back and they'll be OK for filling busses/coaches but anything that is visible I'd give a miss and invest in more bespoke figures from the various supplier we have here. Having said that I spotted this set of figures on ebay last week while looking for something else, for just over 12 quid I thought what the hell, worth a punt. Well, I am rather happy with them, the handle for the jack was too short (I have extended this with a piece of 2mm rod) but with a few touch ups here and there I think they will look the part (Note car not included!!!).

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  19. Al Tait

    Al Tait Western Thunderer

    Two more POA's getting transfers this afternoon.
    Next 2a.jpg
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  20. Al Tait

    Al Tait Western Thunderer

    The 4x POA's are now basically done baring re-doing the hand brakes I broke on one:

    Next 2b.jpg

    Not a lot brewing, there will be a wagon update soon, hopefully over the weekend. However a modelshop/credit card interface type accident happened the other week and now we have another gronk to add to the stable: