Brettell Road, 1960s black country (ish)

Discussion in 'Layout Progress' started by Jim S-W, 29 August 2014.

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  1. paulc

    paulc Western Thunderer

    Shake , rattle and roll plus stank are the only things i remember about them , couldn't wait to get off .
    Cheers Paul
     
  2. Jim smith-wright

    Jim smith-wright Western Thunderer

    Sometimes it pays to drop back a gear and just do a few simple things that are not too taxing. Things like a few simple wagon kits or just some pictures.
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    And what could be more simple than the good old Airfix mineral wagon kit? This ones been converted to a diagram 102 variant and weathered with gouache and a hint of AK interactive weathering pencils for the rust.
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    Next up a mix and match of parkside bits to produce a Hybar. The rail itself is a neat little etched kit from Rumney Models.

    Below a few pictures.

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  3. Jim smith-wright

    Jim smith-wright Western Thunderer

    A while ago I showed a picture of a Powsides ED 7 plank wagon. ED stands for Earl of Dudley and I said at the time that it was a bit early for the layout and that that PR, Pensnett Railway would be more appropriate. A chance discussion on an industrial railway modellers Facebook group revealed that Planet Industrials actually do a set of transfers for PR wagons so a set was duly ordered.
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    A couple of existing wagons were repainted into red oxide (the 'shunters truck' and a grey 7 plank RCH design) and a couple more RCH wagons were knocked up from good old Parkside kits. I decided to keep the Powsides ED one as it was (although weathered a bit more to make it look more tatty) and do the shunters truck as ED too in a sort of crossover period. Ive never found a photo of ED and PR wagons mixed together mind you.

    The above train is all very 'corporate' and it wont appear at shows like this. The PR wagons will be jumbled up among other mineral wagons. One thought I have had though is by making Brettell Road 2 tracks the industrials will look too out of place on the mainline so the plan is to extend the siding the train is on to the fiddleyard and have them appear from behind the warehouse, using the yard as a exchange sidings.

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    I was intrigued by the recent Oxford rail tank wagons and decided the yellow Carless Petrol version would break up the sea of grey and bauxite wagons on the layout. As with the ED wagons its really a bit to early for Brettell Road so I've weathered it up to look pretty tired. Theres a few things worth noting with this model. The first is the axle length is odd. Happily its still 2mm and its not odd in a crazy short, Lima way so you can swap P4 wheels onto it and use the original axles. The second thing is that the lettering and the red stripe don't react well to white spirit. If you want to remove them then great but if you use enamel washes thinned with white spirit for any of your weathering, as I do, and you want to preserve the livery its best to give it a quick coat of matt varnish first.

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  4. john lewsey

    john lewsey Western Thunderer

    Brilliant as usual Jim
     
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  5. Jim smith-wright

    Jim smith-wright Western Thunderer

    While I've been in a brake van kinda mood I finally got around to improving an old Hornby LMS 20ton version I had and making it a tad more suitable for Brettell Road.
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    Pretty basic detailing job on this one.

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    A selection of Midland versions.

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    Actually this brake van originally came from the Amlwch layout along with the above 47 and 24. Of the three the class 24 is as it was brought. the 47 having been brought a bit more up to date (well 1987 anyway). I wonder if Amlwch is still around somewhere?

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    Bit of a different angle. Let's call this train an internal user?

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    Haven't done a rainy pic for a while. NBL class 21 nestles between another pair of type 2s.
     
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  6. Allen M

    Allen M Western Thunderer

    Hi Jim
    Looking at your layout here I think I have seen it but not too sure. It would possibly have been last year at a small exhibition in Wombourn or Blackheath. Please but me out of my misery:(
    Regards
    Allen Morgan
     
  7. Jim smith-wright

    Jim smith-wright Western Thunderer

    Cradley Heath, November 2018 Allen
     
  8. Allen M

    Allen M Western Thunderer

    Jim
    So do you you know Stan Summers and his tea making mum at Cradley Heath, Alison? If you do and see them say Hallow from me.
    Regards Allen
     
  9. Jim smith-wright

    Jim smith-wright Western Thunderer

    Afraid not, although I’m local I’m not a member of the Cradley club. I only really know Frank and Gary
     
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  10. steve50

    steve50 Western Thunderer

    Love the latest photo's. The weathering is superb! How do you use the gouache Jim? I've got few tubes from The Works and never used them.

    Many thanks.
    Steve.
     
  11. Jim smith-wright

    Jim smith-wright Western Thunderer

    Hi Steve.

    It’s very much like water colour but thicker. In this application I just thin it a bit with water and paint it on. Once dry (which only takes a few minutes) I use a damp brush to pull it down and make streaks. You can use people towels or cotton buds to move it around or lift it off too and if in the end, you don’t like it. It just washes off with water.
    I find burnt sienna is best for rust but also a bit of orange.
     
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    Jim smith-wright Western Thunderer

  13. steve50

    steve50 Western Thunderer

    Thanks for that Jim, I will definitely give them a go.