7mm A Change of Direction, a new name, Blackney, A Glimpse of the Forest

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

  1. Alan

    Alan Western Thunderer

    Morning All, my Cameo layout is all but finished, so I decided that a change of direction, or should I say SIZE my be in order. It was something that had been in the back of my mind for some time and it was brought to the fore by Hattons Sale of the Century. I succumbed and bought a Dapol 57xx in O gauge. The idea being a small shunting type layout set in the Forest of Dean, an area I know quite well as I was born and brought up in Gloucester and for several years in my very late teens played football against many teams in the Forest. Another reason was Ben Ashworth, probably my favourite railway photographer.

    In the last couple of days I have strted building some stock including these two Parkside vans.

    wagons 1.jpg

    planked van.jpg

    plywood van.jpg

    The roofs or is it roves are not fixed yet. It is a start.
  2. Yorkshire Dave

    Yorkshire Dave Western Thunderer

    On the O scale slippery slope..... the beauty of these kits is that they are complete (apart from paint and glue) and a very good place to start.
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  3. Scale7JB

    Scale7JB Western Thunderer

    Welcome to the dark sid(z)e!

  4. Jordan

    Jordan Mid-Western Thunderer

    Forest of Dean. Ben Ashworth photos. Pannier Tanks. O Scale. :)

    Works for me!! :thumbs:
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  5. NHY 581

    NHY 581 Western Thunderer

    Oh dear....this could get tricky....

  6. simond

    simond Western Thunderer

    Come on in, Rob, the water’s lovely...
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  7. 76043

    76043 Western Thunderer

    I've been snaffling away a variety of van kits to go with my Dapol 08. The habit started off so easily with secondhand badly made terrors for £20 a pop. I convinced myself I could take them apart and rebuild them into excellent models. But this wasn't enough, I moved onto higher grade unbuilt kits on eBay. I told myself it was all ok, I didn't have a problem. But a lucky find of a fist full of Peco flexitrack bought for a tenner just started it all up again. It was only when I bought a NEW MM1 ex JLTRT LMS van did I realise I had a problem. I'm hooked on unbuilt kits again.

    I'm pleased to say I have deleted all my 7mm/O gauge wagon kit searches on my eBay account and I'm out of rehab.

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  8. Jordan

    Jordan Mid-Western Thunderer

    Yeah yeah, you think you've kicked the habit ok...just wait until you relapse & succumb to the temptation that is an O Scale Locomotive..!!
    Even then you'll think it's ok - just the one will do, but no!! One is never enough, & more will surely follow.

    Slippery slope, Sir. Slippery slope. ;)
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  9. Dog Star

    Dog Star Western Thunderer

    Yeah, yeah... spoken with the voice of experience ;).

  10. Jordan

    Jordan Mid-Western Thunderer

    Absolutely!! Especially the "O Scale is expensive, so I'll just have one Loco" bit!! :rolleyes: :confused: :D
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  11. 76043

    76043 Western Thunderer

    Jordan, yes, I admit it, I've been eyeing up the LT pannier, BR black pannier, BR Terrier, even the Jinty. I nearly succombed to the LT pannier.

    I'm managing to stay on the straight and narrow, I haven't fallen off the 5 plank wagon yet...
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  12. Scale7JB

    Scale7JB Western Thunderer

    £ for lb it's cheaper than 4mm I'd suggest..

  13. Marsh Lane

    Marsh Lane Member

    Any chance you could explain that to my Bank Manager :p Hehe ... can't beat 7mm for detail, running characteristics and overall presence on a layout tho!
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  14. Pencarrow

    Pencarrow Western Thunderer

    Welcome to the wonderful world of 7mm. It really is a slippery slope!

    You may want to check the brake gear on the plywood van though.


    The lever being pressed down would release the brakes. Easily done, been there myself.
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  15. Alan

    Alan Western Thunderer

    Thank you Chris, I'll have to do some careful surgery.
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  16. Alan

    Alan Western Thunderer

    For those of you who might be interested in a track plan here it is. Very small and basic just 3 points. At the moment I have drawn it to 10ft 6 ins long, each faint square is 6 inches, I may be able to stretch it by another 6ins to a foot. If its 6ins that would be on the fiddleyard board, if a foot 6 inches on the fiddleyard and 6 inches on board 2.

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  17. Alan

    Alan Western Thunderer

    Thanks to Chris pointing out, my ignorance and carelessness, A scalpel was taken to the brake gear of the plywood van, and turned round, the first time I did it I almost glued it back incorrectly again, but I have now learned to double check , thank goodness. altered plywood.jpg altered plywood.jpg altered plywood 2.jpg
  18. Pencarrow

    Pencarrow Western Thunderer

    That's better. I know I've done exactly the same thing myself more than once. I suspect most on here have too! Bachmann have also been known to assemble their wagons incorrectly.

    The other clangers I've dropped are:
    • Fitting a cross rod between the two brake gear sides when the particular prototype has them independent
    • Not fitting the correct lever in the correct side - where they do have a cross rod one side should have a clutch or lift link
    • Fitting brake gear to both sides when some earlier wagons only had it on one
    • Fitting the wrong period (too early) GWR brake gear for my early 60s layout. Some kits only seem to have the early DCI gear in and this was replaced by normal gear later. A Beginner's Guide to GWR wagon brakes
    The list goes on!
  19. Alan

    Alan Western Thunderer

    Many thanks Chris.
  20. Peter Cross

    Peter Cross Western Thunderer

    Chris you forgot, getting it arse backwards by looking at photos then fitting same way as photo with wagon upside down, cylinder etc all in wrong place.
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