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

    Agreed, its so much easier to handle than 4mm.
  2. Al Tait

    Al Tait Western Thunderer

    Having a day off to my self using up a days leave today, so this morning I have cracked on with the Turbot interlude! Progress on all wagons but two pretty much done. I'll probably re-visit these with powders and maybe some Gauche rust patches but happy with these:

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  3. richard carr

    richard carr Western Thunderer


    They still look a bit clean if you ask me.

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  4. Yorkshire Dave

    Yorkshire Dave Western Thunderer

    If they carry ballast then a good all round dust covering should complete the weathering. Except the areas wiped clean - grab handles (irons), locks, etc.
  5. Al Tait

    Al Tait Western Thunderer

    I'll get them so far then probably hand them over to Cam for a dusting with the air brush.

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  6. Al Tait

    Al Tait Western Thunderer

    For now I am calling them done. They will get dropped off at Cam's for a Xmas engineering possession (some airbrush work!!!) and then come back to me in the New Year when I might throw some powders at them. All seven with different numbers now too.

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  7. Al Tait

    Al Tait Western Thunderer

    Having seen someone else's progress on an Easybuild DMU on another forum has prompted me to go back to my 101. It stalled some time ago and many other things have been prioritised but I really want to get this one done. So a bit more research and I have started the interiors. Seats bent up, glued and painted:




    Partitions & false floors measured and cut. I need to work out how best to do the bulk head into the Guards compartment.:


    Corridor connections, exhaust stacks and Coolant fillers added, the body's are now just about ready for a wash and primer. I just need to add another spacer between the doors in the vestibules. I have glued a nut to them ready to fix the body's to the chassis so once this is dry I will fit them. Wash & Primer may well be a Christmas treat!


    I'm also working on another wagon, but that will appear when done as its for the MIOG website again. Really hope to have it done over the Christmas break even if its just the build.
  8. Al Tait

    Al Tait Western Thunderer

    After a good wash and scrub first thing (only lost two roof vents!), then a good walk while they dried. The bodies have had a first coat of primer. Second coat now drying in the then they will get inspected. Not looking too bad for a first pass.


    Also been working on the underframes. I really need to find a decent picture of the Fuel tanks or the underframe of one someone has done as I think they need doubling up. The other issue I have is I can't suss how the cab desk should look, which way round should the support be?

  9. Al Tait

    Al Tait Western Thunderer

    There's been steady progress on the 101. Bodies are ostensibly complete, a few more bits to add but that will be after painting now. Underframes are continuing, this morning has involved bending up the exhaust runs but all that now remains is to fit the gear box and final drive to one chassis. Other than that the last bits to do on the chassis is the sole bar foot steps and the bottom part of the exhaust stacks, yesterday I had all four, now I can only find one so may have to bend some new ones.




    Progress has also turned to the interiors with the centre section of both saloons now ready to be populated.


    Tomorrow will hopefully see the last bits of the chassis finished and I can crack on with the internals and finishing off a few bits on the bogies. Considering I stated this build 3/4 years ago it will be (bar paint) be just about complete by the end of the year. See how tomorrow goes.
  10. Al Tait

    Al Tait Western Thunderer

    Not a massive amount of progress this week as I am now back at work. However, the chassis are now painted black with some detail painted in and some weathering started. They won't get fully weathered until everything is together, but engine/heater/exhausts have all had a little dry brushing with various shades of browns and a charcoal.



    Further progress on the interior sections which are nearly done. I am missing the bulkhead that goes into the brake compartment but there is one on the way and I need to finish the cab interior but these bits are easily added later. I have some cheap passengers to add but these will get a prime and a better paint job before I add them. I am rather please with how these have turned out, pretty much how I remember them.


  11. richard carr

    richard carr Western Thunderer

    Hi Al

    This is looking great, the best one I have seen. The glazing looks a nightmare though ?

    I'm not surprised this has taken 3 to 4 years, I'm definitely waiting for a ready to run one.

    Which livery is this going to be ?

  12. Al Tait

    Al Tait Western Thunderer

    I don't think I will bother with the internal glazing, I had thought about it but I don't think you'll notice its missing. External shouldn't be too bad. Master plan is it will be SPTE 101686. My painter is just waiting a paint delivery and I am waiting a response on transfers. Not sure we will see a rtr one for a while, I think both Heljan and Dapol will wait to see how their 117 and 121/122 offerings fair first. I just hope this looks the part when its finished.
  13. richard carr

    richard carr Western Thunderer


    SPTE is bright orange if I recall correctly, it will definitely look the part.

    Yes it will be a few years before there is one and to be honest I would be equally happy with a Cravens or a Derby lightweight, so I don't think it will be too long before I have one and certainly before I could build one !

  14. Al Tait

    Al Tait Western Thunderer

    Yep, orange and black. There is always the Bachman Brassworks ones if you can lay your hands on one. Still need painting though.
  15. Al Tait

    Al Tait Western Thunderer

    Not been much progress here for a while. There are a number of wagons on going wo of which I desperately need to finish. Strange how you get stuff so close to the finish line but can't quite find the motivation to pull it all together! On minor item that the last bits needed arrive last week was one on Jason Lee-Hannant's wheel skates. These have been modified with Steel axles, Brass Bearings and N gauge wheels. Its just about there but will need a bit of modification as getting the back to backs right on all three axles with the bearings in place needs the cradle opening out a little. They are not perfect but this was the test bed! I have got a couple more to do but will need to get some bearings as I have used them on both the inside and outside frames (8 per wheel skate) but I will need to place a wheel order fairly soo so will get some extra bearings.

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