SimonD’s workbench

simond

Western Thunderer
Some progress over the weekend. There are still some spots to tidy on the paint, the “concertina” doors are a PITA to mask, and I had some bleed and some spray going round corners, hopefully will get there in the next day or two. I’ll let it all harden off for a while.

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The signal is getting there too. It’s difficult to know when to stop when doing a “refurbishment”, if you do too much,it would probably have been easier to simply start again, but I think this is sufficient & will be fit for purpose. The tall doll leans backwards at a jaunty angle. It did before I started, so I cut it free from one trimmer, jigged it all so it was nicely vertical, and reattached it with epoxy, and a pin epoxied into a hole. Once it had all set, I took off the jig, and it promptly resumed its rather casual attitude. It’s not awful and it won’t affect function, but it is irritating.

The distant lamp didn’t work, managed to extract the blutak that held the bulb, cleaned and reconnected the bulb. Re-stuffed the bottom of the lamp housing with blutak, and painted it black

The home arms were stripped, resprayed with Halfords white primer, and hand painted with Vallejo acrylics. The distant arm simply needed the spectacle frame repainting. There will be a dab or two of touchup required when it’s all finished.

Added some handrails, 0.7mm N/S, representational, no pretence at scale. Replaced the plastic planks on the platform with coffee stirrers (I bought a box of 1000, for about a fiver, about five years ago, and as Seasick Steve says, “I still got most of it left”)

Need to make the levers & balance arms to go at the foot of the post, & link it all up. One crank is missing, need to sort that first.

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if nothing else, convalescence is good for modelling progress…
 

simond

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Window bars…

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they’re going in the ultrasonic bath in a minute or two. I’m going to make another set for the outside framed van, for which I never made any.

I used nicked silver wire. Do we think they should stay metallic, or be painted? If painted, what colour? Black would seem logical, but it won’t be very visible. The photos appear to show a fairly pale colour. Cream perhaps?

trouble is, this photo suggests the bars should be dark, though it’s an earlier vehicle.


And I’m right out of salmon pink…
 
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Phil O

Western Thunderer
Simon, I like the fact that your signal lights are not very bright, unlike the spotlights fitted to most signals you see these days.
 

simond

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Thanks Phil,

I can claim no credit, the signal was built by John Matthews, erstwhile proprietor of Scale Signal Supply.

The lamps are Grain-of-Rice incandescent bulbs, and in my photo, the power source was a PP3!

I do agree that model lamps can end up being far too bright, and unfortunately, whilst SMD LEDs are perfect in many respects, they are tiny, run on very low voltages, and use negligible current, they don’t look like incandescent lamps, and still less like an oil lamp.
 

simond

Western Thunderer
Thanks Giles,

I did the other thing, and sprayed them white yesterday evening. I’ll make a couple of windows, fit the bars, and review.

after further reflection, I’m not going to buy a tester pot of “Eton mess”, or “Salmon delight” or “Boudoir de rive gauche” or whatever ludicrously-named shade of pink from the diy shed on my way home from work. It’s too dark to see inside anyway.

photos to follow…
Simon
 
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LarryG

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Window bars looked to be black in TPO vans, or at least a very dark colour. Seeing as yours are wire and therefore three-dimensional, they will reflect light like the read thing.

In 4mm scale, I scribe mine with a new blade and they reflect light as if 3-D, although I have also ruled them on the back of glazing with black cellulose at times.
 

simond

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Thanks Larry, certainly the photo I linked (courtsey of @Dog Star ) shows a dark colour, but the photos in Russell suggest something pale, which may indeed be the light catching as you suggest.

It’s rather pleasant sitting outside at the moment, but I may go in later, and fit them to some glazing.
 
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simond

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Further consideration of the photo in Russell suggests that Larry’s right.

Halfords’ rattle can gloss black currently drying…
 

simond

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Window bars now look ok, but I have not made a great job of the droplight and bolection painting :(

much retouching will be required. I may be some time.
 

simond

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The M14 van is on the naughty step, so I have made a bit of progress on the bracket signal. I had hoped to complete it by now but have not quite achieved that, it works, but some fettling is needed as is some touching up of paint
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Not sure why the middle doll lamp is dimmer. Tant pis.
Also not sure why the arms go up above horizontal. Not me guv, someone else put the stops on!

All being well, it’ll be earning its keep next Thursday
 

Tony Overton

Western Thunderer
Window bars…
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I used nicked silver wire. Do we think they should stay metallic, or be painted? If painted, what colour? Black would seem logical, but it won’t be very visible. The photos appear to show a fairly pale colour. Cream perhaps?
Back in May you posted progress on window bars. Can I ask, what diameter N/S wire did you use please? I've tried 0.5 and 0.4, but both still seem over size, and am now thinking of trying 0.3, or may be 0.2 mm rod, if I can get hold of it.
Tony
 
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