Slow but steady progress on the Stock front.
One SR 12t van finished today (to paint the chassis & roof? – answers on a post)
The other ongoing project is a 3D printed SE&CR push pull driving trailer as used on the Westerham branch (one half of a 2 car set). Initial green coat put on, floor from plasticised and coach bogies from MJT (yes we do them in 3mm scale). A lot to do yet, fortunately managed to pick up a copy of the Mike King SR Pull – Push Stock book which gives details of the interior and some decent photos.
That’s all for now.
Over the Christmas period I have been trial fitting Sprat and Winkle coupling to some of my wagons.
Reflecting after the Beckenham show, not only was their a need for track laying in some parts but also a more reliable coupling system was found wanting.
The B&Bs are very sensetive to lumps and bumps in the track and for the crack handed like me difficult to put together. Yes their advantage is that they are unobtrusive but need to be finely adjusted.
So thought I would give the Sprat and Winkles a go. Until they are track tested I will not make a final decision – better get on with relaying the track then!
Happy New Year.
Had the opportunity to do some modelling being another year older and all that.
Started Andy Shillitos Linton Kits SECR P class in 3mm.
The kit is well thought out with tabs for locating the etch. I did find the tanks were handed and that I had 2 left hands instead of 1 left & 1 right but was able to overcome that. Had to do the boiler in 2 halves more my modelling skills than the kit design.
The castings are 3D printed rather than the usual white metal or lost wax so that should be interesting.
Here are a couple of pictures
Just valances buffet bean and course roof to add. As for the chassis I have a motor that should fit with my usual branch line gear box with Alan Gibson wheels to complete, just got to work out the pickups couplings and livery. Considering painting as below
(Photo from Project 27 blog)
This was the livery used by the SECR in WW1 reportedly for goods engines.
What of the Terrier you might ask? The chassis is a runner but the pick ups need sorting and I have found the roof which did a runner. So within touching distance.
The Pickering needs more weight and I am going to use the motor for the P for now until I workout how to weight it.
That’s all for now.
Had an enjoyable weekend at Uckfield show. Got to meet Olly and Chris (thanks for the help Saturday) and went to the social Saturday night with a lovely dinner and food pint of Harvey’s.
The downside – the layout behaved like a pig, total points failure all weekend plus ripped the track up from the 3 road fiddle Yard and then to top it all the long siding point blade dropped. Then there were the niggles, uncoupling Stock lack of engines, still all down to experience and hopefully Beckenham this weekend will be better.
Thanks must go to Tony P for his help on Sunday but my overwhelming thanks must go to Mr P not only for transporting the layout and operating help but for his company.
Here are the photos
24 hours to go – so will it be a case of burning the midnight oil?
Really pleased with the way the scenery has turned out although have not been able to do a backscene but have the lighting beam finished with one layout name on. Should of been a totem but had to be cut down to fit – ho hum.
As for the running – given the track a good clean and made adjustments to the 3 road fiddle yard exit with wire n tube, hopefully cured the gauging issue.
As for locos – have not managed to finish the Terrier (longest loco build in history) for a variety of reasons mainly not happy about the pickups and having a job with a lot of evening work the past couple of weeks has not helped. Still thanks to the good offices of the Mid Kent light railway the Colonel has been able to borrow some locos plus the Lee branch and the Amersham and district have contributed stock plus the Cobham light (my sincere thanks gentleman).
Today it is case of fitting end protectors and packing all that’s required for tomorrow’s early start.
Here are the pictures-
Last weekend, I had an enjoyable time with my friend Simon Roberts, filming Tony’s Little Bytham layout. We had done a similar video last year, but this time we decided to pull out all the stops and try and make it a bit professional….well a little perhaps. I hope you enjoy it.
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