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Hi Sarah

Very nice series of photos. The outdoor ones are particularly effective.

I hope you don't mind but when I looked at the ones of the Ex SR Unfitted van here

http://smg.photobucket.com/user/sarahagain...cfd699.jpg.html

I thought something didn't look quite right. I think it is the grooves between the planks on the sides. They would normally create a shadow and so would be darker that the sides which you have in some places but some are light. It is the sort of thing that often looks ok when you look at the actual wagon but then shows up in a photo. I hesitate to recommend applying a dark wash now as it might damage some of the detail you have added but perhaps you could consider it for future wagons.

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QUOTE (StuB @ 25 Aug 2013, 09:05) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>.......I thought something didn't look quite right. I think it is the grooves between the planks on the sides. They would normally create a shadow and so would be darker that the sides which you have in some places but some are light. It is the sort of thing that often looks ok when you look at the actual wagon but then shows up in a photo.A very interesting point and tip - in this case it was of course exacerbated by it being a flash photo.
...all of which further endorses the value of
QUOTE Very nice series of photos. The outdoor ones are particularly effective.(my emphasis)

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Hi all, and thanks for the comments.

Photobucket has a monthly "Bandwith Limit" on the "Free" account.

QUOTE Your account has reached the free 10GB bandwidth limit.

Get unlimited* with Photobucket Plus.

So, once everyone has looked at the photos and in effect downloaded 10GB, then you get the "Popular" patch.

Of course, if you pay them...you get more storage (not needed at the mo.) and unlimited downloads, or "Bandwith".

I think it was the outdoors photos that have increased traffic this month, I just about got away with it last month.

I will have to do a bit of sorting out into "albums" and more direct linking as this doesn't use the "Bandwith" like the "IMG" Image tags do....

QUOTE (Long funnel & tiresome @ 25 Aug 2013, 00:05) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>Oops Sarah!
In post #158 it seems like you have gone and locked yourself away inside a "Quotes" bubble yet again.
Is it maybe addictive?

LF&T

Hi LF&T...

No, this time I was quoting myself from the FFrwd Locks thread!


QUOTE (StuB @ 25 Aug 2013, 09:05) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>Hi Sarah

Very nice series of photos. The outdoor ones are particularly effective.

I hope you don't mind but when I looked at the ones of the Ex SR Unfitted van here

http://smg.photobucket.com/user/sarahagain...cfd699.jpg.html

I thought something didn't look quite right. I think it is the grooves between the planks on the sides. They would normally create a shadow and so would be darker that the sides which you have in some places but some are light. It is the sort of thing that often looks ok when you look at the actual wagon but then shows up in a photo. I hesitate to recommend applying a dark wash now as it might damage some of the detail you have added but perhaps you could consider it for future wagons.

Stu

Hi Stu. Yes, a good point. I will consider washes. (In some cases, the final matt varnish coat tends to pick up some colour and turn into a sort of wash..
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As LF&T has spotted, these workbench photos are flash(y), and tend to wash out things a bit. I will try and get some van train piccys on the plank outside at some point.

QUOTE (Long funnel & tiresome @ 25 Aug 2013, 12:04) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>A very interesting point and tip - in this case it was of course exacerbated by it being a flash photo.
...all of which further endorses the value of

QUOTE Very nice series of photos. The outdoor ones are particularly effective.

(my emphasis)

LF&T
 

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QUOTE ]Photobucket [/b]has a monthly "Bandwith Limit" on the "Free" account.

Gave up with them...paid Flickr £20...........unlimited,faster upload, better format,.............
 

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QUOTE (David Todd @ 3 Sep 2013, 15:31) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>Gave up with them...paid Flickr £20...........unlimited,faster upload, better format,.............


I have found that many firewalls block Flickr if using a work PC (in breaks, obviously) so I went with Picasa when Webshots became subscription only (taking a whole load of my photos with it). It's free so far!
 

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Well, apart from road names, the house is just about finished!

The TV ariel is made from plastic rod, as is the mounting bracket.

The coal bunker is a bit of a "cheat" for me
. (This is the first ever "Ready to Plant" Resin structure I have bought. A pack of 4 from Bachmann Scenecraft. Bought from Modelzone...)

The Dust Bin is one of the Merit / PECO Modelscene ones. The lid is a separate part on these.

The side gates are made from parts of the Ratio GWR Wooden Station fencing and gates. (In stock for ages, and re-used.)

Some House Photos taken outside.

General view...



From higher up...



Shewing the Dust Bin and Coal Bunker....



The TV Repair Van is on a call....

 

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QUOTE (sarah @ 10 Aug 2013, 10:35) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>In a word, yes...

The LNER had the ex GCR/ Wrexam Mold and Connah's Quay Railway. Wrexham Central, Exchange, and up to Hawarden (and around to Chester Northgate etc.)

This had a branch to Ffrwd Ironworks, and some collieries in the Moss Valley, north of Wrexham.

The GWR also served Wrexham, and had a network of branches including one up the Moss Vallet to Ffrwd Ironworks.

Also see the Ffrwd Locks threads in my Signature below...


Weirdly the J72s will have been provided by Bidston shed on the Wirral - a longstanding arrangement dating back to MSLR/GCR days. They travelled down the central Wirral line to gain the ex-WMCQ metals at Dee Marsh Junction, then across the Dee and reversing onto a connection with the WMCQ (ex Buckley Railway) line to access the Connah's Quay low-level dockside lines, diving underneath the LNWR North Wales Coast line in the process.
Previously ex GCR J62 0-6-0 tanks were supplied in both saddle and side tank form.
There was a small outstation shed at Connah's on the aforementioned Buckley Railway line, where the loco was kept when out of use.

The Buckley line itself was worked by Wrexham Rhosddu allocated locos, usually ex-GER J67 and J69 tanks.

Other Wrexham allocated ex-LNER locos included ex-GCR N5 and C13 locos.

Weird - but a very intersting locality for it, railway-wise.
 

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Yes, the Wrexham area has (had) a lot going for it!

A Happy Christmas to you all.

Some recent work for Ffrwd Locks...

(And a few SR interlopers as well.....)

The Bachmann 3f "Jinty" 0-6-0T now just about finished...in BRITISH RAILWAYS livery...







A couple of vans...





A couple of Ex GWR Toads...







And a fitted example...(Ex Airfix GMR grey one..)





Bachmann SR Queen Mary...



Hornby Terrier and Bachmann "Pill Box" Brake Van





etc..





Little and littler...

 

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Happy Christmas, and thanks for the comments...


No prizes for guessing the origin of this BR Mk1 SK....

Re-painted, metal wheels fitted, and a few passengers added...





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The interior...



To go with the "Partwork" coach from Hatchette I needed a Brake coach.

This Bachmann BCK was second hand, and needed a buffer and a little TLC...but got a bit more, including a re-worked "cage" in the brake part.

Inspiration for the interior of these two coaches comes from the PECO interior kits made for the old Kitmaster Mk1 kits...

The guard is a Tri-ang Railways Driver!





















The "cage" that was removed. Solid!



The two coaches together...



 

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The Hatchette Mk 1 SK dismantled...

(Most of these photos were taken after the re-paint work...)



The bogies are "clip fit" like old Hornby coaches. The clips can be fragile, so proceed to lever them off with care!





The Bogies removed...





The close coupling system revealed after carefully prising off the clip in bogie...



Carefully moving the close coupler to one side reveals one of the three fixing screws, that hold the body in place...There is also one in the middle of the coach, and of course another under the other bogie...(Posed photo, the body is off in these pics!)



The screw hole with the screw removed..



The underside shewing the middle screw, and one end screw (Close coupling unit removed.)



The underside. all 3 screws removed. (Close coupling units removed.)



The bogies shewing the clips...Replacement Hornby Metal wheelsets installed. (The bearing holes may need easing slightly. A job for a special tool, or a small hand drill...)









After removing the 3 screws, which screw into the interior unit, the body can be carefully removed from the chassis. I have marked the "Lav" end of the chassis, so it goes back the right way around... Note the metal weight.



The body with the roof removed. (clip fit.)





The roof...above and below...





The body sides, outside and inside...





The roof and body sides shewing the locating clips...


The interior unit...





The chassis underside with the body removed.



For the re-paint, I removed the glazing. This is pegged and glued in place, but the glue joints can be broken by carefully prising the glazing away, a bit at a time...

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The window ventilators are moulded into the glazing unit, and can be painted carefully before re-fitting the glazing...



The almost finished (Requires numbering...) coach...

 

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The "Mallard" from the "Great British Locomotives Collection" Partwork dismantled...

The complete model on the base...The loco and tender are both screwed to the base from below with spacers. 2 for the loco, and 2 for the tender. The screws are cross head, and in quite tight!



The front of the loco...



Inside the cab 1...



Inside the cab 2..



The tender 1...



The tender 2...



The tender 3...



The tender 4...



The tender 5...the top. The coal seems to be a bit low? The filler cap looks to be a bit tall? (One for the A4 experts!)



The tender 6...the underside. Cast metal wheels. Each is separate, no through axles.



Loco underside. The tender coupling screw also holds the back of the chassis in place. Note the unflanged trailing truck wheels. A fixed truck. Hornby Style! Cast metal wheels. Each is separate, no through axle.



Tender coupling removed...



The front bogie. Cast metal wheels. each is separate, no through axles. The screw is the front securing screw for the chassis. The bogie is permanently attached. Not screw fitted.



Side view of the complete chassis. Probably the same chassis will be used for the A3? (and maybe others...)



Underside of the chassis. A self-tapping screw in the underside holds on the "keeper plate" with the brake gear. (Crudely screwed in. The chassis plate was designed to be glued in place...)



Chassis. Flexible plastic cylinders and rods. Cast metal driving wheels. Some flash, and bits around the edges. (An all in one casting including "axles". The wheels do NOT revolve!).



Self tapping screw removed...



The "Keeper plate" removed...exposing the Driving Wheel casting web...(Note the "chewed" middle location hole for a "pin" on the keeper plate, caused by the self-tapping screw...)



The chassis with the driving wheels, etc. removed. The casting "clips" into place.



Top view of the chassis...



Side view of the chassis...



The Driving wheels, rods and cylinders 1. The cylinders simply fit onto two thin pins on the chassis. The cylinders and valve gear are flexible silvered plastic.[/b]



Driving wheels, rods and cylinders 2. The underside...



Driving wheels, rods and cylinders 3...



The body underside. The black plate is a push fit into place around the front fixing screw mounting, with a pin moulded onto the plate engaging in a location pillar towards the back.



The black plate removed to show the inside of the body...



Inside the body..



Note that the front body fixing pillar is NOT on the centreline. It is to the right of centre when looking at the body from underneath!

The pillar in the firebox that only locates the black cover plate needs to be shortened or removed to clear a Tri-ang Hornby X.04 motor fitted A3 (Flying Scotsman, also used for the original LMS Streamline "Coronation" locos.) chassis.

The Tender...

The GBL Mallard Tender Dismantled...

The Mallard tender body is glued to the chassis, there are 2 lugs at the back, roughly in line with the buffers. One broke off on mine. These should be eased first. The centre front fixing pin should then break free when the tender body is eased up at the back.













The GBL Mallard tender body is a bit narrower than a Tri-ang Hornby A3 tender body.

The GBL base with the spacers (loose) and fixing screws in place.



The spacers and fixing screws.



The GBL base top. Note that there are spare holes, for mounting other locos in the collection...



The GBL base underside.



There is plenty of room inside the loco body.

A Tri-ang Hornby chassis and tender to fit?


Yes, a later X.04 motor fitted "Flying Scotsman" A3 chassis has been modified and fits using the two original body fixing points...

See later post on here...
 

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The GBL Mallard motored...

The GBL and Hornby Chassis compared...



The Hornby Chassis test fitted into the GBL Body...



The chassis used is a later X.04 (well, a new type X.03 with the plastic worm and no oil pads!) Tri-ang Hornby (probably Hornby Railways) "Flying Scotsman" Chassis. It has the later finer driving wheels, with the centre drivers also having flanges.

The GBL Mallard body requires the black plate locating pillar in the firebox removing or shortening to clear the chassis.
The flange under the back of the cab footplate requires removing to be flush with the side footplates, to clear the swinging rear truck.

Locating pillar shortened and rear body modified to clear the Hornby Chassis...



After the locating pin was removed, further trials...





The modifications required to the chassis would be the same for any of the "Flying Scotsman" and LMS Streamline "Coronation"chassis based on the reversed B12 /Hall chassis block with the screw on cast box that originally held the bulb for the "firebox glow" feature. (This could even be fitted if required!).

The Cast box is best modified off the chassis.

Chassis Mods. Back box filed down...



Rear fixing hole drilled out to clear fixing screw pillar on GBL body...



Front plate notch for front fixing screw...



Cylinders filed down in width...



Test fitted with chassis located on rear pillar...too far back!



Side view...



With bogie and trailing track fitted...how I found out that the chassis needed to go forwards in the body...



The chassis body fixing hole turned out to be to far towards the front of the loco. It needs to be opened out to a slot (that clears the back body mounting pillar) towards the back of the chassis, to allow the chassis to be moved forwards.

A small washer and a new short screw are required to fit the back mounting point. (The original GBL screw is too long.)
The modified rear fixing...



A fair amount of the rear cast box needs to be cut and/or filed from the back of the box to clear the inside of the Mallard firebox backhead. (see photo above...)

The front chassis extension should be marked for a notch to clear the front body fixing screw, noting that the front body fixing pillar is to the right of the body centreline. The cylinders can be removed, and the extension is also screwed in place and so can be removed to make modification easier.

Another small washer, notched to clear the chassis extension side, is used with the original GBL front body fixing screw to mount the front of the chassis.

The modified front fixing...



The Tender...

The Mallard tender body is glued to the chassis, there are 2 lugs at the back, roughly in line with the buffers. One broke off on mine. These should be eased first. The centre front fixing pin should then break free when the tender body is eased up at the back.

The GBL Mallard tender body is a bit narrower than a Tri-ang Hornby A3 tender body.

The two tenders compared...



To fit the GBL Mallard tender body to the Tri-ang Hornby tender chassis, the body locating strips on both sides and the back of the Tri-ang Hornby tender chassis need to be removed.

New side locating strips from styrene strip can then be fitted to suit the GBL Mallard tender body. These are roughly along the inside edge of the Tri-ang Hornby locating strips just removed. Measure your tender body to check...

The back locating strip is also a bit forward of the Tri-ang Hornby strip. This needs to be positioned so that the front of the tender is flush with the front of the tender chassis. There will be a small "flange" around the two sides and the back of the GBL Mallard tender body when mounted on the Tri-ang Hornby Tender chassis.

New white styrene (blacked on the top and outside) side and rear locating strips on the Tri-ang Hornby Tender Chassis...



The Modified Tender Chassis (with repaired coupling loop!) compared with a later Hornby "Sound Fitted" tender chassis...



A small strip of styrene needs to be glued under the front of the tender footplate to engage with the front locating strip on the tender chassis.

If the GBL Mallard tender coal space and coal load are properly glued in place (Mine fell apart easily, so I re-glued it together.), a small hole can be drilled in the coal space (Not the coal) to line up with the hole in the tender chassis, and the original Tri-ang Hornby tender body securing screw and collar used. (With the packing as well if required. Or the weight can be glued down.)

The location to drill the tender fixing screw hole indicated, and the new front locating strip added from white styrene strip...



The complete model before wheel painting...







The wheels then need to be painted red (Signal Red in my case...)

Wheels painted...





Final Body Fixings...











A Bachmann Loco crew fitted...(The Driver's seat needed mending!) Some pipes and gauges, etc coloured in...





Two LNER loco head lamps by Dart Castings finish the job...



 

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Inspirational work (as ever) on the A4.


It has been suggested and some have attempted to use this body to get a decent A4 body for the latest A4 Bachmann chassis - as opposed to the overtly humpy, Trix-derived body it currently sports, the tender is a very handy variation too - for the spares box.
 
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