On The Workbench: July 2013

Well, July is traditionally a month where you dont get much modelling done, and I thought that would be the case here as well, what with it being too hot in the loft to realistically achieve anything more than sweating. However, as can be seen below we have actually done quite a bit! Apologies for the lateness of this update but as per normal real life things have been getting in the way…..

Anyhow – It seems most workbench activity has involved things getting close to finished but not quite all the way there, as such there are a lot of ‘work in progress shots!’ First up we have this Bachy Peak, renumbered to 73 and with weathering well underway – not a lot else detail wise to do to this other than the bufferbeams etc…

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Next up a couple of Spoons Oly has been working on, both in early 70’s condition – once again they are only part way through the weathering process and also need the front of the bogies rebuilding following removal of the NEM pockets:

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I have been busy converting a Hornby J94 into a representation of a Hunslet 50550, which was predecessor to the standard Austerity design. Much use has been made of the articles by James Wells in Railway Modeller from over 10 years ago. Principle modifications are a new cab back, new bunker back, replacement bufferbeams, cab roof overlay and frame extensions. As can be seen she is now ready for a bit of filling and priming, along with some smaller details being added….

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Moving onto wagons, I have been working through the fleet fitting 3 links and re-weathering or detailing as necessary. This is quite a pleasant diversion and comes at minimal cost since the wagons are all sat on the test track already! The first to come under scrutiny are a selection of Bachmann fitted vans:

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As well as a couple of Bachmann Conflat A’s. I need to obtain some chain to secure the containers to the wagon but have been unable to find any with the screw tighteners as fitted to the real things – if anyone knows where these can be purchased I would be please to hear!

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The ex-LNER 13T open wagon here is standard Bachmann fare, and awaiting the attentions of the paintbrush – these vehicles seemed to gain some very interesting rust effects:

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Meanwhile, Oly has used a soldering iron for the first time in his life and knocked a couple of Comet pony trucks together as part of a project to detail and improve a Bachmann V1:

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How the loco is coming on – the replacement Alan Gibson wheels make a big difference over the Bachmann standard fit items.

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On an even bigger distraction, he has also weathered up this funny looking US box thing, watch this space in future months to see where this may end up……

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That is about it for this month, hopefully Augusts update will be presented slightly closer to the end of August!!

Chris

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