An early November update 

It seems a while since I last posted any photos showing various projects on the workbench, there hasn’t been a huge amount going on in honesty, but here are a selection to show I haven’t been completely inactive.

It’s probably worth saying I’m writing this while nursing a hangover so if I’ve dropped any clangers over the next few paragraphs, it’s not my fault!

I picked up a pair of Bachmann Midland brake vans at Uckfield a few weeks ago for a very reasonable price, but was definitely far from convinced with their colour, almost seeming worse than most of Bachmanns other wagons! Although these are too old for BR service in the early 70’s period, they will fit in nicely in industrial service.

I think I need to do a bit more work on the blending of some of the shades on this but it is definitely getting there…

One that’s been sat around for ages awaiting its turn under the weathering brush is this Parkside diagram 109 mineral, which now wears some rust. As with much of my stock, the cleaner side is intended for use with my steam collection while the grubbier side is intended to be more of an early 70’s condition.

Finally, a couple of Red Panda Lowfits are underway for conversion into a twin bolster, although an oversight on my part meant I did the brakes the wrong way round on one! As such I’ll now have to build another pair to get the setup right… good excuse!

That’s about all from me for now, I’ll be out at Tolworth next weekend helping Andy Jones operate Herstmonceux so say hi if you are attending!

Chris

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