Sunday, April 25, 2010
Today is a significant day in Australia's short history. It is the 95th Anniversary of the landings of the combined Australian and New Zealand Army Corp at Gallipoli in Turkey on the 25th of April, 1915. The landings were at the behest of Winston Churchill and the Admiralty in Britain to try and force a passage through the Dardanelles to the Black Sea. Unfortunately all that was gained was a terrible loss of life on the side of both the ANZACs and the Turks.
In Australia and New Zealand it has become the main day to remember those who served in the armed forces of both nations in conflicts around the globe - and to remember the sacrifice made by those who didn't come home or who, like my great-grandfather, came home injured.
To those who are still serving - thank you. To those who gave it all, Lest We Forget.
Saturday, April 10, 2010
Thursday, April 8, 2010
Ultima Models SR Bogie Luggage Van Dia 3096/3098
Ultima Models GWR Monster (Giant) Dia P18
I blame my mate Ben Lawson for these actually. He got an example of the BLV to run on his Sturminister Newton Layout with his Pines Express set. His blog is here: http://www.rmweb.co.uk/community/index.php/blog/161-neb-from-downunder-n-gauge-blog/ Scroll down if necessary for the pictures of his BLV.
Neither of us have managed to work out a satisfactory way of doing the roof overlay yet.
Next on the Ultima list is their Siphon F and Thompson BG kits - they were ordered last night.
You will notice (hopefully) that they don't have bogies. The BLV doesn't come with bogies and will end up on 2mm FSA 8' SR Steam Bogies. The Monster does come with bogies but I decided they are a bit rough and I will put the 2mm FSA bogies under it too. The kit for the Monster apparently comes with buffers but mine was missing these (if they are supposed to be in there - the instructions have a few things which I noticed could do with updating but Ultima is still coming back on line after a hiatus so fair play). It isn't a big deal as I will get said buffers from the 2mm FSA when I get the bogies. The Thompson needs bogies too so once I work out which type I will fill in my order to Shop 4 - the next order that is! Do UFOs ever run out???
Next job is to prime and then paint. The Monster will end up Humbrol Number 10 with a light grey roof and distressed GW lettering (the plan being to run it in both the 1930-1940's and also in the early BR period). The BLV is going to be Green - Dulux Fiddly Bits Heritage Green for those of you in Australia. Available at Bunnings for not much.
Monday, April 5, 2010
The first thing to report is I built, some time ago now, one of the 2mm LMS/BR Buffer Stops.
This looks like it has been the victim of a bit of a hard shunt but is much, much nicer than the Peco version. I am thinking of getting some of the LNWR ones to replace the collection on St Alban's Priory - I will be definitely getting them for St Alban's Abbey when I get around to it. Assuming the rain stops, it will get painted tomorrow - along with a few other things building up.
Tonight I made an attempt on my Worsley Works 2EPB scratch aid. I can't remember if this is 2mm or N gauge - I suspect 2mm as it doesn't fit the Farish Mk1 donor coach at all being too short. In any case, with the aid of the new solder station (not that it is new any more!) no dramas in making up the basic body. Farish Mk 1 roof, cut up chassis for chassis and it is looking ok. All over Blue paint and we shall see how to power the kit. I still have the other coach to do.
The other thing I have started is my TPM 4-VEP insert kit. Again, so far so good with the sides done for the MBSO. Still not sure how this will be powered either. I have TPM motorizing kits to use but the MLV wasn't a great success so now thinking of GWR Railcar chassis. Will have to investigate.