Sunday, August 29, 2010
Friday, August 27, 2010
Thursday, August 26, 2010
The UFOs are building up again - I got some stuff from the NGS and 2mm FSA as I think I mentioned earlier. This included some TPM HEA kits to flesh out the Nuclear train, another LNWR D88 van, a Shark ballast plough, a pair of LNER Toad Es for the W&U collection and a GWR 6 wheel Toad to run with the P19 wagons. There was also some Shire Scenes bits and pieces for St Alban's Abbey and the Langley LNWR signal box kit.
So the plan is to have the HEAs, Shark and D88 van into the paint shops Saturday which means they all have to be finished off tomorrow night. I have made good progress so this should be achievable.
Saturday afternoon is looking like transfers in front of the footy before more soldering Saturday night, painting Sunday morning and maybe finish the weekend Sunday night with some final transfers.
In any case, having made this claim public I had better do something!!!! The point behind the blog is to keep making progress so...
Tuesday, August 24, 2010
4491 end showing the LNER Crest under the number and the red backed 23 character nameplate. Parts of the detailing pack can be seen under the buffers.
The other end with the BR Arrows. This is the end with the short shank NEM Rapido in.
Sunday, August 22, 2010
Friday, August 20, 2010
Sunday, August 15, 2010
In other news, a batch of stuff turned up from Ultima - LNWR coach and horsebox, Midland meatvan (thanks Alan ;-)) and a pair of R0 Maunsell brakes. I made a start on the horsebox this afternoon - progress has been good which I am pleased about since the instructions are still being found! I have to source a roof. Fortunately I have found a handy picture at http://www.gauge1trains.co.uk/p/horsebox.html which has helped enormously.
Friday, August 6, 2010
Recently on the 2mm VAG of which I am a member a query was made regarding the tenders and cab roofs (rooves?) of the original four LNER A4s - the ones painted three tone grey/silver in 1935. The questor had plans by Roche and Beattie but wasn't sure how to proceed. Photos in Yeadon's proved that, at least as far as the Roche drawings went, they were not much help. The Beattie drawings were a little better but as far as putting the elements of the conversion kit from Langley went, the photos were much more useful.
It is queries like this and the help which I can then give fellow modellers which makes my labour of love (aka the sodding database) worthwhile. I have posted previously about the database and I have had a real roll on over the last few weeks, logging in quite a few more magazines (Steam Days mostly) to increase the collection referenced. Using the A4s as an example I have over 850 photos logged from magazines such as Steam Days, British Railways Illustrated, Back Track, Steam World and or course Locomotives Illustrated. Books such as Yeadon's Register and The Book of the A4s are the natural magnets when a question surrounding the ECML greyhounds comes up but other sources such as A J Mullay's "Non-Stop - London to Scotland Steam" can have photos the others do not which can prove just as useful if not more so. As far as the A4s go, for modelling 2509-2512, Locos Illustrated No 38 p4 is probably the starting point - it has a colour shot taken of 2509 still in silver grey.