Life has got in the way so modelling has taken a bit of a back seat for some time. However last weekend I did manage to do a bit and in between painting seats for the Kirk twin set I assembled some Silhouette cut coach sides for a GWR Director Saloon that I cut out back in January.
Whether you are planning a visit to Guildex or not here is a preview of what’s on view on my Silhouette Cutter Demo on Stand D10
All of them either made completely from or kits enhanced by additional parts cut on the Silhouette
While cutting some battery box supports on the Cameo for the Kirk Twins I thought I would have a dabble with some letters.
Each letter is 8m high and cut from 10 thou styrene.
In between building the Kirk coaches I have also been assembling the other exNBR bogie CCT. This one will be finished in LNER livery for my own stock.
In NBR and LNER days the side panels were all half beaded this has been added using 0.8mm half round Plastruct strip.
Although I will be making the sole bars from plastruct strip they are too long to make it out of one length so it will need to be joined.
In order that this isn’t visible on the finished model I plan to draw up and cut some 10 thou overlays. Which I plan to rivet in the same manner as the tar tank. This is in the hope that it will save me from drilling, cutting and inserting the many stubs of rod that would otherwise make up the multitude of bolt/rivet heads visible on the sole bars.
Another one that rolled of the work bench this week is the scratch built tar tank that I made the tank body for some time ago.
I am particularly pleased with the way that the pipework has come out.
While taking photos yesterday I completely forgot the LNER Container. I managed to get the body painted a couple of weeks ago but I wasn’t happy with the colour so I mixed some more. While I had the transfers out I applied some. The photo that I am working from has the container on an ex GER OCT which was before dedicated container wagons were produced. On that basis I am going to leave the paint work fairly pristine although I will no doubt weather the OCT when I get that far.
I had thought that I had brought everything up to date as to my Christmas progress but I had forgotten the NER Implement wagon until I spoke to Graham Beare this morning.
When I began to do more work on it I realised that I had stuck the wrong axlebox/spring castings on, in my haste I had taken those from the Lowmac kit not the IMP. Fortunately I had stuck them on with Rocket Gel Superglue and I managed to prise them of without causing any damage to either the wagon or the castings.
This is where it’s got to so far.
More progress was also made on the Great Northern Railway Open Carriage trucks. All of them now have brakes and yokes etc.
Sadly I ran out of parts so didn’t get any further with the 6 wheeled North Eastern Railway truck but I did make good progress with the Great Eastern Railway Open Carriage Truck.
The W Irons and spring arrangement fittings are all either cut on the Cameo or styrene rod – a bit fiddly but immensely satisfying when it all came together.
Another of my last week’s endeavours was to make up and underframe for the tar tank.
My spares box yielded axle boxes/ springs and brakes while the “cameo” spares box yielded W Irons and Crown plates. I will need to cut more of the other washer plates for the solebars but since I already have an assortment drawn for other wagons that should be a simple matter.
One thing that I did notice when checking my drawing for making up the underframe is that this wagon has a 10′ wheel base whereas the Slaters version has either 9′ or 9′ 6″. Which will account for the the differing overall length and the reason that the transfers fit without adjustment.
It makes you wonder whether Slaters (like other manufacturers) developed the kit around reusing some existing underframe parts in their range and then adjusted the tank length to fit. But subsequently someone else developed the transfers around the longer wheel based drawing.
I can see lot’s of sound business reasons for doing this.
Inspired at the time when a gent called Adam built a 4mm scale scratchbuilt Lowmac on a couple of forums that I frequent, I recalled that when buying NER Implement wagons and Lowmac kit’s from Jim in the past he packed a couple of extra axlebox/spring castings. With that in mind and wanting to expand the wagon fleet in this direction I ordered and collected another of each kit from Jim at the Keighley show. This gave me a spare set of axlebox/spring castings for each type of wagon.
So when I was ill a couple of weeks or so ago I drew up the parts for an implement wagon to see how it looked.
Then last weekend in between working on the GER OCT and the A Type container (I was a busy boy because I also finished fitting the handrails to the Parkside unfitted van) I assembled it.
I didn’t get any further with it because I had left the relevant volume of Tatlow at home in Wakefield….. Which seems to be the story of my life just now – I hadn’t been able to assemble the container the weekend before due to leaving the information at home.
And then there were five…
Although last week was a bust from a modelling perspective due to being ill. When I started to feel better I did get a bit of drawing and cutting done which allowed me to make a start on what I think are the last two open carriage trucks for now.
First I made up the body and basic underframe for the GER OCT that I was enquiring about the origins of on various forums
The plan is to finish this with an A Type container (which I have made start on drawing up in Inkscape).
Last but by no means least (because it’s a bit of a beast at 34′ 8″) is a former NER 6 wheeled OCT. Apparently in 1917 these had their sides removed and bolsters added for the conveyance of Aeroplane parts.
I made more progress on the OCTs now having two 21′ and one 18′ examples in similar states of build.
and finally a photos of the star and some modified spring hangers. The cast W Irons and springs were kindly cast for me by Kerry Viney in Australia but nice as they are they didn’t quite match the spring hangers on my drawing but some time ago when I was experimenting with drawing up springs and hangers in Inkscape I had drawn up and cut some hangers which I hadn’t used. I found that If I glued 3 layers together by inserting them on a length of brass wire to index them I could them cut the loop end off and insert them on the bottom of the solebar like you see in the close up below. Not perfect in that they could have been a little wider but now I have the proof of concept adjusting with will take moments before recutting. I will do this for use with the next half dozen that I have, which I plan to use on an NER 6 wheeled OCT
You didn’t notice because the picture angle didn’t allow it in any case that my GNR 21′ OCT being vacuum fitted has a star on the solebar. Initially because I wasn’t thinking I followed the drawing and what should be a star is actually a hexagon with the points top and bottom. Discovery of another tool Inkscape had me quickly drawing a 6 pointed star (the tool creates either stars or polygons and a drop down allows you to quickly chose how many points.
Size wise the points of the stars are 2.5mm across
Some time ago I drew up some inserts for Mansell wheels but I never got around to cutting them out. Seeing Peter Beare’s recent additions to the backs of Slaters wheels over on Western Thunder, brought them to mind again.
While at Telford, the tight Yorkshireman instinct made me take advantage of Haywood Railway’s offer of two axles of coach wheels inc bearings for £5. 00 – I bought quite a few…
Finding myself in need of some Mansell wheels for some scratch build projects (more of that later) I revisited the drawings to amend them to suit the Haywood wheel dimensions and cut them out from 10 thou sheet. Initially I wondered if they would be deep enough and whether I might need a blank spacer but as it turns out they were perfect.
In between other jobs I managed to get a squirt of black paint, the transfers and some weathering on the tar tank.
What was interesting having built an lettered a Slaters kit, is that I took the measurements for this from a Skinley drawing. That drawing must relate in some way to the Slaters transfers because unlike the Slaters’ kit the transfers went on in one piece without having to make any adjustments to letter spacing to take account of the panel size and layout of the rivets.
My Slaters example took several sessions/hours to get the transfers on whereas these went in in about 15 minutes tops for both sides.
My main reason for building this was to do further experiments with the crackle medium to see if I could reproduce cracked tar runs on the tank. I am pleased with the results so far.
A quick squirt of primer later and the “rivets” are still visible.
A lot will depend on the results of my ongoing painting experiments using Crackle medium but it’s looking more like I will build an underframe for it by the minute. – Like Horseboxes, you can never have too many tank wagons.
In between while the brain can’t cope with anything too involved I wanted to do some more experiments with Crackle medium because I want to weather my Slaters Tar tub. Like when I did the doors I would rather put my efforts into something useful as opposed to just testing things on a an offcut of styrene. As I was looking for something else a couple of weeks ago I came across a Skinley Drawing for a rectangular tank wagon.
I scanned it, imported it into Inkscape and very quickly cut out some 10 thou overlays for the top, sides and ends. A search in my spares box dug out a spare filler cap. The drawing has a deep filler neck so I glued it to a spare Parkside Vacuum cylinder which was the right size.
I then glued the overlays to some pieces of 60 thou and assembled it all to make up a tank body – I am still not sure as to whether to leave it as a grounded tank or to knock up and underframe and add it to the stock list. I suppose that will depend on how happy I am with the weathering job.
This is straight from the cutter, I haven’t drilled out the rivets and added stubs of styrene rod.
The next step is to put a coat of primer on and see how it looks then.
A particularly busy week at work didn’t leave much energy or enthusiasm for modelling last week. I did get a few bits and pieces done though.
The first relates to my last post on the occupied arches. Chris asked if I could make some Pattress Plates that were used to strengthen buildings and bridges to further enhance the arches. Inkscape to the fore and I soon had some parts draw up and cut out.
They are made up from multi layers of 20thou sheet and sadly I didn’t take photos of the finished articles before sloshing on the paint but here they are before fitting to the arches.
On my long term “want to try that” list has been Vallejo Crackle medium, which is used to represent peeling cracking or flaking paint. None of the usual haunts that I normally buy my supplies of Vallejo paint from seem to stock it and I am far too tight to pay postage to get some from eBay. Which pretty much doubles the cost.
Having done a search for it on eBay I noticed that Jackson Art supplies stock it and they are one of the places that Chris uses for her art supplies. I asked if she would add some to her order the next time she placed one which she did last week. – She waits until she needs enough supplies to qualify for free postage…. We are from the People’s Republic of Yorkshire after all.
When I knew it was on it’s way I thought what shall I use to test it and I could have used a square of styrene but no… I though perhaps I could could a couple of door sized pieces and cut some grooves to represent planks.
Which I did, then I thought I could add rails and stiles (I think that’s what they call them?) to the back and perhaps a couple of hinges on one to look like a door that’s been taken of for disposal or repair. Then I thought ah yes but the type of doors that I am representing have “Snecks” (or that’s what we call the round ‘ere) which meant that I would need to add a couple of pattress plates (see the theme developing).
Finally I got around to doing some actual painting and testing of the crackle medium. I have read various reviews and it seemed that many people didn’t really get on with it. I suspect that in the main that’s because the instructions are sparse to say the least – paint surface with acrylic paint, don’t shake the bottle, apply to the surface and allow to dry thoroughly (small cracks) over paint with a contrasting colour. For larger cracks overpain while still tacky.
Now peoples biggest issue seems to be that while overpainting you can have a tendency to drag the paint off removing your nicely cracked surface – see the brown door.
Having done the brown door and experienced just that effect albeit that I think that it looks okay bearing in mind how much magnification there is on the images.
On the second (blue) door I watered down the paint quite significantly and did the cover in a single stroke making sure that I didn’t touch it again with the brush once an area had been covered this gave a much better effect that does look like well worn paint work.
I plan to do some more tests but using the airbrush to apply the second coat to see what effect that has.
I tried variations of the above techniques on the backs and to be honest I am not that happy with any of them.
and finally the “sneck”
I couldn’t resist distressing the bottoms of the doors to look like they have rotted away like so many outside toilet doors of my youth.