Ex GNSR Vacuum Cleaner Wagon, ready for sale.

Another item that I finished in time for Telford and entered into the modelling competition is the GNSR vacuum cleaner wagon.

7mm Scale scratch built ex GNSR Vacuum Cleaner Wagon

7mm Scale scratch built ex GNSR Vacuum Cleaner Wagon

7mm Scale scratch built ex GNSR Vacuum Cleaner Wagon

7mm Scale scratch built ex GNSR Vacuum Cleaner Wagon

Ex GNSR Vacuum Cleaner Wagon

Ex GNSR Vacuum Cleaner Wagon

7mm Scale scratch built ex GNSR Vacuum Cleaner Wagon

7mm Scale scratch built ex GNSR Vacuum Cleaner Wagon

7mm Scale scratch built ex GNSR Vacuum Cleaner Wagon

7mm Scale scratch built ex GNSR Vacuum Cleaner Wagon

7mm Scale scratch built ex GNSR Vacuum Cleaner Wagon

7mm Scale scratch built ex GNSR Vacuum Cleaner Wagon

7mm Scale scratch built ex GNSR Vacuum Cleaner Wagon

7mm Scale scratch built ex GNSR Vacuum Cleaner Wagon

7mm Scale scratch built ex GNSR Vacuum Cleaner Wagon

7mm Scale scratch built ex GNSR Vacuum Cleaner Wagon

You will note from the first photo that I added an extra broom since the lower shots were taken – the brooms are scratch built using plastic rod and the ubiquitous lens tissue for the bristles.

Ex NBR Bogie CCT – The Last Lap

Well the end is in sight and this one is almost ready for the small adds.

The only thing that’s left (unless I discover something else) is to glue to roof on.

 

7mm Scale Ex NBR Bogie CCT in BR livery

7mm Scale Ex NBR Bogie CCT in BR livery

7mm Scale Ex NBR Bogie CCT in BR livery

7mm Scale Ex NBR Bogie CCT in BR livery

And finally a close up of the transfers that I had commissioned from Precision Labels (I took the opportunity to get a second set LNER set at the same time for the one that I plan to build for me.

7mm Scale Ex NBR Bogie CCT in BR livery

7mm Scale Ex NBR Bogie CCT in BR livery

Ex NBR CCT, almost the final chapter (I hope)

Another weekend and a couple of hours, on a couple of evenings, has seen the NBR CCT almost finished. In terms of detailing that is – I need one more steam heat pipe for one end. All that’s left is more paint and transfers. Then glazing and fit the roof which is just placed on for the photos
ex NBR CCT further detailing

ex NBR CCT further detailing

ex NBR CCT further detailing

ex NBR CCT further detailing

Tinkering with Brake Van Side Lamps

Another little item that I tinkered with last weekend was a couple of Brake van side lamps. I was glancing through one of the LNER wagon volumes thinking that I hadn’t built many brake vans and searching for a suitable candidate for scratch building and realised that almost all subjects that I might wish to model need side lamps.
I have a few Connoisseur and D&S brake van kits in the stash but I seem to have been a bit sort of time for metal modelling of late so you have to do what you can.
Scratch Built Brake Van side lamps

Scratch Built Brake Van side lamps

They were made from assorted bit’s of rod and tube. – The marks are where the limonene that I used to glue them together has left a thin surface layer.

Further progress on the NBR bogie CCT

As a bit of a change from wagons and the Kirk brakes that I have been working on recently I picked up and made some progress on the NBR bogie CCT last weekend. This is now well on it’s way to being ready for the paint shop.
&mm scale Scratch built NBR Bogies CCT

&mm scale Scratch built NBR Bogies CCT

&mm scale Scratch built NBR Bogies CCT

&mm scale Scratch built NBR Bogies CCT

&mm scale Scratch built NBR Bogies CCT

&mm scale Scratch built NBR Bogies CCT

I made a jig from a stip of styrene to mark/drill the bolt heads on the sole bars but as is usually the case when taking these photos I discovered that I had missed 8 on one side so they need to be added.
&mm scale Scratch built NBR Bogies CCT

&mm scale Scratch built NBR Bogies CCT

&mm scale Scratch built NBR Bogies CCT

&mm scale Scratch built NBR Bogies CCT

&mm scale Scratch built NBR Bogies CCT

&mm scale Scratch built NBR Bogies CCT

Scratchbuilt ex NBR D39B Van

Hooray,  another one bites the dust,  well apart from weathering that is.
The original plan with this was to finish it in NBR livery because the photo that I scaled for the sides is of a van still in NBR livery in 1930 but I had completely forgotten that I had stuck some of my home brewed LNER plates to the solebars so LNER Livery it is – same running number though.
Scrtach built ex NBR D39B Van

Scrtach built ex NBR D39B Van

Scrtach built ex NBR D39B Van

Scrtach built ex NBR D39B Van

Scrtach built ex NBR D39B Van

Scrtach built ex NBR D39B Van

Scrtach built ex NBR D39B Van

Scrtach built ex NBR D39B Van

Further progress on the latest Silhouette Cut vans

Meanwhile in between glue drying on the second full brake I made further progress on a couple of the wagons.
The NBR Diagram 39B now sports a roof it just needs, rain strips,  wheels blackened, couplings and the painting finishing.
Scratch built vans using Slaters and Parkside spares plus a Silhouette Cutter

Scratch built vans using Slaters and Parkside spares plus a Silhouette Cutter

The NER G2 has had more detailing added to the sides, a start on detailing the solebars (they aren’t fixed yet it’s just resting on them for the photo and it’s roof cut and curved – I still need to work on the canvas roof door covering.
Still a fair way to go but it’s nearer than it was.
Scratch built vans using Slaters and Parkside spares plus a Silhouette Cutter

Scratch built vans using Slaters and Parkside spares plus a Silhouette Cutter

Ex NBR D39B Van – moving along

I also managed to move the NBR Diagram 39B van on quite a way to just needing a roof and couplings.

Ex NBR D39B Van

Ex NBR D39B Van

Ex NBR D39B Van

Ex NBR D39B Van

Ex NBR D39B Van

Ex NBR D39B Van

 

The brake levers proved to be a little challenging, none of my many Parkside or Slaters spares were long enough. The answer was to laminate a piece of 0.25mm either side of a piece of 0.5mm and leave it over night to dry thoroughly. – in the same manner that I did the W Irons earlier.

I then cut a couple of tapered strips and applied limonene to both sides where I wanted the bends to be (one bend at a time) once the limonene had softened the strips I made the bend with some round nosed pliers. I then used some self locking tweezers as clamps to hold the bends in position while the plastic hardened again.

 

GNSR Vacuum Cleaner Wagon

 This weekend saw lot’s of little movements on various projects.  One of them being more progress on the GNSR Vacuum cleaner wagon.
GNSR VacuumCleaner Wagon

GNSR VacuumCleaner Wagon

GNSR VacuumCleaner Wagon

GNSR VacuumCleaner Wagon

The axleboxes are extensively modified Slaters Gloucester Carriage and Wagon spares paired with Parkside BR W Irons that I filled the hole and then cut out to form the ‘W’. – They came as optional spares with my  plate wagon kit. The Springs I bought from Slaters by mistake – I thought that I was getting W Irons with springs attached and axle boxes but when they came they were just springs and axleboxes….

Silhouette Experiments – it’s alive…

More playing last week with some scrap offcuts of styrene sheet has moved me closer to not needing to buy parts from Parkside or Slaters.
Silhouette Cut Axleguards

Silhouette Cut Axleguards

Silhouette Cut Axleguards

Silhouette Cut Axleguards

These are produced from 3 layers the two outer ones in 0.25mm (10thou) and an inner layer of 0.5mm (20thou). Once stuck together (using limonene) they are just as sturdy as the ones that I have from Parkside.
As you can see from the photos I tried a few different variations to see what was possible.
The springs are made up from 8 layers of 0.25mm and were in true Blue Peter style some I cut earlier and discarded as not being any good – I had cut some round ends for the hanger that were just too fragile and I have been breaking the round ends off and using them as washers under bolt heads when detailing.
To say that I am pleased with them is a bit of an understatement!

Even More Jubilation, But It All Ends Here

Last but not least, I did one of them in NBR livery.
I learned when reading Tatlow’s LNER wagon collection recently, that the NBR was the second largest of the constituents of the LNER (after the NER). This came as a bit of a surprise to me because I hadn’t realised just how big the NBR was. That’s probably one of the reasons that so many of the ex NBR wagons made it into the 1930’s still in faded NBR livery – there were so many of them.
Apart from the shabby paintwork, this one is in quite good condition for it’s age.
NBR-LNER 8 Ton Jubilee Vans - weathered

NBR-LNER 8 Ton Jubilee Vans – weathered

NBR-LNER 8 Ton Jubilee Vans - weathered

NBR-LNER 8 Ton Jubilee Vans – weathered

NBR-LNER 8 Ton Jubilee Vans - weathered

NBR-LNER 8 Ton Jubilee Vans – weatheren

More Jubilee Celebrations.

Next up is the first of the earlier vans with wide-boards and beaded joints. This one also happens to be the one with a saggy roof – perhaps a sign of it’s age by this point.
NBR-LNER 8 Ton Jubilee Vans - weathered

NBR-LNER 8 Ton Jubilee Vans – weathered

NBR-LNER 8 Ton Jubilee Vans - weathered

NBR-LNER 8 Ton Jubilee Vans – weathered

NBR-LNER 8 Ton Jubilee Vans - weathered

NBR-LNER 8 Ton Jubilee Vans – weathered

NBR-LNER 8 Ton Jubilee Vans - weathered

NBR-LNER 8 Ton Jubilee Vans – weathered

NBR-LNER 8 Ton Jubilee Vans - weathered

NBR-LNER 8 Ton Jubilee Vans – weathered

I have really enjoyed the making and painting of these vans – probably why I have put so much time into them.

Celebrating the Jubilee

Alongside the Slaters tank wagon I also made progress on weathering the Jubilee vans.
First up the other matchboard version,  This one is lightly weathered to represent a recently painted example.
NBR-LNER 8 Ton Jubilee Vans - weathered

NBR-LNER 8 Ton Jubilee Vans – weathered

NBR-LNER 8 Ton Jubilee Vans - weathered

NBR-LNER 8 Ton Jubilee Vans – weathered

NBR-LNER 8 Ton Jubilee Vans - weathered

NBR-LNER 8 Ton Jubilee Vans – weathered

NBR-LNER 8 Ton Jubilee Vans - weathered

NBR-LNER 8 Ton Jubilee Vans – weathered

A GNSR passing fancy

Whilst browsing through volume 3 of LNER Wagons by Peter Tatlow working out what else I might model by altering existing artwork I came across a photo of what looked like an LNER liveried garden shed on the back of a GNSR dropside wagon. Interest piqued I made enquiries on various forums and the LNER forum came up trumps. My mystery ‘shed’ is a vacuum cleaner wagon which was converted by the GNSR in 1909 (the photo that I chanced upon was taken in 1953). As you might expect there wasn’t an accompanying drawing so I guestimated it at 10′ x 6′ x 6′ and drew up some parts in  Inkscape ready for cutting.

Last weekend saw the ‘shed’ assembled and the wagon itself well on it’s way  – no photos of the wagon yet because I left it in Bishop Auckland.

Modified by CombineZP

Modified by CombineZP

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Modified by CombineZP

Modified by CombineZP

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The roof canvas is my now usual used spectacle lens cleaning paper stuck down with thick pva.

Sadly the last shot shows that I have knocked a hinge off.

More Silhouette cutter experimentation

Most of my modelling time in the last week has been spent at the keyboard trying out various ideas for cutting. Over the weekend alongside painting the Jubilee van I also managed to get a few of the ideas assembled.

First is a side for an outside framed van – an NER G1

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Next (although I did the drawing and cutting about 3 weeks ago on this one) the ends for an LNER BY120 Pigeon van. This is as a prelude to producing more LNER coaches.

LNER Pigeon Van ends

LNER Pigeon Van ends

 

 

LNER Pigeon Van ends

LNER Pigeon Van ends

And lastly for now, the LNER went in a lot for fitted stock so I have been playing around with creating my own clasp brakes – these are 3’1″ but I have some 3’7″ drawn and cut I just need to separate them from the main sheet.

Clasp Brakes

Clasp Brakes

Clasp Brakes

Clasp Brakes