Scratch Built Rectangular Tank.

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.

 

Scratch built Rectangular Tank Wagon

Scratch built Rectangular Tank Wagon

Scratch built Rectangular Tank Wagon

Scratch built Rectangular Tank Wagon

Scratch built Rectangular Tank Wagon

Scratch built Rectangular Tank Wagon

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.

Playing about with Pattress Plates and Doors

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.

Silhouette Cut Pattress Plates

Silhouette Cut Pattress Plates

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.

 

Scratch built 7mm scale doors

Scratch built 7mm scale doors

Scratch built 7mm scale doors

Scratch built 7mm scale doors

I tried variations of the above techniques on the backs and to be honest I am not that happy with any of them.

Scratch built 7mm scale doors

Scratch built 7mm scale doors

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.

NER Vans to the fore.

This weekend was a busy one so I didn’t get much in the way of modelling done. I did manage to make a little progress on the NER vans getting some door furniture and a roof on the G1
7mm Scale Silhouette Cut NER G1 Van

7mm Scale Silhouette Cut NER G1 Van

It looks a little flat in the middle which I think is a trick of the light because it doesn’t look flat in the flesh.
I had previously put “canvas on the roof of the G2 but took it off because I hadn’t got the supports for the opening canvas roof in the right place. I moved them inwards and then re “canvassed” the roof ends using the usual lense tissue and I also made up the opening section with two layers of tissue and some 0.75mm square section rod carefully cut to length and spaced out. This when coated with pva and stretched onto the roof has given a very good result when compared to the photos of examples with canvas roof hatches in Tatlow.
7mm Scale Silhouette Cut NER G2 Van

7mm Scale Silhouette Cut NER G2 Van

7mm Scale Silhouette Cut NER G2 Van

7mm Scale Silhouette Cut NER G2 Van

7mm Scale Silhouette Cut NER G2 Van

7mm Scale Silhouette Cut NER G2 Van

7mm Scale Silhouette Cut NER G2 Van

7mm Scale Silhouette Cut NER G2 Van

7mm Scale Silhouette Cut NER G2 Van

7mm Scale Silhouette Cut NER G2 Van

Those with longer memories than me will note that one of the V hangers is missing. I have removed it to make this one of the vacuum fitted examples for variety since I have a brass kit for a vertical planked version which is unfitted in the stash to build.

Queen Posts, the home brewed variety.

The gent that bought my Kirk parcels van (Don Gillam) has asked me to build another Kirk kit for him. This one a 52’6″ BG. Don asked if I could convert the kit from a D111 to either a D154 or D282. With that in mind I spoke to Laurie at JLRT about getting some castings for queen posts etc for it. Being busy at the show Laurie advised emailing him later to get a parts list and then once I advise what parts and how many he will give me a price. now I fully intend to do this but since it’s to go under a plastic model I also thought that I might have a go with my silhouette cutter to see what could be done.
I am quite pleased with the result for a first attempt and feel that I might do better with subsequent cuts.
Silhouette Cut Queen Posts

Silhouette Cut Queen Posts

Silhouette Cut Queen Posts

Silhouette Cut Queen Posts

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

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