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Post by Keith S » Tue Dec 18, 2018 12:10 am

Being the dead of winter here most of the time in Canada (thirty degrees of frost this morning) I am not making a great deal of headway on my narrow gauge hobby. In fact I sometimes think I'm just hoarding rolling stock in case they don't make steam engines anymore when I retire.

Nevertheless, I have recently experienced an uptick in my interest level, probably coinciding with having recently cleaned off my workbench AND the recent arrival of the last "16mm today" magazine, which I always look forward to. It's not really sensible to build any more rolling stock until I build some track in the garden, so I thought I would work towards raising the detail level of the stuff I already have.

In 2017 I purchased a load of little detail parts in Peterborough. I also had some from IP engineering in a box already, into which I put the Peterborough hoard and that's where it sat until a couple of weeks ago, when I finally had some time to do nothing in particular. I thought it might make an interesting post on this forum, because it's not really a "locomotives" project, not a "rolling stock" project", nor a "scenery" project. I've just decided to do all the little improvements at once. I have little people to paint, a signal to build, wagon details, and I think I might repaint my "Gladstone" coach to better resemble how the vehicle might have looked in its heyday.

In Peterborough, I bought some vacuum hoses from Brandbright, and smokebox pipework for the imaginary ejector to go along with that from DJB. I bought a smokebox dart for my "Billy" that I think better matches the engine's current appearance, as well as a "MacKenzie and Holland" signal kit, and a crosshead/combination lever kit at the Roundhouse stand. I also bought some little figures.

I've already done some of the detail work on the engine last year around this time.

I decided this week to build the signal kit. Here it is completed, with some rolling stock to give scale. It was a nice kit, as are all things Roundhouse, with nice crisp white-metal castings that required very little dressing with a file before assembly. A simple kit, but it makes up into a nice model.
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So here you can see the little white figures as well as the detail parts on the engine. My next thing to do is to paint the little train crew.
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Re: Multiple small projects

Post by IrishPeter » Tue Dec 18, 2018 6:12 am

I had forgotten about the 'Vlad the Impaler' finials on MacK & H signals. I am glad to see someone else who favours red ends on brake vans!

I do not have to deal with the 30 degrees of frost issue very often, we had two nights of that sort last winter, but it is cold, boggy, and unco-operative here in Virginia at the moment, so I am in the basement building rolling stock and making the best of a bad job too.

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Traffic Pattern? What pattern? Spuds out; grain in, but cattle, sheep and passengers are a lot less predictable.

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Re: Multiple small projects

Post by tom_tom_go » Tue Dec 18, 2018 9:46 am

Good job with that Keith.

Do you think this signal can be left outside all year round?

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Post by Keith S » Tue Dec 18, 2018 7:35 pm

I don't think I will leave it outside here, because it will get buried in snow and possibly damaged if someone, or an animal, tromps on it. There are also a lot of ravens about in the winter, and they steal things.

It's mostly white metal with a wooden rod making up the post. I suppose in the U.K. it would do OK outside if it was painted with outdoor paint and touched up now and then. The wooden rod might warp in moisture I suppose. I don't have much experience with leaving things outside.

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Re: Multiple small projects

Post by Keith S » Tue Dec 18, 2018 7:51 pm

IrishPeter wrote: ↑
Tue Dec 18, 2018 6:12 am

I do not have to deal with the 30 degrees of frost issue very often, we had two nights of that sort last winter, but it is cold, boggy, and unco-operative here in Virginia at the moment, so I am in the basement building rolling stock and making the best of a bad job too.

Cheers,
Peter in Va
My Father, Brother and I visited West Virginia (I don't know how similar that is to actual Virginia) a couple of years ago to see some steam operations there. We saw the "Cass" railway, and another railway that had a steam locomotive nearby. They were all geared locomotives of various kinds. It was in May and in my neck of the woods the lake was still frozen and still very cool outside: I was anticipating it being very warm in the USA, but of course West Virginia is at a high altitude and as the train went up the mountain, the early summer weather we experienced at the bottom regressed until it wasn't much different from Southern Canada at the top! Had a great time though, I found the people there to be very friendly.

Yes I do like the red end on my van. I don't remember why I chose to do that, but I like a bit of colour.

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Re: Multiple small projects

Post by FWLR » Thu Dec 20, 2018 8:05 am

Nice photos Keith. Like the signal, it does look great.
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Post by IrishPeter » Thu Dec 20, 2018 3:24 pm

I keep meaning to go up and have a look at the Cass Scenic Railway, but it hasn't been possible so far. When the missus feels more like travelling we will take a trip. Geographically Virginia is divided into the Tidewater, the Piedmont, and the Valley. The Tidewater and the Piedmont as relatively flat, agricultural, and open like my native Lincolnshire. I live in the Valley between the Blue Ridge and the Appalachians, which is a fertile valley settled by Germans and Ulster Scots. It is cooler and higher than the Piedmont. Coming down the Waggon Road (now US HWY 11) from Pennsylvania the Ulster Scots tended to settle to the west of the road, and the Germans to the East. I am firmly in German territory, and live across the street from a Lutheran Church founded in 1772. The state line running along the front range of the Appalachians, with the valley floors being at about 2200' rather than the 1250' we have here, so I am not that far from the WV line. Like most of Appalachia it was settled mainly by Ulster Scots of an independent turn of mind. It is hills and hollers up there, and there are areas that are quite stunningly beautiful, as well as areas that have more than their fair share of social problems.

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Tue Dec 18, 2018 7:51 pm

My Father, Brother and I visited West Virginia (I don't know how similar that is to actual Virginia) a couple of years ago to see some steam operations there. We saw the "Cass" railway, and another railway that had a steam locomotive nearby. They were all geared locomotives of various kinds. It was in May and in my neck of the woods the lake was still frozen and still very cool outside: I was anticipating it being very warm in the USA, but of course West Virginia is at a high altitude and as the train went up the mountain, the early summer weather we experienced at the bottom regressed until it wasn't much different from Southern Canada at the top! Had a great time though, I found the people there to be very friendly.

Yes I do like the red end on my van. I don't remember why I chose to do that, but I like a bit of colour.
Traffic Pattern? What pattern? Spuds out; grain in, but cattle, sheep and passengers are a lot less predictable.

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Post by Keith S » Tue Jan 08, 2019 4:28 am

I've been up to some more small stuff on my workbench, on my list of little odds and ends to finish up. I've painted some of my little "model town" people I bought an assortment of at Peterborough in 2017. I wasn't looking forward to this but it's actually quite fun. They come in a ghost-like white colour. First I paint them all black and then pick out the details with small brushes. It's more fun than it looks because when they are all white they don't have much personality but then as their faces appear, I can't help making up little stories for them... or at least imaginary personalities. In this picture some of them are sitting on the roof of my Brandbright coach because their seats in the Gladstone car have been removed. The lady in the brown dress is very pleased because she is on the train in order to do some shopping. Her husband is not very pleased, for the same reason. He would rather be having a pint with his mates or watching football. The young woman is on a day off school and is going into town to see a friend.. but she didn't tell her Mum the "friend" was a boy.
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The driver is on his first morning back from the week-end, which explains his clean boiler-suit. Despite his "Wot'-yew-lookin'-at?" expression, he's not a bad guy. Maybe a bit rough 'round the edges, but he keeps his loco clean and knows what he's doing. I like him.
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I haven't made up my mind about the guard. If his smile is genuine, then perhaps he's a bit simple. But to my mind, he looks as though he has a bit of a secret- It's more of a smirk, like he's feeling smug about something but is keeping it under his hat for now. But I will reserve judgement. Maybe he's just a bit drunk and is trying his best to hide it. I've used little pins to simulate rivets on the bracing on the sides of the van, put frame-irons on the sole bars and a lamp-chimney on the roof. Also a little pointy thing on the stove chimney to keep rain out.
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Here are some of my goods wagons. They're from IP Engineering and I've had them for years but I just finished adding frame-details to them. I still need to build some brake rigging under the box van and I have another open wagon that needs these details added.
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Finally, here is my "Gladstone" car from IP Engineering. I built it about five years ago, and at the time I liked the plain brown "wood" finish. However, I did add a full plush interior to the first-class middle bit, and I've decided that the whole car would look nicer in the prototype's current restored "blood and custard" scheme, so the seats in the open ends have been removed and the windows masked for painting. Also I did not like the "anti-hogging" braces in the kit- it was just very thin plywood simulating the steel rods, and in photographs it seems to me the stick-outy bits on the model are actually full timbers running the width of the car in real life. So I cut off the external bracing and have added the transverse timbers. When the paint is done, I will use brass wire to re-do the bracing rods, with some bits of aluminium tube on the middle bit to simulate the big bottle screws that tension the rig on the real one. I like this coach and am excited to see it in its new colour scheme.
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That's it for now, although there are more things in my "to do" box before I'm done!

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Re: Multiple small projects

Post by philipy » Tue Jan 08, 2019 6:22 am

Very nice all round, Keith.
I'm a bit of a sucker for small details and the way you've painted the sweater on the guy on the roof is a masterpiece! Well done.

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Post by Keith S » Tue Jan 08, 2019 7:57 am

Ha ha, thanks, I'm glad you like the guy's sweater. I don't have many colours in my paint box at the moment and I felt sorry for him, having to go shopping with his wife in a hairy brown jumper, so I used the black, blue and white paints to give him something a little more cheerful. He doesn't look any more impressed but at least he has a nice sweater.

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Post by pandsrowe » Tue Jan 08, 2019 8:38 am

I'm very envious of your figure painting skills, your eye sight and steady hands are clearly a lot better than mine. I particularly like the pullover that the gentleman on the carriage roof is wearing, that must have been quite difficult. I'm afraid if I had painted that it would have been a simple single colour.
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Post by FWLR » Tue Jan 08, 2019 8:53 am

And me also. :roll:

But brilliant work on the painting. :thumbright: :thumbright:
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Post by tom_tom_go » Tue Jan 08, 2019 9:11 am

Nice collection of stock and jealous you have a workbench that long to display them all on!

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Post by Peter Butler » Tue Jan 08, 2019 11:11 am

Good to hear items so well described.... e.g..... 'stick-outy bits'. Those are the kind of technical terms I understand!
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Post by Andrew » Tue Jan 08, 2019 1:35 pm

Hello!

Some great work underway here, thanks for the updates - your rolling stock's looking great. Like Tom, I'm envious of the space you've got there - and your tidiness too! When I want to pick-up a half-finished project the first challenge is usually finding it!

All the best,

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