The Finishing Touches

With a great deal of time off during the Summer, I’ve thrown myself in to more goods stock for Cwm Prysor. The LMS vans I built several months ago, are now in Bauxite and two of them are now finished. I focussed on D1978 first, which was built from a Ratio body, Parkside under frame, with Lanarkshire Buffers, Vents and Vac Pipes. Screwlinks were made up from the Masokits etch.

As well as this van, another 16T has been through the works this week. I wanted to take it a little further than the last one, working from a photo from Trawsfynydd in 1959.

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The more I have been looking through prototype photographs, the more I have felt my Van stock has been lacking that final little detail…. chalk markings. Just looking through the superb prototype section of Geoff Kent’s 4mm Wagon Volume 2, you can see a variety of scribbles all over the vans.

I’ve seen various methods for producing chalk markings, some more successful than others. It was on a google search I came across some convincing scribblings, and to my (not so much) surprise, it was the work of Ian Fleming. Ian had used a mapping pen with white ink which gave a rather nice result. A mapping pen and white ink were duly ordered via Amazon and arrived this morning. I practiced on some spare Van sides, before trying it out on D1978. I tried to pick locations local….and not so local seen as Vans are common user.

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This older LMS van (D1676) you may remember from a previous blog post. I had worked from a photo in Geoff’s Book (Vol 2 again) and have based one side on the chalk markings (page 38). The other side I went for something a bit more local to the branch… 😉

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Finally, and the latest van off the workbench is this, a BR Dia 1/204. The design of this is very much the last of LMS family, but was produced by BRITISH RAILWAYS. The model was produced from the old airfix body (now available by Dapol), a Parkside under frame, and again Lanarkshire Models for the detailing bits.

I wanted it to look different than D1976, so went for a far lighter approach. In my mind as a new build in 1950, it had been overhauled around 1956…so my model is probably 6 months-12 months after overhaul. Again I tried to give the chalk markings a local flavour as well as touch more distant.

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So what is next? Well I would like to add the odd poster to some of these… not on everyone of them, but just enough to give a touch of variety and individualism. Overall this as been an enjoyable process once again, and hopefully will just add that little bit extra realism to the layout when it’s done. 🙂

 

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Mineral Wagons – Part 1

Keeping with the rolling stock theme in mind, I’ve moved my attention to mineral wagons. I don’t need a mass of them, but I certainly need a few (one/two per pick up goods). To be honest, I’ve been putting off working on a 16T, as I knew I would be venturing into new ground….certainly not a case of a few washes down the body work. I’ve seen various methods of 16T Mineral weathering, the current fad seems to be involve maskol painted over. For me, the result doesn’t cut the mustard (from what I’ve seen). I’ve mentioned Ian’s work before, but the results on 16Ts just look right to me and it’s along similar methods I shall be following. (check out some of Ian’s examples here).

First stage, (as I do with all my unfitted stock) is a repaint with Revell 76.IMG_1944

Bachmann’s grey has always seemed too dark too me, and originally I had intended to retain some of my stock in the original colour for variation, but in the end I couldn’t live with it so now all stock is repainted. The nice thing is that due to weathering, and varying plastic colours, although painted in Revell 76, not one item of unfitted rolling stock is the same colour as the next.

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For a point of reference, where you are looking at now is precisely where Cwm Prysor Station will be. Next to the 16T, is a Bachmann wooden bodied mineral (LMS design I think) which I too have repainted into Revel 76. The wooden bodied wagon has had replacement Romford wheels fitted as the Bachmann wheels were incredibly wobbly (anyone else finding this?)

Both wagons are being a left for a week to allow the paint to harden.

Meanwhile… Cwm Prysor’s home is getting that bit closer….

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That’s all for now folks! 😉