Tuesday, 27 December 2011
Monday, 26 December 2011
|From EJ&KLR on Boxing Day|
Not that it looks much like a train set anymore... with the station nearly finished and the new signage placed outside it's really coming to life. It really does look wonderful, your eye overlooks all the missing bits and with the natural light comes to life in a really magical way - so relaxing and so much fun both running, shunting and then watching trains go by, your trains, things you created, running to your timetable and whim...
Enjoy the photos - a fitting memory...
|EJ&KLR on Boxing Day|
Sunday, 25 December 2011
Saturday, 24 December 2011
Friday, 23 December 2011
It's been some time coming but I'm on the verge of weathering a G scale model!
What brought on this abrupt U-turn in policy? The Rugens...
I bought mine in good second or third hand condition. It looked brutish and chunky but the glossy finish screamed toy...
I had big plans, to convert it to a tank but as yet these haven't come to fruition...
However a change of identity and a general improvement over many aspects of the finish have transformed this big kids toy into a train, at least in my eyes.
The finishing touch? Painting the wheel edges and centres with Humbrol Satin 174 red. 20 minutes work and a massive visual difference. Now to roll it out on the Frank S conversion and U-tank...
But yes, back to the original point... The wheels have lifted the model so much it feels it's crying out for some subtle weathering...
I painted them with satin black Humbrol enamel, then whilst it was wet gently rubbed it over a piece of kitchen towel which gently polished the paint off the raised parts leaving it in the letters and detail.
These were carefully cut out when dry and edges smoothed with a file before being attached using a spot of superglue.
I have also added a real coal load to the bunker, attached with undiluted PVA, applied first, then the coal applied and prodded into position.
Ready for some heavy goods traffic over Christmas!!!
Saturday, 17 December 2011
Friday, 16 December 2011
Wednesday, 14 December 2011
Saturday, 10 December 2011
Friday, 9 December 2011
But what load?
I've managed to acquire an unbuilt Pola tractor kit from the 1980s, in 1:22 scale, which should be perfect! Sourced from G&M Farm Models, excellent service and a good price.
Thursday, 8 December 2011
From initial ideas of a preserved line in the UK to a post-war line in Austria, building an outdoor line from scratch and several major building and rolling stock projects.
Then a lot of friends and visitors along for the ride. 10000 visits is incredible so thanks for sharing the journey. I'd love to hear from you, via comments or email.
I'm currently hurrying to finish the station building (without dorma) and signage for running sessions at Christmas (weather permitting). More to share soon and plenty of interesting projects (roll-wagen and steel brake van) in 2012.
Wednesday, 7 December 2011
The last thing I've been pondering is fitting a braking system (hoses and tanks) but have yet to source anything appropriate. The new Kof air brake pump might be good but I've not found it available as a spare from anyone yet!
Sunday, 4 December 2011
Saturday, 3 December 2011
Friday, 2 December 2011
Thursday, 1 December 2011
Wednesday, 30 November 2011
First up is a generic Austrian inspired station name board, with the station named 'Alisendorf', a twist on Mum's name. I'm pretty happy with it, it's edged with satin black paint applied with a bow pen.
The second thing is the signal board type signs. I made one up earlier in the week more closely to scale but it didn't look right next to the chunky track so I've mocked up a second using a BBQ skewer rather than cocktail stick and a slightly bigger back board. I think it's a good compromise. What do you think?
Sunday, 27 November 2011
I've collected the grey flat wagon as I want to size up some loads and I will be starting on the roll-wagen bogies soon.