Overall shots later... Having read the rivet transfer instructions it sounds like I need to apply a gloss varnish or primer coat to get them to stick, so I'll get on with that later in the week.
Tuesday, 31 May 2011
They seem to offer good but not over the top relief, slightly smaller than those on the cab. A little surprised at the size of the sheet versus the price, so we'll see if the transfer aspect offers the advantages in fitting that I hope and evaluate the extra price over the Cambrian ones later.
Just in time as I was nearly ready to move on to finishing touches as the lighting conduits will be finished this evening.
Monday, 30 May 2011
I used a razor saw to carefully remove the buffer assembly including mounting bolt detail from the tender in one piece. This was then glued to the bufferbeam.
I also made up a new roof vent with a much lower profile.
This evening I started with 0.9 and 0.7mm diameter site adding fine details including grab handles, lifting rings and the start of the electrical conduit on the rear of the bunker.
Sunday, 29 May 2011
Saturday, 28 May 2011
“Schmalspurig durch Österreich” (Narrow Gauge through Austria), by Krobot, Slezak and Sternhart, published by Verlag Slezak.
Bruce describes it as '... a magisterial ... survey of all Austrian narrow gauge railways with route maps, track plans, brief history, lots of historical b&w photos and complete stock lists with sketch drawings."
I can't wait to have a flick through it next week sat in my favourite arm chair with a good coffee and nice biscuit.
Thursday, 26 May 2011
The video is the work of the father-son combination that run the website www.thefunnyman.nl which is well worth a browse as they offer a full English language site.
Watching again has me running through in my head some of the details I'd like to add to the finished railway, but I need to start with the station building and platform - something I hope to start perhaps this bank holiday.
When viewed from the front, the right hand tank is now attached and has a partial rear side which visually makes a huge difference. In addition the rear lights have been fitted (non working) and the bunker is also glued to the body. Over the weekend I'll get the other tank finished and attached before adding some of the finer details and grab rails to the model.
Wednesday, 25 May 2011
Tuesday, 24 May 2011
Monday, 23 May 2011
I've tidied up the front buffer beam and removed the old bases for the lamps. Behind that light lens hides a newly plumbed in and tested light connector, and I've fitted the base of the tank, and measured up a 'back' plate for the front half of the tank... But still, it doesn't look much...
Pretty happy with how the face is looking now though.
Sunday, 22 May 2011
Saturday, 21 May 2011
Friday, 20 May 2011
First up I've removed the LGB MTS 55021 DCC chip from the chassis. I find the locos rum smoother on DC without them, and as the body was off anyway!
I've also whipped put the mini drill and added bars to the rear windows using a 1mm drill bit and 0.9mm brass wire, bent in needle nose pliers and secured with superglue. It's coming along... Next up rear bunker!
One last thing, I'm looking into getting some etched brass works plates made by Steve at Narrow Planet :)
Wednesday, 18 May 2011
I took a razor saw to the cab roof on Boris, the name my daughter has coined for Frank. I managed to get a lovely clean cut so I'm really pleased. I also have cut some plasticard to fit the rear cab door opening.
So it's started... I can't wait to start on the side tanks!
Tuesday, 17 May 2011
The magazine includes more than just Garden models with my preview issue including two Gn15 layouts. The standout feature for me are the high quality of models created in the articles, the brass bodied Mallet and the Gauge 1 weed killing tanker spring to mind. It also includes prototype features that lead into modelling features.
Perhaps not as focused as Volldampf but similar production values with a broader scope it's a magazine that again I'd not subscribe to but would definitely buy dependant on specific content of interest in the future.
I have then applied new markings for use on the EJ&KLR, number, classification and maintenance location.
I'll probably apply a coat of satin varnish to protect the finish later on this evening...
Sunday, 15 May 2011
Anyhow started laying it with the intention of just doing the embankment that had survived rain all week but I didn't want to push our luck any further. Mum and I kind of got carried away though and ended up finishing! I also cut down a short straight to complete the passing loop. We then started laying out the plants bought already and then planted them.
So what do you think?
I'm really pleased. I think it looks wonderful. The ballast has transformed the look!! Dad would be proud...
Saturday, 14 May 2011
In this issue there is a feature on the Nurnberg toy fair's garden railway items, a 'Railway of the Month' type feature on a large RhB Swiss style garden line, reviews on both the LGB Kof and Bernina Bahn set amongst other reviews. There are also articles on modifying rolling stock to include lighting and a feature on some lovely night photography. I would expect this gives you an idea of what the magazine generally includes.
The high quality production is not quite met by the design and layout, that feels a little more 'club magazine' then professional production both in terms of layout style (the way the text and photos are arranged on the page) and design (the colours and fonts used).
It is definitely a production I would buy again in the future - but it would depend on content rather than a must-buy every issue like other magazines.
Friday, 13 May 2011
From the UK we have the truly excellent Narrow Gauge World, which is published six times a year with news from all over the globe, reports and articles on prototypes of all gauges and both working and preserved lines. I can recommend getting a copy, if you can't find it in WHSmiths then you can also get an electronic subscription.
Thanks to Jon (Zerogee) on G Scale Central (www.gscalecentral.com) I also found that three G scale specific magazines, published and written in German, offered free taster issues. Never one to look a gift horse in the mouth I duly sent off for Volldampf, Garten Bahn and Gartenbahn Profi. All excellent publications, each with a very different slant. I'll cover each on more detail in separate blog entries later on.