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Parkside RCH 5 Plank 12 Ton Wagon

Posted by on Oct 26, 2011 in Featured, Workbench | 0 comments

Parkside RCH 5 Plank 12 Ton Wagon

I picked this kit up at with the intention of producing a severely distressed wagon for loco coal on Summat Colliery. The basic construction went ahead with no problems following the instructions in the kit. I fitted Parkside NEM pocket mounts – took more fiddling than I expected to get the height right. I ended up carving off the vertical projections off the mounts and then cutting back the underframe bracing until the correct height was achieved – silly me for expecting that they would just fit Nice kit to build, but you do need something like EMA Plastic Weld to stick the black...

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Alexander Class 15 in double quick time

Posted by on Oct 21, 2011 in Featured, Workbench | 0 comments

Alexander Class 15 in double quick time

Back in August 2009 I set myself the challenge of building a Dave Alexander class 15 kit before we went on holiday over the Bank Holiday. So with the kit in hand and a Mashima 1020 motor on order I got out my temperature controlled soldering iron. The kit was from Dave’s original range and consists almost entirely of whitemetal castings, including the bogies. I started soldering up the frame and bogies, making sure clearances were there to allow it to go round corners, a bit tricky with the sandboxes in place. Once the motor arrived I fitted it to the power bogie. The kit is designed...

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Summat Colliery

Posted by on Oct 20, 2011 in Featured, Workbench | 0 comments

Summat Colliery

Download Layout Information in pdf format A fictitious 1958 East Midlands Colliery in OO gauge Why? Summat Colliery is my first real attempt at a scenic layout, all my previous layouts have been very much of the train set type, radius 1 curves, foam underlay and minimal scenery. So when the Vicar of St Peter’s Church Mansfield suggested a model railway exhibition to raise funds I thought I’d better get a layout together. An appeal for a suitable layout on www.rmweb.co.uk produced two 8 foot by 2 foot boards with a track plan in place for what appeared to be a small terminus station....

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DCC Fitting to J39

Posted by on Jun 6, 2011 in Featured, Workbench | 0 comments

DCC Fitting to J39

I’ve done quite a few of these little beasts so thought I’d share my final solution. Easy to strip down as there’s no valve gear/cylinders etc, just remove the tiny screw that holds on the linkage off the centre driver on the right. undo the two screws underneath and prise off the plastic cover plate from the rear – Wheelset drops out. Just 3 more screws and it comes apart. Reassembly is another thing with this model! Remove the motor and the little springs/pads. I use a TCS-M1 as with most split chassis these days, cut approx 25mm off the end of the orange and grey...

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Building a 9F Crosti

Posted by on Jun 4, 2011 in Featured, Workbench | 0 comments

Building a 9F Crosti

When the Vicar of St Peter’s Church Mansfield asked me about a Crosti boliered 9F I leapt at the chance to build one for him. Golden Arrow Productions offers a resin body kit as well as the matching tender body. So in short order I had a resin kit for a “full” as built loco and a donor Triang/Hornby R550 9F from the eventual owner. The R550 is an old version dating from 1973 which has the original permanently coupled tender and Fleischmann derived “Silver Seal” tender drive that was to lead to a bit more work than if I’d gone with a later 9F. Starting with the tender, the...

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