A few pics from No.704. I've used filler primer to help blend in the area of filler, and the new dome. A few cracks/dimples were filled with blobs of paint (The yellow spots shown in the photos). The filler primer is in the process of being sanded back to blend with the original paint. An overall coat or two of primer will be required before final spraying. I might send this loco to the same chap who is doing the 'Green 5'. Livery will be based on BR Express Passenger Blue with the same N W lettering on the tender. As for the tender, the edges of the coal bunker need fillering in and flattening, and the coal itself needs adding. It's getting there...
Apologies for the darkness of the pics, the desk lamp bulb has gone - not blown, but literally gone. I don't know where it is!
Thanks! The ones I have donors for are Thomas, Henry and Gordon as you see here. James is likely going to be a repainted 3F as mentioned before. I guess I will just try and add them as I develop skills and acquire models. Funny you should mention layout plans! Was laying this out last night...
I'm planning on keeping it simple, so I've roughly copied a shunting puzzle called a 'timesaver'. My hope is to be able to turn this into a game, so what you have are 3 sidings and 6 wagons, with both wagons and sidings represented in a deck of cards. You draw 3 'wagon cards' from the deck, and 3 'siding cards', and then the challenge is to shunt the yard in as few movements as possible - you should end up with the 3 wagons you picked in their respective sidings, and a train of the remaining wagons ready to leave.
I want to base this layout on my own representation of Tidmouth docks - the docks branch enters at the far right. At the rear of the layout I want to have a retaining wall with the main lines on top. The quayside would be at the bottom. Below the curved siding at the bottom it is planned to have a small steam crane.
I think the paint job on Henry is superb, I know everyone has their own take on the NWR livery but I think yours really suits him. especially the laying of 'NW'on the tender, really takes the design away from the Iconic livery.
Really looking forward to see what you have planned for no. 704 Gordon and whats his face.
I always liked dockyards. On my current layout-in-progress, I even have one. I do wish mine was larger, though. Can never have enough switches and such in a dockyard from the way I see it. Cranes are good too! I'll be pleased to see future progress.
NWR Number 805 Not part of the 'original' NWR fleet, but a 'what if' of my own.
A bit of a morbid faux-history to this one. A former 'Princess' class loco, purchased as a wreck in 1952 by the NWR after being involved in a catastrophic collision, and rebuilt at Swindon to a Western Region outline using spare 'King' parts.
So, I have: An old, non working, tender drive Hornby King A spare 'Princess' body, purchased in a job lot A loco drive 'Princess' on order from ebay
So, the hardest part - hacking up the King to provide the WR parts
And carefully chopping up parts of the Princess to integrate the two
The smokebox door of the Princess is moulded on so had to be sacrificed with the dremel
And with the King front on
Should be able to collect the other Princess from the post office tomorrow, fingers crossed!
One of the last few jobs to do on 704 was to sort a way of filling the tender with coal whilst retaining the old loco drive weight. I'd been thinking about this one for a while, and today decided to try it out. The idea was to get a bumpy, but not uniformly so, pattern for how the coal sits, without needing to cut the top of the tender weight off in order to fit a flat 'false bunker'.
Piece of black material cut to size and draped over the weight
Before being glued to the body
Done! Needs smearing with some PVA, then will sprinkle some suitable coal on, probably woodland scenics as I have a bag of that to hand (But alas no PVA!)
After the coal is added, it's just the smokebox door handle to be added, then it's off to the paintshop.
EDIT - Also cut some front frames to shape and fitted into place - these had been cut away during the cylinder conversion.
Progress on 805... Tidying up and initial primering under way
and finally, Princess Louise (The 2nd donor) arrived! Posing with the collet tender
Managed to disassemble the valve gear - I had the gear from the donor king, but it was rather old and undetailed, so acquired some better/newer sets from abbigails Hornby spares.
Then assembled the various components from the king (cab, chimney, top feed, door, and the King steam pipes)
and more detail, followed by plugging the gaps with miliput
Then in for paint - a lot of this will require sanding back
The King front bogie needed the retaining tab sawing off and a hole for the mounting screw fitting. The second axle's wheels were also a bit 1980s and bleurgh, so replaced it with a 9F wheelset also from hornbyspares.
Markits smokebox door handles fitted, and smokebox door glued in place
Finally bought some PVA, spread it on the material and added some woodland scenics coal. Rather pleased with how it turned out.
That's it! Ready to be packed up and sent off for paint.
Meanwhile, on 805....
This photo shows the modification to the King bogie - hole drilled in place of the 'nub' on the old King - also cut out a blanking plate from plasticard to mask the ugly hole where the front tension lock coupling was and 'tidy up' the front end.
Next was to blend the GWR cab with the Princess frames. Since I'd changed the height of the footplate to match the Collett tender, it was easier to swap the whole cab and footplate than to try and create a hybrid cab. This meant that the rear frames needed rebuilding. I cut out some plasticard frames, trimmed to fit.
Fitted in place
This view shows the spacer on the inside of the boiler to keep the body level, and as replacing the cab meant the rear body mounts were gone, only the front screw remained, so something was needed to clip onto the chassis mount. I made up some spacers using spare sleepers glued in place....
... and cut an underplate that clips nicely under the tab on the chassis. DONE!
Post by WhitehouseFilms on Jan 23, 2014 9:55:34 GMT
I'm currently making a percy in the style of the original model. I too find the bachmann chassis a suitable choice for making this character. Currently I'm still looking for a Caley Pug boiler before it goes into painting. Looking foreward to seeing what your model will be like once construction begins.
In regards to Percy, I reckon you could easily attempt a scratchbuild and produce a convincing model. Given he is a product of freelancing, you might get a decent result from using the High Level Models 0-4-0ST Pug chassis kit and a suitable set of spoked driving wheels, perhaps using parts from the Dapol Kit body to build the saddletank, cab and some other fittings.
Of course how you model it is up to you, but I'd suggest this room on the grounds you wouldn't have the motor in the cab, which is far too obtrusive in the Dapol/Hornby model.
EDIT - In regards to Thomas, look at buying a second Hornby E2 body. The one used on the model can have surgery to lengthen it to scale length, I seem to recall it being 7mm too short. Lowering the body also helps improve the appearance of the E2.
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Armada Starscream: Hello. Does anyone know if there is somewhere online I can find the parts schematics for Hornby Oliver and Bear? Or other models of the same class? I wanted to get the schematics just in case I need to do work on them.
Jul 6, 2020 21:03:57 GMT
Armada Starscream: dtchapman1 Thank you. Is there anywhere I can find some sets of schematics online? I live in the US, and thus don't have regular access to Hornby Models.
Jul 7, 2020 22:35:37 GMT
dtchapman1: Not to be petty, but I wrote that. Second, Hornby have all of their service sheets on their website in pdf form. Whether or not you'll be able to download them from the States, I don't know
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Armada Starscream: dtchapman1 oh! I'm so sorry, my mistake! I have changed it.
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Armada Starscream: I think I have downloaded them, thank you dtchapman1! may I ask what basis the Hornby Dart is too?
Jul 8, 2020 1:00:33 GMT
dtchapman1: It's a bit more complicated seeing as it shares the same chassis with about 80 other locos, but what you'll be looking for is the 0-4-0 locomotive with the HP motor.
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