Odds and Sods.

Having had a couple of days off I’ve been tinkering in the workshop, mainly on the wagons. There’s a bit of a story behind some of them but I’ll spare the details to protect my friend’s dignity although I suspect his ears were burning a bit on Wednesday evening!😆
Still, no long-term harm done and the wagons have now progressed to the painting stage; main colour for now, detailed work to follow. The 6 ton fish van is in crimson livery and stands alongside the Vanwide for comparison. Both started from a base of Halfords red primer and I think the fish van is still a bit too brown. Crimson is actually a very translucent colour and probably needed a darker undercoat.
The 12 ton fish van is in 1964 Ice Blue livery. I rather like this colour and it fits nicely into my 1965 layout period.








The loco is an old Bachmann Ivatt 2MT which used to belong to me until sold to Tom Foster of Leaman Road fame. It returned to me about three weeks ago and is undergoing some work on the finish to bring it to my latest standards.
The loco doesn’t really fit into my current scenario so may still have a future ID change. For now she remains a Darlington loco in the condition she would have appeared in during her Stainmore Route days in the early 1950s. She may ultimately receive a guise suitable for a Tweedmouth machine circa 1962.


5 responses to “Odds and Sods.”

  1. To be honest, the cab glazing on that loco looks pretty dire and I’m going to replace it as soon as I find suuitable material to do so!

    1. Nothing beats microscope cover slips (which are 0.13 ~ 0.17mm thick) for glazing. All you need is a diamond-tipped scriber and a box of slips will last you a very long time. A bit like cutting tiles – lots of breakages at first, but after a while you have a pretty decent success rate. I glue it in with Zap 560 canopy glue and after about 15 minutes any excess can be scraped off with a cocktail stick. Being so thin the glass is flexible so can withstand more punishment than you’d expect – I’ve been sending 7mm models through the post for a few years with not one report of broken glazing. The other advantage is that glass is not affected by thinners so you can imitate a grubby, wiped window without worrying about it frosting.

  2. 46479 gets around a bit doesn’t she 🙂

    Shows a few deficiencies in mine… I still need to negotiate that dirt and grime tutorial session 😉

  3. They wagons are 12 years old having been through 6 house moves and various ranges of temp, draws & lofts.
    I did explain that they weren’t exactly the best work but I knew you would be the man to get them in the right fettle.
    I sold a good few about 7 years ago with screw link/instantar couplers, joining vac pipes and Pendon style sprung buffers.
    They hadn’t been knocked about too much.
    My painting was still pretty appalling though!

    Still you got 4 more Gresleys into the margin as well…….


    1. They’ve done well to survive all that!

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