81F

Signature: Modelling the GWR in the Welsh Borders, and the Glyn Valley Tramway with quite a few bits from elsewhere!

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81F

7 posts

 Certainly check the back to back first, but also are you mixing couplings (old wide type and new narrow) as that can cause problems.

 

The point about the manufacturers weight being installed is a good one. Although I've had no trouble with Hornby on this matter the same cannot be said of Dapol but even then we are only talking about a few percent.

Modelling the GWR in the Welsh Borders, and the Glyn Valley Tramway with quite a few bits from elsewhere!

81F

7 posts

I am thinking of converting a slightly battered Blue/grey Triang Mk1 BSK with damaged grey paintwork into one of British Rails research vehicles  by respraying the grey red. Can anyone recommend a good match for the red available in aerosol.

 

http://www.traintesting.com/images/test%20car2.jpg

 

 

 

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Modelling the GWR in the Welsh Borders, and the Glyn Valley Tramway with quite a few bits from elsewhere!

81F

7 posts

 I generally only add weight to a wagon if it needs it. DAPOL sell their steel wagon weights as a spare part so I oftewn use those with my 3D printed wagon body kits.

 

I also have a 330ml bottle filled with lead shot that used to be sold to fishermen but now banned. I use this in plastic washon kitswhere space is at a premium. Once I have positioned the shot I then soak it in superglue and allow to set.

 

I also have melted down bits of lead flashing in the past (usually mixed with the lead tin scraps from white metal kits on the gas hob.in a small netal crucible but have not done this for a decade since we went all electric!

 

I have also found around £20 in old pound coins in various places around the house which I am keeping for wagon weights.

Modelling the GWR in the Welsh Borders, and the Glyn Valley Tramway with quite a few bits from elsewhere!

81F

7 posts

 My latest aquisition arived today an Oxford Rail WD Dean Goods, DCC ready. It is now packed back in the bos and I am awaiting a return lable as the thing will not move. Odly the wheels will turn with a 9V battery applied to the tender wheels but not when applied to the loco.

 

I have no Idea what could be wrong with it so it is going back. I just hope the suppler finds the same fault.

Modelling the GWR in the Welsh Borders, and the Glyn Valley Tramway with quite a few bits from elsewhere!

81F

7 posts

 As a bit of irony. When I started modelling the Hornby Flying Scotsman 4472 complete with banjo dome was offered in a set with Hornby's Thompson coaches in LNER teak. I now believe that a moire authentic option would have been the blue/grey Mk1s as it was running with these on the mainline at the time!

 

Personally I like to keep things fairly authentic. My reason is that I prefere the whole atmosphere of a railway  rather than just seing locos run with anything. That means getting the livery of the buildings right.

 

Having said that I've just bought some blue diesels and some intercity Mk1s and 2s but I think my layout is just about OK to push into the mid 1970s

Modelling the GWR in the Welsh Borders, and the Glyn Valley Tramway with quite a few bits from elsewhere!

81F

7 posts

 I get most of my information trawling throufgh books and the internet. However, you will need to look through a lot of photos as most seem to focus on the loco itself. However, you sometimes get a long shot of a complete train.

 

Also archive videos can be a good source, some being on line

Modelling the GWR in the Welsh Borders, and the Glyn Valley Tramway with quite a few bits from elsewhere!

81F

7 posts

 If the carriages have some kind of automatic couplings like the Hornby/triang tension locks ot yjheir derivitives, the buffers are largely cosmetic so their loss should not effect running.

 

The only time they come into thir own is if you are using scale three link couplings

Modelling the GWR in the Welsh Borders, and the Glyn Valley Tramway with quite a few bits from elsewhere!

81F

7 posts

When originally introduced they had the incorrect Hornby Mk 1 bogie (which appears to be the ones on your model) but these were later upgraded to a more authentic looking GWR type.

Modelling the GWR in the Welsh Borders, and the Glyn Valley Tramway with quite a few bits from elsewhere!

81F

7 posts

 As I started off when anemels were really the only modelling paint I still tend to use these a lot, but with the demise of my local model shop I have had to get paint from wherever I can for the colours I want. These are usually Acrylics.

 

Depending upon the kit I usually part build it and spray themain parts a base colour using an aerosol then mask off the base colour I want to keep and sprey the remainser. Then I brush paint the detail (or did when my eyesight used to let me). I then give the who lot a sprey with matt varnish.

 

The big exception is the stone cottages on my layout (made from the local slate) for this I generally use Humbrol matt 31 enamel as I stocked up on my model shops last stock before they closed!

Modelling the GWR in the Welsh Borders, and the Glyn Valley Tramway with quite a few bits from elsewhere!

81F

7 posts

 I've used chicken wire and plaster of paris bandage in the past. The only thing I would add is the wire can rust but paint should cover that. On my current layout I have used afiner  wire mesh which I think is used bu folists.

Modelling the GWR in the Welsh Borders, and the Glyn Valley Tramway with quite a few bits from elsewhere!

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