The Degree Inn
14XX and Autocoach
Hennock Track Plan
Thursday, May 26, 2011
Goggles are easily obtained and are not too expensive, as are the Dust Masks, which you can usually pick up at any market or DIY outlet (the market is usually cheaper)
The goggles are sized to enable spectacle wearers to put the over the top of your usual eyewear.
To please the wife I also wear old clothes, nothing worse than getting paint on you last birthday present!
Masking tape comes in various types, I use the low tack type, blue in colour. It is helpful to be able to mount your painted model so the masking tape can be taken off before the paint cures, this will prevent a ridge between colours, impossible to get transfers to align or stick properly.
Wednesday, May 25, 2011
Final detailing is by paintbrush and well mixed paint, before transfers are attached and a final coat of varnish applied.
Tuesday, May 24, 2011
Monday, May 23, 2011
I have decided to motorise the Hymek with a Society chassis kit.This as can be seen is a large etch with various gears, nuts & bolts and pcb for pick ups. All I have to do is select a drive option and motor of choice. This comes with eight pages of instructions and step by step photos. There is more on the 3mm members site to aid the maker.
So that is my next to do-will try and remember to photograph the construction.
Also managed to get another fo Worsley Works delightful Morris Commercial Vans, must remember to put the glazing in before I fix the roof on this one.
Sunday, May 22, 2011
The second is a Collet Goods, made from a Gem kit, this has been cut along the centre reduced in width (for a Tri-ang TT mechanism) by Nigel Cullimore. A Brynkits chassis is fitted with Romford wheels, Mashima 9/16 motor and Branchlines gearbox. Both have run on 'Hennock' but are too long for a normal length train due to fiddleyard restrictions. Both need smokebox numbers, these I will make from pressfix numbering.
The Dean Goods is going to be subject to Modellers Licence, most were gone by the early Fifties and few appeared in Devon as far as I am aware. . However Bob Brown has given me a couple of possibles seen in the South West.Further examples would be welcome-please let em know.
Friday, May 20, 2011
The Dorset Group were lucky enough to get Peter White to come along and show us how they went together. Daunting at first, I must have learned something because this chassis worked virtually straight away.
I have used my usual gearbox from Branchlines, 40:1 in this instance couled to a Mashima 9/16 motor. The wires connecting the pick ups to the motor are very flexible and for the life of me can't remember from whence they came. Sorry.
Thursday, May 19, 2011
So I chose a 14XX 0-4-2 Tank! The Chassis is one of those produced by 3SMR, simple, two sideframes and coupling rods Society brass chassis spacers and Romford wheels. I must admit that it went together beautifully, the body had the cast handrails removed and handrail knobs and wire replaced them. Top feed on the boiler and push pull pipes along the footplate and it was finished. It ran well until Wilton. It stood there attached to its Autotrailer, Driving wheels spinning -the trailing axle had somehow seized. This meant removal of the body and offending axle, clean bearing and axle, replace and all is now well. I had used some model grease when the locos were serviced before the last show and I believe that is what caused it -moral-stick to what works for you.
Wednesday, May 18, 2011
I have a spare chassis for this loco so will see if I can make it run through Peco pointwork. Also it will need the bogie wheels replaced, may slit the face off the old Tri-ang ones and fit into a scale wheel.
The body is a very good representation of these locos, I think the repaint has brought it to life.
Tuesday, May 17, 2011
The body needs a bit of fettling to clean out the window aperatures. A nice touch is that the handrail positions are already marked, in the right place.
I will have a look at the Bullant motor bogie at the 3mm Society AGM on Saturday and see how it can be fitted, otherwise iy will have the Halling I already have.
Sunday, May 15, 2011
Saturday, May 14, 2011
The kit came without a roof and after much searching I found an old Venetian blind, one of the cheap plastic ones, that had been discarded. This was found to be the right width so one of the slats was cut to length , microstrip was cut for the slats on the roof and fixed into place.
Another wagon is now in the fleet,although somewhat tenuous-show me the picture that it didn't happen!
Sorry to those unable to see my posts yesterday, due to me being unable to access or see wether posts had been made. I have added them manually so hope you can see them OK. Not on my own, everyone else seemed to experience problems. Well must get ready for our Dorset Group meeting today.
Friday, May 13, 2011
My standard 'West Harptree' couplings from Worsley Works and two more ready for the road.
Forgot to mention the Wilton show last weekend-two very enjoyable days, excellent lunches, especially cake as well as some interesting layouts in O to N were on show.
I did manage to take a few shots of an interesting group of houses near to the hall which will form the basis of a set of buildings for Teignford. Oh and before you ask-excellent pint of Firkin Fox on the way home, all this exhibiting can cause quite a thirst.
Monday, May 02, 2011
It shows a couple of wagons made from kits exclusive to the 3mm Society. They are both made by Parkside and are a masterpiece of moulding.
The Southern PMV is the oldest whilst the GWR fruit van is somewhat newer.
They both have been finished in BR colours, the transfers are from a 3SMR sheet.
Looking forward to the Wilton exhibition this weekend, Hennock is erected in the loft and having track cleaned and everything else checked. Usually spend more time preparing for a show than actually exhibiting. Make sure you come and say hello.