Cream Tea anyone?

In just under 2 weeks Herstmonceux will be heading down to Devon for the Exe Model Railway Society show. Although I have been focused on getting Tarring Neville finished I have also been working on a few new things for Herstmonceux which will hopefully ready for the show.IMG_4064

For a while now my Birdcage set has been 2/3s finished and when run at a couple of shows its pinched the composite coach from the SECR Pull-Push set. I finally got the sets composite built and its currently waiting on some transfers and then the whole set needs weathering.
Something else that has been on the “to do” list is another Pull-Push set. Last year I received a new Cuckoo line book and I mentioned that one picture was very interesting. This picture showed a ex-LBSCR Pull-Push set and a D3 tank at Hailsham. The D3 turned out to be the one that I have modelled..
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Being at Hailsham it puts it very close to Herstmonceux and the possibility that it might of turned up on the Ouse valley line… So luckily for me that nice guy Mr Roxey produces a kit of the LBSCR Pull-Push set. This is also just waiting on some transfers and some weathering and I will stick some pictures up when it’s finished.
With these two new sets a new timetable was needed to fit them in so hopefully I’ll get this finished ready for Exeter. Chris has also worked on a rake on mineral wagons to run in the new timetable as a diverted Kent coal train and I have tried to fit in a few more unusual workings that would of been seen in the area.

More Buildings…

More progress has been made with Tarring Neville. I was going to finish the loading dock area but I decided to crack on with the last of the large buildings. This will sit at the front between the loading dock and the quayside. The building is loosely based on the old Star Brewery in Lewes.
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Like other buildings for Tarring Neville I made a basic shell out of foamboard and fixed plasticard over the top. Some etched industrial window frames were fitted and the covered roof walkway added .

Roof tiles are cut from paper in strips and stuck on with PVA. Once this was complete the guttering was added from half round plastic rod. Metal rod was used for the down pipes and are held in place with split pins. For the lead flashing I cut some strips of tissue paper and glued it in place around the small window on the walkway and along the tile edges that meet the walkway cladding.

The building has had a coat of primer and had a base coat of brick paint added. I’m thinking of putting a white wash on the two end walls and leave the side with the windows and doors as plain brick.
I have also made a start on bedding in a few of the buildings and been playing around with a few pictures.

Another building.. Pt 2

As a follow up to my last post I thought I would share a couple of pictures of the finished building. I have repainted the doors as I wasn’t happy with the colour and finished the brick work. I may do a bit more weathering to the building and need to add some crates and sacks to the interior but other than that its ready to be fixed to the layout. I’m going to finish the loading dock next and then make a start on the last big building.

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(Really must tidy up the workbench)

Another building

Sorry for the lack of updates lately. Things have slowly been moving along with Tarring Neville though. The larger flint building has been made removable in case any of the point switches need attention and this is now ready to be bedded in. I have also been working on getting another building ready to fit to the layout.

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This one has been lurking around in the background for some time. It is loosely base on the stores building from Hellingly Station and is made up of a foamboard shell with South Eastern Finecast corrugated iron plasticard over it. Windows and guttering came from the bits box and the down pipes were knocked up from some metal rod and split pins. When it came to painting I was originally going to paint the whole thing a cream colour but I had slowly gone off this idea and opted for a blue/grey colour instead. First though I put some patches of Gunmetal and Bronze. This was to aid with the weathering of the building later.

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Over this I added the blue/grey colour. I’ve tried to add it in fairly thin layers to make the building (hopefully) look fairly tired looking. This is how its looking at the minute. I’m undecided on the colour of the doors but next i’m going to finish the lower brick work.

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You might notice a dock/platform has appeared to the left of this picture. This is another thing I have been working on. I was going to put another building at the end of the siding but thought this might make coupling and uncoupling difficult. Having gone through a few ideas I have settled on a loading dock. The picture below shows it in its early stages and I will post more about it soon.
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Take one Pug..

Some time ago I came across some pictures of someone converting a Dapol/Hornby Pug into a (near enough) Manning Wardle H class which turned out to be from a article by Phil Parker. At the time I had a layout in my shed based on somewhere in North Cornwall and it had a quarry. I was going to have a go at the Manning Wardle for use in the quarry but apart from hacking up the donor Pug I didn’t get very far..
Now I have Tarring Neville on the go I thought it might be a good time to finish the Manning Wardle. The idea is the Manning Wardle and a few other small locos will be seen on Tarring Neville from the near by Denton cement works fleet. The fleet was started a while ago with a Howard Planet 0-4-0 Diesel built from a Roxey Mouldings kit.img-20161017-wa0005

The article is a step by step and gives you some of the rough measurements. I added a few extra bits of pipework, some lamp irons and found a smokebox door in the useful bits box instead of making my own. This is what it looked like before painting.

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Seeing as I’d already painted the Planet green I thought I should do the same with the Manning Wardle. I was going to go for some red lining on the cabside but after having a look through some books I decided to paint the footplate edge, cylinders and coupling rods instead. This is how it looks at the minute. 20170117_17121820170117_171206

It still needs another coat of paint then I can add its fleet number and add the last few details. I enjoyed building this one so much I’ve already lined up a second one to do that is slightly different.
Something else that got finished over Christmas was the building from the last post. I fitted its guttering and gave it a bit of a weathering so its now ready for bedding into the layout. 20170110_185000

Cover up

With Herstmonceux’s last show of the year done my attention has turned to Tarring Neville again. The main focus at the minute is the building that will cover the point switches. Its being based on a building not far from where I live and is again mainly flint.

The main shell was made up from foam board and the basic flint work done before doing the demo at Uckfield back in October.

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The next step was to get the roof on. This meant adding some more foam board for the base and cutting a lot of tile strips from thin card. Each strip was then individually glued on and some ridge tiles made from the same card to finish it off. It takes a while but is well worth the effort.

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Before adding all the guttering and other smaller details I decided it would be a good time to get most of the painting done. It looks rather good along side the smaller flint building and I could resist taking a couple of pictures of it on the layout.

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Next i’m going to tone down the brick work and roof then start adding the rest of the details. I will then get and finish the stores building that will be opposite it and get them both bedded in.