In a month or so Herstmonceux will be at Railex so it’s time for me to start getting it ready. Now some of you might be thinking that it’s a bit early to start preparing for the show but Herstmonceux hasn’t been out since Exeter last July and could do with a bit of a freshen up. A few new trees need making and planting, some of the other vegetation could do with some work and the whole layout could do with a good clean.
I have also been working on some items of stock. The I3 has been on the list of needing fixing for a while. Turns out the motor mount had broken so this was fixed and some tidying up of the weathering. My Std 4mt 2-6-0 had had its motor and gearbox pinched when I built my last K Class so this has been replaced. The Birdcage set and the LBSCR Pull-Push set still needed floors adding and a spot of weathering after being used at Exeter. Something else I wanted to do was go through my wagons and sort out some of the weathering on them. A lot of my wagons had had a quick job done on them so they were usable on Herstmonceux and I thought it was about time I gave them a better going over.
There is still plenty more to be done. The D3 is getting a new motor and High Level gearbox plus a pile of new wagons need finishing off. Should be a busy month or so.
In the mad rush to get things done for Herstmonceux’s first show back in 2014 a AEC Monarch was knocked up from a Coppercraft kit to be the Robins coal lorry. It was mean’t to be a stand in till I got round to making something a lot more suitable. A couple of people at shows had pointed out the AEC wasn’t right.. Sooo four years and seven shows later i’m finally doing something about it!
One of the people that will be happy i’m doing this is Gerry Bixley. I had the pleasure of a long chat with Gerry at Tolworth a couple of years ago and he pointed out the AEC. After some correspondence with him after the show he very kindly send me a spare Classix Austin K2 lorry and some instructions on what to do with it.
First job was to strip it down in to a set of parts. This involved removing the wheels and drilling out three rivets underneath. You should then have something like this..
Now the Classix K2 isn’t bad but its wheelbase is little long. The 5-ton long wheelbase lorry is 13′ 1 3/4″ which is about 52mm in 4mm scale. This means cutting 5mm out the chassis.
This was glued back together and a small bit of scrap plasticard add for extra strength over the join. I also cut the sides off the rear bed and shorted it by removing the headboard and 2mm. The bed and the Cab were then left in some Dettol for a few days to remove the paint.
The next step is to fill the holes in the cab roof , make up a new headboard, start putting it back together and get it ready for painting.