The ever growing fleet

A couple of new locos added the the fleet. First up another RT models sentinel. This is one of the pre-war 100hp locos. Like the first one I built this is a superb kit with everything you need and extra parts to make different versions. I may get round to doing the streamlined style next. Here it is at the front with my other two before it gets weathered.
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Next up is a Judith Edge 14″ Hunslet. Again another great kit which I have fitted with Gibson wheels, High level gearbox and a cheap Chinese motor. Most of my industrial locos have been small 0-4-0s so it was nice to build something slightly bigger for Tarring Neville and I’m working on another bigger loco for the layout at the minute. As with the Sentinel, the Hunslet is waiting on some weathering.
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Lastly something that wasn’t built for myself. Oly over at otcm.wordpress.com asked if I would build his Mercian models Hudswell Clarke 0-6-0DM for him. It’s not one of the most straight forward kits I have ever built. Building the frames was a bit of a nightmare as the holes didn’t line up and then the coupling rods didn’t match either. It took a bit of head scratching but I managed to get a nice smooth running chassis in the end. I had joked with Chris that the body surely couldn’t be as bad but that came back to bite me! Anyway after much cussing a rather nice if slightly ugly loco emerged. It’s now back with Oly and i’m looking forward to seeing it weathered.
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Tanked up..

A while back I found an old Mainline 12T BP tank wagon in one of my boxes of bits which I thought could do with a bit of an upgrade. The model dates back to the late 70’s which at the time was a pretty good model but by todays standards its pretty naff.. First to go was the chunky chassis to be replaced with a Cambrian models 10’0″ underframe kit (C105). This needed some headstocks adding and I fitted some Lanarkshire models cast buffers to these.
The tank itself isn’t too bad but I cut off the moulded ladder and walkways and replaced them using a  Rtmodels etched detailing kit for the Airfix B tank. The ladder needed shortening a little and the rest is easy enough to fit. Other details were added with bits of wire and microstrip. It was given a coat of black paint and some Cambridge custom transfers added. It might not be 100% accurate but its a lot better than it was.

The other tank is a SE Finecast A.P.O.C oil tank kit which needs finishing. This will be used as a internal user wagon for the cement works and Tarring Neville.

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Starting early?

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.