Three Project Loco’s Finished

Well, I did it, all apart from weathering that is – and that will have to wait as I need to do some gardening! Oh and two grandchildren and the dog are here for a while.

I really enjoyed doing these Loco’s but I think doing three at once was a bit daunting – although working on one while the other two dried, did help maximise my time.

DJH Kit Built Britannia 70036 Boadicea


Bachmann Brass Class 24 – 97201




Bachmann Brass GWR Class 1361 – No 1363






Next Steps with Undercoated Loco’s

Here is a quick update on the three Loco’s that I undercoated. Much work has taken place and many hours used over the weekend. Here are the results:-

97201 (Class 24)





Ex GWR Class 1361




Britannia Class 70036 Boadicea






Well, that’s it so far. All need to be reunited with their chassis, Glazing added and coal added to the steam loco’s .  All will be weathered at a later date, and I will post some photo’s when totally finished.



Undercoating Session

Here are three Loco’s all with different stories.


I purchased this Loco, which is a very well made DJH kit about four years ago. The kit was finished apart from needing painting. Sadly the person that built it died before he could completely finish the kit.

After sitting in its box for a long time the brass and white metal was in a bit of a state. Before  any thought of undercoating I spent an afternoon cleaning everything with a gentle cream cleaner, followed by a full rinse at least three times and finally a wipe down with a white spirit coated rag and cotton buds to get into difficult places. It was then left to dry for 24 hours before undercoating. I always do two light coats rather than one (or two) medium coats, this avoids filling in fine detail. I leave it at least 12 hours between coatings






This loco will become 70036 Boadicea


Although I have called this a Class 24 in fact it will be a Class 97!!! This Loco is owned by Graham and is a Bachmann Brassworks. Although these are not the most accurate model of the Class 24, for the price Graham paid – it was a bargain. When he purchased the Loco it appeared that some of the varnish coating had been removed, but to ensure all the varnish had been removed, I got out my Badger Grit Gun! What a dirty Job this is, but totally necessary to get a good bedding for the undercoat. After the Grit had done its job I again rinsed the Loco at least three times before doing the white spirit cleaning again.




This Loco will be Class 97 (Ex 24)  EXPERIMENT


This is another Bachmann Brass (San Cheng) offering. By this time the quality had improved and the model accuracy was very good indeed. Unlike the Class 24 there was virtually no tarnishing of the brass, this I guessed was because the varnish was totally intact. Out came the grit gun again and after that the rinses and the white spirit treatment – Thankfully when I purchased this Loco it came with a Chassis that was Factory painted – this has certainly saved a lot of time.




This Loco will become no 1363.


TWO light coats better than one med or heavy – take you time – all the above achieved without a single paint run,

I make my own undercoat – Humbrol Matt White  +  a touch of Matt Black. Depending on the top colour it can dictate how dark or light it needs to be. Undercoat colour can and does affect the final finish/colour.

Scratch/Kit Built O Gauge ‘Black 5’

I saw this loco for sale recently and although I do not model BR (M). They were regular visitors to East Anglia and it would give me something a bit different.

I won’t lie, I had to sell 17 various OO loco’s to get this one loco – was it worth it? A resounding ‘yes’. The move from OO to O continues – more sales via Ebay soon!

The owner who I purchased it from thought it was virtually all scratch built and the attention to detail is fantastic. I may change the number and remove some of the weathering – but that can wait.

The Wheels, Motor and Gearbox are certainly to a high specification.






O Gauge Kit Built Class C12 4-4-2T

I saw this for sale recently and fell in love with it. After research I discovered that this loco was based at Bury St Edmunds (Suffolk) 31E During 1955 – that sealed it for me, I purchased it. Although it was a little more than I wanted to pay, after negotiation  it become more attractive.

I will weather it later, but other than that nothing else required.

Some shiny photo’s below.





O Gauge BR (S) E1R 0-6-2T

This is another Loco I purchased some time ago, however I made a big mistake and did not test run it for several months after purchase. When I did get around to it, it was not as stated at the time of sale – it was not an excellent runner, in fact it was a disaster! When I put it on the track and started it running –  some screws holding the connecting rods to the wheels fell out on both sides of the loco – the threads were virtually gone! The moral of the story – don’t believe all you read, even from supposedly reputable companies. The Loco went in the try again later box!

Again – fast forward over a year!  I have completely stripped down the chassis, purchased replacement parts as needed and after cleaning put it back together. I now had a very passable running loco – by the way the body was very good (reason I purchased it) and only needed minor touch ups here and there.





O Gauge Beattie Well Tank

I purchased this as a part built kit – chassis made – body part started. This suited me as I consider that chassis making is my worst discipline. The kit duly arrived and it all looked OK, although I never tried the made up chassis. I would say the body was about 50% built to a passable standard. I  finished the build, undercoated, painted and transferred the body. After everything was dry I attached the body to the already finished chassis and tested !!!!  Nothing, the whole lot was dead with not a sign of movement !!!! I put it in the to hard to do at present box !

That was nearly two years ago. After finishing my last project (the B12/3) I looked around for a fill in job – I did not want to do any spraying as it was 34C in my Garage. I found the coolest place I could find indoors and stripped the chassis, separated the motor, wheels, and the gearbox – cleaned the lot, checked the pickups and reassembled. Put it on my test track and it started to run, after a little fettling and adjustment it is now a very passable runner. Lucky I call it !







Note to self – must drill out that solid chimney !!!!

Morale of Story – never give up – revisit difficult jobs.