Laser -Cut Buildings and walls.

Well, for me it’s a week since I was advised to distance myself from all social occasions. During this time I have been very busy making buildings and walls for another O Gauge Layout. It certainly is not new as I started it some three years ago, but went onto the back burner whilst doing other things.

It is basically a 6′ x 2′ DC Steam Engine Shed. I am trying to make it as generic as possible so that various Regions and eras can be run, including an Industrial option. I estimate it will hold about 12 Tank engine, slightly less if a tender engine or two is used.

I will keep you all up to date as progress is made. I need to come up with a name to cover the project.

Engine Shed

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Bothy

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Platelayers Hut

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Coaling Stage

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Boundary Walls (3 so far)

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O Gauge Painting and Weathering

These models were all made or purchased by Graham – I have just painted and weathered them.

Heljan 03 – Light body weathering – Medium Chassis weathering.

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British Fuels PFA and Container

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A second CDA from a Skytrex Kit

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The original CDA and the latest one side by side

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Ferry Wagon – very dirty – but with bodyside signs cleaned

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1960’s Coal Hopper – Parkside (Peco) Kit

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Morlock Heath at March Ex 2020

We attended the March Model Railway Exhibition yesterday (14/3) and considering the current situation with the virus, it was very well attended.

We were next to Great Eastern Models so a good day was had with plenty of banter and at the end of the Show – a purchase.

It was also nice to see some old friends, especially my old mate Les Williams – great to see him after such a long time – Les still has three of my layouts.

As we were not really sure about further Exhibitions this year, we decided to run stock that we had more or less finished and that had not run on the layout before. Shaun brought along a small rake of Sealion Bogie ballast wagons – although only semi finished they looked great. The real stars of the stock, in my opinion was a pair of standard snowploughs that Shaun had recently made. Graham also took along some great stock that had not been run on the layout before – thanks both.

Below are some photos of our day taken by Shaun and my wife – again, thanks both.

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Weathering – SENTINAL – Lime and Cargo wagons.

Its late February and this is what is probably the last weathering session of the month. Today is the best day for a while to spray and varnish so I took full advantage.

Dapol Sentinal

This Loco is for Shaun and is a light to medium weathering.

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Steetley Lime Wagon

This wagon is for Graham and is medium weathering.

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Blue Circle Cement Cargo Wagon

This Wagon is again for Graham and is again Medium Weathering.

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All subjects were researched before starting.

 

5 Dogfish and a Catfish in O Gauge.

Here we have six Ballast Hoppers, they have been medium weathered for Mike. I renumbered some, but I did have a lot of trouble getting the same colour transfers as the original Heljan lettering.

I used the wash and wipe method on the bodies – on the inside, I washed but did not wipe. The next step was airbrush the chassis with four different colours, special care was taken with the ballast shutes. I then went back to the inside and sprayed a mixture light rust colours – finally I dropped some O Gauge Ballast into the hopper and moved it around while the paint was still wet – after about 10 minutes I emptied the ballast out.

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O Gauge Weathering (Feb 2020)

Yesterday I weathered three Loco’s – one for Colin and two for my Morlock Heath Layout.

Colin’s Dapol Sentinal

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Two Dapol 08 Shunters for Morlock Heath.

These 08’s have already appeared on this site before weathering. Now they have had a medium weathering in preparation for an appearance at March Model Railway Exhibition on March 14th.

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Dapol Y1 Sentinal in O Gauge.

I purchased two of these Loco’s from a well known ‘Box Shifter’¬† – they were advertised as ‘Y3’ which is what I wanted. I wish I had done my research first before purchasing!! When they arrived I realised the mistake, they were Y1. I left one as No.39 as It was an East Anglian Loco, being based at both Lowestoft and Cambridge. and changed the second one to No.4 which was a Doncaster Loco, a bit out of my modelled area!

Both Loco’s had their buffer beams painted red as prototype. And both had real coal added to the hopper.

No.39 had a modified coal hopper side, so the model is not strictly correct.

The O Gauge Fox Transfers I used on No.4 are to large – I would suggest buying OO as they are nearer the correct size.

I hope to correct them at a later date.

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