Waking to Life… Again?

So here I am suspended in limbo, unable to move forwards or in any direction frankly. I will not go in to details, other than to say I am still “under major repairs.” My health/work situation has blighted so much of the the last few years that to give up would easy; in my case however, no chance. Wibbling is allowed, quitting is not!

Now to the modelling. Yes, I am back at the work bench sporadically when my mood and health permits. Having adopted the attitude of dealing with known quantities, yet more BR 12 ton standard vans are being worked up, gilded, fettled or even painted. Yes this has been a long running project however, the Beastie devours stock and by the time this batch is finished I will have covered just about every variation on the “standard van” theme – wibble!

The other project that I have got to grips with is that of a rake of Engineers stock which is actually doing something. The rake has various Med-fits loaded with spoil and detritus, whilst the rest will have used bits and bobs reflecting the job which has generated the spoil. Since Mostyn will not be out again for some months, I can just enjoy what I can do when I am able. It is not a perfect working scenario but it is better than the darkness of a few weeks back.

I should also mention that I have also played with a few bits for my own pet projects. I hope to get some images of these and the other projects up soon so stay tuned.

Be seeing you,


The new season…

Another summer has come to a dreich end and all those projects that have been hold started beckoning forth for attention.
Hence it came to pass, that the “Works” did stir once more…

Ambis etch silliness in action on more 12t standard BR vans, diagram 1/224 in this case.
Yes, more bl##dy vans but this show the last lap is well under way. I will admit that Mostyn is venturing out again in a few weeks time, a stimulus to get some stock finished once more.

Other projects are beckoning, something I have already mentioned here. They will appear soon, if only for my own tenuous hold on sanity. Arf!!!

Be seeing you


And new projects begin…

After all the silliness getting the recent stock finished, I have been taking some time to look at what I am intending to do the next few weeks/months. With all my health travails of the past 18 – 24 months, it is actually nice to able to do so without any “banana skins” or mishaps looming.

First up, a number of other BR fitted van projects are in various stages of building – Diag. 1/208, 1/213 and 1/224’s to be exact. These van projects aim to be the last ones built for Mostyn as we should have more than enough by then – I hope!
You then have some BR steel sided medfits which I had forgotten about. With the ups and downs of the most recent builds of this type, I had neglected to remember a box with some half built in it. I am again planning that these will be the last of this type built for Mostyn. This sort of stock for the Engineers Department is now at a healthy level. Other stock beckons for this sort of work.

I have been getting together the research work for some brand new projects. The first project revolves around the various 5-Plank wagons still in use in Engineers stock during the late 1970’s. We are talking about stock with a 10-foot wheelbase here so no springing or compensation will be used. It is envisaged that two kits, together with various other spares and bits, are going to get a good deal of usage:
1: Cambrian Models C107 SR (Diag.1375) 5 plank Open Wagon.
This design was not just built for the Southern Railway but indeed, the LNER had a number produced to this basic design under various diagram numbers. Add to this, the diagram, 1/034, built by BR to this basic design and a jolly good time is envisaged…
2: Parkside Dundas PC02A BR (Diag.1/039, 1/044) 13 Ton Open Wagon.
Based on an LMS design, a whole gamut of variations in underframes and brakes exist here. Indeed, the LMS built diagram was still in use in 1977 so I can logically produce a few dog-eared auld relics to go with the other pre-nationalisation beasties either already built or in the planning stage.
The second project revolves around the humble BR Grampus. The Parkside Dundas kit and other parts will form the basis of the build, which will include both fitted [Diag.1/574] and unfitted [Diag.1/572] types. The question of springing this batch of wagons will be addressed in one way or other. The wheelbase of the Grampus means that springing this stock is essential, the 12-foot wheelbase leaves one with no choice!

Well that is my coming months planned out so lets get it on.
Mind, knowing me I shall get distracted by some other naughtiness as well along the way…

Be seeing you.

Yet more floor nonsense…

A recent post mused on getting the floors of ones wagons suitably finished. Well I did say that I was still noodling away so some more examples of graphic crud, filth and decrepit usage are here for your considered perusal…


Here above, some careful use of washes and pigments has been attempted so as to give the floor a sober, used look. A little at a time seems to work best.

Second up:

The aim here was to achieve maximum scuzziness, a battered, bashed up floor together with rusty, crud caked sides. The pigments used were “fixed” using Tamiya paint thinners; this being a tip gleaned frae the military modelling world.

And to finish with:

By varying the type and amount of pigments used with this floor, I appear to achieved what I aimed for. That being a battered, rather uneven look. Again, the use of the Tamiya thinners has “fixed” the pigments to the floor. The care taken in applying has payed off, well I think so mind.
The gray hair by the way was removed. Not one of mine I might add!!!

Enough waffle from “The Works” for now.
Be seeing You


The end… Well sort of…

The finish line of exhibiting at an show, is always a prompt to attempt to finish items of stock. Last weeks show in sunny Wigan was no exception. Even if it was a push, after the past few months of yet more illness, darkness and dribbling, I was going to get the below items finished.

Here are a few close-ups.

Yes the images are a bit rushed but needs must. Projects which seem to have taken forever are now completed and in service;  something which, at times, has appeared about as likely as England winning the World Cup!

And so what is next?
Well, a further batch of Diag. 1/224 vans is in progress as are some final Diag. 1/208 & 1/213 vans. These being the oddballs with different doors, ends, brake gear and so on.
I also need to finally finish the SPV that has taken an age as well. This beastie is primed and ready for a splash of banger blue. It will make a nice change to bauxite, grey and various combinations of filth and detritus!!!

Finally a thanks to Rugloanian for the Tunny Bars… Nice to meet one sir and I trust your wee man enjoyed his trip south of the border…

Be seeing you

PS. The weather on Saturday was awful but at least Wigan lost their Challenge Cup tie – it made all the palaver of parking and such worth it….. C’mon yew Saints!!!