Tuesday, 25 October 2011

Tim Shackleton in Hornby Magazine

I must admit that I don't normally buy Hornby Magazine - there's nothing wrong with it just doesn't always have anything which interests me. In fact I've only bought two copies, and this is my second one! Though one of the reliefs at Welton use to leave his copies there and I read them!

Tim Shackleton has had a couple of articles recently in HM and his piece in the latest edition is a wonderful step-by-step weathering guide. Superb! I love his style, very readable and approachable! And the results speak for themselves. Well worth investing your four quid in order to read it!

Monday, 24 October 2011

Brake Time

A little while ago, well quite sometime ago, I posted about using ancient Airfix kits to produce models of the brake vans I require. Well here is one of them beginning to take shape. While this one will prove quite cheap to produce I have 'invested' in a set of Dave Bradwell etchings for the other Airfix 'van but hopefully the two will sit nicely side by side on the layout without it being too obvious that one has exquisite etchings at its heart and the other is 'bodged by James'!

The handrails need real patience, as does apply all the individual rivets on my version - but fabricating for yourself is at least a very economical way of modelling and both version will need very similar work on their bodies. I must admit I haven't moved the duckets, even though they do sit too low but I feel they look OK and it's better to leave them than try and hide the scars of surgically moving them.

The fun will really begin when I come to fabricate the foot steps! Think I may put that off for a bit longer yet!

Sunday, 23 October 2011

Slowly but Surely...

Many projects have stalled recently for reasons which will soon become clear, but did manage to grab a few photos over the weekend of a few bits and bobs...

My model of one of Immingham's class 47s has come on a little bit over the last few weeks by having twenty minutes here and ten minutes there - the result is paint in most of the right places... The buffer heads are still naked brass but I'll be blackening them rather than painting them and seeing them chipped as soon as they even just touch a wagon!

So, just a few transfers and things to go on before glazing, weathering and handing it over to a friend for a nice and realistic lighting set up!

Saturday, 22 October 2011

The Second Coming

Perhaps some of the best news this year is that my favourtie band, arguably one of the greatest British bands of all time, The Stone Roses are to reform for a series of live shows next summer - and thanks to the efforts of Suzi and my Dad, I will be there to see it!

So you can understand why I'm just a little excited about the whole thing!