Wednesday, 28 January 2015

A Sprung Class 37

The beginnings - Bachmann loco and Penbits conversion kit.

It's quite odd sometimes how you can be so up for doing something, so enthused and raring to go up until the point at which you sit down, things waiting in front of you and then you just seem have absolutely no will to do any of it. I don't know why others have similar 'modellers` block' but with me this mind set but I know with me it can be much further reaching than simply not be arsed with modelling! How enthused I am with things like this, is certainly reflected with my general mood. So with a bit of a lull over the last couple of weeks, I really wanted to crack on with something. Anything. The long running brake vans came out their box and with sod all progress made during a full evening, they went back again.

The  exquisite brake gear etchings - this is top end stuff!

I'd been saving my next Penbits conversion for some time - I'm not sure why really. Maybe I wanted to try and give it the time I felt needed and deserved. Maybe it's a bit like building up to watching a DVD of a film you've been told is really great and you want to watch it without disturbances. However, you can end up setting things up to be quite a disappointment if you're not too careful! Not that Penbit's products disappoint in any shape or form! But it has given me a nice bit of enthusiasm now that I've finally started it - hopefully this can build on the success of my class 25.

The bearing carriers - these are really at the heart of the system. They're fabricated from turned bearings and etched parts. With care, they go together very nicely and they work very well indeed.

Today saw a decent start made with the bearing carriers - a neat little etch for each one, combined with a turned bearing. Sorted with very little fuss. Follow the instructions and the result should be spot on. And the class 37 etchings are just as good as those I had for the class 25 - there are just a lot more bits! And this is the only problem with diesel modelling - there's a fair bit of repetition to cater for to identical ends of the loco.

The 'bogie subframe' around which the suspension is based around. The similarity with a conventional etched steam loco chassis maybe noted. So if you're used to building, or have built, something similar then you really should have no problems with this.

The choice of loco will retain the Bachmann identity - it fits in well with West Halton and avoids having to touch the paintwork too much!

Friday, 23 January 2015

Winter at Gilberdyke Junction

Winter BioMass

The snow is disappointingly thin for photos really, but it was still a pain to get to work. It's not even snow by this point, it had started to thaw and is now just thick ice making life hard for p-way who were out packing the junction between trains. And while they wait, DBS 66088 tears through Gilberdyke with 4D88 bound for Hull Docks with empty bio-mass wagons. These trains are very long and make quite a sight when they run at the maximum speed of 75mph!

The full size image can be found on Flickr.

Wednesday, 14 January 2015

In These Times of Austerity

A very long term resident of the my workbench is this model of a Hull based WD ('Dub-Dee') no. 90695 - and it is very much a long term project as my first post was in 2009 and another in 2011!

WD No. 90695 - You will have to excuse the background of my parents' kitchen!

The model is based around Bachmann's excellent model, refined with Dave Bradwell castings. I say 'refined' rather than detailed as what's there in the first place is pretty good. It's also been converted to the Doncaster pattern firebox which many of the class received later in life.


Other than not working on it over the last year or so, I'm really not sure why it has waited so long for its turn to be finished. It has been waiting for its filthiness to be applied for a long time now and, I hope, it looks like a typical Dub-Dee from the Hull area. Hull locos never seemed to suffer from excessive priming or stark lime streaking like those in other parts of the county did. There are a number of subtle streaks showing signs of heavy use all adding to the dirt.

To emphasise the lack of cleaning I haven't bothered adding any insignia to the tender. Sometimes even the best and thinnest transfers will appear rasied when complettely covered by dirt and all it achieves is making it look very model like. If you can see the detail of badges or lining then it can look great peeping through the dirt but here, no. However, the absence isn't noticed as such - we see what we want to see in many situations and here, the brain tells us that it must be there but we can't see it for the dirt, which is exactly the result I want. I can't claim credit for this idea though... Tim Shackleton uses the same ruse with his 9F in MRJ 90 and 91. Tim was very helpful with advice on finishing off my Dub-Dee!

Just a little finishing off, couplings and crew and it'll be ready after six years on the bench!

Thursday, 8 January 2015

While the World Sleeps

While the World Sleeps

While most people are in bed, VolkerRail's ballast regulater, DR77802, waits at Gilberdyke for a T3 possession to be granted. The possession is to the other side of Goole and cannot be granted until the last passenger train has left Goole station. Until then, the crew and machine have to wait patiently.