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Sunday, 12 August 2018

Sunday on Shed

I am running a series of photos every Sunday that were taken
in my trainspotting days.
The Ian Allan spotting books are dated
1979-1983
All the photos were taken during these dates.
I reckon i have something close to 200 photos here, all taken in the Corporate blue period from all over the country. The idea is to post One, maybe Two photos depending on what mood i am in. 
There is allsorts, some with trains, some just looking down the line, some out of focus, some to dark, some to light, some you may ask yourself, 'what the hell' Some i don't know exact dates, some i don't know numbers but they are all going to get posted.
I ASK ONE THING
   You are welcome to use the photos but it would be nice if you would copy the link or give some credit to the guy that took em. ie ME Colin Lockyer and/or THIS BLOG.


Sunday, 5 August 2018

Adams 02 Another one

A friend of mine bought a second hand kitbuilt Adams 02, the thought was of building an Isle of Wight layout.
This didn't come about so, he sold it to me.
The chassis, he had already rebuilt using a 'High level, motor and gearbox, but the body wasn't in good shape, plus the bunker needed to be cut down for a 'Mainland' version. On further inspection, i think it might have had a hard life, paint wasn't great with a number of layers, the handrails in my mind were to thick, no backhead plus a ew other things came to light.. I stripped it and rebuilt it with a phone call to South Eastern Finecast, some new parts duly arrived.
Not bad for Two and a half days work, she is all ready for paint, thats after a good wash and brush up.

I have to say that these kits go together fairly well, just your usual flashing to remove, a bit of filing here and there. If you have never made one before, give it ago, just keep offering the parts up as you go along, just to make sure everything is true, square and inline. 


Even all four steps are level, no rocking motion.


You can see the detail on the backhead here.


Everything has been soldered, even the lamp irons. slippery little suckers. 

The buffers are from Romford/Markits. These are the last LSWR buffers i have from them, hoping to get some more but they seem very illusive these days. 

More cab detail. I have made this a lift out unit to make painting easier.

Looking at photos in the bible, the handrail over the smokebox door doesn't follow the curve of the door, its more like the photo below, i had not noticed this before.

Soldering the sanding box operating arm on was a challenge.

Taking photos like this are always good as it show up any problems and imperfections before painting........

......and that the chimney, dome, safety valves and whistle are all inline....PHewwwwww.

Sitting on her chassis
Hoping to paint her in the week, that's if that dreaded thing called work doesn't get in the way!!!

SUNDAY ON SHED

I am running a series of photos every Sunday that were taken
in my trainspotting days.
The Ian Allan spotting books are dated
1979-1983
All the photos were taken during these dates.
I reckon i have something close to 200 photos here, all taken in the Corporate blue period from all over the country. The idea is to post One, maybe Two photos depending on what mood i am in. 
There is allsorts, some with trains, some just looking down the line, some out of focus, some to dark, some to light, some you may ask yourself, 'what the hell' Some i don't know exact dates, some i don't know numbers but they are all going to get posted.
I ASK ONE THING
   You are welcome to use the photos but it would be nice if you would copy the link or give some credit to the guy that took em. ie ME Colin Lockyer and/or THIS BLOG.


Sunday, 29 July 2018

SUNDAY ON SHED

I am running a series of photos every Sunday that were taken
in my trainspotting days.
The Ian Allan spotting books are dated
1979-1983
All the photos were taken during these dates.
I reckon i have something close to 200 photos here, all taken in the Corporate blue period from all over the country. The idea is to post One, maybe Two photos depending on what mood i am in. 
There is allsorts, some with trains, some just looking down the line, some out of focus, some to dark, some to light, some you may ask yourself, 'what the hell' Some i don't know exact dates, some i don't know numbers but they are all going to get posted.
I ASK ONE THING
   You are welcome to use the photos but it would be nice if you would copy the link or give some credit to the guy that took em. ie ME Colin Lockyer and/or THIS BLOG.


Thursday, 26 July 2018

Dapol and the Adams B4

Well, It was going to happen.
I said NO, because i had already built one of South Eastern Finecast kits of one of these splendid engines, but, anyone who knows me, knows i'm a sucker for anything LSWR.
When i found out you could get one in Lswr livery through the collectors club, gotta have one.

It arrived Thursday morning. Before i go any further, even the owners handbook is worth a mention, 14 page handbook in full colour, listing everything you might want to know.

Dapol's B4 with one i made earlier.
Dapols B4

Dapol Adams B4
 Apart from looking a bit on the clean side, she does look stunning. Wonder if i could get one in Drummond Livery?
Dapol Adams B4 LSWR
 It even has the dimpled buffers.
Dapol Adams B4 LSWR
 I didn't notice it with the naked eye but there is actually a very fine darker green line between the Black and the Pea green. I feel and after consulting "bradley's Bible" that this fine green line should in fact be white, however, most goods engines from 1885 were painted Holly Green with a Black border and a fine Green line. Thought the model was Pea Green, slightly confused.
He does say though that with in a few months this fine line was virtually impossible to see anyway.  
Adams B4

Adams B4
 Still a superb model and think Dapol have done themselves proud with this one.
Adams B4

Dapol B4

Dapol Adams B4


Tuesday, 24 July 2018

Website for "southern" modellers.

Really, i had better things to do today but spent some time anyway, searching around on the good old "interweb" looking for ideas on a goods shed for Exton Quays.
It's funny what you find, the amount of times i have entered LSWR, Southern Railway, Wagons, Lswr, this, that, and the other, into the Google search bar, this has never popped up.
An interesting site for all us "Southern" modellers.


Run by a guy called David Smith, there are some interesting kits here.
Please note: I found this purely by accident, I do not know him personally and have no affiliation with him or his site. I just thought it might be useful for others.

Monday, 23 July 2018

Exton Quays Coaling stage

I had an idea for a Coaling stage.
Now, i'm guessing that on the branch it would have been a "make do" cheap affair. As long as it does the job that's good enough.
Made from 1.8mm ply and 1.5mm square timber strip, bought from
You might want to take a look, really for the Dolls house and ship/plane building brigade but trying always to think outside the box they have some interesting products that we can use in the Railway world.
Also, how about this for your workbench.
Perhaps wifey might buy you one for Christmas.
Anyway, back to Exton Quays.
This took the best part of the weekend to make up even the crane took 2 or 3 hours.
Exton Quays coaling stage 

Exton Quays coaling stage
 The rear entrance of the warehouse has been finished as well, unfortunately i have created something of a problem here. One is scratching ones head.
You can see the problem, wall disappears into sky, ummm, errrr,
Waiting for a brainwave while driving down the M40 at 2am in the morning!!!!!!