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Sunday, 15 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.


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.

Monday, 9 July 2018

Dapol Class 73

Dapol's Class 73
I have had this a while, its a superb runner but put with everything else on Parkstone the blue is, just so wrong.
Trying to avoid the prospect of repainting, what could i do.
Weathering seem the only other option, not that i have anything against weathering, its just that the 73 needs to be made to look more of a faded blue rather than dirtying it up.
At a recent exhibition i came across some white weathering powders. The pack actually consisted of White, Mid Grey and Gray What would you use white weathering powders for ??
I bought them anyway thinking they might come in handy for something one day.
That day came.
Doh! i didn't take a pic before it started.
Dapol Class 73 weathered

Dapol Class 73

Dapol Class 73
 Sorry, slightly overexposed but shows the bogie detail a treat.
I have fitted the push pull beams and the buckeye coupling in the dropped position, also the extra air pipes that come in the detailing pack.
You can see the bar that i fitted for the sprat & winkle coupling. 
The wheels have been painted as well.
Dapol Class 73

Dapol Class 73
 it always a good idea to have a photo of the real thing to hand 
Dapol Class 73
 One of the roof. I used a slightly different technique, seems to work well and when dry it leaves a fine texture to the paint.
I mixed some smoke weathering powder with Humbols "Matt Coat" thinned will a small amount of thinners and sprayed through the airbrush.
The whole model was given a coat of Humbrol Matt Coat to seal everything in after masking up the windows of course.  
Dapol Class 73

Sunday, 8 July 2018

Dorset modellers club

We had our meet yesterday.
We meet up once a month at the 
Avon Causeway Hotel

Next meet is on the 11th August 2018
1.00-4.30pm
£4.00 including chips
All gauges welcome
This month, Nigel had surpassed himself and is in the process of building a Class 33 in 3mm scale.


It has Two power bogies from Geoff Halliwell and runs extremely smoothly. 



Nigel is also building these OBA's from scratch.

A little experiment to see if it was possible to use something to represent the chains on the door clamp.

Robert has built some OAA's in 3mm scale.

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, 5 July 2018

Parkstone and Dapol Signals DCC Concepts.

Two signals on Parkstone Goods, One starter and one ground.
The starter was built from a Ratio kit who, now unfortunately use plastic basses and uprights. The one i built was of the Southern Rail built type.....It BROKE after being used at one exhibition, i had attached a servo to it with a "bouncing device" it did not like this.
Come on Peco, can't we go back to the good old white metal ones.

As time is always a problem, i looked at the Dapol one, well they had finally released there lattice type.
I have to say, it looks the part, the only gripe i have is that the arm is far to thick.
Here she is fitted.
Dapol Home Starter

The next job is wiring.
4 wires come out from these, Red, Black and Two Yellows.
Red and Black go to your power supply, now, i have heard of issues with these signals or rather the motor. I am running them off  a 9V supply, the same supply as used for the Cobalt point motors so, time will tell.
Dapol Signal wiring
 Parkstone has DCC concepts lever frame switches.
The question arose as to how to wire a Dapol Signal to one of the lever frame switches. Dapol say it should be a push to make switch.

You need the "momentary" switch on the Lever Frame 

I contacted DCC concepts on whether this could be done, with in 15 minutes i had a reply from Mick at Dcc concepts and yes it can.
Its easy.
The Two Yellow wires, one goes to the "common" Terminal 2 on the PCB supplied with the switch. The other Yellow wire is split and goes to terminals 1 and 3. Picture below should explain all.

Wiring Dapol signal to DCC concepts lever frame
  It works.

Sunday, 1 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.


On the Kyle of Lochalsh line