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When i left school back then i was lucky enough to enroll on an engineering apprenticeship. I think this lead me in good stead. I was always one of those children that pulled things apart but actually put them back together again. My first engine given to me at the age of Seven, a Triang Princess Elizabeth. The rest as they say is History. Later in life i got back in to Model Railways and started building Pine Road. This could lead anywhere so i hope you enjoy my Blog.

Monday, 18 October 2021

Kernow/EFE Adams 02 window surrounds

Looking at Kernow's Adams 02, it was mentioned that the side window surrounds of the cab was in fact wrong. Kernow had painted the frame white, thinking this didn't look quite right.....
..... One delved a bit deeper.
Looking at some photos in the vast array of books I have obtained over the years on Southern loco's, this should be black.
Originally it's actually a brass band running around the inside of the apperature.
Southern days they all look to be painted black.
With a pot of Humbrol satin black and a very small paint brush I set about overpainting it.
Half an hour later, we have this.
Far better.
There newer model, No 182 is correct. An easy fix.

Sunday, 10 October 2021

Ph Designs Buffer stops

Buffer stops! What else is out there other than your normal Peco or Hornby types.
Searching around I found these from PH Designs.
used all over BR and finding a good few photos of them in use on the Southern, spot on then.
The ones ordered were ph4bs1, the old fashioned way, a cheque or bank transfer. Bare with him, he's a busy guy.
Bare in mind that what you actually get are just the etch plates, there are templates to help you file out the rails. These are designed for code 75.
The easiest way to do these is to make yourself a jig. Consisting of nothing more than a piece of wood and some pins.
It helps keep all the sides the same. It should come out like this.
I made another jig for the crossmember.
The Southern seem to do something slightly different in there being only 1 crossmember with two shorter lengths of rail on each side.
I atctched them to some track as a stand alone unit. Obviously you will have to insulate them when adding to your sidings.
Thinking they look rather good after painting. Most seem to be painted white, although I found a couple with added wooden blocks with a red painted like across the middle.
Good soldering skills will be required and a fair bit of patients.