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Discussion in 'Kits, Kit bashes & Scratch builds' started by Matt, Jan 6, 2019.

  1. Matt

    Matt Full Member

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    Hi all,

    I've decided to relocate my kitbuilding projects here to make it a little easier to follow as the other thread is meant to be for my layout (or will be)!

    So far I have the following projects ongoing!

    Dapol/Parkside kitbashed 16 ton minerals:

    A combination of Dapol body and Parkside underframes.

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    Lima CCT parcel vans:

    Old Lima CCT's upgraded with new wheels, glazing and wheel irons.

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    Dapol 20 ton tanker:

    Dapol kits upgraded and detailed. One of two completed so far!

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    Triang/Hornby 10 ton Cowan's Sheldon crane:

    In the process of rebuilding an ancient Triang/Hornby crane. New jib built from plastic sheet, crane detailed, rebuilt bufferbeams and new wheels.

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    Dapol 20 ton Brake Van

    Current project! Detailed build of a very bent and twisted Dapol kit.

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    None of these are finished, all are either ongoing projects or awaiting a visit to the paint shop. Hopefully you'll join me here for new progress and no doubt other, random projects!

    Thanks for looking

    Matt
     
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    jakesdad13 Staff Member Moderator

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    Looking forward to seeing how you get on with these projects Matt.

    Pete.
     
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    I've spent time tonight making and attaching the guard rails to the ends. I decided to use thinner wire than in my earlier post (0.33 I think). These are pretty flimsy so won't stand up to any rough handling!

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    Apart from the footsteps, which I need to think about thinning down slightly, and some small brackets on the solebars, this really concludes the work I need to do. I'm still waiting for buffers, vac pipes and roof vents too. This is going to be another one for the paint shop queue!

    Matt
     
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    Good move Matt
    Will make it easier to keep track of all the builds
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    The Van and the Crane are really looking good
     
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    Thanks Chris - I agree that it'll be easier to keep a track of my meandering progress!

    Just noticed that my previous post got moderated - did I do something wrong?

    Matt
     
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    Toto Staff Member Founder Administrator

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    Great stuff Matt, they should all be easier to find now. I am sure given the quality of these builds that they will be popular and regularly referenced. First class Sir. :thumbs:
     
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    Thanks for your kind comment Mr T!

    Received these replacement buffers from Lanarkshire Models today. They are absolutely exquisitely cast. I would go as far as saying the detail and crispness is amongst the best I've seen. It's difficult to get a good photo in poor light but hopefully it gives you a glimpse of the quality.

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    I've also received my roof vents and vac pipes - equally well detailed!

    Matt
     
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    Very nice!!!!!
     
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    Afternoon all,

    Spent some time last night thinning the stanchions on the foot boards. There's a limit to how far you can realistically go with the plastic being soft but I think even this improves the look of the kit parts.

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    Note I've only glued the first three stanchions on the right hand side so far. This pic should give you an idea of how warped the parts are!

    Matt
     
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    Hi all,

    One side down, one to go...

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    Roof vents are some lovely castings from Lanarkshire Models. The eagle eyed may notice the four small solebar brackets represented by tiny triangles cut from plastic sheet!

    Matt
     
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    Hi all,

    I'm calling this done apart from buffers (need a 2mm drill). Note the roof won't be glued until it's painted.

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    The rail nearest the camera is straight. Even though it doesn't look it here!

    Matt
     
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    I’m Looking for some similar buffers for one of my wagons.

    What sort of price are they?
     
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    Hi Andy,

    These were a whopping £1.99 for a pack of 4 buffers. Pretty good value in my opinion!

    Matt
     
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    I may just investigate this! :thumbs:
     
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    Nice builds Matt

    Must have got the 20T brakes from the same batch, as the floor on mine was well warped as well.
    I submersed the floor in hot water (not quite boiling), with a flat weight on top and allowed it to go cold. Then glued the frames in place again well weighted down, and the result came out flat.

    Paul
     
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    You won't be disappointed!

    You did well! Mine wouldn't respond to any efforts to correct the warp hence giving up and cutting the centre section out!

    Matt
     
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    Ready for the paint shop!

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    Has it been worth the effort when I could just have bought a Bachmann or Hornby RTR version? I think it has. I've not seen the Hornby version up close but while the Bachmann one undoubtedly has a better and more refined underframe, I'm not convinced by the handrails etc. With a few simple upgrades, I think this will hold its own plus I really enjoyed making it!

    Thanks for your interest during the build!

    Matt
     
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    It's the 'enjoying making it' bit Matt, far more satisfaction than just taking something out of a box.

    Looks great :thumbup:


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    Morning all!

    Wonders never cease, I've started painting the pile of wagons that are waiting to be done!

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    Weathering is underway but will have to take a break as we're going away for a few nights...

    Matt
     
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    Nice work on the air brushing. What do you think of the MIG range of paints ??

    Cheers, Gary.
     
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