Saturday, January 21, 2017

Saturday Film Club: Blue Pullman

Did any of the Blue Pullman's survive the cutter torch? According to a corespondent on Facebook this week, one still exists converted to an Army command centre. Part of the mysterious strategic reserve hidden in a bunker somewhere.


Probably. For the moment though, let's glory in this train in its prime.

Friday, January 20, 2017

Superglue and paint

Once the wagon has been cleaned up, it was time for superglue. I know "real" modellers only use solder but I'm pragmatic and know when to stop burning my fingers. 

First up, the axlebox cover pieces were fitted. One needed a little modification to fit around the brake lever I'd previously soldered to the tank side. A quick snip of the corner with scissors sorted this and you can't see the fudge. 

Next, although a piece of nickel silver is supplied to be rolled for the tank filler body, I used a length of fat plastic rod topped with the disk from the kit. 

Next up a coat of etching primer and followed by some Halford's matt black. This is more of a satin shade but I reckon it will look OK after weathering, which is the next step. 

Thursday, January 19, 2017

Soldering done

Dinky little wagon this one. 24mm long and weighing next to nothing. 

Soldering wasn't painful. All the joints were made inside the box, a job possible because there isn't a floor to get in the way. Bearings were fitted with the axles in place and then quickly soldered to ensure they were the correct distance apart. Fast work with plenty of flux required to avoid toasting the plastic wheels. 

Amazingly, after all this the model sat flat on glass. If not, a quick twist would have fixed it I'm sure. It ran freely too. I must be having a good day!

The brake lever is provided, but no method of joining it to the wagon. A bit of wire would have done, but I used a brass pin. The head is a bit chunky in the photo but looks OK on the model. 

Next up, superglue time.

Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Warehouse Wednesday: Uckfield watermill

Uckfield water mill

When I'm at shows, I like to go for a stroll. And when I stroll, I take a camera and photograph interesting buildings. At Uckfield show, I spotted this one.

Uckfield water mill back view

A little research on the web tells me this was a water and roller mill. 

Nowadays, well 5 years ago, the place has been gentrified but not to heavily altered.It's a business centre now.

Uckfield water mill side view

Uckfield water mill underneath