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Discussion in 'Layout Progress' started by PMP, 20 September 2011.
Thanks for the comments, it was a grab shot, taken outside, with an aerosol painted backscene to test the effectiveness of the technique. Chris Nevard has used it to great effect. I'm quite pleased with the initial trial but it needs a bit of work on the colours, dropping this one into black and white just made it 'pop'.
A bit of a hint for a future project
A bit of gauge swapping! The layout ‘Bawdsey’ is now with new owners, some of the original early noughties operating team. Mixed feelings letting it go, but it’s gone to a good home that’ll appreciate and cherish it.
Shelfie2 gets a new shunter for likely conversion to a private owner livery
Slowly chipping away at the Hattons 14xx, getting there at last!
Hi, Paul. Having just ordered two of these beasties, what is it you are doing?
Hi Rob, I did a review
Hattons DJM 14xx Review H1410
And follow up on my blog
long story short, reasonable runner on the flat, when introduced to hills and loads cogging occurs. Same thing with DJM J94 so looked for improvement. Removed part of drive gearing, and have replaced the coupling rods, for marginal improvement in performance in both dc/dcc but gains in appearance. Design of chassis is DJM split chassis system of which I’m not a fan, over complicated and poorly engineered. Played a bit with additional weight, which I may return to. Loco subsequently sat on shelf of doom for a year and a bit.
Have accepted the running as it’s as good as it will be, and now doing the cosmetics, today fitted the ashpan which is omitted on the model. Have already prepped the cab area for detailing improvement, and am scratching head re brake gear replacement, which is a work of fiction aft of the rear drivers. Once done it’ll be an auto trailer engine primarily.
It's such a shame that these aren't right. I was aware of the ashpan ommission but not the brakd gear. This aside, they really look the part but it seems most of DJM output is flawed in some way or another.
My main concern, obviously, is how they run. If mine exhibit any running issues, back they go. I am not that worried and have already raised my concern with Hattons and there are no problems should I wish to return them.
I would not hold my breath about a repeat run of them.........I could be wrong......
Shelfie2 getting towards completion, this is the backscene mocked up, and tree lines going in for final positions.
Ending up in rural Northumberland the 128’s taken a wrong turning somewhere!
Looks like I’m about to flatten the battery if my iPad studying that colour photo, Paul. Wonderful stuff.
Thanks Jonte the colours are beginning to come together well. I’ve been looking forward to perhaps scratch the ‘Minories’ itch, and getting my eye in using Shelfie2.
Some of Albion Yards locos and stock get a run out on Shelfie2. The penultimate picture of the 08 and Mk1’s are part of the testing I’m doing with Dinghams in 4mm, overall I’m pleased with their reliability, but curve radii with longer stock, 57’ and above means that the electromagnet positioning is quite challenging to get a one location fits all function.
I’ve been trying the new Woodland Scenics static grass today, works well and the light green is a good shade. They do a variety of different lengths too which look good for larger scales
Hi Paul I'm new to your thread to save reading 12 pages could tell me what follage you use those tree look really good.
The foliage is a mix of different types of scatter materials from Woodland Scenics, Green Scenes, and Treemendus. The structural core for these are Woodland Scenics armatures with polyfibre and the various scatter materials applied over those.
Well this past weekend the layout had its first day out at ‘Define’. Overall it behaved very well with a (guesstimate) mid to high 90% reliability of the Dinghams, also my first time with hands free operation uncoupling. A friend dropped this Oxford Janus off to run, which worked ok apart from being reverse wired at the factory. It looked the part and I’m now considering if I should add one to the roster.
Smashing image, Paul. The Janus looks very at home. I've looked at these myself and there are a few bargains to be had..mmm food for thought methinks..
Powerful, brutish industrial diesels, almost the opposite of cute, little industrial steam locos, but just as interesting in their own way. I've got one of those Januses and it runs pretty well, straight out of the box as well.
Paul will you stop showing pictures of the prototype in your modelling thread.