2mm Modbury

Discussion in '2mm Lounge' started by Ian Smith, 7 April 2015.

  1. Ian Smith

    Ian Smith Western Thunderer

    Thank you for the kind comment.
    The wagon body is a 3D print that I had done by Shapeways from my own artwork. One end was badly printed so rather than throw it away I decided to use it as a grounded body in the goods yard. Carefully removed one door and replaced it with an open plasticard version.

    The "back story" to justify its existence there is that it was one of the first lot of covered vans built in February 1878 (so over 25 years old) on a wooden underframe. It was involved in a shunting accident at the station which unfortunately badly damaged the underframe and some bodywork and completely destroyed one of John Clarke's privately owned wagons. By way of some form of compensation John acquired the van body to replace a tumble down shed that he was using as an office at the station. It is somewhat unfortunate that all records of the accident have been lost through time, so I am unable to relate what else if anything was damaged in the accident or who was driving and firing the engine on the day in question ;)

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  2. Wagonman

    Wagonman Western Thunderer

    Nice try! But pretty grim office with no windows... A hardy breed, those coal men. :)
  3. Ian Smith

    Ian Smith Western Thunderer

    Possibly, but in my defence I am simply putting my own slant on an image in GWR Goods Services :
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  4. Wagonman

    Wagonman Western Thunderer

    ...and in my defence that photo is 1926... ;)
  5. Ian Smith

    Ian Smith Western Thunderer

    Just rolling off my workbench and onto the track at Modbury are 3 more wagons in readiness for this weekends Chiltern Model Railway Exhibition at Stevenage.



    The 3 new additions are an outside framed brake van and two 3 plank wagons. The brake van has been built up from one of David Eveleigh's etches by John Russell, and kindly provided to bolster my own meagre selection of rolling stock. John assembled the main elements of the van but left me to add handrails, brake standard, and generally finish the model.

    One thing that struck me immediately was that the roof was slightly too short and slightly too narrow. Additionally, the stove pipe is in completely the wrong position being centrally positioned on the roof rather than central to just the enclosed part of the van. To rectify these issues (rather than make a new roof), I elected to remove the stove pipe that John had soldered in place, and file off the raised surround. The resulting hole was backed with a scrap of etch and the hole filled with solder, and sanded to make good. A new stove pipe hole was drilled in the correct place, and the stove pipe reinstated (a washer of 5 thou plasticard was added around the stove pipe prior to priming). To resolve the issue of the roof being too narrow, I soldered some straight 0.010" nickel silver wire along each edge of the roof, and decided that I would live with the roof having next to no overhang at the ends - because John had rolled the roof I thought it would be too difficult to extend the roof by the same ruse.

    The handrails are more 0.010" nickel silver wire, bent into very wide staple shape that sits in holes in the framing at each end - I fitted a continuous handrail the length of the body as it isn't that noticeable that there are no breaks at the door (although now that I've told you I can imagine you all looking again at the photos above) [​IMG]

    A brake standard was turned up on the lathe, and the top sawn across with a (very) fine piercing saw blade to accept a handle bent up from more 0.010" wire (which was soldered in place). A bench was added across the end of the verandah in plasticard, with a hole drilled for the standard.

    The model has been finished in 1904 livery and branded "Laira".

    The two 3 plank wagons started life as Association GWR diagram O3 5 plank wagons. The diagonal strapping on the sides being scraped away, as indeed was the raised part of the L angle on each side of the door (what was left of the L angle was also narrowed). The top 2 planks were cut off / filed away and the strip of floor on the inside of the sides was also removed so that the resulting wagon would be the same width as the O5 4 plank wagon (the O3 being a wider wagon).

    One of the 3 plank wagons has been modelled with rounded ends for variety. Because the donor is a wider wagon, it was necessary to narrow the ends slightly (by the amount of the floor strip removed from the sides). The amount removed being the chamfer on each side where the corner strapping is. The chamfer then needs to be reinstated so that the sides and ends can be joined properly around the floor. What this means of course is that the corner plate on the ends is slightly too narrow (compared with that seen on the sides), I ignored this - you've gone back to those photos again to check again haven't you? [​IMG]

    Both wagons have been finished in the pre 1904 red livery, lettering on all three wagons has been done with Fox transfers (with the exception of the "Laira" branding which are old Woodhead transfers).

    So there we are, as ready as I'm going to be for this weekends Stevenage exhibition.

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  6. Ian Smith

    Ian Smith Western Thunderer

    Modbury was at the Chiltern Model Railway Exhibition in Stevenage at the weekend, I only took 3 photos and they were first thing Saturday morning (one of which was somewhat blurred), however for what they are worth I'll post the other 2 here...

    Looking towards Plymouth

    Looking towards Newton Abbot

    An enjoyable weekend, a couple of minor issues - (i) Up Starter under-board gubbins broke on Saturday which a temporary fix failed to resolve for the whole weekend rendering that signal inoperative, (ii) a bad solder joint rendered the goods shed and cattle dock sidings out of action for much of Saturday (that was fixed Saturday evening so all was good on Sunday) and finally a fairly major issue is that some of the exits onto/off the train tables caused derailments - So I know what I'll be doing over the next few weeks before Modbury takes to the road again (a local show at Lutterworth in Leicestershire on 4th/5th May).

    On the whole the layout and stock (particularly coaches) received some very nice comments, it was particularly nice that "the other halves" seemed to enjoy the layout too. Not to belittle anyone else's kind comments but to receive positive comments about the grass and scenery from Gordon Gravett was particularly pleasant.

    The one disappointment of the weekend happened while I was away at lunch on Saturday - Tim Watson's lovely "Mons Meg" visited Modbury. Hopefully Tim will post photos / video of the event at some point.