Mr Grumpy’s occasional layout update

Discussion in 'WR Action' started by Mr Grumpy, 28 April 2015.

  1. AJC

    AJC Western Thunderer

    Oh, nice. I have a hankering to do a milk tank with one of these platforms. Even more of a fiddle in 4mm, I imagine and, in fact, I quite fancy builing a model of this rarity, an LMS tank fitted with one, W44251:

    [​IMG]DBR1-131 by Jamerail, on Flickr

    Note the tilted tank, too. That's a project for later this year (and which will work out relatively expensive with all the bits...) - have you seen this one @jjnewitt?

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  2. Mr Grumpy

    Mr Grumpy Western Thunderer

    Hi Adam,
    I don’t know how anyone can assemble one of these in 4mm scale :eek: I’m struggling with 7mm!
    I love milk tankers and there is such a mixture to choose from. It’s handy that most of them got scattered around the regions, which gives us more variety and choice.
    These platforms will make up into end platforms. The platform in your photo looks much the same:)
    CRT do further 7mm examples, but I don’t know how good their kits are.
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  3. jjnewitt

    jjnewitt Active Member

    No I haven't come across that one. Nice LMS milk tank. The chassis looks like it was from a D.1994 when built, going by the number, and has had a tank swap at some point. The tank looks to have lost its lagging as well. I've done the artwork for 3D printing the sloping tank saddles for both the LMS and GWR tanks, I should really get that all up on Shapeways. I had hoped to resin cast them but zero time for that at the moment. About the only thing I haven't done that I intended to for the milk tanks are the LMS style platforms. These were a different arrangement to the GWR/SR ones.

  4. AJC

    AJC Western Thunderer

    I'd wager that the lagging was lost after it passed from milk traffic (but I'm not hugely au fait with these things). The platform looks quite similar (but mirrored) to the GW version, but not identical.

  5. Compton castle

    Compton castle Western Thunderer

    I only recently asked over on Rmweb about CRT’s milk tanks as I’d like to make a rake up for my new project. I’ve now seen some nice pictures of completed tanks and they dook look good. Might not be as detailed as the slaters though
  6. jjnewitt

    jjnewitt Active Member

    The platforms fitted at the end of the tanks always came in mirrored pairs and were arranged so that the ladder was towards the centre of the wagon. This was the same for both the GWR/SR and LMS versions. The GWR/SR ones fitted at the centre of the tank were almost always arranged so the ladder was to the right on both sides.

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  7. Mr Grumpy

    Mr Grumpy Western Thunderer

    Following a bout of flu and a continuing chest infection, I’m not really in the zone to add the transfers yet. However, I thought it would be nice to see the coach in one piece as it were while I fully recover.
    Glazing in duckets is ‘glue & glaze’

    It is a lovely little coach and a joy to build. I’ll pop a photo up once the transfers are on next week.

  8. Mr Grumpy

    Mr Grumpy Western Thunderer

    The Railtec transfers are very good. However, the running number I wanted wasn’t provided, so a little cutting and shunting took place.

    Once the coach is varnished and weathered, I’ll re-fit the glazing and corridor connector rain covers. In the mean time, it’s back to the tankers :)

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  9. Mr Grumpy

    Mr Grumpy Western Thunderer

    I have weathered the chassis and roof and varnished the coach body. It’s looking conspicuously clean when coupled to the milk tankers. It should probably be the dirtiest item of rolling stock in my collection, but I can’t bring my self to apply the grime just yet :)
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  10. Martin Shaw

    Martin Shaw Western Thunderer

    A question if I may. I presume the duckets on the Stove are the same as in my kit for the 50' bogie van, lost wax castings and the body side with no aid to positioning, therefore how did you glaze them please? Nice piece of work.
  11. Yorkshire Dave

    Yorkshire Dave Western Thunderer

    It looks good and I would just give it a light weathering.

    A daft question - were the droplight frames on the prototype maroon as well?
  12. AJC

    AJC Western Thunderer

    Yes, certainly in BR livery: c.1969 - Bristol (Temple Meads).

  13. Scale7JB

    Scale7JB Western Thunderer

    Those springs and hanger castings on the Stove are very nice, I wonder if Sidelines would sell them separately..?!

    What is the length of the springs if I may ask?

  14. Mr Grumpy

    Mr Grumpy Western Thunderer

    Hi JB,
    The springs are exquisite and are available as separate components. I’ll measure them tomorrow. :)

    SideLines - Components

    Edit: 37mm :thumbs:
    Last edited: 16 April 2018
  15. Mr Grumpy

    Mr Grumpy Western Thunderer

    Hi Martin,
    I used ‘Glue & Glaze’ stretched across the openings. It dried in a few minutes and is perfectly clear and flat.
  16. Martin Shaw

    Martin Shaw Western Thunderer

    Hmm not familiar with that, I'll have a nosey around. Thanks.
  17. Mr Grumpy

    Mr Grumpy Western Thunderer

    It’s a canopy glue, available in most model shops :)
  18. Scale7JB

    Scale7JB Western Thunderer

    Many thanks for that :thumbs::thumbs::thumbs:

  19. Mr Grumpy

    Mr Grumpy Western Thunderer

    That’s as far as I’m going with the weathering. I’ll be adding a couple of chalk written destinations once the paint has fully hardened, but for now the coach will be boxed away while I complete the tankers.

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  20. adrian

    adrian Flying Squad

    That's a really nice subtle level of weathering.:thumbs:
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