Neil's HO workbench - C'mon feel the Moyse ...

Discussion in 'Area 51' started by Neil, 12 December 2016.

  1. Neil

    Neil Western Thunderer

    Since the last post Vischkaai has been billeted upstairs in my playroom. Though the new arrangement works well the layout rests on benchwork under the eaves and therefore there is insufficient height to accommodate the buildings. As I wanted to take some pictures I ended up taking the layout back to the garage yesterday along with the camera and a selection of stock. Here are a couple of them.

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  2. chrisb

    chrisb Western Thunderer

    Lovely ambiance and I especially like the weathering on that oxide van!
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  3. Neil

    Neil Western Thunderer

    Like many I'm using lockdown as an opportunity to finish part started projects. One that has risen to the top of the to do list is a model of SNCB's loco number 2, an elderly Moyse. Just the thing I thought for shunting the ferocious reverse curve behind Vischkaai's warehouse. A good number of years and a house move ago I bought a sweet running Kato motor bogie. I think it was meant to go under an American diesel but I had other ideas and got as far as cutting out a few body panels for the Moyse and then stalled. Over the last week or so I've cut bits off the Kato chassis so that I could build an underframe unit which would slide over the mechanism. Here it is.

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    It has ABS buffers, Paul Windle 009 couplings and springs carved off a Ratio Midland Railway bogie, all the rest is plastic. The lower photo shows the body panels which I've just started work on. It may yet take some time to finish as it's my wet weather project. My dry weather alternative is fitting point motors on Northern Town, but that's another story for another thread.
  4. Neil

    Neil Western Thunderer

    With the weather this month being so good I've spent the biggest proportion of my time out in the garden only snatching odd moments at the workbench. However the Moyse has started to look more like a complete loco than a collection of parts. Here's what it now looks like.

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    I've started to make a list of things to do just so that I don't get ahead of myself and stick something in place which would make applying the detail harder. I still need to tackle handrails, both cab and bonnet, a grille and fan behind the hole in the near bonnet and the exhaust.
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  5. matto21

    matto21 Western Thunderer

    What a lovely little loco that is, both in real and model form.
  6. Neil

    Neil Western Thunderer

    The shunter has come on a little over the last week. Cab handrails were a bit of a faff but nothing like as frustrating as those for the bonnet. Soldering the upright stanchions to the bonnet top handrails took several goes and many four letter words. Butt joining 0.5mm dia wire was never going to be easy but my stubbornness won out in the end. At the moment the handrails are loose but trapped in place as the bonnets are now fixed to the cab. I'm getting perilously close to the paining stage.

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  7. AJC

    AJC Western Thunderer

    That's shaping up extremely well, Neil - suitably shabbied up it'll look fab.

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  8. Neil

    Neil Western Thunderer

    Finally the Moyse has taken its turn in the spray booth (a cardboard box in the upstairs bathroom) and has come out looking like this.

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    There's still some way to go, detail painting, sticking on small parts and weathering but it's looking something like at last.
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