7mm On Heather's Workbench - wider and longer

Discussion in 'WR Action' started by Heather Kay, 19 January 2016.

  1. Steph Dale

    Steph Dale Western Thunderer

    On Other Railways of my experience the timber used in the carriages internal construction was filled and sanded to a very fine finish, the 'wood' finish and 'planking' was applied by feathering. It was very rare indeed for plain varnished wood to be on show, even in guards compartments.

  2. Heather Kay

    Heather Kay Western Thunderer

    Good points. I know Slater's GWR 4-wheelers show planking on the compartment dividers, so I'm sort of assuming that what was done under Dean in the 1890s also happened in the 1860s. Having said that, the famous image of the wrecked BG clerestory reveals the interior of a typical compartment, and from that I don't see any obvious texture or planking. None of the four coaches I'm dealing with had third class compartments, where I would expect some comforts to be lacking, so I am happy to assume second and first were much more finely finished.
  3. Heather Kay

    Heather Kay Western Thunderer


    Right, this little lot now has roofs and the makings of interiors. I have to admit I have sort of run out of steam with them again.

    My current brain cell taxing thing is working out the best way forward. I have some final soldering work around the bodies as they stand, mainly to do with door droplights and end detailing. Once the "hot" work is done, should I start the painting process, glaze, then install interiors? Or, install much of the interiors, paint, glaze and fininalise interiors?


    Either way, I still have a mammoth task ahead. It's nearly a new month, and time to get some other commissions moving again. I may take this fag end of the year to work around various projects to keep things moving. Onwards and upwards!
  4. Heather Kay

    Heather Kay Western Thunderer

    The mammoth has lumbered into view, and taken up residence on the bench. With the worst of the winter over, the paint shop ought to be a usable environment soon, so it’s time to get some builds ready for primer and paint.


    This one is next for door droplights, having had end lamp brackets done yesterday.


    This one is almost ready for the paint shop. Droplights and end lamp brackets done.

    The two shorter coaches will get the works done over the next day or so. All have had their wheelsets blackened, too. I’ve also had a tweak of the interior fittings, currently labelled suitably and stored safely on another shelf. I made the seat masters using the Slater's seating kits, and included the head-height wings on both first and second class. During these coaches' sojourn on the shelf, I had been bugged by seeing the second class wings in the windows. The obvious solution, therefore, was to literally clip the wings so they didn’t show. It’s taken nigh-on six months for that to percolate down to my brain cell.
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  5. Heather Kay

    Heather Kay Western Thunderer


    That’s one chore I don’t have to repeat too soon, thankfully. All four now have droplights. One of the E3s, that’s the longer ones, and the E6, fought me most of the way. Each droplight needed to be clipped and trimmed to fit round the hinge retaining strips - admittedly, a problem of my own making. Only two hinges dropped off, and I spotted them before the carpet monster claimed them as tribute.

    What’s next? After a break from the tedium, I think the roof clutter needs organising. The brass roofs also need some way actually being held in the bodies. If the warm weather holds, I think everything will then be cleaned, then primed. The lengthy task of painting can then start in earnest.

    I’m off for a lie down in a darkened room for a while.
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  6. Yorkshire Dave

    Yorkshire Dave Western Thunderer

    I'm sure if I kept the bits which have rattled up the hoover over the years I'd have a complete kit of something.
  7. Peter Cross

    Peter Cross Western Thunderer

    I have a tiled floor in my work shop, and bits still disappear, Even when said room has been emptied.

    Nice looking work there Heather.
  8. Heather Kay

    Heather Kay Western Thunderer

    Just when you think things might actually be on the up, life goes and chucks yet another monkey wrench in the works.

    Last week, a tooth that had had a lot of pain, aggro, dentistry and hard-earned thrown at it, which had been behaving itself, decided to act up. While my face ached, I really did not feel like work. Worries about having to go through all that malarkey again weighed on the mind.

    Anyway, having had some medical intervention, things are beginning to improve. Back to the bench, with the 1970s playlist up loud.


    Having found I actually can make epoxy resin work, I fitted the oil lamp bases and bodies to the plastic roofed coaches. Getting those sloping bases just so was a fiddle, so I opted for the long setting stuff to give me a while for adjustments.


    The brass roofs were easier, as I could solder the whitemetal castings in place. I’ll clean up the extra low-melt later, then glue the lamp bodies in place. I’m just marking out for the lamp servicing cradles, but that’s a tale for the next instalment.

    What’s playing at the moment? Electric Light Orchestra, Kuiama, from ELO 2, somewhere about 1975.
    Last edited: 16 April 2018
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  9. Steph Dale

    Steph Dale Western Thunderer

    Y'know it's funny, but whenever I see your 'wider and longer' thread title I start thinking about Avro York, Blackburn Beverley and Shorts Belfast...

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  10. Heather Kay

    Heather Kay Western Thunderer

    They’m a bit modern for my taste. ;)
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