7mm On Heather's Workbench - small and perfectly formed

Discussion in 'WR Action' started by Heather Kay, 1 January 2014.

  1. richard carr

    richard carr Western Thunderer

    I'm back home on Friday.

  2. Heather Kay

    Heather Kay Western Thunderer

    Richard, I still need to call you. It completely slipped my mind over the weekend.

    Easing back into the workbench, with a view to finishing this loco so I can start weathering. Here is a shot showing the cab details.


    I have fitted the buffers properly, and the couplings. The front buffers needed the threaded end chopped back a bit to avoid fouling the sandboxes. The crew are glued in, and the glazing fitted to the spectacles. Now I have the right transfers for the tanks, that's pretty much the final details.

    Ah, yes, re-engineering the coupling rod joints…
  3. john lewsey

    john lewsey Western Thunderer

    Hi Heather I love the cab shot I might try to pop up before it goes ;)
  4. Heather Kay

    Heather Kay Western Thunderer

    Hi John. It's going to be the best part of a month before it leaves me, so there's plenty of time. ;)
  5. Rob Pulham

    Rob Pulham Western Thunderer

    I love the handbrush Heather, not something I have seen modelled before:thumbs:
  6. Heather Kay

    Heather Kay Western Thunderer

    Thanks Rob. It's part of the set of tools and bits you can buy from Heroes of the Footplate. I reckoned the cab is too small for a larger brush, and a hand brush would be ideal for keeping things spick and span.
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  7. Rob Pulham

    Rob Pulham Western Thunderer

    Thanks Heather, I wasn't aware of those - there is quite a variety.0

    I have a few sets of the Peter Roles tools in stock but apart from a shovel they are mainly hand tools, although I am rather taken by the tea billy. I would have posted a link but the site doesn't seem to want to load at the moment.
  8. Heather Kay

    Heather Kay Western Thunderer

    I took the plunge and got the basic weathering done today.




  9. warren haywood

    warren haywood Western Thunderer

    Very very very very very nice :)
  10. Heather Kay

    Heather Kay Western Thunderer

    Cheers Warren! :)
  11. john lewsey

    john lewsey Western Thunderer

    Quite stunning Heather quite stunning ;)
  12. Ian G

    Ian G Western Thunderer

    wow very nice, I hope I can get my G6 looking good when finished

    Ian G
  13. Rob Pulham

    Rob Pulham Western Thunderer

    Lovely stuff Heather:thumbs:.

    This is a link to Peter Roles Castings for tools. The rest of the site that I couldn't get to load yesterday, is worth a look for the GWR fans too.
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  14. Compton castle

    Compton castle Western Thunderer

    Lovely you cannot fault the honest reliability of a pannier tank
  15. alcazar

    alcazar Guest

    Are those tools cast in nickel silver?
  16. adrian

    adrian Flying Squad

    Very nice, a stunning bit of modelling - well done. I like the little details like the bent wires on the rear spectacle plates and the insulated pipe along the footplate is very very effective.

    As usual the photo's are a cruel enlargement of any issues so please don't take this the wrong way. The only thing I'd say as a suggestion is to trim the length of the crankpins, I think that is the only thing that stands out for me and trimming that back close to the crankpin nuts would finish it off perfectly. So as I say a brilliant job and I hope the customer is satisfied!
  17. Heather Kay

    Heather Kay Western Thunderer

    Hi Adrian.

    Yes, the crankpins (and the joining rivet) still need to be sorted out. It's on the cards for today's session at the bench. I also need to weather the frames a little.

    EDIT: I am collecting a MetalSmiths rolling road at Reading in a week or so. Until the loco's had a proper running in session, I plan to leave the crankpins at full length - just in case. I will sort the knuckle joints out, though.
  18. Rob Pulham

    Rob Pulham Western Thunderer

    Hi Jeff,
    I think it's the light. The ones that I have are all brass castings.
  19. 7mmMick

    7mmMick Western Thunderer

    Fantastic work Heather, any chance of a view of the rolling road on arrival as I'm in the market for one :thumbs:

    ATB Mick
  20. Heather Kay

    Heather Kay Western Thunderer

    I'm pretty sure it'll get a feature here when I have it set up.