Tuesday, 23 April 2013

HR d.39 Interior and Guard

HR d.39 Interior

The interior detail was supplied by a GA drawing though I think some detail may not have been included. The interior walls are painted "buff"; the exterior is "red oxide", transfers are from HMRS. HR goods vehicle lamps are from my own range of castings.

HR Guard c.1923

I found a photo of a HR guard on the HRSoc website, he was among a group of station staff and was clearly a "Guard" by the title on his cap. As the Highland ran mixed trains of passenger and goods stock I presumed that guards were guards and that there was no distinction in dress between passenger and goods guards.
I intend to add him to my range of "Heroes of the Footplate" soon with a choice of right arms to make him a multi-pose figure.

Saturday, 20 April 2013

D.39 Brake Van at CD0GG

CR Pug on Carlisle & District 0 Gauge Guild layout
CD0GG's David Gibson built the fine station buildings and signal boxes that make a realistic backdrop for models running on the layout. Here my Caledonian 0-4-0 264 Class loco snakes her way through the goods sidings with a train composed entirely of  "Furness Wagon Works" stock, built by Mark and Jeff Dobson, proprietors of the wagon works. Ten fairly lightweight unloaded wagons with resin-cast uppers composed the train. It was only light work for a powerful little "Pug", in this case a largely scratch-built engine with an ABC gearbox and M1833 motor hidden away inside.

Unfinished but running well...LNER J36

Jeff Davidson's J36 is modelled as it would appear in its later days and will eventually be turned out in BR colours in well weathered condition. Here, with patched tender side she pushes a train of coal wagons through the scenic section of the Carlisle group's layout

Entries in the the April Modelling Competition.

The annual April CD0GG Modelling Competition was won on a vote by David Gibson's signal boxes and station buildings, which are in situ on the layout and form a realistic backdrop to the pictures I took today.

HR d.39 Brake Van brings up the tail.

A little light weathering at the last minute added a realistic touch to my d.39 van. Compared to the resin-cast wagons of the "Furness Wagon Works" train she's a heavyweight, weighing in at over 400g which I think adds to the realistic way she runs.

Bob Goodyear's late C19  Scottish Brake Van.

Bob shares my taste for early and rather obscure railway subjects and has indulged himself by adding a great deal of detail to the fairly basic set of etches which he used as his starting point for this model.

Pete's HR d.39 Brake Van at CD0GG today

HR d.39 

Towards the end of the CD0GG meeting my d.39 had her first taste of work at the tail of the "Furness" train.
There are new projects in the pipeline back in the studio, there's a new loco under construction and several more engines taking their turn in the paint-shop, all of which activity I'll feature on the Blog soon.

Saturday, 6 April 2013

HR d.39 Construction Complete

HR d.39 Brake Van of 1922

Construction of the d.39 van, complete with its interior, is complete, I think I've included all the detail I could see on the GA drawing. The double skin and other additional details all add to the weight, the van's remarkably heavy, weighing in at around 400g, and a very smooth running vehicle it is. I think HR brake vans carried two tail lamps, so there will eventually be a double-aspect lamp mounted on the bracket above the near door.

HR d.39 Interior detail

Information regarding the interior of the van comes from a GA drawing which does not quite provide the full story, particularly in the area around the lookouts, one feels there may be other omissions. The lidded boxes at each end are sand-boxes. There are seats in the lookouts each side but apart from these and the stove there seems to be little of creature comfort for the guard. The plasticard wood planking is from Slaters and is mounted on the brass inner-skin; the four door sections can be removed for painting. The stove is a brass casting from Slaters ref: x705301. The brake mechanism is one of my own castings, with hand wheels from Ragstone Models, mounted on a scratch-built pillar.

HR d.39 Brake gear and sanding equipment

It's satisfyingly busy under the van, adding much interest to the model. Apart from the usual brake rigging there  sand pipes which curve down towards the wheels in each corner and are supported towards the bottom by brackets attached to the buffer beam.

You can see a nicely made 4mm version of the d.39 brake van built for the Portchullin layout at...  highlandmiscellany.com

Friday, 5 April 2013

A Fine Figure of a Fireman.

Heroes of the Footplate Ref.  R11

I painted this fireman, complete with coal, for an advertising agency in London who are working on a project for the Royal Mail, I'm not sure how they intend to use him. He was made, along with the driver R10, to crew my Highland Railway Skye Bogie, which he suits admirably, though I'm sure he'd be at home on many another engine.