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Both having worked up from the Southern Region, BRCW type 3 number 6572 joins Electro-Diesel (type JB) E6018 at Hornsey Road depot.

Last month saw the arrival of Dapol's latest offering...... a class 73 Electro Diesel in an almost purple shade of blue. The digital image doesn't show the purple so much, but in daylight and under artificial light, the colour wasn't anywhere near the variety of blues that adorn the Hornsey rolling stock fleet. A cocktail stick primed with superglue has visited most of the chassis & bogie separately fitted parts, as they have a habbit of falling off without so much of a glance.

The body was treated to a blast of Railmatch BR blue from a rattle can. After viewing the lemony yellow ends against the BR blue, these were also treated to a fresh coat of paint, extending slightly around the cabsides. The etched roof grills were left in place, and the slight purple hue can be seen after removal of the masking tape. The bodyside grills were plucked off and resprayed separately.

With the body partially weathered, the existing wheelsets are seen assembled to EM gauge having been slightly reprofiled in the lathe, and the bufferbeam detail parts fitted and painted. The electrical pick-ups were proving problematic with the factory arrangement - 'wheel / axle to lubricated brass bush to flimsy contact strip', so the supply wires were soldered to a short length of .33mm brass wire (as shown below).

Having scored and roughed up the gearbox casing, the replacement pick-ups were clamped in place and allowed to rest overnight in a blob of epoxy resin.

E6018 on extended test with a long rake of mark 1 coaches in tow.....

..... and now ready to head back south of The Thames.

Also on the work bench, DMU running repairs and alterations have been taking place. A Bachmann class 108 trailer vehicle with plastic chassis is having cables fitted to the existing mouldings (grain of wheat bulb wires). The Craftsman whitemetal fittings are used widely throughout the DMU fleet and are easier to retro-fit onto the motorised die-cast chassis, and other earlier products / kits.

Almost ready to go into service. Whilst in the works the vertical moulding lines are removed from both sides of the cab and repainted.

Normally a Wibdenshaw regular, this 4-car class 108 formation is seen climbing away from Hornsey Tunnel.



The build of the two North British 0-4-0 kits has continued with painting of the wasp stripes. The cab back is shown after application of a thinned matt white undercoat. A basic plastic template cut to a 90 degree angle, with slots to clear the grab handles, is alongside.

The same undercoat is used for the nose stripes. Before the enamel paint is applied the brass is thoroughly degreased with white spirit, but I prefer not to use any kind of primer as too many paint layers can begin to hide the detail.

Using the template with a sharp 4H pencil, and with reference to photographs, the dividing lines for the wasp stripe pattern are marked out on the white paint (The black window surrounds had been painted before the glazing was fitted).

The same is done on the nose end of the model. If they end up not quite right at this stage a pencil eraser allows for corrections to be made.

Using a fine-tipped brush, and satin black enamel, the stripe pattern is carefully painted to the lines. The cab back is shown before a few final adjustments of stripe width and position between the windows.

The same process has been applied to the nose end, next the yellow will be added.

Another ex-LNER wagon is this Conflat S, salvaged from a part-built Parkside kit bought at a show.

More mix and match between Parkside and Red Panda produced this late pattern BR Conflat A, with clasp brakes and oleo buffers. The AF type container is from the Bachmann range, and has been fixed in position before final painting and weathering of the model.

The Canada Street Cattle wagon fleet has always badly lacked variety, so the recently released Parkside LMS D1661 Cattle kit was bought during the Warley show. On studying the history it quickly became apparent that the D1661 were mostly eliminated in the early years of the 1960s, but elements of the LMS design formed the basis of the BR Dia 1/350 wagon.

The BR built type lasted into the early 1970s, so a complicated chop-up involving spare parts from four other kits was undertaken. In the end only the roof, upper doors, and floor of the LMS kit were used but the left-over pieces may prove useful one day! The model is pictured ready for painting.

E239992 is the LNER pattern riveted Plate wagon, now in finished condition and ready to join the wagon fleet.


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