Wednesday, 4 January 2012

JONES GOODS UPDATE 3

Fancy lining is almost complete.

Happy New Year to one and all! It was back to work with a bang yesterday as I knuckled straight down to finishing off the Jones Goods loco kit. At the close of play today, the lining is all done and sealed with an interim varnish coat (a final layer will follow soon). The shiny metal bits - buffer heads, safety valves, whistle, lubricators and smokebox door handle have all been picked out with metallic paints. The chimney's copper cap also needs adding, but my tin of Humbrol enamel had dried up, so I'll have to pop over to the model shop tomorrow.

So, what's left to do now? Add handrails and them paint silver, finish painting the wheels and apply the final satin varnish coat. Then, the slow process of reassembling the chassis can start, fitting the motor, transmission and power collection system. A period of running-in will follow before the smaller details can be attended to: coal in the tender, glazing in the spectacle plates, fit and detail the firebox backhead, add footplate crew. So it might be a few more weeks until this project is finally signed off.

11 comments:

  1. Looking mighty fine! It's a great idea to finish it in this livery and I look forward to further progress with the loco.

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  2. I wonder how many people have been put off building this locomotive because of the lining.
    I must be honest if I was building it it would have ended up in LMS Black just because there was no lining

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  3. Thanks for the kind comments. Although the loco is looking smart in this intricate colour scheme, I have to admit that, had I been building it for myself, it would've been turned out in scruffy LMS black. But the model is destined for Ben Jones' Dad and he wanted the 1950s-era preserved scheme.
    Cheers,
    George.

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  4. Hi George,

    Out of interest, what flavour of satin varnish do you intend to use for the final coat?

    I'm just approaching this stage myself on a couple of models, and feel tempted to give a heave-ho to a couple of older pots that I have kicking around in favour of something that I know will produce good results.

    TIA,
    Flymo

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  5. Hi,
    I haven't decided yet, but it's between Humbrol Satincote and Railmatch enamel satin varnish. They're my two tried-and-trusted formulas, but it depends what I've got 'in stock'. The Railmatch stuff is better, but I fear that my jar is past its best.
    Cheers,
    George.

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  6. Thanks George - I think that I'll pop an order in for some of the Railmatch varnish and give it a try.

    Cheers
    Flymo

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  7. I was surfing the net for a project of my own and stunbled upon this link featuring this loco at Forres in the 1960's and thought you may be interested. I used to live in Forres for many years and was always fascinated by the idea of a station with a triangular platform - sadly no more.

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  8. Hi Rick,
    thanks for the comment but the link has not appeared with your comment. If you can cut and paste the web address in a comment, I can put it in the search window and have a look.
    I'd love a station with a triangular pattern as I've always been fascinated by these. Shipley always inspires me, as does the idea of Ambergate or Earlestown. But I doubt I'll ever get the space for such things, unless i tried it in N gauge...
    Cheers,
    George

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    1. Hi George,
      I forgot the link but I found a few more after posting my comment, see below. HR 103 also features on the back cover of a book I have called The Inverness and Aberdeen Junction Railway - ISBN 9780954548537. The book has an 1868 map of Forres with a very detailed trackplan.

      http://canmore.rcahms.gov.uk/en/site/108411/digital_images/forres+station/

      http://www.railbrit.co.uk/imageenlarge/imagecomplete2.php?id=28610

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    2. Hi Rick,
      Thanks for adding the links. Good stuff - some great images. I especially like the one at the level crossing with the crowds!
      Thanks again,
      George.

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  9. The building featured in the picture of the level crossing is still there on Tytler Street, Forres and can be seen using streetview. Apparently, the local team were founded by the fitters and mechanics from the engine sheds hence the name Forres Mechanics.

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