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Panniers at Penmaenpool

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Since starting Modelu full time back in April time for my own modelling has been very hard to find.  I’ve a High Level Pannier chassis about a third completed, bits of laser cut walls for the works here and there and a pile of stock waiting to be detailed and renumbered.  These last few weeks have seen me at five back to back exhibitions with the scanning equipment which has been something of a baptism of fire, but has helped bring things on at a much quicker pace.  I’m now almost on top of orders and will be looking ahead to widening the range of figures, adding architectural, lineside and loco detailing parts and looking at mass production options.

With my time being predominantly occupied with Modelu, it is always a very welcome break to be invited to Geoff Taylor’s for an operating session.  Yesterday Tom Foster was visiting Geoff and he brought along his growing collection of stock for his modular Bala-Blaenau Ffestiniog branch layout Cwm Prysor.   With Geoff’s scenics and Tom’s superbly weathered locomotives and kits it was a great opportunity to take some photographs.

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74xx on shed at Penmaenpool

And I couldn’t resist a little photoshoping of these images into some of my favourite books as a young modeller!

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GW Steam in Wales

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Scrap Tank Test Build 8 – Casting Masters

I’m very pleased to share the results of printing Mark Tatlow’s intricate designs for his 4mm scale ‘Scrap Tank’ project. Thanks for the link Mark!

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The update on the Scrap Tank test build shows it looking like this:

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The eagle eyed, and indeed the slightly less than eagle eyed, amongst you will notice that this is not a whole lot different to the last update, just a few fittings have been installed – basically the ones I could glean off other things; the safety valves/bonnet and smoke box from Lochgorm Models and the clack valves from Alan Gibson (but much cut down as they are really much too big).  I have not been able to fit any other castings because they don’t exist, so I have had to do some more work on these.

So it is back to the CAD machine to draw up a series of 3D masters; in the top view some piston rods/part of the cross head, rear sand boxes, clack valves (now the right size which is much much smaller)…

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Pannier Capers & the 64xx

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In amongst the flurry of Hornbys releases over the first quarter Bachmann released their latest Great Western design, Colletts 64xx 0-6-0T Pannier. These were a derivative of the earlier 54xx, very much the same engine but with larger diameter wheels. Collett took the 54xx design and in essence reduced the driving wheel size from 5ft 2” to 4ft 7 ½” and changed a few other bits such as the cylinders and their dimensions. There were a few other dimensional differences, but as we’re not looking at the 54xx, the differences are somewhat moot.

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A pair of 64xx’s have arrived, and I’ve been giving them a coat of looking at as Roy Jackson would say. Bachmann has chosen sensibly to do versions of the main batch produced with the detail associated with that group of locomotives. Color finish on them is excellent and I chose…

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Pannier Prevails

Sublime work from Tom Foster, I’ve been looking forward to seeing his skills applied to the GWR.

Evening all!
Well, 4645 is now finished.

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I have weathered her, using the Brian Jones photograph from the cover of Book Law/Foxline’s ‘Bala Junction to Blaenau Ffestiniog’ as my guide. The front numberplate was supplied by ‘Pacifc Models‘ and the rear tools were from ‘247 Developments’ (the bucket is a springside fire bucket). The lamp is temporary, Adam (AJC on Modellers United) is working on adding some thinner handles on a couple for me.

4645 is a somewhat special tank engine, as well as being a regular on the Branch in the late 1950’s, she along with sister loco 8791, worked the ‘Stephenson Society Special’ on Sunday 22nd January 1961, the last passenger train on the Bala-Blaenau Branch.

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This has been a very rewarding project and has made me realise how much I like the 57XX tank engine, something I think that has always been at the back of…

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Happy Christmas

Aberdovey from Ynyslas

Dear all, a quick note to say thank you and to wish a Happy Christmas to all the readers, followers and commentators of the Oswestry Works blog.  It’s a beautiful Christmas Day here in Mid Wales, we started the day with a drive out to the coast and a walk around the dunes at Ynyslas.  This really is a magnificent part of the world to be back in!  Here’s to a great 2015, Iechyd da!

B9 Creator first print

After a week or so of tinkering I’ve had my first successful print from the B9 Creator v1.2 HD.  This model is capable of 30 micron xy axis, though with quite a small build area at that resolution of 57.6 mm (2.67″) x 32.4 mm (1.28″) x 203.2 mm (8.0″).   By tilting your 3D model you can however print slightly larger objects.

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In September I’d had Tebee’s Welshpool & Llanfair Beyer Peacock & Co 0-6-0T printed on a Statasys Objet Eden 260V, at 200 micron xy and 16 micron z.  I figured this print would set a bar to measure against once I’d got the B9 operational.  So far, with a little more tweaking I think the B9 comes out better with less striping and improved detail, the material is also much tougher.
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Some jewellers on the B9 Creator forums have been having good results with a 1:1 mix of the B9 Red and Cherry resins, so that is the material I’ve started out with at 30 micron XY and Z.  Over Christmas I’ll be trying the same print with pure Cherry and Spot-HT.  It’s been quite a learning curve to get something productive, mainly because a UV filter hadn’t been removed from the projector assembly which meant to get anything to print I had to use much higher exposure times.  Thankfully B9C support were able to quickly identify the issue and from that point onwards I’ve been able to print using default settings.  I think I’ll try for longer settle times on the next print as I think these will help to reduce some traces of lines in the print where the resin has been curing as its still settling.

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