Loco no 11

Loco no 11

Tuesday, 21 June 2016

Speeder on an Evening Run

At this time of year the summer evenings are long and it isn't dark until half past 10. This evening the weather was particularly nice and I took a few pictures of Nystrup Gravel's speeder as it made a trip on the gravel line.
It's past 10 and the speeder heads West and approaches the bridge over Little Stream. The purpose of the trip was unknown.

Passing Little Stream on the way to Nystrup. Nice and sunny weather has almost dried out the stream.

An hour later the speeder heads home. In a few moments it will pass the loco shed in the woods. The setting sun still leaving a bit of light on the horizon.
Not many of Nystrup Gravel's locomotives were fitted with lights so very few trains were run during the dark hours.

Friday, 17 June 2016

Commer and Trailer Finished

Solvang Construction can now finally start moving heavy equipment. The tractor for the previously built trailer is now ready for service. When bringing together the two units I added a little more weathering to the trailer to make the two models more like an entity. Ramps, blocks and some tools were added to the trailer as well.
Solvang Construction visiting Nystrup for a heavy haulage task.
Equipment added to the trailer includes steel chain, wooden blocks, sledge hammer, a tarpaulin and a selection of spanners.The track panels are made from Blitz Models French army steel sleepers and code 100 rail.

Before I got so far, I added most of the small details to the model. The kit came without exhaust pipe. With part of the chassis highly visible even when coupled to the trailer, I made a exhaust pipe from brass pipe and slid on a length of larger diameter plastic pipe as silencer. On the inside of both chassis channels I glued thin copper wire to illustrate part of the braking system. Here and there I glued on a few bolt heads. The kit part for the instrument panel in the cab looked rather bad, so I did a new one from plastic card with holes punched for dials. The dials themselves are Archer transfers.
My resin Commer with added parts from scratch. Ready for painting.
While the kit contained 15 parts for the chassis and 3 for the cab I added a total of 36 home made parts (not counting the 6 clear parts for windows). Some of the parts were added after painting due to the way the kit is designed. These included the steps under the cab which I made from folded up left over etched brass (never throw away anything, it may turn out to be useful in the future).

The lorry first received a cover of Games Workshop primer (with the 'war hammerish' name of 'Chaos Black').
I forgot to add the roof mounted sign signalling a trailer on tow. I sanded the primer away to get good glue adhesion. The cab roof was primed again before painting.
As usual I applied the main covering of acrylic paint with my air brush. I used Tamiya masking tape to mask upper and lower cab. I managed to get an almost perfect demarcation between the two colours on the cab. Too often I have failed to apply the masking tape properly, used too thin a paint mix or have the paint bleed through the tape.
Very little touch up needed on the cab. Tires will need covering with dark grey.

Decals were fitted on doors and front roof line as well as on the plastic card license plates. As usual the decals were made by 'Skilteskoven'. Front mudguards were painted gloss black. Small details were picked out in their appropriate colours, rear view mirrors and wind shield wiper fitted. I weathered the lorry to make it look like it had travelled long and dusty roads with its heavy load. I used a mix of oil paint washings and very thin mixes of earth colours through the air brush.
It turned out that a locomotive was the load to be picked up in Nystrup. Destination unknown.

The transport has reached the viaduct over Nystrup Gravel's railway.

With this road vehicle project finished I'm moving on to work on other models that have lingered unfinished on my shelves. 

Sunday, 5 June 2016

Trainspotting West of Copenhagen

After four weeks of splendid summer weather I thought it appropriate with a day of trainspotting from my bicycle. I visited my own vintage railway HVB. It's nice to be able to enjoy the railway as a turist now and then rather than work on track or train.
Nice weather, calm horses and a narrow gauge train in the distance. What's not to like?
I followed the two trains in service up and down the line on my bicycle. Now and then I had to really work the pedals to reach my chosen photo location before the train. A good way of combining trainspotting and exercise.
Diesel electric M 24 at a road crossing. 

Da 7 starting after having met M 24 and its train on Brandhøj station.
Having spent a few hours in Hedeland I turned my bike east to visit the second narrow gauge railway on the day's programme. I had heard rumours of Nystrup Gravel running extras despite it being both Sunday and Costitution Day as a large order for gravel had to be met.

Having flung my bicycle on the slope I barely managed to capture Nystrup Gravel's Fowler pushing a long train of skips east to one of the pits. The late afternoon sun casting long and annoying shadows.

Wednesday, 1 June 2016

Building interior and adding ground cover

In a slow and steady pace I manage to finish stage after stage on the road to a finished bakelite factory module. Even in the current unfinished state some nice views can be had.
Early evening in June in front of Banke's Bakelite in Nystrup. The Cushman scooter from the local oil depot seems strangely deserted. Where's the driver?

Recently the ground floor interior in the bakelite factory has reached a level where I can call it finished. More detail can definitely be added, but I question the benefit. The view across the module and through the windows allows only little to be seen.
With the building lifted off, the ground floor interior can be seen. Cooker and chair from Plus Models, bucket from Tamiya, bench from left over parts from a laser cut Daniel Caso coach kit, two coke bags from Wespe Models and a home made table. A Paulo Modellbau stove is positioned out of sight in the corner of the right room. All very basic, as not much can be seen through the windows.

Across the tracks from the bakelite factory a little 'truck stop' is developing. Not a fancy thing serving meals or coffee, but a simple gravelled area where lorry drivers can stretch their legs while waiting to take their lorries down the road to Nystrup Gravel's loading site.
The parking area during construction. The large stones make sure no lorry accidentally reverses out on the railway line. I picked up the stones in my drive way and had them glued down in less than two minutes. Oh, and the factory building has had its laser cut windows installed. Now a roof is urgently needed!
To avoid too much littering the city council has deployed two garbage bins for the lorry drivers. One seems to have suffered terminally from a close encounter with a lorry. Both bins are in resin from Plus Models.
I now plan to let the module work rest while I finish the Commer tractor. First I have to clear the work table, though. Does it sound familiar?

Sunday, 22 May 2016

Finished Fence

The fence around Pedersens Maskinforretning (Pedersen's Machine Shop) is now finished. I dug out the remaining wood to finish it during the week. The three fence modules were primed in grey primer and treated with oil paint (rust and dark brown) and a steel brush when everything was dry. A quick and pretty acceptable result. It's not exactly Marcel Ackle-standards (see his 'Feldbahn Kreuzt' diorama here), but it could be worse.
Now the fence is in place grass and bushes are beginning to spread on the module.
With the fence in place the module is beginning to look like I wanted. With Nystrup Gravel's track passing between the brick wall and main building of Banke's Bakelite and the wooden fence of the small back yard of the machine shop. A little railway making its way through a small town's industries.
While the fence is still unpainted in this shot it was basically this kind of view I set out to produce on this module. A lot of work still has to done, though.

Pedersen's Machine Shop undertook all sorts of jobs. Repairs on tractors made up a significant part of the work during certain parts of the year. Here an old Swedish made Volvo tractor with gas generator has found its way into the shop's backyard.

Friday, 13 May 2016

Good Weather Modelling

In traditional thinking the modelling season ends when temperatures rise and provides opportunities for outdoor activities. That is not the case for me. I bring a module with me outside in the sun.
Model building and barbecuing in process. 

Modules of the size I have room for and in my scale of 1:35 may have many disadvantages. Scenic potential is limited and the space available for all the things I could dream of creating will obviously always be in short supply. But on a sunny day I cherish the flexibility of  my modules. Today I had an afternoon all by myself for outdoor modelling.
As far as I got with the fences.

The fences around the back yard of the machine shop was the objective of the day's work. Unfortunately my supply of wood wasn't quite sufficient. In stead I turned my attention to prepare to install the van body on the module.
Wooden blocks as foundation for the old van. The hole is for the wires feeding the interior lights in the van.

Fixing ground cover around the van's foundations.
Surely an afternoon like this is to be counted among the most pleasant and relaxing.

Saturday, 16 April 2016

Working on Solvang Construction's Commer

As I parked the MMK Bedford O on stand by I knew I had to find a substitute lorry to pull Solvang Construction's heavy load trailer. I chose the Commer Q 2 from Wespe Models, Romania. I have built models from Wespe before. They are not terribly detailed and benefit from some extra detailing with home made parts. But Wespe kits are simple and comparatively easy to assemble if you have a little experience with resin kits. And where else can I get a Commer in 1:35 scale? Nowhere.
A solid card board box protects the few parts during transport.

A low number of parts primarily caused by the fact that chassis, cab floor and seats are cast as one unit. It would not surprise me if the number of parts I add myself will be higher.
Assembly of the frames and wheels presented no particular challenges. I fitted only one fuel tank as I believe two tanks were a military feature. The resin tank missed a fuel filler cap so I made one from a few discs punched out with my punch and die set.

The lorry is on its wheels. It is always a satisfaction to see a resin kit rest solidly on all wheels.
How Solvang Construction came in posession of a Commer tractor is not known to me. But many British lorrys roamed the Danish roads in the early fifties. A major user of the Commer Q 2 was the British Royal Air Force, so it may be fair to assume that Solvang Construction's example had a military past.

A RAF Commer pulling an aircraft trailer carrying a stripped down Hurricane fighter. Sudan 1942.

My Commer mated to the MMK-trailer. The models' proportions fit each other reasonably well. Only a few more parts to add to the lorry's chassis and it is ready for primer.