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by georgesheppard
Thu May 02, 2024 3:48 pm
Forum: Locomotives - Live Steam
Topic: Merlin Midas MKIII
Replies: 9
Views: 975

Re: Merlin Midas MKIII

For reference, here is my Major:

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And my Mayflower:

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by georgesheppard
Thu May 02, 2024 3:45 pm
Forum: Locomotives - Live Steam
Topic: Merlin Midas MKIII
Replies: 9
Views: 975

Re: Merlin Midas MKIII

My guess it's a Merlin from pretty early on in their history. I've not seen a Midas with this body before but afaik they are 0-4-0/2 whereas this is 0-6-0? It looks to have a Beck Chassis/Valves etc but the body work/boiler is distinctively Merlin. Something in between the Mayflower/Major and what I...
by georgesheppard
Wed Feb 14, 2024 2:48 pm
Forum: Locomotives - Live Steam
Topic: Aileen Tom Cooper
Replies: 2
Views: 1134

Re: Aileen Tom Cooper

Simon @ https://anythingnarrowgauge.co.uk has always had an answer for any Merlin related questions I've had. He sells some replacement parts, so might be able to advise? You could try Tony Willmore @ http://www.rhoshelyg.me.uk/Locoworks.html but I don't think he'd want anything to do with a Tom Coo...
by georgesheppard
Wed Nov 23, 2022 4:44 pm
Forum: Rolling Stock
Topic: ‘St George’ Rolling stock
Replies: 12
Views: 5829

Re: ‘St George’ Rolling stock

I have finished the 3 compartment carriage and just completed a guards version. I had a real nightmare painting the guards carriage. I'm not sure if it's because the weather has changed but the spray paint i was using kept wrinkling/bubbling. In the end I switched suppliers and the finish is much be...
by georgesheppard
Sun Sep 11, 2022 10:29 am
Forum: Rolling Stock
Topic: ‘St George’ Rolling stock
Replies: 12
Views: 5829

Re: ‘St George’ Rolling stock

ge_rik wrote: Sat Sep 10, 2022 7:11 am
LNR wrote: Sat Sep 10, 2022 12:24 am I agree, superb paint job and a beautiful livery.
Grant.
I agree. Presumably, you painted before assembly?

Rik
Yep! I painted the main body and overlays separately, lined the overlays with gold pen then assembled and lacquered. Painting was pretty painless overall.
by georgesheppard
Fri Sep 09, 2022 9:45 pm
Forum: Rolling Stock
Topic: ‘St George’ Rolling stock
Replies: 12
Views: 5829

Re: ‘St George’ Rolling stock

I should point out that St George is undergoing some upgrades hence the missing parts!
by georgesheppard
Fri Sep 09, 2022 9:44 pm
Forum: Rolling Stock
Topic: ‘St George’ Rolling stock
Replies: 12
Views: 5829

‘St George’ Rolling stock

It’s been a busy year for me so haven’t had as much time to work on projects as I’d like! This is my latest project - a rake of carriages to suit ‘St George’ - a Roundhouse Lady Anne. I’m building freelance style carriages from Line Side Hut. I fear Jerry Irwin’s kits have totally spoiled any other ...
by georgesheppard
Tue Apr 19, 2022 9:37 pm
Forum: Rolling Stock
Topic: IP Engineering kits
Replies: 5
Views: 5121

Re: IP Engineering kits

My personal opinion...... The I.P kits which I have built during the past year or so have all been plywood. Compared to some other suppliers I think the material used is thicker and of softer timber veneers resulting in coarser grain. The paint finish is therefore less satisfactory than I would lik...
by georgesheppard
Sun Aug 22, 2021 10:55 pm
Forum: Locomotives - Electric
Topic: Yatton Models - Vale of Ffestiniog
Replies: 71
Views: 35306

Re: Yatton Models - Vale of Ffestiniog

It’s been a while since I posted - life has the unfortunate habit of getting in the way of things you’d rather be spending time on! The model is now atheistically complete bar fitting of some Brandbright vacuum pipes. When I got to fitting the window frames I realised one set, the aluminium ones, we...
by georgesheppard
Sun Aug 22, 2021 10:45 pm
Forum: Locomotives - Live Steam
Topic: Roundhouse Millie on a roundhouse kit chassis
Replies: 1
Views: 1678

Re: Roundhouse Millie on a roundhouse kit chassis

Replying to my own post - roundhouse said fitting a Millie body on one of their current chassis kits would be difficult at best. They managed to find a spare Millie chassis in 32mm gauge so I bought that instead!
by georgesheppard
Fri Jul 23, 2021 4:13 pm
Forum: Locomotives - Live Steam
Topic: Roundhouse Millie on a roundhouse kit chassis
Replies: 1
Views: 1678

Roundhouse Millie on a roundhouse kit chassis

I picked up a rather sad looking Millie recently that I'm going to restore. It's 45mm gauge though and my other locos are 32mm. I was thinking about buying a Roundhouse 32mm gauge kit chassis and sticking the body work and boiler on that. Anyone know if this would be possible?
by georgesheppard
Wed Jul 21, 2021 3:20 pm
Forum: Locomotives - Live Steam
Topic: Roundhouse Katie Kit build
Replies: 20
Views: 9999

Re: Roundhouse Katie Kit build

I was thinking of adding a Roundhouse kit build to my ever growing list of projects, looking forward to seeing how your build progresses!
by georgesheppard
Mon Jul 05, 2021 2:22 pm
Forum: Quarterly Garden Railway Gallery
Topic: Garden Railway Gallery - a POLL, please read.
Replies: 41
Views: 21553

Re: Garden Railway Gallery - a POLL, please read.

I don't currently have a layout so find it hard to join in! I agree it's good to get people to post though, maybe a project photo of the month/quarter?
by georgesheppard
Tue Jun 22, 2021 6:51 pm
Forum: Locomotives - Electric
Topic: Yatton Models - Vale of Ffestiniog
Replies: 71
Views: 35306

Re: Yatton Models - Vale of Ffestiniog

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I wrapped the front light fittings with some plasticard. Once I’ve drilled out the holes for the LEDs I might give it one last coat of yellow.
by georgesheppard
Mon Jun 21, 2021 12:19 pm
Forum: Locomotives - Electric
Topic: Yatton Models - Vale of Ffestiniog
Replies: 71
Views: 35306

Re: Yatton Models - Vale of Ffestiniog

A few more photos to show current progress. I'm not happy with how the front 'yellow' lights are looking but have a plan to tidy them up. Everything else is looking good though I think! Does anyone have any suggestions for what to use for vacuum pipes?

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by georgesheppard
Wed Jun 16, 2021 4:46 pm
Forum: Mamods & MSS
Topic: MSS side tank engin with meths fuel
Replies: 7
Views: 7776

Re: MSS side tank engin with meths fuel

Hello,

I had similar problems with my MSS loco, there are some suggestions in this thread. https://gardenrails.org/viewtopic.php?f=44&t=13056

The performance even after numerous upgrades is still not great, I might strip it down again and try cleaning out the boiler.
by georgesheppard
Tue Jun 15, 2021 8:02 pm
Forum: Locomotives - Electric
Topic: Gauge One Motive Power
Replies: 27
Views: 15764

Re: Gauge One Motive Power

Safe to say I'm happy with this one! Just need to build a second 33/2, design the 73 and then the fun begins, Hastings Unit....... After that I'll definitely need a break after doing nothing but gauge one for months on end! Nearly run out of room which helps keep things under control! I saw this go...
by georgesheppard
Tue Jun 15, 2021 11:57 am
Forum: 3D Printing
Topic: Fireless Loco
Replies: 6
Views: 2823

Re: Fireless Loco

Fireless locos are a totally new concept to me, how interesting! I guess they make sense in many industrial scenarios.

Model looks great :thumbright:
by georgesheppard
Sun Jun 13, 2021 9:59 pm
Forum: Locomotives - Electric
Topic: Yatton Models - Vale of Ffestiniog
Replies: 71
Views: 35306

Re: Yatton Models - Vale of Ffestiniog

Both bodies masked up and ready for painting. IMG_1687.jpeg I've now finished one side, looking at photos of the locomotive from above it seems the roof is part green part silver - so I've tried to replicate that. I've almost finished the other side now too. I'm waiting on nameplates as well as find...
by georgesheppard
Sun Jun 13, 2021 6:17 pm
Forum: General Garden Railways
Topic: Any GMES members around?
Replies: 3
Views: 3471

Re: Any GMES members around?

You called? Best thing you can do to join at the moment is drop the Garden Railways Rep (a lovely person called James) on gmes16mm 'at' gmes.org.uk Then he'll be able to best advise what to do. That's how I first made contact followed by a visit to the club to look around and get the paperwork. You...