Wednesday 29 July 2015

Wedensday 25 June 1952 (1/35)

On an ordinary day in the summer of 1952 the trains ran along the little gravel railway belonging to Nystrup Gravel. Just as they did almost every other day, year after year. This summer day in 1952 was a little different, though, as there was a photographer present.
One of the first trains of the day. Nystrup Gravel's Jung loco pulling empty skips to one of the pits in operation that day. On the hill behind the loco a cow reminds us that Denmark at the time had a large agricultural sector with more than 15 % of the workforce employed directly in farming.

A loaded train passing the water tower at the loco shed. It is a wonder that not more of the load has spilled out of the skips. The gravel must be from a rather wet part of the pit. No 3 was one of the few locos that ever carried the company's name written out in full - Nystrup Grus- og Stenindustri A/S.

Here is no 6 again. This time the loco is pushing large surplus stones to Nystrup. Once arrived there the stones would be loaded on lorries and transported away, most likely for use in harbour maintenance or costal protection. A lorry carrying what appears to be an excavator showel is just passing over the viaduct.
And despite all the normality of the day, one of Nystrup Gravel's workers was missing for the day's work. The day before he had to report at a military facility as he was called up for duty as part of the first large scale mobilisation exercise in Denmark since the war.

Cut from 'Politiken' June 25. 1952. The article mentions "for the benefit of mothers, wives and girlfriends" that the mobilized men were fed well - even detailing the menu.

Saturday 25 July 2015

Oil Loco 'Alpha' E 10 - Continued (1/35)

After almost a year of inactivity I finally got my project to build a model of an ancient Danish built oil engine loco going again. Shortly after having started the build, I had the luck of finding works drawings of very similar loco. The drawings made me realise I had to change the wheel base and length of the model. An extension of plastic card took care of the length last year and a new BullAnt from Australia fixed the wheel base this summer.
The wires for the decoder bursting through the door opening. The asymmetric positioning of the axles is documented by photos and adds a charming, primitive look to the model - in my eyes at least...
With the longer wheel base I had to grind out a bit more room for the wheels and flywheel. I used a mini drill to remove the offending plastic. Other than that no other modifications were needed for the new BullAnt.
Advert for a an 'Alpha' loco from Frederikshavn Jernstøberi. You had to pay extra to get drive to both axles and a two speed gear box. On the standard version there was only chain drive to one axle and one speed. Scan supplied by Nordjyllands Kystmuseum, Frederikshavn.
The loco body has now been clad in a layer of 0.1 mm. plastic card and a raised panel glued on. This is the kind of plastic building I really like, Plain work with knife and steel ruler, glue and file. Next stage will focus on the frame and buffers/couplings before moving on to roof and smaller details on the body.
Covering the upper body in thin plastic card. The method gives thin edges around the open door on the loco's left side. A raised panel on the rear wall is being held down with a generous amount of tape while the glue dries.
After sanding the surface is tested with a thin layer of paint. The paint makes it easier to see if more putty is needed to make a smooth surface. The exhaust is cut from aluminium tube. I still have to make the even larger pipe serving the radiator that worked by evaporating water from the large tank at the front.

Tuesday 21 July 2015

Bedford and Trailer (1/35)

One of my vacation projects was the MMK resin kit of a Bedford O and heavy load trailer. I assumed it would be an easy task right out of the box. Having studied the instructions a little closer and handling the parts, I realised that the build wouldn't be as easy as I thought. Most parts are well moulded and relatively easy to separate from their mould gates. Both lorry and trailer kit lacks location points and as the instructions aren't particularly helpful it is a challenge to find out precisely where many parts go. As a single misfitting part would prompt an avalanche of faults I built the lorry kit in a different sequence than advised in the instructions.

Bedford chassis fitted with wheels. Despite lack of decent location points I managed to get all four wheels touching the ground without trouble.
The single axle trailer ready for wheels. Not too many parts for this item that is made up from primarily one huge casting.

The lorry cab is a nice casting but care must be taken when removing the flash in window and door openings. The cab interior is sparse (as it was on the original lorry). I had to substitute a steering wheel and column as the kit part was broken. Some of the parts are from etched metal and are quite nice. I'm wondering if I should leave a cab door open to show the details?

Wheels fitted to the trailer and cab interior primed.

I couldn't resist placing one of my 1:35 locomotives on the trailer. It gives new motivation to carry on building!

Thursday 9 July 2015

Vacation Projects (1/35)

I have now started three weeks of vacation. Except for some house maintenance tasks nothing is scheduled - not even a trip abroad this summer. I'll be spending the vacation home and in the cottage. I suppose that will leave a little time for modelling now and then. 

I hope to be able to focus on my model of an ancient Danish built one cylinder oil engine loco picking up where I left last summer. A new Bullant from Australia is on order with a better match to the drawings than the one I fitted first.
Here is where I'm starting: painted interior and basic work on the frame. The loco body is started but needs a lot more work - including a roof. 
Having just about finished a somewhat problematic lorry build what would be more obvious than to start another? It will however not be a kit bash or a conversion but a (probably) nice and easy out of the box-build. The object is a Bedford O with a heavy load trailer made by the Czech company MMK. I only plan to add some small parts and a set of specially designed decals making it a vehicle with a clear reference to one of my railway friends.
Cleaning up parts from the two kits from MMK of a Bedford lorry and a trailer. Plenty of work!

Could I squeeze some work on my newest module in, I would be glad. I'm really looking forward to getting the track down and tested - not to mention starting on the buildings. 

Wednesday 8 July 2015

Finished Ford Double Cab Lorry (1/35)

After much trouble and frustration I have finally finished the Ford double cab lorry I started building back in February. It has been a tough nut to crack as particularly the figures and cab have supplied challenges on an almost daily basis. Most troubles caused by myself by not planning and dry fitting parts enough and some by the quality of upper and lower resin cab castings. The cab parts didn't fit well together causing a lot of sanding and getting the three figures to fit in the cab wasn't exactly easy. After several efforts I decided to have only two figures in the cab, leaving the driver figure out.
The finished double cab lorry at the Nystrup Gravel loco shed with a load of brown coal. Summer 1946.

The lorry is a combination of a converted chassis from the ICM-kit of a Ford T917G and a resin cab made in Brazil. See the lorry at an earlier state here.

Haulage contractor Hansen's double cab lorry was a former German army lorry, possibly commandeered from civilian use in Norway and brought to Denmark during the German occupation. After being taken over by Hansen in May 1945 the lorry received a coat of green paint, new head lights and license plates. Due to its large cab the lorry could carry a good work force; very convenient as any bulk load had to be shovelled off the cargo bed.
Freshly painted in Vallejo Air 71.134 Imperial Japanese Army Green the Ford lorry is awaiting decals.
After priming I painted the lorry green (Hansen's company colour - although he never hit the same hue or bothered with a standard paint scheme), fitted decals from Skilteskoven and gave the model a covering layer of satin varnish.
Decals fitted on front doors. Windows still without glass and cab interior only test fitted. A steering wheel is still missing. In the cargo bed one can faintly see the heightened insert made from foam board to carry the load of brown coal.
Clear plastic card pieces made to fit the cab windows. All specially made to a particular window and consequently clearly marked out and taped in place on a piece of A4.
The heightened foam board insert in the load bed received a load of coal that was painted in different brown colours to represent raw brown coal. Two wicker baskets from Paulo were 'dug into' the load.

Coal and wicker baskets added, glass in the cab windows and weathering begun. The lorry is almost finished - and my work table is beginning to look fairly cluttered.
Weathering was done with both oil and acrylic paint and a little coloured chalk powder. I kept the weathering light and only the upper panels of the cargo bed received a serious dose of weathering.
Moving into position to unload the coal at the railway's coaling site next to the water tank.