CazRail

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  • Birthday 10/27/1994

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  • Gender Male
  • Name Carwyn Jones (Caz)
  • Location Llanfair PG, North Wales
  • Interests Trains, modelling, out with mates, music & movies.

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  1. Llyn Cefni: A section of the Amlwch Branch

    Some more done tonight on board 4, with the landform sanded with a palm sander, and a field grassed using sheets of static grass. I also used two different sizes to try to create the effect of vehicles using the user-worked crossing.
  2. Llyn Cefni: A section of the Amlwch Branch

    Latest progress... Bridge 22 The basic superstructure of the bridge is nearly there, I decided to completely re-start the span again, and this was the result... A photo of the real bridge 21 for some direct comparison. Board 4 Materials were delivered yesterday to build the rest of the boards for this layout, much much MUCH cheaper than buying laser-cut boards! Built to the same dimensiond as the Grange & Hodder product, I've made a 45* corner board... I used the same dowel alignment system as the laser-cut boards for continuity. Alignment of the boards tested. The Board now has a layer of polystyrene glued on ready for the cork to go on for the track which of course will give us my alignment for the track. The next steps will be to trim off any surplus, lay the cork, then I can begin to build up or reduce the landform around the layout.
  3. Llyn Cefni: A section of the Amlwch Branch

    Thanks AJV1. Theres nothing simpler than a singleline bi-directional!
  4. Llyn Cefni: A section of the Amlwch Branch

    Apologies for the lack of updates, my phone is playing silly buggers and keeps corrupting my photos and videos, so live feeds and photos to my Facebook page is my only option at the minute. So the latest... Board 3 had been partly re-landscaped, with the Llangefni end not going into a bit of a cutting ready to enter board 4. (You can see about my technical issues in the 2nd photo!) I've also gone on to create a model of Bridge 21 which is a lattice bridge over a river, andwill also createbridge 22 which is similar in construction to bridge 23 (which I've made on the lake) albeit much shorter, less bulky and is an underbridge for a footpath. In other news, the layout had had it's first invite to exhibit, which will be a local modelling exhibition on Anglesey in April 2019.
  5. Llyn Cefni: A section of the Amlwch Branch

    A bit of progress today, decided to ass to the layout plan by adding a section towards Llangefni to represent the 'Dingle', which is the forrest in llangefni. I started progress on this by begining to scratch build a lattice girder bridge, which in real life crosses a river. On my layout, itll cross a river and footpath. Using styrene sheet cut into strips, i begun to create the sides. Using a jig I used to assist in getting the lattice square and paralel, i worked from the centre and worked outward. Then i made a start on the deck, using plasticard sheet. I used balsawood as strengtheners, which double as the longitudual timbers. I ran out of u-section for the lattice so Ill need to order some more. Once done, Ill cover the plastic sheet base with boarding or styrene strip to make decking. Then itll be a coat of primer and paint!
  6. CazRail: Workbench

    Update... The wagons have all now been weighed down with Liquid Gravity, and now they run so much better. Each has it's own Symoba NEM coupling pocket system at each end, and currently have on order some buffers from Lanarkshire Modeling Supplies. More to come...
  7. CazRail: Workbench

    The PAB covhops are taking leaps and bounds now, with the next three taking shape next week once I have materials. The first four are now on the rails, which need painting, decaling, and weighing down. Ive bought some Deluxe MaterialsLiquid Gravity to add some weight to the wagons, which will improve running quality, which will be fixed in with Roket Card Glue. Ive also bought more Evergreen U-channel to finish the last three wagons. I felt my method of holding the wheels was hit and miss, and I wasnt happy with them, so I took to my CAD software and designed my own wheel holders. I didnt fancy buying the brass kit ones, as ive never worked with brass and i'd probably muck them up. This is what I came up with... With 2mm dia. shouldered Romford bearings fitted. All shoe'd up... Installed on the wagons(simply superglued on. And finally with Cambrian pedestal suspention unit moulding, simply glued on top. These wheel holders are 3D printed via Shapeways. The beauty of it is, you can make any shape of anything. These are a simple solution for any kit or scratchbuild.
  8. CazRail: Fleet

    37057 has been added to CazRail's operational fleet after spending 5 months in the workshops. Stored on 3/12/04 from the WKBN pool, 057 last worked 6D18 Holyhead - Warrington Arpley before being stood down. It has now returned to traffic alongside 37174, 37411 and 37419.
  9. ViTrains: Creating a Split Head-code 37/0

    Managed some progress on 37057 today whilst watching Scotland v France in the 6 nations... Now all decal'd up, next up after the varnish dries is fit it out with windows, which will be the original for the time being, and to *possibly* steal the chassis from 37425 (which is out of traffic at the minute as it needs new decals) to get this one running. This will mean the need to wire my replacement LEDs. Onward...
  10. CazRail: Workbench

    More Cambrian compensation units bought, two more wagons can be made track worthy! The last three wagons of this batch being made now, hopefully more will become available soon. The first one I built is being dropped as im not happy with it's build quality
  11. CazRail: Workbench

    A little update... The three wagons have now been painted black!
  12. Hornby 2018 Range

    So, whats everyone's thoughts? I quite fance 60077, 67023, Virgin DVT, some seacows, some HEAs and maybe the shark.
  13. CazRail: Workbench

    Thankyou Chris, seems to be styrene sheets which have been pre-scribed with a machine which ive cut out with a craft knife and glued together. All detailing such as end bracing and ladders are my own work. Tonight ive finished the structure of what will be 12106. Ive also added foot steps each side of 12107.
  14. CazRail: Workbench

    Further progress tomight with the construction of what will be 12106 being started. Got up to gluing the top face to the frame before being summoned by the missus... Also, 12107 had end bracing fitted. Above - The wheel/axle/coupler arrangement. The Cambrian compensation units have had to be butchered to fit but are glued solid, meaning they need breaking off to remove wheels.
  15. CazRail: Workbench

    Wagons Roll!! Pretty glad to report progress on the PAB Covhops! Finally I've managed to sufficiently straighten the chassis of one of the wagons, and have fitted wheels and Symoba NEM coupler system! I've tested it in my rake of HEA coal hoppers using my GBRf 66720. Ive taken photos and a video to show its running qualities. video-1515184098.mp4 Obviously, Ive learnt a few lessons from these wagons, and I will take more time with the second batch. This wagon and the second I built will be primed, the first won't go in the rake. Things to buy are oleo buffers, coupling hooks, more Cambrian suspension units and more.