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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

    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!
  2. 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...
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. 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...
  6. 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
  7. CazRail: Workbench

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

    So, whats everyone's thoughts? I quite fance 60077, 67023, Virgin DVT, some seacows, some HEAs and maybe the shark.
  9. 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.
  10. 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.
  11. 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.
  12. Gilfach Forgoed

    Looking foward for progress!
  13. CazRail: Fleet

    Today I fitted 41233 with a DCC decoder, made all the more challenging as it's Bachmann's split-chasis... ...but it all works first time, and I'm quite chuffed (pardon the pun) I've done my first retro-fit DCC fitout, and it was the dreaded split chassis! I simply removed the small springs connecting the motor terminals with each half of the chassis, connect the orange and grey wire to it and insulating it with heat-shrink tube. Then wired the black and red to a copper tang attached to the chassis where the front pony truck pickups are connected to. The hardest part was the process of figuring out the dismantling and re-assembly!
  14. CazRail: Fleet

    Very! Plenty of character to these
  15. CazRail: Fleet

    An unusual new fleet member in the CazRail this festive season... Aquired at the Llandudno Toy & Train Fair, its the first steam addition since Tornado in 2014. 41233 is a Ivatt 2mt steam loco, which ive bought to run on Llyn Cefni layout.