New Figure Releases

Guys

We have the show season restarting again soon with Llanfair on 01/02.09.18

We will be releasing the next three Short Staff figures shown below.

There are further releases planned but there is a great deal of commission work to get ready for the show, so details to follow, as there may be a delay.

 

Patrick, a seated male passenger two pieces of resin. torso and head, supplied unpainted, at £18.50

 

Prudence, a seated female passenger two pieces of resin. torso and head, supplied unpainted, at £18.50

 

Albert, a standing driver, in boiler suit and greasetop, three pieces of resin. torso, head and right forearm, supplied unpainted, at £18.50

 

Thanks for looking

Si

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Two Locos

Guys

I have recently had two very different locos on the workbench.

Idwal is a 7/8ths Jack project loco. The client had had this built for him, it required a few corrections, followed by detailing and painting.

This build uses Roundhouse Billy mech with a Lady Ann boiler, it is fitted with a Slo-Mo, a DJB reverser and a Summerland’s Chuffer. I am not sure of the source of the works and nameplates as they were supplied with it.

The smokebox is finished with Hammerite barbecue paint, the rest of the bodywork is Humbrol Enamels over etch primer. Once set up it had the usual dry brushing and oil wash treatment. The castings were cleaned up and the pipe work silver soldered into sub assemblies, chemical blackener and a polish back with a worn nylon scouring pad produces the effect that you see.

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The centre cab is a project for myself, built over a re-wheeled Aristocraft Long Block that I have had for about 20 years.

The construction is a mix of ModelEarth resin bonnets and styrene sheet, with a good handful of Talisman brass.

I am taking the opportunity to master up additional items for the range of detail parts that we offer, you can see sandboxes, axle boxes and brake last here, I still have the rest of the cab controls and a set of air horns to finish off.

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Si

Skip Bodies

Guys

It has, once again, been some time since I last updated this blog, my apologies.

Here are some shots of the currently available body options for our skip chassis, please note that these are supplied separately .

Prices are :-

Chassis             £18.00

Flat                    £7.00

Bulkhead flat   £11.50

Box van           £18.00

Guards van       £20.00

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In addition, we are pleased to announce the release of the next two figures from Short Staff.

 

Chuck stands 115mm tall and is the first American driver we have offered although I am working on a female engineer for the ModelEarth range at the moment.

Andy is a classic member of the cloth cap brigade and stands 124 mm tall.

Both are available now priced at £18.50 each.

 

Si

Skips With Everything

Guys

As many of you that know me will be aware, I have a great love of skips, skip chassis, and the vast array of wagons that were built on them.

We have not offered a 7/8ths scale Continental pattern skip chassis for a number of years, that will now be rectified as, with the advantages of the latest pressure casting technology we are please to announce the release of our new range of budget skip variants.

The first release will be a separate chassis, in resin, the kit will feature re-gaugable Binnie wheelsets, whitemetal axleboxes and Pop rivet coupling pins, priced at £18.00

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I have designed the chassis to be able to accept aftermarket upgrades in the form of Talisman 78-017 skip couplers and both Tru-scale metal wheelsets from The Train Department or our own finely detailed wheelsets in iron filled resin.

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I have the first four body variants on the workbench being painted for the instruction sheets, Factory flat, Factory bulkhead flat, plus reworked versions of the Guards van and Box van from the budget range. I will post images prices and details later this week.

To celebrate the release of our new skip chassis I will be running a competition for the best, and weirdest wagon built on it.

The competition will run until the Exeter show 27th of October 2018

Entry is open to all, by submitting three jpeg images

The final decision will be mine alone

The winner’s prize will be a custom animated and painted 7/8ths figure based on something from our range both past and present.

I hope this will inspire some of you to try your hand, there are some fascinating prototypes to spur your imagination.

Si

Modified Budget Wagons

Guys

I have just finished off the first commission pieces for 2018

A modified Budget single plank, this has had the curved top plank removed, and the tops of the angle brackets re-scribed. The brief was for a worn but useable wagon, and to that end I added the remains of a ballast load to the interior.

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The pair of Tumbrils have been upgraded with Slater’s wheelsets and Talisman couplers. I have added damage to the woodwork with a fine saw and scalpel, and in addition, I have drilled the end catches and added locking pins from jewellery findings and fine chain.

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Si