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Title: Hi from Germany
Post by: MacRat on June 02, 2011, 10:08:20 AM
Hi all

After being directed more than once to this forum by links from other sources the penny finally dropped that this is a forum dedicated to N gauge, which is great news.

Looking into british N gauge I was tempted by a friend who builds modules for the Isle of Skye Railway (http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?topic=846.0) which then led to meet other people modeling british N gauge. From studying british railways I learned about the 'fear' of facing points and the 'different' way to signal a railway. Being from Germany this looked 'strange' at first sight. I had a 'deeper' look at prototype layouts, signaling and railway operations and I'm still learning new things every day.

I don't have a layout or module. I have done some fiddling with models, though. A few of my projects are
- repaint of a new Farish class 37/0 into Large Logo Blue 37116 'Comet'. I have to redo the numbering, as I wasn't satisfied with the first attempt.
- repaint of a class 20 into early green for McRuss, from this parish.
- improve Blue-Grey Farish Mk2f and make them Cargo-D stock.
After two moves in the last 12 months I'm slowly resurrecting these projects and there are some further ideas I have.

My newest gear is a SPROG II which is a great device to program DCC locos with JMRI.

Cheers.
Title: Re: Hi from Germany
Post by: Dock Shunter on June 02, 2011, 10:23:21 AM
Welcome to the forum MacRat... :thumbsup:
Do you have any pics of your repainted 37 and 20.....?
I am looking forward to the release later in the year of 37 027    Loch Eil in BR Blue large logo livery


http://www.themodelcentre.co.uk/cgi-bin/commerce.cgi?page=Grafar_37027_Loch_Eil.htm&cart_id=1307001170.788
Title: Re: Hi from Germany
Post by: Tank on June 02, 2011, 01:17:54 PM
Welcome to the forum.  I'd like to see some pictuers too please. :) :camera:
Title: Re: Hi from Germany
Post by: grumbeast on June 02, 2011, 03:42:40 PM
Welcome to the Forum!

 I have an interest in German railways so its great to attract people from many countries!

Graham
Title: Re: Hi from Germany
Post by: tadpole on June 02, 2011, 05:11:02 PM
Welcome MacRat.
I too am interested in German railways (see Pirmasens thread for pics of my poorly developed DB layout), but I see you are mostly UK oriented.
Title: Re: Hi from Germany
Post by: MacRat on June 02, 2011, 05:49:47 PM
Hi

Thank you for the warm welcome. You want pictures? Here you go.

Repainted Farish 37/0 right out of the spray booth.
(http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2097/5790185841_1667aa69d1_b.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/38950750@N07/5790185841/)
IMG_1194 (http://www.flickr.com/photos/38950750@N07/5790185841/) von MacRat2009 (http://www.flickr.com/people/38950750@N07/) auf Flickr

Repainted Farish 37/0 with decals. The decals are from Fox Transfers and Precision Labels. I wasn't satisfied with the white borders around the number and name. I messed with softener and destroyed them accidentally. I have to redo them. Currently I'm looking for really gloss varnish. Klear is not available in Germany but I got the hint that Erdal Glänzer could be an alternative. But things got delayed because of the moves last year.
(http://farm6.static.flickr.com/5222/5790185977_b86aaa54c4_z.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/38950750@N07/5790185977/)
IMG_1292 (http://www.flickr.com/photos/38950750@N07/5790185977/) von MacRat2009 (http://www.flickr.com/people/38950750@N07/) auf Flickr

And a few pictures of repainted older Farish 20 from weathered blue. The recess and the conversion to the disc front with the Taylor Precision kit was done by McRuss. My job was to remove the spilled cyanoacrylate from the body, to clean off the poor Farish weathering and to put the paint and the snow ploughs on it. As this was a commission I documented the full story on a german forum (http://75355.homepagemodules.de/t1185f38-D-Farish-Class-Umlackierung.html) with pictures of the progress.
(http://farm6.static.flickr.com/5264/5790266499_2de7d69a37_z.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/38950750@N07/5790266499/)
IMG_1342 (http://www.flickr.com/photos/38950750@N07/5790266499/) von MacRat2009 (http://www.flickr.com/people/38950750@N07/) auf Flickr
(http://farm6.static.flickr.com/5306/5790824086_b888c7834c_z.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/38950750@N07/5790824086/)
IMG_1346 (http://www.flickr.com/photos/38950750@N07/5790824086/) von MacRat2009 (http://www.flickr.com/people/38950750@N07/) auf Flickr
(http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3425/5790266661_5691239ee3_z.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/38950750@N07/5790266661/)
IMG_1345 (http://www.flickr.com/photos/38950750@N07/5790266661/) von MacRat2009 (http://www.flickr.com/people/38950750@N07/) auf Flickr




Thanks
Mac
Title: Re: Hi from Germany
Post by: lesmond on June 02, 2011, 05:55:30 PM
Lovely photos, thanks for posting them. Welcome along, too  :NGF:
Title: Re: Hi from Germany
Post by: Tank on June 02, 2011, 05:57:18 PM
They're looking great.  Very nice work.  :thumbsup: :Class37:
Title: Re: Hi from Germany
Post by: MacRat on June 02, 2011, 06:10:30 PM
Welcome MacRat.
I too am interested in German railways (see Pirmasens thread for pics of my poorly developed DB layout), but I see you are mostly UK oriented.


Hello tadpole

German railways was rather boring, if you see DBS red all day. But Munich is a rather interesting place. Arriva 'Alex' and BOB adding a bit of colour to the scene as well as Austrian ÖBB, Swiss and French stock. Munich is also home of one of the last class 103 AC electric. But recently most exciting was a stabled rake of british YGB Seacows, apparently going to Rumania. I put pictures of it on rmweb http://www.rmweb.co.uk/community/index.php?/topic/37568-seacows-ygb-in-munich-germany/page__p__400899#entry400899 .

Thanks
Mac
 
Title: Re: Hi from Germany
Post by: longbridge on June 02, 2011, 09:09:41 PM
Welcome to the forum MacRat looking forward to seeing photos of the layout and the locos look great.
Title: Re: Hi from Germany
Post by: port perran on June 03, 2011, 08:22:14 AM
welcome to the forum from a very sunny Cornwall this morning.
Title: Re: Hi from Germany
Post by: moogle on June 04, 2011, 11:44:12 AM
Great looking models MacRat.
And welcome to the forum!
Title: Re: Hi from Germany
Post by: MacRat on June 04, 2011, 12:04:58 PM
Many thanks for the kind comments.
Encourages me to get my workbench sorted soon.
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