Airport Terminal Transit Track

A very common landmark at many large airports around the world is the terminal transit, the Gatport Airwick diorama wouldn’t look right without one. In fact, the real terminal transit at the well known West Sussex airport commonly gets mistaken for being a monorail, it is definitely not a monorail because it featured two tracks.

Starting with a styrene sheet base, I built up the track and infrastructure components for the terminal transit using plastic card of various shapes.

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After the components had been glued in place, the whole track system was given a coat of grey primer and left to dry for a day.

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Once the grey primer had dried, I added colour using various shades of grey and brown to represent the different concrete structures on the infrastructure and to give the best ‘rapid terminal transit’ appearance I could.

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York Roll Cage

A great little item to add to a railway scene is the York Roll Cage. These containers could be found nationwide at key locations across the railway network. I purchased a kit from Ten Commandments for £3.50 and found it very easy to build.

Firstly, I removed the brass kit from its mounting and positioned it flat on the cutting mat.

picture22Using the picture provided on the packet I used a metal ruler to fold the left side through ninety degrees.

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Then I repeated this procedure for the right side

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Then I placed a couple of drops of super glue onto the white metal trolley base then positioned the brass cage on top.

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Next, I allowed twenty four hours for the glue to dry before applying a coat of primer to the trolley.

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After letting the coat of primer dry, I spray painted the trolley in Humbrol silver, then hand painted the trolley base yellow and the wheel treads grey.

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Window Glazing Upgrade

picture29The Lima and Hornby class 73 model is now well over twenty years old and starting to really show its age against the latest ready to run products. I wanted to add more detail to my Lima model of 73 212 ‘Airtour Suisse’ in Gatwick Express livery, so I purchased an Extreme Etchings Laserglaze kit for £8.00 to improve the window detail on the model.

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The first task was to separate the old plastic glazing from the locomotive body. The old plastic glazing had become brittle over time so care was taken not to break the windows as the head code boxes will be recycled.

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The next task was to carefully fix the new Laserglaze windows into the spaces with a tiny drop of Canopy Glue or Glue and Glaze by Deluxe Materials as these glues dry clear and don’t frost the windows or the plastic body either.

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Next the head code boxes from the old Lima glazing were carefully cut away and fixed behind the new glazing with another drop of Canopy Glue or Glue and Glaze by Deluxe Materials and left to dry overnight.

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The rest of the old Lima glazing was discarded. One thing to be aware of, is that certain class 73 locomotives had a different number of windows compared to the rest of the fleet. The Extreme Etchings Laserglaze kit includes enough window glazing for either the ‘JA 73/0’ or the ‘JB 73/1’ versions of the locomotive. As this project was for the JB class 73/2 version, one window was therefore unused from the kit.

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As you can see from the picture, the new glazing gives a great silver frame appearance on the body of the Gatwick Express livery. If the glazing is being installed on a locomotive body with a yellow warning panel or similar, it is a good idea to colour the glazing edges with a black felt tip pen to give a rubber seal appearance before fixing the windows in position.

Weighty Wagons

An important aspect of any shunting puzzle is reliability when moving wagons back and forth over complex junctions. A key part of reducing the risk of derailment, is to add weight to the wagons. The collection of eight Hornby Rudd and Clam wagons have all been modified by adding liquid gravity lead weights to the chassis.

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I used Liquid Gravity, poured evenly into the chassis, then fixed into place using Rocket Card Glue, both items are from the Deluxe range. Allow a full twenty four hours for the weight to dry in place, this added only two extra grams onto the total wagon weight but made a big difference in performance moving over junctions.