I wont mention his name but one of our group has 39 of the things...yes I know ..but he has a duplicate of one because it ran in his period with a different tender!
More impressive is that none of these are 'toys' as in early models only suitable to run round a train set for nostalgic reasons but all are properly detailed weathered coaled close coupled and accurate as in each one carries the correct livery tender and any
other detail differences.
All have Gibsons on the front bogies and the rear truck arrangement modified as required on earlier models to disguise the innacuracies.
Each of the entire class has been researched and is individually accurate for the period depicted which I believe is 59-62.
He brought over his converted Ivatt Stanier plus his DJH Salford for comparison with the new Hornby offering.
Side by side with the new Hornby Stanier there was little to pick between his Hornby conversion and the new model which is a measure of his work and the quality of the former however the DJH kit I thought was inferior in many ways especially around
the rear truck which of course Hornby has addressed by employing a 'fixed' example..and as we don't run pacifics on unrealistic curves like some of the ridiculous train set images recently posted it works very well and looks superb.
It has been suggested we have a whip round to get him some professional help but so far we have only raised £3/17/6d!
Edited by vitalspark, 30 November 2017 - 01:30 .