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Step-by-step build - Peppercorn's 4-8-2 express engine

Okay, this is my step-by-step set of instructions for the conversion of a RailRoad Flying Scotsman into the proposed Peppercorn 4-8-2, based in part from Mr King's own builds. In terms of experience rating, I would rate this as a 3/4 star in terms of difficulty, if only because of how I jump around from picture to picture. Prior experience of kitbashing locomotives is required, as is the assumption that you know how to alter Hornby wheelsets to suit your needs. My original notes have been mis

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German High-Speed Steam Record - or a lesson in checking your sources...

Decided to try and attempt to replicate the train that claimed the World Speed Record for Steam for the Germans in 1936. I have a reasonably good German book 'Schnellverkehrs des Reichsbahnzeit' which went into the various aspects of high-speed travel of the time, including a quote from one of the gents who was there on the train - but it was abridged. In my excitement at finally getting somewhere with a record-breaking train, I did not notice that one of the passages was missing key words that

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46202 build update 3

A small entry regarding my build of 46202 'Princess Anne'. She is as finished as I am capable of doing. Enjoy the pictures of her alongside my fathers 6202. Pictures taken on the model railway at the Taylor Street end of the Birkenhead Heritage Tramway.

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2558 Tracery

Just a few shots covering my conversion of a Hornby RailRoad Flying Scotsman into 2558 Tracery as she ran on the Great Central mainline between Manchester and London. Questions and comments are welcome.

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Channel Packet

Well, after not much convincing by SWMBO, my first r-t-r purchase of the year came down to either Rapidos Stirling Single, or Hornbys Channel Packet - £240 against £180 (advertised) - I have plugged for a pre-order of Bulleids prototype pacific. I will post photos and performance details as and when it turns up and can get it on the trainset to run.

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2017 Models

My list of models to be completed, or possibly started, during 2017:-   Blackpool 'Marton Box' tramcar. Blackpool 'Dreadnought' tramcar. Blackpool 'Marton Vambac' tramcar. Bulleid 'Leader' locomotive (as completed with cycling lion and centralised side number). Gresley 'Coronation' articulated coaches (pre-war to go with Dynamometer Car, and post-war to form part of Great Central train as per BRM article).

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Humbrol paints

Hi fella's, and lasses if we have any among the membership,   I have a question regarding Humbrol black paint. I have three NEW tinlets (14ml) of the gloss, satin and matt. Both of the gloss and satin blacks seem to take about a week to cure, while the matt only takes a few hours - same sized areas and first coats - but on applying a second coat, all three only take a few hours to harden.   Would anyone know, scientifically, as to why this is happening?

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46202 build update 2

Just a small update. Construction is virtually done, with main painting well on the way. Only detail work and lining to add and it will be ready to run on the GCRlayout at Ruddington on a Saturday excursion train.

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46202 build update

Today marked a step forwards, and two steps back, with Princess Anne. Took her down to Ruddington to test run during a quiet spell. It ran reasonably well, dragging its tender. So off came the wheels; on went some oil; it ran better. Gave it a loaded set of ironstone wagons (15). Not happy at all at this.   Took her back to my parents to test on a set of Comet LMS coaches (4, then 5). Results as expected. I need to ballast up the loco to the same amount of weight as my dad's LMS 6225, a

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46202 build

Going to get around to building the rebuilt LMS Turbomotive to sit alongside my Patriot and Reid turbine locomotives on the roster. Going down the usual route, Hornby Duchess chassis, Princess and Duchess bodies, and standard tender to be altered. Timeline - as long as it takes between real life and other projects.   Update 29/07/2016   Made a start on Princess Anne. Very simple really - Hornby Princess plus Kitmaster Duchess (surprising had a Princess tender in the kit).

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First blog

Finally got around to joining this side of the fence. Let's see how it goes, as I can normally be found on LNER.info

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