Oil lamps are continuing to prove awkward!
Following an appeal for help from the forums, I have established that the small circular fittings, adjacent to the lamp tops, are plugs to fill the apertures left when the lamps are removed for trimming and filling, rather than oil fillers, as I had originally thought.
I've now drilled the roof of my U29 model, to take the lamp tops and have another small problem to solve! Since the roof slopes down from the sides of the clerestory, the lamps need small plinths to make them level. If anyone has a suggestion for a simple way to achieve this, I shall be pleased to hear from them!
GWR dia.U29 with sloping lamps
Following a suggestion from Mikkel, I have bought a set of Victorian figures by Andrew Stadden and think they are very nice castings indeed. I'm still waiting for some new paint brushes to arrive and then will attempt to provide some fine Victorian fashions for the girls!
Victorian figures by Andrew Stadden
i can see Sir John and Lady Wilcote on the right and young Blanche looks to be planning some sort of mischief, as usual, while elder sister Amy (with her parasol) looks on with disapproval. I'm not sure who all the other figures are yet, but we might have a glimpse of young Charles, as well as various retainers.