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  1. We are pleased to announce we are in talks with Accurascale to produce the iconic Class 89 locomotive in 4mm OO gauge. The plan is to approach this project slightly differently to usual. We are currently at the register your interest stage. We encourage anybody interested to fill in and submit the form here This is not an order form and you will be under no obligation to proceed. We simply need to judge how much demand there is for this project. Should we get sufficient interest we will then proceed to open it up for pre-ordering. Price is estimated to be DCC Ready £179.99 and
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  2. 7418 is nearly ready for the body to be weathered. Axle nut covers still to be fitted:
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  3. Those of you who have been following this topic for a long time will recall that I have posted a lot of photos taken at Pilmoor, betwen York and Northallerton, taken in the mid to late 1960s. I thought I had used them all but hadn't. While tidying up the image folders I use when sorting photos for RMWeb I found a few more. The first three are "going away" shots of steam specials in 1967/8. I think I have posted the usual 3/4 front view of these trains before but thought these might be of interest. Going away photos often show things not visible whent he loco is comin
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  4. I pretty much use the same technique today. The RCTS books provide known dimensions like wheel size, wheelbase, length over buffers, boiler diameter, boiler pitch etc. A decent side-on photograph and the key dimensions can then be used to produce a reasonably accurate scale drawing like the one below that I produced for a LNER N12. Like Tony says, I am well aware that this is not going to be a 100% accurate scale drawing but, with a bit of imagination and good luck, the drawing can be used to produce something that looks like an N12. The drawing looks distorted in the picture but
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  5. Up early, nice morning, throw back the curtains, and see a nearly empty pond, and a partly flooded garden. Something has knocked the pipe off my filter box during the night. Slow refill has commenced. The Colchester- Glasgow is arriving. Something has gone wrong at Cambridge, apparently no relief engine available, so the Colchester engine gets all the way to PN. 61666 was one of the last two B17s to get a general overhaul, and 30E have kept the paintwork very clean.
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  6. G'Day Folks Hey, if you want a laugh, this is my rendition of a J17, made out of a Tri-Ang 3f, a B12 cab and tender, with bits from a King and Thomas. manna
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  7. Pond is refilling, and I've checked the first 50 entries on the laptop and found no mistakes yet, so the day is looking up. I think the photographer who is still here despite the late hour must have been Keith Pirt. He always did have a thing about shiny locos. This was done more to show the length of the train, but to get it in I managed to cut a buffer off the loco.
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  8. Hi everyone, We are absolutely delighted to be working with Rails on this project and we really hope it goes ahead. From seeing it in original livery in Rail magazine as a boy, to seeing it in action in GNER days I must admit it is a personal favourite of mine (and some of the other Accurascale team!) and we were so happy that Rails were up for it. Cheers, Fran
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  9. Unsurprisingly I haven’t got much scenic work done since the circuit has been completed! Here is Romanian (kit built) 56009 storming through the junction heading east with 40 fully loaded HAA’s. I’ve loaded each one of these HAA’s a third full of real crushed coal which makes for a proper heavyweight train..
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  10. See.... I told you it was there One day, yes one day the Major will get on a train
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  11. There is a train there..... promise local service with the B set just behind the canopy ! honest it is there
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  12. Tea break again. Railway matters are on pause, as I've devoted a lot of time to them lately, but your mid afternoon image was already prepared. Golden Eagle has now backed on, and is ready to depart.
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  13. Today was a non-work day so I spent some time on the layout. Readers with long memories will remember the saga of the viaduct guard rail support brackets, which I cut out in my Melbourne hotel room about three years ago. Today I decided to fix these to the sleepers on the viaduct. That didn't go well at all. After I'd fixed about a quarter of them, I realised that a) it was impossible to keep them in line as there was no time to adjust them before the plastic fix glue set and b) they weren't going to be strong enough to support the guard rail itself. O
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  14. I was a big fan of compensation back in the day - most of my 4mm scale locos were compensated - and Tony hated them....! I found though, that central beam compensation could be quite unstable, especially if the weight balance wasn't that good. It was all too easy for the front wheel of a compensated tender to lift. Probably my implementation of it. MOK kits in 7mm feature twin independent beams with a fixed axle on a 6 wheels. Disregarding the physics, it works very well. I don't build rigid loco chassis, they generally have hornblocks, where the axle bearing sit on the stops. Other builders w
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  15. Well, I have completed the revised sequence, which meant a great deal of work today. Now I'm recovering, but tomorrow I shall run through from start to finish, and play spot the errors, as there are bound to be some. Then I can start the new sequence using the laptop, and any other glitches can be put right as I run through it. Small changes will be OK up there, but the big job needed to be done in comfortable surroundings, and a chair with plenty of support. I will reflect tomorrow on what I have found as I went through 360 slides, and how it will make things easier from now on, b
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  16. I used to really love articles on such models in the press "back in the day". People who would take a Triang A3 and turn it into a V2 or a Princess into a Black 5. The resemblance of the finished models to the prototype was, shall we say, tenuous sometimes. Yet there was a sort of innocent joy about such projects. Here was a model there that somebody had made from bits of this and that and it was unique. In many respects, slight imperfections in a project like that seem to matter less than in a kit or a scratchbuild that sets out to make a truly accurate model.
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  17. Well it's not every day you have the excuse to use the word triumvirate but today I'm feeling lucky! These three are a bit late for my own layout, but never too late for the glass cabinet screwed to my living room wall. The Beadle wagon is a recent addition to the range, crisp masters by Simon Turner, lettering transfers by POW sides. The Lime wagon and Booth Bros. wagons are revivals of excellent Woodham Wagon Works kits, masters by Burgundy many moons ago, but I made a new mould for the Lime Wagon and intend doing the same for the Booth Bros. at some point in the not
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  18. 99% there now. Just the couplings, buffer heads and axleboxes. It's been intresting experience but I got there in the end.
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  19. Just messing about with the iPhone whilst playing trains!!! Best move I made was to change the controller and the way the points are operated. Working a dream at the moment!
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  21. I'm prepared to show my old Bec J17. It was built originally in the early 60s by my father before we left England. I gave it once over in the mid to late 80s. Fully stripped it down, this was the very original kit version which had an inaccurate cab roof and spectacles so I reshaped the spectacles with filler and redid the roof. Fitted Romfords, Crownline chimney and smokebox door, Wills safety valves from N7 kit and more recently (2000s I think) it got a Buhler motor and Ultrascale gearbox. Despite the inaccurate wheelbase and the 'extra large' splasher protruding out of the cab front its not
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  22. Now you are really talking my language! You mean..... My LD&ECR epic, which was set in LNER days when photographed but is now backdated to GCR times. My latest project is based on the SDR. Not Stockton and Darlington, not Somerset & Dorset but the Sheffield District Railway, a real and very obscure bit of railway that was part of the LD&ECR empire.
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  24. Hands up, who didn't know that the GWR also dabbled in 1500v DC electrification? The Great Western Electric Railtour, Broadbottom, April 1979 Guide Bridge
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  25. Hmmm, looking through the last few pages, it seems that the bar has been raised significantly recently. There are some fantastic shots coming through right now. Keep it up, guys! Some years ago, tree-felling around the National Gallery in Edinburgh gave me an opportunity for a rarely seen view of the gallery buildings on The Mound...
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  26. Hi folks, A quick session in the railway room tonight saw Platforms 18 and 19 returned to use, enabling HST services to Kings X/Aberdeen and local services to Fife to resume. Here is a 101 unit in Platform 18 waiting to depart... Stay safe, Dave
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  27. You are in good company! Most of Peter Denny's models were built from a known dimension like a wheelbase or wheel diameter and a photo. He would do his own (rather lovely and very nicely drawn) drawing. Nobody can claim they are 100% accurate dead scale models but that just doesn't seem to matter. They look like what they are supposed to be. The phrase "better than the one we haven't got" comes to mind.
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  28. Those against HS2 will grasp at any straw in defence of their belief that HS2 is unnecessary. We don't know for sure what the long term effects of the current virus epidemic will be, but if you look at SARS as an example, it doesn't take long for the situation to recover. In terms of the time needed to complete major infrastructure projects, the virus will (I think and hope) be a transitory thing. The government now can borrow money at hitherto unbelievably low interest rates. It is doing so to pay the wages of those who would otherwise be unemployed. At the end of this it will hav
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  29. And for you steam buffs, newbie on the block 9F 2-10-0 ‘Evening Star’ runs past light engine. A 55H model, its staggeringly powerful and also easily coped with the aforementioned 40 wagon MGR train (I haven’t uploaded this as it will upset so many purists).
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  30. Going all 'old school' but very much Bletchley flyover related... One morning in the 70's, my dad was sitting in a 310 in platform 6 waiting for his daily morning commute into London. A northbound cement train went by hauled by a 25, but it was rather noisier than normal as this was happening (sorry for the poor quality photos - taken by a very young me!).
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  31. I took advantage of the sunshine and painted my wagon as Lee Marvin would say. There is still a long way to go but it is showing promising sign of progress. The other side is not as good where i got Mek all over the side. I will paint a replacement plank before I take a photo of it.
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  32. I've had all the models mentioned (except the MOK 14xx) through my hands and I've found pretty much all the RTR offerings are excellent value for money. Minerva 8750 and 57xx Panniers are a little dearer than the Dapol version, but they allow for more of the slight alterations within the class, such as tool box positions, top feed or not, footplate vacuum pipe run positions, and a lot of the other minor differences. as for sound, maybe playing around with different sound files may help in achieving certain sounds you prefer. Here is a Lionheart 74xx fitted with a Zimo MX6
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  33. And finally a behind the scenes look at trusty old Heljan 37191 hauling the aforementioned MGR through complicated pointwork before heading up the 1:74 bank to join the scenic side of HLJ..
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  34. Turbostar northbound across Culloden. Gradient off the viaduct is apparent here - Culloden is a break in the overall descent from Slochd, after it has headed off the picture the unit will continue the plunge back down into Inverness.
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  35. Late afternoon summer shadows. Colourised b&w image from 1907, Midland Railway Berkeley Station, Gloucestershire.
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  36. Thanks Gerry. Today I got the first chassis completed and sprayed up in grey primer. The wheel rims and buffers are masked off with Maskol. Cheers, Ade.
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  37. Everyone likes a saddle tank so here's a short video of Kernow's 1363 on a top secret movement on the branch. Some of my favourite rolling stock on shew.
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  38. Compound, if you find any I would be most pleased to see them. I have done the other side and it's not turned out as bad as I was expecting. Just got to paint and fit the other parts before I weather it.
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  39. The bolster wagon is very light so I’ve had a go at a ‘heavy’ load using balsawood with lead hidden inside. Not happy with the colour at the moment, looks wrong so I will leave to dry before having another go The lead was supplied by Mr Teague (Churminster & Stowe Magna fame) though I’m not sure he actually knew he had as it was in the tender of Kneller Hall when that was delivered..so waste not etc etc.
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  40. 50 037 outside the Factory at Old Oak, 15th April 1982, photo by Phil Richards....
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  41. Hopefully it is finished now I have put the interior bits in. With any luck I will be able to get some paint on it today. I made a bit of a mess last night because I managed to spill a dollop of Mek over one side which had an effect on one of the plank lines. I have tried to fill and re-scribe it but it looks a mess. I have tried filling it with 10 thou plastic and doing it again all to no avail. The only recourse I think I have it to paint it like a replacement plank. The couplings were made from parts ready available. The top link are GWR D links from Exactoscale and the mi
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  42. So the wheelbase is a bit out and it lacks detail below the footplate but that is lovely workmanship and a very nice paint finish! Those transfers are as flat as any I have seen and seem to have no thickness at all. The shape of the curves on the smokebox is probably better than the etched kit!
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  43. Back in the saddle now after a week off, but still chasing parts. The moulding company has furloughed most of its staff so delivery of final drive gears (as key component in the gearboxes) has been delayed and we're just using up the last few now. This is a temporary hold-up and we’ll get around to fulfilling orders ASAP. Apologies to anyone whos order is held up.
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  44. Culkerton, Tetbury branch, closed 1956 and re-opened in derelict state two years later, in which form it was in use until April 1964. This was the image presented to accompany the introduction of smart, modern diesel rail buses. (CJL)
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  45. Good morning everyone I think Graham's review is honest, ballanced and objective, certainly when compared to some YouTube reviews that are either almost hostile or ignore any shortcomings completely. If you read this, thanks Graham. Kind regards Andy.
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  46. I've found one more image of 61666, so might as well use it. and then we do come to SIlver King on the Talisman, which means that tthere was perhaps some slight excuse for my recent confusion. Only slight though. The lack of a headboard on Wild Swan should have told me something for a start.
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  47. Someone was asking on Jesse's thread about how I disguised the going on/off stage curves on the MR/M&GNR bit of LB. This topic has been aired before, but I'll explain again.................. After I'd photographed the prototype for this bridge taking a private road to Grimsthorpe Castle, Ian Wilson produced this computer-generated mock-up of the west elevation. I made the deck and arches. And then reinstated the elevation (the Hornby Gresley has long-gone!). There's just a hint of cutting/foliage behin
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  48. A few of my own 37051 'Merehead', Carlisle 2000 37156+37517 at Carlisle, at the head of a rake of tubs, 1997 37510+37505 at Carlisle, 1994 37511 'Stockton Haulage', Barnetby-Le-Wold, 1993
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  49. Keyboard warriors , upto you John but I would report them to the Mods . This forum seems to have some very "odd" characters, who need to be got rid off asap. We all work to our limits and experience , no one is perfect and never will be.
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  50. I feel a game coming on. We've already had Laconic and Sardonic, of the White Star Line. Sister ships were Ironic, Pedantic, Cathartic, Catatonic and others. Cunard of course had Ammonia, Pneumonia, Begonia...
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