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  1. Last time I was able to visit the club premises, there was someone there with some OO Gauge well wagons and some tarpaulin covers for 16t 4w wagons. Both were of a standard of not indistinguishable from injection moulding, then of a quite effective standard once painted and weathered.
  2. Whoever was building these, really had the knack with the valve gear...
  3. I’ve seen the results of a commercially printed adapter plate for a survey transponder on a small ROV, a piece about the size of a saucer made of some industrial plastic. We scanned it using a Leica scanner from the survey dept, produced an autocadd drawing from that scan, emailed it to the supplier and received the part on the crew chopper, within 48 hours. There was a slightly acid exchange of correspondence about this, because the part was cheap but the taxi to the airport and the chopper flight wasn’t! The actual component was indistinguishable from one machined from a single block.
  4. Googling about, it seems to be one of those ideas that enjoyed a vogue for a while, was found to be of little real use, and was dropped again
  5. When I first got involved with model railways, around 1970 I remember looking at the adverts for brass locos which routinely filled the back page of RM, densely printed listings, and being amazed at the prices. The Lionel “Scale Hudson” cost $75 in 1938, and I paid more for No 1 Son’s Hornby train set in about 1991 than that set sells for now. these things go in cycles.
  6. Regarding the wheels and Con rods, are the outer two pairs on the bogies and the two inner axles, on the centre body?
  7. Since someone mentioned the Triang clockwork “top tank”, here’s a nice little video of this once-common beastie. I notice a mention in the comments underneath, to fitting these bodies to an R355 chassis, which is of course, the 0-4-0 found on the Nellie/Polly/Connie series and others. There IS a certain family resemblance, mostly around the smokebox; I assume the clockwork mechanism couldn’t be accommodated in the available space, which is why there was no clockwork Nellie? Rather begs the question why they didn’t produce an 0-4-0ST at the time, given that the R153 0-6-0ST wouldn’t last much longer. So, here’s a challenge; does anyone have one of these as a pugbash, however motorised?
  8. One thing I do notice, although it’s difficult to see in some of the photos, is that you have included tyre marks and other signs of wear on the road sections. Could you tell us more about this? It’s usually overlooked so I’m interested in your thoughts
  9. Oh, fair enough. I’ve never actually had any experience of them, I was just passing on a comment second hand
  10. Thats the one - nice, isn’t it? The “Nellie” moulding is quite good, compared to the preceding generation and especially the bodies like the 0-6-0ST and “top tank” derived from clockwork originals
  11. I’ve also seen mention of fitting a Smokey Joe chassis with some minor modifications, seems a lot easier than the various attempts to fit outside cylinders to the original chassis.
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