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    Horse riding, OO Late GWR modelling, Indian Scout motorcycle riding.

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  1. So anyone making a layout using thermally insulating foam-board needs to be extremely careful and not use Superglue. Most foam-board in the construction industry (and hence easy to buy) is made from PIR and therefore rammed full of cyanides waiting to be released..... In my house build it is only to be found as two layers of the kitchen floor - it has another layer of concrete over the top of it. Then tiles.............. It is the 80th anniversary of the Battle of Britain. Certainly a key moment in the survival of our country assisted by those from many other nations
  2. All super glue will give off the white bloom - it comes from the cyanide compounds in the glue which are what makes it work. How they make it odour free I'm not sure. Super glue sets better with a bit of warm moist air around it by the way, so you can set it quicker by blowing on it. Just do the breathing in part whilst looking the other way!
  3. There are much weirder chats going on elsewhere on RM Web........ I don't use Liquid Gravity much, although I am sure I may when I do more running if I have traction issues. The reason I used some on the 8 wheel tender is that it is unbelievably light. I use the Bostik 60 second Superglue or UHU - they both flow well into nooks and crannies and don't have issues which arise after time, like PVA does on some jobs. The Bostik produce is just like UHU but obviously sets harder and faster. It still gives off "cyano bloom" if the articles are not left ov
  4. '51 Speed twin definitely gets my vote. My Scout is a modern one - I bought it brand new without ever seeing it let alone test riding it. I would love to have a 40s Indian with a hand gear shift, but that sort of cash just isn't available - huge house build, and a roadster build and a modelling habit......
  5. The Planning Office Inspector came out yesterday. A great visit and great outcomes, however last night was spent digging out photos, writing reports and saving them as PDFs so that they could make it into the Planning Office (their mail portal has a size limit : pdf'd photo reports somehow shrink the size of the report) So nothing done last night. However a quick check today with some crocodile clips and a basic Hornby DC controller: a continuity check was completed satisfactorily. I'm about to pop out and apply some matt black via a brush...........and tomorrow I will adjust th
  6. That'll be the "no kids" grockles taking advantage of those cheaper and quieter weeks in the calendar (: I love my holidays in May and October (:
  7. You're only saying that because the schools are back = no grockles.......
  8. So how do you eat an elephant - simple, cut it up into smaller pieces and work your way through each one. The old Indian saying is true for the 8 wheel tender. Fitting pickups (for me) is a slightly challenging task. But by the time I had dismantled it all leaving the bare chassis once again, there was easier access, and work started. Firstly I took the pick ups from the 6 wheel tender and straightened them out a little - they got a tiny bit mangled when they were removed. After a session of dry fits and trials I opted to fit them from the underside, with
  9. So, the next "must finish" is 6951. Unnamed and built in black with no side windows, 6951 got a turn with the 8 wheel tender. There are so far no available photos of the 8 wheel tender in this period, and based on its visits for overhauls, there is an incredibly strong likelihood that whilst 6951 was black, the tender was unlined green with G**W logo. 6951 is almost finished (dusting, fall plate trim and a re-trim of a cabside plate), but the tender needs electrical pick ups adding......(top is completed incl coal) I got as far as digging out the boxes and z
  10. 4943 is almost finished. A couple of weekend sessions saw the lettering and numbering go on, final paint touch ups, and finishing up with Dullcote. I do like the finish that Dullcote gives - it takes away all of the toylike sheen of new paint. All that is left to do now is a clean of the windows with a cotton bud and some thinners, and it's complete. The rods will get airbrush weathered so they remain unpainted for now. With a 47XX on the roster, I need lots of vans. Lots! But with the price of new vans heading towards the £20 mark, my preferred option is to buy
  11. I have unloaded (and sometimes also loaded) all the bricks, blocks and tiles, and shifted most of them up the scaffolding. Something like 3000 bricks, 15 pallets of blocks (dense, medium dense and celcon ("breeze"). As well as 1914 roof tiles and 40 ridge tiles...........then theres the 120+ bags of cement hand loaded and unloaded........ Keeps me fit.
  12. 60 sheets of plasterboard went into the house yesterday morning so I had an hour with 4943 last night.
  13. they were usually known as "Erks" in those days. He's probably on another long weekend off, while the lads at the nearby Army camp blanco their webbing after another 10 miler on the Moor in hobnailed boots carrying their No 4 rifles and 2 inch mortar shells...........
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