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  1. Rich I was very interested to see your TPO and TSO work. I don't think that Hornby will spoil your day there - the venerable "Night Mail" in all of its liveries will keep going forever. Please do get on with your Saint... (: same happened when I finally got hold of a 47XX - Heljan announced theirs
  2. John, 94XX is great for BR(W) modelers but not good news for many GW fans. Especially as the numbers of London based layouts isn't big. I am not sure of the volumes of each they are producing, but I did think that if they have done their homework, there would be many more BR(W) ones made than GW. Backdating a black one isn't just paint - the rear steps differ. Not insurmountable, but for the sake of ordering early and getting a discount I will have a factory green one. I can use 94XXs, and 97XXs (which I don't think will ever be made in RTR) bu
  3. A 94XX is a must have at my end of the GW world. Forgotten how long ago I placed the pre-order!!!!!!! And just as the Moguls head North from Felixstowe, news is that the 94XX lands in the same month! I do have a beautifully constructed whitemetal one which had a Triang chassis up until recently. There is a recent DCC pannier chassis available to go under it. However, it is a very glossy green, with red lamps, and has the wrong branding for a late GW engine. As this was made by M.I.B Snr I cannot change the exterior - I always remember it this way even as a kid and
  4. A 94XX is a must have at my end of the GW world. Forgotten how long ago I placed the pre-order!!!!!!!
  5. Will - just add a little more weathering on the numbers if that happens............ This was't a light goods train. 95 tons for the tenders, 2 TOADS = 32-40 tons, an oil tank full of chemicals 12 tons, a mess coach 15 tons and a FRUIT D or BLOATER with a diesel tank and pump unit in it (14 tons) All up is approximately 180 tons. Nice job for a Mogul or a Collett 2251 or a Dean Goods..............
  6. Will, Agreed Looked at some "older" tender weights last night. Adding a tiny bit for extra steel plating, hoses, extra buffers etc to give an empty weight.....and adding a 3000 gallon load (10 lbs a gallon for water) = 13ton 8Cwt of water So I'm thinking for the 2 tenders: Empty: 18 tons 1 cwt Full: 31 tons 9 cwt And for the cabbed tender Empty: 18 tons 5 cwt Full: 31 tons 13 cwt
  7. Thank you both. The photos of the Wolverhampton set, which is a "late" GWR set are clearer via that link ("westernthunderer") I can see there that the text is something like Empty XX Tons XX cwt Full XX Tons XX cwt On the "Western Thunderer" link there is a link to a great Pathe film of weed-killing albeit on the LMS. The photos of the Taunton set are "posed" - you wouldn't want to get that close if it were operating. There is no oil tank so this is an "early" set up. A late ( with cab) set must have been a large consist:
  8. All of my references for weed-killing train markings are taken from the web and some are not particularly clear. I can see clearly what the main text is on the sides, but at the upper right hand side there are two short lines of text in italics. What are they? I am guessing that because they are italics, one is probably "Tare xx tons xx lbs" But is the other then "Gross Wt xx tons xx lbs" And what were the weights? Tare weight of an empty Dean tender should be easy to find, and add a little for the extra buffe
  9. Prairie weathering and detailing is looking great John. And your card modelling is exemplary. Looking forward to a few Dapol deliveries over the next 12 months. Will we ever get to see the Bachmann 94XX? Regards,
  10. For the planking put 2 or three blobs of brown and fawn colours onto something disposable and non absorbent - like a magazine cover or an old birthday card. In a triangle formation with a little space between. Use it like an artists pallette and mix tiny patches of "hybrid" colours in the gaps between the blobs. Paint each plank a slightly different colour to the next. The planks just in from the end on the flat surface would probably do with a faded black stain in the centre imagine all the drips from truck or tractor engines and gearboxes accumulating.....a small speck o
  11. Probably all over dull brown. There is debate as to what colour ends. Some have said black, but these wouldn't have gone near the carriage wash so "black" may just be accumulated grot. Breakdown train vans and allocated Mess vans were a red oxide colour at the ends for a long time. But ancient stock for moving track gangs around have also been modelled in grey.........
  12. Long time no see.............. I am out in the desert trying to do what I do, and as usual it's taking far longer than it would back at home. But I'm used to it. I see that the Dapol Moguls are pulling into Felixstowe, and so there may be a parcel waiting for me when I return. I hope there's only one because if I return to the Dapol 61XXs I ordered then I will have been here a while............ I have opted for a BR unlined Mogul and a "GWR" one. BR one will of course be re-logo'd and covered in soot to an appropriate level. I have held off o
  13. 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
  14. 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!
  15. 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
  16. '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......
  17. 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
  18. 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 (:
  19. You're only saying that because the schools are back = no grockles.......
  20. 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
  21. 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
  22. 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
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