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  1. Thanks Will. I have those shots - notice the guy in the kilt - the tenders are marked "Taunton" and this is allegedly in Oswestry. These all seem to be quite posed - there is no second TOAD and no oil tank carrying the concentrate. There is another in this series where they are spraying and the operators are quite close and inspecting the spray - you would only want to do that with "water only". These shots are great for construction details. The shots of the trains on task or moving would be good to see. There aren't many non posed ones. I think from photos avai
  2. I posted twice last night but this second post disappeared somehow. Hence why I didn't "sign off" as usual. I have had an 8F for a while since reading the Maidment "GWR 8 Coupled Engines" book. This is one of a great series of reference books which are all currently packed away. For those unaware, the GWR had two periods of operating LMS 8Fs - early on in the Second World War and then post war. The 40 used in 1946 were built at Swindon and had a few minor changes in design. By the end of 1946 most of these engines had finally made it into LMS service, however 4 so
  3. Project SHUT IT! After a disaster in December where an Adderley Hall body warped, I have been looking for a replacement. A Bachmann body was considered but the internal work needed to make it fit was too much. The Harry Potter connection makes some believe that Olton Hall models are worth a fortune - it's almost as big a seller as Scotsman! Like the people who believe that the 1967 beetle is a rare model because it has a few panels which were only fitted that year. But that year they sold more beetles than any other year....... Finally I picked a recent H
  4. Will I thought the TOADs stayed coupled so that there was always one in the right place regardless. It also works when the engine runs around and there's no need to shunt TOADs. I have not seen the photos with a mess van - are you able to share? The weedkiller train would be capable of spraying in either direction. At a sedate pace the direction would be immaterial.
  5. The 40 LMS 8Fs built at Swindon served the GWR in 1946 and four lucky ones managed to serve on up to Oct 1947. Which ones? And when did they get returned? Do we know their allocations? I posed this on the ANTB thread but there seems to be at least three of us "away from their books" right now. One reply was: The info, along with some nice shots, is in GWRJ 51, 'Swindon's '8Fs'' by John Copsey. I think the same info is in one of the appendices at the back of 'The Great Western Eight Coupled Heavy Freight Locomotives' by David Maidment.
  6. Thanks Ben - all of my books except the Lyons Shed Book are in storage. I will pinch your reply and start one up on the GWR rolling stock page too.
  7. Please can someone point me in the borrowed 8F direction: I'm looking for details on the 40 Swindon built 8Fs which remained with the Great Western in 46 and 47. I would like to know if possible the return dates of the last of 4 of them - 36 went back and 4 hung on until Oct 47, and their numbers of course. Many thanks and stay safe. UPDATE: The reply is over on the GWR Rolling Stock pages of RMWeb dates, numbers and allocations.
  8. Thanks Will. Railtec were my only option: I have had some good transfers made by them and they were great - I just wondered if there were any already out there. I am building the later version with an old engine cab roof, based on 3 Mainline 2251 tenders. I think the roof is from the CoT kit. My chemicals tank is completed already - the photos I saw included a silver/polished metal tank with the name crudely painted out in a big black block. So that's what I have gone with. I have just checked my notes and found that later weedkiller trains had the bunkers perman
  9. That is the main reason that my weed-killing train hasn't been started! How did you cope with all the lettering on the tender sides?
  10. And the final part of the update covers the "scenic" tender. I managed to get Dullcote applied before the rain started again. Then coal was carefully applied in key areas: at the bottom of the bunker, and in some of the high level "nooks and crannies" to hide a few plasticard joins. Some was tiny grains poured onto placed Super-glue, and others were individual lumps glued on piece by piece. I'm fairly pleased with the outcome - certainly a realistic looking item to have sat somewhere on shed. And when I one day come across that Harry Potter Olton Hall without a tend
  11. Steve, a couple of update pictures. The tender as previously described, will be permanently connected using a steel drawbar and a long thin self tapper up through the front edge of the tender chassis. 6951 has quite a low drawbar compared to the tender so I am using various thickness nuts and washers to ensure that all 4 axles sit on the rails and that the draw bar only has influence in the horizontal plane. When I started the rear axle was fully off the rails. As for the elec-trickery, I extracted the brass wheel rubbing pickups from a recent Hornby tender t
  12. Ask and I will do my best. Still needs airbrush weathering and I'm not overly happy about the way the nameplates are sitting, but we are getting there. this will get quite a heavy weather for a passenger loco: it is coming close to its major shop and a return to lining. This engine only operates right at the start of my time-frame, along with 6951 and the 8 wheel tender. Crewmen from AC Stadden have come out well and nice to have poses different to the Hornby and Dapol figures which I have in abundance. A few micro touch-ups and they will be ready for close ups.
  13. I thought I had a couple of spare sets of brake rodding for Hornby GW 4-6-0s, but it isn't the case. Peter's Spares are out of stock, so for now I made a set for the tender out of Evergreen rod. This means that 6951 won't have rodding either. So the hunt is on for a few sets once more. When I get the Dullcote and coal situation sorted I will post photos. In the meantime 5 sets of crew await final paint sessions.
  14. Rotanks were indeed round. These aren't intended to be Rotanks.
  15. The hybrid Hornby tender received some red oxide rattle can followed by some mat black, and then red oxide from further away, then...... The result was pleasing. Sadly some of the the Fox transfers were drawn off by the masking tape, but this was corrected ten minutes later. Dullcote next, but probably not today as it is rainy and damp: I am currently spraying/venting/drying outdoors, under a gazebo, and the damp seems to make Testors Dullcote go a little cloudy. Then a little left over coal dust to hide a join or two and we are done.
  16. 6951, to be joined with the 8 wheel tender took another step in the right direction. Cab window, which was filled some weeks ago, has been smoothed off, and the odd handrails added. These rails were done in a different way to my usual: I drilled the holes, put two knobs on a piece of over-length wire and formed the 90 degree rounded bend. I put a tiny drop of superglue into the hole with a cocktail stick, and fitted the knobs with disregard t the rails. Once the knobs were set,I adjusted the rails to the correct position and with superglue on a cocktail stick, I just touched th
  17. So, we left you in suspense regarding a few items........ The "hybrid" scenic (but might run) tender has had the bunker completed to the best of my ability / to the best that the mouldings would allow. I used thin pasticard and "liquid poly" to bond/melt them all together. I worked my way from the back to the front, making templates out of Post-It notes before chopping the plasticard. So the sloped part, the floor, then the flat side sections, and the hardest to do were the vertical sides. They did take 2 or three Post-Its per side to get right. Finally I put som
  18. They would be suitable for petroleum products, and water and quite a lot of chemical traffic.................up until the 70s when these sorts of tanks would be only good for water and static use on farms and yards. I sometimes see old 70s tanks on repurposed artic trailers on farms, but I haven't seen this style of tank anywhere for 20 years. I guess they all got to a point where they leaked and got cut up.
  19. That is very kind of you Amanda - those tanks are just great for so many uses - a road tanker or trailer, or on a pile of sleepers behind a building in a yard for filling up the trucks, or on a farm yard, or as a raised up static fuel tank in a "rickety" premises like a scrap yard - either to fill the truck and the plant, or to store all that drained out oil for recovery.... If only I understood (or knew someone who did) 3d printing. There's lots of us who make a bit of pocket money to fund the hobby - and you are right, you can't put your time on top or else it wouldn
  20. Or to avoid the horrendous tax added by UK Customs, is it easier to send the "drawing file" to a UK based "printer" and have them turn them out? (excuse the terminology). You then tell us which wheels to buy. I'm not sure how the 3d printing community works, but we often get CADs done on one country and turned into something in another.
  21. I did mention some crew for King Ted 3. I remembered a set of whitemetal crew purchased at the end of last year, following a post on here to ask who else made crews. Mine were all looking a little "samey". I bought some plastic ones and these kit form crew from AC Stadden: With interchangable arms, which each have an amount of adjustment, these were great VFM. Each arm has a "ball" which locates into a suitable "socket" on the torso making positioning perfect. And they don't slide whilst setting either. I have kept the spare arms in case I want to
  22. A productive spell - there is no construction going on this week so no evening tidy-ups to do, no blocks and bricks to shift, so modelling time...... Three coal wagons. RTR. Two Red box and one Dapol. Not sure why Hornby and Dapol often bring out a slightly different version of the same model, but this can be a bonus: by using a fibre glass pen, or a scalpel, perhaps some Scotchbrite pad, fleet numbers can be changed to give two different wagons. Hornby's version is the lighter of the two. Dapol version came with the moulded coal, which can be reduced in height, by
  23. Is selling on Amazon any cheaper? Or do you need a considerable volume to do that?
  24. That lower photo is great - the shortlived initial BRITISH RAILWAYS on the tender. I too would be interested in a purchase when these come to be manufactured.
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