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  1. Yes thank you for your "valuable" input to my "pointless thread". Maybe next time you can find something better to occupy your very valuable time.
  2. I see the naysayers have stepped in to give their 2 cents. We could go back and forth forever about whether there's "demand" but I've always found it to be a rather pointless discussion. This is a growing hobby, and a great many naysayers have been forced to eat their words over the last decade with a lot of releases that many said would "never happen" because "there's no demand". To be frank, unless you're the head of Pew and have just conducted market research among railway modellers, I really don't care what your "opinion" is, and I doubt anyone else does either. We can also pluck figures like £150k out of thin air all day long and make silly claims that a company with a $146 million revenue would have qualms about "tying up" that amount in a production run. Let's put aside for a minute that a £150k production run of wagons with a paid off tooling would be a slightly implausible run of approx 5000 units. Even if you spent that much on one wagon and made a loss on it, that doesn't mean you're making a loss overall, there is such a thing as a "loss leader" which can generate profitable add-on sales elsewhere. There are for example many locos people won't buy without suitable wagons to go with them. Maybe the wagons aren't profitable, but selling more locos with a loss leading wagon will still give you a net profit provided the loss on the wagon isn't too large. Ultimately though, I don't care to get into these kinds of discussions with people who, to be brutally honest, clearly know nothing about the industry and are just making useless speculation. If you want to doom and gloom, maybe consider starting your own thread titled "stuff that people will never make". It will give us something to laugh at in another 10 years.
  3. I mentioned in a previous blog that I'd picked up this kit: The china clay industry used (and still uses) small loaders like this in the dryers linhays for loading trucks and trains. The reason I went with the green police theme was entirely down to the fact that this one was cheaper and the yellow ones were all a bit overpriced. The downside is that it makes the kit a little trickier, as everything needs to be undercoated and then painted in several coats of yellow. Despite that, this is a really good kit for what I'm doing, because it's pretty much spot-on for how wheel loaders looked from the mid/late 60s right through to the 90s (they really didn't change much). As usual with Kibri, there wasn't really much flash to clean up, so I started out getting everything undercoated, and putting together some of the sub assemblies: Because this is 1:87 HO scale, I needed to do something to bring the scale up to 1:76 OO. Since these machines come in all different sizes, the only thing that was obviously out of scale was the cab. To correct this, I measured it's height and multiplied that number by 87, divided it by 76, and then compared the two numbers. Since there was a difference of approximately 2mm, I added a riser made of 2mm strip to the base of the cab. While I was at it, I also added some cab mounted floodlights, since this is a feature that most loaders have: The other issue was that the cab interior was a little too small, so I scratched up a new seat, control stand, dash, and drilled a hole to mount the steering wheel: Lastly, I wasn't especially impressed with the kit's standard rearview mirror, it seemed a little small and the support bracket a little thick. So I bent up some brass wire for the bracket, and a piece of 2mm strip for the mirror. For some reason, I stopped taking photos of progress at this point. The only other additions were some handrails, then the whole thing got several coats of yellow before it was all assembled. On the cab I carefully picked out the rubber window gaskets in black before the glazing and cab interior went in. Once it was together, I gave it the usual dusting of china clay, along with some exhaust soot and grease/lube stains. I'm quite happy with how the thing has turned out. I think I may need to add some red brake lights to the back, but apart from that I'm calling this one a success. Just have to keep the fingers crossed that it will actually be visible inside the linhay when viewed from the loading area!
  4. Well in terms of detail and quality, I'd say it's on a par with the offerings of Tangent and Athearn Genesis in the US. For a more complex freight car from either of the aforementioned, you can expect to pay $50 or more. At current exchange rates, that's £38. Add VAT to that and you're up around the £45 mark which seems to be the norm for high-end rolling stock. I think that's about what I paid for my PBA wagons from DJ Models, which I'd say are roughly on a par with the Polybulk in terms of complexity.
  5. So you're the one behind "Albion Yard", finally we meet! I've taken a lot of inspiration from your blog over the years, especially "Wharfedale Road", so thank you. Just a quick question: Looking at your 08, I can see what appears to be Shawplan glazing, and etched siderods... am I right? If so, who makes the rods? Thanks, Scott.
  6. They were definitely out before that, the 2001 catalogue refers to a "new version" with a single exhaust. As for how you wear one out, I seem to recall there was a "factory issue" with some early releases of Bachmann 08's that caused the motor to die prematurely. Bachmann were inviting people to submit warranty claims. Pissed a lot of people off though and you had the usual "rah rah the Lima one never had this issue rah rah". Gonna derail this thread somewhat, but some people on this site either aren't old enough to remember, or haven't been in the hobby long enough to know what it was like 20 years ago, Bachmann ARE the original "game changer". They're the only reason why any of the other manufacturers have now taken things seriously at all. When you asked their reps at trade stands back in the day why they don't produce detailed models like those on the continent they'd say "there's no market". It took Bachmann entering the scene to prove them wrong. Their 08 is the whole reason we have the Hornby 08, which is the definitive model of the most numerous locomotive ever to grace British rails. Amazingly, that wasn't a priority for anyone until Bachmann introduced theirs. Bachmann had several "game changer" releases, some recent: Class 08, 04, and 03 Class 24 and 25 Class 37 Class 40 "whistler" Class 43 "Warship" Class 44, 45, 46 "Peak" Class 57, leading to the 47 Class 66 Class 150 Class 158 Class 410 and 411 4BEP and 4CEP Many items on this list have encouraged other manufacturers to attempt a competing model of a higher standard, or to enter the market with a complimentary model. People forget that years ago, basically nobody made DMUs, you had to go to DC Kits for that, and you'd get LAUGHED OUT OF THE ROOM if you ever suggested a ready to run EMU! Now Bachmann are arguably the multiple unit kings, and once again we have Hornby stepping up to the plate with some fantastic SR EMUs. I agree that Bachmann's venerable 08 is a wonderful model and we owe Bachmann a belated thanks (although, they did get a lot of rave reviews from the hobby press back then).
  7. The "high mileage 08" comment got me curious as to when Bachmann first introduced their 08, and I was able to find photos of the 1997 catalogue showing it listed... so they hit the scene 22 years ago! Funny, I don't remember seeing them until around the early 2000's.
  8. Anyone in the UK show and press loop know if there are any plans to re-release these? Right now they're selling for 100 quid a piece on ebay. Keeping my eye out as I'm in need of one or two more. Seems there's demand but as usual with the UK no supply.
  9. Hi Amanda, Great choice with the pre-nationalisation GWR terminus, you're basically going with hands down the most popular layout theme since... well... since nationalisation actually! So you'll be well catered for. There's LOTS of books, kits, models, etc. all themed around GWR, and specifically terminus layouts. GWR made most stations to a standard design, so a lot of the buildings are available in kits. I'm sure others will be able to recommend some good books to read on the subject. Regarding coal, the terminology in Britain is a coaling stage - GWR did have some larger ones and scalescenes make a kit, although they tended to use smaller stages like this one at their small rural terminus stations. There was no shortage of coal in Wales, as there were a lot of coal mines there, particularly for a type known as steam coal which is what the locomotives used. In terms of choice between 4mm and N, in my opinion the only good reason to choose N scale is if you want to fit a large scene into a small space. It's great for southern region EMUs that can have as many as 16 pickup axles per set. Apart from that, I don't think N scale is worth all the performance issues, and it isn't well suited to running small panniers and prairies. I found shunting in N to be a chore with all the issues the couplers gave. It's also a great time to be getting into 4mm scale, as Peco just recently announced a new EM gauge track product line, which as far as I know is actually the first time anything like that has been offered. If you'd like to go with 00, Peco have also just released their very nice bullhead product which you'll be pleased to know has it's turnout sleeper arrangement based on GWR standards. Personally, I think with 12 feet you have plenty of room to model a GWR terminus in 4mm scale AND have a fiddle yard without having to resort to an L shape.
  10. Yesterday I got a little bit more done on the Sentinel, but while I was waiting for things like filler to dry and paint to strip, I took the opportunity to do some work to the weathered PBA. As I mentioned in an earlier blog entry, I wasn't especially impressed with the factory weathering job, so I took some steps to remediate this. It turned out that it wasn't actually that difficult to improve on, and I'm quite happy with how it's turned out. While I had it out the box I took the usual step of yanking the tension lock couplers, however what was left behind was a rather ugly and very noticeable NEM pocket on the otherwise very nicely rendered Y25 bogies. To remedy this, I chopped off the pocket where it protruded past the end of the bogie, and began to shape what remained so that it would not be visible from the side. Here's a side by side comparison: Once the hole was filled with Tamiya filler and sanded, the bogies and wheels were treated with a coat of Vallejo burnt umber and refitted. Although only visible at extreme angles, it's nice to know that if I take eye-level shots I won't have bulky NEM pockets ruining the illusion. I think the end result is rather good: The weathering was done using reference photos which I used to make comparisons with the factory weathering to see what would need to be altered. The wheel that operates the sliding cover was repainted red, and the brake wheel repainted white. Also the end walkways were much too dark, so these were given a wash of white to suggest a mixture of dirt, clay, and the white paint showing through. I was surprised to find that, despite their clay-only service, these wagons seem to have stayed relatively clay-free during the white livery period, with only a little streaking on the sides, and some small spots here and there such as the ends of the cover. Finally, I added a black splodge to the existing buffer grease spots, as I wasn't a huge fan of the sponge-applied look on the factory job. As for the Sentinel, I've now completed filling and sanding of the valances and buffer beam blanking plates. The paint has been stripped from the body, and the control panel has been painted. I also got some new drill bits and was able to drill out the lifting eyes, a very easy job in the nice soft diecast. I hate taking photos of models at this stage, because the dried alcohol residue and dust from sanding always makes them look terrible. Despite appearances, it should start to look pretty good once the first coat of primer goes on - speaking of which, I need to buy some primer and a pressure regulator for my compressor. I didn't use one in the past as I was using a simple single action siphon feed airbrush (with fair to middling results) however I've since upgraded to a Badger Patriot which is a dual acting gravity feed airbrush, and these I'm told are much more pressure sensitive. I'll also have to learn the black art of thinning, something which wasn't necessary with the siphon feed but apparently essential with gravity feed. The upshot of this, so I'm told, is that you need much less paint, making the whole exercise much more budget friendly. Oh, before I forget, I should mention that while I was removing the paint one of the wiper blades somehow pinged off into oblivion. If anyone has any suggestions for an etched brass replacement, it would be much appreciated!
  11. Very good to know, many thanks. Javis is a name I haven't heard in a while, good to know they're still around.
  12. The chain drive version is a good fit for P403D "Denise", although there were a few minor detail differences. It was fitted with railings instead of side panels, the brake gear was run behind the wheels rather than in front of them, it didn't have the air vents on the roof, and by the time it was in service with ECC it'd lost it's sentinel swords. In vacuum braked form it had a vac tank on the right hand side of the engine, in air braked form the vac tank was removed and it had an air compressor compartment added on the left hand side of the engine. The locomotive was delivered new to British Steel in 1960, who painted it orange, with yellow stepwells, black valances, and wasp striped buffer beams. ECC bought it in 1970, and they retained the British Steel paint scheme, although the shade of orange varied over the years from high-vis to ochre. P401D "Sharon" was an English Electric Vulcan Foundry 0-4-0. To the best of my knowledge, nobody has made a kit of this type yet. As far as I know, ECC only owned one other Sentinel, an 0-6-0 which they operated at one of their stone quarries outside of Cornwall. This was later divested to CAMAS.
  13. Stoker

    And so it begins...

    I would imagine that you could file off the hook, then drill a hole into which you could solder the dingham.
  14. Stoker

    And so it begins...

    I was pleasantly surprised to have received an email yesterday from David at Ultrascale to alert me that they'd had enough interest in one last batch of EM gauge wheelsets for the Hornby Sentinel for them to go ahead with it. While I don't plan to go EM gauge for Rosevear, I decided to pick up two sets anyway since no more will be produced after this, and Peco's announcement of an EM gauge bullhead rail product may well see me do future layouts in this standard (you can never have enough side projects, right?). At any rate, it got me thinking about the pintsized shunter, so today I sat down for a moment to take a little looksee at the Sentinel. Mainly I wanted to see what I'd need to do to bring this thing up to snuff, but also wanted to get the ball rolling on it. Fans of the Manchester Ship Canal may want to look away now! So far it has been disassembled into it's constituent parts, and I've tackled the most obvious jobs, one of which was to get the roof vents filed off. Some Sentinels had these, some did not - my inspiration loco, P403D "Denise", lacked them so that's what I'm going with. I also noticed a mold line along the roof that isn't present on the prototype, so this was also filed away. I'll need to get some paint for the control panel, which should be light grey. The rest of the blue plastic around the control panel can be quite effectively hidden by just painting it black. I'll also have to source an appropriate driver figure - suggestions welcome as I'm a little out of the loop. The glazing has been popped out in preparation to receive Shawplan's excellent laser cut flushglaze kit. I don't think it should be legal to own a Hornby Sentinel without doing the glazing kit, the improvement over Hornby's milkbottle spectacles is enormous. For the panel gap between the valance and chassis, I'd been in two minds as to whether I want to simply fill and sand, or if I'd like to use the RT models etch. While Rob's product is great, the lack of sand box panels on the etch has me leaning toward just using filler. Also being in Canada, it's a decent handful of dollars that I don't have to spend on shipping! Since I have expressly instructed at least 3 people that if I am ever found using tension-lock couplers I am to be humanely put down, the bufferbeam blanking plates have been superglued in place. To do this you have to cut off the little lugs that would normally fit in the NEM pocket, otherwise you'll obstruct the screw hole (and nobody likes an obstructed screw hole ooo er!). The gap around the blanking plate will be filled and the whole shebang sanded flush with the buffer beam. On the subject of couplers, I had been debating whether to go with Dingham or 3 link couplers, and it would appear this locomotive has actually made that choice for me, as I can see no way that Dinghams could be fitted without doing some pretty drastic surgery. That's okay though, as brilliant and unobtrusive as Dinghams are, I think I honestly prefer 3 link anyway. The keen eyed among you may notice that I also had a bash at drilling out the lifting eyes, although it seems my drill bit was a little too dull for this task, so I'll have to get some fresh ones. For just the little bit of work that I've done, there is already a huge improvement, and I'm quite excited to see this thing progress. I think it's going to turn out to be a cracking little loco. As funds permit, one final thing I'd like to do with this model is to install sound, following Paul Chetter's excellent guide in Hornby Magazine. There was a time when I would've written off DCC sound for such a tiny loco, but the sound produced by the little Zimo speaker, even when it's inside the body shell, is quite respectable, and the recording of the Rolls Royce straight six is excellent. See (and hear) for yourself in Paul's video. So the shopping list for this thing as it stands: * Drill bits. * Light grey, black, yellow, and orange paint. * Shawplan glazing kit. * A driver figure. * Railtec Sentinel transfers.
  15. This is looking really good. I like the blending you did on the sand ground cover, really ties in the colour with the ballast. The ballast is a really nice mix too, is that a mix you made yourself or one you bought? Props on the cement wagons too, those are nicely weathered. I'm thinking of doing a similar layout as a way to testbed some embedded track and scenery techniques. I'm leaning toward an esso oil terminal, using the sentinel painted in a faded red.
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