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  1. I'm afraid it's all been taken care of now. I should have updated the thread a while back but I forgot about it. Sorry about that. all the best Rodger
  2. Thanks to everyone who has been kind enough to express their sympathy. I have submitted a list to Rails of Sheffield and am waiting for them to get back to me. If I have to send anything abroad, I would prefer to dispose of everything in one go if I can. Sending the whole lot in bulk via a shipping company is much cheaper and more reliable than the Post Office, and of course less troublesome than multiple small packages. If the Rails offer doesn't cover the cost of postage, then I will have to reconsider what to do next. I will update the post when I hear from them. Rodger I should add that the layout is steam era set in 1948
  3. If anyone who lives in Thailand would like to pick up some 00 gauge RTR and kitbuilt stock (185 locos, 135 coaches, 400+ wagons, a few unbuilt kits), as well as all that goes into building a layout and the tools/items needed for kitbuilding/detailing of loco/coach/wagons, please contact me. Age has caught up with me and its time to go home. I would rather give the stuff away to someone who wants it than dump it. A list of rolling stock is available if needed, but not for all the scenics / spares/ tools / paints / transfers etc.
  4. Not sure how far you want to go (or spend), but here are some suggestions. The Comet Royal Scot detailing etch is worth considering. It is for a rebuilt Scot, but the cabs were not rebuilt so can also be used for parallel boiler scots. Some of the other details are useful, especially the front frame extensions and guard irons. See https://www.wizardmodels.ltd/shop/locomotive/lms-rebuilt-royal-scot-detailing-fret-ls75/ Alan Gibson provide the correct Fowler backhead, dome and chimney as well as the unusual cylinder draincocks used on Scots and Patriots The Comet cab makes up very easily, but the backhead and roof are not included, so you would need to reuse the Mainline ones or scratchbuild. They also do a similar 8F detailing etch which gives you a Stanier cab useful for other Mainline/Airfix LMS loco detailing projects. SEFinecast might sell you a cab roof and backhead as one off items out of their Scot kit (they also do the correct Fowler whistle) Rodger
  5. Hi Tony Slight correction to the name in the email address and link you gave - its 'Reticule' rather than "Reticulate" Rodger
  6. Regarding kit instructions, this is perhaps an area where RMWeb could provide a service similar to Wikipedia, with a 'kit instructions' section for members to edit/comment. The kit manufacturers would need to give permission for their original instructions to be posted, then as members' comments are made/edits suggested, these could be captured as edits to the post of the original instructions in a different font/text colour, referencing the post number below. Things like a parts list, exploded diagrams, prototype notes etc could be added if they were missing from the original. Perhaps in the future, instructions for new kits could be "crowd-sourced" is this way, with the test build being posted and then the rest of us helping to develop the instructions as we do our own builds.
  7. Hello Tony. Bertha certainly is looking the business. It clearly is a kit for experienced builders only, but sadly no longer available. I'm glad I decided not to have a go at it after all. all the best Rodger
  8. Its a good design and easy to set up, like all Lanarkshire products. The only problem I had was that the track cleaning cloths catch on the unengaged point blade when going into pointwork, causing a derailment. You need to change the cloth fequently, as when it becomes slack or frayed, it can also catch on gaps at rail joins, especially insulated rail joins, which can easily be slightly uneven. Not sure if others have had these issues and could all be down to my own poor modelling skills. RD
  9. After 1927, the positioning of L-M-S on the tender varied, mainly to avoid them being placed over rivets, which lead to early fraying. On rivetted Fowler tenders, it was impossible to avoid rivet lines and maintain the general rule of M over the centre axle and L/S spaced equally on either side, so the M was offset from the centre, and L/S spaced accordingly, but also avoiding rivets. There is a good picture of the variations in Essery and Jenkins LMS Locomotives volume 1 on p196, and a photo of 2979 and tender on p161. Before 1927, lettering was generally placed to achieve overall horizontal and vertical proportionality, which meant that the rivet lines were ignored.
  10. This may also be of interest http://www.genesiskits.co.uk/photo-gallery/
  11. Between 1958 and 1960, 42 Fowler tenders were transferred from Jubilees to 8Fs and 4 from unrebuilt Patriots. The transfers were a mix of rivetted /flush welded, beaded/unbeaded types, so photos would be needed for strict accuracy. During this period, some 8Fs also got high sided Fowler tenders, Stanier 3500 gallon tenders and and even some rebuilt Johnson/Deeley tenders. Most carried these exchanged tenders to withdrawal. Perhaps Hornby are signalling a move of the 8F to the RailRoad range by putting a RailRoad tender behind it (and perhaps complete new tooling is in the offing?) The re-issue of the Royal Scots might suggest that the design problem with the motor retaining bracket has been addresssed. if it hasn't, Peter's Spares might find 2017 brings a pickup in sales for their brass replacement bracket.
  12. Up to now, the only Fowler tender Hornby offers is the old tender drive version with the mechanism removed. The picture of the 2017 8F doesn't suggest that a new tooled Fowler tender is being offered. But the price for an 8F with the newer Stanier tender is the same as one with the old Fowler tender. @railroadbill I've spotted: R4794 and R4795 the ex LSWR 48' coaches in SR green. Whoo hoo! Grange with smaller tender 8Fs, one with Fowler tender (as there were 663 8Fs running in mid 1950s, that definitely plugs a gap)
  13. Reissue of 3 models of the rebuilt Royal Scots (2 in LMS livery) - does this mean they have addressed the issue of the disintegrating motor retainer or is it still caveat emptor? Plus an 8F with what looks like the old tender drive Fowler tender used in the Railroad range - perhaps the 8F is now officially downgraded to Railroad, or is there a new policy of mix n match the ranges? A new series called "the last day" with a loco from each of the big 4.
  14. Depending on your requirement for prototype accuracy, I would recommend also checking carefully before you buy RTR goods stock, especially all Dapol wagons, many Hornby wagons and some Bachmann wagons. Many of these models are old, generic stock, and don't represent anything in particular - they are issued and re-issued with LMS, SR, LNER and GWR branding, with fictional running numbers, on a rotating basis. Even the relatively modern Dapol milk wagons don't represent anything that existed in the real world. Money spent now on these kinds of stock might be regretted later. Having said that, both Hornby and Bachmann have produced some excellent models of goods stock too. A search of RMWeb will generally find a discussion on the good, the bad and the 'moddable'. (Type rmweb: (search term) into Google and you will get only results from RMWeb) As mentioned above, wagon kits are generally easy to build and mostly very accurate. However they do need extra weight added which can be a problem with open wagons, but using brass W-irons and whitemetal axelboxes (from MJT) helps, as does hiding weight under a tarpaulin (from Smiths or Wagonsheets http://www.wagonsheets.co.uk/Price%20List.htm)or in a load. Another maker of excellent kits is Slimlines http://www.slimrails.co.uk/index00gauge.html Buying second hand is an inexpensive way to build up stock in the early stages. You can sometimes get good bargains from Hattons and Rails, but their second hand locos tend to be very over priced (sometimes more expensive than the same item they are selling new). Second hand is also a good way to get a donor(s) for a rebuilding project. If you can find them (only available second hand), the "Right Track" series of how-to videos will also be an excellent investment. They cover all aspects of the hobby, but are especially good on building, painting and weathering stock.
  15. I think that is one of the 1948 experimental dark blue variants. Some had the cylinder cloth painted blue and lined out as well. The final version of BR blue applied from mid-1949 was like this: http://www.southernsteamtrains.com/duchess.htm @Brocp: true that 6254 was lined out on one side only, as was the livery experiment on Jubilee 5594. Perhaps there were really 6 liveries being tested, inlcuding lined and unlined for both crimson and slate grey.
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