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  1. Great service once again. Having been eagerly anticipating the re-release of the crab and lamprey kits, I duly ordered on Wednesday evening and received my kits this morning. Brilliant, especially under current conditions. Really looking forward to starting the build; the last couple of crabs and lampreys I built were some of the best wagon kits I have encountered - beautifully produced and an easy build. Thanks again. Best wishes, Paul
  2. Wow! Just seen your other thread on motorising 1/76th vehicles - that would be amazing; will look forward to seeing it. Best wishes, Paul
  3. Mark, thank you for posting this image. It answers a question I had about what happened to the wing mirrors during rail journeys: it shows them clearly, folded back against the cab sides to stay within the loading gauge. That makes life easier from a modelling perspective: previously I had thought they were removed entirely. It is fair to say that the mirrors in the S and M kit are one of the weaker areas of the model, mounted on overly thick arms (for strength on what is, to be fair, a fragile part). I can now dispense with the moulded arms and stick the mirrors to the hull sides, with s
  4. Must admit I have yet to find a picture of one equipped with the Hiab in the kit: most of the ones I have seen feature the crane in a stowed position, which is the look I would like to capture. Don't know whether it is the same crane, just folded up, or a different piece of kit entirely. Should think the kit part is a good starting point (and you get one in both versions of the kit in any case, which is handy in the event of accidents or incompetence (on my part!) I am certainly enjoying looking at pictures of the real thing and then playing 'spot the difference' with the kit (and then deci
  5. Dunno if it helps but the S&M stalwart comes out very nicely. Certainly not a shake the box kit and requires some proper modelling. It will also stand a little bit of additional detailing, too. Here is the first of my two Mk IIs. The only tricky bit I found was the transparent cab: I 'painted' the outside of the windows with maskol first to give me a decent, visible outline to work to and then painted the three separate side panels on the inside, freehand, whilst still flat. Also, build the panels up around the roof panel: don't try to build them around the floor - it is too wide: the
  6. Really enjoying my copy too, thank you. I have learnt lots of interesting stuff about some of my favourite wagons and why they were built the way they were. For example, why lampreys and crabs had shrouds over their buffers - to protect them from being damaged whenever the drop down ends were lowered. Obvious once somebody tells you, I guess, but until now, I had no idea. A really well thought out volume with loads of inspiration: who knows, maybe enough to get me to break into my kit stash over the Christmas period and actually build something? Good job! Best wis
  7. Well done! I thought this was a particularly good edition. I especially enjoyed the features on peaks on Severn Tunnel to Eastleigh Speedlink services, the 'BOC trains; feature and Martin Axford's reminiscences of his spotting days; you can never have too many Cromptons in an issue! On a personal note I was particularly pleased to see the photograph of my late Grandfather's house beside the line, just shy of Skew Bridge, probably one of the most photographed houses in Salisbury, albeit only accidentally! (the picture of 50043 heading west out of Salisbury on p.58 - Martin only mentions the
  8. Zunnan, thank you very much. That puts my mind at rest somewhat. I did wonder whether it might be something like that: the perils of being able to put the railway up for a running session only rarely at the moment, I guess. Such a lovely model but a whole different level of complexity when compared to the last 117 I bought, back in the day! Thanks again. Best wishes, Paul
  9. Evening everyone, this may be (probably) a daft question, but I wonder if I may have a problem with my nice new 117? I have just unpacked the unit to check it out on my rolling road and, whilst the DMBS runs very sweetly indeed and lights up as expected, the DMS is as dead as the proverbial door nail: no lights, no movement; not even the hum of a stuck motor. Am I missing something obvious? Does the DMS need to be connected to the other vehicles electrically in order for it to run? Or do I have a Friday afternoon example? Very grateful in advance for any advice, please. Many
  10. Liking the dance hall riding van and the Salmon too! Often wondered what these things look like after you take them out of polythene bag and actually do something with them ... think I may need to try harder! Thanks for posting. Best wishes, Paul
  11. Well done indeed. Your sturgeon looks top drawer! Love the whole ambiance of your layout - quietly understated with workaday locos going about their business. Best wishes, Paul
  12. Thanks Peter and Griff - clearly they moved around a bit! (Though almost never when I was on site!) Sorry for hijacking your splendid thread. :-) I'll let you get back to North Wales... All the best, Paul
  13. By the time of my sighting, Bristol-Pompeys were solid Crompton, unless, as you say, there was a shortfall or the loco sat down somewhere west, so the one I saw was certainly not normal fare and certainly a replacement. Pairs of 37s also turned up at Salisbury on Yeoman PGAs for a while during that period (early 80s) so again, as you say, they were by no means unknown in the area, if not common at that stage. Cheers, Paul
  14. Evening all, sorry I'm late to this discussion but on one occasion I certainly witnessed a blue 37 on a Bristol-Portsmouth service at Salisbury. Sadly I cannot recall either the loco's identity or the date (my notes are long gone), but it was a Saturday evening (there was a departure at about 1820, i recall) in early summer, almost certainly 1983. All a bit vague, I know, but it stuck in my memory because it was unusual. Certainly the loco continued on past Salisbury, presumably returning west later in the evening. I would love to know if anybody knows more. Happy days.
  15. Peter, I think the one in your picture is probably 'the other one' - the London end one was usually pointed East and 'the other one' pointed west, presumably for ease of access when required, without the need to take them round the Laverstock loop for turning. Depending upon when you picture was taken, I wonder if it migrated to Fisherton East Yard when work on the sprinter depot in the former GWR station and coal yard started. Pure speculation on my part of course. :-) Best wishes, Paul
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