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  1. I'm away from my books at the moment but my memory suggests this photo might be in David Jenkinson's book 'The Big Four in Colour'.
  2. Many thanks for your thoughts and reassurance on the safety valve covers Miss Prism. It's the 'G W R' liveried 5150 I'm focused on, and I understood she was outshopped with a tall safety valve cover. But as you say, EPs don't always have the correct combination of details. However, given it's presumably a decoration sample, I hope they've noted the incorrect positioning of the route disc (should be above the number plate not on the side shutters on 5150 in 'G W R' livery).
  3. I think you might be on to something there Miss Prism - something indeed does not look right. What do you make of the safety valve covers - they in particular don't look quite right to me, maybe a lack of curvature on the sides? They've got the route disc in the wrong place on 5150 and I believe it should have a tall safety valve cover - at least I understand she was built with one. I really want Dapol to get this right as I need a large prairie with the livery and detail combination 5150 should have! The improvements suggested over the Mogul are at least en
  4. I didn't realise that - I thought all or most of the batch of 1947-built Modified Halls came out lined and with Hawksworth tenders but I'm away from my books so can't check.
  5. Looking good! I also need some PO lettering of this sort - I did email one transfer company with an enquiry but got no response; please let us know if you have any luck!
  6. Yes Mark (altho pls see provisos below), the Ratio kit covers the following diagrams: LMS D1891/1897/1978/2039 (that's according to the instructions and this useful blog post on LMS vans, albeit from a BR perspective: https://windcutter.wordpress.com/2012/04/22/the-lms-van/ ) All of these diagrams came in both unfitted and fitted varieties - for the fitted versions, you need to use the LMS bits in the Parkside PA16 underframe kit (which also includes BR bits). According to the aforementioned blog and a post by Castle on his RMWeb 'Little Didcot' thread, this underframe fits pretty
  7. Could it be the Ratio kit body on a Parkside chassis? Looks cracking. Do you happen to know where you got the 10' wheel base branding from? I've been struggling to find a source...
  8. Fair enough Robin. I think the post I was recalling is in the following thread and it's not quite as definitive as I was suggesting - Coachman says that the Precision version is 'fine' as LMS bauxite was darker than people sometimes expect: Anyway, as the learned Captain suggests, I'm sure these things varied so don't mind my ramblings.
  9. Very nice Robin. I'm sure there's a post somewhere on RMweb - I think from the esteemed Coachman - suggesting that Presision LMS bauxite is the way to go as it's distinctly brown as LMS bauxite apparently was in real life. After reading that post, that's the route I've gone down and it matches the LMS bauxite Bachmann have applied to their recent LMS bauxite 1 and 3 plank wagons. Not wishing to upset any apple carts, and as I'm sure you already know, the diagonal bracing on these vans was a BR modification. The Ratio kit seems to be the best option for getting these vans in LMS c
  10. I'm a long time lurker and admirer of this thread - the scale and precision of this project is breathtaking! Could I ask what the origin is of the rather charming station building you have at St Enodoc station?
  11. Huge thanks Darryl and Aire Head, I had ruled out D1666 as the HMRS had labelled these as 10T wagons when D1666 were 12T (uprated to 13T in the war) but I guess the HMRS labelling is wrong in these instances. Many thanks for clearing that up for me! I guess the same has happened with these two shots and that rather than another mystery 10T wagon, we're actually looking at D1667 12T wagons? https://hmrs.org.uk/photographs/10t-5-plank-lms-10t-6-plank-sr-23424-in-front-of-crewe-works-clock.html https://hmrs.org.uk/photographs/10t-5-plank-lms-322789-ex-works-hur
  12. I've been doing some research on LMS open wagons with a view to increasing the number represented on my 1947-set GWR layout. In the process, I've come across a couple of shots on the HMRS website of LMS 10T 5 plankers but I can't find any more details about them online or in my limited LMS wagon library. To my inexpert eye, they look like they might be RCH 1923 standard 16' 6'' 10T 5 plank wagons but that's only a pretty uninformed guess. They certainly look different to ex-MR 10T 5 planks I've seen in photos. If anyone has any knowledge of these wagons, I'd be very interested to k
  13. If you don't have any luck Robin, you might want to consider getting hold of the LMS and/or NE versions (on sale at Hattons at the mo) - as far as I understand it, the Warwells weren't restricted just to the operating area of the company they were officially loaned to...
  14. I also looked into this and didn't find any photos with the mods that predated '48 so I concluded that they were the work of BR(WR) rather than the GWR. Plus there are a good few shots of WDs without these mods on the GWR in 1947, so that's the option I went for on my '47 condition WD.
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