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Jol Wilkinson last won the day on July 20 2011

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    Felixstowe, Suffolk (too far from the Premier Line)
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    4mm railway kit and scratch building - which I enjoy for the challenge and satisfaction it provides, as well as the research involved in modelling the LNWR.

    I enjoy blues/rock, good food (but not too much of it) good wine and English beer, as well as maintaining and enjoying our 1973 MGB roadster (weather permitting).

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  1. That's all that is required for most etched frame gearboxes but some people still get it wrong. I think it is a lack of what my old Physics Teacher called "uncommon sense". Too often people don't "think" about what has gone wrong when something doesn't work properly.
  2. I think Mike's concern is more about buying UK produced kits such as the Judith Edge range, rather than UK outline RTR. RTR sell in vastly greater volumes than kits and the overseas demand for kits is, not surprisingly, very small. Hence it is probably not really viable for the kits and bits suppliers to sell into the EU now. Would it be worth any EU based retailer taking on UK kit distribution? Don't forget that the great majority of Small Suppliers are direct sellers and often not big enough to be VAT registered. So a retailer margin and local VAT will have to be added to UK p
  3. Hi Chas, I use cellulose in LNWR colours I had matched from sprayed PPP samples. These came direct from an automotive paint manufacturer back in the days when I worked for Peugeot Motor Company Craftmaster Paints supply railway colours in enamels but also do cellulose automotive paints. They might be worth a call. https://www.craftmasterpaints.co.uk/ Jol
  4. Chas, excellent results but why bother to mask the primer? You have to mask the green anyway before applying black. I know it adds more cost but using an airbrush really helps with a model like this. You can spray the first colour with the minimum of over spray, then mask and apply the second colour. Using cellulose in an airbrush also gives thinner coats and minimises the chance of orange peel. Jol
  5. I use GS Hypo cement, available from Hobbycraft although I got mine from Andrew at Wizard Models. Also great for fixing glazing as it dries clear and any excess can be dissolved and brushed away using lighter fluid, IPA or similar. It can also be removed in the same away when dry.
  6. Ed, the suppliers I am thinking of are the etched kit producers, wheel and fittings manufacturers, etc. Their sales into the EU are likely to be only a few £k per annum at most so the costs and complexity of meeting the requirements you outline will probably deter the majority of them. Jol
  7. One of the team that built the replica Bombe was a railway modeller, the late Mike Gray. He was a lecturer in electrical engineering and also designed the London Road Models RSU.
  8. What effect will that have on sales of kits and bits from non VAT registered UK "small" suppliers who sell direct to the customer, don't have an EU representative (not commercially worthwhile) and don't/can't CE mark their products. Are their products classified as Modeltrains, Toys or Electrical equipment?
  9. Tony, the Watford Tank will be from a GEM kit. Later ones have an etched brass kit. The appearance of the brake shoes might indicate it is one of these. Jol
  10. Stephen, I wish I could share such an optimistic view. Having assisted one of the major suppliers of LNWR (and other pre-group railway companies) 4mm kits including carriages, for over twenty five years and been a member of the LNWR Society (including as a Committee Member) for even longer, I don't beleive that the introduction of these (and Hornby's versions) will do very much at all to actually increase modelling of the pre-group era. It is even possible that the superb finish of these model liveries will put people off trying to build and paint their own models.
  11. I have modelled the LNWR for many years, building my own models from kits and painting/lining them, so I shan't be buying any, Firstly they don't look sufficiently like LNWR in terms of the panelling, underframes, etc. Secondly, the livery, although exceptionally well applied, doesn't match the LNWR coach "plum" as represented by the paints supplied by the model trade, or match the preserved prototype carriages. Hence the Hatton's "generic" LNWR wouldn't match what I already have.
  12. Roy may not have been too enthusiastic about operating Retford, but we should be grateful that he and the Retford Mob created a wonderful legacy of 4mm modelling, which Sandra has thankfully taken on. Even a fairly simple layout like London Road needed a lot of concentration by the operators to run it over a long period. Richard McLachan created a straightforward operating schedule with clearly illustrated moves outlined for each fiddle yard operator and the main control panel operator. The main control panel was made as "intuitive" as possible, with LED indicators for the point se
  13. "Jol Wilkinson suggested once to 'build a kit' (I believe he still does - good on him!). " Tony, thanks , but choosing to model the LNWR in 4mm scale on 18.83mm gauge track doesn't leave me much option. However, I enjoy the challenge and satisfaction that creating my own models provides. Jol
  14. Andy, I believe that modelling railways that pre-date our own memories has long been popular, witness the wide range of 4mm and 7mm kits going back to the pre-grouping period. A look at the show guides for the Scale Societies, whose members are amongst the more committed model builders, would show a large proportion of layouts that predate many modellers earliest memories. In more recent years there has been considerable improvement in the quality and detail of RTR models and a comparable increase in many modellers unwillingness/inability to assemble and finish kits,
  15. Iain, The LNWR had two sorts of water columns but most tanks were large rivetted rectangular iron assemblies on brick bases that often incorporated coaling facilities or pumps. However a search shows up several conical water tanks - called parachute tanks - including at Rugby and Aston. These are on the excellent Warwickshire Railways site and show mainly LNWR locos in LMS condition. There is a further photo of the Coventry loop line that shows a "LNWR parachute water tank" at Three Spires in BR diesel days. That one has more detail of the top of the tank and the operating levers,
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