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Jol Wilkinson

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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. Many of the UK small suppliers of kits and bits aren't VAT registered. Selling into the EU now attracts a considerable charge to the overseas buyer. I know of one kit manufacturer who already has had some orders cancelled from the EU as the buyer will incur about an extra30% "import and carrier charges". One customer has said he will will resubmit a £200 order when he can next visit his daughter in London and arrange collection. We may have to wait years before we see any really positive benefit from Brexit.
  2. I don't think that plastic loco kits would/have sold in anything like the same volume as aircraft or military models. With aircraft, unless a modeller builds an airfield diorama, then the hobby is solely about buying and building kits. A railway modeller will spread his budget around a wide range of items and plastic loco kits will be only a small part of that. Most modellers probably won't be interested anyway. The acid test will be whether Peco reintroduce the Ratio MR locos. They haven't done so yet, possibly because the tender tooling may be damaged. as suggested elsewhere. I
  3. Do people model the interior of tenders in detail? Probably not often with the later large, high sided types but with the smaller more open per-group ones it is often worth adding the detail. This photo shows a LNWR 1800 gallon tender from a LRM (ex George Norton) kit. The riveting around the coal space and the tunnels for the brake and water scoop operating rods are quite prominent. Without a front plate the level coal level would be low towards the foot plate and so this detail would be visible.
  4. Hello Philip, I believe he has been getting the castings for the underframe sorted out so they may now be available. Best to ask him directly at; [email protected] Jol
  5. My comment was simply based upon the fact that this thread appears within the "Pre-Grouping - Modelling & Prototype" section of RMweb, but on the occasions recently when I have dipped into it, as a pre-group modeller, I saw nothing which reflected that heading. I thought that, as such a wide ranging discussion, but apparently not pre-group or prototype as far as I could see, it might be better placed in Wheeltappers where it might attract more followers. However, as I have apparently upset your sensibilities, I shall withdraw totally and leave you to discuss ducks and whatever
  6. Stephen, I would suggest that Bill Bedford/Mousa Models is the man to talk to. Bill 3D prints his kits so small production runs are possible. LRM kits are mainly etched (from other absorbed ranges), white metal/etched or resin/etched. The LNWR D14 is an example of the former while resin has been used on the D12. These are for LRM designed kits, so resin would probably be the way forward as simple wagons can be produced from simple plasticard patterns. How well that would work from a 5 plank wagon I don't know though. D14 kit and assembled wagon.
  7. I's been in New Products for a while although John at LRM hasn't been able to add any new sections to the product pages, but that is being resolved at present. Wordpress deleted some "Themes" that included the one the LRM site used. The site is hosted by the S4 Society, as service they have offered to members so the new S4 Webmaster is assisting with sorting it out. I know about one new LNWR wagon kit as I have partly been involved in designing that. There is a tank wagon simmering away (I don't have any other details) but I don't know what else.
  8. Yes designer of the kit is a RMweb member; https://www.rmweb.co.uk/community/index.php?/topic/93799-lnwr-crane-tank-and-shunting-engine-kit/ The topic covers both the LNWR 0-4-0T and the 0-4-2T Crane Tank. The former kit is in production but not yet the Crane Tank. There have been some issues with the kit producer's website so the new kit hasn't yet appeared on it but should do so soon.
  9. As this thread is actually about pre-group modelling, here is a rather poor photo of the slightly scruffy test etch build from a new LNWR loco kit (which hasn't yet been widely promoted).
  10. I dip into this topic from time to time and would now be grateful if someone can tell me what it has to with pre-group modelling. Shouldn't it be in the Wheeltappers section?
  11. I will build my London Road Models kit of the LNWR 2-2-2-0 Teutonic with drive to the rear axle only and "load" the front of the tender onto the loco draw beam. With my fairly light and free running stock, it shouldn't have a problem. It might be possible in EM and P4 to use a narrow gearbox and use a chain drive between the axles. A better answer would be to put the motor in the tender and drive both loco axles through a shaft. One OO modeller has built a Teutonic with small open frame motors on each axle, I think he used Hanazano 17mm long motors, which are still available from supplier
  12. I only use the LRM jigs. Fortunately most of the kits I build have frames and spacers that are designed to be set up squarely with little difficulty (L and U shaped spacers, set into half etched grooves and/or tab and slot). I build compensated locos for 18.83 gauge so always check that the fixed axle is square to the frames in all planes, using a long piece of 1/8" steel rod before finally soldering the spacers in place. I then use the LRM axle jigs with aluminium hair grips to hold the hornguides and bearings in place. With a six coupled loco I do the fixed and first compensated axles as a p
  13. A number of suggestions have been made about "cut and shut" with these coaches to get a closer representation of a particular prototype. If, as many people have told me over the years that creating pre-group livery is beyond them, the chopping up these coaches will then require repainting them, or at least restoring them "Repair Shop" fashion, which would seem to defeat the object of buying ready finished pre-group livery coaches. Wouldn't "period illiterate" be more appropriate?
  14. But rubbish stuff in the thinner sheets, compared to the birch plywood available from the more specialist suppliers. I built the baseboards for an exhibition exhibition layout in 4mm and 6mm birch ply which proved to be very stable. The design was effectively based on Barry Normans techniques he used for his layout Petherick and described in his book Landscape Modelling. The tops are 6mm ply, the girders and cross beams are 4mm ply, the end plates 18mm laminated from three pieces of 6mm (to take the alignment dowels and coach bolts. The outside faces of the long girders extend ab
  15. I use Ipswich Plastics, a local company who supply kitchen and bathroom installers, etc. I They sell birch ply in various thicknesses and provide a cutting service (priced per cut). I was therefore able to give them "cutting" drawings and got a series of pieces to make baseboard "kits". I can't recall the prices but I though them quite reasonable and considerably less than buying a laser cut baseboards.
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