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  1. Gilkes & Co. usually refers to Gilkes of Kendal --- surprisingly, still in business, and still making water turbines. This was founded in 1853 by Gilbert Gilkes. The Liskeard and Caradon locomotives were built by Gilkes, Wilson & Co, of Middlesbrough, which was founded by Edgar Gilkes (Gilbert Gilkes' uncle) and Isaac Wilson in 1844.
  2. Yes, it's gold plated. I'd bought a spare tender before the Jubilee. That was gold painted. When I stripped off the gold paint I found the brass was gold plated. Explain that! As you say, they're quite detailed. The handrails are very chunky and rather spoil thinks. Presumably chosen in the interest of robustness.
  3. Interesting you say that, I've found Alan Gibson's 2mm bearings to be quite sloppy. In fact I generally regard AG products as having fairly generous tolerances.
  4. Can anybody point me to a source of good 1/8 brass (or p/b) plain, top-hat bearings? I've bought a few types, but most of them seem to have a rather generous, sloppy hole. What I want is bearings that can be soldered in place then reamed to give a good, close running fit.
  5. I have a long time aim to build a 4mm LMS compound, in memory of my father who travelled behind them a lot pre-war, so I'd be interested in the kit if it ever appeared. I have a 2P 4-4-0, based on the Gibson kit (again, one of Dad's familiars). The hardest part with the 2P is to model the cutout in the boiler lagging for the reversing rod. Most kits pretend it isn't there, but I think it adds to the character. As far as I can see, the cutout wasn't there on the Compound --- Midland or LMS version. I also need a Jubilee, and I have one of the Korean brass ones, purchased on ebay. It's surprisingly crude, but that, as they say, is another story.
  6. Best of luck. I built mine as a 57XX. Fair old bit of scratchbuilding involved, but the Finney kit gets you the basics.
  7. I've always taken an interest in this vehicle, having first read about it through a feature on the MR steam railcars in about 1974. In fact I think it may have been by George Dow, who rescued it from BR service and used it as a holiday home for some time. To be honest, there are probably too many vehicles saved for preservation. That said, I would dearly like for somebody to provide a covered home for M45010M and for a bit of restoration to start.
  8. UNF 6-40 is .136 in diameter and 40 TPI. 4BA is .142 in diameter and 38.5 TPI, so close-ish. The unified thread standard has been around since the end of WW2. At one time, I believe, it was called the ABC (America-Britain-Canada) standard.
  9. Thanks for that. I ditched most of my copies of MRC during various house moves, so I no longer have May 1976. I kept April 1976 though, mainly because of the feature on the Newport MRS "Pontypool Road" layout, which I'd very much admired when I saw it at the Victoria Rooms in Bristol in 1975(?).
  10. Model Railway Constructor had an article explaining the various types, some time in the mid 70s. Unfortunately, I can't find a reference. Not much help, I know.
  11. Very impressive. Doesn't seem to be much of the original kit left there. Still, I'm as guilty as anyone of replacing boilers and fireboxes in MM kits.
  12. Michael, Where do you get your shim steel, and do you run into any problems using steel sheet instead of the more usual N/S?
  13. The coupling rods on my coal tank are a scale 4in deep, which I'm guessing I scaled from a photo. Anyway, less insubstantial than I remembered.
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