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  1. That's good to know, thanks. Though in my case they will stay on 14mm gauge in order to represent 18" gauge. Wim
  2. Thanks for the information. My instructions are the ones you describe except that the diagrams 1-9 are on an A4 sheet. I didn't realise Roy Link had made it purposely adaptable, I thought it was just pure luck and coincidence that it happened to be suitable. Are the skip wagons adaptable to 1:32 as well? I have some already made up. Wim
  3. That looks like the one, nicely done btw. I have three questions really, though the first is straightforward. 1. It looks from the instructions that the valve gear is modeled in mid gear, i.e. the valve rod doesn't actually move. Is that the case? 2. The instructions are unclear about how the various links are joined together. I assume it is a brass pin loose on one piece and soldered to the other, but can you confirm? 3. Do you remember the order in which you assembled the piston rods and valve gear? I am at the stage of having a chassis that runs freely with the connecting rods fitted so am looking to move on from there. Wim
  4. If so, can I ask if anyone has built a Roy Link Bagnall kit for 7mm narrow gauge? I have some questions regarding valve gear. Though I am modifying the kit a little, stretching the funnel and making new cab sides so that it is to 1:32 scale on 14.2mm gauge track for 18" gauge. Believe it or not the 7mm scale Link kit of a 2' gauge Bagnall is in most dimensions correct for an 18" gauge version to 1:32 scale.
  5. And on the stage coaches the class differences were a seat inside, a seat on the roof or a ride in a carrier's cart. That's why no-one initially thought it shocking that third class passengers were attached to goods trains
  6. When Triang - as it was - first released their Rocket they were constrained a lot by the fact motors smaller than the XT60 didn't exist. Presumably that is no longer a problem but the pic on the Hatton's web site (and on Hornby's) doesn't show any gear wheel on the driving axle. Does that mean its drive is via the trailing wheels? The coaches look especially fine btw
  7. Many third class coaches of the 1840s and 50s were fitted with drains for easier sloshing out though. Given that third class passengers were actually artisans or clerks this does give an idea of the mindset of the powers that be towards the lower orders
  8. So we have Business Class and Executive class in the top train, Premium Economy and Economy in the second one. Plus ca change ......
  9. To say a kit was designed for Romford wheels is to open up a whole can of worms in 3mm scale. Originally Romford followed other manufacturers in offering products for the then new TT scale in the 1950s. Then when TT waned in popularity these wheels disappeared and people used small diameter OO scale wheels, as the TT gauge axles were still available. Later still Romfords disappeared and reappeared as Markits, one of whose products was a 16.5mm diameter wheel produced to 3mm Society specs and sold through the Society (though may also be available through 3SMR). This history means that "Romford wheels" covers a range of variations in number of spokes and crankpin throw. Another issue with white metal kits and crankpin throw however is the basic one of white metal foot plates being vastly overscale in thickness. Even if the crankpin throw on the wheels is correct, the chances are with large wheeled locos - like 4-4-0s - that the coupling rods still foul the thick footplate. A bit of localised thinning is probably required.
  10. If you are thinking of an airport then it might be worth seeing if you can find a copy of Issue 9 of Archive. This issue of the transport history journal appeared in 1996 and contains a piece on the earliest history of Gatwick airport and its "beehive" terminal. The "beehive" was Gatwick's passenger terminal from 1936 to 1958 so fits your period. It's also relatively small - about 12" diameter in 3mm scale (it's a circular building) - and like its successor South and North terminals had a connection with a railway station, albeit that the modern Gatwick Airport station is half a mile or so further North. The Beehive still exists as an office building - not to be confused with the Wetherspoons pub inside the Gatwick terminals that has taken the name - so can be seen in real life, or through the many images posted on the internet. The Archive article has some drawings that could be used to inspire a model.
  11. On the internet there's a company called Glencoe that does a 1:96 Vickers Viscount, which is very 1950-ish.
  12. I would advise utmost scepticism regarding these reports of road steam carriages giving successful service. Firstly on the grounds that putting boiler, firebox and passenger compartment on the same frame proved next to impossible on the railways, even with the advantage of only needing the power to run on smooth rails and gentle gradients. And secondly that the only road steam vehicles we know that were successful were in effect mobile power units (traction engines) or highly specialised work tools (road rollers). There were a small number of successful steam powered passenger vehicles towards the end of the 19th century but, crucially, these appeared after Mr Dunlop had invented the pneumatic tyre. They, and the small number of steam lorries, also benefited from developments in steel making and working that were unavailable in the 1830s which made smaller boilers and geared transmissions possible. We also have the evidence of the Rainhill trials available to us. Rocket and Sans Pareil were the successful designs (Sans Pareil failed on the day but went on to give as many years of profitable service as Rocket did), but Novelty failed to live up to the hype. And it's Novelty that deployed the technology that road vehicles attempted to use.
  13. The December issue of Continental Modeller contains two articles on GMRC layouts. Team Grantham's Swiss-inspired layout from the heats and the Three Miller's Dutch floods layout are both given a decent spread over several pages
  14. Wrong "Surprise Surprise". In fact the producers were horrified to realise the theme could be interpreted as Cilla's TV show and told me at least that they didn't want anything Cilla-inspired
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