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  1. It's the D & S GE Lowmac, LNER and BR Mac K which was the basis of the Lowmac EK in later years. It seems to have been a popular subject as I think the Airfix Lowmac is quite close to it as well. That's one route I shall be investigating for the missing bits.
  2. You will tell me when you're bored with seeing this, won't you? This is teaked directly onto the primer, to try to achieve a newer, brighter finish. The lining still needs tidying up and I think I've missed a horizontal. We're still working on lettering so there's no great rush. Now, with four locos stalled awaiting test running and no wagons to hand that I fancied fiddling with, I turned to a new project this evening. Some time ago (just over a year, actually) on Scott's My/our coach, carriage & wagon scratch building thread, I became aware of Gazman424 who was making some really nice carriages using laser cut card. We had a discussion about materials and techniques and in the end he kindly offered to cut me a set of sides for a D265 TL. For those not familiar with them, they're a 54' steel carriage with a lav at one end and an internal corridor so all compartments can access it. They were common across the GE Area and I have photos of a couple at Framlingham, so it was a vehicle I wanted for Wickham Market. This: Why they were built to 54' I don't know, but they're a characteristic vehicle and just a little different. Things went quiet for a while, and Gaz then contacted me again a few weeks ago to say he'd cut the parts out and they'd be with me soon. Sure enough a parcel arrived, but it didn't contain sides.... This is almost entirely card - there are wooden blocks for the bogies to screw into and the underframe components (which I thought were butchered Hornby) are 3D printed by the man himself. It's entirely home made, in other words. This is how it breaks down for painting: For comparison, this is it against a Bill Bedford etched side which I'd laid in in anticipation of building one of these in the future: The end, full width, compartment windows are slightly narrower - I'm guessing that's to keep it within the correct overall length while accommodating the thickness of the ends. MJT roof, buffers and handles to complete once painted. The card has just been primed and I'm told I can finish it with rattle cans, so we'll see how that goes. There's some slight warping of the internal partitions and one of the trusses and I also cleaned up inside the window reveals where the surface was a bit hairy, but overall I'm far more impressed than I expected to be. We'll see how this develops.
  3. Which vehicle are you asking about, Ian?
  4. I can try... It's an early diagram (turnbuckle trussing) 4 compartment brake third, three of the four compartment doors are sealed (no hinges or stepboards) as are the nearer set of guards doors. All the windows are painted over/boarded up. It only has a single destination board holder which is less usual. I'd hazard that it's in what's left of a teak finish, which is probably more unpainted wood now, and it's been either patch painted or repaired using painted panels from other vehicles. It would be interesting to know what the lettering on the guards compartment says. Was it used for something like film projection, hence the need for darkness inside?
  5. Gilbert, I meant to say earlier, the BT(4) in the Engineers yard in the photo upthread looks fabulous. You should try to reproduce that.
  6. It's not entirely flat, no, though it is now within the compass of the MJT rocking unit. Hot water may well be applied before it's painted.
  7. Well, thank you to everyone who's commented so far. I found the idea of the train being in a bay hard to rationalise, but I couldn't work out the layout in my head and we didn't have a track plan to hand during the call. John Smart was one of the party and he's usually my go-to man for stock identification - I know nothing about the Scottish Area of the LNER. He said he didn't think it was NB, but clearly the evidence is to the contrary. Other than determining that it wasn't a headboard we didn't reach a conclusion as to what that is on the middle lamp iron. A reporting number would make sense. We thought the wagons were on the Midland side because of the Birch Coppice wagons which we guessed would be working home via Oakham.
  8. More likely to be a Toad B, but it does look short. It might be the angle it's presenting to the camera.
  9. Gilbert, while you think of a new poll, perhaps I can offer this as a distraction? A few of us were discussing this picture online last night. I'm afraid I don't know the photographer and certainly don't have copyright, so not to be further reproduced, please. Posted here for research purposes only. Where to begin? The A4 is on a train in a bay platform(?) facing north. Is the stock Maunsell? What was the capacity of that bay? The stock looks empty to us - but why would a train using Southern stock be heading that way? They don't seem in any hurry to be going anywhere, are they awaiting passengers? Date we reckon is certainly post 1936 (small lettering on wagons in the background, 4900 not released to traffic until May 1938) and most likely approaching the War although we couldn't see any blackout precautions anywhere. The two light engines are on the Up Main, but both lamped for EP - are they waiting to take over another service, or to run to New England - they both look well coaled. Note also the LMS opens loaded with aggregate of some sort in the foreground - you'd be told off if you did that on a model. Ex-LNWR BG in the background - might that be awaiting repair? I'm sure you told me those sheds were used for repair after the MPD moved to New England. Any and all observations are welcome.
  10. You didn't need to take the sun with you. Hay is still on the ground awaiting any sort of decent weather to dry it out. Update from last weekend - I took to the J6 and added most of what I could without making it too delicate to hack about should any problems show up in testing, although it's fine on the rolling road. The next job will be to add pickups to the tender. Banana van has had primer and this very evening received its first coat of teak. I've lettered a couple more containers. i can only do one an evening before going crosseyed, but it's progress. They've all had the chain eyes added and you might also spot the rest of the Conflats Mr. King cast for me. I had added the undergubbins to these two - that was my demo at Warley two years ago - and the unpainted one then developed a nasty twist. I'm pleased to say it has undeveloped it and can now be painted and lettered along with the other one and in due course the rest. D1830 van has been painted and lettered - just need the roof gunging now. I took my new soldering gear to a D & S Lowmac this week. This was one of a pair bought on Ebay some time ago for not very much. They had been built but not painted and a couple of the castings have gone astray. Now I don't generally criticise other people's building, we don't all work the same way and to the same level and there are some things people just can't do. This, however, was appalling. The components didn't fit together because the etching tabs hadn't been filed off, the solder had either been used without flux or with an iron which wasn't hot enough (or both) and then to make sure it all stayed together some sort of glue had been applied to the underside with a fire hose. I've got one complete one so far and I'll see about replacing the missing castings for the other in due course. I had started with by far the worse of the two, but here's the one I haven't yet touched to give you an idea.
  11. For anyone who hasn't seen the film Tom has linked above, right at the end there's a Thompson pacific in LNER postwar green with a Coronation twin still in the two tome blue livery immediately behind it. Priceless.
  12. I have always used the waisted variety since being recommended them as they will fit anything.
  13. A number of years ago I was taking an early morning flight from Luton. As i walked through the metal detector, it sounded. A very angry looking member of the security staff came over waving a hand held detector and motioned me to one side. "it'll be my glasses case". I said, producing said (chrome) case from my pocket. She snatched it from me, opened it, then leaned forward and asked suspiciously "Where are your glasses, then?". I leaned forward to match her and said quietly, "I'm wearing them". She couldn't get me through the Security zone fast enough. They are everywhere.
  14. Not a photograph - just a really good railway employee story.
  15. The C1 is at Shildon, I believe and Henry Oakley was at Bressingham the last time I saw it. Lovely loco, Ken. I do like a C1.
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