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  1. I have a dozen of these wagons (all batches) and just took the first six out of their boxes (they are the same wagons seen in earlier posts). They all have various degrees of cracking in the roof paint work. The roofs come off easily so should be possible to clean up, repaint and resolve. Though some do look naturally weathered...
  2. Maybe me, but that electricity pylon nearest the camera looks like it is falling or tilted forwards in this photo!
  3. Rule 1: follow exactly the order they say making sure each coach is positioned the right way around Rule 2: I found squeezing the forks with a pair a pliers helps but its still a ruddy fight Rule 3: make sure the little copper/brass contacts in the NEM pockets are not touching (see my post above yours), unlike the CEP and EPB, these move around a lot, especially just after finally getting the dam thing in Rule 4: When you reach the point of wanting to throw the thing across the room, call it a night, text to your girlfriend you are feeling nervous right now, she'll send you a photo of her feet relaxing in a hammock and you'll feel better....
  4. Another few photos. This time with a Bluebell preserved ex LSWR B4. I'm actually having more fun with this relatively cheap wagon than I am with the BEP. Well done Kernow.
  5. Here is my road van S54663 in BR grey. This particular van is preserved on the Bluebell railway. Thus we have 2 sets of photos below. One set with a Kernow BR Beattie Well tank and 3 china clay wagons (Bachmann exclusive for Kernow). And another set with a BR P class that is preserved on the Bluebell as well.
  6. Well after 3 days (evenings) of messing around, I finally got the BEP togethor. But no thanks to these couplings which are not as well made as those on the CEP (same model of coupling but deforms far more easily). One coupling had the cheek to stick its finger up at me! So here some photos the BEP itself: And here we have the entire boat train (not actually running as 2 units are DCC sound fitted and the other 2 are plain DC but will be converted at some point when I summon the nerves to open them). Basically MLV, 4-CEP, 4-BEP, 4-CEP : (this last one refuses to sit up the right way here, despite being correct on PC and phone).
  7. My sound fitted one arrived the day after I left to go on a family (wife+kids) holiday for 3 weeks! (typical sod's law). Suffice to say i had an e-mail from UPS telling me it was comng and arranged for the in-laws to be there to collect it (would have asked my mistress but.... oops what am I saying?) . When I got back, and after sorting out all the holiday things (laundry etc..), I managed to find a little time to test it. Sounds worked fine, running forwards fine, but no running backwards (only sounds). Forntunately the chip is easy to reach behind the smokebox door. Tried the chip in another D class (I have 3 rails versions) and same result. Contacted DCC supplies (service agent in the booklet) and had the chip sent to them (no point risking the entire loco which was fine). Very fast turn around, they found the same issue and sent a new sound chip. Fitted it into the loco and it now works fine.
  8. The surprising thing of all, the 3 vehicles it shares with the 4-CEP are exactly the same as the 4-CEP. I was hoping with the re-tool that they would at least use the 4-TC connectors. Helas no. It is exactly the same god awful system as the 4-CEP. I have received mine but have not yet got the entire unit together to take photos despite spending 30 minutes trying to assemble it. Mine cost £370 (VAT removed as going to France) and then 6 euros VAT when it arrived here plus 2 Euros admin charge!!
  9. I had a bit of a grey day. The D class with other grey SECR locos and rolling stock.
  10. Its probably sprung steel (rusts slower). I doubt they go for stainless steel or tungsten weights. Does it have light rust?
  11. Lima basically used steel bar cut to length as the weight. My guess is mild steel bar. It will file but not as quickly as aluminium, mazac etc. I doubt they would have used something harder like sprung steel (a cow to file) unless they liked changing saw blades regulary.
  12. I've had 4 arrived to me in France (see my post above yours), none had VAT added at the source. One via the NRM, sound fitted which came by UPS. This one got the VAT + admin added on my side. The other 3 via Royal mail as 2 seperate parcels. None of of those got charged VAT nor admin charges on my side.
  13. And here are all my Ds togethor: An SECR Wainwright D with other Wainwright locos.... And finally a BR D with other ex SECR BR locos:
  14. At the end of the day, prices have shot up due to wage increases in China. But the processes that produce these models have little changed. My Bachmann SECR C class from the first run cost me less than £70, the latest run isn't far short of this D class and the quality between the 2 is marginal though somewhat in the D class favour. Had I built it myself, it would have been a huge challenge to match this quality. And I certainly would not have built 4 of them that I brought! They all arrived with at least one buffer off, not really a niggle and easily refitted.
  15. Technically called a "data migraine-tion".
  16. I think the crux is, Rails "probably" don't want to commit to injection moulded tooling and the vast production run required to recover the cost if they want to keep the end price viable. But such vans as this mink and some of the midland types that appeared everywhere (which was quoted on the SECR van thread) - would indeed - to my mind be perfectly viable as a mass produced RTR model by one of the mainstream RTR players (Hornby, Bachmann, Rapido, Accurascale etc...). Given Rapido already doing SECR types (even if late ones which reached BR), I suspect that they are heading that way anyway. And it is just a question of time as the number of pre-grouping locos increase (a sharp rise in recent years) causing a demand for correct rolling stock (not later types painted in pre-grouping colours) to run with them. Maybe the Rails Mink is merely a stop gap until an injection moulded one appears. The 1424 type, though common on the SECR itself were less so elsewhere and after grouping.
  17. We could quote that for almost every RTR model ever produced ;-)
  18. No. It seems that only Wainwright SECR and Maunsell SR green are out at this time. I'm waiting for the Grey and BR early crest and I hope they arrive just before I go away.... or can be held until I'm back.
  19. Rails Dapol Wainwright D class with Rails Dapol SECR 1424 vans: (I thought this would make a change from Birdcages)
  20. 35017 - Belgium Marine arrived this morning. This model has both a new tender tooling (compared to the first batches) and the re-sighted safety valve positions.
  21. My pair just arrived. First observation, HOORAY, finally a manufacturer that does not provide a box 10 times larger than it needs to be!
  22. Hi, I mainly model the south east England. Blue, RF grey and sometimes sector. But never privatization.
  23. Thanks. I agree Flickr and other sources can be used to track down individual locos and liviries. My main question was where the locos were running in the liveries chosen. For example I brought a Hornby 31 which was confirmed in the south east however not the Blue livery Hornby did their's in. I feel confident that their research material doubtless has the answer and it would be wonderful Cavalex to hint at where the locos generally were when they carried these liveries.
  24. Great News - my only question is, do we know where they were generally running in these liveries please?
  25. Looks good.Anyone received a sound fitted version yet?
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