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  1. I am rendered speechless; the quality is breathtaking. Can't wait to see where you go from here.
  2. I understand that Coca Cola contains a useful amount of ortho phosphoric acid. I also believe that the product Jenolite consists largely of this H3PO4 and I am about to start using a 33% mix of this acid on my ancient (surface) rusty Triumph sports car, so am optimistic about the results.
  3. Actually I was referring to modifying the later plastic bodied tenders. At the risk of sounding facetious, I can't solder plastic, but having said that, I have taken one older tinplate bodied H/D tender and done exactly what you suggest viz. soldered a brass or tinplate strip on top of the tinplate sides. The results were not perfect, but acceptable(ish). I haven't tried grinding off the steps from an older tender chassis, but have used dental burrs in a mini-electric drill to remove the steps from the later type of tender chassis; this was not that arduous. It's very g
  4. Interesting you should say that, David, as I did just that on 3 H/D tenders (and probably gave H/D collectors apoplexy!). The mods were:- 1 Grind away the rear frame steps so the rear frames were flush(ish) 2 Extend the sides at the rear with styrene strip 3 Extend the tender sides upwards ditto 4 Remove the breather pipes at the back of the tender and install two tank fillers 5 Fit a ladder over the rear of the tender. 6 Make the coal pusher gubbins on the back of the coal space using scrap styrene The end result was tolerable until the Comet tender
  5. My theory, for what it's worth, is that the designers in Hornby Dublo were preparing a model which was to represent "London" in 2 rail form and "Liverpool" in 3 rail form; they assumed that both locos towed the same type of tender and used the front of "London's" tender and the back of "Liverpool's" tender as the basis for the model. They did not realise that "London" towed an ex-streamline tender (Type 1) and "Liverpool" a type 2 tender originally built for the 5 non-streamliners. Hence they finished up with a tender which was a hybrid type 1/2, and accurate for neither and not even as accura
  6. This is an interesting question as there is nowhere behind the box (east side) to put one and definitely not one at the other (south) end. As you suggest it might be downstairs in the locking room, but a rapid trot to the station buildings doesn't sound feasible to me. The fact remains that my model is wrong and somehow I'm going to have to rectify it, but not yet!
  7. Following on from pics of the signal cabin under construction and awaiting painting, I now attach a pic of the brickwork in a "toned down" condition. Still a few things to do, but at least the plasticard brickwork isn't shouting at us any more and the grass bank behind is beginning to look a bit more natural. However, as Alan (Buhar's) lovely Coronation Scot pics show, there is an outside privy at the top of the steps which shouldn't be there. Also the two halves of the cabin front which came from different Prototype Models kits are differing shades although this is less obvi
  8. Thanks so much, Buhar Those are the best pics I have seen of the box's northern elevation. Here comes the bummer!! I have put the outside WC on the left hand side at the top of the stairs, just like I have seen on so many other LNWR boxes. And IT ISN'T THERE!! Heigh-ho, should I worry, because there are so many other faults with the layout which were discovered after I had built them and which turned up following receipt of better information later on. Perhaps it's one of those things which we just have to accept, or alter later on. The pics themselves
  9. Hi Richard Good to hear from you. I suspect that the real thing was so grimy it would be hard to tell what colour (should that be color where you are?) it was. The only photos I have are b & w, because it was demolished in 1958, so I rather think that by the time I have given the plastic bricks a good sluicing with muck, no-one will be able to tell where the join is. Besides, it took me so long to get to this stage, I couldn't face cutting out the insert. ATB Terry
  10. It's amazing what a vast fund of photographic information is out there. An old friend (thanks Ron) sent me a picture of Hest signal box (pre '58) from an angle I'd never seen before. Although I have accumulated many pics of the area, information on the signal cabin was a bit thin. I am grateful to beast 66606 for his information sent to me a long time ago, but in the interim I had been making do with a Scenecraft "Hampton" signal box masquerading as Hest box. The snag was it was a bit fat, slightly too long with an extra set of window panes and definitely not tall enough. Armed with this new i
  11. Quick update, following some alterations/improvements to the signalling. Let's face it, the presence of something is a great improvement on nothing, so I have finally got around to making the up splitting signal gantry into something that looks more like a signal and also added a starter from the bay platform and a bracket from the sidings. This latter was an ex-LNWR bracket modified by the substitution of LMS upper quadrant arms. None of these work (yet) but you never know; some day. Meanwhile, a Black 5 passes northward with a down semi-fast. Viewed from a more southerly viewpoint
  12. Many thanks, Taz, that's very encouraging news! The WCJS coach is a set of sides from 247 Developments, Diagram D312. The packaging has a handwritten note on it saying that it was extinct by 1958, but that's quite late enough for me since my layout is based in the few years leading up to Dec 1958 when the track layout was altered. It would be great if Longworth could corroborate that. Thanks once again. Terry
  13. I used to be indecisive, but now I'm not quite so sure! Having decided to switch to the Black 5 (2 of them) build before I'd finished the BFK, I switched back for a while to the BFK and then was seduced by a Chowbent kit sitting on the shelf for a D131 LNWR corridor compo. They lasted until the early 50s (albeit downrated in most cases to all 3rd), but it was such a lovely toplight vehicle that I could resist no longer. That's where the problem began; glazing a toplight vehicle suddenly became a daunting prospect, so I elected not to build the kit as intended, but to use the lovely half-etched
  14. I can only respond based on my own experience, having decided many years ago to build a model of Hest Bank in 4mm. The plan required some selective compression at the south end, the run of the main line to be bent the wrong way and (most importantly) that I would not try and build exact replicas of the buildings that formed the backdrop. Not enough lifetimes! This latter aspect was sorted by ensuring that the buildings were all the right general type in the right order i.e. where there was a bungalow or a semi-detached house on the prototype, there would be one on the model. Much use made of
  15. I'm attracted to this layout for a number of reasons. 1 Superb workmanship. 2 My wife comes from Presteigne. 3 As a regular traveller along the A44 east of Rhayader, I have long felt that there ought to have been a railway through that terrain, so your "might have been " scheme really chimes with me. Keep up the good work! Terry
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