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  1. Yes Tony, it was *the* last survivor being the last and only one for over a year, finally succumbing in November 1961.
  2. Guilty as charged m'lud. (Except offences numbers 6, 19 and 20).
  3. Postscript. The BSL Gresley Diagram 49 has brushed up well within the limits of what was intended. It certainly has a look about it that none of my other Gresleys have and it will get regular running on the layout. It looks better from normal viewing distance. As with many models the camera is far from kind but I am fond of it as it was the first coach kit I built.
  4. Thanks for posting this. The Mk1 looks terrific. Where it's fitted within the frame like your pannier (good job by the way!) I've started using Glue and glaze. I do my kirk carriages like that. It was really for the BSL model and for etched brass models (for which I've previously used evostick). I suppose the point is it's possible to use evostick successfully when you're building it, but when repairing it, the stringiness can be a nightmare.
  5. Hi Michael. Would that be Klear, Humbrol Clear or spirit based?
  6. I have a question... I've been sidetracked by a short little project of upgrading an old BSL model of a Gresley diagram 49 that I made ~40 years ago. (Photo below). When I originally put the windows in I used evostick (I think). The glazing material must have been suspect as some of it has warped and others fell out. So, I'm re-glazing the side that's worst effected (as well as converting from P4). I haven't got any evostick in and I've tried bostick contact adhesive but I really can't get on with it being unmanageably stringy. Any ideas to the best adhesive for fixing. What about Glue and Glaze? Would it be reliable enough? When you're repairing, it's more tricky to fit glazing in tight corners with contact adhesive without making the situation worse. Hence Glue and Glaze. Any thoughts? Just a little addendum. I know this carriage is of its time and doesn't hold a candle to the Hornby version, but it has something that says Gresley teak panelled carriage to me and makes it a bit special in that way. I expect many of you did the old BSL carriages of way back when. The sides are stamped out aluminium with white metal cast ends. To achieve the panelling effect, Fablon is cut and stuck to the sides. The beading is very thin strips of Fablon cut to length. But the effect was really quite authentic. I can't remember, but I think the Fablon was supplied with the kit. I converted it to P4 in the late 1980s and although it wasn't compensated, it seemed to run OK on P4. I've just converted it to EM. All the interior compartments have all come to bits so that'll be next task after the glazing. The old wheels were steel and have rusted quite badly. I may use them as a wagon load! Thanks. Clem
  7. Fantastic to see you back in the club rooms, Frank. The Q2 is looking excellent. As always, a lovely smooth runner.
  8. Hi Graeme, That's a nice model of an O4/8! But no unfortunately, its dome hasn't got the height of the originals'. Thanks for the reply though. No, this is more what I mean... I've got fairly close by fettling the K's ROD dome (see below). But I'm really after replacements for Bachmann O4/1s and the modified version, O4/3s. I suppose I do need to get some resin casting stuff in again and fettle up another Ks example to use as a master. The photo above by the way, was taken by my brother Dave at Awsworth Junction and I was standing right next to him having just turned 6 years old the previous month (February 1957). It features 63657 a loco I aim to model using the Bachmann body and a scratch built chassis. 63729 (below) was the first outside cylinder engine I built. It's now got a new EM chassis having been both OO and P4 in its lifetime. I was particularly pleased with the safety valves which I scratch built using a lathe after I climbed up on to the firebox of 63601with a ruler to get the measurements when it was stored at Dinting 40 years ago.
  9. I've done some resin casting, but I really haven't got the expertise to produce something quite as complicated as an LMS hopper although I admit I did go through the thought process. The scratch building isn't too difficult in plasticard (15thou for the body) and I used Archers rivet transfers to detail the reinforcing strips. But if it was done in brass, that might be better to use as a master as it is more rigid. That might be worth pursuing.
  10. Yes. Thanks Andrew, you've nailed it. That's exactly what I'd be looking for. And yes, as far as I know, there were NER clerestories knocking around the East Midlands but I fairly sure they'd disappeared 5-10 years before my era although it's possible some survived in departmental use.
  11. Hi Jon, yes that probably would be the case. But thanks for the tip. Clem
  12. Hi Graeme, yes that would be a reasonable approach but when you're trying to build a layout single handed to a reasonable standard, it becomes a time thing. And my resin casting components ran beyond being useable so they were disposed of. In other words their would be a substantial overhead to it. If all else fails of course that's exactly what I'll do. one thing for sure, I won't be pursuing the Shapeways solution. I can't justify paying those prices. I am looking at promising alternatives at the moment. On another subject, you've done quite a lot of GN and GC boiler mounting castings. Did you ever do a casting for the LNER produced later utility dome as used by a majority of the O4s from about 1940 onwards?
  13. Good morning Andrew. Those hoppers look perfect for the gypsum trains, and yes, you were right about the price of the GC 10'6" bogies. (see post above). Almost £60 after shipping - more than the kit! I think I'll phone MJT and see where they are with theirs.... or see if its feasible to scratch build them. Your comments here on the sets operating are certainly in line with the photos I have. I now have a kits in for a GC T(10), a C(4/5) and a BT(6). I've had these recently from Bill Bedford although he doesn't seem to be opening advertising them on his web site. I ordered them by phone. I also have a photo of a seaside special which has a gangwayed GE and a standard gangwayed GC carriage (i.e. not one of the Barnum type like the preserved ones) in it. Sorry to be always asking damn fool questions but do you know if anyone does kits for any of the NER non-gangwayed carriages that lasted into the 1950s? They also seemed to appear quite regularly on these lines. I know I have a lot of work cut out for me here but I want to be making a start soon. Your work has certainly inspired me on that front. Clem
  14. Well, I've just been on the shapeways site and found the cosmetic GC bogies. A bit of a shock really. By the time the shipping from the states is included, the bogies alone cost considerably more than the kit itself. What the hell has happened to Shapeways? It used to be that its products were quite reasonably priced. Hey ho. I'm going to look elsewhere.
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