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    Modelling ECML from mid 50,s to 1963/4 or so. Enjoy modifying locos and coaches though have less success with scenery!. Have far too much stock already but keep buying and building more.

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  1. I have .mailed them, David, so will see what happens. I was simply looking at the illustration of the sheet on their site, so it may have been updated. Regards John
  2. The photos from Baz are really helpful, and if I can get mine half as good, I'll be more than happy. Coupling rods are now fitted. You need, obviously, to use those provided for the extended wheelbase, John.!! I couldn't resist checking how things looked with the boiler and a tank, chimney and dome in place. I used Blutack, but a puff of wind brings the whole house down. There was no safety valve amongst the mouldings, so I'll need to PM Mike. I wasnt going to bother, but No 46 or the black No 41pictured earlier are obvious candidates, given the shape of the RH ca
  3. Don't be silly, Pebbles -it's just a trick of the camera....please.... Mike- are there covers for the bunkers, where they extend out from the cab on each side, on the etches? I confess I can't spot them.
  4. I got the boiler rolled, and cut out what was needed to get a Highlevel RR+ into it. I need to identify what I assume are the covers for the bunkers where they extend outside the cab. in the meantime, here are a couple of interesting photos - an undated picture of 41 in NCB livery before the cab side alteration, and 46 in the condition as provided in the kit.
  5. I can hear the cries of "Chicken" ringing out. I did have couple of attempts at the RH cab side, but wasnt convinced I got it correct. I WILL persevere, as I want to build another of these locos in due course, but dont want to ruin this one. So the cab is as designed, and it went together well, The back is just posed there while I fit an extra couple of details to the interior when it's easiest to get the iron inside, I'm truly grateful for all the advice I've had so far with the build.
  6. I'm sorely tempted to have a go at the cab side modification, David, but I'm not sure I trust myself. One option, I suppose, would be to use the etch in the kit as a template for a scratch version and see how it goes. Just for the avoidance of doubt, can you or Mike confirm where the cab sides go- on the floor or on the footplate? I hope Mike isnt too ashamed of my efforts - I'm really enjoying building his kit. John
  7. I'm sorely tempted to have a go at the cab side modification, David, but I'm not sure I trust myself. One option, I suppose, would be to use the etch in the kit as a template for a scratch version and see how it goes. Just for the avoidance of doubt, can you or Mike confirm where the cab sides go- on the floor or on the footplate? I hope Mike isnt too ashamed of my efforts - I'm really enjoying building his kit. John
  8. The last couple of posts are fortuitous, as this is the stage I have reached. I seem to have run out of 12BA nuts and bolts, which are the recommended size for fitting body and chassis together. I also need buffers, but have a spare set of RSH from a High Level kit. Comparing pictures of the preserved loco between withdrawal as NCB 41in 1968 and restoration as No5, it is clear that quite a few changes were made - different buffers and stocks, safety valve covers, and removal of steps are the obvious ones. I dont want to build the loco as preserved, and photos of locos working in the
  9. I like the way Mike has set out the instructions with the suggested pattern of what to do and in what order. i have now completed Part 1 , which is the basic chassis, and it was one of the best ad easiest I have built. The next stage is the footplate, which proves to be a perfect fit to the chassis. I am up to Part 12, the angle end brackets. These are 4 nicely etched rivetted pieces, but where do they go? I thought at the end of the valance, but I cant see them on photos of the preserved No 5/41. Edit - found them. They run horizontally at each end, next to the buffer beam.
  10. This is what I want the kit to end up looking like. We shall see.,,,
  11. Hi David- good to hear from you. Hi David - good to hear from you. Hopefully, I'll soon be able to pop down to the Stephenson Museum to see the rivets- and other details- for myself. I'll have a "crack" at the remaining spacers tonight. I'll also fit the "Knife edge" and the ashpan etches, assuming I can be sure where they fit. Can you (or Mike) suggest the correct OD for the boiler if I go down that route? I know the suggestion in the instructions is to roll the etch round a 10mm rod. John
  12. That's beautifully done, Eric. Is there any evidence of A2/2.s in Scotland after the transfer south?. I struggle to justify mine north of Newcastle, not that it stops me...
  13. Yes - to be fair, the instructions do say "cracked off". I did try to do this, but didn't have either the tool, strength, or nouse to do it, so cut the parts. The half-etch makes this easy enough, if care is taken. Wheels have been fitted to ensure the chassis sits properly on the track, after being tested on glass, and also checked on a Hornby 4th Radius curve, which is tighter than anything on the layout, and all is well so far. The odd wheelbase is very obvious in the photo. I had to file back the the axle bushes, but am now confident enough to finish soldering up all the remaining spa
  14. I have pretty much run out of available kits of appropriate loco kits for my layout and era, so last year I thought I might have a go at a couple of Industrials, one from High Level kits, and one from Judith Edge.. The time has arrived to make a start, and it's the Judith Edge Kitson ConsettA which is the first to have the box opened. The preserved example is just a few miles away from me, so, hopefully, I'll get to see and study her before too long. In my case, however, I'll build the kit as an NCB example in early 1960's condition/livery. This is my first Edge kit, and I have a deg
  15. A busy few minutes on a Summer Saturday sees Prince Palatine heading for Newcastle with a Parcels from Edinburgh. Heaton's sole J94 is shunting the sidings, probably to pick up the rake of Gresley's to form an extra to York. Heaton also had an Ivatt 2MT and it has an CIU Special to Chathill, where buses will take the passengers on to visit Seahouses, Bamburgh and Beadnell. The A3 is a bit of a pet, as I spent a lot of time on the original GBL Scotsman body and Hornby tender-drive tender, cutting back the latter and adding handrails and wiggly pipes to the loco. The J94 is just a repainte
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