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  1. Black5

    Backscene Blues

    I reckon that`s a good result considering the problems you started out with. If I can manage anything like that result in my own attempts at creating some sort of believable scene I would be very pleased. ( I need to hide some of a garage brick wall! ). As we all know, a good back scene really brings a layout to life, as we`ve seen with other peoples efforts on here. Best of luck moving forward, Jim.
  2. Thanks for the answers. I`ll have another try tomorrow. The problem may well be at my end. Jim.
  3. Hi, would anyone know whether modelrailwayscenery.com is operating at present?, as I`ve tried to get on their website but get the server not found answer. I just wondered if things have changed due to the current situation. Many thanks, Jim.
  4. Thanks everyone for all your replies, I too have never seen a picture of the crest in blue other than on a Hornby model. What made me ask the question in the first place was Fox transfers asking the choice of black or blue crest, so I'm going with the black one. Reading in the books I have, I've never seen a blue backed crest mentioned. I only chose that particular version of the loco because it would be slightly unusual compared to the others. Thanks once again for your help, Jim.
  5. WM183, Thank you for your comments but there are far better soldered models on here than i`ve managed! It`s always a challenge to try and make a clean job of it. Most of the tender has been soldered, but a few white metal fittings where glued in where it was difficult getting the iron in. I haven`t started on the chassis yet, Just waiting for some sprung hornblocks to arrive before tackling that. Best wishes, Jim.
  6. Very nice indeed. Always good to see the metalwork going together before the paint arrives. Best of luck with rest of the building program. Jim.
  7. 21C1, Thanks for your reply. After I`d asked the question I carried on looking in the books I have and I found one sentence which suggested the crest started out with a black background at first, which would suit for what I am modelling. When it was changed to blue I don`t know or why. I think you are right regarding the smokebox number plate and I`ll do some more checking on that. Many thanks for your help, Jim.
  8. I have a black and white picture 45157 Glasgow Highlander taken with British Railways on the tender and I think the crest on the badge is a black but I wondered if anyone would know when the change came to the blue crest as I`m ordering one from Fox transfers and don`t want to get the wrong one. Many thanks, Jim.
  9. Many thanks gents for your suggestions. Simond, I had a look at your thread on the Duchess, in particular the fitting of horn blocks. Very interesting to see. Almost going into model engineering rather than kit building. I don`t have the machining capability you have but I think I`ll invest in a set of Slaters hornblocks and see where I can go from there. The work side of it doesn`t worry me, I like the challenge, It`s getting it right was the bit I was concerned about. So far,from building the tender, the kit seems to go together well. Brossard, I`m not a member of the GOG, just an ordinary modeller having a go at a bigger kit for a challenge. No doubt I shall hit a brick wall now and again! Hal, I`ll try and find the threads you spoke of. Best wishes , Jim.
  10. I`ve had this kit for a number of years and it`s been a bit of a stop start attempt at building it. Because I concentrated on my 4mm layout it got left in it`s box. But recently as a break from 4mm, I`ve resumed having a go at the Black Five. The tender is mostly built apart from one or two parts that will go on later. I want to start on the loco chassis and I would like to fit sprung horn blocks but having never done it before I wondered if anyone knows of any articles written on the subject or is it a case of learning as you go along? I haven`t touched the chassis etching yet so no measuring of axle diameters etc have been done yet. I believe Slaters do 7mm sprung horn blocks and I thought of using a set if measurements match up unless anyone knows of another make that might suit better. Many thanks, Jim.
  11. Hap, I did the same as you. Straight board down one side of the garage. Based on Camden, with a few differences due to board joints etc. I fitted a Locomotech turntable motorising kit to my modified Peco turntable.Easy to fit and a quiet runner but I line track up by mark one eyeball!! The height I chose was to clear the wing mirror on a Ford Fiesta but I wish now I`d made it higher as viewing would be better ( looking across rather than down on the layout ). Best of luck with your project
  12. Looking at your pictures I reckon that`s a great result for your efforts. I`ve scratch built valve gear in 4mm and that was hard enough, especially trying to hold things while filing etc. so hats off to you in 2mm. Jim.
  13. I`m sure these bugs sit around just waiting to ruin our attempts to create a good finish. I`m afraid the birds round here like the food on the feeders more than chasing their natural food! Like you, I tend to spray paint outside when conditions allow which at the moment here have been good temperature wise,but far too windy. I f I paint something small enough ( eg a loco body ) I try and cover it with something like a shoe box until at least the paint is hard enough to stop the little blighters sticking to it. Best of luck with your backscene.
  14. Hi Michael, Thank you for your reply. You`re correct in saying there maybe brass parts in the model, mainly because I had to detail it myself ( as it was only a basic parts kit ) and I`m pretty sure I used brass when I couldn`t get nickel silver. So, I will look for an etch primer in due course. Many thanks, Jim.
  15. Hi Ian, Many thanks for that. From the picture I mentioned, I felt it was an A but just couldn`t quite make out the number. Thanks for your reply, Jim.
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