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  1. An attempt to blur the line between model and real as much as many of the fantastic photos already posted here, another from Charlestown Kiln. The backdrop, sky and exhaust are all from a 'reality' photo of Caledonian No. 828 during a visit to Bo'ness. Everything else is model.
  2. A few more from Dunfermline Upper 62C, with a small inclusion from the Charlestown diorama that isn't quite complete yet.
  3. Agreed, the marketing strategy and lack of information thereafter seems very disjointed. Having went off with a bang at Model Rail Scotland, the update thereafter has fizzled and the latest information regarding transportation from China has come from Bachmann's own Collectors Club magazine, not from Rails themselves. As we move further and further towards the Deposit and Reserve method, surely those companies should feel obliged to give semi regular updates regarding the product being purchased. As it stands, Bachmann have said in their magazine that it is on it's way from China. When should I be expecting Rails to come knocking regarding paying the outstanding bill on my reservations? If I weren't on this forum, I wouldn't know that the models are even in transportation. Decency would hope that the sellers would give as much notice as possible to the client of when that final stage is approaching, especially considering the sums of money involved aren't small. From the side of the sellers, the current situation risks surprising the buyer and resulting in possible cancellations or requests to hold on to the model until a more convenient time to pay, affecting the cashflow expectations based off current deposits and reservations.
  4. If September is still the expected release, would it be wise to assume that they are in process of shipment across to the UK? Everything has went rather quiet, in comparison to lead ups towards other Rails releases of recent.
  5. I believe the last update was giving September as an estimate.
  6. For Rails/DC kits, could either of you provide a short video perhaps of this DCC module and the quality it gives of the 812 class recordings? It's a lot of money to spend blindly, regardless of how much I would like a sound fitted version, and I'm betting I'm not in this boat alone.
  7. Hopefully my own layout of Dunfermline Upper Shed 62C fit in this thread. Just a couple, as some work still in progress including fitment of a turntable (relocated to South East of it's real life situ due to space restrictions). 1 - A2 No. 60532 'Blue Peter' simmers on shed during railtour layover in the mid 60's, as a D11 is serviced over the ash pit in the background. 2 - Home based J36 No. 65288 sits quietly inside the shed, with a fellow shedmate B1 and rare visiting J39. 3 - Re-allocated to Fife after the West Highlands, K4 No. 61994 'The Great Marquess' stands on the backroads before heading for the turntable. 4 - Thornton's J36 No. 65345 has been brought down to Dunfermline, being prepared over a couple of days leading up to railtour duty after being cleaned by members of the MNA.
  8. Thanks for the update Oliver, looking forward to the livery samples.
  9. Thanks for the update Legend and Rembrow. Perhaps an issue to flag with RoS. Why is information regarding the 812 project then being issued via Bachmann Times, but not on their own website or via email to those who have already paid deposits? Not everybody (including myself) are subscribed to Bachmann Members club, and any information regarding the build should be finding it's way to those who have already put money into the allocations?
  10. As we're nearing the end of Q3, is there a further update to the information we were provided at Model Rail Scotland in February?
  11. They look brilliant Oliver! Certainly doing the class justice. One query regarding the Caledonian liveried versions. I see the correct cab sheet lamps have been modelled, will these be available to buy separately too just to ensure the whole range of a) liveries and b) lamp codes can be covered? The latter involves different forward facing colours of white or green on either or both sides, while always showing red to the rear, to show different classifications of Caley passenger and freight workings. And now to try model a Caley semaphore route indicator!
  12. Unfortunately I'm not able to make it along to MRS this weekend due to work commitments. Would anybody attending be able to share if any further updates are being given at the Rails stand, and if even an EP version has made it (although understandable if not, can foresee a delay on that due to the coronavirus issues). Thanks in advance.
  13. Beautiful! Can I ask where you sourced the painted name from, but also what method you used to remove the original identity as there seems to be very little evidence of it?
  14. Believe it is just the BR livery version that is due soon in December from Hornby, with the NBR and LNER versions still cited for a January 2019 release.
  15. Sadly that isn't the case. 'Caledonian Railway Livery by Caledonian Railway historian Jim Macintosh is very insightful to the livery debate of the blues.
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