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  1. We had one of those dual standard TVs in about 1968 - Dad got one just a year or two old from someone at his office who was moving to Australia. 25" (and Monochrome, of course) though, but still big for the time. The changeover button from 405 to 625 lines used to make a very satisfying clunk. Our TV aerials were in the loft, but not everyone on the street did that and some used the little set-top aerials, so I reckon reception must have been pretty good.
  2. Lucky! One clear view. Straight, quite chunky and with hardly any slope (maybe just a hint of downwards to the middle). Also very little wider than the openings themselves. The loco would also be an interesting weathering project.
  3. Yes, finding sufficiently overhead shots to show the roof isn't easy and I'd agree that in later years they would have been likely to have been replaced with straight strips, but as to which way and how much they sloped that varied enormously. I suspect the model isn't technically wrong, but represents some of them as they were originally built (or what was on the works drawings).
  4. Commercial British outline H0 doesn't have a particularly glorious history. Even when height and length are right, width is nearly always wrong, even on diesel locos, let alone steam outline. Lima came pretty close and most of their rolling stock is correct (if basic by modern stanards), but their Class 33 was wider than the coaches (slightly narrower than the coaches in real life) while their 4F was almost 00 width, making it look distinctly odd, perhaps a bit like Irish 5' 3" outline. Fleischmann's coaches were slightly widened to match the slightly wide Warship (Marklin/Hamo had done a Warship before that definitely fitted the 0/H0 'scale', depending on which direction you measured). The Joueff/Playcraft range was all noticeably too wide. The little North British diesel shunter body is for all intents and purposes 00, though the chassis is entirely wrong, like Triang's 'Dock Shunter'. Rivarossi's Royal Scot stock looked good but fluffed the issue by using 1:80 scale (as British Trix did in the '50s & '60s). Obviously Bachmann didn't feel it would be worth facing up to the challenge of producing accurate (if fictional) British Outline H0, especially when they had access to the old Mainline tooling.
  5. Here's one. Perhaps the proportions aren't quite the same, but they're definitely both curved. Look at enough old photos and you could probably turn up loads of variations.
  6. The slight difference in the grilles is prototypical; the RailNscale version dates from about 1971.
  7. The metal bridge piers in J392 Ripon River Ouse bridge look just like the Hornby high-level ones!
  8. Definitely not 9004 - wrong profile and too many windows (including the ends). It looks like a later Collett pattern Saloon from 1940 or '45. I suspect 9006 (dia.G64) or 9007 (dia.G65) as the 1940 coaches (9001/2 dia.G62) are on six-wheel bogies and again have too many large windows. After finding some extra pics, I think it is more likely to be 9006 than 9007.
  9. Well, they won't notice much size difference if they've already got Hornby Thomas stock...
  10. The rest of the world is perfectly happy living in ignorance (or really doesn't care) that the 'H0' Thomas models they're being sold by Bachmann are actually '00'.
  11. It was the wagon that originated that chassis which is why the TTAs have some odd handles and things under them. The Bowaters slurry tank came next (1969) and the grain hopper without a roof as an open hopper (also 1969), then a plate wagon (1972). The TTA tank which was relatively late (1973 in the Silver Seal range) despite being an obvious one to put on that chassis.
  12. They did say that once, but then found out it was a different length to all the other 16 coaches. With the models they already do they wil be covering 12 out 17 of the total number of coaches on the line and have a Third, Brake Third and Composite that look very plausible in 'generic' liveries.
  13. It's a Mini Clubman estate. Tht was the longest version of the old Mini combining the 'Cortina'-like extended front with the (van-based) estate body.
  14. Yes, George Alan (Models) Ltd. one of the early British pioneers of etched brass kits. They also introduced IS12, one of the first superglues as an alternative to soldering.
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