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  1. Kernow have the Hawksworths and some Collets for £29.99, and unbelievably, some of the Collett subs at £24.49! At that price i'm struggling to not order some more even though I have all I realistically need. CoY
  2. Hi Brian and team. I'd argue that this is an even more important poll than the Toplight one, as the range of coaching stock in this poll span almost 50 years and most coach styles are needed to accurately model the GWR in its 1920's to 1930's heyday. As I model the GWR immediately post-war (1945 to 1947) in theory I could justify any of the above; even Clerestories hung on carrying passengers in penny numbers until about 1950. However, it would be unwise to vote for all types as I think it would provide too a diffuse selection for the manufacturers. In that case - and it's head over heart here - I would buy the following RTR and thus vote accordingly: 2 3 4 5 9 10 11 If absolutely pushed I would say that 11 - Sunshine coaches are vital to have in RTR to modern standards, closely followed by 9 - bow ended general service coaches of 1930-33 (as someone said, the C67 in this coaching range was the fourth most produced TK of the GWR). I just think that clerestories are too niche and will probably fall prey to a "generic" release a la the 4 & 6 wheel Genesis/Hornby coaches. In terms of the special service stock of Cornish Riviera, Super Saloons and Centenery stock, again they're too niche, and as they weren't many of them, if you really want them, buy kits and build them - or even pay someone to make them for you! The coach ranges I've voted for were general service vehicles and as such I would buy well into double figures of them if ever made RTR. Imagine an express of 70 footers behind a King or Castle! Cor! Cheers. CoY
  3. Emphatically, I vote for 1. As others have said, this is the only way this particular train is going to leave the station! I would buy multiples of each, though especially the TK and BG. CoY
  4. There has never been an RTR GWR Iron Mink prior to this one. There has been two kits of the V6 diagram; a white metal one by ABS kits (no longer available), and a plastic one by Ratio (now via Peco) and still available. I've never seen an ABS kit but I seem to understand that it was quite well regarded in terms of dimensions and detail, but happy to be proven wrong. The Ratio kit is too narrow in the body, and as the sides are too high the roof doesn't sit flush against the sides and ends, leaving a minor air gap, but is otherwise quite serviceable and can be tinkered with to suit the modeler's prerogative. This new Rails version has attracted much comment as to its quality and finesse. Straight away I would say the roof sheet looks too thick and therefore crude, the brake gear looks overscale, the coupling hook looks a bit flimsy and done in plastic which would make fitting 3-links a challenge (and it doesn't seem like 3-links are included, despite Oxford Rail now including them with their wagons at 1/2 the price of this), and the wheels are Dapol's standard crude type that are overscale in most dimensions (spokes, wheel rims etc). Others have mentioned that the holes on the solebar are too large, but I cannot comment on that. The livery on some versions is suspect too. It would have been very unlikely for the late GWR and BR versions to have a brilliant white roof such as that shown - certainly by the start of WW2 all van roofs went into a dark grey colour. Furthermore, the late-GWR livery is dodgy as the font style does not look right - the lettering is too narrow. Hope this helps. CoY
  5. Brian, I would purchase any and all of 1 to 10 inclusive. In terms of 12) Other Wagons - we need a Lowmac, ideally an earlier diagram with rounded curves, not the later 'orrible angular ones. Also, some crocodiles; the Bachmann (nee Mainline) crocodile scrubs up quite well, but as they came in varying lengths, I would love to see a longer one, as there aren't even any kits for these iirc. Thanks CoY
  6. Whilst admittedly it’s on its way to the knackers yard, there’s an iron mink in post-1936 livery in 1947 on Warwickshire Railways website here: https://www.warwickshirerailways.com/gwr/gwrb1787.htm
  7. I know it’s not kosher to talk price on here these days, but these feel around £10-£15 overpriced to me. They don’t exactly look finescale do they, and that anaemic ‘GW’ font gets worse the more I look at it.
  8. They’re produced in partnership with Dapol. The venerable yet still decent Ratio Iron Mink kit is still available for less than a tenner. Ultimately prospective purchasers will have to make their own value judgments…
  9. Well, well, well… Is this the dawning of the age of the GWR rtr wagon? https://railsofsheffield.com/collections/iron-mink-vans?mc_cid=d5f5052676&mc_eid=640c17b9af The model itself looks good but I’m not sure about the lettering for the post-1936 GWR version? The font looks incorrect. The white roof will have to go. Anyway, a pleasant surprise! CoY
  10. Are you sure you've checked everywhere? R40107 R40110 CoY
  11. The steam-era coaching range is arguably one of Hornby's unsung strengths, and there are some superb models about, at very competitive RRPs when compared with other manufacturers... I've been particularly impressed with the following, in order of impressiveness: - GWR Hawksworths - SR Maunsells - LNER Gresley non-corridor stock - GWR Colletts corridor stock - LNER Thompson non-corridor stock - GWR Colletts non-corridor stock - SR Bulleids (57ft stock) - LMS Stanier non-corridor stock I've never owned a Hornby Pullman as I've no need for them, but they've always looked very fine when I've seen them elsewhere. I really think steam era coaching stock is ripe for Hornby to further exploit, starting with more accurate Gresley corridor stock (and with more diagrams like CK, BTK and TTO), Period I or II LMS stock, and GWR toplight (!!!) or flat-ended stock of 57ft or 60ft variety. Cheers. CoY
  12. Nice V35 Robin! I am currently working on the same, but I can't decide the best way to join the Peco/Parkside chassis to the Dapol body. How did you go about it please? The wagon floor included in the chassis kit is too narrow to be affixed to the bottom of the van sides. Cheers. CoY
  13. Looks like the only other possible diagrams could be: D101 Brake Third (Hornby D98 as donor) - same length and bogies, but 5 compartments instead of 6. Phoenix did the kit, and according to Miss Prism's website, Worsley Works are to do so but they are "not yet available". E124/125 Composite (Hornby E131 as donor) - same length, but 9ft bogies, which look to be the only visible cosmetic change. E129 Brake Composite (E131 as donor) - same length, but 9ft bogies. 6 third class compartments and 1 first, small brake area. Comet do the sides. E134 Composite (E131 as donor) - same length, same 7ft bogies, 4 third class compartments and 5 first (compared with 5 third and 4 first in E131). Phoenix did the sides. E135 Brake Composite (E131 as donor) - same length and bogies. 5 third class compartments and 1 first, medium sized brake area. Only four ever built and so no suprise that no-one does the sides. There is no suitable full third coach conversion option given different underframe lengths. Seems to be more options then I first thought. Anyway, hope this is of use to someone! CoY
  14. Heads up - Hornby Collett subs, at what is frankly a "silly cheap" price by modern standards over at Kernow: https://www.kernowmodelrailcentre.com/c/614/OO-Gauge/5 I have all I need (I think) but I wonder if they could be adapted into other diagrams using brass sides? I will consult my Longworth book of GWR coaching stock... CoY
  15. In a Rails of Sheffield product announcement email sent this afternoon.
  16. Yeah, I guessed it was an error rather than an actual April Fool, but the image of a dowdy gunpowder van featuring a multi-coloured interior, flush glazing and interior lighting cracked me up. Disco wagon? Would be banging’! CoY
  17. YOU ARE BUYING A "HIGHLY ATTRACTIVE" WRENN UN-BOXED MODEL No W2217 LNER CLASS N2 0-6-2T TANK LOCO' FINISHED AS LNER VERSION No.9522 IN APPLE GREEN LIVERY. IN ORIGINAL NEAR MINT CONDITION https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/WRENN-MODEL-No-W221-7-LNER-CLASS-N2-0-6-2T-No-9522-TANK-LOCO-LOT-62/402760630667?epid=675908944&hash=item5dc667818b:g:Sc4AAOSwwk5gWQKj :-) CoY
  18. Just to "bump" this thread. When people say they use Evostik for brass sides onto plastic RTR, what is the exact type of Evostik used please? Just conscious that Evostik is a brand name with many different products under the brand... Pointers would be very much appreciated as i'm losing patience with trying to get my GWR D125 sides attached to a Bachmann E158 shell. Cheers. CoY
  19. I'm a sucker for true time-capsules with that little bit of "something extra". Berwyn on a cold autumn afternoon with a roaring fire in the waiting room, the raging River Dee 60 feet below, and the distant sound of pannier or prairie charging up the bank from Llangollen. Rothley on a warm summer's day, drinking tea from china cups, whilst the signal box bells ring happily away. Oakworth on a cold winter's night, gas lit both inside the waiting room and out on the platform, waiting to join the revelry aboard the bar car of the next train during the KWVR Real Ale Festival. Goathland at any time of the year, after the last southbound departure of the day, with the dull roar of the weir in the nearby Eller Beck. The patina of the Edwardian enamel signs. Sheep idly grazing up on the hillside. The signalman locking up his box after the end of a long day. Any of the tremendous SVR wayside country halts. Arley, Highley, Hampton Lode; take your pick. Where, amongst the iconic architecture, signage, poster art, and rolling stock of the Great Western Railway, to quote EM Forster, "all of the West Country is latent"... You just cannot buy atmosphere. And I've really, really missed it these last 12 months!
  20. Loco crew with 9303 at Reading, April 1947 here. Does this help? CoY
  21. Err... the last release of the Modified Hall (approx 2016?) had a completely inaccurate front end beneath the smokebox door. It had the correct extension frames, but the wrong type of running board “drop” over the cylinders - it mixed the standard Hall running board drop with the extension frames of the Modified Hall. Brassmasters had to issue a brass fret of parts to help rectify, which I am currently mid-way through completing. CoY
  22. This is a most excellent announcement, and one that just seems to make so much sense. A popular loco that appeals to modellers of both the historic GWR & BR scenes plus contemporary preserved lines alike. I can’t wait to see these iconic locos get the Accurascale treatment. I’m certainly going to order 7819 in GWR green, and perhaps one in Shirtbutton too. Though one request; please, please get the rendition of GWR green right! More Bachmann/Dapol’s rich middle-chrome green; and less Hornby’s chalky/blue green! That said, I do feel sorry for Dapol; that’s twice they’ve been gazumped on Western locos by other manufacturers. It’s a shame as their recent mogul is a great bit of kit. Interesting comment from Fran on ruling out GWR toplight coaches. The thoughts of the manufacturers on making these coaches RTR has always seen much conjecture but never anything definitive, until now. I think Fran’s comments have firmly put the prospect of RTR toplights to bed, at least until 3d print technology matures. Given they were at Didcot, any chance the Accurascale team measured up the Collett sunshine coaches? They were much more consistent in build and variations during their lifetimes, were a GWR/BR(WR) staple from the 1930s to the 1960s, travelled quite widely on inter-regionals, and exist in good numbers in preservation (Didcot, SVR and SDR all operate them), so how about it? Bachmann have consistently failed to re-tool theirs, so... CoY
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