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  1. Ian Kirk has recently reintroduced his O gauge quad arts and I’ve been putting the sides together in front of the footy over the last few days. Here are the four vehicles for an all third set. These are from his ‘cut and carve’ range which means that in addition to having the glue all the bits together some parts need to be cut down to size. In this case it’s the ends of the all third coaches with an extra bit on the brake as shown below. The part with three panels needs to be let into the sides. I haven’t done that part yet as I’m stuck on the configura
  2. https://www.keymodelworld.com/article/gresleys-quad-art-coaches Thanks Andrew, I’ll get it lined. It will be mainly covered by a vacuum pipe so I only need to do the extreme ends. Andy
  3. Hornby’s Stembok, 61032 (not 39) was an excellent source of B1s, especially as it was sold off cheap for a while and didn’t have the name attached making it easier to renumber. Here is my version, renumbered to Hitchin regular 61097.
  4. I base my coal train loosely on various early ‘50s pictures in the Book of the Great Northern. They all seem to have a small number of shorter, presumably 5 plank, wagons in them.
  5. One does see pictures of long coal trains ion the early ‘50s with the odd 5 plank wagon in the consist. Were these dedicated mineral wagons or just an open goods which has been borrowed ‘illegally’?
  6. Nice coaches - as you know I always like to see what’s behind the engine. It looks odd not having a brake at the back. Andy
  7. Yesterday I more or less finished the lining on my C12. This was all done with Fox transfers and I think it’s come out well, although not perfect close up. If anyone spots and errors or omissions, please let me know. The bit which I’m not sure about is the valance (if that’s the right word - the brown bit along the bottom). Should this be lined? The prototype photos aren’t clear as they’re black and white so it’s difficult enough to work out what brown and what’s black, let alone whether the brown is lined. The preserved N2 appears n
  8. Hello Dave, Thats good news - I’ve been waiting for these! One question if I may, why is the lining a sort of orange/ teak colour? I was expecting it to be primrose like on the pre production sample below. Is there a prototypical justification for the orange colour? It looks neatly done, so it would be a shame to have to redo it. Regards Andy
  9. Well I have to admit that I’m in the if it’s got five planks, it’s an open wagon camp and I struggle to tell the difference between all the variants. So, I’m unlikely to buy many of these, especially as kits are easy to build and probably better value. However, I would go for an LNER 6 plank and an LMS 5 plank, both 9’ and 10’ and perhaps an SR 8 plank for variety. The Ex SNCF wagons are lovely, but I’ve already built too many Parkside kits of them. I’m not really interested in palvans (as I have two or three kit built versions) or hopper wagons (as I don’t believe they worked at the south end
  10. The final loco from my airbrush weathering session is this Heljan O2. I’ve just fitted the crew and now regard it as finished. As with the F2, this had an airbrush weathering with frame dirt and roof grey in differing proportions. I then used powders to introduce some variety and bring out the relief.
  11. Thanks for your comments on my weathering. I should state if it wasn’t clear that both the horse boxes and the F2 were airbrush weathered first and then powders added to add detail/ contrast and bring out the relief. I use ‘smoke’, ‘city dirt’ and my own mix of black and rust. I used to do the first overall wash with brushed on thinned paint, but I think the airbrush is better…..if a fag to clean!
  12. I think many of us are guilty of buying more kits than we can get through in a reasonable time - I know I am but lockdown has helped reduce the backlog. I have one friend who delights in buying kits/ sides/ and bits to complete them in bulk whenever he can get a ‘deal’. He says he will build them when he retires but he will need to live to a ripe old age! I have nagged him to start building them and he has finally started to put some sides onto donor vehicles, but that has taken three years so I don’t hold out much hope for the kit mountain.
  13. Some more playing with weathering powders yesterday and coal/ crew/ lamps fitted this morning, so here is the first of the locos finished. This is the Cotswold/Bachmann/ SE Finecast F2 which I featured in here a few months ago. I’m generally pleased with it, but I should have glazed it after weathering or remembered to wipe the windows while the paint was still wet. Andy
  14. While the airbrush was fired up for my C12, I also did some loco and horsebox weathering. The locos will appear later but I finished off the horseboxes today - one Hornby LMS and one a Parkside LNER D.5. I sprayed frame dirt on the underframe, roof dirt on the roof and a mix on the sides, then a bit of weathering powder to bring out the detail and put some rust on the frames. I think I may have overdone the roof grey but I’d welcome any comments as these are the first ‘wagons’ I’ve done using an airbrush.
  15. Hi Brian, Of course it’s upto Gilbert and these coaches are a bit early for his period. If we do go ahead I can provide some background but my expertise is limited to the south end of the GNML. Others on here have more knowledge than me. Andy
  16. While we’re on the subject of extra polls, pre grouping coaches would be the one which I’d be most enthusiastic about. Some of the GNR outer suburban stock (D183/121) and similar NER vehicles which got about a bit ( D. 111/113). I’d also be up for GE stock as used in push pull trains like this one. https://www.rmweb.co.uk/community/index.php?/topic/135510-coulsdon-works/&do=findComment&comment=4327262 Most of this stock had gone by 1958 but was around until the mid ‘50s. Regards Andy
  17. I have a lot of sympathy with this viewpoint. I thought hard before voting because in reality I would only buy the wagons I voted for at a reasonable price which for me means significantly under £20. That probably means they’d have to be produced by Oxford Rail and not Bachmann! If you wish to discount my vote on that basis then feel free. Andy
  18. Tony, The first ten, D6100-6109 were allocated to Hornsey (which is my justification for having one) and the next ten to somewhere on the GE. They didn’t last long before being dumped and then banished to Scotland. Thanks to Stewart Ingram for confirmation that they did actually work some service trains. As for the coupling, you’re quite right. I think the other end has been done but it had just run round the quad art set so showing off the ‘ugly’ end. That’s the problem with diesels - they can work either way! Andy
  19. Thanks Robert, One ECS and two awaiting their next duty - that might summarise how they were regarded by the powers that be! I’m assuming/ hoping they must have worked a suburban train or two before people realised how bad they were Andy
  20. Dapol produce a very fine model of a Class 21/ D61xx. It was released just before Covid so pretty recent. Here is mine running on Gresley Jn. I’m not sure if this is prototypically accurate as I can only find one picture of the real things running on the GN - and that was on a railtour!
  21. Graeme, I appreciate that you don’t like it but, with due respect, I think that’s quite an outdated view of DCC. While the problems you highlight can occur they needn’t with modern technology. As Mike has said, momentary shorts don’t need to shut the whole system down - they don’t on Gresley Jn. And even if they do, sound fitted locos with stayalive (which IMHO is essential for sound) will not shut down /go through their start up cycle. However, I do agree with you about the problems of putting DC locos on DCC layouts. I think they’re best not mixed. I can switch my mai
  22. Tony, You're right that it’s best practice, but it’s certainly not essential as Frank said. I have lots of live frame loco DCC fitted and a couple with the American system (including Duke of Rothesay which you sold me). They all work fine once you eliminate any shorts. And it’s not fair to say that a short automatically blows up the chip. I have had this happen on a handful of occasions (normally with ‘cheap as chips’ Chinese decoders) but it’s very rare and I find the excellent £20 Zimo decoders are very resilient to such things. Chips are getting better all the time a
  23. I couldn’t agree more. Even as an ECML 1950s modeller, my biggest gap is LMS vans. They got everywhere. Of the ones on the list, I’ve built 90% of what I want from kits, but I’d probably go for a couple more fish vans, a Flatrol, a non fitted tube wagon and a single bolster. So 4,5,9,11,12 for me.
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