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  1. Thanks Brian, I suspect that the returns were much lower priority so went on general Class C services. The fact that my WTT just has it going to Haymarket rather than all the way to Aberdeen suggests that it was a less rapid journey. Andy
  2. I shall follow this debate with interest. I can’t add much to the container vs van debate, but I rather hope that the train would be a mixture - it would make it cheaper to model! My own goods WTT is from 1953 and shows a down meat empties at 1435 from KX to Haymarket which I assume is the return working and more likely to have been photographed in daylight. I cheat and represent this train by putting a meat van and some insulated containers on the front of my Scotch Goods rake as shown here.
  3. Lovely locos Tony, How often did Brits work through LB? I realise they did the Cleethorpes-KX services in the early 60s but they would have bypassed LB, so out of both your time period and geography! Were there any workings on the mainline? Andy
  4. Just a little plug for Light railway Stores/ Narrow Planet. They do etched builders plates for specific locos, so one can get the exact plate for the loco one is building. I have previously had a pair for a 4mm N2 which were very nice but hardly readable and I couldn’t photograph them for here because they were too small. But today I received a 7mm pair for my N1 and I think they’re superb. Not quite in focus, but they are crisp in reality. They’re not cheap at £4.95 a pair but excellent value given the work involved. The N1 itself is away being fitted with synchronised steam but I’ll post another photo when I get it back and attach the works plates. No connection to Narrow Planet etc. Andy
  5. It almost looks like Doncaster green. You’ll have to bring it for a run on Gresley Jn!
  6. I’ve now corrected the schoolboy error which Darryl pointed out and have let in the three panel sections so they now look more like brake sides. I’ve even cut out slots for the illuminated destination blinds but still not sure how I’m going to produce them. I’m thinking that I will print onto OHP slides and try to cut out and fit in the aperture.
  7. I agree. Some people are never happy unless they find something to criticise. Classic glass half empty syndrome. This C12 has taken ages to get to this stage…and this is 7mm!
  8. Thanks Brian, I had looked at that. If anyone can give me a list of which ones worked on the ECML in quantity and particularly on the Aberdeen meat empties train I might revise my vote. Otherwise I’ll stick with the safe choices I made. Andy
  9. Brian, I don’t know enough about containers to make a very informed choice here. I have several Bachmann Conflat A’s and both A and B type containers. I also have some Graeme King resin kits for LNER refrigerated containers and conflats when I can find the time. But not nearly enough, so I might go for anything I could get away with to provide some variety, but the priorities for me would be the ex LNER conflats and, like Gilbert, some containers to make up the Aberdeen meat empties. So to keep it simple I’ll vote for 5 and 10 (fresh and frozen meat containers only - BM and FM). I presume these would sit on Conflat A’s? Focussed choice FM. Andy
  10. Jonathan, I watched the video and it looks like a nice layout. Have you acquired the buildings and signals as well and do you intend to exhibit it? The three way point entering the fiddle yard straight off the curve looks a bit hairy. That will make a good stock test! Regards Andy
  11. Darryl, Thank you - you’ve hit the nail on the head! I was slavishly trying to follow a symmetric pattern between the sides without thinking that those two panels are a pair. So I was thinking of a single guard’s door. The diagrams I have are of one side and show the upper sides while the photos of later quad arts were all of the lower side. I didn’t put two and two together - doh! Easy enough to correct! Andy
  12. 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 with beading reinstated. 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 configuration of the brakes. The picture below shows a close up of the two sides. Apart from the 3 panel section bit to be let in, this is consistent with the Kirk instructions and diagram (72) in ‘LNER Standard Gresley Coaches’ by Harris. However the pictures I can find seem to contradict the position of the guards door. The earlier versions with recessed brake end seem to have the door in this position below, but they have different ventilators. The later pictures see, to show the guards door and panel inboard of it in the photo below swapped over. As an example look at the picture of the quad art behind N2, 4757 in this article. https://www.keymodelworld.com/article/gresleys-quad-art-coaches-history Based on this I think I need to swap the two panels over. I’d be grateful for confirmation from any quad art experts out there. My other concern is how to create the illuminated destination window in the guard’s compartment. Can anyone give me a tip / suggestion on this? Andy
  13. 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
  14. 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.
  15. 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.
  16. 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’?
  17. 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
  18. 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 not to be lined there while the C2 is. Either way it will have a black pipe running along it so any lining would be largely hidden! Today’s job is painting the wheels and cab. The wheels are going to be really hard to line - any tips? Andy
  19. 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
  20. 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 of the GNML - happy to be corrected on this). I’m even tighter when it comes to open wagons than with vans, so I’m unlikely to pay more than £10 for any of these. So, 2,3,6,8,10 for me. With 2 and 10 being my top choices. Andy
  21. 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.
  22. 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!
  23. 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.
  24. 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
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