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Arun Sharma

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  1. Tony I like the 'Flying Pig'. I do have a question though - If that is an M&GN one wouldn't its tender have had the cut-out for the tablet apparatus?
  2. This is one of two survivors of this type. The other (1283F) was last seen residing at the Canvey Island Bus Museum some years ago. This one pictured has lost its original LT registration of 580 EYU.
  3. I had an idea that Chiltern wanted to extend their Marylebone to Oxford service by having trains continue past Oxford to Kennington Junction, Littlemore and Cowley. That would have involved extending the present Platform 1 running line through the present booking office(!) so is the remodelling of Oxford really now considered finished?
  4. This arrived today - It looks pretty unequivocal to me.
  5. The two main reasons for any form of privatisation of any industry are: 1. As a method of gaining private i.e., non-taxpayer funding for capital infrastructure refurbishment/investment. Often this might be after a long period of insufficient taxpayer-funded injections of money. 2. To remove or reduce the public liability for pension provision of current and new employees of such industries in the future. The reasons for not privatising relate to whether the industry has a strategic or military importance which shouldn't be compromised though in some cases (if not sold to
  6. At that price, I would suggest that getting these printed parts cast in resin by say, CMA-CSL would make you a profit if you sold three or more sets. Their mould charge for what is in the photograph would be about the same as the price you paid for the 3D printing with each subsequent set of castings being say, £20-30 per set.
  7. I have produced a 7mm kit of the DMBSO for Radley Models but this TSO is a 4mm one. There will be a 4mm DMBSO once I complete my Bedford RL lorry [a 7mm one]. My recollection of the blue and green colours was that the appearance was almost a speckled glittter. Almost as if a lacquer finish had been applied on top of the base colour. There again, I never saw these cars in anything other than artificial lighting conditions and the normal early fading of blue would probably not have occurred to cars devoid of sunlight.
  8. For large production runs, it is true that injection moulding is the sensible way to go. But, if your aim was to say, produce runs of 500-1000 units of something, then a 3D printed master subsequently cast in polyurethane resin would be the simplest and most economical way to go. Given that the major manufacturers already have 3D CAD files of their 4mm models, why do they not enlarge or shrink them to 7mm and 3mm [or S scale even] and have them printed as masters and then cast in resin? It would open up a whole new market and change 3mm and S scale from being scratch-builders scales to ha
  9. I remember Midland Counties with their enormous exhibition stands and their glorious retail warehouse in Hinckley. They also did a very reasonably priced magazine binding service. Fortunately, getting papers and magazines bound in Oxford isn't exactly a problem but it is in many other areas of GB.
  10. This is probably one for Stationmaster's expert knowledge. Pre-1968 when firemen would be regularly shovelling coal in a hot environment, where did they get their drinking water from? The reason I ask is that there is a well known condition that used to occur in steam ship coal bunker stokers and coal trimmers called 'Stokers' Cramp'. This was caused by sweating water and salts but just replacing the water by drinking so depleting the body's Sodium and Potassium and leading to painful muscle cramps and, in the worst cases, kidney disease. Did BR loco crews have drinking water o
  11. Currently in the Radley Models development pipeline are two 7mm scale 1953-1980 military vehicles. The first is a Bedford RL double dropside 4x4 lorry. This still requires some work doing on chassis detail such as differentials, leaf springs and gearbox bits but should be ready to go to the resin casters in a month or so. The second is a Mk5 Northern Ireland 'uparmoured' 6x6 Saracen Ambulance. This latter still has much work to be done and wont be ready this year. The Bedford RL was commissioned for use as a Warwell load on Chris Klein's 'Tonfanau camp' layout but will now take its place
  12. Down on the old Test Valley Line between Fullerton Junction and Stockbridge [now an unmade cycle path] there are still the odd platform and a half dozen platelayers' huts and their associated toolsheds. Like so:
  13. I did the test build as well as designed the conversion kit so am arguably biased. However, I would say that if you can build a small Airfix kit, then you should have no problems with the 97xx. The two Christophers who run Minerva used my instructions to each build one and found no problems. I would always advise that when in doubt, contact the manufacturers [Minerva in this instance] and ask for a partial or full set of instructions to look at.
  14. If you want a kit of 7mm scale JCB3, Radley Models sell one. It makes a pretty realistic model.
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