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  1. I was able to dig out the van and the battery boxes use .4mm monofilament as you say and the vac cylinder rigging uses .6mm (using my vernier calipers) but my original commentary of the build says .5mm. So, my calipers measure the monofilament as .4mm amd this I assume is used for the periscope wiper also. Mine are missing and in truth I dont remember ever fitting them.
  2. Hi @BampaOwl. It has been a while since I built this and it is "stored" at the moment. Is the monofilament used for the periscope lookout wipers? If so I think you would get away with .5mm brass wire. I might be way off of course. I hope this is of some help. I have the feeling my periscope wipers fell off after a post exhibition disaster when I dropped an entire stock box with contents spread nicely on the pavement!! I got away with it lightly I think.
  3. Hi John, I use a good set of micro-drill bits. I say good as I bought a cheap set recently and they are useless. I usually use the ones stocked in hobbycraft https://www.hobbycraft.co.uk/modelcraft-microbox-hss-twist-drill-set-20-pack/568811-1000 I use a pin vice and use a "back and forth" action as opposed to a continual turn. This seems to drill and gives me control. When doing the guards grab rails at the ends you don't want to go fully through. I have started using .33mm wire for which I used a .4mm drill bit. Without a larger hole the handrail will be
  4. That's a nice slab. Surely the proportions should be 1 by 4 by 9 ;-)
  5. Thanks Paul, A valid point and one I only have a weak argument for which is it isn't important to me. However, my knowledge of the prototype wagons is growing thanks to your photos and the books of Don Rowland so I am sure I will go to greater lengths in future projects. The numbers are as you will have noticed from a BR standard brake van sheet by railtec!! I may still amend before weathering and sealing though. Thank you again for the info Paul and for havimg the foresight to photograph so many vehicles!!
  6. Ha ha, he usually ends up on his back. He's waiting for the right brake van veranda to lean on!! Thanks sdjr, I enjoyed this one but wad trickier than I anticipated!
  7. I have posted bits and bobs of this project elsewhere but it has been a while since I have blogged anything and I wanted record the progress with a "lockdown" project. Back in January I was given two Dapol LMS brake vans by my Dad. They were missing bits but he thought I might want to do something with them. Both were missing roofs and one missing an inner door panel. The plan was to revive at least one which I did, replacing handrails and scratch building a roof. The second van sat in a draw for much of the year but I felt it could be revived. I deci
  8. Yes that would be handy thanks. I miss the days of buying an affordable loco, buying some detailing parts and SE finecast flush glaze and really making unique loco you can feel proud of. I can't knock Bachmann and the likes but it just all seems so far out of reach for the average wallet and frankly tinkering with old stuff is a real joy. I am confident I can get my lima 31 to run nicely again. cheers
  9. Thanks Jessy. I took a risk by buying class 59 bits from Lendons already. Have used Lendons before and am amazed by the prices!!! I improved a Hornby 121 with a new motor and replaced the pizza cutter wheels with a cl153 set. Runs as smooth as you like. I will try to re-purpose the Lima frames and see how I get on. Thanks again.
  10. Are the Hornby railroad 59, 31, 47, 92 and 66 essentially the same? So a hormby railroad 31 side frame would fit them? Cheers
  11. Edging towards the finish line today structure wise. New foot boards were fitted, formed from .5mm styrene and sanded to shape. Upright vac pipes by Dave Franks fitted. They needed gentle bending to the offset shape. Go too far and they will snap!! Outer end lamp irons were fitted next. These are made from .25mm styrene as the back plate. The bracket is made from the rungs of an etch ladder, cut out, bent to shape and glued into a .4mm hole. A bit of a cobble together but I am happy with the final look. I am beginning to spot glaring errors of the "How did I manage to do that?" v
  12. A tad more progress today. I broke my .4mm drill bit on the second hand rail hole of the evening. For some reason I thought it would be a good idea to start at 10.30pm! No, it wasn't. After ordering a new set of drills online I found a .4mm bit in an old drill set as is the way of things. Anyway, hand rails are in place and I have also started to fit the L.M.Supplies buffers and hooks. I have used the packers as I have decided to finish it as a vac piped van.
  13. This really looks like a really interesting subject for a layout. The scale of the ferry is quite unique.
  14. Now then chaps, I have a decision to make here. I received some bits from Dave Franks this morning so I can go either way with tgis one. @hmrspaul when do you feel this example you show was piped through and painted Olive green? It looks in places on the paint work that bauxite might be showing through. Would anyone agree with this? Am I right in thinking Olive green arrived in the late 60's but would have been most common throughout the 70's?
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