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    Model railways in P4, prototype interests the railways in Telford. Author of 12 books on railways on ex LMS l and BR standards. Motor cycles, particularly Hinckley Triumphs. Military history, particularly the Napoleonic wars. All books by Bernard Cornwall.

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  1. Apologies chaps, the Martin Finney kit that was top of his poll and then sold badly was not a Barnum but a Stella. As a founder of Brassmasters we always struggled to determine what the next model should be and how it would sell, it never worked out as we thought! But as we only produced models that we wanted and were interested in in made the selection easier. David
  2. Regarding “poles” to identify future projects it’s fraught with dangers, people might say they want a particular model, but when it appears, it does not sell. I remember Martin Finney doing some polling to discover what ex GWR model to do next and the 2-4-0 Barnum came top by a long way. After it was produced it was the worst seller in the range! The strange thing is that odd balls seem to sell, one of SEF best sellers is the ex GER Decopod and models of other odd balls such as GT3 are in the offing. David
  3. Regarding models built by “ names” one that should be added to the list is the late great John Hayes who built mainly in P4 with some O Gauge commissions. Not only were the locos superbly built, but they ran like I sowing machines. John did not build many locos on commission but I have been fortunate to see a number of his locos. The P4 locos would also give a lie to the view that models in P4 would not attract high prices as I would suspect that they would fetch prices north of £800.00. John was not only a great modeller but a lovely man who was willing to help anybody. Sadly missed.
  4. Robin, looks really good. How does the Bachmann Jubilee cope with 11 coaches? I like the Devonian headboard. David
  5. Re building Jidenco wagon kits, yes some can be built into a decent model, but the first hurdle to cross is that as supplied for vans and CCTs the sides are full length and the ends full width so the don’t fold up into a box! The solution is to break off the ends, trim, clean up and then solder to the folded up sides. The etches were drawn out by a person who had no concept of assembly. The under frames and castings can usually be consigned to the bin. David
  6. Re the wondering of the Grange into deepest Yorkshire, the change over point for the inter regional workings going north was in fact Nottingham and there are lots of photos of ex GW locos at Nottingham using the turntable at the station. I have a photo of the Grange sitting at Huddersfield shed and apparently the shed master was doing his best to keep photographers away. The loco when it arrived at Crewe went down the line to Wellington and then on to Oxley. David
  7. Tony talks about the Claytons being unreliable and catching fire, unfortunately only one of those was true. Yes they were unreliable but they did not catch fire ( that was the North British Type 2s). The problem with the Claytons was that they were proposed by Claytons with the Rolls Royce V8 engines ( Claytons were owned by Rolls Royce) but the BR board insisted on a different engine ( from Paxman) which had never been used ( except for a single 2 car unit that never entered revenue service) in rail service. The result was failure after failure. I have an official Clayton document which shows that there were crank shaft failures on locos before delivery! This was a classic case where the British Railways board were pressurised by Paxman to give them a share of the Pilot scheme diesels, the result finished any chance of Claytons building more main line locomotives and resulted in the premature withdrawal of the Claytons.
  8. I painted my 4mm industrial; Garratt last week using a tin of Cherrys Furness Red which I have had for 10 years, last used 6 years ago to paint a friends loco. The result, still tacky after 5 days indoors and lots of tiny bits (despite using an electric "whizzy" for 10 minutes). I should no better as Ian Rathbone told me this many years ago. So it will have to be stripped and a fresh tin of paint bought.
  9. In the absence of any feedback I went with the Furness Red, looks the right colour. However I have fallen foul of using a tin of paint that is some years old which has created 2 problems, one the paint is still tacky after 5 days (indoors in the warmth) and secondly it has lots of tiny bits in it. So will have to strip and repaint. David
  10. I think that there is another difference that the model of Hardwick has over the LNWR condition. The preserved Hardwick has 4 washout plugs on the firebox so if the model is to be backdated then these will need filling in. David
  11. I have a finished 4mm kit for one of the industrial Garretts ( Sneyd No 3) which is currently in primer. The question is what colour would be a good match. The only colour photo I have seen shows a deep red, but should I go for a Furness red or a Midland Railway red? It is not clear from any of the photos I have if there was any lining either. David
  12. I lived in what is now Telford from 1961 and have been researching the area ever since. Have you had a look at the following books?
  13. A change of topic for the collective. Paul Marshall Potter recently reported that one of his Hornby Re built Patriots has suddenly developed the dreaded “Mazak Rot” in the chassis. Now Mazak rot is nothing new and I believe it is caused by impurities in the metal, but I had thought that more recent models would not suffer from it. My real concern is that many of the recent RTR models not only make use of Mazak for the chassis but things like foot plates, boilers and other parts ( the Hornby Peckett is almost all Mazak castings). The Hornby re built Scots and Patriots are of course not covered by warranty but are soon to be unusable. Has any one else had issues with Mazak on more recent models? David
  14. Referring to the thread about getting models made by professionals, I employ a different approach, that of collaborative modelling. I enjoy building and painting but the chassis I build are a bit hit and miss as far as good running. I do however like painting and weathering, so I now have loco chassis built by my friend Tony Sheffield and I paint and weather his wagons as well as painting and weathering his locos. I also do the same with that supreme modeller Dave Holt, I paint, line out and weather his locos and he does some superb detailing (Injector pipework etc ) on my locos. Attached a photo of a BR 84xx Dave Holt built and which I have painted, lined out and weathered. No money changes hands but everyone is happy! David
  15. The ex LNWR brake van was destroyed by fire, I understand this was deliberate by the site owners! David
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