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  1. Looks a lot better around the wheels. There's still work to do around the boiler.
  2. Thanks, I'll go ahead. They are models of the SECR 01 in WW1 austerity grey, the black wheels don't look quite right.
  3. I have a couple of resin models that are sitting on the standard Hornby 0-6-0 chassis. This is the modern chassis with suspension on the rear axle. I would like to give the wheels a bit of paint - they should be grey and slightly weathered - but they are made of some kind of plastic with metal rims. I think the plastic may be ABS or nylon, the sort of plastic that does not take paint well and may peel. Does anyone have experience of painting these type of wheels?
  4. This is Halfords 'Rover Brooklands Green'. Terrible paint job on an old battery case but it gives some idea of the colour. Under indoor lighting it looks darker and colder.
  5. I like the HMRS transfers but they don't have everything. Fox Transfers fill some of the gaps.
  6. Hope this isn't straying too far off topic but sometimes the little byways are interesting. The picture earlier of a British soldier - WW1, infantry (tropical) - may be somewhat idealised. My grandfather was in Egypt and Palestine in 1916-18 and he sent back a few photos. The mighty British army looks surprisingly ramshackle in this picture, are any two hats the same? I like the Terry Thomas character in the middle. The photo has 'Lewis Gunners' written on the back of it. This second photo has 'Cairo Train' on written the back, it might be the train from Alexandria, where they arrived by boat, to Cairo. This is the Egyptian State Railway, 3-plank open wagons built up with roofs to keep the sun off I think. Where are the brakes?
  7. What to do with unwanted vacuum cylinders? Just improvising some kind of machinery with a few bits from the scrap box. They are pumps or motors perhaps? More impressionist than modelling anything specific.
  8. Traction engines being transported from Ransomes' : https://www.flickr.com/photos/imt_image_archive/24206337434/in/album-72157663756160010/ Another load, they look like horse wagons on railway wagons: https://www.flickr.com/photos/imt_image_archive/24716658692/in/album-72157663756160010/ All on the Great Eastern at Ipswich
  9. Gill Sans was commissioned by Monotype in the late 1920s and is regarded by many as a copy of Edward Johnson's Railway Type, which was commissioned by London Underground before the Great War. There are all sorts of stories about how Eric Gill came to the design but many think that he was employed as a kind of fig leaf to cover up Monotype's copy of Johnson's design, which was copyrighted. Gill Sans became hugely popular in Britain, it was used by the LNER, by Penguin Books, on factory notices everywhere and is still used for titling by the BBC. What the London Underground typeface and Gill Sans have in common is their humanistic proportions - the same proportions as classic book typefaces like Garamond. Essentially, they are like a classic serif typeface with the serifs taken off. Most sans serif typefaces before this had very different, rather boxy, proportions known as 'gothic' in the US and 'grotesque' in Europe. The LBSCR lettering is just that - lettering - and not a proper typeface. Looking at photos I agree that Arial is a reasonable likeness. Keep away from Helvetica which has a very peculiar capital 'R'. Akzidenz Grotesk is another interesting one, it was used by Swiss railways and resembles much of the lettering of this era. Sorry to be so pedantic but I am a bit of a type-oholic. ( I have a huge collection of fonts )
  10. I got some Archers rivets a while back when I was building locomotives, I got sheet AR88001 which is a general purpose set. They are nice but I think they are a bit small as a representation of the mighty fastenings the Victorians used. Mostly I have used the largest on the sheet, 0.36mm, the others are tiny. If I was starting again I would probably get sheet AR88009. Ideally I would have both: AR88001 - 0.008" (0.20mm), 0.011" (0.28mm), 0.014" (0.36mm) AR88009 - 0.015" (0.38mm), 0.025" (0.64mm), 0.035" (0.89mm)
  11. Looking good, keep the pictures coming. What's the long SECR van in the picture? I'm thinking I want one.
  12. "... in 1898 the South Eastern completed the first of its 'Midland Railway style' 20-ton vans. These were a carbon-copy of the standard MR six-wheeled van to that company's diagram 393, which had been built since 1886. Exactly how the South Eastern came to use a Midland Railway design is not known to the authors, but it was probably the result of an interworking agreement between the two companies. There were several locations at which traffic was passed from one system to the other, in particular via the Metropolitan Widened lines across London and there were probably locations where there might not have been clearance for the outward opening doors of SER brake vans to open far enough to allow the guard to leave the van. [...] In time, the SECR modified the design somewhat, resulting in a purely South Eastern vehicle." An Illustrated History of Southern Wagons vol.3
  13. If you have to opportunity you might be able to do the handrails better than I did. It might involve soldering some brass rod. There are pictures of the van that can be found by googling 'SECR brake van'. This one on Wikipedia - https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:SECR_6w_brake_van.jpg And on this page - http://www.preservation.kesr.org.uk/wagons-vans/102 The KESR van is a conversion from single ended to double which explains some of the detail like the extra wooden rail of the verandah end.
  14. The Ipswich Maritime Trust have put some interesting pictures of the docks in this archive, including quite a lot of railway content: https://www.flickr.com/photos/imt_image_archive/albums Like this - https://www.flickr.com/photos/imt_image_archive/24228993273/in/album-72157664185274902/
  15. HMRS Southern Railway goods sheet, about half of it is pre-grouping. I have some more transfers from Foxes but I like methfix the best.
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