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  1. Thanks for the suggestions everyone. I’ll look into parksides mountings. This was the part I was struggling sourcing the most.
  2. Hi everyone, I need some replacements for the 3 items circled. Can anyone suggest which parts I need in particular the mounting block screwed to the frames - and where to source from? Many thanks
  3. Does anyone know how coaling cranes used to operate at MPDs . I am thinking of those similar to Bournemouth and Guildford. From what I can tell they lifted skips of coal that were emptied into the tenders but how were the skips loaded. Were they hand filled straight out of wagons? Any info appreciated. Thanks.
  4. This time, I have finished working on the old Hornby chassis, making it look much more Shark-like in appearance. The idea was to move the wheelsets in towards the centre of the chassis to make space for the ballast ploughs. The original wheels are located in holes in the moulded plastic frames - but in the completely wrong place for a Shark. So the first job was to open up the slots in the base of the frames. These slots allow enough clearance for the wheels, so they had to be extended towards the centre for the new wheel positions. The left hand side had been done in the photo below.
  5. Here is the progress made so far with the brake van conversion. I think it is starting to capture the look of a Shark which is the main idea. The project was never meant to be a faithful replica so i'm happy with how it looks. Here's a picture so you can make your own judgement! All the main body structure is now complete. The sides have all been constructed from 40 thou plasticard with extra pieces of framework made from strips also cut off a sheet of plasticard. The 2 inside walls/doors into the cabin have been reused from the old Hornby model. The lamp irons have been made from my
  6. I have made some progress with the body today. I didn't say at the start, but i don't expect this model to be of finescale standards. Hopefully though it will still capture the look of the real thing reasonably acurately! I have removed the moulded on handrails that will now be in the wrong place and made start on rebuilding the bodywork. All of the pieces have been cut from a sheet of 40thou plasticard. The internal walls of the brake van are reusuable from the original. Also I have cut out the duckets from the original sides. In the new side i've made a square hole and glued the du
  7. This is my first ever go at converting an item of RTR stock so maybe slightly ambitious! The basis is this old Hornby LMS 20T brake van i've had for a while. I don't model the LMS and nor am I likely to, so this became a perfect candidate for my first project. I have scaled down some pictures of a shark brake van to 4mm scale and printed them off to use as drawings. First job was to dismantle the brake van and identify the useful bits. The wheels are lima ones, replacing the original Hornby wheels. I will need to modify the chassis quite heavily - the wheels need to m
  8. Thanks everyone for the advice. Hopefully that will get me off to a better start!
  9. Hi, I have a plan to convert the Hornby LNER clerestory or Ratio midland coaches to resemble loosely some Isle of Wight stock. But can anyone help with what paint (manufacturer and colour) i would need to represent them in BR condition? I think they ran in both green and red at different times. (An aerosol would probably give me the best finish as i'm not the neatest with a paint brush ) Can anyone suggest what decals I can use for the numbering and lettering as well and advise on a varnish to seal them? Thanks
  10. A depot of that size would have a few crew vans and probably a flatbed. There would probably be a road rail on tracking point near the depot so you would see a road rail excavator and trailer that has just been delivered by road or waiting to be collect. You can almost guarantee there will be a pile of temporary/emergency speed boards and magnets piled up in a corner (the flourescent yellow type). Small plant is normally kept in shipping containers. There may be a few small tools lying around like generators, stressing kits, possession marker boards etc. There would be a few new rails and s&am
  11. I have one of those too! Again it's another model where you really can't complain for £1.99.
  12. I thought that this may be of interest to anyone looking for a cheap metal diecast vehicle/conversion project. This was £1.99 from Atlas Editions.... It looks almost identical to my Corgi trackside Foden, so i'm guessing the tooling has been borrowed? All in all a good model for £1.99!
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