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  1. I believe the Gladiator K2 is the ex Fourtrack kit which was from London Road before that. I haven't built the K2 but I have built a couple of others from Fourtrack and, although 'old school', built up without problems. I can't say whether Gladiator have done any upgrades since they took over the design. There is an old RMWeb thread here that may be of interest. Cheers, Ray.
  2. You are correct the regulator handle is the black top hung vertical lever. The small red lever is the driver's vacuum brake valve which admits air to the system applying the brakes throughout the train. The gauge above the window would be the vacuum gauge measured in inches of mercury. The GWR (and BRW) ran at 25" - the rest ran at 21". The L shaped handle is the carriage hand brake and only used as a parking brake. The brass gong is for bell signals by which the driver communicates with the fireman who remains on the loco. There is also an external gong for warning of the train's approac
  3. A 'preserved' example exists at Quorn GCR having been relocated from the Churnet Valley last year in a semi-derelict state. Originally seen as a source of spares (IIRC) it has been tidied up pending a final decision. See: https://departmentals.com/departmental/041979 Ray.
  4. His contact details on the G0G traders' list: Midland Railway Centre Dave Smith 31 Netherfield Rd Kettering Northamptonshire United Kingdom NN15 6DY Contact Details 01536 410536 Email: [email protected]
  5. I'm not really sure why some kit manufactures seem to prefer nickel silver to brass for frames. I've used both and haven't found brass any less effective. Some grades of brass are harder than others but the 0.7 mm sheet normally available from a model supplier should be perfectly adequate. The strength/rigidity of the frame depends more on the number and location of the spacers. Cheers, Ray.
  6. I've bought brass and n/s sheet and shapes from K&S Metals. They are a U.S. based supplier but are retailed in model and hobby shops in many countries - even in the Isle of Man ! I Googled "K&S Metals nl " and see there are several stockists of K&S in the Netherlands e.g. https://www.modelbouwshopnederland.nl/en_GB/c-1724856/flexible-metal-k-s-metals/ or, specifically, for brass sheet https://www.modelbouwshopnederland.nl/a-6817486/messingplaat/messingplaat-200x200x0-5-mm-ae7755-02/#descripti Hope this helps, Ray.
  7. It looks like one of Malcolm Binns' excellent 'Sidelines' kits. Like you, Simon, I don't enjoy building carriages but NPCS are O.K. - I think it must be all those hinges and door handles. I took the easy way out and got most of mine RTR from Malcolm ! Cheers, Ray.
  8. .....and sometimes sources are contradictory. 'Officially' the Siphon G's to Diag.O22 were electrically lit and this was repeated in Slinn & Co.'s Siphons book. MRN of 10/52 has a drawing of an 022 which actually shows a dynamo and battery boxes. However the Swindon works photo of the first O22 (number 1270) to be built clearly shows gas tanks - as does every other photo of an O22 that I can find. I find the research for a model to be just as rewarding as actually building it. Ray.
  9. According to the RCTS BR Std Steam Locos Vol 2 75003 12.59 75004 10.10.62 75005 9.2.62 75006 16.12.60 75008 12.2.61 75020 28.11.58 75022 1.59 75026 25.6.62 75029 20.5.57 (experimental) 11.2.60 (production version). Hope this helps. Ray.
  10. Carriages don't use handrail knobs Amanda. Have a look on CPL (I'm sure there are also other suppliers) for grab irons etc. Apologies in advance if I've misunderstood your post. Ray.
  11. Was Chris Klein ever involved with Lionheart? I thought that it was a Mr. Webster that had Lionheart and works with Dapol. Ray.
  12. Hi Amanda, When I built my Kirk Siphon G I made the mistake of dismissing the 7' bogies supplied as too crude and bought an overpriced pair of JLRT American bogies (dia.O22 Siphons had both types). After a frustrating build due to ill fitting parts I decided that the 7' bogies actually suited it better and the ones supplied in the Kirk 'kit' were worth detailing. The biggest improvement I made was to the secondary suspension. I threw away the plastic 'donuts' that represented the coil springs and made new ones from sections of ball point pen springs, dog-bone shaped brass spring holder
  13. ...... and a 4F at Bolton c.1962 with LMS clearly showing under a very thin coat of black paint on the tender. Ray.
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