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  1. That would fit in with when my GGF bought the one for me as he died mid 1970. Dave R.
  2. That was the only actual train set that I owned. It was bought for me as a Christmas present by my Great Grandfather shortly before he passed away. I had it for many years but hardly ever used it as I was mainly interested in running steam outline (especially GWR & WR) and could never often bring myself to run a "modern" blue diesel on my various layouts. I eventually sold it in the late 80's to raise funds for more up to date models. Through the late 60's and early 70's I was given various locos and rolling stock at the appropriate birthdays and holidays. The first locomotive I actua
  3. My (stalled) 'Glamorgan Railway' project was planned to use various modified RTR models and kits for locomotives and rolling stock. The most ambitious class (for South Wales at least) was the express passenger 'Castell' class 2-2-2 locomotive No.3 'Castell Coch'. This partly completed conversion is based on the Bachmann TTTE 'Emily' suitably shortened at the front end with a modified cab profile and various spares box boiler fittings such as a Dean chimney, misc. dome and safety valve. The GR passenger loco scheme is very similar to the LNER garter blue A4's including the red wheels and black
  4. The process has been around for quite a while. I was just reading an article in Railway Modeller Vol. 1 No. 3 from Feb/Mar 1950 on the construction of an O-gauge LNWR 'Bloomer' where the author states "Photo-etched name and number plates are of course included. These were made, to my own drawings, by students at a local Technical College as a laboratory execise."
  5. Have you had a look at Modelu's range? They are a bit expensive in G scale but have extremely good detail being scans of real people. e.g. City Gent https://www.modelu3d.co.uk/product/1658/ Another option for detailed figures would be Hardy's Hobbies: https://hardyshobbies.co.uk/
  6. Most of my old Triang locos and rolling stock run quite well on Peco code 100. Some of the very oldest such as a late 50's Princess do make a bit of noise and occasionally derail the front bogie going through modern points but on the whole are fairly reliable. Dave R.
  7. This would explain why one I placed a bid for on ebay a couple of years ago went for over £100. It was a very nicely painted with the GWR roundel, safety valve with top feed and the original SR/Essar mech which did not appear to have much running. I always wondered why a non prototypical loco sold for so much money. Dave R.
  8. In this scan (5600 class Diag A30) you can see a dotted line inside the outer cladding.
  9. I would be interested in how you get on with the Buffet Car labeling. I am building two 1938 H55 cars, one with the red seating and chequered floor and the other with green and wood floor. These have been on the back burner of late mainly due to the lack of suitable lettering. This is someones model. I think they have a thread on the forum relating to it but I can't remember who posted it and when.
  10. I think anyone who considers themselves to be a modeller would be interested. It's the same reason we have always bought the magazines and attended the shows. We like to see a bit of ingenuity and craft which inspires us to try something similar and to pick up the saw or scalpel and start our own hacking. I have been watching this conversion with interest and can only say keep up the good work! Dave R.
  11. I recently serviced and repaired a Märklin train set for a chap who does home help cleaning for the elderly. He has had it since he was a boy in the Netherlands in the 1960's and brought it out to Australia when he emigrated but had not used it in about 30 years. I was able to buy the various parts online and had it up and running in no time. When I advised him that it was ready to collect I had it all set up in the lounge room. When I heard him arrive I set it running then opened the door and invited him in. Seeing the look on his face you could easily visualise the 6 year old he was when he
  12. The Railway Modeller ad shows a bit of the internal mechanism via cut-aways.
  13. Reading back through my previous post I noticed that I had neglected to mention a very important step when pouring the first half of the mould. Before pouring the RTV or plaster you should make 3 or 4 indents in the plasticine with a rod to make registration points for when the two halves of the mould are joined for casting. If this is not done it is fairly easy ceate a misalignment which leads to mis-shapened castings. Dave R.
  14. My father had both the Graham Farish 9400 and the Prairie in the early 1960's so the 1961 date appears to be right. I haven't as yet been able to find a review of the 9400 class although I must admit to not searching very hard. I have found an advertisement for the Prairie in a double page spread in the March-April 1951 Railway Modeller. Sold at the time as a kit the prices were: Unpainted 79/6, Black 84/- and Green 89/- plus 1/- for P&P. The advert states a limit of two locos per order and only available direct from Formo Products. I have a 9400 from the 1970's which is still going s
  15. I have cast a fair amount of metal parts over the years using both RTV and plaster moulds. RTV is great for complex shapes that may require undercuts etc. to the parts whereas plaster is handy for simple pieces. RTV is best if you need a large number of copies of a part. Plaster moulds only give you a few castings before they are no longer any use. I make a simple card container (sometimes the bottom of a milk carton will do) and place a layer of plasticine in the base into which I press the master. At this stage I use some scrap plastic or wood to make basic pouring gates. They nearly
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