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  1. Would it be feasible to adapt something like the Magnorail car system to run under a plateway track? The rails themselves could be strips of L section plastic strips.
  2. This was also the era of the Rover JET1 gas turbine car. It managed to top 150 mph in 1952 and is now in the Science Museum.
  3. I have a "What If" query regarding this locomotive. If it had been delivered before Nationalisation what would have been the livery and possible running number? The black and silver scheme was used on the LMS twins and seems to have been selected by British Railways as standard for the other early prototypes. If it carried a GWR livery I'm assuming it would have been in lined loco green with brass number-plates instead of the large silver numbers. The model is a bit too expensive to buy for a "nevawazza" repaint but it would be interesting to see it running as a Great Western engine.
  4. I've have used mini side-cutter bits in my Dremel. You need to have a reasonably steady hand but it is relatively easy to do. I place the buffer beam/kit end on some scrap balsa and line up a steel rule along the slot line. Starting in the middle I carefully mill the slot up and down until it is the required length.
  5. Have you thought about looking for some American HO scale bogies of the appropriate style and size and re-wheel them with British size wheels? I think 9' wheelbase HO scale would work out at roughly 8' in OO scale. Dave R.
  6. That is the type of shop that I used to search for in the past. Often you could find some 'new old stock' toys and models tucked away in a back corner or rear storeroom. I found one here in a South Oz country town back in the mid seventies that had Dublo rolling stock and early bagged Airfix kits still marked with pre-decimal prices (Oz went decimal in 1966). Dave R.
  7. Although you should not take some of his descriptions at face value, the following are from Ernest Carter's 1952 "Britain's Railway Liveries 1825 - 1948" Edit: Sorry - put the pages on in the wrong order.
  8. Hi Corbs, I couldn't decide whether to flag this as 'Like' or 'Craftsmanship'. I always find it interesting the amount of time and work required just to make a shortish commercial. Did you storyboard the whole thing beforehand or just said 'a model train would be good here'? Also did you get to keep the props as part of your fee? As always, I like your work! Dave R
  9. I have one of those on my main layout. I've done away with the crane that came with it and replaced it with a modified Ratio hand crane.
  10. Have you thought about trying to modify the Dapol (ex Airfix) dockside crane kit. As the kit is undersized for a dockside version you could probably hack it around to make something like the one in the picture of 30108 being coaled up. Edit to add - the rail breakdown crane from Dapol may be a better option for kit bashing.
  11. In all the time I've had this photo I had never payed much attention to the chimney. As they say "you learn something new every day". Comparing the 1927 photo with the 1938 one it appears that, when the cab was flared out, new side sheets may have been fitted. The prominent rivets on the cab side seem to have disappeared - bit hard to tell with the 1938 shot but it does appear to be smoother.
  12. This is the full photo that I cropped for m y previous post. If anyone holds the copyright to this I can remove it upon request.
  13. Thanks for the photo info. I did have a file at one time listing any details of photographers, dates and location for most of the photos in my collection so that the files could be saved just under a title such as GWR xxxx or LNWR xxx etc. but I seems to have misplaced it when I upgraded my computer. It does make it difficult to attribute the provenance of the bulk of my collection. The pic in your link is from a slightly different angle from the one I have but appears to be taken at the same time. The gasometer is framing the cab in the pic I posted whereas it is behind the tender in the linked photo. The other photo I have of this particular engine shows the cover in place and could be from the Gloucester and Warwickshire website. There is a coach in the background of that shot with the GWR roundel on the side.
  14. Going through my photo collection I've found the majority of the later period Bulldog shots to have the cover on the firebox side. Nos. include 3327, 3331, 3340, 3372, 3378, 3383, 3399, 3406, 3437 & 3450 Peacock. One of the pics of 3399 Ottawa appears to have the cover missing.
  15. I have used the old Peco sets in a number of models over the years, including the Kitmaster models for which they were designed (I still have about half a dozen Southern Region Mark 1 kits to build). I recently found that I was down to my last set of four different kits and started looking for them online only to discover how much they have increased in price over the years. This being so, I have started to use colour photo-copies (on thin card) from the remaining sets which, when assembled, can't be distinguished from the originals. Dave R.
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