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  1. I was just thinking (I do that occasionally) about the last couple of pictures you posted. I hope that you are being careful with the shavings and sandings from the resin. They are not something that are very beneficial to the lungs. I always use a face mask when working with resin and wash my hands thoroughly when finished.
  2. I'm looking forward to how this build goes for you. I may be a GWR fan but I have always liked this class. I just noticed your updated avatar pic. "Votes For Women"! You'll all be asking for equal pay before we know it! (For anyone without a sense of humor the above line is a JOKE. In South Oz last December we celebrated 125 years of Women's Suffrage which gave the major part of the population not only the right to vote but also the right to stand for Parliament.)
  3. The March 1968 MRC has plans for 'GWR brick-built signal box at Torre'. The front and left elevations are at 4mm scale and the rear and right are at 2mm scale. it is quite a large (tall) box but I have adapted the plans in the past for smaller scratch built versions. If you can't find a copy elsewhere drop me a PM and I'll send you a scan.
  4. "It were always raining in Denley Moor . . . I remember that . . . 'cept on days it were fine, and there weren't many of them . . . not if you include drizzle as rain . . ."
  5. I don't think the Special DX Goods is a GEM model. I have a feeling it was from the M&L Premier Kit range. From memory, they also made a number of other LNWR locos - possibly a 5'6" 2-4-2T, an 0-4-0ST and 'Cornwall' both as a regular tender engine and the inspection saloon variation. I have about half a dozen GEM LNWR kits built/building at present. My GEM 4'6" 2-4-2T no.2504 is to be redecorated as Cardiff Railway 'The Earl of Dumfries' when I can find out more information about the lining etc. I don't know if it carried the LNWR lining in Cardiff service or a simplified variant.
  6. I've had a similar problem with this model which I bought new when they first came out. It ran well for many years before the power problems started. The wheel quartering was the next problem as the plastic gear and spacers packed up with the loco then spending a fair amount of time as a siding decoration. A couple of years ago I purchased replacement spacers and gears from Peter's Spares and completely disassembled the chassis, cleaning everything thoroughly before reassembly. Adding a new set of brushes and springs to the motor has made it run again just like new although it is not up to the quality of the updated Bachmann model.
  7. I was wondering how common a problem I've had with K's tender drives is and if anyone has had the same problem. I have four of these (for many, many years) and only recently noted that the pick-ups on all of them were wired up to run the reverse of the bulk of my RTR and kit built models. Some of them I bought new back in the 70's which only goes to show how often I've used them. Two of them were still in the boxes in which they had left the factory, still wrapped in the original tissue paper, with the other pair fitted to an old modified Kitmaster City of Truro (a very nice conversion to a Badminton) and a Stirling Single which I had bought second hand a long time ago. Over the last few days I have corrected them to run the 'right' direction when power is supplied. Three of them were quite easy as they had two white metal castings held together with self tapping screws. All I had to do was flip the wheels sets from one side to the other and solder on new pick-ups. The last one had a heavier one piece casting with the axles held in place by two brass rods soldered to the base - probably and earlier product from K's and maybe kit built. As I didn't want to dismantle the whole thing I managed to pull all the wheels from the axles and swap sides, finishing with re-soldering the pick-up into place. Was this the common way these left the factory or have I managed to find four wrongly assembled drives? Dave R.
  8. How about for next year adding Dean's 4-2-4T? Something that could scarcely leave the shed without derailing must be quirky enough for a lot of people.
  9. I'm still interested in the history of no. 35 in the above photo. As I mentioned, it looks to be a Sharp Brothers product. Unfortunately my collection of information for the LNWR is very poor compared to my GWR library but I do have a bit of a soft spot (and I don't mean a bog) for the trains heading north from Euston.
  10. The LNWR Southern Division had the two Wilson/Joy 'Jenny Lind', nos 208 & 209, mentioned in my previous post. They were standard 'off the shelf' designs from this company of which over 70 were built for various railways. There were also very similar locomotives built by various other manufacturers. I keep hoping that Chris of 5&9 does bring the Jenny kit back as I've always wanted to build a model of the West Midland Railway (OW&W) 'Will Shakspere' (note spelling). As mentioned most of these early locos were supplied painted green with some of them having the flutes in the dome and safety valve picked out in other colours such as red.
  11. Southern Division nos. 208 & 209 were both 'Jenny Lind' type 2-2-2's delivered in 1848 by Wilson's. The same year they supplied 2-2-2's 201 to 204 to the Sth Div. These were outside cylinder locos of a similar design nicknamed 'Jenny Red Legs'. A quick check through my references has not come up with any on the Northern Division but I stand to be corrected. Edit to add: The photo of no. 35 above could be a Sharp 2-2-2 delivered in the late 1840's. A lot of the fittings seem similar to the drawing of no. 4 from the Locomotive Magazine reproduced in the Mike Sharman book 'The London North Western Railway' from Oakwood Press.
  12. Very impressive for first efforts. For drawings you could use back issues of a number of model railway mags such as RM (as above) and Model Railway Constructor. As you seem to be favouring Southern prototypes keep a look out for J H Russell's 'A Pictorial Record of Southern Locomotives'.
  13. 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.
  14. 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.
  15. 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.
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