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  1. Like you I haven't lost any commode handles from my Maunsells, but when about to purchase one once I noticed a handle was missing, I pointed it out to the dealer, who produced another coach from his stock, this one had a damaged handle which was found when he checked the coach out of the box. I did eventually find a perfect one.
  2. I prefer handles that don't fall off ,or are very fragile and easily broken. Moulded handles are not noticeable from several feet away when the train in running, dodgy glazing is.
  3. Here is another example of Hornby's successful efforts with flush glazing, on their 2HAL. And this model was produced in the ' Design clever ' era, I believe. To my eyes, at least in photographs, the glazing on the Bulleids is unacceptable. I'll reserve final judgement until my set arrives from Derails.
  4. Many thanks for the images Market65. Having seen your images, I have to say that the glazing on the doors looks OK. But on the quarter and side lights the glazing is not only too recessed but seems to have quite a noticeable prismatic effect. I find this astonishing when Hornby have modelled flush glazing almost perfectly in the past. I think the enclosed image of their 1935 BCK shows how well it can be done.
  5. The third coach in an all steel ' Porthole ' composite, also modelled by Bachmann.
  6. I thought exactly the same thing. SK had no real input at all. It was almost as though he had never seen or been told about the coaches before hand, and no one had bothered to brief him about them before the ' interview '. Doesn't matter the coaches have sold themselves, can't wait.
  7. I find that very hard to believe. Think about the amount of work involved. How do you make a window shallower?. New glass , new sheeting around the window, new two part metal/rubber fixing to hold glass in place, alterations to interior wood work around window. I take my hat off to two very knowledgeable gentlemen, but on this occasion I think some proof is needed.
  8. I'm not entirely sure of my facts, but I think the reference to the 63' stock refers to the four sets that were built on 63' underframes in identical style to the 59' sets. The major difference being an extra 3rd class compartment in each coach. For coach diagramming purposes they may have each been classed as the same type irrespective of length.
  9. I'm not sure where Hornby obtained this piece of nonsense from. The horizontal cover strip under the windows was added as the panel welds began to split. This did not involve any alterations to the window size. But full marks to Hornby for tooling the coaches as built, and then tooling for later bodyside mods. If Hornby ever produce a set in Blood and Custard, then the ' as built ' tooling should be used.
  10. I live in a small, modern detached house, none of the rooms are large enough for a half decent OO gauge model railway, but fortunately there is an ideal strip of land behind a retaining wall for a long, fairly narrow garden railway. Otherwise the hobby would have died out ( not even started in my case ). I do know a couple of people for whom a model railway is not possible eg. house size, room occupancy, loft converted for another bedroom, no spare time or money. Another point to consider is the very high price of present day RTR. Fortunately for manufacturers some can afford those prices, much more could put off newcomers to the hobby.
  11. I couldn't have put better myself !.
  12. Mainline and Airfix/GMR started the ball rolling which led to the high detail models we have today. As they were then new to the market, it's a pity they did not take the opportunity to start afresh with correct gauge track. Then today everything would be accurate. I can see why they stuck to 00, but it's a shame none the less.
  13. An excellent suggestion!. And restriction 1 too, we haven't had any of these in RTR yet.
  14. Yes, it's a good job that Hornby's Bulleids are reasonably priced, relatively speaking, as three are required to make up a set ( unless you model 1967, when the survivors ran as loose vehicles ). I hope these coaches sell well, and encourage Hornby to produce more SR prototypes.
  15. Absolutely correct on all counts, Sir. You did well to recall that the handrails were oval. I think I had forgotten that. If Hornby have printed them brown, it's going to be a swine to correct.
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