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  1. was tempted by that as well, but not sure how useful it would have been for my 3D design research.
  2. just got an email from LR-Press with some fantastic bargain prices on some books. I ordered a couple of them, as it was too good to pass. https://trains.lrpresse.com/CT-929-destockage-de-fin-d-annee.aspx?utm_source=newsletter&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=promo-LRM-1220-Destockage&utm_content=banner-destock
  3. I agree absolutely John. I tried your suggestion,but I think my browser(Firefox) has changed, as I am sure I used to be able to get at source code(learnt a lot by looking through code, which is main way I used to learn when I worked in IT). But, I noticed a button(also F9) which changed viewing mode slightly and it was then possibly to save images. I tend to do print to pdf for some pages so I can get info relating to images. Found link to page source. What is odd is that F9 version is different, and I think is something Firefox has generated, but it does make images downloadabl
  4. one way to get copies of any image which has settings to stop downloading is a simple screen print. good enough to work from, and another one added to my personal collection. I have found , to my expense, that just saving links to useful pages is OK until someone deletes that page. noticed there is also a pdf copy of this document at bottom of page.
  5. I posted on another thread which touched on this subject and designed some 3d prints for early French wagons. Main problem is finding drawings. Same applies for coaches, but many early French coaches survived in departmental use, or for some very rural lines so drawings are available. Mainly short ones,, but I think I found drawings for other coaches as well. There were alsome early railcars for which I have drawings and would like to do some of those. When it comes to anything WW1 era, the model railway manufacturers weer very slow in doing any of the standard narrow gauge stock, and apa
  6. just a quick note to say there is a Cyber Monday special offer(10% off) from Shapeways starting today for a couple of days.
  7. I have been using Alibre for over 6 years. It is not free, but is not as expensive( a few hundeed not a few thousand!) as some others. Single payment, no annual fees. It is less push and pull, more design and measure. Suits me having spent many years in IT writing code. If something goes wrong it is relatively easy to debug, or work around, and it can do resizing with one simple line of code. There is a free download, with limited time so if you have the time it is worth trying. Oh, and as it is a fully commercial package you can use it for business. Some use free software to create stu
  8. I though most of that Atlas Editions collection was 3mm/ft, but I suppose someone thought that models in the collection should the same size, so the Crampton ended up slightly bigger. Were there any Cramptons operating on 5ft 3in gauge? That would come out pretty close to 16.5mm gauge.
  9. yes definitely looks like the GBL 4mm scale one. Quite often find OO described as HO in foreign outlets. Difficult enough for experienced modellers , but totally confusing for less experienced. Confusing scale and gauge. Having said that I sometimes refer to OO gauge mixed up with OO scale when we know that OO gauge is in fact HO gauge. Ironlcallyone of the locos in that series was actually HO Scale, namely the early loco, I think called Locomotion. It is thought that these models were somehow scanned from original Triang Hornby and early Bachmann, and Bachmann also did a static mode
  10. Also looked at drawings of earlier SR version in book by Mike King. This version has the birdcage roof in centre. Drawing shows guard had a door on both sides. It is odd that one of the models on that website shows one of the later versions of the van with a birdcage roof. It might have been one of the ones which did not survive till the 70s. Frustrating thing is, I had just started working and living in London in Augut 1980, so could have got down to Victoria and seen Night Ferry myself, just before it stopped running. Just found drawings in Novemver 1975 issue o
  11. source of photos found again. A better one of 2nd van suggests it has extra window, and office is other way round, ie door at opposite end,I think http://www.eastbank.org.uk/ferry.htm
  12. Richard , I would rather someone spoke out, even if they then found they were wrong, if it means there is discussion which leeds to more info. I have orderd a copy of that book. Not sure if I had come across it before, but if I had I was not sure what was in it. I found a series of photos of the train , probably taken in final year. Good photos of the vans. The drawing I have matches one of the vans,definitely lower roof than that model . Drawing scales out at 8ft 6in wide, so roof is also British loading gauge. Sliding doors both sides, door to central 'office' only on one side. Ju
  13. I think I have a drawing somewhere. Seem to remember finding photos of one van that still exists in France
  14. delivery times can vary , just remember we are still living with a pandemic. Delivery times for many things vary a lot. Plenty of work for delivery companies at the moment . Also be realistic on costing. If you commissioned someone to scratchbuild , even a basic,model how much would it cost? From the feedback I get , I think most people are happy to pay for something they, otherwise, would have to build a complex kit(which might not be cheap) or scratchbuild.
  15. I keep busy. Designing is very addictive, but by designing for a variety of scales I have worked out what needs to be done for different scales. I use a software package which I had to pay for, not as expensive as some of the better known ones and it suits me. It is normally not a big job to resize any of my designs, but I initially only offer a small range. Those costs, did not realise it was for two coaches, and that postage does look high. I wonder if that is for faster production. Shapeways now charge an extra if you want something quicker.
  16. that is one design I have done myself. http://www.rue-d-etropal.com/3D-printing/3d_printed_sg-trains2-southern.htm#sr-lswr-reb-3sub
  17. Two points that puzzle me. Firstly for harder plastics Shapeways can print down to 0.3mm. I normally go for sightly more than that. Rods(eg bars on windows) have to be minimum of 0.6mm thick. Secondly 75 euros for a 2mm scale or N gauge model sound expensive. My coach bodies are usually less than half that.
  18. I was thinking that . It is quite common for N gauge. A shortish 6 wheel chassis or motor bogie with an extra wheel maybe. I think the LNER type 8 wheel tender would be too short.
  19. I wonder what chassis could be used. The wheelbase is shorter than an 8F, and is actually close to that of a 9F with one wheel removed - as a 2-10-0 version also proposed? From a modelling pont of view in OO, adapting an old Hornby tender driven loco chassis with 8F cylinders/valve gear might be possible. A bogie tender drive might be more tricky. Could the cylinders on the 9F be moved down a bit(or replaced), as rest of motion is similar.
  20. I have been getting Voie Libre since 2000, and just had a look through those issues for ideas, and found that those first issues I got had drawings for stations on the Correze lines. The drawings show what I tend to think of as more traditional French designs. I have also just finished my designs for the A80D1 railcars which ran from mid 50s. On comparing the photos and the drawing in book, I have done main radiator as per photos . Not sure why drawing shows it sticking out more, but maybe it was further modified after it left the line. Luckily I had the Autorail de France book with nice
  21. It might be safer if they just fitted a European plug and an adapter. This is what I have seen with some train produced for European market but sold here. Computer equipment quite often has a Euro plug, encased in a British style casing, with fuse. I think that there was at one time a belief that ring main systems were the way forward, but it is only here in Britain that they are used. French/Euro wiring can look more complex, but in some ways it is simpler. I find the way the Euro 3 pin plugs are designed more worrying, but it is hopefully not as dangerous as it looks. At least we u
  22. someone did asjk me a while back if I was planning a 3D printed model. It is something I am still considering, I do have a scale drawing somewhere.
  23. 1946 would be an interesting year to model, as featured in classic film 'La Bataille de Rail'. The range of stock still around then is immence https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Battle_of_the_Rails
  24. I assume the G probably came from LGB, and as you said stands for the German word Gross. It gets far more confusing when you realise G gauge and G scale are different, but share some things and are used by marketing people to sell into the garden railway market. G gauge is he track gauge, so as long as it runs on that gauge it sems OK to some to use that term. G scale is more complex, and shoyld be one scale, not many as some use it. I think 1/22.5 was the original scale, which I think is same as Gauge 3 or 4. As 1/24 is pretty close it seems to be used more often.
  25. Miniclub is as far as I remember their Z gauge range. The loco in photo does look like a Z gauge one, the couplings definitely are. The Trix range has its own catalogue I think. I have had various one digitally sent via Gaugemaster.
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