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  1. A question for who has built one. Was the firebox blackhead a custom moulding / casting to account for the shape of the cab front? I won a box of bits from the bay of E which will eventually become Seagull. They included the RHD casting that was issued belatedly when they realized that the Flying Scotsman wasn't LHD in 1928. I have solved the problem with fibreglass and filler and will alter the details to LHD in due time. I was just curious how this was dealt with at the time. Whilst I am here, were there any known issues with the cab roof. I used the chunk of armour plating as a template to cut a new one from 0.3mm brass which is a little easier to form into the continuous curve (it is the same radius as a wine bottle). It will however require a fair bit of trimming to match the cab front.
  2. A cubic metre =1000 litres. Which, if it is water, weighs a metric tonne.
  3. I built the D2 many years ago. A bit basic but it went together quite well and looked the part. My only challenges were fitting enough lead to balance the loco ( a common problem with 4-4-0s) and shorting on the brake pull rods. This may have had something to do with my choice of cast drivers and the American system of current collection. The double pull rods of a Bullied loco should be real fun! At the risk of teaching egg sucking, and my limited knowledge of the prototype, could I humbly suggest that you accumulate as much prototype information as possible and then select a specific individual locomotive at a precise point in it's life and build it. I must confess that building a spam can is on the bucket list. Enjoy.
  4. My guess is that he got his hands on the old order book. There may well be some export orders that didn't make it to the original intended destination.
  5. 127 of 1864 originally "Tilsit" went to Konigsberg Germany. 158,9,60,61 and 233,4 went to Chile. 206&7 Pero &Betts contractors Russia 369 of 1871 to Humphrey Davy in Berlin 395 of 1871 to Clark & Punchard contractors in Uruguay 567&8 of 1875 to Rio de Janeiro
  6. Possibly due to the use of open carriages / open cab?
  7. I'm not saying it never happened, but I have not heard of a colliery hiring in a loco from BR. (Stand back, duck and be prepared to learn!) a) lack of suitable locomotives in the BR stock b) availability of suitable locomotives from other collieries in the area c) condition of colliery track. My understanding is that there might have been a little flexibility in the boundaries of the exchange sidings and how far a colliery locomotive might stray up to the first signal box. There are many examples of adjacent collieries on a section of main line and no doubt local agreements for NCB stock to run between them during gaps in the timetable.
  8. Neat idea but I fear you will be disappointed. MW seem to have had a practice of numbering the locomotives as they went out of the door, or at least as construction actually began. Having had a quick scan through FW Mabbott's Locomotive Works List there are no blank numbers. The earliest K is #35 from 1861. There is a potted history for each locomotive so I might be able to identify an export model for you to create your own backstory.
  9. have you a scrap box of plastikard and microstrip? most of my shed and cottage doors are sized by the width of Slater's 4mm scale embossed planking. The great joy of modelling buildings is the freedom from exact engineering measurements and rivet counting. If it looks right it probably is.
  10. Another daft question : what is a standard door? 45x18mm might be a good start.
  11. I understand that at Wheldale wagons were on a rope haulage through the screens.
  12. The Omen figures are excellent and I dare not addup how many I have bought over the years. When filling a coach however, you may need to consider the cost and weight of two or three dozen of these little beauties. Cost aside, fitting a full cast person into a coach is a challenge as , unlike the real thing, it cannot sink into the softly sprung upholstery. I have preferred to use the skinny people from Slater's or even the slightly under scale examples from China via the bay of E. The pre painted ones are a little gaudy but can be toned down with a slightly dirty wash of turps and a drop of matt black.
  13. doilum

    Hachette bits

    Still looking, but also need the cab etch for Flying Scotsman.
  14. One helpful cheat if the purists are not looking: using steel links, solder the end and middle link at 90 degrees. The first link is left loose attaching it to the hook. An uncoupling hook can now be inserted through the middle link enabling you to lift the outer link into position. When loose it still dangles realistically and doesn't interfere when propelling forward. Most of my stock has this modification although I am currently converting a few wagons to Dinghams as insurance against shaky hands in old age!
  15. Which is why my SM32 is in the greenhouse. Each running session is preceded by a track inspection for expansion/ contraction issues. It today was fine. In midwinter I may have to swap over some of the Peco rail joiners for ones with a 3mm section of rail soldered midships. These are then removed in the spring. Current continuity is not an issue as Kayti is live steam.
  16. Whilst an air brush is a useful tool there is much to recommend the use of a dirty paint wash as this replicates the prototype. Deposits from exhaust, brakes and oil drips are distributed by rain water staining the ballast. Matt black is an essential part of the pallatte.
  17. On one club layout I spent many Monday evenings with a variety of Humbrol colours hand painting the rail sides, individual chairs and sleepers. Then someone came along with an air brush and tin of Precision track gunge and covered over the whole caboodle. The result was superb. From two metres away it was one homogeneous expanse, close up there was just a hint of my handiwork showing through to create localised variations.
  18. Lots for students to study here. Short trains: you don't have to have 100+ wagons to model a colliery. The lineside fence makes use of condemned winding cable. ( On Frydale I used florists wire as it has no memory). The stunted vegetation trying to get established on almost sterile coal waste, and the mechanical litter gently rusting away in the weeds. First radius curves with gradients to match. And the glorious colour......
  19. And with brass kit built locomotives, overtightened chassis / body screws can induce just enough twist in the frames to cause derailment. It took a while to work out why several of my locos would only run 100% in one direction only.
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