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  1. Similar, but not sure the woods match. The valley side in the other pic is very steep. Shouted M&M to me, classic 1950s train formation. There's a pic of 6375 at Conwil on: http://www.disused-stations.org.uk/c/conwil/ My guess looking at the maps would be that the pic is taken at SN 3874 2613 looking ESE; the hillside on the north side of the valley at that point is very steep and the woodland ends at just the right point. Just a tad SE of Conwil station after the river crossing. Nigel
  2. I must confess I find the Bill Bedford jig very useful: https://www.wizardmodels.ltd/shop/tools/e017_4/ For getting handles the same distance from the body, find something of the right thickness to slip behind them when fitting. I did wonder if feeler gauges might be OK but haven't tried them. Nigel
  3. Being a 3mm/ft modeller I'm interested in small motors, and have been trying the small coreless motors appearing on the market. First attempt was a 7x16 motor from ebay; I bought 16 for £25. Here's one fitted to a Metro chassis, with a Mashima 1020 for comparison: I used a High Level Compact+ 54:1 gearbox, replacing the first stage with one having cradle for the motor which is fixed with a strap. The motor is very smooth and quiet; it has been tested under moderate loads and works fine. It's a bit livelier than I would like, but overall works as well as, possibly bette
  4. Been sloshing some paint on the plaster and surrounds: The bank is Tamyia earth touched up with Humbrol earth. The roadway (not visible in this shot) is Green Scenes textured paint, probably Yard Dirt but the colour doesn't matter as it and the bank will get some dilute washes applied to get things to blend in. The fence is a mixture of Humbrol earth and sea grey. I like blending acrylics and they are more pleasant to apply than enamels. Some mixed ground scatter will be applied to the bank and roadway sides. Nigel
  5. Ah!!! This plaster must be about 6 years old and the packet has been left open That explains it. Will probably do for my purposes.
  6. Indeed. People can get hold of Triang points fairly easily. People can't get hold of 14.2mm points. Hence thoughts about a Peco 14.2mm point.
  7. Would Modelmaster be any good? https://modelmaster.uk/88-4mm-diy-private-owner-wagon-lettering
  8. I've a Cambrian 1905 drawing of a 9' wheelbase van which has oil axleboxes, with a note bogie carriage oil axle box. The drawing seems meant to cover both fitted and unfitted vehicles. I've an undated 4-plank wagon drawing showing what looks like grease axle boxes. As far as I can see all Cambrian oil boxes had flat bottoms. So far I've used oil boxes for all my Cambrian goods stock, which in some cases may not be correct!
  9. Looking again at the drawings, the boxes on 1153 have a bottom which is curved rather than flat. I believe Cambrian oil boxes had a flat bottom; if so, this would suggest they are grease boxes. This would surprise me; at that date I would have thought they would have used oil. The only other differences I can see are: 1) 1153 has a central stove and chimney; on 1187 this is offset to one side. 2) 1187 has the brake standard nearer the verandah end; 1153 has it nearer the other end. This affects the arrangement of break gear underneath. Nigel
  10. The two drawings I have are 1153 and 1187, GWR 71161 and 71156, OPC 8207 and 8206. My model was from 1153. The only difference I can see between them is that 1187 has narrower planks and different boxes on the wheels; 1153 might be grease, I'll check again for further differences. 1153 has two dates on it, 9.4.1902 and 27.5.08. 1187 has a single date which I think is 7/6/09. Nigel
  11. I found the single-ended brake van (Jones design) not too hard to scratchbuild in 3mm/ft: Could do with a bit more detail but in 3mm it doesn't really show. Nigel
  12. Perhaps I am better off because strict prototype accuracy has never bothered me; I take the best guess approach I like building models, and they can't hang around for ever because some information isn't available or some component isn't. My Cambrian wagons don't have split spoke wheels, because they're not available currently in 3mm/ft.
  13. My Cambrian Seaham 2-4-0T has reached a suitable place for a pause; I built most of the body then did the chassis. Here's a pic of it under test: So I've returned to do a bit more on the layout. As mentioned last March, I'd spilt some Mekpak over the station throat trackwork, gumming up a couple of points. By fiddling with the points I managed to get them to move. However not well enough for my liking, and I'd resigned myself to taking them apart. On returning to the layout I gave them another go, and to my surprise they worked fine My guess is that the underlying MDF
  14. March 1987, a class 150 leaves Tywyn in the up direction, not long after being introduced. Another one stands in the station prior to heading north. Nigel
  15. Think it's the Richard Evans list which I have. Re brake vans, I notice he groups vans of the same number together, so say van number 7 is followed by its replacement number 7 for example. However, I'd by surprised if a van of a certain type was always replaced by another van of the same overall type. The no. 7s are listed under Double verandah, steel frame. I can see the second, built in 1913, being of that type. But would the first, built in 1882 and withdrawn 1913? Would be surprised. Nigel
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