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  1. Excellent stuff! Looking forwards to seeing more. Nigel
  2. Interesting. 4'2" is very close to 16.5mm in 4mm/ft scale. So they got it right, sort of ...
  3. There's one on Ebay at the moment at £595.
  4. I'll see what I can do, although there really isn't much to it. I went by the drawings on page 112 of the WRRC's Rhymney Railway Drawings. It's very much a GWR 018 wagon, so if you have one of those it's a good starting point (the book is wrong talking about an O11, there are detailed differences). The O18 end stanchions are tapered, wider at the bottom and thinner at the top. The Rhymney wagon stanchions are parallel all the way up, except the top is chamfered at 45 degrees; according to the drawing they should be about 1.2mm wide in 4mm/ft. The other difference is that the O18 had separate door buffers on the door composed of vertical strapping, and the door bangers on the chassis aligned with these, whereas the Rhymney wagon used the strapping up the edge of the doors as door buffers and had the door bangers aligned with them. The pic on page 113 appears to be a standard O18, not the Rhymney version (going by the door buffers). On page 112 there is a cross-section of a door which I'm sure is wrong. The bottom plank is essentially a standard plank angled outwards, the purpose being to smooth the passage of barrows being used to carry loads. The tapered plank on the drawing wouldn't achieve this. Nigel
  5. Nah, buses are sooooo yesterday. Haven't got one anyway.
  6. Couplings are B&B 3mm ones. Some people find them fiddly, mainly due to having to get both the loop and latch inserted in the main etching. If you decide you can have all the stock facing the same way around then you can afford to have the latch one end of a vehicle and the loop the other end, which simplifies assembly a lot. It also makes coupling/uncoupling easier as you avoid having corresponding bits in the two couplings competing. I didn't but am thinking of going in that direction. What I did was leave the loops off locomotives (to make the coupling less obtrusive) but full couplings on rolling stock, because I thought I might want to turn stock around. Society Metro: This is based on the Roxey kit, with an additional etch for later versions. Yet to have couplings added. There are three kits for the 54/64/74XX covering the main variations. This is recent; I have one but not seriously looked at it yet. Nigel
  7. I've added 1.5mm plasticard onto the existing 2mmx3mm supports then 3mm foamboard on top of that, to give the height of the roadway I wanted. Here it is: and here it is with a lorry on it: Nigel
  8. Personally haven't built the Churchward version, although I know it's been done successfully. I did build the Society's whitemetal one some time ago, which uses the Churchward chassis. Couldn't find pics I'd done of it so here's a quicky I've just done: Looking at it may not have got the body quite level when posing it. It sits slightly high anyway due to thickness of the whitemetal footplate. In 14.2mm I needed to drift the cylinders out slightly so the crosshead stays clear of the crankpins; it's not noticeable because the footplate is slightly too wide by the same amount. 3mm/ft is fine so long as one likes building things; there's not much option! Nigel
  9. Yep that was the sort of thing I was looking for! Did find a 3D printed N scale one but it was done in soft plastic and was warped and floppy. Found a couple of wipes and pressed firmly which stopped the bleeding pretty quickly; luckily hadn't struck a significant blood vessel. Nothing like the burst femoral artery which I once had, which was fairly spectacular!
  10. Plenty! Re the engines in the list Miss Prism quoted http://www.gwr.org.uk/kits3mmstock1.html Current state of play is that the Brynkits locomotives have passed to the 3mm Society, The only ones which were actually issued were the 2251, 57XX, 8750, and also the 54XX/64XX/74XX which isn't on the list. I believe a lot of work had been done on the others and they may yet appear. The 2251 came with very nice resin castings for smokebox/boiler/firebox and tender tank; here's a pic: All the kits have resin smokebox/boiler/firebox and otherwise etchings for the main bits; they come with very neat fold-up chassis. I wasn't too keen on the resin bits for the panniers, so in building the 8750 I used modified whitemetal castings for panniers and bunkers from the GEM kit, as in: This has extra weight inside the whitemetal panniers, a Mashima 1224 motor driving a High Level 1:54 gearbox, and will pull a horse. I'll probably do the same with the 57XX and 74XX I have yet to build. There is the old GEM 57XX whitemetal kit which was a bit crude but has recently been remastered, as has the ex BEC 94XX, both being offered by 3SMR and can be had with modern Brynkits chasses. K's did a 97XX whitemetal kit which is best forgotten. Three Martin Finney were reduced to 3mm/ft and are now obtainable from the 3mm Society , one being 1854/2721 pannier; I saw the one built from the test etch some years ago and it looks superb. The other Finney kits are the 41xx/51xx/61xx prairie and the Churchward 3000 gallon tender. I like panniers; I have a dream of a layout filled with panniers scuttling too and fro! Nigel
  11. To the layout. Or rather the end of it, as I mentioned above. I've sourced a bit of ply to support the backscene, but then decided to get things properly arranged I needed to do the bridge under which the railway disappears. Couldn't find a suitable off the shelf one, but managed to produce something using the Wills 4mm bridge kit. Here it is so far: The panels are rather large for 3mm/ft, but I reckoned if I raised the roadway so that the distance from the surface to the top of the parapet was just a tad over a scale 5' then it wouldn't look too bad. So I've a bit more to add. I was cutting the 2mmx3mm plastic strips glued between base and sides last night, and made the mistake of doing the cutting on the edge of the table. Things slipped and I stabbed my leg with a Stanley knife. Doh! However, a trip to A&E and a couple of stitches sorted it; it was quite deep. Nigel
  12. Between 1957 and 1962 I was at secondary school in Stroud; the school bordered the GWR main line about a mile west of Stroud Station. Great for train-spotting! In all that time cannot remember any brake vans other than GWR toads. The guards seemed to move around the verandah quite comfortably. Maybe they developed the guard equivalent of sea-legs Nigel
  13. The Cambrian fairly soon added corridor tri-composites to work through coaches; the GWR thought well enough of them that some lasted into the 1950s in regular service. They did often run 6-wheel full brakes with their bogie coaches. But the classic Cambrian main line trains in the late Victorian era were of 6-wheel coaches, and these continued well after the bogie coaches appeared. Some would appear on services to South Wales via the Mid Wales line. A mixed traffic Cambrian 0-6-0 to pull them isn't a far-out idea; the Jones Goods made it to 1954, and Aston and Queen classes to 1947.
  14. I'm sure it has a useful effect in dampening projected coups. As for happening in this country, there was the case of Cecil King's attempt to instigate a coup against the Labour government of the 1960s; the fact that it totally flopped was probably in part due to the strength of the institutions. As a result King was sacked from heading the Mirror group. About the same time the Times, under its editor one William Rees Mogg (cough...) was exploring parallel possibilities, such as installing a government of business-leaders.
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