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  1. In a word - Slop. Brake gear isn't very precisely engineered otherwise it'd soon seize solid.
  2. This extract from Russell's Coaches Vol 1 (page 101) on the 'Pendon' method of painting panels might prove useful:— It sounds complicated, but actually it's very simple once you've got your hand in. I've had good results (in 7mm, but I don't see why it shouldn't work in 4mm) using a ruling pen as a preset paint brush - especially on droplights (© Larry G). The reference to "3 coats" on the mouldings refers to stock built from card, which presumably needed sealing. Pete S.
  3. I could see either method as being valid... Gold leaf can be obtained in roll form & in preset widths. I've never used it, so can't vouch for how clean the edges are. Normal gold leaves have a very slightly ragged edge, so I'd expect roll leaf to be the same. A broad red line followed by gilding would probably be quickest to apply, with the challenge of then running a line of gold size exactly up the middle, but gilding followed by pinstriping would tidy up the edges of the gilding. I believe Midland lining was nominally 1/2", so that might suggest the second method if they were being tight on leaf. Swindon used a nominal 3/8" line, so *may* have used 1/2" leaf & scrapped the outer 1/16" edges (collected & cashed in at a goldsmiths?). Sight of an original section of Midland lining would settle things in about 30 seconds. Fairly highly confident, as the methods of application are well established, & the basic materials haven't changed much. The formulation of gold size may have been altered, & I'd expect the paints to have a 'modern' synthetic alkyd base, but that's about it - the rest of the materials are very traditional. For instance, it's still quite possible to buy brushes made with bird quill ferrules. I dare say it's possible to line a moulded coach using modern plastic masking tape instead of trusting to muscle memory, but it'd take forever & look rubbish around the corners. Railcar 22 was a "tape job", but that was because it was sprayed in 2-pack car enamel. It was that experience that pushed me to learning how to do it "properly". The one thing that *is* different is speed. I'd have got my cards in the Factory for being way too slow, proper time-served people are quick because time=money. for a modern-day example there's this gentleman:— Blank to fully lined in a little over three minutes, one brush & one guideline. Pete S.
  4. I'm *not* having a go, but... This is the kind of thing that would only ever be questioned by people with zero understanding of the practicalities of the job... The joint between the mouldings & the panel is guaranteed to be wonky at points so attempting to apply a line exactly on the join will end up with the lining brush (3/8" x 3") catching & veering off-track as it wishes. This causes Bad Language (as well as an awkward cleanup) & is to be avoided. In my experience, lining brushes can be prone to hissy fits & it doesn't do to encourage them. Sword Stripers are generally better behaved, but are more suited to narrow, orange lines. As long as the joint is reasonably good (for which read: smooth) then the third & fourth fingers can follow the moulding as a template; the width of the line is set by the brush (and the pressure applied to it) and it'll naturally find its course part way up the moulding, leaving a natural gap. The fit of the mouldings is critical in producing a neat job; 1941's are pretty reasonable, 933's less so & the SRM's were awful & required a *lot* of work to bring up to scratch. Pete S.
  5. The Roath/Fleur-De-Lys board was at the request of Ben (1/2 owner of 1941 who lives in Splott & has a Welsh accent you could cut bricks with ). The other one is Fochriw/Bridgend - Bridgend was where my uncle Jim used to live after he retired from Port Talbot steelworks, & Fochriw...? It was either suggested by Ben or I stumbled upon it & it piqued my sense of Lavatorial Humour. P.
  6. Isn't an 81xx effectively a 5101 with a bigger boiler? according to the index, GWRJ 68 has a frame plan for the 42xx class fitted with Std 2 kettle.
  7. GW Journal No. 5 (Winter 1993) has a full-spread GA for the 5101 class. It's comprised of several sub-drawings: 98682 - Frame Plan - Lot 284 - 5101 class - Feb 1934 Unnumbered - Arrangement of Boiler Mountings (Cab controls) S/2 Boiler 5101 & 6100 class 87341 - Cross Sections - Lots 257 & 259 - 5101 class - Feb 1934.
  8. Try a soak in Flash Kitchen Spray:— £1/bottle from most places. Best used diluted - there's also a pink-flavoured one that's just as good. I use it in conjunction with a £20 ultrasonic bath, unclogs even the 0.1mm pens... eventually. Not sure I'd risk enamel in an Isograph - it's bad enough in an Uno or a Standardgraph 'nib'. Might be tempted to try it in a Graphos though.
  9. Didcot's Siphon G has **never** been restored - just repainted & the roof canvas replaced with roofing felt back in the 70s (& re-canvassed properly when it was repainted a few years back). The amount of glossed-over kack on the underframe ought to be obvious testimony to all who have eyes to see. If any rebuilds have occurred, then they'd have been in BR days & ought to be verifiable by referring to the appropriate Register. Russell Coaches Vol 2: Fig 308: 2992 L.1644/1945 - Offset 'independent' cylinders, lever brake, central batt boxes. Fig 390: 2792 L.1578/1938 - Cylinders inline, DC lever, central batt boxes. Photo ex-works as built. Russell Coaches Appendix Vol 2: Fig 522: 2937 L.1644/1940 - offset 'independent' cylinders, lever brake, central batt boxes. Fig 523: 2796 L.1578/1938 - Cylinders inline?, DC lever, central batt boxes? BR era photo. RC 2 also has a Weight Drawing dated 7/1930 covering Lots 1441, 1651 & 1664 (so presumably amended over the years): Lot 1441 - 7'-0" Bogies, 35'-0" centres, 49'-11" over headstocks, 53'-7" over buffers. Lots 1651 & 1664 - 9'-0" Bogies (except for 4 unspecified fitted with 8'-6") 34'-6" centres, 1/2" smaller than L.1441 over headstocks & over buffers. As to the model... since Minerva are planning on including the little slidey hatches from that suggests they're trying to find common ground between O.33 & O.62 - Good luck with that (unless it'd work with separate add-it-yourself battery/regulator boxes in addition to the vents) Oh, and @mountaingoat - Please, it's Siphon, not Syphon. Pete S.
  10. I see a lack of battery/Regulator boxes & have a question mark over the trussing (2 or 4 sets?), but I feel calling it "a complete work of fiction" is a bit ott. There are variations in u/f arrangements depending on the Lot Number.
  11. Possibly a capital T in 'To' - 'When' definitely has a capital, and a bit more of a flourish than usual. Also of note is that the inscription is centred vertically in each plank, rather tan using the bottom edge as a baseline. Pete S.
  12. Definitely a sealed-up door. About half-way up the rhs of the droplight aperture you can see the moulding that curves out around the carriage lock, & below the waist the moulded panel has a larger landing to the right where a T-handle once lived. The upper bodysides look odd, but I put that down to the toplights being plated over. Of note are the interior shots of both Third and First class compartments. These look absolutely spot on - even down to the blackout details.
  13. I trust you know that the underframe of 2511 came from a 6-wheel Tool Van & has been "adjusted" to suit?
  14. At the moment I'm sticking with Precision's GWR Coach Cream (B.15). The mortal remains of BG 250 at Didcot have a very pale cream (more of an off white) lurking under a *very* heavy varnish that undoubtedly coloured it over time - so I might add some white to knock back the PP Cream when I get around to building the V5 (and a pair of T34s) for real. FWIW, G.20 2511 at Didcot is painted in Dulux 'County Cream', which seems pretty close to surviving samples. Pete S.
  15. Here's a sample on part of a cut-up Slater's 7mm GWR V5 Van:— 1 sprayed coat of Zero Paints "UPS Brown" & the mouldings picked out with the aforementioned Posca PC-3M Black. The panel on the left is having a different approach, so I've been deliberately rather sloppy with the pen.
  16. Instead of a spirit-based marker pen, try a Posca - they're water based, but are quite resilient when dry & don't stain light colours (unlike Sharpies etc.) I'm still finessing the technique for 7mm with a PC-3M tip, so perhaps try a PC-1MR or PC-1M tip (both 0.7mm).
  17. That's annoying… try this one: Not as good quality, & some of it seems out of sequence, but still interesting. If that doesn't work try a hunt for "GWR Great Western Railway engine building at Swindon 1912. Film 951" - one of the Huntley Archive series. Heavily watermarked & lo-res but still…
  18. I reckon it reads: A · F . And J · W · F .* 1851 . (* J · W · E . ?) What that means though...
  19. Try white vinegar. It certainly de-bonds epoxy (turns it to rubber), & the internet seems to think it'd work on cyano.
  20. AKA 'Pouncing', although strictly speaking a proper pounce is made from a piece of oiled card which is then perforated with a needle to give a dotted outline. The card is then patted with a muslin bag filled with French Chalk which goes through the holes. When I was doing it, I just printed the design onto 80 gsm paper & chalked the back to transfer it rather as Mr Baker has done at Quorn. As to historical examples... There are plenty of examples showing a guide lines - top only if you're using the plank edge as a bottom guide - but very few showing anything else. I did turf up these though:— March 1938: This looks as though the G W and 12T have been pounced, & maybe the number too (that 8 is very nice & both the 5s are suspiciously similar):— August 1948: Not sure about this one - the 'dotted box' is something I've not seen elsewhere & the general wonkiness suggests freehand:— June 1958: Plenty of chalk lines here, & a suspicion of sketching out on the number - sort of a halfway house between pouncing/tracing & freehand:—
  21. Gets a mention in Slinn's "GW Way", but no dates. Photo in Russell Coaches Vol 1 (fig179) of No. 250 possibly ex-works. If so, then 1896 to probably first shopping - 1901-ish? History nearly repeated itself in 1934 with one of the Buffet cars having a cream panel mid-way along.
  22. Hand painted. If you pore over the photos in the OPC books you'll find less consistency than you'd think - especially on the 'Tons.Tare' See Russell "Wagons & Loads" figs 123 & 124. P.14 Grampus No. 14351 showing both sides on the same date & plenty of variations between them.
  23. I'll hazard a guess at "To Carry 20 Tons", with the Tare at the RH end. Atkins, Beard & Tourret's "Big Book of All Wagons & That" has a photo of 37040 in WD livery (plate 268, p 223) that reads "To Carry 20 Tons. Tare 10-10" at the right hand end.
  24. Sorry, it's shorthand for J.H. Russell GW Coaches Appendix Vol. 2. (OPC) I've mis-typed that; my source was actually RCA Vol 1 which covers Diags. A to E - Firsts, Thirds, Brake Thirds & Composites (including Brake Compos). Couldn't really decide exactly where the handrails were on a C.46 owing to the angle of the photo, but plenty of other diagrams that show the feature. RCA 2 covers Slips, Posh Saloons, Diners, Newspaper Vans, TPOs & a good smattering of others, including NPCCS/'Brown' Vehicles.
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