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  1. I like how at 0:20 the astronauts are still moving in slow motion even though they're trying to stop him This seemed so believable when I was a kid!
  2. Hi David, Love the Ironbridge/Coalbrookdale pictures. The inclined plane is know as the Hay inclined plane, it's now part of the Blists Hill museum. I'm pretty sure J4243 is at the site of the old blast furnaces, in the grounds of what is now the Enginuity exhibition. If I'm right I believe my uncle (who's now in his 90's) used to get to drive it when he was a teenager. Kind of a cab ride on steroids I guess! I really enjoy your pictures. Thanks for sharing, John.
  3. I really like the layout - the track plan is simple but very effective. I was building a "watch the trains go by" model of Twyford in N before a job change and country relocation put a stop to that. I was wondering what track you used? It looks good. Cheers, John.
  4. Very nice! I'm guessing the Farish Mk1's are the earlier Poole type?
  5. The signal look very good, what make are they? Thanks, John.
  6. Hi Mark, unfortunately I've had to put this on hold for a while. We moved house and will be moving again in a few weeks, It will be a while until I can get back to modelling Cheers, John.
  7. Next installment... Here is the end plug added and the roof and joints filled. And here are the DMBS and TC getting ready for priming. The TC ends are masked because I want to keep the factory printing if I can. At this point a couple of things were dawning on me. First, I wasn't happy with the way the etched sides looked. Nothing to do with the etches themselves, everything to do with the way I stuck them on. You can see the huge gap between the etch and the roof. Also the way the etch was stuck to the side was not robust. The cyano could not tolerate any bending of the plastic side. So I removed the sides, rubbed them down again and reapplied, paying more attention to the fit and using a thinner cyano. This resulted in a better fit, but is still not robust. At least now I am careful in handling it and it's surviving so far. I know I have to do something with the roof of the TC too. Second, on the DBMS I managed to get the roof profile reasonably acurate, but there is an unsightly gap between the two roof sections. I'm hoping that with judicious weathering it might not be too noticeable. You might get an idea from this photo, which shows the roof alongside the body after priming. I decided on a different approach for converting the second 121. I would slice off the cab and put on an end plug as before, but would keep the roof in one piece and build up the profile at that end with filler, as shown below. I am much happier with this approach. The two are shown together below. Both have had a few rounds of filling and rubbing down since this shot. I don't have pics for that yet. I'm sure you have noticed that as it stands, I'll have 2 DMBSs and 0 DMS. Since I struggled with the etched sides I'm tempted to keep it that way. I think I would rather have an incorrect consist than risk the look of me bodging the etched DMS sides on. I am not convinced I can get the joint between the etched sides and the Dapol cab looking decent. Anyhow, that brings us up to date. It'll be a while before I can get back to some modelling, but I'll post when I have something to show. Cheers, John.
  8. No I hadn't. It's certainly a thought. My CAD skills aren't great though. I've 3d printed my own servo mounts for turnout control, which was fun. In the end I found it was more reliable to use proprietary ones, since they worked better.
  9. Very true and I hoped I could use this to my advantage! But alas, by my time period - the 70's, they all seem to have been converted.
  10. Clive, it was great to meet you. I always think of you as the man who builds the flat pack diesels. I liked pig lane. It's got me thinking that perhaps I should build something on that scale, that way I may have a chance of actually finishing something! Cheers, John.
  11. Good question, and one that has had me scratching my head for quite a while. I may not bother in the end, I'll see how the DMBS turns out and see how they look together. The biggest difference might turn out to be that the DMU ends were flat whereas the Mk1 ends have a slight angle on them. If that is too noticeable the razor saw will come out again and the ends will be replaced by plasticard. The gangway ends might end up being scratch built too, but I did pick some up from B&H yesterday that might do the job. Cheers, John.
  12. A few things spring to mind... - motorising is easier - cab fronts look better - Gazing is better because I can re-use a lot of the Dapol glazing I can let you know how a comparison comes out, since I picked up a B&H one at Alley Palley yesterday. At this rate it's going to take me a few years to finish both though!
  13. An update.... So it's been a while since I posted. There has been some modelling, I just haven't go round to posting. First up, the DMBS. Attacking the Dapol 121 with a razor saw, saw a cab and cab roof removed. I then made an end plug from plasticard. The idea is to fill the roof in with filler. The TC with etched sides over a Farish shell came out needing some filler to cover the gap between coach side and the overlay at the roof line.
  14. Really capturing the atmosphere of Shrewsbury. Very nice!
  15. Good luck to Simon. I've really enjoyed his work in REx over the last many years, not least his product reviews. Congratulations to Hattons, a smart move. John.
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