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  1. One for fellow DMU fans. Couldn't resist this 3 car class 100/105/101 DMU lash up (linked from ebay). Prototype for everything dept.... https://i.ebayimg.com/images/g/h2YAAOxycD9TVWZ2/s-l1600.jpg Which shows well the flat "slab sided with turn-under" profile of the class 100 which has, so far, put me off modelling one. I'm thinking etched sides, but for the thought of forming that turn-under.....yuck! More thought required I think.....
  2. Thanks Gibbo, I will check what I have and if need be, will order one of those sheets. Martyn.
  3. Both layouts look great Kevo, I really like the raised loading area at the front of the Colliery for manual loading, simple yet very effectively modelled. Great that different interests can be accommodated by changing a couple of items. Martyn.
  4. Hi Gibbo, they look really good, think I'd go mad building that many! Which transfers did you use? Now I think about it I'm not sure I have enough left to do 2 wagons in standard Bauxite colours...... I hadn't realised this little thread had got to one thousand posts, thanks for pointing it out! Martyn.
  5. Very little modelling time this week; I need to get hold of some brass strip to fabricate the various DMU footsteps required. So I decided to build the second Dapol Presflo wagon for "Dunnington", which has had the same treatment as the first which was started some time back. Just the ladders and roof catwalks to add now. I was hoping to find an etched kit for the latter but nothing has come to light thus far so I may have to use the Dapol parts in order to get them finished and painted. The first wagon had the kit buffers tweaked while the second has LMS early Presflo buffers fitted. Peco NEM coupler pocket adapter plates were fitted to both. I also added the kit Vacuum Pipes and coupling hooks, adapted slightly. As can be seen, the bodies and chassis were built as separate sub assemblies for ease of spraying, which caused a couple of headaches around fitting the end support plates (due to all the angled surfaces) during assembly. I hope to get them painted this weekend.
  6. Interesting DMU variation there, class 101 Driving Cars with a Class 116/117(?) Centre car. Thanks for all the great photos David. Martyn.
  7. Only just found this thread, great little plan and has come together quite quickly, nice work. Martyn.
  8. I wish I had your knack of turning out top notch buildings so quickly Bry, inspiring stuff as always! Martyn.
  9. Hi Clive, To echo what everyone else says, I hope you won't leave. Your modelling is about what makes you happy, it doesn't matter a jot if Joe Blogs would do it differently or says you are wrong. If (just for example) someone else is happy spending £300 on a top loco with top DCC sound and just running it with out of the box stock, that's great for them, but wrong for them to be asserting we must all do the same. I would find it boring very quickly I have to say. My point being, we all want different things out of the hobby and no-one has the right to tell you that your way of doing things is wrong. More over, there are many more of us who DO appreciate your modelling and the inspiration it gives us in our own projects. I must confess I find myself posting more on Facebook of late, the engagement is much greater than on here and there are no photo download size limits . However the style of posting is not as refined, especially if you like to inter weave text with photos, to build a story, which is my preferred style. Horses for courses perhaps, and I'm sure there are people lurking there who are also just as happy to "correct your methodology" at some point. But I hope you will rethink Clive. You may not be able to please everyone but so what? Perhaps sleep on it, as they say. Best regards, Martyn.
  10. Hi Clive, Even my soldering iron has a headache just looking at that...... The class 80 is probably a little early for my needs, but a pre TOPS class 81 (or 85 perhaps) might tickle my fancy at some point, but the intended layout is not even "nearly thought about", to adjust your phrase! Thanks, Martyn.
  11. Thanks Jim, so an 81 could be justified then at least! I knew there had been discussion about E2001 on its "siding" a while back, but I couldn't find reference for it anywhere, thanks for the reminder. Hope you are well. Kind regards, Martyn.
  12. After a break of several weeks working on other projects, I am finally cracking on with the station building. Having completed the beading of the various panels, the shell has had a coat of white primer applied to the walls. The cast metal finials came from a show bargain box, I think they are from Langley, and had to be cut down to suit. As the roof is card, they were affixed with UHU at the same time as the barge boards. The curved ornate parts of the beading were cut from thin plasticard with nail scissors, which took several attempts. I am now working on the brick chimneys, which need to be affixed before adding the roof tiles. These are being produced using Wills sheets, not my favourite task. I decided to get the most complex one done first as it runs up the wall and tapers onto the roof, before tapering in width to leave a square stack. Each piece had to be chamferred to as good a fit as achievable, whilst keeping it as square as possible, hence the "NQP" corner on the stack which will have a little filler applied. Scored plasticard was used for the tapered surfaces. The other two chimneys are simple square stacks, two of the three needing decorative brickwork layers around the top of the stack. All good fun!
  13. Thanks Gordon. I'm not aware of any AC electrics being tested on the Glasgow area pre WCML electrification, as parts of the system were only 6.25kV AC due to insulation issues (the 303's being able to run off 6.25kV and 25kV), although iirc prototype E2001 was used for static load bank testing at one location on a specially constructed siding at an early stage. Even the Glasgow North and South side electrified areas were not originally connected, requiring units to be diesel hauled between the 2 when required. However if there is evidence they did, I'm all ears!
  14. Very nice Gibbo, I do love the older mainstream AC electrics. I repainted a Trix 81 many years ago, best running loco I had at the time. I rebuilt a Triang 81 body as an 85 too, using plasticard sides and Lima 33 bogies for power and MTK sideframes and underframe parts (when you could get these parts as spares). Sold them both off a long time ago though. The only AC electric traction I have currently is the 303; if the planned c.1970 layout with overhead wires ever materialises, I can't even really justify AC locos of course, as the WCML electrification didn't reach Glasgow until the mid 70s....
  15. Aahh, I didn't appreciate you were going for the scale height approach. In which case I think I would be tempted to try a screw coupling hook fitted to the loco, with a piece of brass wire soldered to the bottom of it, sticking out a couple of mm from the front of the hook and bent upward in an L shape, which would engage the knuckle of the coach Kadee. Not sure how practical it would be, but it would look less obtrusive and the auto coupling and uncoupling by magnet should still work? Just a thought anyway.
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