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  1. Hi Monty, I've not been on for a few days so apologies for the late reply. Thanks for adding the photos, they are most welcome and really full of atmosphere. Layerthorpe was a fascinating place, full of modelling potential. I lived in York from 1993 to 1997 so just missed the end of operations. It also reminded me that I hadn't posted a photo of the completed DVLR BMC Van used by the P.Way crew in the 70s. It still needs windscreen wipers adding but is otherwise complete.
  2. I am aware of these parts from photos but have not attempted them for the reason you mention, ie movement, and space to mount them is limited. I hadn't realised there were parts available to replicate them though. Maybe something to look at further on a rainy day. Martyn.
  3. Thanks James, I think if I was doing it again I would fill the cab front seam and score a new one, to make it a little less prominent, but I didn't feel confident enough that I could do this neatly or straight enough. I'm happy with the overall finished loco though. Cheers, Martyn.
  4. After a very unproductive couple of weeks, more or less all I have to show are the windscreen wipers on the Peak! These were made up from the finest Microstrip I had to hand, assembled as a set plus a spare. After painting an Aluminium colour they were attached with a drop of super glue. Oh yes, cab handrails and lamp irons were added too, cut down from those intended for a class 24 (from a Brassmasters etch). The chassis has had a coat of weathering too. The battery box area looks better minus the air tanks. The whole loco now needs a little mor
  5. Yes, that is correct - PVA to fix the cork to the baseboard (weighted until dry) and 2 part epoxy resin or contact adhesive to fix the sleepers to the cork (I have used both on different parts at different times, depending on what was to hand). I also use contact adhesive to fix each track length to the cork during tracklaying. I think that whichever method you use though, if you catch or knock the rail ends hard enough, it will likely cause damage to be honest. So some sort of board protectors fixed or clamped to the end during moving and/or stacking might be prudent.
  6. Blame away! That looks good, ironically I'm pretty sure the windows are a tad too deep on my DC Kits 303 and it may well be that the Trix window size is closer to the real thing. In fact, that is such food for thought that it's making me hungry.....!
  7. Indeed! I must admit I have had no problems using cork underlay with just one copperclad sleeper bonded to it at board joints, with a length of flexi track placed over the join, soldered to the sleepers and then cut through. This has survived over several years of taking Crinan to shows with no ill effects. This method may work on Banff if the last (say) inch of foam is replaced with cork to the same thickness, with one or two copperclad sleepers either side of the board join, bonded to the cork with epoxy resin or good quality contact adhesive (as per my method on Crin
  8. Hi, I would also generally go with the copperclad sleepers approach, especially if the layout needs putting away quite frequently; however if using any sort of foam underlay, however thin, I would want to hard-fix them in place to prevent any movement (eg via a plasticard or thin plywood spacer the same thickness as the underlay; as you point out, this might lead to slightly greater noise transmission but I suggest this is better than the risk of imperfect alignment should any flexing of track or underlay occur). Otherwise, (and particularly if the layout doesn't need dismantl
  9. I have chickened out of this on my 25 so far so might have to pinch your tip. Martyn.
  10. Funny you should mention that Clive. Fairly short video of 60s London termini trains for the FB users. Musical approval not guaranteed. But does include green ER EMUs, a Warship at Marylebone and a Bulleid slipping furiously at Waterloo right at the end. https://www.facebook.com/624744497542925/posts/3839042826113060/?extid=kfrPnVKu9ZxbuitC (It wouldn't let me embed the video, excuse the link). Martyn.
  11. Ian, The original glazing inserts were both loose on my loco I'm glad to say! The SEF pack I purchased (SE14) is intended to fit the Mainline Class 45, which I was pretty sure would fit the EARLY Bachmann 46, as the model appears very similar in most respects. However, I have added new plasticard lower window frames to the cab front windows as part of raising the bonnet so it didn't altogether surprise me that they didn't fit. The cab side windows are as moulded though; the SEF pack contains both one piece (for later Bachmann versions perhaps) and 2 piece (earlier Mainline versions
  12. The Peak has had the surplus air tanks removed from under the battery boxes. Some more tidying in this area to do yet. There appears to be a steel (?) Weight inside the centre which would benefit from being removed if possible. I tried the SEF flush glazing but it didn't come close to fitting, so I cut some from clear plastic sheet and secured using PVA, although the headcode box glazing still needs adding. Handrails still to be added too.
  13. Looks like you have been busy Clive, with a nice selection of new stock as a result! Martyn.
  14. Hush, don't give 'em even more ammunition to shoot me with! Martyn.
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