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  1. If might not be necessary to strip everything down, sometimes just remove or reposition.. Preheating in an oven just makes things easier. I sometimes preheat white metal kits , usually keeping them on the radiator, it just means I can use a smaller iron to get to those hard to reach areas and the solder flows better. As for SWMBO are you man or mouse? Someone told me there's two types of blokes, those under the thumb and the liars. Cheers Phil
  2. Hi First thing I would do is remove the wheels and place a 3/16 rod in each axle hole . Depending on how out of square it is , you might just be able to remove the bearings open out holes and re-assemble using your nice new jig. lf the chassis is banana shaped you may have to remove the spacers and rebuild. dis-assembly will require a lot of heat , so preheating in an oven will save distortion and the part can be removed with a poke of the soldering iron. See not for Peter, he is the bees knees at this! Good luck.
  3. I do feel for you, it's a very lonely place when things don't run the way they should. It's so easy to imagine all sorts of things. It would be so nice to have someone with knowledge looking over your shoulder and with a few words of encouragement. Still if it was easy ........ and there's a good feeling when you do crack it. Some people never have that sense of achievement. Looking forward to the next installment.
  4. I’m building a Great Northern C12 in O gauge but I am unfamiliar with the livery two tone green, so I have a couple of questions:- what lining to use ? HMRS,LNER Locomotive Lining ? Is this lining still okay for GNR? Who’s Insignia? What colour are the tank tops? I also have this bit over, Many Thanks Phil
  5. Yep I did the same, went out and bought a selection of Humbrol enamels just like I always did. Most of my painting is now precision for the railway colours and Vallejo for the rest. So far Vallejo hasn't settled, it is in a nice eye dropper bottle, I just get a tiny droplet on a palette ( bit of plastic packaging). It mixes easily with water for a wash and if it does settle in the future I will try adding a ball bearing to the bottle. The heart just sinks when finish goes tits up. Phillip
  6. As Eric said to Ern, you cannot see the join. Humbrol varnish has taken a lot of stick for a while now I think for yellowing etc. Probably since production moved to China. I've had some bad paint , no thinners in the tin just pigment, wrong colour, it's quite frustrating when you just want to finish something off. Its a shame because I would always prefer something made in the UK. Testor's is now my goto and Revell is easily available. I now have a good selection of Vallejo, its a shame Humbrol have fallen so far behind, although I am sure many will disagree.
  7. Thanks Ade, I think I’m just about there, just the couplings, probably tomorrow now. I would love to know how many of these existed in reality and how many Hornby Dublo and how many models of it have been made over the years. Lovely kit, nice castings, would highly recommend. It’s been an interesting experience, now I know how long each wagon takes I can try to estimate how many lifetimes I’m going to need to get all these kits I’ve stashed away over the years done during lockdown. Thanks for looking. Phil
  8. So sorry for not responding sooner. The wagon in question is a Perseverance Mica B. The instructions said that sometimes they removed the fittings and sometimes just the chain. The hooks are included but not the chain, I have 4 couplings , well that’s what they look like but not something smaller? If you follow my link below and forwards to the end you will see it almost finished, with 4 holes in the headstock. In the pictures below what appears to be the only couplings supplied. Thanks for your help. As a p.s.would it have the tie-bars between axles?
  9. Just have to keep your nose to the ground. The same D1 came up some time ago on a well known auction web site, 4 letters beginning E ending in a y, other auctions are also available (gosh been watching to much BBC). Also O gauge guild events. Good luck Phil
  10. Marc, they do some kits in 7mm. Looking at this 4 mm build I’m rather looking forward to making a start on this one.
  11. The Buffers arrived yesterday, so I popped them on this morning. Blackened the wheels and added the brake pipes. Normally I don’t like whitemetal pipes but now I have too many wagons really, so it’s not going to get a lot of use and I’m hoping that the long coach buffers will afford some protection. ATB. Phil
  12. And so it should, it’s a marvellous piece of modelling.
  13. I’m not sure about the ties, I normally forget to add them but I think this didn’t have any? I ordered some buffers, partly because I don’t fancy drilling them out ( I know I’m a bit lazy) and partly because of the lack of space behind the headstock. Opting for self contained. Not many bits on the frets now. Little bit of weight to add, pop the two bits together and add the casting. I think I have made a few mistakes please feel free to comment. Then it’s what colour to paint it , it’s nice to have something white-ish, but brown would have been used for fruit I believe and much more likel
  14. Obviously a blown up 4 mm kit but still very good. Nice to get stuck into a new build. I’m sure I’m not doing it justice but I’m happy.
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