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  1. Yes you are right about them they do need to sit lower, I will spend a bit more time on them and see what can be done but the problem is if i file them down more it's starting to cut into the flanges around the edge which will spoil the appearance so it's going to have to be a compromise.
  2. Just found this, very nice layout of an area that you don't often see modeled, I will be following it in future to see how it developes
  3. A bit more progress although not always following the instructions. The handrails were fitted to the Boiler/Firebox but not by soldering as suggested as I didn't like the idea of prodding a hot soldering iron around inside the boiler. Instead I trickled superglue down a wire onto the pins, this is a method demonstrated on one of Tony Wrights videos and works a treat, I couldn't use superglue before just ended up sticking my fingers together. The cab body was then added but not the internal fittings as I want to paint and fit them later after the body has been sprayed. Finally the tender body was removed from the chassis and completed so that I can practice cleaning and painting techniques on it before moving on to the Loco
  4. A little bit of extravagance today, I'm calling it a late Xmas present, Bachmann's Ransomes and Rapier Breakdown. It's an excellent model and it runs throughout the layout without problems, the jib stays in place even on reverse curves. I made up a Tool/Crew support coach from a Thompsons Brake (transfers in the post). The only question now is, weather or not?
  5. My Brother arrived today for a holiday with essential supplies, some Phoenix Paints Etch Primer and BR Loco Green paint and although local products are a bit scarce I have managed to find some Cillit Bang limescale cleaner which is recommended on this site for pre-cleaning brass so hopefully I now have everything needed for painting the Model.
  6. Thanks for that, it's made mind up for me, I was thinking of completing the Tender first to practice the techniques needed and then also painting it first as it has nice flat brass sides. I haven't painted brass before but after reading up on it, it seems it needs thorough cleaning and priming before painting which will be much easier to try on the Tender
  7. I hadn't seen this system of powering a loco before but as you say it seems to work well, probably helped by the weight of the whitemetal. To prevent the Loco Body and Tender touching I intend to make a drawbar from plastic (for insulation) and be just long to keep them from making contact on my smallest radius curves
  8. Hornby have gone and spoilt it a bit by announcing the planned A2/2 and A2/3 but they are at least a year away and in the meantime I'm quite happy building the kit, learning as I go and looking forward to seeing it running. Hopefully it will perform better as well as from everything I read whitemetal kits usually do with their extra weight and superior motors. So the next stage is to test the chassis for running on live track. As supplied the kit is fitted with the loco wheels live to one side so you have to make the tender wheels live to the opposite side by drilling pins through the insulation, so the basic tender shell was built and this was done. As I run DCC it was important to make sure the Loco would run without shorting so a decoder was fitted with a large stay-alive capacitor to compensate for the fact that I am not going to use the pony and bogie wheels as pickups which is suggested in the instructions. The basic boiler was then put together and placed so that I could do running tests on the main line (with insulating tape placed between the Loco and Tender as they are now opposite polarities) Relief no blue smoke and it ran through the pointwork and slip without trouble, now what's next.
  9. That really is excellent if Icould get anywhere that standard I would be very happy
  10. Really looking forward to seeing this develop, magnificent scenery and locos, whats the plural of duchess. Will the Shap section still feature banking as I think it's the curved section at the top where the engines come off to return down the bank
  11. Thanks everyone for the advice and support it's good to know that there are other people around who have done this type of thing before (in case of emergency post your problem). I have had a first look at the videos for building the DJH Pacific so I still have those to study. I also now found a video by Tony Wright showing his building methods which last over 5 hours but for some reason is listed as a Dapol Quick build. Dapol BR 2-6-2 Prairie Tank - Quick Build - Model Train - YouTube So I now have lots of material to study and use as a reference. Thanks Again Richard
  12. I have brought this topic across from my layout thread as it seems the right place to put it bearing in mind that I may be asking for help later on. Many years ago I built a couple of Ks kits but wasn't really impressed with the results ( probably my fault as my only other experience was Airfix kits) and as RTR improved so much it didn't seem worth it anymore. Now I want to add to the fleet with something that is not RTR and while conventional wisdom says start with something simple unfortunately that's not what I want so I bought this. The plan is to build it very slowly whilst sourcing the internet for tips and techniques. My first hurdle was building a chassis that ran square and true so I purchased a jig to align it in. Then fit the wheels and motor and run it on a test track under battery power, fingers crossed. Everything working OK so far on straight and curved track, time for a break while I plan the next steps.
  13. Not a lot of work done over Xmas period just some tidying up around Oxenholme Station. The building has been weathered with powders and lighting added to the Station and Platforms and now we see the evening DMU arriving. Must remember to remove the label from under the footbridge.
  14. And now by pure co-incidence they meet just as they are on the Viaduct.
  15. We continue to follow The Garratt as it approaches the Viaduct. Where it meets a WD returning with a train of empty coal wagons.
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