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  1. Yes, the irony is - if you use real coal in model loads its usually looks too clean and looks fake - glossy and shiny. I know some coal used to get "blended" so good and poorer quality got mixed to make the coal as the generators liked it. Too good and it burnt too well. Regards, C.
  2. Hi Paul at the moment I would not bother increasing the fuel capacity - How Covid is going - they will be building a Wall along the M4! Best Wishes, C.
  3. I am sure they will get around to it eventually - possibly the next batch. The 5 liveries they have done span the wagons life pretty well, plus there is the steel coil wagons to follow too. So for a new model its pretty diverse - most manufacturers only do three liveries in a first batch! Best Wishes, C.
  4. It may have made Warley interesting. Bullet proof vest anyone? Best Wishes, C. P.S. Its not really A/S v Cavalex - It has been commissioned by two retailers and Cavalex are producing it for them. So ultimately the wagon is for the retailers to shift (just like KRS are working with A/S on the 73/9s). I do think with A/S's size they have the best opportunity to develop a much wider portfolio of products around the HAA hopper, in a shorter time frame and if they are £69.99 for a pack of 3 like the PFA's and PCA's then you don't need to be a rocket scientis
  5. But whilst the Hornby one is good and probably isn't as needy as some other items for a new tool - wouldn't you sooner have an AS one (or three)? I'm sure you would get metal handrails, the correct colours/livery and some other refinements for a similar price - it would just take a little longer. Best Regards, C.
  6. Well I also proposed an engineered solution, plus accessory bag with a few spares! Think that pretty much covers every eventuality, but in the unlikely event of one falling off off at the worst possibly corner and causing a crash, Bachmann do now produce a breakdown crane. Plus if it had a strong magnet, you could waft a piece of steel in the area you thought you lost it an pick it up. Maybe hubcaps are too much hassle after all! Not proposing KR include bricks! Best Wishes, C.
  7. Well I also proposed an engineered solution, plus accessory bag with a few spares! Think that pretty much covers every eventuality, but in the unlikely event of one falling off off at the worst possibly corner and causing a crash, Bachmann do now produce a breakdown crane. Plus if it had a strong magnet, you could waft a piece of steel in the area you thought you lost it an pick it up. Maybe hubcaps are too much hassle after all! Best Wishes, C.
  8. If they are on RMweb - they are aware now..... I would have thought on something as challenging as a locomotive the hubcaps would be pretty simple, and KR would want to produce this to be its flagship model. My suggestion after thinking about it 2 minutes. Plastic molding that has a recess to fit which should ensure they fit true, but supplied in an accessory bag for the modeller to fit if required (we don't need another Hattons "Wonky Axle Gate)". That could then be either glued or stuck on with a tiny about of double sided tape or blutac/blacktac etc. Or if you wan
  9. Actually FOMO was more of a thing. When locos cost substantially less, a run of 500 could sell easily, and sometimes just on pre-orders. Nowadays short production runs miss out and if there is enough demand another one appears - look at GWR Class 158, The Great Gathering and Great Goodbye, second run of GT3 etc.. Best Wishes, C.
  10. Hi All, Think this topic is going well off the A/S tractor. I think its a tribute to the engineering (including those who have and continue to maintain them) that veterans such as the Class 37, can still do a solid and purposeful days work in 2020! I'm sure in due course something along the lines of the 37/5 will come along eventually, permitting TTG Liveries and a good many more beside. The main thing really is to get the initial versions sorted, however with the British Steel "Blue" JSA's, PTA tipplers on the horizon (The A/S website shows 37903/6 working the
  11. With those bonnets its crying out for Loadhaul. Could even plate the window in the style of the 37's that got it! If you think about the Black livery - it only needs the orange and a warning panel - although I think shunter chevrons would look better on the front grilles! Best Wishes, C.
  12. Looking very nice Keith. Couple of small points (and sorry if it is there - cannot see on the black chassis, or omitted as an EP1). Firstly - would the cab steps be better as a separate etched part, as they look slightly "bulky"? Secondly - having looked at a couple of photos I take it the detail on the chassis under the front ends will all be there. There is also a small pipe. Best Wishes, C.
  13. Glad they have gone well, but only problem nowadays - lots of things say limited edition - but of how many? 20% of 500 = 100 left 20% of 200 = 40 left In the good old days it was always 500! Nowadays no-one gives quantities. Likewise with no quantities mentioned, is it a limited edition or an exclusive production run - is there anything stopping Heljan doing another run for themselves in the proper Blue? Just like Bachmann's tweaks on 66522 and RTC Class 24 "Experiment". Best Wishes, C. Best Regards, C.
  14. To be honest I would imagine its like everything in model railways - becoming far more specialised with people only buying what is really of interest to themselves. Plus don't forget many people now use the internet for research etc.. I think much of IA's problem was flooding the market with lots of books (perhaps quantity over quality?) and then many titles being "dumped" at very low prices. The likes of Twelveheads seem to be doing alright. Personally I do like a good book, and am not into the likes of kindles etc.. But how we conduct much of our research and beh
  15. Not wishing to sound morbid but reading here - it is certainly sad to see the IA name move away from railways (progress eh?) - As a kid I always used to be looking in my dads old 1981 Combined Volume. I have been in their and made purchases many a time when travelling via Waterloo (although never tried the Jerk Chicken on sale nearby!), however with Covid I travel very little, but if I could pull it in "one last time" (still won't be having any Jerk Chicken afterwards!) and possibly add a couple of bargain bits and bobs to the railway........(Does anyone know if/when their will b
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