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  1. I vaguely remember dropping in on the carriage works at Tenterden a couple of years ago and bumping into someone I used to attend the Hastings club with, and asking what colour they used for the SE&CR livery. Pretty sure I was told it was Craftmaster's China Red, but it might have been something else. The Bluebell's shade is taken from HMRS and Phoenix research I think (or have I got that the wrong way around? The paint company following the Big Railway research? I'm tired...), and their findings from restoring SE&CR carriage bodies, with the paint fragments from door jamb
  2. It was the Monk Bridge ironworks, a rather small smelters served by the Midland Railway directly by the looks of things; https://www.gracesguide.co.uk/File:Immonk31.jpg https://www.gracesguide.co.uk/Monk_Bridge_Iron_Co https://www.old-maps.co.uk/#/Map/429044/433074/13/100430 I used to walk down the canal and river paths as a bairn and look through the railings, trying to work out what it was - thanks for stirring the memories of that! - Alex
  3. I will be using a red primer, yes - I've got a pound shop one I need to use up, really. It's more brown than red, but still useable. I'll have to look at getting a truer red primer. And I agree, I like this example of SE&CR lake above, it's more 'right' to my eye (and I see the correct lake-painted Mansells, too - a feature a lot of modellers seem to skip). The carriage on the right does look very good, perhaps a worn-in SE&CR livery option? As I say, I don't mind having 1001 lake shades running around, I think it looks more interesting than the same old paint tin. Inciden
  4. I took delivery of my Phoenix order today, and immediately set to work comparing my tin of SECR to the new GWR 1912 lake; The first photo being taken in direct sunlight. This was under a white light. I think I do prefer the GWR shade, it looks more 'right' to my eye (I've never liked the Bachmann shade) and it looks very close to the Bluebell SECR carriages when viewed in the sun. The proof of the pudding will be when these paints are tried over a red primer and lined out, I suppose. But ultimately, I'm fairly happy with mixed and
  5. That Conti is looking tasty, Jack! I'm jealous! I think there is supposed to be an overhang; on Wainwright designs the body overhung the chassis by an inch, sometimes a little more, so I expect it to be the same scenario here? And it looks like you had the same idea I had, I was awfully tempted to bid on the Paddlebox, too, but had the same hesitation you did of 'how do I make it fit?'. My justification (at least for my time period) would have been a trial of the class as a mixed-goods on the SE and Brighton mainlines, though it's obviously too heavy for that. Alternatively, the c
  6. I don't want to drag the livery debate up again, but I've made reference to a few volumes in other threads on the shade debate; Gould, p. 11: -"by 1901 Chatham stock was being painted the 'standard colour' of that on the SE section. The 1901 livery was stated to be "rich purple lake lined finely in gold". [...] The "rich purple lake, fine-lined with gold" appears to have been the same colour as that used by the SER. [...] About 1910/12 carriages started to be painted in a light maroon or red-brown shade with gold lining. [...] in 1916 coaches began to be repainted in umber brown, s
  7. Some of you may remember I tried to patch-paint the E4 Linny sold me a while ago, but the varnish I used reacted badly with the paint. After several soaks in caustic soda, I finally took off the entire paint job, primed and sprayed the main component up in Rover russet brown (I usually use Vauxhall Brazil brown, as advised by https://www.mdmrc.org/paint-colours.html). Clearly, when I'd bought the can a few years ago, I'd been thinking of their recommendation for Pullman livery (note: I wouldn't recommend it for Pullman. I really wouldn't. Not unless you're modelling modern-day Pullman operatio
  8. Well, unfortunately, the sides of the PC kit weren't salvageable. I had an accident with the model while picking it up (dyspraxia combined with a coach caught on the underframe of it resulting in the plastic side shattering), so I had no real choice but to peel it all off. Using white spirit to weaken the glue, I was eventually able to disassemble the coach and it really is a flimsy construction - but I see why people like PC kits regardless. It's resting on some Maunsell bogies for now. The buffers were removed, apparently they're the wrong pattern. A missing battery
  9. The Farish coaches and Toplight from Linny arrived today - thank you Linny! I immediately stripped the Farish pair down, the bogies being gross and too modern, and the rooves (roofs? I feel like we've talked about this before) already being detached made for a quick exercise. When it came to trying to exercise my original plan of chopping sections out of the body side, however, I quickly learned it wasn't the way to go. I'd forgotten the Farish carriages, for certain batches, were uni-cast, making them incredibly hard to work with. The new plan is to fill in all the su
  10. A little bit of work on my Kirk Maunsells tonight, just adding some underframe details to use bits up from the parts box. I'm not aiming for anything outstanding, just enough for it not to be an empty plain of self-coloured plastic. I've got two sets of underframe trussing coming from Phoenix for the two cars which are currently without, and I believe these come with some detailing, too, so I can fill in the odd missing battery box. I'm thinking I'll standardise the bogies on these as Bachmann SR, the Kirk bogies, whilst they can be made to look and funct
  11. That's my method, but the blade still slips sometimes or I'll lose my grip on the ruler and that'll ruin the cut. Definitely one to keep practicing though.
  12. More work on the Pullman brakes today, seeing as the new parts arrived. The 7mm handrail knobs I ordered are a little short, but stood on a shim they should even out. Thankfully the brass wire is easy to bend into the correct shape, so I'll get the tie-rods soldered up and glued into place on the underframe in time. I tinkered with the ride height a bit more the other night, and I'm finally happy with the results when compared to other cars (not the best photo, I'll admit): Some of you will no doubt be amused by the M6 screws I ordered, thinki
  13. I've returned to the GER car commission today, I haven't touched it in a while and supposed I ought to do some work on the project. Starting with the underframes, I began, with a cutting disc, to cut up the side bars to allow the bogie a field of motion. The car on the right has had the procedure done, the car on the left retaining its original underframe for now. A sanding drum and then an emery board and craft knife were used to clean up the cut-outs (Farish plastic melts and frays very easily, it's a very strange substance) The
  14. The lack of catering is interesting - I wonder if that was only on behalf of the LSWR? The SECR loading gauge did allow lookouts, I believe (the general loading gauge was up to 9' wide) I did find some snippets on a train between Bournemouth and Dover, but nothing clear. That's interesting to know, I expect it was LSW stock only? EDIT: I've just re-read your comment, Bill, and I see now why there's no catering! Need to take my time with reading things more comprehensively...
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