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    Dapol 08

    So much for freedom of speech on here and to someone with a differing view from a mod' and someone who sees it from the other side of all the oh so perfect appraisals of products. AY has stopped CME from posting on this very thread and has barred him for a week for daring to be honest in his own opposing appraisal, until he decides what to do with him next.
  2. Wow! Great, and it shows off the height and the track gradients well.
  3. Tex! here is 08 611 at Newton Heath depot Manch' in 1981. Unofficially named 'Dewsnap' Hope it helps.
  4. We got the grille squares cut out of the two bonnet side panels over the last few days so as to fit two metal grilles which i got off e-bay a several months ago, they look to be 1960's ex military surplus to me and came in the usual MOD type brown paper so they are well made and look to be enameled. I've riveted them on from the rear using the grilles original fixing holes, and we put a bit of 'No Nails' around the grille/hole edges to act as a sealant. The round hole is for a future fuel gauge which may or may not be a working one, but i do have the chrome surround and the glass to fit into it. I'm not happy with the red paint i got for the loco' as seen already painted on the bonnet, so i'll be stripping that lot off soon! lol. Ten small alloy kitchen drawer door handles for the side panels have been ordered, only eight are needed but they were a job lot going cheap they have'nt arrived yet, so there's a few more holes to drill before i can even think about what paint and colour to use on it next.
  5. Trial & loose fitting some panels whilst the Sun shines, most will need spacers behind them, so i'll be using large rubber tap washers in the hope of stopping any future rattling. I'm hoping to get the steel cab panels tacked on this week. The mock fuel filler is the top screw on/off half of a kids pound shop bike bell. I have a mock oil breather as well to make but i do have all the parts. I forgot to add the cab roof when i took these pics' it is finished and just needs some hinges fitting and painting up.
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    Dapol 08

    I have eight 'o' gauge diesels, the 3 Dapol 08's i have are yet to turn a wheel and being over two years old will probably be seized up by now The five others are all Heljans which fall to bits every time i take them out of their boxes, no matter how careful i am. It's a lot of dosh to spend for what could turn out to be static dust collecting ornaments. All mine are up for grabs so why not take a risk on a bargain...you never know they might run ok and bits might just stop falling off them in someone else's hands...but keep the super glue handy just in case.
  7. C.M.E. Our coal man also had Bedford TK's, the council dustcarts around here were almost always the small Bantam/Karrier types with those pull down shutters on a half round bin type rear body Then there was the 'Pop' mans wagons Again they were either TK's or Ford 'D' cabs. We had the 'Corona' and 'Alpine' pop firms coming round. Then there's all the Ice Cream vans Bedford CA's mainly, and all with Italian sounding names which were all beautifully sign written, we had one big posh van that would come around, think it was a Morris? Maybe Mr. Whippy with pink and cream paintwork, it looked like the type of van as seen in the old 'Tufty' safety films/ads' that were out at that time in the late '60's....Ah! Willy the Weasel what a great actor he was, it was so sad when he ran behind the ice cream van and got hit.....and survived!
  8. My mate came around over the weekend and did some cutting and drilling for me, i just did the easy stuff and stuck the rivets and bolts in the holes and then sprayed the bonnet up. Managed to get and fitted two alloy cupboard door handles which i found at the local DIY shop for ten bob each! The two side panels can be etch primed today whilst its surprisingly lovely warm weather, i do still need eight more smaller handles for the side panels which i can find and add later.....and cheap i hope! It all adds a bit of interest and detail rather than plain blank sides.
  9. Cheers CME, the coal wagon started off as a £3 charity shop find, which i cut about a bit! Made it from my memories of our local coal man coming around the streets back in the '60's. Coal sacks were modelling clay, the two weights made from those plastic 'size' things found on the top of coat hangers, filled, sanded and then some small brass screw in eyelets fitted.
  10. More great stuff Stu' but why post 'em on here when you have your own great thread mate, i'm sure we'd all love to see more of your railway, and wagon builds posted. No probs' with the recovering and treatment pal, i've been waiting far too long for it so i won't mess it up now, And owt being done here is easy stuff and mostly done with help from others and very slowly.
  11. Nice one Ossy, is it a kit or home made? Nice to know you are still breathing and hard at it.
  12. Not sure what the 66 runs are in aid of but there have been quite a few every morning all this week except for Mon' and with return runs in the late afternoon and evenings, not all were at the times as stated on Realtime trains. I saw three 66's within half an hour on Weds' morn'All in all it made a nice surprise for me at this location and i've kopped a few 66's this week.
  13. Cheers CME After several weeks of dynamic inactivity laying up in bed after my back op' was finally done i've now got permission off the physio guy to do a bit more moving about I've started this by easing myself into bending the alloy roof and bonnet panels, two pieces of 3" x 2" wooden posts were clamped either side of the sheets, quite easy as the 1.5mm. thick alloy is soft enough to bend by hand. Was lucky to be watching the web cams at the Talyllyn Railway a few weeks back and the loco' type i'm copying off was sat right under the cam' in Pendre yard, so i was able to do some real 'rivet counting' I've guessed at the positions and used 4mm alloy rivets. A strengthening rib was added to the middle of the bonnet with 4mm rivets in roughly the right place, the central rib also as fixing holes drilled in to it to attach it to the loco's frame. Although on the real thing the bonnet is made up of two panels i've left this in one piece for strength and i'll cut a light line to represent the gap between the two later. The sit on mower axle has now been cut and overhauled with plenty of help from 'Her indoors' and a visiting mate. A new ball bearing was put in on the gear change link bar and it's all fully stuffed with new grease. I'll need to mask up and get out for some new supplies today, enough to keep me busy over the coming nice weekend and it will keep my head going well into next week. I'll also need to get some paint on these panels before it gets too cold outside.
  14. The blue loco' was made from a single cab green one that i could never get to run right, i thought it was jinxed and so i added another bonnet to it, It never got a running chassis put on it and it got towed away and sold off not very long after its conversion. My recent passport pic' ...as we say up here " i'm reet sh&gg£d out"
  15. Give up you two you'll have me blushing... now if i could just have your names and addresses for future references and for my c.v. should i ever work again!
  16. 9-9-20. 11.14am. Unidentified 142 probably 065 or 068, meet 66 155 & 66 167 at Crows Nest Junc' Nr. Hindley Lancs'
  17. 9-9-20. Another few light engine sightings today seen at Crows Nest Junc' Hindley. 66 167 & 66 155 meet a 142 at 11.14am on the Peak Forest to Wigan LIP. 35 mins' later 66 069. heads the other way to Peak Forest. I can only assume the runs are for route training purposes for future traffic?
  18. 8-9-20. Crows nest Junc' Hindley, a new working for my local line this week, according to the Realtime trains site its the 068K Warrington Arpley sidings to Peak Forest up sidings Tues, Weds, and Thurs' only working. 66 148 passes an hour late at 11.48am, great to see another loco' working on this line as normally the only loco's i see here are on the Wilton-knowsley bin-liners, which is'nt running it seems so far this past week!
  19. Thanks Paul and all the others for your continued interest & support. I've just acquired a sit on mower back axle/gear box for the loco' i'm hoping to cut it down narrow enough to be able to drive the bogies wheels. It's a simple forward, neutral and reverse set up and also has a brake disc fitted which is handy, i'm sure in my own daft way i'll make it all work. I've had it all apart and all seems well with no cracked or chipped gears or cogs, all the bearings are ok ....now where's the grinder!
  20. I forgot to say Mike that in dry spells make sure the plants are watered well if planting in sunken pots or pockets, and a sprinkle of multi purpose feed twice a year helps keep them lush and green.
  21. 142 065 leaves and nears Crows Nest Junc' from Hindley station on the Wigan to Man' Vic' at 11.10am. 7-09-20.
  22. I made some WW1 wagons to go with the 'Tin Turtle' but the first two came out a bit too big and looked more like seven inch gauge scale, so i made two more this time they looked to be more in a 5" scale. All were made from old pallet wood and some boards and off cut lathes i'd been given. Only the two smaller wagons got chassis and wheels put on them. As usual the bills had to be paid and they all got sold off, although the two bigger tubs lasted for a few years as planters.
  23. Only recently found these old pics of a 'Tin Turtle' i built several years ago, it all started when i found two sets of 5" gauge wheels and a pair of tender side frames at an autojumble for just pennies! The alloy sheet was also found at the classic car shows and cost just a few quid for four sheets, one of which i still have! All in all it kept me busy for that summer and eventually was sold off to pay the bills as usual when i'd finished it. A rough measurement of the real loco' was taken from books which were made into cardboard templates, the bonnet ends were bent using the old mowers roller. It was powered by a wheelchair electric motor, by all accounts it was totally useless. Hope somebody used the main body though and eventually made it work right?
  24. The plants need an almost daily summer clipping with a good pair of big scissors Mike, helps if you constrict the root growth by planting them in small pockets or in buried pots, my yard had little soil and was all rubble so digging out small pockets and filling them with soil was my main planting method. My ladders came from a lot of different kids toy fire engines i had found at the charity shops, i also made my own ladders from plasticard strips drilled out an inch spacing and plastic cotton bud stems form the rungs. Sorry i did'nt answer sooner my e-mail is down and i'm laid up a bit at the mo' i try to check in on here every few days though. Here's some more owd stuff.
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