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  1. I am using Bachmann's 3F 0-6-0 Tender model to make a modern super-detailed loco-drive version of the Hornby James. That way, it would also be more RWS-accurate with a hint of the TVS flavour to it. I always do find Hornby's modern loco-drive models much more reliable for smooth running than the old tender-drive models.
  2. My, what a way tom improve an old model! I'm making my Hornby James more loco-drive using the Bachmann 3F model's chassis.
  3. That has happened to me...on more than on occassion.
  4. Fantastic model! Amazing how you got it to work.
  5. Hey, that's rather clever! I guess you could call it a busy bee!
  6. Hey, that's rather clever! I guess you could call it a busy bee!
  7. It was two years ago last week I first came to this model railway forum. I came here to make friends, learn tips and advice, improve my modelling skills and share some of my stuff. And this is what I'm going to do right now. My LNWR 19" Goods 4-6-0 made from an original B12 model is finally complete with accurate buffers and in original LNWR condition when it was first built. I love this class next to the Midland Railway 2511 Class 2-6-0 and my all-time top favourite the LMS Black Five 5-6-0 and it is a great and excellent mixed-traffic locomotive. Although none were saved despite coming into BR ownership and never receiving any BR numbering or classification or both, I think it would be a marvellous candidate for new build steam locomotives, don't you agree? And while we're at it, if Bachmann or Hornby are listening, a 00-Gauge model of the class would be nice! There is something to be said about the original Tri-ang Hornby B12 model; sure it may lack in detail and the tooling is rather outdated, but there are several potential ideas for it and this is one of them. I'm working on an LMS version of the locomotive with Belpaire fireboxes and LMS safety valves. Let's hope for the best how that'll turn out. For the time being, I'm going to take a much needed break from locomotives and focus on the rolling stock from the exact Pre-Grouping period (that should fit exactly with the same locomotive classes of the time). My trip to Weymouth and the Swanage Railway will provide me with studies on Southern Railway/Region or LSWR steam garuanteed.
  8. Thanks for the tips and advice. It's gnna be quite a task to find all the right parts and a real challenge, too. Either the smokebox needs to be cut back or the chimney needs to be moved back. Also, the body needs a gap underneath the boiler like real-life steam locomotives and handrails like those super-detailed models.
  9. We all know that the Hornby James model was a re-use of the Tri-ang Hornby 3F with several alterations? Maybe it would be possible to use a Hornby China B12 motor and fit it into the model and replace the tender with a free-wheeler Fowler one? Anyone have any ideas?
  10. Sweet model, that! Did you know that only one of these survive in preservation on the SVR? Go and see it at the Engine House, I totally insist on it!
  11. If I wanted a Thomas straight from the books, I would go for the later version of him in the books with a flat running plate from front to back which makes it more levelled. That's what I'd do with the Bachmann model.
  12. Anyone thought about making them RWS-esque? I have.
  13. I modified a Hornby T9 into Edward once and that's a better model basis.
  14. The pony truck came from a Farish Hughes Crab adapted into a Fowler 4F 0-6-0.
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