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    Many - but in railway terms, all pre-BR buggeration, and preferably pre-Grouping...! GWR primarily, but shades of LNWR/Midland/LMS. (I'm modelling a Joint' line.). Ideally, model railways represent a real place at a specific period. The location has to fit the space available - tricky - but the period...? So much choice.... :-). 1890's - to about 1920 is my favourite.

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  1. I'm after any drawings for a GWR level crossing for a single line with wooden gates and posts - not the cast-iron post type. Any info' gratefully received.
  2. I'm new to this type - and the SECR generally - and have a couple of queries for the experts here. I see the Rails version lacks the rear set of lining on the boiler that the NRM version has. Which was prevalent in service....? Any reason these are being made with a matt finish - were the originals not gloss - like the real NRM example....? The Rails version is available in a DCC Sound version..... I'm a bit confused about whether the NRM version is available in a Sound version...like the Rails version...? I have to say, these look gorgeous in the original SECR livery.
  3. Like I said, the Merlins were too big and two heavy. The CG would have been buggered and the whole machine needing re-stressing - and with the available wing area, higher take-off and landing speeds, as well as, doubtless, a serious degradation in turn radius etc etc. The Hornet was a clean-sheet design, intended, from the outset for the special 2,000hp version of the Slimmed-down low-fat Merlin, each engine turning in opposite directions to counteract engine-torque.
  4. The RR engines have been mooted as a stand-in for a long time - and there is much merit in that option to at least see a Typhoon in the air. As for regenerating the Sabre - the prognosis isn't great. A vast effort to get - probably at most three Typhoons into the air..... The Sabre is a pretty fiendish engine. I knew mechanics who'd worked on them in the war - and they found them a nightmare. Still - if money is no object....
  5. Kermit Weeks has possibly got more Sabre engines than anyone else of the planet. His Tempests II & V are being restored to airworthy standards - but for static display. ( I think he possibly has eight Sabres.). Kermit has excellent resources and facilities - and is better positioned than probably anyone else to get a Sabre-engined Tempest into the air. One might argue that the FAA is perhaps a tad more adventurous than the UK's CAA. Even so - I wouldn't put money on his Tempest V flying.
  6. The Whirlwind is a strictly static build. The Tempest - being a Centaurus - is a bit more practical - but still a Herculean effort, and I very much look forwards to seeing it fly. The Typhoons.....well, it's fair to say that anything with a Sabre in it is in quite another league - rather an understatement..... I don't think ANY Sabre has even ground-run since the 1950's. There are few engines, very few spares - and nothing to compare with the infrastructure that sits behind, for example, the Merlin. No one alive was involved with the design, development or servicing of the Sabre. The Sabre was always a highly problematic engine, and the RAF got rid of them all as soon as the war ended - for exactly that reason. Napiers only half-decent engine was the Lion - and that took them decades to get right. We may well get to see a Sabre-engined Typhoon ground run, but the odds are stacked very heavily against it flying.
  7. I think so. I didn't realise how different - or how big they were until I stood under a (Non-airworthy.) Fury in Florida some years ago. (Even chunkier than the Fw190 - a beefy machine too.). They even re-engineered the Tempest's main u/c - presumably to fit into the thinner wing, so the apparent similarities actually belied what was really quite a different machine.
  8. Nowt to do with the Whirlwind. The Hornet was a spin-off from the Mosquito - both superb machines.
  9. The Sabre was problematic at any height, and in the early days, the Typhoon's airframe also gave many problems - all very stressful for the MAP at the time. The Whirlwind's airframe was built around the Peregrine, which was a much smaller engine than the Merlin - so the Merlin was never an option, they were simply to big and heavy. All the time and effort went into developing the Merlins, so the Peregrine and the Whirlwind both withered on the vine. The Typhoon never made the grade as a fighter, because, quite apart from the problems with the Sabre's reliability, the Typhoon's wing was very thick. Great for strength and housing cannons, but it had a very low Critical Mach Number - a problem many other types of that period suffered from, such as the P38. The similar-looking Tempest had an entirely new, and much thinner wing, and was a much better machine that used the Sabre and the Centaurus. The Tempest was developed into Centaurus-powered the Fury and Sea Fury, both excellent machines, though the Centaurus was also not without it's problems.
  10. Took these a couple of weeks ago passing through B&E.
  11. Whilst any attention to pre-Grouping coaches is very welcome, what a pity Hornby have basically copied Hattons generic approach. If the coaches had have been based on at least ONE correct set of prototypes - then one livery at least would have been accurate. Like Hattons - they are rather a pig-in-a-poke. Pity - Hornby could have upped the game. Had they been a reasonably accurate representation - I would certainly have bought a quite a few.
  12. I have no idea if there were 'Mistletoe Specials', but there were certainly many specials related to the local production of fruit and hops - especially with regard to the transportation of seasonal workers. These groups were reported to get quite rowdy (Perhaps from the fruits of the Teme Valley.) - and railway staff took to locking the carriage doors to prevent groups of them inadvertently exiting the train at the wrong station(s) on the return journey to the Black Country. Extra sidings were added at Newnham Bridge to carer for the hop & fruit traffic in the late summer and autumn - quite a tonnage, whereas the mistletoe would only have filled a couple of parcel vans.
  13. Actually - it's a toy - if you wish to be really pedantic. Gawd.....
  14. The train. The train. Can we talk about the train....
  15. Several ordered in the original glorious iteration - look forward to these. Hopefully we will see more of the much neglected Pre-Grouping locos now the market is saturated with later stuff - an antidote to endless BR-everything. It'd be great if there were some RTR LNWR coaches too. Maybe this new product will provide a stimulus there too. Bravo to all concerned - these look absolutely superb....!
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