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  1. I used to work in a building that had them added at the point it was re-clad about a decade ago, the idea is that it keeps the sun from shining on windows, therefore reducing the thermal gain, and requiring less energy to air condition the rooms within. I'm slightly skeptical, and we knew them as the 'pigeon shelves'. Its a pretty common retro-fit these day, so not necessarily 'structural', and therefore in your application on a building under construction not difficult to justify as incomplete. In the UK I perceive they have only really come into fashion in the last decade or so, but that Vollmer hit has been around for decades, so I guess more popular elsewhere in the world - particularly places with lots of sunshine. Jon
  2. Brise soleil,is an architectural feature of a building that reduces heat gain within that building by deflecting sunlight (and therefore mostly seen on the sunny side of the building) Jon
  3. Were the trailing bogies really roller bearing? the photos I can find online imply the answer is no for the one at Sellinge, but my only visit there there was a tarpaulin covering the top and a load of scrap and nettles hiding the bottom, so I only have a single snap of about 60% of one end. Jon
  4. We are close to a solution for transfers, Steve at Railtec has designed a set, we are just trying to sort out how they will be sold, either exclusively from me (Steve's preference) or from Railtec as a standard line item (my preference), once we have resolved that and have a price, I will post again. The sheet would cover enough lettering for 2 wagons, with 4 running numbers possible. Jon
  5. I think my issue (about reviews in general), is that if you don't know about the item, and are relying on other people to make observations about it, then what value does your review add? I can see the point of a 'silent' film, which shows what you get in the box, turns it upside down and shows it running, but I don't think your commentary added much. I've been making the same point about reviews in magazines for a long time, if the reviewer can't make a critical* assessment of the pro's and con's of the item under review, then is it actually a review? and should it be regarded as editorial the magazine buyer pays for, or advertising? *for the avoidance of doubt, I mean 'expressing or involving an analysis of the merits and faults of a work', rather than criticism (unless thats actually warranted). Jon
  6. I think you might want to study your history books a bit longer - 'converted from open wagons' ? Jon
  7. That's why the trade have embraced Era's so enthusiastically, they don't want to tell you it's only applicable to the station building at Nowhersville. They want to obscure the actual origin sufficiently for those who don't care (or are prepared to deliberately turn a blind eye) can justify buying it, the more specific they are, the more likely that some of their potential punters will be put off. That's hardly surprising, there won't be many modelling Frant, there will be a few more who are modelling the SER who are prepared to compromise on an SER style building or as a placeholder until they get around to building 'their' SER building, but its only when you get to 'South East England' that you get enough potential buyers, along with those who just think its a suitable generic building, to make it easy to sell. Jon
  8. Its possible to get lazy-Susan parts, and even motorised turntables, but you also need to take power to the turntable, and control. I suspect mains power is possible, then some sort of wireless controller removes the need for additional contacts. Jon
  9. If you are buying whisky in the sort of quantities to require a box that can fit a 29" long train in it, you are either a publican, or ought to talk to someone about your alcoholism. Jon
  10. I'll take the point, but unless the crane was rigged pretty carefully, it would be pretty easy to damage a fibreglass body lifting it on that way. I don't recall what craneage was available at Hampton Court. Jon
  11. https://www.hobbycraft.co.uk/really-useful-clear-wrapping-paper-box-22-litres/571746-1000?glCountry=GB&gclid=Cj0KCQiAuP-OBhDqARIsAD4XHpfNuLsnCeK-0l4DIzfd8QeKKQVHo25JGk_6sY0OqO-TlFAqJNQT_nIaAppsEALw_wcB&gclsrc=aw.ds
  12. Slightly diverting the question, I wonder if anyone has evidence to support where the AC's were loaded? Hampton Court would have been geographically closer (one of the peripheral AC sites was on the old goods yard at Hampton Court) but I suspect Surbiton is more likely as it had a car loading ramp for the Oakhampton motorail service. Jon
  13. This is a many faceted hobby, I know you are right, that for some people, all they want to see is trains racing round a track, and for others the detail is everything, and there are a whole spectrum of people in between. What Hornby need to do is appeal to as many people in the spectrum as possible. So a model that runs well, and is accurate is going to sell to both ends of the spectrum, and one that runs well but isn't accurate, or is accurate but runs badly, is not going to maximise the potential sales. Jon
  14. A VIX wheelbase is 26'3", but the longer brassmasters jig, in its longest position is only 24'6" so it won't help in this instance Jon
  15. I suspect sick flavoured ice cream would be more popular than sh** flavoured ice cream, but I'd still think there was more profit to be had from Vanilla. Jon
  16. I think it might be profitable, certainly could be if there wasn't another player in that market, but is it really profitable enough, when you have the overheads of Hornby? and even when Rapido announced it I did think to myself 'that's a rather Jason thing to do, I'm surprised that he thinks there is enough profit to make it worth the effort' but then I thought that of his Birmingham bus release x10! Jon
  17. Any organisation will only have a finite amount of resource to invest in a project, Management capacity, Design capacity Manufacture capacity If I was a Hornby shareholder (particularly if I was the main/majority shareholder which we know they have) I would be asking Hornby management if they really believe that focusing large amounts of all 3 on a project with relatively limited sales potential was really a good use of that time. Management and design capacity are pretty much fixed if you sell one batch of 500, or 10 batches of 500, or many batches of 5000. I already thought that when I watched model world on TV and saw the effort put against the Dublo 'Channel Packet' for a run of just 500 loco's they were making some questionable decisions. Titfield Thunderbolt must be much the same - even if there wasn't another player in the field, there are plenty of other model candidates out there that have the potential to sell many runs in many liveries over more years. The class 66 is a good example of this - totally ubiquitous all over the UK for the last 20 years, and probably for the next 20, in dozens of liveries already, having it in your line up means a batch or two a year with only the livery to adjust, its the sort of loco that Hornby need to have in their range as a staple. A company like Hornby has significant fixed costs to divide across its range, whereas the likes of Rapido can probably get away with taking a more modest profit out of a single batch and then moving on. Its not like Hornby are making such large profits that they can afford the odd vanity project that will only just wash its face (or lose). For Titfield there will inevitably be a drag on Hornby where the management have to focus on the IP issue (even if they believe their position is completely rock solid), and this will be at the expense of managing some other project that (the shareholders will hope) could be more profitable (or in fact those shareholders might just settle for actually profitable). My shareholder would also be asking why Hornby management seem SO poor at determining what the right production quantity's of their runs, as this should really be a core competency and one which they have decades of experience in, yet as we have read all about, they seem totally unable to find the right balance between enough to satisfy demand without needing to move the excess at a discount, they seem utterly unable to find a happy balance. Jon
  18. This is the Symobia NEM gauge, the height is right, but the reach is a shade too long - the gap looks a lot in this photo, but although a sheet of 40thou (1mm) plasticard would fit in the gap, a 60thou (1.5mm) sheet would not. I think NEM compliant pockets are great, its the manufacturers that don't comply are the problem. Jon
  19. I've been building Appleby bogies over the weekend, well Appleby sideframes and my own etched Y25 inners, first I built a batch of Y27's, then realised that I needed cast Y25's! My y25 etch was the first etch I designed, and was intended to make the Cambrian y25 bogie easier to build, but its a pretty common wheelbase, s I also use it for other types. The Applyby Y27's needed the axlebox holes elongated a little, probably because of the slight contractions often found when casting whitemetal, but the cast Y25's fitted without modification. What I did do was open out the holes in the sideframes - when I designed the etch I was using a mire expensive etcher, and the idea of test etches would have been far too expensive to entertain, so I only provided a set of 3 etched holes so that a handbrake drive could pass through the sideframe, however in practice these are actually strong enough to take a bit more metal out, so I started by drilling a 3mm hole through the middle of the 3 small holes Otherwise the bogie was assembled as I would have done for the plastic Cambrians, with the exception that I can low-melt solder the Appleby frames to the etch. I did also find that the Appleby frames were a bit chunkier at the bottom, so the side didn't sit entirely vertical until I started filing them a little bit wedge shaped. And the reason I need quite so many bogies! Jon
  20. Rather demonstrates the stupidity of 'eras' - which can only be of benefit to the trade. Jon
  21. https://thetransportlibrary.co.uk/index.php?route=product/product&product_id=150916 jon
  22. Ye to the fitted head. I think we speculated about possible reasons they appeared where they did on the original thread, certainly Fruit and vegetable traffic is most likely, but I suspect anything that fitted is just as likely - from Vespa's to typewriters, but you would have needed quite a lot of either to justify two vans. Jon
  23. Actually I've changed my mind, E025 is one with a brake hut, I think E033 is more likely and that is described as air brake vac piped jon
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