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  1. The origins of my P1 involve just about every one of Heinz's 57 varieties. The full 2008/9 construction saga was on an earlier incarnation of RMWeb, but the repeated mutation and grafting onto new roots of the site firstly saw the details moved to an "archive" and then after a period they vanished. The main loco frames, motion parts, cylinder stretchers and leading truck were adapted from Tony's very "favourite" O2 kit whose name is shared with a playing card. The coupled wheels are Scalelink, which don't have the most authentic appearance but are self-quartering and at the time we
  2. Doesn't look like it was too much of a struggle. Is it known for certain whether the slats were single layer, with see-through openings like that, or was there an inner layer too, offset to close the obvious gaps but still allowing air flow? Based on photographs of fairly poor quality I suspected the latter when I built my two GN fish vans by a different method.
  3. I agree regarding the correct shape for the beading, but I'm not sure that the GN cab cut-out is grand enough to deserve being called a window.
  4. If there really is no facility for separating a reasonably thin and translucent carrier film from the more substantial opaque support sheet, then in my opinion the transfers cannot be used reliably in accordance with the original PC / HMRS instructions, may not count as "fit for purpose", and cannot be worth the money. Positioning by means of "best efforts" accurate hand-cutting around the design, followed by blind dead-reckoning to position the item on the model, is never going to be as certain as the "monitored positioning" that is possible if you can see through a carrier film.
  5. I'd assumed in my earlier remarks that Richard and all others were doing the above, as per the instructions. Slight moistening of just that thin tissue layer that lifts off the card with each individual item is still of benefit for positioning the transfer in some situations, as the tissue becomes much more transparent when even slightly damp.
  6. That's worth knowing about. I imagine it is a very useful dodge when applying the transfers to the officially specified gloss surface. As I rarely do that, normally having no more than a satin finish at best on the paintwork, I don't tend to get the problem of too much initial grab.
  7. None of my HMRS Pressfix are of the most recent variety but I have found that once the individual item is lifted from the (heavy) support sheet and placed loosely on the model, the (thin) backing paper that still supports the transfer can be very slightly dampened, rendering it just sufficiently transparent to allow a decent first attempt at positioning. If the transfer is only pressed down very lightly at first, I can usually manage the job of nudging it slightly one way or the other to fine-tune the position before soaking the carrier paper off it entirely.
  8. In case anybody does not realise, it is already perfectly possible to bend the Peco large radius turnouts to a moderate degree, if you want curved points - but not to anything like the extent of being able to lay a circle of toy track on a small round coffee table...
  9. I think that's exactly the tone that needs to be adopted in dealing with certain foreign "diplomats", also with the kind of muck-raking journalists who ask blatantly rude, aggressive, extremist, sensationalist, "ambush questions" and who then proceed to interrupt the attempts to answer them politely.
  10. Should it seem at all short of funny locos, do let me know and I'll do something about it.
  11. Well I know of somebody (not me) who is proposing to build a model of a Reid Atlantic using a suitably altered resin B3 boiler and one or two of the fittings, so if you really want one and cannot get hold of the classic whitemetal kit, you know what to do...
  12. I believe there are errors in the dimensions of the Perseverence kits for the GC panelled stock, affecting side height and ride height. Some drawings for this sort of stock are available in the GCRS on-line archive. The mere basics are drawn in Vol 2 (or is it Vol 3?) of Dow's "Great Central" and a small, but useable, fully dimensioned drawing of one of the related suburban vehicles appears in David Jackson's "J G Robinson, a Lifetime's Work". Cutting down of certain parts may be required in order to produce a scale model... THE book on MS&LR / GCR carriages is in t
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