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  1. Hi Clive, I'm pleased to see somebody else having a go at turning Margate Gresleyoids into genuine diagrams. I'm interested to see the luggage section extended by the cut and shut technique. Maybe I didn't look at enough diagrams, but I concluded that the narrowness of Hornby's panelling in that area made it impossible to get the right length and the right number of mouldings. That, combined with the number of brake composites that would have to be obtained and sacrificed in order to supply the panels, persuaded me to scratch build the larger part of each side of a longer luggage section. Of course, you'll have to finished them in lined teak and alter the rest of the layout to suit. Howlden 12 wheeled clerestories next.....
  2. Interesting perhaps, but a small number of exceptions do not disprove a general principle.
  3. Those Bassets were fierce dark-ages warriors you know.... Or, being sensible for a moment, the presence of a number of place names ending in "by" in that part of the country seems to confirm that the Norsemen held sway there for a time....
  4. Traditional Viking funeral for deceased model railways - possible only a modern English custom in the former Danelaw?
  5. I imagine the total was around thirty, including a small number of failures..... Some moulds will last for far more than thirty castings, all depending on the complexity of surface shape. Smooth moulds, free of undercuts, in shapes that allow easy release of castings tend to go on and on. Moulds with slim rubber projections exposed on several sides to the chemical action of the resin and the mechanical effects of casting release fail much sooner. The same aplies if the overall shape makes it a fight to flex the mould enough to release each casting.
  6. I regret that I cannot supply any more resin V2 bodies for the foreseeable future. I made just one silicone rubber mould in which to cast them. They were fairly popular for a while, in fact I had to do a couple of minor repairs to the mould to cater for the last few sporadic requests after demand slowed down. I currently only do the resin casting on a very limited basis, in spare time, as an extension to "normal" railway modelling activities. Finding time to re-make fairly complex moulds such as the whole V2 body has become more difficult as time has gone on, partly because I now have lots of moulds that have long passed the peak-demand phase and which are certainly past their best, so re-making them all would be a major undertaking. When I decided not to try to re-make the V2 mould "for the moment" it seemed as if a new, accurate Bachmann body might be just around the corner anyway, but a couple of years on it seems hard to tell if the new body is any closer to production! Crystal ball anybody?
  7. The Thompsonised Great Northern had similar eye-brow type part-splashers under the running plate, as did several other types whose running plates were above the wheel tops, with the frame tops lower down, and frequently the bottom of the (fat) boiler lower too. The features are rarely visible in photographs as the area under the running plate is usually dark. Inboard of the flat section of the running plate, further plating sloped downwards towards the tops of the main frames and the wheel tops were in the way, hence the splasher shapes were necessary in the sloping plates. At least one of the models of Great Northern that I completed included a representation of those splashers.
  8. In view of the mention on the previous page of John Houlden's OO V2, later gauge-widened to EM and now set to be gauge-narrowed again, I wonder if there are model locos that can make a good claim to be the most repeatedly gauge-altered? I once had dealings with a very tidy fully-built but un-painted DJH A3 whose new owner (a friend of mine at the time) had bought the item at auction, either unaware of, or in spite of the fact that it was an EM gauge model. He was a OO modeller and indicated that he wanted to keep the model, so asked if I could convert it to OO. Even though the main frames were spaced much further apart than usual for OO I managed to do the conversion, with satisfactory results for running around 3 foot radius curves as featured on the owner's layout. The bogie was so wide (having been carefully widened by the original builder) that I had to saw it in half and re-build it narrower. Job then done, for no actual payment as it formed one element in a bigger "deal" between us, the owner soon "changed his mind" and almost immediately put the loco on eBay where it readily fetched good money - from a much larger competing group of OO bidders than would have been likely had it still been a "minority taste" EM model. I wondered how much of a fool I had been when I agreed to do the conversion without charge. The next I heard was that after the sale, the seller had received an enquiry from the buyer, seeking the name of somebody who might covert the loco to EM gauge for him! I did not offer.....
  9. I've been attempting to decide what to order. In the process, I've become puzzled by the selection of diagrams on offer. They don't cover the 1938 recreation of an 1888 Flying Scotsman, nor do they seem to be the most numerous diagrams. Did something else determine the choices please?
  10. During my recent flying visits to this topic (being too busy to dwell) I've noticed two or three brief mentions of the new motor/gearbox combination (or combinations?) from DJH but I'm not sure I've found the first mention of it or indeed any other mention that indicates specifically what sort or what make of motor (or motors) has been adopted, nor any information about cost. Unless DJH has top secret sources and wants to be the exclusive supplier of these motors, it would be interesting to know more, and to have some impression of whether there's the likelihood of long-term continuing availability to potentially justify treating these new motors as a "standard" loco builder's item.
  11. A quaint pastime involving yobbos, powerful search lights, four wheel drive off-road vehicles, hunting rifles, criminal damage to gates / hedges / fences / crops and intimidation or assault on landowners? The nocturnal counterpart to hare coursing? Yet brave Thomas survived!
  12. But surely God lives in England? Sorry, couldn't resist......
  13. Life alone may be the cause of the interruption. It does happen, always perfectly timed too. He's not in news headlines as a result of arrest in Hong Kong protests anyway, so that's one good thing.
  14. I hear there was a little blue visitor to LB yesterday too.
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