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  1. I reckon they would have had the typical flip-up semi-circular flat smokebox door typical of the era.
  2. I agree, I find that O gauge is something which cannot be rushed. One might make use of RTR and kits, which is certainly faster than building from scratch, but it does seem to be a scale which asks you to spend more time with each task than most other modelling scales.
  3. Thanks. I was worried I might turn some of my models into blobs. I've seen bad paint reactions on brass models, but you can just dunk those in a bath of thinners and start again. Not so with plastic models.
  4. Hi Everyone! I just discovered the range of Acrylic sprays that Humbrol has. In Australia, all spray-paint is stored in a locked cabinet to stop kids from stealing the stuff for graffiti/vandalism. I was just wondering if anyone knows about the compatibility between the Tamiya and Humbrol Acrylic sprays. I have used a lot of Tamiya over the years, though I am aware that most of the colours are more for military modelling and cars rather than railways. I'm just asking because I've used Tamiya grey primer on a project and I really would like to use Humbrol Brunswick Green, but I'm worried that it may turn my model into a pile of plastic-goo if there is a bad reaction.
  5. It looks like they've 3D-printed a prototype and plonked it onto an existing HO chassis. I expect that Bachmann will actually make a proper chassis for the 2-6-2. I really wish they would do the 4-6-0 version though since we had a couple here in Australia.
  6. O Gauge RTR is quite good, about the same as a moderate-difficulty kit build. 1 Gauge on the other hand seems to still be a scale which is the realm of kit-builders and miniature engineers. The question is really over the price-point. If you make model locomotives which sell for 200-300 pounds, you'll sell hundreds and maybe a few thousand of them. If you make model locomotives which sell for 2,000-3,000 pounds, you'll sell maybe a hundred of them all up over several years. You do have to watch what kind of product you put on the market.
  7. The main thing with Gauge 1 is that there is 10mm scale (1:30.5) and 3/8" scale (1:32). You then run into complications with a number of varieties of G scale, which runs on the same gauge of track, but generally represents narrow gauge and uses different wheel/track standards. They generally all use 1-3/4inch, 44.5mm or 45mm gauge British Gauge 1 has "standard" and "fine" specifications which principally differs in the back-to-back wheel dimension which is 40mm in "standard" and 42mm in "fine" with flange ways being 3mm and 1.75mm respectively. https://www.g1mra.com/pdf/standard-dimensions-for-gauge1.pdf The American Large-Scale standard, which covers Gauge 1 and G scale (in its many varieties) varies yet again. The back-to-back is 41.5mm, but the flange ways are the same as British Gauge 1 "standard" https://www.nmra.org/sites/default/files/standards/sandrp/pdf/S-3.3 2010.02.24.pdf https://www.nmra.org/sites/default/files/standards/sandrp/pdf/S-4.2 2015.01.19.pdf https://www.nmra.org/sites/default/files/standards/sandrp/pdf/S-4.3 2010.02.24.pdf Co-incidentally, 7mm Finescale flange ways are the same as Gauge 1 fine standard, so depending on whether you use 1:30.5 or 1:32 scale, O gauge track is roughly around the 3ft, 3'3", Meter, 3'6" gauge. As usual, the wonderful thing about standards is that there are always several to choose from!
  8. Thanks. I really think that getting a model into primer shows when the ideas have worked well.
  9. Shot the first two light coats of grey primer. Looks pretty good I think.
  10. It seems to sit well with my semi-freelance CHG brake van.
  11. More styrene strips and angle section from the local hobby shop today. Cab is making swift progress. Still pondering wibdows in the cab doors, but now all the detail sections are on I think it would be too much. I'll make a decision once I hit it with a coat of grey primer tomorrow.
  12. I'm thinking the next time I get my hands on one of these Atlas diesel mechanisms, I might do a J70/Y6 tram loco body on it. My true love is always with steam locos.
  13. Mock up of cab reusing part of the Atlas cab, just for the side windows.
  14. I need more 2mm angle to finish the cab. I thought I had another packet of the stuff, but it was just 2mm strip. Only other question is whether to put a window in the door or not.
  15. Mock up of cab reusing part of the Atlas cab, just for the side windows.
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