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TangoOscarMike

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  1. I'm trying to imitate the style of the 4-wheel coaches' lamps and ventilators, rather than make something realistic-looking. So, plastic discs cut with a leather hole punch, thick on one side and thin on the other: Holes drilled through the thin discs all the way through the roof. I tried to get them vertical, rather than perpendicular to the roof. And plastic rods through the holes. These were all cut somewhat over-length, then levelled with a piece of sandpaper stuck to a flat wooden block. Rain strips next.
  2. I didn't like the thread title when I first read it: Get creative? How dare you? We're all creative here, thank you very much! Clearly I was wrong. Shame on me.
  3. Not to worry - this has happened before, so I'm inclined to think that it may have been a gormless choice of user name!
  4. Tom, not Mike! As a teenager I knew two sisters of unparalleled beauty whose father had (I think) recently studied for some kind of radio license. He (practising his alphabet) gave me this nickname, and these days I use it in a couple of places on the Internet. I did consider laminating thin plasticard. But my first roof was made of the two original coach roofs, cut to size and joined with a curved bridge of laminated plasticard. After the initial satisfactory gluing this ended up warping over time. I thought that this might have been caused by excessive use of solvent, and it made
  5. I've put a coach-size-comparison picture in my own thread, so as to provide a coherent narrative for future archaeologists.
  6. How time flies when you're procrastinating! I haven't actually made anything yet, or even designed anything. But I did buy a Peco coach in order to get a better idea of sizes. I wasn't especially surprised to find that the Parkside/Dundas coach really is a bit on the small side (but not so much that it looks out-of-scale). The N-gauge chassis is barely longer than the Peco coach, so perhaps it will be fine to put two compartments on it, instead of two-and-a-half.
  7. I hit a procrastination snag, as follows: I decided to make a roof. To match the original roof, I chose to use 1.5mm plasticard. You can't bend this thick stuff round a form and apply heat - it's too stiff. I had to: Put it in the oven, resting flat on the curved form. Put a piece of thin card over it, weighed down so that when the heat softened the plastic it would be forced down over the form. The form was a bottle (I poured out the dregs of the nasty plum liquor that came in it) with a few layers of thin card on top, to increase the diameter. This ca
  8. This picture interests me. I've been using my Parkside coach kits as a size reference for my tentative plans, but with a strong suspicion that they're a bit on the small side. I've just acquired one of these Peco brake coaches (a green one with buffers), and indeed it makes the Parkside coach look rather titchy. Not necessarily out-of-scale, but definitely a bit cramped for the poor passengers.
  9. Good! I haven't tried Fox transfers, but I expect that they will give a better result than my convoluted home-printed approach!
  10. To me It looks exactly like messing about, but since you're a learned cove I shall accept your assurance!
  11. Thank you! I'd be delighted if Hornby did that. I'd also be happy to contribute to their design - this isn't my livelihood.
  12. Thank you for posting pictures! I'm glad to see a superior coupling type in use - did it just plug into the tender with no fuss? If you choose to go down the waterslide transfer route (for lining etc.), I'd be happy to help you get a printed colour match for the Indian red. Cheers Tom
  13. I like what you've done. Have you considered adding steps / running-boards (I'm not too sure about the correct terminology)?
  14. Thanks Gibbo Yes. I'm still tinkering with the design of the bogie. I can't help myself, for some reason. The latest version has slightly thicker (stronger) arms for the NEM pocket support. It also has sockets for top hat wheel bearings instead of built in bearings (although the plastic is very hard, so I'm not sure if this will make much difference). @hayfield- on the strength of this topic I'll get this moving again. Let me know if you're interested and I'll make it a priority. Cheers Tom
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