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  1. David, Thanks for the details of your/Tim Shackleton's excellent underframe weathering mix. I will give it a try on the black V2 that I am completing. Kind regards, Richard B
  2. Hi, I have just remembered that I have a spare mainframe and valvegear etc. for the Craftmen kit of the Lord Nelson. This has reminded me of one or two minor issues with the kit. The frames and valvegear etch is very thin, you could almost say flimsy, rather like the prototype with regards the valvegear - Maunsell had to keep axle weight down so specified high tensile steel for these components and therefore saved a lot of weight and mass. The other feature is the large frame cut-out for the motor mounting which really won't be required if you go with the excellent HighLevel motor/gearbox combination since it should be possible to mount this between the frames and still have a powerful set up. In addition, the motor will not protrude into the cab. I would also replace the kit return crank with the SR version made by Markits which is secured to the axle by a set screw and also pre-sets the lead angle of the return crank to the verticle when the wheel is at bottom dead centre. The added advantage being maintenence of the valve gear is much easier. Its a very long time since I built mine but given my skill/experience level was very low, the results are acceptable. Good luck and kind regards, Richard B
  3. Agree Michael it is a very good kit being one of the first that I constructed and results in a very good model although I still had a lot to learn! By way of comparison, Proscale V2 is just about complete apart from a little polishing and touch ups. Kind regards, Richard B
  4. Some more pictures after dusting and cleaning - needs a little more finishing. Kind regards, Richard B
  5. Tue V2 60896 is now complete apart from some gentle weathering and polishing. I am pleased with the result given the starting point of a problematic kit of the early 1980s. The loco looks like Gresley's wonderful locomotive design. And now onto the tender with its Tony Wright donated etches to modify the kit supplied variation into a suitable tender for 60896. Kind regards, Richard B
  6. Many thanks John and Sir William(!). Firstly I'm sorry about the Drummond tender ruse, I had one spare from my S11 4-4-0 build so paired it up for this totally made up story. Just to balance up all the very serious discussion about V2s (Bachmann and otherwise) that has appeared on the site. As to the finish John, I will give it a light dusting of weathering powders on the body and then carefully polish with cotton buds etc. This will polish the cleaned areas and leave traces of the powders around the fittings etc. The underframe will be treated with various washes to get a cleanish but oily finish. I agree, all the pictures I have suggests the V2's on the SR were kept clean and were popular with SR crews wich is no surprise they were great locos. I have a picture of 896 on the Belle and it still has front footsteps fitted so the removal of the footsteps must have been after clearance problems and third rail fears were identified. Kind regards, Richard B PS I worked with Sir William's grandson back in the 1980's and 90's.
  7. Well I hope you started your V2 today Stephen, good luck anyway. Painting and lining now finished, not totally satisfied with the result using transfers but loco not weathered yet so lets see how it looks then. Cab interior now complete and fitted just after fitting cab glazing. Still more to do - footsteps and cylinder drainpipes mainly. Chassis still running sweetly with no tight spots. Probably need to weather the floor a bit. Kind regards, Richard B
  8. I sometimes think we get a little too serious when it comes to the V2, my Proscale kit is nearing completion and I thought you may be interested in a little known fact about the V2's when they briefly operated on the SR. Some pictures of a little known pairing during the brief posting of 60896 to the SR as a temporary replacement for the MN during the axle crisis. It was thought that the Drummond 8 wheeled tender would provide additional water capacity given the lack of water troughs on the SR routes. It was soon abandoned when it was realised that the LNER Group Standard 6 wheeled tender had a greater water capacity than the Dummond 8 wheeler. Not a lot of people know that.... Tee hee... Kind regards, Richard B
  9. A few pictures of a little known pairing during the brief posting of 60896 to the SR as a temporary replacement for the MN during the axle crisis. It was thought that the Drummond 8 wheeled tender would provide additional water capacity given the lack of water troughs on the SR routes. It was soon abandoned when it was realised that the LNER Group Standard 6 wheeled tender had a greater water capacity. Not a lot of people know that.... Kind regards, Richard B
  10. HI David, Another series of great images - Haymarket and its occupants looks as realistic as always. As I have mentioned, the appearance of the track in the foreground is so very good. On another matter, I assume, probably wrongly, that you use something like Humbrol "gloss oil stain" wash on your loco underframes or something that you have mixed? Whatever, it is very effective. Incidently, if you do use those Humbrol stains how the heck do you open them?!! I really struggle with them. Kind regards, Richard B
  11. With Tony's indulgance... I agree Richard, thanks Mr King for the chance to build the excellent A1/1 Kit. Correct namplate with accurate GN Coat of Arms is ready to fit... too busy with final stages of ProScale V2 to do that job. Kind regards, Richard B
  12. Hi Andy, It was a real pleasure to visit and present you with the G5 which, as you know, was in memory of my former colleague and member of your club, Ray Goad. The Exhibition was very good in such fantastic place, the original Darlington North Road Station. It was odd in some ways since the last time I visited North Road Station it was a station and not a museum. Good to see though that there were still some items if scrape around (apologies if required!) although the scrape I recall seeing in 1963 was, sadly, many ex NER engines being cut up. I look forward to visiting again and I have transferred funds in the club account for the DJH B16/1 kit of which more later, probably very later... Kind regards, and thanks for making me feel so welcome, Richard B
  13. Thanks Michael. I will check. Kind regards, Richard B
  14. A few final views of the body before painting. Kind regards, Richard B
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