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    Tom has built models for many years. His main interests are diesels of the late 60s and early 70s and the early years of nationalisation. Tom is also interested in narrow gauge and industrial railways.

    Tom is more than happy to discuss current modelling projects and can be contacted by email or he can be contacted via RMWeb.

    He runs the Grasslands models blog (www.grasslandsmodels.wordpress.com) and he is the webmaster for the Swindon Model Railway Club (www.swindonmodelrailwayclub.com)

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    Dapol Class 21/29

    I was curious and had a look through a few photos of these last night. It does seem that the recesses on the gang doors are more prominent on the two/tone green versions (most shots including a dusting of dirt). Conversely, the doors are very smoothly welded on most BR Blue versions.
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    Dapol Class 21/29

    Here are some more BR Blue and yellow comparisons for you (doubling as a bit of NBL porn). And a Lego robot for no reason.
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    Dapol Class 21/29

    I would agree with Phil for D6129 and it looks like the other Dapol BR Blue one that is imminent has a different iteration of the yellow (I think the 'yet to be released' one has yellow ends that go further up the cab). Any feedback on my headcode paper query? Was it missing in mine or does the model simply not come with any optional headcodes?
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    Dapol Class 21/29

    Funny you mention that... I did do an NBL line up last night. Kernow win for me with that nice satin finish... the Dapol blue of the 29 is a bit flat or matt, but it is much closer to correct than the seaweed colour of the first Class 22. I'll take some more tonight
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    Dapol Class 21/29

    My BR Blue 29 arrived today and I am very happy with it. I'm yet to give it a run, but I will do that tomorrow. I don't see any changeable headcodes in the box, though. Does the model not come with any?
  6. Indeed, some inspiration from these types of design could be amazing, but I guess all things have to start somewhere. Off topic, but there is a train in Final Fantasy XV that is clearly based on the loco that is 3rd down in your pictures, by the way.
  7. I think the 3D printed figures look great!! If such a range is successful we could see some really interesting fantasy locos in the future!
  8. Hi! @ChrisA4 yes, that is the one I used. It comes with the early footplate grid-work and smaller cab windows for the sides, but it doesn’t include the square windows for the front of the cab (I made mine from plasticard).
  9. This is a great bit of weathering. I saw it on the BRM Instagram feed today. Well done. Your layout also looks great
  10. Here are some additional photos of Quarry Transfer
  11. Am I right in thinking there is a Terrier missing from the summary headline on this feed? edit - oh, apparently the Terrier was a surprise to everyone! sympathies to Andy Y and friends for last minute extra work
  12. A box van equipped with sound? Interesting... hmmmmm. I wonder what sound it will make? New Peckett 0-6-0 and the Ruston look great, but if I'm having the Ruston it certainly won't be wired up to that shunter's truck for long (edit - the truck is apparently, plug and play, so happy days). The experimental purple A4 is nice, when did Bittern run with two tenders?
  13. This sounds like a really good issue. I'm looking forward to this one
  14. Hi folks, me and my bro had a great time operating Brewery Pit in Peterborough, although my Coca-Cola train caused me a few operational headaches on Saturday, so I decided to shift it into a static display format for Sunday which gave me some time to explore the show. There were some really great layouts, some of the best I've seen. The steam effects on Bournemouth West were great and the model as a whole is incredibly realistic. My fave layout was certainly Habbaniya, Iraq 1941; it was absolutely stunning!!! The Bridge at Remagen is also so, so, so good. A special shout out to John Gay and Chris Leigh who provided me with some VIP locos including John's noisey USA Dock Tank and a lengthy test run of the pre-production J70 tram. I had a lovely chat with Chris about J70's and Y6's and his early memories of pioneering diesels and steamers in the waning hours of Sunday. I even met someone who has a vague memory of seeing J70's at Great Yarmouth docks when he was a nipper! I had so many nice comments about Brewery Pit, so thanks all. I'll post up some photos and videos soon. Grasslands out!
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