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  1. I was thinking of the exact same thing! It would then be possible to recreate the scene from the titfield thunderbolt where it goes off the rails.
  2. That 812 looks amazing. It looks exactly like the prototype (apart from the livery).
  3. Thanks for the correction! I only did a little bit of research on the kit range, so any information on it is greatly welcomed.
  4. Now, on a bit of a sidetrack, (as it is with most of my posts on this topic), I have discovered some new projects to (never) complete. I have been recently going around various trainfairs and exhibitions with my father and we have found 2 interesting items: The first is a Ratio 4-4-0 kit. It's part-built, but most of the hard work has been done on it, and we picked it up for a tenner. The only problem is the plastic wheels, but we'll sort it out somehow, with batteries or swapping for better wheels. Most of the paintwork is done, and the tender has already had transfers applied. The next item is an unassembled Kitmaster Stirling Single from the GNR. Most people never see one in their lifetime, and we picked this one up for a fiver. For this reason, my father and I have decided it would be a great opportunity to try and make resin copies. I am not sure if this is against copyright/patent laws, so if it is please let me know. However, the kit has been out of production since the 80's, so I should hope it's ok. Anyway, it just so happened that we found the kit whilst visiting my grandfather who had fortunately had some left-over silicone from making casts for parts of tram models, so we have been attempting to make molds from the silicone. We used a box made from lego and a coleslaw tub lid as containers for pouring the silicone into for experimenting. So far, we have tried to make molds for the tender top, smokebox and backhead molds, so we will have to wait for the silicone to dry. I will update on progress in the next post.
  5. If I was making it from a B12 chassis, I would most likely remove the pony truck entirely and scratchbuild a new one.
  6. What about a B12 chassis? The B12 has a coupled wheelbase of 7' + 7' and the driving wheel diameter is 6' 6". The GCR pacific has 6' 6" wheels and a 7' 3" + 7' 3" driving wheelbase. The chassis looks quite similar (in my opinion) when comparing drawings: Here is where I found the B12 drawings: https://steammemories.blogspot.com/2011/08/precursors-to-b17-on-ger-before.html
  7. I haven't had a good look at any Bachmann Thomas range models to be able to tell the scale of Gordon. But if anyone on here does have one, it would be great to find out its wheelbase. They will become more available soon, with Bachmann bringing the range to the UK, so if it is an option, it would be convenient.
  8. I know it's a bit out of scale as it's HO, but does anybody know how close the Bachmann Gordon chassis is to the GCR Pacific?
  9. I tried making a whistle from wire and brass rod soldered together. It doesn't look much like a whistle, sadly, but from a distance it looks somewhat whistle-shaped! Here's how the loco looks with all the loose parts attached: Now, the Wellsworth & Suddery Railway needs carriages. Because I already have too many projects going on at the moment, I have decided the carriages will be 4-wheel standard Hornby carriages with a ratio GWR brake - all in blue with yellow lining. I have assembled the brake coach and will begin painting when i have the time to. Because it is taking me a long to complete the Great Bear, I have taken on another side-project. This time, it's a Star atlantic 4-4-2. My plan is to use a lot of the same parts for the projects as much as I can. I recently purchased the body of a Hornby Saint, but it had been modified quite extensively. One of the modification made by the previous owner was to remove the safety valve bonnet. I hacked off one from a castle body and removed the top feed. The new safety valve bonnet has been stuck on to the saint body with filler and poly cement. Now all I need is a castle chassis and City of Truro kit for the buffers and tender.
  10. I haven't uploaded on here in a while, so I though I would make an update on progress. I finished the cab. I assembled a saddle tank by cutting out the parts I needed (quite inaccurately) and filling the gaps with miliput. This is a crude method, but it saved time and required less effort. I added buffers to the rear bufferbeam (the buffers were from my dad's old City of Truro Airfix kit). One of the buffer housings had the buffer broken off, so I made a new buffer from soldered wire, superglue and miliput. I made the footsteps next The saddletank was uneven, so i covered it in miliput to be sanded down. I cut away the dome from the donor 3F and put it on the saddletank with miliput and superglue. At this point my laziness completely took over me, so I just made sandboxes from miliput and stuck them on the splashers with superglue. I sanded down all of the miliput on the body i didn't want and I stuck on the footsteps with araldit. I also put a handle on the smokebox. I made a filler cap for the saddletank and soldered together a safety valve from brass rod and wire. This is how it looks so far. Still a bit of work to do
  11. I agree, I hope the SIF team can move it to their new website
  12. Sounds like an awesome plan! If you are referring to 'The Real Lives of Thomas' area on the Sodor Island Fansite, the Sodor Island Fansite has recently closed down its original website and has moved to a new wix site. I wasn't sure whether you knew or not, but I thought I would mention it in case you didn't know. If there was information on the page that was important, here is a link to a web archive of it: http://web.archive.org/web/20180715044038/http://www.sodor-island.net/railwayseries/tidmouth.htm Unfortunately images are not accessable via the web archive as they were not saved on their records. Hope this is useful for you
  13. Thanks! I was actually inspired by your saddle tank projects. Those colliery locomotives do seem quite interesting. Thanks for telling me about them. I think they could be good inspiration for future projects. With the Great Bear, I haven't done much at the moment. It is a long project, and I have recently preferred doing smaller locomotives that are quite freelance. But I will get back to it, because it is my favourite locomotive.
  14. In my universe, the W&S bought James as a L&YR class 27 in the 1890s - 1900s. He was fitted with a saddle tank and bunker, similar to the L&YR class 23, for various reasons - such as cost efficiency and to fit on smaller turntables. My donor locomotive for this project would be the Triang 3F, as it has similar dimensions to the class 27. I first had to disassemble the 3F. Next I constructed the cab and bunker. Now I only have to built the rear plate and roof of the cab and make the saddle tank.
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