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  1. Couple of better photos today (I hope)! 70810 approaching Raith's Farm, Dyce, with the 04.33 Irvine Caledonian Paper to Aberdeen Waterloo tanker train. Quite a fine day for the end of October.
  2. A couple of snatched photos of an unidentified Colas Rail class 70 on the 13.02 Aberdeen Craiginches to Oxwellmains cement tankers earlier today. Bucksburn in Aberdeen. The train was a few minutes early, so I didn't have time to get to the location I'd planned. Colas Rail colours do quite a good job of camoflaging the loco amongst all the autumn leaves.
  3. A couple of photos of an unidentified Colas Rail class 70 heading through Bucksburn on it's way out of Aberdeen this afternoon. The service is the 13.02 Aberdeen Craiginches to Oxwellmains cement tanker empties. The low-rise industrial buildings to the left of the train were part of the former Twinspires Creamery. This closed around 20 years ago, having opened in the 1950's, and was served by milk tanker trains up until the late 1960's. Apologies, a bit of a dull afternoon weather-wise.
  4. A photo of 70801 passing through Bankhead on the north side of Aberdeen earlier this afternoon. The 04.37 Irvine Caledonian Paper to Aberdeen tanker empties again. I thought I might be able to get a bit closer to the fence, but the vegetation's recovered pretty quickly since the area was cleared for access during the upgrade of the Aberdeen-Dyce line a couple of years ago.
  5. Thanks for the feedback, that would make sense. Will have to try and get some photos at some point.
  6. A couple of photos of 70806 crossing the Bucksburn Viaduct with yesterday morning's Aberdeen Waterloo to Irvine Caledonian Paper tanker train. The tankers are loaded this time. Does anyone know if Colas Rail locos lay-over in Aberdeen between trips? Apologies again for the dodgy picture quality, and the lampposts and railings getting in the way.
  7. A few photos from me of Colas Rail Class 70's in Aberdeen. First off we have a couple of shots of 70806 passing through Bankhead on the northern outskirts of Aberdeen with the 04.37 Irvine Caledonian Paper to Aberdeen Waterloo tanker empties. Photos taken earlier on today. After that we have a shot of an unidentified class 70 coming off the Bucksburn Viaduct on an Inverness to Waterloo/Craiginches working on 24/08/20. The flats to the left of the loco are built on the site of the former Bucksburn Station. All photos taken on my phone I'm afraid folks, so sorry fo
  8. D6150

    Guess the project.

    Well it's supposed to be a real prototype, but whether it turns out like it or not.... European, and in service from the late 1950's to the early 1990's, with a few lingering longer. Thanks Ken
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    Thanks for all the feedback folks. Glad I'm not the only one who's struggled with the way Revell put their kits together! Not sure why they have taken this approach. Yes the F104 was pretty notorious for a while, especially in West German service. Very much the wrong aircraft for low level missions. From what I can make out, the Italians latterly only used them in the high altitude role they were originally designed for. Horses for courses.... Thanks Ken
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    Another wee project moving closer to the finish line. Revell's kit of the Lockheed F104-G Starfighter. It's been a long time since I tried an aircraft kit. This one was a bit different to the (mainly Airfix) ones I remember, the fuselage is in 4 bits not 2, and getting them to join neatly wasn't easy. Would like to blame Revell, but its probably me... This will be painted up as an F104-G of the Italian Aeronautica Militare. Italy was an enthusiastic user of the F104, only retiring the last of their S variants in 2002. An old aircraft that still manages to look futurist
  11. D6150

    Guess the project.

    Hello, Thanks for the interesting suggestions. I'm not going to reveal the correct answer just yet, in case there are any other guesses. Thanks Ken
  12. To cheer myself up following imposition of a local lockdown I've decided to do teaser photo for my next project. I'm not going to say what it is intended to be, guess away. What it actually ends up as may be a different story. Possibly pushed to the back of the "work in progress" shelf. Comments and suggestions welcome as always. Ken
  13. D6150

    Another small step

    Thanks for the feedback. If I ever get the time (unlikely..) I wouldn't mind collecting some of the many space toys that came out in the 1960's and 70's. There's a bit of skepticism about the Apollo programme nowadays, but I personally think it was a remarkable achievement (although I would say that being a fan). I also find it quite weird that here in the 21st century we no longer have the ability to go to the moon...
  14. So here we have the airfix moon buggy, or more correctly the lunar rover. I have added seat backs, antenna's, and the cargo rack/bulkhead behind the seats. I still need to add the satellite dish on the main antenna, and the distinctive orange mudguards. The two astronauts in the background are taking rock and dust samples, that's some kind of probe, not a rifle. These guys are roughly half way through painting, I think the space suits look better with a matt finish. I also have a Revell F104G starfighter in progress at the moment, will get back to something rail-relate
  15. D6150

    One small step....

    Thanks for this. I put one of the buggies together last night. Pretty easy to do, but it lacks quite a few details (seat backs, mudguards). I will try and add some of the missing bits and get it painted up.
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