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  1. Is anyone able to identify the specific car models represented by set PK10 in this range? There are ones that look like a Volvo 740, a Sierra 3 door, a Range Rover, but what are they all, if not generic? https://modelshop.co.uk/Shop/Model-Detail/1-150-Scale/Item/1-150-cars-Pk10/ITM6724
  2. Pleasing to see that this week's release of the Rail Express Parcels large logo has a roller shutter rear door, and the same registration number as the one in the previous post. All round photos here:- https://www.oxforddiecast.co.uk/collections/new-in/products/commer-walk-thru-rail-express-parcels-76cwt006
  3. The motorised chassis in the 1/150 Mercedes Citaro Bendi is the same as used in the 1/160 Citaro rigid. The rear section is plugged in to the back of the chassis and can be detached easily. The attachment also carries the fibre optic light feed for the rear lights. I would like to see Tomytec add the rigid Citaro to the Japanese range in 1/150 but I guess it would depend on how many operators use them in Japan. I bought the red and orange bendi sets when they were first released about 3 years ago. The latest release of the Seiryu Liner version arrived with me this week and looks like this. Ideal for a 2000s to 2011 London layout with a bit of redecoration. The chassis is identical to the one I use to motorise by Oxford Diecast New Routemasters using a 3D printed snap-in interface. This YouTube video is from January 2017. As a London aside, I have also included a photo of the Lemke MiNis Setra double deck coach in 1/160 scale and in SNCF Ouibus livery. This bus is registered DV173BF and was used on the Paris-London-Paris service in 2016. There is a Flickr picture of it at the corner of Grosvenor Gardens. This bus would be contemporary with rigid Citaros for a London layout, although way too late to have overlapped with the Citaro Bendis. Of course it is 7.5% undersized for a British layout.
  4. My Tsugawa TU-7T motor bogie has arrived and will just fit into the centre car. It will need some careful weighting to balance the motor which is at one end. With 1.5 volts applied the bogie does an impressive wheelie when the motor is at the trailing end.
  5. I agree that we would be very lucky to see any 1980s vehicles in 1/148 scale in next week’s announcements, not for want of direct lobbying by me and others I am sure. Should have bought more Cortinas :-). Curiously Oxford’s N announcements have been consistently around 30 vehicles per annum since they started in N, and that reduced only marginally in 2019 . The year 2018 saw 31, and 2019 saw 28 new announcements. What they have achieved is a reduction in the backlog of items announced but not yet released. December 2017 - 26, December 2018 - 23, December 2019 - 15. So as of today, taking account of this week’s delivery of two vehicles, the outstanding models date from January 2018 - 1 (due to delay in licensing approval by the operator), January 2019 - 1, June 2019 - 6, October 2019 - 5. 2019 was the first year when no tooling in 1/148 was announced, influenced strongly by the uncertain economic and political situation. I am assured that there is a plan for ongoing new tooling in N, some ready to go, and which may well be announced next week. Escort, Marina, Viva........
  6. Faller 161675 Stop Solenoid should be connected to 12-22 volts dc according to the instructions. I believe they are current hungry. The branch off junction needs 12-16 volts AC or DC continuously on when set to diverge. The solenoid only holds the wire to diverge whilst powered. There is a Facebook group for Faller Car System with most of the instruction leaflets in English
  7. Sorry to go off at a tangent and back to the 1940s/1950s. I have just received some N 1/148 and 1/144 prints of vehicles based on the Austin K2. The basis here is the K2 ATV used by the wartime Auxiliary Fire Service (AFS), National Fire Service, post-1948 Fire Brigades, and Civil Defence/post WW2 AFS. The canteen van was also used by the National Fire Service and the WRVS. Other scales are available on Shapeways. https://www.shapeways.com/shops/visser3d The N models are linked here:- Plain Van (ex ATV) https://www.shapeways.com/product/TQBF8J9JS/austin-belle-1-in-148?optionId=139343277&li=ostatus Bus ex ATV. Kent County Council had some similar ambulance conversions. https://www.shapeways.com/product/79KNQ2LGQ/austin-belle-2-148?optionId=139343625&li=ostatus Fire services ATV. Usually towed trailer pumps, but post war some were fitted with pumps. My local station at Dover used one as a Salvage Tender without a pump. https://www.shapeways.com/product/CLTHQEDND/austin-fire-scale-148?optionId=139344118&li=ostatus Welfare canteen van - the young Princess Elizabeth is reputed to have served refreshments from one of these. https://www.shapeways.com/product/MZJY87KAL/nbsp-austin-canteen-scale-1-144?optionId=65315721&li=ostatus
  8. @DSCAs you have probably noticed EFE 26305 fits your period and already carries a Mansfield destination. EFE 26305DL is a more detailed bus with an Alfreton destination. Both are in Midland General blue which was still around in the late 1960s/early 1970s when I lived in Nottingham.
  9. Just a word of warning about the new Hornby catalogue. Its 244 pages weigh in at just over 1 kg. The flimsy carrier bag my wife put it in was in tatters before she got back to the car park. Great value read even though there is not one of my preferred N scale models in it. Maybe the Arnold announcement will perk me up a bit more.
  10. One useful link I found on the DJModels APT-P topic was this. Can't see it on this thread though I may well have missed it. http://www.apt-p.com/APTConfigurations.htm http://www.apt-p.com/aptindex.htm
  11. Other follow ups on this model are in the Tramway Modelling Forum.
  12. Had a useful half hour at Centenary Square/Library station yesterday where the double track layout facilitates taking good side on photos from the opposite platform whilst the trams are stationary on turn round. No OHLE poles to block views either. Decided not to go up to the Library roof to get photos of the tram roofs. Managed to get good photos of two blue units and a couple of advertising livery units which have the advantage that the windows of the centre car have contravision vinyls over them so conveniently blocking the view of the interior, which will be a motor on my model. So I may compromise on a blue version with adverts, although I prefer the time-flexibility of the standard blue with West Midlands diamonds on cars 2 and 4, given that the advertising liveries may come and go over time. Will need some more interior pictures in due course. As well as the side-on views I took a few other photos close by. This picture shows one of the "Just Eat" liveried trams departing Library for Town Hall which is visible in the left background. Note the full vinyl sides on the centre car, with cant rail level advertising on the other cars. Cars 2 and 4 carry the West Midlands diamonds common across buses, trains and trams. The bus lanes in the foreground are not yet in use. The building behind the tram is the new HSBC bank offices at 1 Centenary Square.
  13. Yes, Ben, this one will be blue. If it is successful, then a grey/pink/silver one might be on the cards. Can’t recall whether there were any pink ones which were battery fitted, but rule 1 can apply so it can run without overhead wires anyway. It would be a sort of modern heritage livery. But there is a long way to go to get this one a) looking good, and b) running well. Armchair planning seems to use a lot of paper, but a plan will emerge next year.
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