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  1. I've seen one at Hornsey Broadway Here's one by Brian Daniels taken at Old Oak The Class 74 didn't have a great deal in common with the Class 71, apart from the latter being a donor. From the information I've gathered over the years, there was very little left of the original Class 71 when they emerged from Crewe Works.
  2. Hi Lloyd, It's a Silver Fox mid-body section with Hornby Class 71 cabs and heavily modified bogies and chassis. I cut off the Silver Fox cabs, as they didn't capture the shape quite right..... the A pillar appears too thick and the front curve to the cabs was too flat. probably a lot more work than intended, but the Hornby Class 71 cabs provided the best result, plus they already had good glazing to fit back in.
  3. I hope you're all well and managing to get on with a few modelling projects during these strange times. Probably well overdue an update...... so here it is. The Class 74 and Class 501 unit (#2) have finally been completed, as well as D3989 which has been sat in the works for some considerable time. A picture paints a thousand words, so here's three thousand's worth in one go! All the best. Kier
  4. With E6107 having been sat in the workshops at Hornsey for a few months, with the foreman (and workforce) unsure as how to proceed with them there grills, I'm pleased to announce that the Class 74 project is now complete. There's been a couple of hours testing and running under its belt, so it's now into service and making regular appearances at Hornsey Broadway on inter-regional freights and the occasional excursion. There were a few initial issues with the drive train gearing within the bogies, but this has now been rectified and the loco runs smoothly. I have to say at this point that the Hornby Class 71 bogie is over-complicated and over-engineered in comparison to other contemporary model loco designs. I've managed to produce a slight blemish to the bodyside behind the drivers position, but am happy to live with it rather than potentially make it worse. Right...... on to the next project
  5. By and large I think what you've achieved here with HLJ is absolutely amazing.... I really do take my hat off to you and think this is one impressive piece of railway modelling, particularly on a scale that many of us could only dream about. I keep looking in on this thread and find it inspiring, so a big thank you to you for that. I'm really looking forward to seeing it when the opportunity comes around. I've thought long and hard about this post, so please don't take it as criticism for the sake of it. With your eye for detail, I'm sure you may appreciate some feedback, no matter how pedantic it sounds. The one thing that makes any model railway stand out is the attention to detail, but I have noticed you've fallen for the usual trap when it comes to fence posts and the way the tensioning wires are fixed. The link below shows how these wires are fixed to the posts, normally with loops which pass through the holes. So many times I've seen the tension wires pass through the posts on model railways, and to me it doesn't observe the real thing, and besides any fencing contractor wouldn't want to spend hours threading the wire through each post hole. https://www.clarkesofwalsham.co.uk/fencing/chain-link-fence-supplies.html Someone else mentioned the glass in your mini - superb bit of modelling, but would be better for having no glass at all. As I said, it's never easy offering any constructive criticism and I hope you take these points in the way they're meant. I look forward to the next update on this superb project..... without a doubt it takes me back to a place and time with fondness.
  6. Yes I started to glaze over a bit myself, especially as it's after lunchtime, so with the prospect of looking at the inside of my eyelids for an hour, it will be on the list of things to do this afternoon. I also made out the name Clive in her singing, but definitely not the words lovely or is.
  7. Here's a couple more at Queen St, before heading to Eastfield and Glasgow Works.
  8. I've enjoyed looking through the last few pages, reminding me of a time when other things in life started to become more important. One last bash to Scotland, then taking in the east side of England on the way back. These snaps were taken in June 1988, starting off with Motherwell. And then on to Queen St
  9. Your BG is a lovely addition to the end of a bay platform. As well as the end steps which require hacking off (except the bottom one), the BG didn't have water filler pipes as portrayed on the model, so this can be easily converted to an end grab handle as shown here. Also remove the grab handle off the roof. Brilliant inspirational stuff Here's a link to John Turner's Flickr site of a blue BG. https://www.flickr.com/photos/blue-diesels/36092835152/in/album-72157604142594351/ You could go one step further and remove the step above the corridor connector, to leave just 2 brackets, but I've never attempted that yet as it may affect how the coach is held together.
  10. It's not just the chaff and repeated images created by lazy people, it's also the pointless comments such as "I agree with you" when there's an agree button in the previous post.
  11. Well I like them and think you've done a great job. When you get the next batch out of their boxes, you can use some different colours and mix them up with the ones you've done already. That should suit the pedantic amongst us. I'd be happy to run them on my layout, although I suspect they wouldn't do the sleepers much good (if they make it to the end).
  12. Looking back over the last few weeks, we were lucky to have taken part in Model Rail Scotland, especially as parts of the world were starting to close down already. Here's a link to the freightliner page on emgauge70s, showing the 17 vehicle rake, with additional details on the containers themselves. Credit must go to Pete Johnson (Canada Street) who modified and built the containers to go on 10 of the Hornby flats. Transferred from Shenston Road to Hornsey Broadway came an additional 7 empty flats, all heavily modified and rebuilt by Greg Brookes. The last couple of wagons in this rake have been decorated with a 10ft freightliner container and 3 Manchester Liners containers. http://www.emgauge70s.co.uk/project_freightliner.html I drew up this artwork on my computer and printed it out on glossy photo paper, then applied to the side of some shaved down Hornby 20ft boxes. I see that @jessy1692 has also recently produced some Manchester Liners containers on this thread, although I have my doubts that nothing other than 20ft boxes were used by the company. Worth a look anyway, as he's used transfers to achieve the end result. I hope this is of help.
  13. You're a real craftsman Grahame, the buttons on each post just don't do your work justice - cracking stuff as always.
  14. Thank you for your kind comments. Although I've not used acrylic paste myself, it is a thick pasty white substance that can produce a controlled textured surface, used for all kinds modelling and hobby applications. Class 08s in freight trains was a fairly common sight, especially if they had some distance to travel to and from works. It would usually involve removing the rods and de-meshing the traction motors to allow them to travel within a trip freight. This link from David Heys gives a bit more information - http://www.davidheyscollection.com/page82.htm The 2 Class 08s used on Hornsey Broadway came about more by accident than design, as one loco fitted with Ultrascale replacement wheelsets suffered from slipped cranks. The plastic crank was glued back onto the axle (push fit normally) but this didn't last, so it was decided to use it in a freight train instead on its way to Stratford Works for remedial attention. It's not very often seen in model form due to the cost of locomotives versus wagons, but if you've got one that's fubared, or see a bargain with damaged rods on a well known auction site, then after stripping out the motor and selling that on, it's a cheap way of adding some variety to your fleet.
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