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  1. I 'attended' the first 2 Hindsight2020 RPM meets and thoroughly enjoyed both, picked up lots of new tips and ideas and saw some top-notch modelling. For UK residents, the timing is doable, 17:00-01:00. Highly recommended, I've already registered for Hindsight 3
  2. Wisbech & Upwell in 7mm? Outwell Basin or Upwell Basin, I think it was called. Saw it a few times on the circuit, some 20 years ago? Very clever concept and beautifully done, there was always a good crowd in front of it.
  3. Given I've not been on a train since mid-March... It'll happen at some point.
  4. Did a bit of a dry run with some of the parts I've printed and I fear the files are slightly overscale for 4mm. Comparing with the dimensions on the drawing in LMS wagons Vol 2, I calculate a print at 85% scale will be correct for 4mm, so I'll have another go tomorrow. No big deal, easy enough to rescale in Cura at the slicing stage.
  5. Many thanks for sharing the .stl files, PatriotClass. Who doesn't like a big wagon! I'm part-way through printing the parts on my new Axis 3D printer, using PLA+. Printed at 0.12mm layer resolution with a 0.3mm nozzle is giving me a good compromise between detail and speed. To do all the bogie parts (8 sideframe/inners, 4 stretchers, 2 centre stretchers and 2 bufferbeams has taken about 8 hours so far. I'll do the main side frames, end and cross members tomorrow (a similar print time) and then I'll consider the transformer itself (Cura reckons a 15-hour print at 50% infill density...) I'm deviating slightly from your parts list, as I think doing 4 identical longs and 4 identical shorts (i.e. not mirrored), then cutting the 4 shorts down 1 'bay' each will allow me to assemble each side beam with 2 overlapping longs and the 2 shorts to complete, I think this will give stronger sidebeams. I'll be using EM gauge wheels (10.5mm diameter discs), some whitemetal LMS wagon buffers and my usual Ambis/Smiths 3-link couplings. I'm going to assume the wagon lasted into the BR blue era, so will be finished in unfitted grey with suitable BR lettering on black boxes, cobbled together from the decal stash. I'll post up some pics in due course. Cheers! Edit: Realised just in time that I need to print the 4 long sides all mirrored, having printed 4 identical short sides and laid them out on the bench in the right order. So 4 long mirrored and 4 short originals (cut down by 1 bay) will give me the overlapping sets of pieces to make the side girders. Although I've also realised I could edit the files to do 4 complete sides, as the print bed of the Axis is long enough at 300mm...
  6. Not sure about the fan grilles, but 402 had the cantrail grilles with the single centre strut, rather than the 4 thinner extra struts (2 either side of the centre one) of the 'production' 47s Requires some careful work with a chisel-blade in the xacto/scalpel handle to do.
  7. I've done 2 Bachmann 47s to EM. Cheap solution: The first I simply shifted the wheels out on their existing axles (equally each end) such that a EM back to back was a nice tight fit. Less cheap solution: For the second, I used 6 axles of Maygib 14mm steel coach disc wheels. File the pin-points off, remove 1 wheel and slide on the bearings and gear salvaged from the Bachmann wheelsets (taking care to get the sequence and orientation correct. I 'splined' the centre of the Maygib axle by gripping each hard in a set of narrow-nose pliers, to give the gear something to grip, though all 6 were nice tight fits anyway.) Put the wheel back on, using the b2b to set the gauge correctly. You may need to ease out the pick-ups to bear on the backs of the wheels (the advantage of using the all-steel Maygib is the pick-up doesn't need to be nearly so precisely aligned as with a metal tyre/plastic inner wheel) Both locos work equally well through the C&L- and copperclad-constructed track on the 2 layouts they run on. Visually the Maygibs do look better. The Maygibs were c£2 per axle (so about £12 overall) and cheaper than Alan Gibson or Ultrascale conversion packs.
  8. At each of the 3 shows I 'doored' last year (for separate organisations), that £30 outlay would have been recouped there and then by potential visitors who wanted to pay at the door by card and couldn't, so decided to go elsewhere. Add in potential extra spend at club/society's own stall/second hand and it quickly becomes a no-brainer. The cheapest card reader currently is £20 (with a 1.75% transaction fee), most of the rest are £30 for the reader and 1.69-1.75% per transaction.
  9. One of the steampunk groups I'm involved in use TicketTailor for their advance/online ticketing. Like Eventbrite, they do charge a fee per ticket sold (even those sold on the door/day). To give an idea, the comparison of costs is: TicketTailor flat 50p per ticket sold Eventbrite: United Kingdom Essential package: 3.5% + £0.49 per sold ticket Professional package: 6.5% + £0.49 per sold ticket Tickets at the door: £0.50 per sold ticket Both offer apps to install on smart phones/tablets to scan paper or electronic tickets. Another option might be to only accept card payments for door entry/club sales/etc, using one of the various card readers - my other half uses iZettle for her small crafting business, they offer low commission rates. Other card readers are available. Given the gradual shift away from cash anyway, it does start to make sense for smaller clubs/traders to accept card payments - at the 3 shows I've regularly staffed the door at, in recent years there has been a growing number of visitor who'd prefer to pay their entry by card (mix of families/locals and modellers), so why not offer the option instead of directing the visitor to the nearest cashpoint (which may not be all that near!?)
  10. A bunch of us (includng Pixie and Taigatrommel of this parish) did one of the afternoon Kaffe und Kuchen trips in the Kaiserwagen a few years back, as part of a long weekend based in Wuppertal for the Intermodellbau Dortmund show. Heris do (did?) an H0 mode of the newest GTW sets, Joswood.de do H0 lasercut portals (both river and street) and there used to be an H0 lasercut kit of the Kaiserwagen, sold through the Schwebebahn's shop, though I'm not sure it's still in production. Ask Pixie to show you his bookends.
  11. There are already loco and rolling stock kits in injection-moulded plastic from some of those firms - Revell do a DR 132/DBAG232 'Ludmilla' Co-Co, DRG Br01 Pacific, DRG Br 42 2-10-0 heavy frieght while Italeri have a Br41 2-8-2 mixed traffic loco and some FS wagons, Kibri do a lovely 4-wheel steel flat/stake , all in HO. Generally on par with or slightly better than the Kitmaster/Airfix/Dapol OO kits. Not aware of any motorising kits available, though tbh I've never really looked that closely for them. I do recall many years ago there were some motorising kits available for the Kitmaster/etc range - I certainly had a chassis for the Std 4 2-6-0, though the valvegear defeated the pre-teen me. In larger scales, the military modellers have a 1:35 Br52 Kreigslok and the Br86 2-6-2T, plus a selection of stock, but then 1:35 is a very popular AFV scale. Again, I'm not aware of motorising options, mainly becaise the German market is well-ish served by Gauge 1 RTR.
  12. As has been suggested a few times already, the Märklin My World range seems to tick all those boxes. It's expandable as money allows, has lots of 'play value' with lights and sound built in at that price-point, it's very robust and its available new, today. The models capture the look of their prototypes, even if compromised on detail and absolute dimensional accuracy.
  13. Hi Stuart, most of the various references I've seen state there were no commode handles (grab rails) on the 4DDs, One of the issues with the sets was the higher than average number of incidents relating to the omission of both commode handles and footboards under the passenger compartments. Only the cab doors had grab rails. Studying various pics, I'd say the 9'3" overall width was over the door handles/cab-door grabrails, with the width over body being 9' The blood&custard 4DD pages say 9' width "at waist level" but also refer to the very slight taper up to cantrail level.
  14. I found a 5'3" gauge 165DM in Ireland back in the late-80s No3 Ruston by Alan Monk, on Flickr I picked up a fairly old, part-built etched 7mm kit for a 165DM a few years back. I was planning to finish it as one of the BR duo, though I'd not decided on original black as 11507/8 or green/wasps as D2957/8 (or perhaps even a hybrid black as (small)D2957... I'll see if I can dig it out and share a pic or two. It came complete with a rolling chassis, Mashy can motor and with the cab, bonnet and footplate pretty much built, plus a bunch of castings to finish it off. Was nice and cheap too, sub-£50.
  15. There's also Ostmodelle, specialising in DRG/DR subjects: http://www.ostmodell.de/
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