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  1. I've made a prototype wireless handheld throttle for a DCC++ basestation by modifying Dave Bodnar's hardware and code for an Arduino. Might be useful for you - the links (and my revised code, as far as it got) are elsewhere in this forum.
  2. If they're being piloted by a Caprotti, are you sure you're not just twisting one of his (universal) joints?
  3. Again, beautiful modelling. The teched sides and observation car rear casting look fantastic... The silver-chrome paint - I see from your original thread that you used a foil over the lettering afterwards and I think the photograph shows this... but how thick was that foil? It must have been almost gold-leaf thin!?
  4. Oi. I resemble that remark! (Mark, aged 46½.)
  5. The "Bramble and Bush" (or perhaps "Bramble and Briar") sounds like a great pub name.
  6. But it's so pretty! eBay awaits. People will buy anything these days. We bought a car maybe four years ago for £700, running, with MOT. Just sold it as MOT fail with some recent unfortunate damage for over a grand. Down is up I swear. I digress. I have to agree with an opinion above - pick a paint, if it looks good, it's right. I would also suggest that pretty much all the 'colours' in your lovely chart could be observed on GW locos at one time or another, so maybe you can't get it wrong!
  7. How about an Egyptian Serif - like the GREAT WESTERN on the tender? This one was: https://www.1001fonts.com/fetteegyptienne-font.html
  8. Not jealous at all. However, not getting one in the initial rush has given me the opportunity to look at the Photon Mono X. Don't know if it's slightly taller Z gives it a practical advantage. Definitely looks like a nice piece.
  9. Add or subtract. Either a tiny cut length from the end of one of the pieces of Setrack to insert between the upper turnouts... or... trim the noses of the two lower turnouts. Shouldn't think the latter would be an issue.
  10. I too wish to recreate Flying Fox, but in 1946 guise as 106 - so I'd be interested in that journey. I bought a nice S/H late BR 60017 Silver Fox created from a Bachmann A4. It needs some renovation but it was built with care and I'm not sure I'll try taking it back to blue. After I've brought it up to spec I think I'll either gift it to my Father or see if I can swap it on RMWeb for an earlier LNER Pacific. It's a shame so few of the RTR Pacifics are numbered in the 1946 ranges. For A4s the valance removal makes me a bit nervous, but I have a few GBL A4s stashed away
  11. Never been a better time than to go and look at a real tree. Just about the only thing you can hug right now.
  12. A4 liveries and their timings are listed on 'BRDatabase' (among other places.) I think A3s too, maybe not as complete. Example: http://www.brdatabase.info/locoqry.php?action=locodata&type=S&id=600104024&loco=4464
  13. Since you have Tuffrey's book - look carefully at the valve guides on the front of the cylinder block. The type on your model (and the old Bachmann) are the early type fitted to the first five locos (4771-5/60800-60804). It's something I need to buy (or print) a few sets of as I have lots of old Bachmann V2s in a queue for detailing. Eventually.
  14. Sorry - no pics of the three locomotives you list, in either LNER pre/post 1946 or in BR days as requested in Tuffrey's book.
  15. Since you asked: They are both alcohols... but organic chemistry is a big subject. IPA refers* to a particular variety of propanol, slightly diluted with water*. Propanols have three carbon atoms in the chain, compared to ethanol's two, and methanol's one. The stuff you want for cleaning locos (or track, or airbrushes) is 99%+ IPA. Methylated spirit is* a mix of ethanol, methanol* and some purple dye*, scents* and nasties* to make it taste horrible. In my (and sounds like your) experience, meths is a fair bit more aggressive than IPA...* Given a
  16. Did Hornby do an LNER version of this? I see a Parkside kit... but not anything RTR pre-BR?
  17. "Where do these stairs go?" "They go up..."
  18. I see what you did there. Weathering works well - looks like it got washed recently, but very quickly, on a Friday afternoon!
  19. Tidy. The only thing that jumps out at me is that to use the loco headshunt, the loco has to back into the shed... ... maybe a three-way point entering the shed would work to your advantage? You might also use another off the end of your platform to the sidings - gets then a little more length. Gimme a few minutes, I'll do an Anyrail image... I've used Code 75 Streamline and I've foreshortened your platforms to just get it down, but you get the idea. The 3-way at the platform doesn't look as 'good value' as the one entering the sh
  20. Nice. From my fire duties on the SVR it's not outside the realm of possibility that a thoughtful signalman might have a few fire buckets stashed by the fence just in case exiting locomotives throw cinders onto the bank. You could even trim and blacken a little patch on the grass? (Might be going a bit far. Also I meant blacken using paint. Please don't set fire to your layout. )
  21. I had stored a number of locomotives for ~20 years, and returned them to service last Christmas. Regarding paragraph 1 above: a Replica (Bachmann) 57xx Pannier had set its green factory grease absolutely solid. The entire loco was stripped, cleaned with IPA, re-lubed and then ran as finely as it ever did. Regarding paragraph 2: Hornby Ringfield pancakes can take a while to get going, but I found this to be lube having set in the (brass?) axletubes in the tender chassis. I stripped the axles out and soaked the axletubes through with IPA, poking scraps of kitchen towel
  22. I'm sure someone (else) here has a copy of Tuffrey's Gresley's V2s... but in case they don't, I'll look through it Sunday night when I'm back near mine.
  23. The photograph suggests it's like the Wild West out there.
  24. That looks workable, but not quite as smooth a ride as a traditional paternoster lift. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Paternoster_lift
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