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    ex-LMS, LNER and CLC lines around Manchester ca.1950, 2mm modelling

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  1. You're bringing back some fond memories for me with those photos of Crewe's Stanlow pool of 47s. Seeing a pair of them putting the power down through Manchester Victoria ready to lift their Jarrow-bound tanks was always fun. Thanks for sharing. Simon
  2. I look forward to seeing the finished result. They certainly look good in the metal. Simon
  3. Forgive my ignorance Jim, but what is an astragal? Thanks, Simon
  4. Good to hear you are getting there! Thanks for your comments. The photo I worked from shows 61474 at Guide Bridge all coaled up and ready to head back to York - presumably from Dewsnap Sidings. I've not gone for the huge pile of coal it had in the tender that day - right to the loading gauge - but I have tried to copy the little oddities shown on locos in this period. 61474 was renumbered from 61405 a few months earlier than I've modelled it so the numbers are cleaner than the lettering, and it looks like it was even slower to get the new cast smokebox numberplate as it has a clean plate and 61474 painted on the bufferbeam. Simon
  5. Thanks Nigel. It's nice to get one or two things finished. I was happy with the model in the brass, but there are too many steps in the painting process to screw things up for my liking! The Q6 weathering job to do next and then I'll be back from the dark side ;-) Talking of which you appear to have released your Fowler 2-6-4T rather stealthily! Simon
  6. Well on the way to Dr Mitchell levels of madness. Keep it up! Simon
  7. Thank you to Tony, Tony, Jerry, Grahame and others who've commented on my model. It means a lot to receive positive comments from such excellent modellers. I shan't be challenging the likes of Professor Watson, particularly in relation to mechanical excellence though! I've been a little unfair in presenting my model without both the DG coupling and the universal joint between the motor in the tender and the worm in the loco. It's also rather more obviously 2mm from other angles. The true measure of a good 2mm model is probably what it looks like from above, as that is how it will normally be seen, but I find the sort of low angle shots I shared helpful to see if my models will pass muster compared with shots of the real thing; taken from similar angles as they usually are. Thanks again Simon
  8. Hi Mike, I hope organising the new house is going well. I'd just like to say thank you for taking the time to chronicle your builds. Your posts relating to your B16s, together with Rob Pulham's 7mm build, were invaluable as I built my shot down Steve Barnfield kit in 2mm scale. My April 1950 condition York B16 61474 is now almost there: Thanks Simon
  9. A while ago I put a photo up of the B16 I'd been working on. Well, working at nothing like Tony's pace, it is now nearing completion. A bit of tweaking, lamps, crew and a DG coupling still required. Simon
  10. The B16 is nearly there now apart from a bit of tidying up, fitting of coupling, crew and lamps (suitably chosen to hide the missing middle lamp bracket). Simon
  11. It features on the cover of the October 2007 Railway Modeller. Simon (fellow B7 fan)
  12. Odd isn't it with the pipework right (I.e. correct), but the reversing rod on the wrong side? Simon
  13. It certainly looks a bit different with the high sided tender. Is there any scope to remove what looks like splasher beading to make it a proper LMS 4F? Simon
  14. I think something odd happened. I had to edit my post in reply to Tony (t-b-g) because Tony Wright's WD images were appearing in my post! After my edit I could still see them in Tony's post, but not now I return. Very strange! Simon
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