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  1. I have been making some more progress on the Planet recently, and it's now nearly finished as these photos show. I went to the effort of removing the panels from the compressor housing and representing the compressor inside, and then realised that on the 'Boysnope Bump' if I put the loco the correct way round those details will all be on the non-visible side. Doh! I'm still waiting on buffers (my prototype has slightly different ones from those supplied in the kit) and DCC decoder. The bonnet latches and windscreen wipers will be added after painting, along with the makers plates and final adjustment to the sanding pipes. Also the glazing, headlights and wiring will go in last. I'll need a driver at the controls, and probably a few odds and sods like a shunters pole and oil can on the footplate, those details can be added later once painting and weathering is complete.
  2. I think some illuminated plastic palm trees in a variety of colours would be quite appropriate while very tasteless and typical of the period! Remember these? I've seen them in other cities too.
  3. Many thanks. I should be able to do the same.
  4. Very nice indeed! What software do you use to prepare your transfer artwork, and which file format do you supply to Steve? Cheers, Mol
  5. Having had a flick through some of my books, it looks like most of the 1970s and 1980s trucks in China had long bonnets, but by the 1990s there were starting to be some like your model. Here’s some of the earlier forestry Scanias, which seem to have been imported in large numbers and widely used: And a JieFang from the 1980s I think, also common at many forestry bureaux: Most of my books were published in the 1980s and early 1990s, I appreciate this is too early for your modelling period.
  6. The Chinese forestry bureau had Scania trucks from the 1970s, they’re mentioned in some of the old Chinese books I have. There were probably many more - in my translations I’ve been focusing more on the C2s than the road transport which replaced them.
  7. Beauty is in the eye of the beer holder. But there would have to be many preceding beers for that loco to look beautiful! Looks like a terrible kitbash.
  8. I suspect these bantam creations would have had marine fireboxes if they didn’t have outside valve gear. The really implausible ‘trainset’ models have inside cylinders too. Inside cylinder and valve gear 0-4-0Ts with conventional boilers are pretty rare.
  9. I think that's the door to the bar just visible behind the loco. I'd like to do the Trans-Pennine Ale Trail with that traction!
  10. An interesting observation, and raises the subject of the two types of trolley pole head. Early trolley poles had a fixed head: the wheel can rotate on its axis but is fixed to the pole in all other directions. The MER, being a very early electric railway, has this arrangement. The wires are therefore laid out to minimise the angle of the trolley wheel relative the the wire (in plan view) and this means that on curves the geometry of the wires is not directly above the track, but usually offset slightly to keep the wheel aligned to the wire. The system is not ideal for bi-directional running but that's not a problem on the MER which is double-track. Many later tramway systems used swivel-head trolley poles where the wheel can pivot in plan view (yaw) relative to the pole. This reduces wear of the wheel and wire on curves and is better for bidirectional running, but requires a different geometry of wire positioning on curves. I think at one stage there was a proposal to convert the MER to swivel head operation, but the cost of realigning the wires on all the curves would have exceeded the savings in wear. Pantograph systems usually have a significant tension in the OLE contact wire (and often a supporting catenary wire) to keep the contact wire as horizontal as possible. That is not necessary on a trolley pole system, and the upward pressure of the trolley pole springs can lift the wire significantly: I'll be visiting the island again later this month and I hope the weather is as kind as it was 10 years ago when I took these photos!
  11. This looks a bit incongruous but necessary where modern LRVs have to run on a system designed for trolley pole operation:
  12. Benjy's going to have a surprise in the morning, an orange one with two chimneys. And if anyone fancies some hellfire Planet action and a really unusual move, Upnor's hauling the early morning slate train.
  13. Today I did a little bit of research for the final detailing of the Planet, such as the sandbox piping and the bonnet door knobs (which are represented on the kit etch but I think I might drill them out and fit some track pins in place to give a better 3D shape) Followed by a trip driving Dobbin with the Victorian set in beautiful autumn sunshine and with free cake. Some days are good days!
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