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    Near to... yet far enough away from... Basingstoke
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    GW&GC Jt - "The New Line" in the period 1910-14... in 7mm S7.
    Helping my son build LNER A4s and Gresley teaks.

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  1. I suggest that you call Totton Timber who convert, regularly, my request in imperial into their stock in Napolean. Timber at 2.4M and 3.2M lengths have been delivered here.
  2. Mike, How about a model of this wagon to keep company with Haydock Colliery? Name / number plates ought not to be a problem this time.... regards, Graham [this is a photo of a "still" from a recent documentary program used here under "fair use" limitations to aid research and interpretation, one might think that Wigan library ought to be able to help with a better image]
  3. In the grouping period there were two yards for receiving coal... one was at the station (on the upside at the London end), the other was about a mile towards the west of the town (close by High Wycombe North signal box). When local coal merchants had coal delivered by rail one presumes that the wagons were placed in whichever yard was used by an individual coal company. For example:- Baines, and Rutty, had coal offices at the station whilst Charles Atkins used the north yard. Does anyone know which coal merchants used which yard? thank you, Graham
  4. For pleasure of building a kit where every part fits without a fight... Finney7 - end of.
  5. A long, long, time ago.... we were entertained by a movie taken on the L&NWR main line, in the London area, circa late Victorian / early Edwardian eras and amongst the wagons that Stephen identified were examples for Drake and Mount (examples which later in the topic appeared as 4mm scale models). Watching repeats of Portillo's Great British Train Journeys I noted a movie sequence of a SR freight train... and think that there is something of interest in that train. Whilst in Great Yarmouth (Series 3, episode 1), Michael is talking to a lady about the town speciality of body snatching. The lady tells Michael about how the GER assisted the movement of such plunder by attaching a "dead coach" to late night passenger services for London. Queue (semi-) appropriate train scenes at around 9 to 10 minutes on my recording. First a very nice GER period station with coaches and an engine... Second a quick shot of a LMSR loco in BR period... Third a LSWR 4-6-0 eninge (?) on a freight service... My first thought was "R Webster & Co" of Maidenhead and then I realised that I was wrong. What does the team make of this short sequence? regards, Graham
  6. Whilst I used to use styrene sheet and sections from any source... for at least the last ten years I have used only Evergreen sections and Slater's Plastikard sheet so what follows is influenced by those materials. There are at least three circumstances where the physical state of styrene is affected by its environment - air, light, chemicals. 1/ Atmospheric influence is to degrade the plasticiser such that the styrene becomes brittle and splits. This is an age effect and might not be seen over a period of (say) five to ten years. I have some styrene sheet from the 1970s and that shatters if cut or bent. Painting the material on all surfaces is a good protection against loss of plasticity. 2/ If a piece of styrene material is subjected to the same influences on all surfaces then the styrene retains its shape. For example, paint all surfaces.... try spray painting one surface and the material bends into the surface that has been painted. Games Workshop sprays had this effect about ten years back - Halfords to a much lesser extent. Not sure if the recent re-formulation of Games Workshop sprays has improved the behaviour. 3/ Applying a solvent such as Mek-Pak... Butanone... Plastic-Weld... to one side of a join causes the joined materials to bend towards the join. How much the styrene bends and how quickly depends upon the rate at which the solvent dissolves the styrene. I feel that Limonene is the less aggresive solvent and the one which has the least effect on the base materials (compared to those others noted earlier. Other solvents and other chemical names are available). regards, Graham
  7. If that coach is half seats and half luggage.... which half have you finished?
  8. I do not know the order code.... David told me that the new buffer stocks were available when I spoke to him last month.
  9. Dave, What you have shown as the Slater's product and as fitted to your model is derived from the Slater's GWR Cattle Wagon kit... and hence are "long" buffers, too long for a simple four plank wagon. Chris Brown and I have access to parts of the GWR forging catalogue and our info includes the forging for the shorter wagon buffer - we provided that drawing to Slater's Plastikard last year and asked David White to produce a 7mm equivalent buffer stock / buffer ram with the spring internal to the stock (as per the typical POW models). I understand from David that the product is available now. regards, Graham
  10. See... just as I wrote. Carry On Modelling in the manner that your readers appreciate.
  11. Which is why so many of your readers tick the "craftsmanship/clever" button... you never fail to deliver. regards, Graham
  12. Now that is an interesting comment from one who spends an awful lot of time writing about the MR "great wagon build saga" - worth reading as well. Do you get sound effects for the round of applause? regards, Graham
  13. Mike, I do like the appearance of the wooden floor. If I try I can feel the dampness on a couple of the planks to the right hand end in the photo above. A really nice looking wagon. regards, Graham
  14. I am aware of at least two "lengths" of the tapered buffer stock for spindle rod buffers - one is as per iron covered wagons and one as per cattle wagons (W1 and W5).
  15. Mike, I think that you are correct to drill through the strip and solder the pins to the strip as a representation of the prototype construction - I suggest that you may wish to use contact adhesive (Evostik) to keep the strip lying flat apart from where the plank is damaged. best wishes, Graham
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