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  1. One of these in rust, with no bonnet panels, and nine random EFE 1938 stock cars and I can recreate my 1982 derailment. And a big Volvo BM digger to get them back on the rails again and tow them down to be cut up...
  2. There is the Alan Gibson 850 class, which is what the 1901s were lumped into. Both ST and PT.Have a look at; http://www.alangibsonworkshop.com/Kits.html Paul
  3. Cwm Prysor was looking beautiful this evening as we made our way to the TLC of Wales for the first time since February (in a small blizzard!) You have really caught the feel of the place, which somehow looks like it may still have a pannier tank lurking somewhere...
  4. As far as I can see, it is the same chassis as the Austerity tank engine. Toby is very tall as a consequence.
  5. Boston Lodge is still turning out Fairlies. The rate is not high, but ‘James Spooner’ is well under way, ready to replace ‘Earl of Merioneth’, completed in the same works in 1979. ‘Merddyn Emrys’ was built there in 1879, and the now NRM-based ‘Livingston Thompson’ in 1885. There is also ‘David Lloyd George’ of 1992. And as for a heavy rebuild, the regulator handle of scrapped ‘Taliesin’ (Vulcan Foundry, 1876) was magically regenerated by Boston Lodge in 1999. There is also ‘Lyd’. and Ffestiniog engines are expected to earn their keep. The railway requires at least two Fairlies in steam to pull trains almost every day it is running, and mileages are high. Paul
  6. You’re right, it wasn’t the Eagle. It was the RR K60 - a two stroke opposed piston engine, like the L60 in the Chieftain, except that it ran rather better. Both super and turbo-charged. Multi-fuel if you used low enough octane petrol as it was compression ignition. Just had chapter and verse from one of my old VM friends.
  7. The Rolls B60 was four litres and powered the Ferret. A B80 in Saracen, Saladin and Stalwart (the most fun I have ever had driving a wheeled vehicle!) FV430s started off with a Rolls Eagle I believe, which was originally multi-fuel, but were later differentiated into petrol or diesel vehicles, with red or yellow fuel fillers. The Bulldog is still in service, and the FV436 is the main Brigade HQ command vehicle.
  8. The MJT roof profile does not match the ends, with a 2-3mm gap at the apex when sitting on the tops of the sides.
  9. Hi Pete, the Haye kit has a vac-formed roof moulding, along with instructions on how to cut it down, fit the styrene rain strips, add ventilators and fix to the top of the carriage. it looks like you are ahead of me - I need to paint the partition and add seats and compartment floors and walls. I may also repaint the crimson on mine as I have decided that it is too ‘fire engine’ for my taste. Halfords no longer has the range that it had last time I bought, a dozen or so years ago, and I cannot find a decent cream. I do wonder about Mini ‘Pepper White’ or the Fiat equivalent... I will dig out the instructions tomorrow and pm you the roof sheet if you’d like. Paul
  10. We had them in the Royal Yeomanry until 1993, as did the QOY. That’s 8 Squadrons, each of c15 wagons. Other uses were in (Regular) Mechanised Infantry Battalion recce platoons. They used to travel by train a fair amount in the 1980s, often inside 20’ ISO containers. They all went to Germany for the big NATO exercises then too, and down to places like Castlemartin and Lulworth for gunnery camps. I was in HQ Squadron so we had CVRT rather than the wheeled variety, as well as a quartet of Ferrets and a huge number of Bedfords for the regimental echelon. Foxes had a reputation as being easy to roll, but that is down to inexperienced drivers braking hard and then steering. That would make them roll, but otherwise, pretty stable. before the Yeomanry regiments has CVR(W) and (T), we had lots of Saladins and Saracens. The latter had very vulnerable brake pipes, as I discovered in Cyprus in 1986... Fortunately, nobody seemed to mind about the building too much! Paul
  11. Yes, you’re right. It was very difficult to turn up the sides around the partitions, but that is the way described in the instructions. I do wonder, were I ever to build another, whether it would be better to build it like a Comet kit, cutting the sides from the floor, and adding brass right angle strip to strengthen the floor and give something to seat the sides against.
  12. In the paintshop. First coat of Halford’s primer applied. The old tin had lost its propellant, and the replacement came this lunchtime.
  13. That’s looking really good. I’m building one of these at the moment too. You are missing the small underframe etch. It mainly had truss bars etc on it. just a word of caution. I have gone for Bachmann plastic wheels, ex-Collett 3rds, as the metal wheels you have fitted tend to rub through the paint if you have tight curves, and then cause short circuits.
  14. 247 Developments brass buffers fitted and Airfix Siphon G bogies added with an M4 screw protruding down through the floor. I need to take the moulded collar off the bottom of the bogie stretchers, but an M4 nut and one washer gives a good ride height. The E82 is shown next to the last coach I started (in 2008...), a GWR C81 - Comet apart from Hammond sides. I may put the body on a Mainline Collett underframe and use the Comet chassis for a Sunshine Brake 3rd for which I have finished the body, but have no running gear.
  15. Today has been busy with lots of things, but I have finished the soldering on the coach. The end steps are fitted, the lampirons are not. None of my other coaches have them. The step boards also went in nicely and I made up and fitted the Frogmore battery boxes. These had no instructions , but go together easily. Finally, I fitted the door vents. Some came off during the scrub, and needed refitting. Not so the mistakenly placed one, which defeated a 40W iron and refused to come off at all. Afterwards, lots of hot water and a toothbrush, followed by the last of our Viakal “Shiny Sinks”. Later in the week I shall look at bogies, fit a floor, mark out the roof and glue on the whitemetal and plastic parts before attempting to paint, glaze, fit an interior, and giving it a run!
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