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  1. The joys of planning a model railway based in preservation . I’m hoping for it to be an exhibition layout and I can’t wait for vocal rivet counters to tell me all for the problems with it it’s also got a grey 1361, a LBSCR Atlantic, a regional railways 37, a Bulleid pacific with Stanier tender and a LNER green ‘A4’. Thinking about it, if this gets out into the exhibitions it may be detrimental to the health of the vocal rivet counter brigade...
  2. Just purchased the SR lined black example. Will look good alongside a W1 and a Stirling single
  3. Damn. Was really hoping to avoid spending money on these. With a ‘Lyn’, ‘W1’ and a bunch of Genesis coaches in my near future, I may have to give this one a pass for the time being. But you never know - Christmas is coming up
  4. Edge

    Hornby W1 Hush Hush

    The model cetre was taking pre-orders on all versions the last time i checked - that was a couple of days ago though EDIT: yup, still appear to be taking the pre-orders for it. https://www.themodelcentre.com/r3840
  5. Edge

    Hornby W1 Hush Hush

    I too am reaffirmed in my opinion of the model I’ve pre-ordered - ‘British Enterprise’ is the model for me. afraid I can’t find in myself to like the LNER green at all - to my eye it just does not suit the engine shape of the original loco. Doesn’t have the lines of the Pacifics and it’s just too bulbous. I also have a slight concern around the robustness of the handrail on the front of the unrebuilt esamples - it looks a mite flimsy to my eyes. Time will tell I suppose Nonetheless, a spectacular model from Hornby which will instantly get my money when available
  6. When deciding upon the name for my preservation-era OO layout which will contain virtually every new build planned and a few that arent, i wanted a plausible english sounding name that was also some kind of wordplay with the word 'Newbuild'. From my terrible terrible french i recalled that the word 'creer' means 'create'. I found that 'Newcreer' was a reasonably plausible sounding english town name (a great many use anglicised french words). I never dared to try and create awelsh town name, i would do a horrific job of it i'll stick to the english - that seems to at least be dece
  7. I was originally going to order a bunch with the lighting in myself, but decided not to on the basis that I’ve actually never been satisfied with the way that model coach lights look under normal conditions - either so dim that they may as well not be on or so bright that the passengers would be clutching their hands to their eyes. So my first rake will be for a mix of liveries with no lighting. however, among my innumerable future planned layouts, I would like to model a winters night, and this sort of lighting would be utterly perfect. So am going to purchase one or two sooner or
  8. Edge

    Hornby W1 Hush Hush

    oh dear, so my plans for 2007 and 5551 to be there are probably not welcome... plus 10000 of course (both of them as it turns out)
  9. It’s a plastic ice cube package, as you get from Hornby, Bachmann et al. but you’re right, a sharp scalpel will sort it out. When I get round to it
  10. Edge

    Hornby W1 Hush Hush

    I’m planning an entire layout based around a preservation steam gala where there are lots and lots of, erm, new builds
  11. The Kato N Gauge track can be disguised and weathered to create quite an acceptable appearance, so by no means is it a lost cause on that score. A For the performance compared to Peco/Farish track - it is a world apart. I had some Peco/Farish stuff and after three or four months of assembly/reassembly (something that I admit it probably wasn’t designed for, but it is a train set after all) the connectors between track segments were so knackered that every single piece of track needed attention. Ive now had the Kato Unitrack starter set for nigh of five years and it has
  12. Battleship grey was to my knowledge unique to this loco. The only other LNER locos to wear grey in service were the A4s which had a much lighter grey livery. as I understand it, 10000 was ultimately expected to carry apple green, but would wear the grey through her testing. When the rebuild was ultimately decided upon, her A4 outline made the sky blue of their livery a better fit
  13. I’ve also had some quality control issues on my Heljan stuff. Nothing serious, paint splatter, glue marks etc. as well as a propensity to be extremely jerky if the screws holding the baseplate in are actually tightened. the Kernow model by comparison does have its faults (the splashers) but generally has a better finish, better design and better build.
  14. Externally the locos are pretty much identical, i think there has just been a little work on the smokebox door and thats about it
  15. Yes, for the boiler, increase the number of sides/segments - this should make it much much smoother. as for the even arc, there are two ways: 1. get a thin walled tube, cut away the bits you don’t need and squish the tube to the height you need. The problem with this method is that it will distort the thickness of the tube wall which will therefore be inconsistent. It will be minimal, but noticeable if you know what you are looking for 2. Start with a rectangle or block and use cylinders to trim away the material which is not needed above and below your roof
  16. Yes, am aware it came as part of a set, but is the standard ‘City’ tooling which has been produced as several versions of City of Truro and the City of Bath as well. It’s one of those boxes that I’m looking to grab so that it doesn’t move about inside of the box when being handled
  17. Bought a GWR 'City of Birmingham' a few years back from the Bachmann sales stand at Warley, which unfortunately didnt come with the proper box. Whilst the engine is fine I am aware that the rattling i hear every time i pick it up is asking for trouble so i was wondering if anyone here had a GWR 'City' box (or even just the clear plastic clampack with sleeve) which was surplus to requirements?
  18. In addition to the above (and not what the OP was asking for, I grant you), Kernow do the engines in their saddle tank form in all of the liveries they carried. Far superior to the Heljan models in my opinion, they are pretty decently priced. The saddle tank variant was also unlined black in BR days. As stated in other posts, an awful lot of the workaday tank locos were.
  19. NCB number 19 arrived today. Looks a wonderful model and I’m looking forward to running it. however, I have to admit that I’m a tad miffed that the loco can’t be stored in its packaging with the couplings attached. Put them in the NEM pockets and closing up the packaging around the loco bends them downwards in a quite alarming fashion. So I’ve now got to handle the loco both before and after every running session or take a craft knife to the packaging to make clearance I didn’t pay full RRP for the loco, but I got it for £127. I’ve got to confess that that issue at that pr
  20. and that wasn’t the post I was referring to. In fact I believe that that post was written more or less at the moment mine was and I didn’t see it until after mine was uploaded
  21. Their avowed purpose was to evaluate a number of designs from each of the big four (and a couple of the wartime ‘Standard’ WD locos I believe) in order to determine what features of each should be included in the ‘standard’ steam locomotives to be made by BR. Scientifically, the tests were a total shambles - not all important factors were noted in the data (coal was counted, but I believe that water and lubrication oil were not), crews were given different aims (some ran for economy of fuel, others to maintain timings) and this would have led to a conclusion which was as clear as m
  22. Edge

    Hornby W1 Hush Hush

    I had been toying with an apple green W1. Thank goodness I didn’t - wonderful as the model appears to be I think that livery is utterly hideous on it. Battleship grey British Enterprise for me I shall run it alongside my Khaki ‘City’, my LMS red 8F and my Bulleid Pacific with Stanier tender. I’m not one for prototypical accuracy
  23. It does depend on context - from a mechanical point of view all of the trains are pretty much as happy going back and forth as they are going round and round. So a representation of a terminus served by DMUs (or even loco hauled push-pull trains) would be absolutely fine and should work pretty decently (albeit with the characteristic of T Gauge to go from 0 to a scale 50 almost instantaneously) But, if you are looking to represent locomotive hauled trains with shunting, running around etc then the answer would be a firm ‘no’. T gauge just can’t do that yet and I doubt that the mechani
  24. Well, that’s £150 worth ordered for me. Was toying with the lit versions, but on reflection I’ve never really been happy with the lighting on any model coach I’ve ever seen (suspect it’s me being picky rather than faults with the models) so I’ve opted for ‘no’ on that. Plus, it more or less lets me buy another coach within budget My prospective layout is based on a preserved railway Gala, so I’ve pre ordered to below to be run behind my Stirling Single A darn good idea by Hattons and I sincerely doubt that it will be the last purchase of these coaches I
  25. Without meaning to pre-empt the oranisers of the show here, I would not expect it to go ahead. Its likely that even if all organisational hurdles could be overcome, there would simply be no way that enough people could come into the exhibition to make the expenditure of holding it worthwhile. I'd also imagine that the reimposing of COVID restrictions on large areas of Greater Manchester would mean that its highly unlikely.
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