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  1. I suspect the ER liked it too much for that to happen! The Nim.
  2. Indeed it was. I bought my two as soon as they hit the local shop, a couple of weeks into my first term at university, so early October 1970. Set straight to, carving off the spurious lump on the roof. The Nim.
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    The Engine Shed

    It would be pretty good going merely to pull together such a well-structured issue of the 'Engine Shed' in less than a week! The Nim.
  4. Do you have an ammeter to establish whether the motor is still conducting whilst cut-out? The Nim.
  5. Admittedly it's been a long time, but it seems in my recollection they were actually more comfortable than a Class 717! Those are developing rattles too. The Nim.
  6. It was a bit too white. Finsbury Park missed a trick if they didn't ask Bounds Green for a can of coach (window) grey. Would have been from a complementary colour palette. The 1960's colour wasn't white either! The Nim.
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    Hornby W1 Hush Hush

    I'm disappointed that the CADs confirm my impression from the earlier stereo samples, that the rebuild's smokebox doors are flat in the transverse direction. In reality they inherited the bow curve of the bufferbeam casing at the bottom, easing the curve out gradually until straight at the top hinge line. With a suitably dusty loco and angle of sunlight, the unequal protrusion of the bottom hinges (to get the hinge pins in line) demonstrates this, for those who hadn't noticed before. And Hornby have a full-size set 'downstairs' on Bittern for reference! The Nim.
  8. The C&W wheels certainly appeared under Bernard Weller's ownership, and the loco wheels were announced - I recall lobbying Bernard for a tyre face width appropriate for LNER practice. Though it was certainly Andrew's drive that ensured a suite of LNER wheels eventually appeared. I do hope they re-appear before too long. The Nim.
  9. I would say the crank was staked on to the crank pin, which had a flatted section to prevent the crank turning on it. The Nim.
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    The Engine Shed

    Given this anniversary year's product blitz, Hornby were clearly keeping a lot more under wraps in the run-up period: last year. The Nim.
  11. This, if IMDB is to be believed, is the same Colin Petersen who played drums in the Bee Gees in the early years of their UK chart career. The Nim.
  12. Might we hope that's long enough to make it worthwhile re-vinyling them? That Virgin red is strangely drab, and it would be nice to remember them looking classy. The Nim.
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    Dapol Class 21/29

    As revealed visually by the small exhaust ports associated with the Mirrlees contents, a trait shared with the Airfix moulding. The Nim.
  14. I recall an article in RM in the 1960's, part of a series by the LMS Society, dealing with this vehicle. The accompanying drawing was comprehensively dimensioned and I was quite impressed that the underframe transverse trussing was detailed. ISTR this was drawn by Arthur Whitehead as most of the series were. When I bought my Lima one on release and saw the unusually detailed transverse trussing, I surmised they'd acquired a copy of the same drawing. The NIm.
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    Hornby W1 Hush Hush

    The problem persisted much longer than that! In the 1950s and 60s, that attitude cut the legs from under the British aircraft industry, even with successful designs which were not permitted to be developed further, such as the Hawker Hunter and Harrier. So often we had to start from scratch. On the other hand, it was fortunate that the Avro Manchester was an earlier exception to the rule. The Nim.
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