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  1. It is. I drew the chassis to fit the Lima body but with the correct wheelbase. It might be possible to fit it to one of the Wills/K's whitemetal J50's but I haven't tried that yet.
  2. There is. I don't have any suitable tube so I've been rolling bits of plasticard ready to insert.
  3. Just when you thought it was gone, that headache returns...... Although it seems quiet I've actually been getting on with a few projects, the moulds for the Pullman roofs have progressed and I have been casting so I'll update that in a couple of days. In the meantime I got a bit fidgety and another J50 dropped onto the bench, I have a bit of a soft spot for these and had been looking for a cheapie on Ebay but without luck. then a couple of weeks ago Uax6 (Andy) put a post up with 'Free to a good home' in the title, (obviously he had hooked me in with the word 'free') when I looked at the Ad what he had was a collection of French plastic toy train bits and pieces he was disposing of, a quick glance revealed a J50 like loco in blue. This was definately the Lima model but with some additions and also missing things like spectacles. I contacted Andy and he seemed more than happy to send his rubbish to me. When it arrived I suspected he had played a trick on me and sent something in P4.......as the mechanism was far superior to anything I could build. I'll put this on the club stall in the hope that some unsuspecting GW modeller picks it up... I set to with the razor saw, knife and files and removed the dome, chimney and moulded handrails. I also opened out the spectacles and extended the rear bunker (down) When everything had been removed and the body sanded and cleaned, I then set to re-fitting handles and parts. The chimney etc came from Mike Trice who made up a set of parts to update the Lima model. There is a chimney, dome, steps, tank fillers and the boiler underside/front splasher. These are 3D printed parts and after cleaning them up from the sprue they were fixed with cyano. They fitted first time and make a big difference to the loco. Next is the chassis for this which will utilise the simple etch I made, I've picked up Gibson wheels and I think I've a motor and gearbox somewhere which will fit. If anyone else is interested in the parts Mike has produced they can be found here. https://www.shapeways.com/product/AS9BF4KHM/lima-j50-upgade-kit next will be Pullmans, or it could be some nice whitemetal wagons that came my way.
  4. That might be so of other magazines but it has never been that for MRJ, subscription just guarantees you get a copy, which is good enough for me.
  5. To follow up a previous post. The totem for PN went to auction on the 7th with a guide price of £800-1200. It actually achieved £3400 + premium!! That's a lot of golf balls.......or A4's....but preferably J6's
  6. Exactoscale is now sold through the 3 societies, (EM,P4 & S7 ?) and ASFAIK nothing is available direct from them. What Norman reccommended to be used was the fast track bases and plain HiNi rail, this was made up into 500mm or 1M lengths. It's not 'flexitrack' as you have to cut the webs to bend it but I used it as it gave the most realistic look and fitted in with the C&L components that Norman used to make pointwork. I did all this after ripping up Peco code 75......it was all Gilberts fault as I was so struck by how good PN looks...even with all the work that came with it I'm very grateful to him as he showed that realism could be achieved
  7. When Norman built some pointwork for me (following your recomendation Gilbert ) he said he preferred to use Exactoscale components for the plain track as they suited the C&L he used for pointwork. I'm sure yours is Exactoscale.
  8. Without having a scale I'd wonder that there isn't enough tolerance between parts, Your prefered supplier would be able to tell you. I'm guessing you're going for half etched holes which can be punched out to form rivets
  9. I use PPD. They will accept whatever you send them so long as it's in a format they can work with, the more work they have to do the more the set up cost is though. I send them a completed front and back set of artwork in black and white to keep the set up cost down.
  10. Using PPD the smallest size sheet is whatever you want it to be. I generally plan to use 300mm x 150mm as that relates to the minimum set up charge. https://www.ppdltd.com/stock-metals.html
  11. If the damage is as severe as suggested then how or why did it move under its own power on the network only a week or so ago.
  12. Hit by a rucksack and run over by a walker ?
  13. Really good to meet you on Sunday Michael, it's always good to put a face to a name.
  14. That is quite an insinuation.... groupie noun INFORMAL a young woman who regularly follows a pop group or other celebrity, especially in the hope of having a sexual relationship with them. I'll have you know that Phil is not my type.......I make no comment about Andy.. As for poor humour, that's about as good as it gets.
  15. That was the 2nd attempt at a photo, improperly dressed for the first.....
  16. Sounds like a case of the runs to me....
  17. There seems to be an idea that high street rates have increased over the last few years when in reality for smaller shops they have reduced and in some cases are zero. As an example I purchased a shop and the rates bill for the last 4 years has been zero each year. It had 2 floors plus a basement, the retail area on the ground floor was 340 square feet, the second floor was the same. The building would have been a suitable size for a model shop. Other shops nearby which are larger are also exempt from business rates. The increase in high st rates was/is paid by the large retailers with 1000's of square feet.
  18. A family ticket is generally accepted as being a reduced rate for 2 adults and 2 children, most events price them the same as 2 adults and one child, effectively having one child free. I assume that the comment 'not always has to be 2 parents' to mean that it doesn't have to be the childs parents but a related family member. This is possible but is usually at the discretion of the exhibition, as there may be safeguarding issues with unrelated adults and children where the ticketing assumes there is a family link. Exhibitions that give free entry for children obviously see it as worthwhile to do so. I have run the door on a successful exhibition for 20 years and have noted that although Dad maybe the returnee to the hobby, by bringing his son/daughter along means the spend with traders is generally increased.
  19. Expensive....I know exactly what you mean They're certainly a lottery win item, I had to build a 3 bedroom house before I could buy mine
  20. Here is something to complement your room Gilbert. The catalogue for Great Central Auctions 7th December sale dropped through the letterbox this morning. Within is a totem for Peterborough North (one for Peterborough East as well).....tempting? I purchased a Totem for 'Sandy' about 6/7 years ago, it cost me about £2000 but it is the cleanest one I've seen. It was a lot of money but I do get a lot of satisfaction when I see it on the wall over the layout.
  21. Stick them on ebay for 99p + post and someone will take them, you'd be amazed at what people will buy.
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