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  1. As mentioned above I have managed to build a series of "big" locos that will go round my ridiculously tight 36" radius curves on one of my layouts (and if I chose at even more ridiculous speeds without derailing!) . Point radii are at least 48" on my British layout. These are all LMS locos - the Class 5 and Patriot and Jubilee 4-6-0s (the latter is just about to enter the paint shop) as well as several 2-6-4Ts and a Stanier 2-8-0. I've used a mixture of wheels - some Gibson and some Markits with axles as made for the SSMRS. None of the chassis needed to have flangeless wheels although my LNWR
  2. Some years ago Simon Dunkeley encouraged me to scratchbuild a model of a Midland Railway 0-6-0T using a series of articles in the old Model Railway News. I'd definitely recommend something like a 0-6-0T or even a tender loco - this would give you more space for batteries and RC controls. I actually found it easier in many ways to build it from raw materials than some of the kits I've built. It was built, like most of my models, on a card table in my box room using only simple hand tools. I wrote a description of the process on my website so that when I decided to build
  3. This looks to be an absolutely superb model. I wonder what else 3D printing will produce for us in the future. Of course it requires the skill of a good model maker to put it all together so well.
  4. You are absolutely correct - I suspect that the English translation as Silverfish was a marketing idea used by model manufacturers - when clean the lower sides did indeed look like the scales of a fish. After years of using the term Silverfish I'm now determined to correct my ways and use the German word!!
  5. Hi Paul Thanks for the comments. I've used the photocopied method for both panelled and plain side coaches. For panelled coaches I've used Mekpak to secure the microstrip to the card. My coaches were all square panelled but dropping a tiny amount of PVA in the corner should produce a rounded corner especially after painting. The method of construction I've used is on this page of my website; http://www.steverabone.com/sscalewebsite/lms_coaches.html The internal part of construction is exactly the same for both panelled and flush sided vehicles and also whether you are usi
  6. To scratch build these coaches is a challenge as representing the body side finish is difficult. In the end I decided to use close up photographs of models (the latest version by Brawa in HO scale) that I found on the internet. As the vehicles are in S Scale about 16 inches long I broke the sides into three pieces. One section was made from photographs of the short compartment at the ends of the coach with the ends spliced in between the end section as below: The longer central compartment also included the double doors at each end. It is obviously essential to get
  7. If you have travelled by train in Germany anytime from the mid 1960s onwards you will almost certainly have travelled in one of the 'Silberlinge' coaches used on most locomotive hauled suburban and regional trains. There were thousands of them and only recently have the last been removed from service. They were known by the British as "Silverfish" although that is really an incorrect translation as a Linge was a coin - their appearance was unusual in that the stainless steel sides had a cicrcular pattern on it which could be said to resemble the scales of a fish. In S Scale this mo
  8. I've been working away on stock for my DB layout which as before are built almost entirely from cardboard. First off is a model of the post war bogie "Umbauwagen" which like the six wheel coaches seen in my previous posting about DB models were rebuilt using the frames and bogies from pre-war coaches. I modified the roof construction slightly to give a better profile to their distinctive shape. This time I used a slightly different method of construction using re-scaled drawings for the coach sides and only the recessed ends and doors came from the pdf kit that I used for the six w
  9. Excellent article by Simon Dunkley and photos by Andy York. I thoroughly enjoyed reading about the layout which I remember seeing at the York exhibition some years ago.
  10. The printed version was published on Friday 27th so should be in the shops already and if not in the next few days. The digital version is available a few days before the print version.
  11. Welcome to this rather special issue of TRACTION in which we celebrate the Rail Blue years of British Rail. It was an era which many readers of TRACTION remember with great affection as, somehow, those years of the 1970s and 1980s managed to combine something of the old steam age railway with an increasingly modern one. We start with the short period when pairs of Class 50s were introduced to speed up the principal services north of Crewe on the main line to Scotland. Jon Littlewood and David Clough take us back to those heady days when high speed diesel traction roared over the no
  12. In the next issue TRA 261 there will be a detailed performance article about pairs of class 50s on the WCML in the 1970s. Hopefully this will please you! Stephen
  13. The latest issue of TRACTION has been published and the digital version is now available online at https://pocketmags.com Content of TRACTION 260 Even today one of the best locations to watch freight trains has to be Barnetby in north Lincolnshire. In 1989 and 1990 Michael Vanns paid several visits to photograph trains against the backdrop of the wide variety of semaphore signals that then controlled operations. In the last issue of TRACTION the editor described the night he spent on Stafford station in July 1975 and referred to Crewe being an equally interesting location
  14. Thanks for this comment and it is much appreciated. We have lots more interesting features in the pipeline over the next few issues.
  15. Well seeing that BR05 running is a bit of a surprise. By the way my father saw one 05:003 still streamlined at Hamburg Altona in 1946.
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