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  1. I am really impressed with this addition of the front steps. Incidentally, I am very pleased with my model. Aside from looking good, it has been on my rolling road and works just fine. If I purchased a quality kit and then included the cost of motor, gearbox and wheels I don’t think I would be that far off the £750 I paid for this RTR model and then there is the time/money required to build it. So, in my opinion, it is a bargain and I applaud Hatton’s for their initiative. Many people will be satisfied with it just as it is and those of us who want to improve it by adding front steps etc can do their thing with the time saved by not having to build it. Regards Les
  2. Hello i received the GOG Gazette today and the Hattons advertisement says the A3 loco is now in stock. I I have one of these and an A4 on pre-order but have not been contacted yet. Of course, perhaps the information Hattons had at the time of the magazine deadline was accurate before the shipping delay was announced. However, it is now November and there has been no update I am aware of . Is there still a delay? Les
  3. All of which makes me want to ask another question. If I was to purchase one of these Photon S printers with the latest motherboard will I be at a disadvantage? I will be starting from scratch with no historical modelling files so will it be OK under that scenario? regards Les
  4. Hello I am new to this and thinking of getting one of these printers. I have produced .stl files before using Solidworks several years ago and had them printed by a commercial printer. However, I no longer have access to this software and needed to download a replacement 3D CAD program. So I downloaded Blender which has been mentioned but it seems capable of doing complex things way beyond the 3D sketches I want to produce of various railway parts. I can’t even find how to draw a line or circle with it or find a YouTube video to show me how. Have I downloaded the wrong software. Regards Les
  5. I am grateful for the responses to my original question. Currently, I am inclined towards a resin printer like the Anycubic Photon. The price point is very much cheaper than I was expecting and to respond to Harry50, I feel less inclined towards building a kit. Since asking my original question I feel I have made some progress weighing up the pros and cons of all what is available out there. Thank you all very much. Regards Les
  6. Many thanks for all your replies but I have another question now. Are there advantages using resin rather than filament types of printer or vice versa? Les
  7. Hello JCL Thanks for your reply. The first thing I would like to produce are things like the sides of carriage bogies, axle boxes etc. They would not have to be so pliable but I have noticed some commercial stuff is a bit brittle so I don’t want to be too limited in what I can print in future. However, thinking about it I can’t think of anything I want that would have to flex too much but good detail is a must. Hopefully, layers of 0.1mm are achievable in a domestic printer. Budget is flexible enough though. It depends what I can get in a domestic printer for my money. Beyond £1000 I would have to have more of a think about it but I would prefer to have something that would last a few years. regards Les
  8. I am perplexed as to what printer would be suitable for my needs. I have designed parts in the past and produced .stl files for commercial printers to produce the items and been pleased with results. However, I suspect things have now moved on in the domestic printer market. So, if I wanted to produce items in high definition using a tough non-brittle plastic material what 3D printer and material would be the best buy for me? I don’t want to purchase anything I will soon grow dissatisfied with. Les
  9. Thank you very much for the replies to my question. All very helpful and informative. Les
  10. I have a number of Mark 1 carriages to number and I need to know what size the alphanumeric designation should be. In early BR days were they 3 inch and was the colour of them yellow? I have consulted Keith Parkin’s books but cannot find this detail. Also, in “Parkin” it has the initial allocations by region but it seems no FKs were allocated to the Southern Region. I know this list is not meant to be exhaustive but it seems unusual the SR had none from the start. Can anyone throw any light on this please? Les
  11. Thank you for the replies so far. I am hopeless on the electric and diesel multiple unit side of things. My question was really addressing the state of play up until the end of Steam in 1967. Presumably there would have been Bulleid and/or BR MK1 loco hauled stock around even with a Warship at the front instead of a Pacific loco. And if so was there at least a Buffet provided? Personally I cannot remember seeing any.
  12. I was a regular at Waterloo in the mid-sixties until the end of Steam in 1967. I don’t recall many restaurant, kitchen or buffet carriages being around on the non-Pullman loco hauled trains to Bournemouth or on boat trains. It could be because at the time I was just interested in the loco at the front. Conversely, could it be because the journey time was quite short when compared to trains that had much longer mileages to undertake on the other regions. Personally, I am not sure but perhaps it was the length of the journey that was the deciding factor in providing catering in those days. Any thoughts or information? Regards Les
  13. Sorry I have not thanked everyone for their contributions so far but I am currently out of the Country. It is interesting to me that some steam classes, in geographical terms located quite close by, rarely if ever crossed the old boundaries of the Big Four despite all being part of BR. At Kings Cross there were BR Standards, including, as Jonny777 states, 9Fs on passenger duties when motive power was short. However, there is precious little evidence that I have been able to find with anything too foreign other than the aforementioned loco exchange trials. And yet just a few miles up the line at Hornsey MPD Southern classes such as Q1 and even a Class C would come over on cross London freight workings. Yes, these were goods trains so they would not be seen at Kings Cross unless they could get through the Widened Lines. But it still seems odd to me that over the period 1948 to 1963 when Top Shed closed nothing unusual was seen. Perhaps as has been suggested there was so much home grown motive power around there was no need. Thanks again for the replies.
  14. I have always held the view that if it could happen on the Railway it possibly did at some time or other. So, I have been wondering did any unusual steam engines ever appear at a Kings Cross. Like one of those show stopping moments when something appeared that shouldn’t have been there. I am aware of the obvious locomotive exchanges but after that did say, a Black 5 ever find its way into Kings Cross. These engines were so ubiquitous across the network, especially North of the Thames, that it seems a likely contender.
  15. Many thanks for all your suggestions. All very interesting. Thank you.
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