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  1. Mmm interesting the Captain Phillips comments, my Brother is a private yacht skipper, in his industry when cruising the caribbean they generally carry enough firearms to go round… and do avoid east Africa for obvious reasons .
  2. I appreciate Andy’,s frustration and was not having a go at him at all, as like many I really appreciate the immense hard work that goes into running the site…very much an unsung hero ! (perhaps darker forces at play as I visit and subscribe to a number of other sites with out the same strange issue..ghosts in the machine).
  3. Is this now hitting a new level , as since the last site upgrade I get credit card sized video,s running for about 30 secs and are not advertising, really annoying as they open each time you go on a new topic.
  4. When buying second hand I always take the view that there’s a high chance that the loco was surplus to requirements, so probably not run for a while so will need a wheel clean and light oil.. usually right. My loco shop will always run them for me, where-as i am not always convinced that the two big box shifters do , so it’s more of a chance purchase given they are warehouses as opposed to model shops.
  5. Mtk class81 on eBay at present, looks nicely built and lightly weathered, front windows a classic massingham disaster…and the price will make you take a breath!!
  6. Great pictures of the early 50s, and modelling inspiration of a subject not really covered, I doubt Hornby will ever cover them… ought to be easy enough for us modellers to produce!
  7. You have to feel for Ben having put his heart and soul into the 25/45/47 models with two being challenged by other manufacturers, I guess for us it will come down to price at the end of the day "……it’s becoming a crowded market place.
  8. Is there a compliment due here to Lima in bucking the reputation of Italian metal !! (i cut some with an angle grinder, beat a hacksaw hands down)
  9. I would suggest a web search of , railtec, fox to name a couple.
  10. Here are some comparisons between the two Heljan runs, and credit to Ben for the subtle changes on the new version makes a much better model, particularly the pantograph which although does sit a little high on the insulators looks better, but as Ben explained was a compromise that had to be made.
  11. Some more to whet appetites v/s one of my Hornby models with a Lima phantograph. Heljan model is nice not weathering issues like the 25.
  12. Interesting as well in that hattons still have these on their website despite communication last year, be great if they have had a change of heart.!
  13. There is always eBay as a last resort.
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