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  1. Google Quickwedge screwdrivers. Got my first one in 1974. Available in lots of blade sizes and lengths. Other makes are available but they are just copies. You pays your money, you makes your choice. Ray
  2. Clive, The original plan for the B2 tenders was to use the G.S. tenders from the V2 based A2s. They got used for some new build locos instead. You could invoke modellers licence (or indeed rule 1) and say that they used the V2 tenders as planed. Or the tender was swapped with one from a withdrawn B17. Ray
  3. Clive, Are you building a Thompson B2 from the B1 using a Great Central tender? Ray
  4. Used the search facility and found a reference to Taming Smokey Joe. First time I have managed to find something. Not saying this is correct but Railway Modeller June 2014 seems to be the place to look.
  5. Hi cypherman I assume you are talking about the tender for the streamlined Coronation. If so the Black 5 tender body will not fit. Believe it or not the Coronation used the drive unit from the LMS Compound. The Black 5 and the Duchess used the same tender drive unit so the Black 5 tender top will fit that. Just to make life interesting there are two types of drive. The original type used the unit with separate tender weights, smaller wheels and a plastic tender chassis. The later ones used the drive unit with the integral weights, large spokes wheels and a metal tender chassis. Hope this helps. Ray
  6. Hi cypherman. The brass insert you are after is usually referred to as a helicoil. It looks like a length of spring but wound the other way. Originally Hornby ( and Tri-ang before them ) used a proper brass brush. Expect helicoil are now used because of cost. Ray
  7. Andrew Your picture of the Port of London building is not near Spitalfields Market but is actually in Charterhouse Street, opposite Smithfield Market, about a mile away close to Farringdon Station Ray
  8. Hi Owen The X776 wheelset was pretty generic in the 1980's. As well as being fitted to wagons and some coaches it was also used in the pony trucks of some tender locomotives and, as you are aware, the King bogie. I am unable to access my Service Sheets at the moment but,from memory, they were used on the Flying Scotsman type chassis. This chassis was also used on the LMS pacifics (Princess and Coronation). The X776 appears to no longer be available as a spare but the scotsman type pony trucks are. Buy a pony truck complete, remove the wheels and sell the remainder on ebay. Hope this suggestion helps. Ray
  9. Popped into my local Homebase (Basildon) to get some sand paper this morning. Just so happened that on the other side of the aisle were the adhesives. Low and behold Evostik in tubes. Lots on the shelf, £4.00 a tube. Ray
  10. Just checked on Peters Spares web site. Part number is X1140. They have it listed more than once, in different colours. Over a hundred in stock of the green ones. £2.35 plus postage. Never ordered from them but those who have praise them highly. Ray
  11. That is most certainly a schools tender drive. The reason you are getting confused is that the James model is a conversion of the old Tri-ang R251 0-6-0 tender loco. Old Jinty block (modified), Ivatt 2-6-0 pony truck and later type 0-6-0 wheels. Body is a stretched R251 body and tender from the schools class. No service sheet issued of the old 3 pole model. Peters Spares do have the correct wheels for this tender. They are the the ones with the reduced size flanges. If Redgate has a centre wheel assembly for a TD Flying Scotsman that will fit. Just pop off the wheel with the gear on the back, put the axle through the hole and push the wheel back on. Try to get the wheel back to backs the same as the two axles still in the drive. Ray
  12. If the locomotive concerned is 20 years old the current service sheet may not be the correct one. Current service sheet would be for a 5 pole motor the model may well have a 3 pole motor. The tender used for both James and Gordon was the old, Margate era Schools class one. The wherls for this tender could also be found on the tenders for other locomotives eg.A3, A4, B17& D49. Also I believe on the Class 86 also. Only thing to watch out for is the brass centre axel on the Schools/A3/A4 drives. Not sure of the part numbers as I cannot locate my service sheets at the moment. Hope this helps. Ray
  13. That looks like Henderson door gear. If you look on the Henderson website for instructions on replacing the door cones. You have to remove the door from its frame to change them. But as you are going to remove the door you would only have to read the relevant section. Tools required : Adjustable wrench Spanners Two No.2 phillips screwdrivers. A set of Allen keys. Oh, you will also need another pair of hands. Those doors are heavy.
  14. The R759 number was most probably on the chassis block. R759 was the catalogue number for the Triang-Hornby Hall. The same casting was used for the B12, A3, Coronation, Saint, King Arthur (R154) and some versions of the 08. The other number R859 was probably on the body shell and was the original catalogue number for the Black 5. As to the colour of the moulding some bodies were made in maroon plastic and spray painted black. There was a Crimson Lake Class 5 about during the 1980s and Hornby did a model of it. Ditto with the green preserved one in the 1990s. Although most of the Hornby TD loco chsssis had X04 motor cut outs only the ones on the Black 5 and early TD Britanias were originally powered To fit a motor to the Black 5 chassis you need to cut away part of the chassis extension. Depending upon which model you actually have depends how you need to arrange the pick ups. Ray
  15. Graham King did one back in 2009. He used a Bachmann B1 Body and chassis fitted with wheels from a Bachmann A1 and the cab from a Hornby B17. See here: http://www.rmweb.co.uk/forum/viewtopic.php?f=8&t=46312 Ray
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